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Tick Awareness Forum for Western New Yorkers
New York Ag Connection - 01/21/2019

Lyme disease and several other devastating tick-borne diseases are on the rise in New York due to an increase in the prevalence of ticks and human-tick encounters. Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature have deemed Lyme and other tick-borne diseases a public health priority and are working to raise awareness about ticks, tick avoidance and management.

Please consider joining the Cornell Cooperative Extension at either of its regional forums or online, featuring a presentation from Lynn Braband of NYSIPM, health department officials, and a panel of community leaders. This event is brought to you by the New York State IPM Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua, Erie, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and Cattaraugus Counties.

Register in advance to receive a free tick removal kit.

There are multiple ways to participate: Attend one of the main events or watch remotely.

Register online (You can use this link to register for either of the main events, the live stream, or any of the satellite viewings).

In-person events are $5/person and include light refreshments, a tick removal kit and a question and answer period. They are planned for:

Erie County: Jan. 24, 4-6 p.m.; West Seneca Community Center; 1300 Union Rd., West Seneca. Contact: Sharon Bachman, CCE-Erie County, at or 716-652-5400 ext.150.

Chautauqua County: Feb. 16, 1-3 p.m., Frank W Bratt Agricultural Center; 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown. Contact: Katelyn Walley-Stoll, CCE-Chautauqua County, at or 716-664-9502 ext. 202.

Extension will also be live streaming each of its in-person events at the designated times.

View the event from the comfort of your own home at no cost by joining the WNY Beginning Farmers and Homesteaders group on Facebook (you will have to request to join ahead of time and will not be eligible to receive a free tick removal kit).

Genesee County: Satellite Viewing of the Jan. 24 event at CCE-Genesee, 420 E Main Street, Batavia. Contact Janice Beglinger at 585-343-3040 or

Orleans County: Satellite viewing of the Feb. 16 event at the Trolley Building, 12690 State Rt 31, Albion,. Contact Katie Oakes at 585-798-4265 or

Wyoming County: Satellite viewing of the Jan. 24 event at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, 36 Center St. Warsaw. Contact Don Gasiewicz at 585 786 2251

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