THE CLYDESDALES ARE COMING 551

Budweiser Clydesdales

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Patchogue this Wednesday evening!

This Wednesday, October 10th, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be trotting down main street in Patchogue. The parade will begin at 5pm and last for approximately two hours. Attendees will be able to see eight Budweiser Clydesdales and the Budweiser Dalmatian.

The parade route begins at the Blue Point Brewery, will go down the south side of Main Street, then turn back down the north side of Main Street, ending back at the brewery. Along the route the celebrated horses will be stopping by several bars and restaurants to deliver cases of Budweiser beer. Most locations on Main Street will be offering specials in honor of the event. It was reported that the last time Clydesdales trotted down Main Street was about 25 to 30 years ago. At that time Clare Rose, a local distributor for Anheuser-Busch, was located on West Avenue.

The Clydesdales have been a part of the Anheuser-Busch brand since the early 1930’s. The Clydesdales functioned as an important part of the company distributing beer by wagon in the early 20th Century. A Dalmatian accompanied the horses and wagon to protect the animals and goods while they traveled. Although the horses are no longer a part of Anheuser-Busch’s distribution, they remain a symbol of the iconic brand and their heritage. The Budweiser Clydesdales currently reside at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis; Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Fort. Collins, Colorado where they can be seen by the public. Visitors can also see the Clydesdales up-close at Warm Springs Ranch, the Budweiser Clydesdales breeding establishment in Boonville, Missouri, and at their training facility on the grounds of Grant’s Farm in St. Louis. Both attractions are open seasonally.

Grab a friend or the family and come out to Main street this Wednesday evening!

Fun Facts
1. They first appeared in the Super Bowl in 1986, and have since appeared in more than 25 Super Bowl commercials for the company!
2. To get the Clydesdales ready for appearances, a whole team of expert handlers, trainers, and groomers oversee their care.
3. Each horse will eat as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and up to 30 gallons of water on a warm day.

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Coding and Makerspace at South Country School 76

Coding and Makerspace at the Verne W. Critz Library

 South Country Central School District libraries are no longer a place to just hear a story and select a book. The district’s librarians have been teaching crucial technology skills that will help prepare students for the 21st Century workplace. Verne W. Critz librarian Lynn Cullen explained that in addition to lessons in research, students are now learning basic coding skills and are inventing and creating in Makerspace labs.

At Verne W. Critz Elementary School, students are afforded the opportunity for hands-on activities that require critical thinking skills, problem-solving and collaborative team work. Ms. Cullen, along with the support of Principal Mandy Mazziotti, have furnished the library with engaging products such as PowerClix, Brix, K’nex, Keva, Squigz and IO blocks. The library will soon introduce modular robotics called Cubelets.

During a recent trip to the library, second grade students collaborated to design an incline plane with Keva wood planks, which allowed a ball to travel without falling off-course. Not only did the students use teamwork to design their course, they utilized science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics principles to acquire their results.

Verne W. Critz Elementary School students worked in the school library with Keva wood planks and used STEAM principles

 

Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

Town Receives Tree City Growth Award 46

Brookhaven Town Receives Tree City Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Town has earned Tree City Designation for Four Consecutive Years

Farmingville, NY – Brookhaven Town has for the fourth consecutive year been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in recognition of its ongoing successful tree programs, the Town has this year also earned the “Tree City Growth Award.” Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Pictured left to right are New York State DEC Supervising Forester John D. Wernet; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley; Councilman Michael Loguercio; and Town Clerk Donna Lent.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA. We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro said, “The preservation of healthy trees is a priority of the Brookhaven Highway Department. In instances when trees were planted too close to the Town Right-Of-Way (ROW) and roots were growing into the roadway, we remove the trees and replace them with street-friendly trees, planted the appropriate distance from the road.”

Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:

  • Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
  • Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Boost property values across your community
  • Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community

Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation can be found at www.arborday.org.

Growth Awards are given to communities that have earned the Tree City designation for at least two consecutive years and:

  • Engage in education and public relations programs on the importance of planting trees in their community, and
  • Create partnerships with utilities, Green Industry Partners or other organizations
 Photo Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

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