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On this day in history in The Citizen: April 19, 2013

2013-04-19T03:05:00Z On this day in history in The Citizen: April 19, 2013The Citizen staff Auburn Citizen
April 19, 2013 3:05 am  • 

April 19, 1938

A delegation of Auburnians was in Utica today attending a meeting of upstate W.P.A. officials. Among those from this city at the meeting were Kenneth A. McGrath, Cayuga County director of W.P.A.; James D. Donovan, superintendent of construction; Charles H. Hart, superintendent; Miss Margaret Herron, case supervisor of the Welfare Department; Charles A. Cora, W.P.A. investigator and Fred L. Hamilton Sr., confidential clerk to the city manager.

April 19, 1953

Arrangements are nearing completion for the formal service of dedication of the Harriet Tubman Home at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Osborne Hall, 25 South St., in Auburn.

A souvenir program is being prepared which it is hoped will give wide publicity to the event, significant both for its honoring of one of America's greatest women and for the spirit of cooperation and friendship among Auburn citizens of all races, religious and political affiliations.

A large Community Chorus, augmented by singers from Syracuse, will render some of the spirituals favored by Harriet Tubman, and often used by her to convey cryptic messages to her charges on the Underground Railroad.

The committee felt there must be many persons who have recollections of Harriet Tubman. Any such are asked to communicate with Mrs. B.C. Mead, public relations member of the committee, so that a newspaper account of these reminiscences may be printed on the day of the dedication.

April 19, 2003

A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in the area next week assessing the damage caused by the Ice Storm of 2003.

The FEMA team will gather damage estimates and other information that shows how much was spent by municipalities on clean-up and repair caused by the April 3-5 ice storm. The storm left nearly all of northern Cayuga County --- as well as thousands of others in the region --- without electrical power for days. Telephone service was also affected.

Shortly after the storm, Cayuga County Emergency Services Coordinator Pat DiNonno estimated damage, including the overtime that municipalities will pay to clean up the broken branches and equipment, stood at $2.3 million

Communities in the northern section of the county were hit hardest by the storm. Fair Haven officials have said damage would exceed $1 million in their municipality alone. Crews from Cayuga County, as well as jail and prison inmate work crews were still cleaning up broken tree limbs on the streets of that village on Wednesday.

FEMA will consider the Cayuga figures with those of the other 12 counties in New York with declared disaster emergencies. With a presidential designation, FEMA will then reimburse the damage costs.

The destructive, widespread ice storm inflicted significant damage to electric systems, with more than 70 percent of Rochester Gas & Electric's circuits impacted. At one time or another, about 240,000 customers had their power disrupted. Thousands of area New York State Electric and Gas and Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. customers also didn't have electricity during the aftermath of the storm.

April 19, 2008

The Montezuma Audubon Center will celebrate its first anniversary by hosting the 2nd Annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $1 and children under 12 are free.

The theme of the celebration is choosing green alternatives to reduce the human imprint on the natural world. The festival will highlight activities and information to help "celebrate smart choices today that benefit wildlife tomorrow."

The family fun festival will feature outdoor education activities, live animals, local artisans, presentations from wildlife experts, entertainment, and great food.

Meet Liberty, a live bald eagle. Improve your yard for wildlife with Janet Allen. Become a citizen scientist. Try birding by boat excursions and wildflower and bird hikes. Watch Labrador retriever demonstrations.

Children's activities include making fish, crossing a monkey bridge, playing migration games, and discovering critters in the water.

Musical entertainment by Maddy Walsh and Mike Suave in the morning and the Muckland Crooners in the afternoon will accompany antics by 12-foot high stilted bird puppets and MAC, the bald eagle, who will hand out "high fives" all day.

National Grid is sponsoring this year's festival programming. Other sponsors include: sEneca Meadows, Inc., Itt Goudl's Pumps, and Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is critically important to migrating water birds. Audubon New York has recongized it as an Important Bird Area and a State Bird Conservation Area. It is a nationally recognized bird watcher destination.

 — Compiled by Jean Bennett

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