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  4-H Fly Tying Workshop
Posted by: karimbeers - 01-04-2017, 08:22 PM - Forum: Fishing - No Replies

24th Annual Leon Chandler-Phil Genova Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Tompkins County 4-H Program are proud to offer you (youth and adults) the finest in fly fishing education, featuring some of the most talented angler/tiers in the state! This Introduction to Fly Tying features nine two-hour sessions with several different instructors who will teach you the basics of tying the dry fly, wet fly, nymph and streamer patterns that are the most effective in our area.

All classes will be from 6:00-8:00pm. on Saturdays, January 14-March 11 at the Tompkins County Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue Ithaca, NY.

Tuition includes nine weeks of instruction, all tools, hooks and tying materials. All students receive: complete tying kits (including vises, scissors and related tools); all tying materials necessary to complete the course and practice tying outside of the class (feathers, dubbing, hooks and related materials); as well as a comprehensive introductory text on Fly Tying.
Tuition fees are $140 for adults (19 and up), $110 for children (between the ages of 13 and 18) and $215 for a child and adult combination. There are a limited number of partial scholarships available for children between the ages of 13 and 18. A 50% tuition deposit must accompany your application in order for us to hold your place.  Space is limited so sign up now!
For more information, contact Athena Steinkraus at [url=tel:(607)%20272-2292](607) 272-2292 x139[/url] or ahs38@cornell.edu

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  Ithaca Area Hunting and Conservation Meetup
Posted by: AvidApe - 11-11-2016, 10:47 PM - Forum: Hunting - Replies (2)

I'm starting an Ithaca Area Hunting and Conservation Meetup group. The basic idea is to provide a framework of support for new and experienced hunters alike. Conservationism and ethical practices are our top priority. If you are interested in participating please follow the link bellow and feel free to contact me. Share the link with friends if you'd like. Details of our first meeting will be forthcoming on the Meetup page. 

Ithaca Hunting and Conservation Meetup Group

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  4-H Youth Hunting Program
Posted by: AvidApe - 09-21-2016, 11:53 AM - Forum: Hunting - No Replies

Just stumbled upon this. There might still be openings and time to register. Looks like a super informative program!

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  National Drive Electric Week Event in Ithaca - Sept 17th
Posted by: karimbeers - 08-15-2016, 04:52 PM - Forum: Electric Vehicles - Replies (1)

Just wanted to let folks know about an event that is going to be happening in Ithaca on Saturday, September 17th, where Electric Vehicle owners will be showing there cars as part of National Drive Electric Week. 

The event will be held on the 100 Block of West State St in Ithaca, NY 14850, from 11am to 5pm. 

More info on the event, and especially about showing your car, can be found here (https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=619).


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  Becoming an outdoors-woman workshop
Posted by: AvidApe - 06-14-2016, 01:03 PM - Forum: Hunting - No Replies

The DEC will be hosting a "Becoming an outdoors-woman" workshop at Greek Peak in September. This looks like an amazing program with a ton of interesting and practical classes. Click the link above to find out more.

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  "Expert" Introduction
Posted by: AvidApe - 06-06-2016, 06:09 PM - Forum: Fishing - No Replies

Who would believe that the act of fishing is conservationism and environmentalism in action? 

Probably very few would. But the reality is that by fishing and sharing our passion for the outdoors, we are passing along a tradition and a legacy. We are creating passion for the natural world that becomes part of our identities. When we cannot separate who we are from the natural world, suddenly conservation takes on a whole new meaning. We begin to sustain ourselves through sustaining wild places and creatures. What is a fisherman without a fish to pursue? What is a fish without a stream to call its home and sustain its species? 

This is the fishing I know. This is the passion for the natural world and aquatic habitat that was drilled into my brain since infancy. I have been carrying around a fly rod since diapers.

Many people do not have this view of fishing. They never took it up because their early experiences left a bad taste in their mouth. I encourage people to seek out their own fishing experiences and connect with the natural world.

My name is Cosmo Genova and I am a fly fishing guide and educator who has been part of the fly fishing community in the Ithaca area for my entire life. My late father, Phil Genova, was a nationally recognized fly fishing educator who (among other things; with help from many others) started the Community Fly Fisher fly shop, the Fly Fishing Apprentice Program, taught the Cornell Fly Fishing and the CCE fly tying classes, began the Ithaca Fishing and Conservation day, worked for Cortland Line Company, was inducted into the Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame, etc. As such I have been intimately involved in this community as a fly fishing and aquatics educator. 

I was approached by GYGBT to moderate the hunting and fishing forums. My "expertise" is obviously centered around fly fishing, although I may be able to help with questions pertaining to other forms of fishing, aquatics, and other general questions.  

Without too much shameless self promotion, I offer my services as a guide to anyone interested in becoming a fly fisherman. My role as a guide is to not only put you on fish, but to educate and help you refine your skills as well. I work with my clients to dramatically accelerate their learning curve and to help them reach their goals as sportsmen/women. Please visit my website, read my blog, and consider my services:

If you want to take the first step to becoming a fisherman please buy a fishing license through the NYSDEC website or a local source (Walmart, Dicks Sporting goods, Town Clerk, etc).  Take the time to familiarize yourself with the general, county, and area specific regulations and species seasons,etc: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html

Thank you for reading, and please feel free to participate on the forum! Other people may share your same questions!

-Cosmo Genova

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  Local installers offer lease options?
Posted by: karimbeers - 06-06-2016, 02:25 PM - Forum: Solar Energy - Replies (1)

Do any of the local solar installers offer lease options?

I remember there used to be several that did, but I'm not sure that is true today. 

Thanks in advance,

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  How many kwh does 1 w of solar PV generate in our area over a year?
Posted by: karimbeers - 06-03-2016, 05:58 PM - Forum: Solar Energy - Replies (1)


I'm wondering for the upstate NY area how many kWh of electricity 1 kW of solar PV generates over a year. I've heard that under optimal conditions (southern exposure, etc) it is 1.1 kWh/W/year, but I wanted to confirm this. 

This would appear to be the key number necessary to figure out approximately the size of a solar PV system you need based on your electrical usage. Take kwh used in a year and divide it by 1.1 to get the approximate size of the system you need (under optimal conditions).


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  Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan in Tompkins County
Posted by: Bryan Roy - 05-09-2016, 06:20 PM - Forum: Electric Vehicles - Replies (1)

The Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, Energetics Incorporated, and Clean Communities of Central New York are developing an electric vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Plan for Tompkins County that includes:

  • Existing conditions of EV use and best practices in EV infrastructure;
  • Criteria Tool to evaluate the best locations for EV infrastructure;
  • Site Suitability Report evaluating potential EV charging station sites;
  • Preliminary engineering for five (5) new EV charging stations; and
  • Recommendations for future EV infrastructure in Tompkins County.
Public EV charging station infrastructure will be necessary to make EVs a practical choice for drivers. The results of this year-long project will create the groundwork for establishing a charging network in Tompkins County that facilitates expanded EV use by residents and attracts visitors that drive EVs.
We welcome any insight and feedback on EVs as we conduct this project. The progress and results of this project will be shared on public forums and through an email distribution where you can provide comments; Bryan Roy, Energetics

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  Heat Pump Sizes and Conversion to Btus
Posted by: Jay412 - 05-06-2016, 02:33 PM - Forum: Renewable and High Efficiency Heat - No Replies


I am trying to calculate how much Btus you can generate with a given Heat Pump size, which is usually measured in tons. What is the information that I need to do this conversion? How much Btus can you expect a 4 ton heat pump to generate? I understand that there are a lot of variables involved in this calculation, and I would really appreciate it if you could provide any rough estimates. Thanks.

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