Holden Arboretum has reported Hemlock Woolly Adelgids are now in our area. This is an invasive pest that is killing hemlock trees. It is important for everyone to check their hemlocks as many in our area are on private property.
The hemlock woolly adelgid is tiny, less than 1/16 inch long, and varies from dark reddish brown to purple black in color. As it matures, it produces a covering of wool-like wax filaments to protect itself and its eggs from natural enemies and prevent them from drying out. This “wool” is most conspicuous when the adelgid is mature and laying eggs. Ovisacs can be readily observed from late fall to early summer on the underside of the outermost branch tips of hemlock trees.
The brochure from the US Department of Agriculture can be downloaded below. It describes what to look for on your hemlocks. If you find you have an infestation, report it to:
Report Online: Invasive Species Report Form
Report By Phone: ODNR 877-247-8733 or ODA 614-728-6400
In response to requests from residents, the Parks Commission approved two signs to be placed in Riverside Park with information about healthy diets for waterfowl. Ducks, geese and other waterfowl face serious health complications when they eat empty calories, like bread, instead of nutrient rich foods. These health issues can impact their ability to fly, migrate, reproduce and escape predators.
Fortunately, it is easy to offer our feathered friends a healthy snack. Fresh foods like cut seedless grapes, cooked rice, peas, corn and lettuce are all great options. The Hardware Store sells bags of corn for $1.
The signs will be placed in mid-April on existing poles.
More information about the impacts of feeding waterfowl bread can be found here.
By Erinn Grube
ARBOR DAY CEREMONY – 2018
The Village of Chagrin Falls would like to invite the community to the annual Arbor Day Ceremony on SATURDAY, APRIL 21st at 10:00 a.m. at Riverside Park on North Main Street. Arbor Day is an international event held to commemorate the importance of trees in our communities.
This event will feature the planting of several smaller trees and shrubs which will provide year-round beauty in the area by the playground. An informative program from the Chagrin Falls Shade Tree Commission on tree planting will be presented. The session will cover preparing the planting site, selecting shrubs and trees for the proper planting area, and caring for your new plantings. All residents and interested persons are welcome to attend.
See you there!
Exciting changes for Riverside Park have started! The Village is updating the steps leading from Riverside Park to the Library with a new handicap accessible ramp this spring. The new path is scheduled to be finished before Blossom.
The old steps were removed over the weekend thanks to the generous support and volunteer labor of the Jaycees. All of the old bricks were palletized and will be utilized in a future project.
Riverside Park will also see new plantings around the playground area in the coming weeks.
by Erinn Grube
After final deliberations, the parks committee voted unanimously to recommend the railing based on the George Washington Memorial Parkway -3 design. This railing will have 3/4 in pickets, square posts (no fins). Those present discussed that given the constraints of the crash tested (ODOT approved) designs, the GW design offered the best combination of safety for pedestrians (trying to climb) and aesthetic appropriateness.
During the meeting the following issues were discussed:
- Safety – many concerns were raised regarding the ease and accessibility of climbing. Parents/residents are concerned that the horizontal railings invite your kids to climb up to view the falls.
- Aesthetics – which design is most in keeping with the aesthetic style of the CF Village architecture (other fences, railings, sign posts, benches, light fixtures, etc.)
- Accessibility to view – which design allows for optimal viewing of falls and invites pedestrians to stop and enjoy.
The GW offers three (3) rounded/pipe-like horizontal elements (5 in) backed by 3/4 in pickets. This option best addresses safety concern re: climbing in that it is thought the round horizontal elements would be more difficult for children to climb. This option has acceptable viewing access given the crash test structural requirements and the child safety concerns.