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Field days held in Westport for local students

Sara Zelinski of St. Mary's in Ticonderoga peddles her bike to create electricity during the annual CCE Field Days at the Essex County Fairgrounds.

Sara Zelinski of St. Mary's in Ticonderoga peddles her bike to create electricity during the annual CCE Field Days at the Essex County Fairgrounds. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

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Minerva Central School students learn about bee keeping from CCE educator Linda Gilliland.

— Fifth- and sixth-grade students from 10 different schools participated in the 29th annual Essex County Environmental Field Days.

The event, put on by Essex County Cornell Cooperative Extension and held at the Essex County Fairgrounds on May 21 and May 23. Schools involved included Elizabethtown-Lewis, Willsboro, Keene, Moriah, Schroon Lake, Westport, St. Mary’s, Newcomb, Minerva and Lake Placid, along with home-schooled students.

Students learned about bee keeping with CCE educator Linda Gilliland; maple production with 4-H teen leader and Westport freshman Lucy Misarski; horses with 4-H teen leaders Grace Longino and Haley Severance; planting trees with CCE Master Gardener Linda Deyo; bluebirds by Master Gardener Kathy Linker; Essex County soil with NRCS soil scientists Gerry Smith and Joshua Paul; Adirondack Wild Foods with Franklin County Educator Pat Banker; Adirondack wildlife with wildlife rehabilitators Wendy Hall and Jonas Bjorkholder; energy with Essex County educator Laurie Davis; and 4-H shooting sports with SWCD intern Tonnie Sauca.

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