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March 7, 2013

The comeback of the American chestnut tree

Al Nichols will present a program on the American chestnut tree at 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the meeting room at Huntington Memorial Library. 

Chestnut trees once heavily populated the American landscape. Around 1900, some imported Asian stock contained a fungus which spread rapidly and killed the trees. This fungus is spread by wind, rain, birds, and other animals. Efforts to restore the tree have been slow. Researchers are trying to produce a blight resistant tree using genetic engineering. Al will discuss the current blight resistant trees and what everyone can to do help reestablish the American Chestnut back into the forest.

Nichols became interested in chestnut trees when he was shown dead trees by his father in the 1950s. He became active with the American Chestnut Foundation when he found several live trees in the 1990s. He covers this area of the state for the New York Chapter and is also the assistant vice president.

This program is offered by the Friends of Huntington Memorial Library and is free and open to the public.


We’re all eager for spring to arrive, and what better way to wait than planning your garden. Newly arrived is “Grow Vegetables in Pots,” which shows you how to grow everything imaginable in a pot. Squash, herbs, tomatoes, fruits and more. Color illustrations and clever locations for placing pots offer a new look on planting. Even if you have a large yard, sometimes it’s still nice to plant things close by so you can just run out and pick, or keep things from being attacked by animals. The library also has a large gardening book section to help you get started.

Abbie Kearney is a homicide detective in the novel “Black Irish” by Stephan Talty. A serial killer is on a rampage, but the more Abbie tries to find answers, the more she is rebuffed, even by fellow officers. When the calling card from the serial killer is on her own doorstep, it leads her to unknown history in her own family. Can she get to the bottom of this before it’s too late?

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