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August 5, 2016

Volunteers Needed to Help Remove Vegetation from Walls of Fort Ontario

OSWEGO - Oswego AmeriCorps member Norman Berlin III is working on a project this summer to preserve the stone walls of Fort Ontario State Historic Site by using non-toxic sprays to eliminate weeds and grass that are damaging the fort's walls.

Volunteers will spray weeds and grass with white cider vinegar, dish soap, and Epsom salts. Ten to 15 volunteers are needed to help with the project for a few hours Saturday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 20. Spraying will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.

"Weeds and grass are potentially hazardous to the structural integrity of the walls of Fort Ontario because they allow water to penetrate between stones causing shifting, spalling, and dislodgement during freeze-thaw cycles," said Paul Lear, Historic Site Manager of Fort Ontario.

Donations of funds or necessary supplies may be dropped off at the East Guardhouse inside old Fort Ontario between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. before Saturday, Aug. 13. A total of 15 one-gallon garden sprayers, 40 one-gallon bottles of white cider vinegar, 10 bottles of dish soap, and several bags of Epson salt are needed to successfully conduct the spraying.

AmeriCorps staff members plan and participate in community involvement projects that offer youth and adults the opportunity to address local needs and serve their community. Berlin's service at Fort Ontario is sponsored by Friends of Fort Ontario.

For more information or to volunteer contact Norman Berlin III at (315) 342-9227 or e-mail njber@hotmail.com.

STONE FORTRESS - AmeriCorps member Norman Berlin III will lead a volunteer project to help remove weeds and grass from the exterior walls of Fort Ontario Aug. 13 and Aug. 20. Vegetation can damage the old stone walls of the fort.

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