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Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

Tonight's combined supermoon and lunar eclipse is referred to as a super blood moon. It's a rare event when the full moon passes directly behind the Earth, giving the moon a red tint in the earth's shadow. In its closest approach to the earth during the fall equinox, the moon appears 14% larger.

NASA says the last time this occurred was in 1982 and the next occurance will be in 2033.
September 27, 2015

North Castle Considers Open Space Purchase

October 31, 2014
North Castle’s Town Board is holding a special meeting to consider authorizing of the Supervisor to execute a Conservation Easement for the Town to utilize open space funds in connection with the purchase of the Levine property. The 73 acres are located nearby the Mianus River Gorge Preserve (MRGP).

Ten years ago, residents of North Castle created a $3M bond fund for open space acquisition. North Castle purchased 30 acres of the Dubos property in 2009 that is located near Byram Lake. The purchase was a combined effort with Mount Kisco and The Westchester Land Trust. North Castle and Mount Kisco each spent $230,000. The Westchester Land Trust contributed $15,000 for its first purchase of private property in partnership with municipalities.

The Mianus River Gorge is over 830 acres of pristine woodland with 4.4 miles of public hiking trails. The walking trails align the wetlands that feed the Mianus River. The Mianus River is the water supply for over 150,000 people who live in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

According to the MRGP website,, the Mianus River Gorge non-profit conservation and education organization preserves Mianus River’s watershed “through land acquisition and conservation. The Mianus River Gorge protects over 1,000 acres in Bedford, North Castle, and Pound Ridge, NY and Stamford, CT.”

North Castle’s special meeting is scheduled to be held at Town Hall at 15 Bedford Road, Armonk on Monday November 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Roses are Red….and White and Pink
By Ryan Raichelson

June 11, 2013
With patience and dexterity, Arthur Aitkens has transformed his property into a lush botanical paradise. I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon touring the beautiful gardens that surround his Armonk home. Since his retirement, Aitkens has dedicated himself to maintaining his flora. The front garden is built around a natural rock formation and features a variety of different species. Aitkens explained that there are seven to eight species of azalea bushes and at least three species of rhododendron in the front garden alone. In total, there are at least an impressive 50 peonies varietals around the property. The most magnificent feature of Aitkens’ gardens is his roses collection. The colorful gated garden is filled with Bourbon, Hybrid Tea, and David Austin roses. David Austin roses are characteristically identified by their distinctive fragrance and repeated flowering ability. The pleasant aroma of all the roses enhances the pleasing qualities of the garden. Each species found in Aitkens’ gardens requires specialized care and upkeep to ensure their health. For example, last fall Aitkens trimmed the 200 peonies plants that had reached their maximum thickness.  Aitkens commented that the beginning of every successful garden was simply “a reputable nursery.” His twenty years of experience shines through the petals of his healthy plants.

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Students Plant Trees for Arbor Day

April 26, 2012
Making a difference is the mission of the Volunteers in Partnership, Jr., Club at The Wampus School, and that's exactly what club members did this week when they planted trees to mark National Arbor Day, which is celebrated on the last Friday of April.

Thanks to donations from arbor company Save a Tree, each student took home a Colorado Blue Spruce seedling and helped plant a 10-foot Yoshino cherry tree in the school's courtyard. Arborist Tom Merino spoke to the students about the vital role trees play in ecology and gave them planting and care tips. The students will each help with watering the newly planted tree.
North Castle Planning Board chairman Bob Greene helped out with the planting, explaining how trees must be protected when construction is taking place nearby. "If you see a construction site where the trees aren't protected by an orange fence, call me!" he told the students.

The VIP, Jr., Club, which is a junior arm of the VIP/Leo Club at H. C. Crittenden Middle School, is affiliated with the Lions Club. Open to fifth graders, it has about 32 members who participate in a variety of community service activities.

Naturalize Your Land

Landowners and landscapers can improve wildlife habitat quality by naturalizing manicured lawns and gardens. The following are suggestions to do so: grass lawns are considered ecological deserts, reducing the lawn's size in favor of preferred  natural grasslands or wetland,  decrease the use of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides, especially  near waterways. These suggested buffer zones of shrubs  grow benefit different bird species such as the  brown thrasher, chestnut-sided warbler, and blue-winged warbler. Infrequent mowing of the  fields every three-to-five years instead of annually creates a  habitat that species such as pheasant, yellow warbler, blue-winged warbler, and ruffed grouse. It also reduces the maintenance needs of pruning and raking.

Source: North Castle Biodiversity Plan, by Danielle T. LaBruna, M.A. and Michael W. Klemens, Ph.D. Metropolitan Conservation Alliance
Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York, Michael W. Klemens, LLC

Byram Lake in armonk
Shore line of Byram Lake from the pumping station of the Village/Town of Mount Kisco, 588 Byram Lake Rd.
Armonk's Byram lake reservoir.
Armonk/Mt. Kisco Byram Lake Reservoir is the source of drinking water for 10,000 Mount Kisco residents.
Dubois property in Armonk.
Bryam Lake Road looking towards Byram Lake Reservoir, near Baldwin Road, Armonk.
Bryam lake, Mt. Kisco.
Byram Lake Reservoir from Byram Lake Road, Mt. Kisco.
Dubos Property In the News Again

June 22, 2009
The Dewitt Wallace Fund and Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation donated $275,00 to The Rene Dubos Center. With the donations the center purchased 30 acres in 1979 adjacent to Byram Lake. In 2002 the non-profit center attempted to sell the property to developer Michael Cappelli for $1.2 million.

After many years in court the property will be sold to North Castle, Mount Kisco and the Westchester Land Trust. The Supreme Court ruled this decision and recently the State Attorney Generals office had no objection of the sale to the municipalities.

The land will remain in its natural state as open space upholding the original intent of the donors.  

In a combined effort, The Mount Kisco Village Board of Trustees and North Castle municipalities and The Westchester Land Trust will purchase the property at $475,000 to keep it from being developed.  The property is in the town of North Castle, adjacent to Byram Lake, which provides the water supply to Mount Kisco residents.

North Castle’s Supervisor Reese Berman, she said when the opportunity came about, “With not a moments pause they offered to split the purchase.”

“It was a bargain at less than half the price and it was the right thing to do with North Castle’s open space funds.”  

North Castle’s Town Board was unanimous on the decision.  Berman had anticipated objection from the public, however, there was no voiced objection at the public hearing.  

The purchase price is $475,000 with Mount Kisco and North Castle putting up $230,000 each and the remanding $15,000 being covered by Westchester Land Trust. This is the first time in the history of the Westchester Land Trust that they will contribute to purchase private property in partnership with municipalities.

What is greatly needed is a space to put the town’s accumulated fall leaves, while Berman  “explored the possibility, it’s not going to happen on the Dubos property.” She adds, “There are too many barriers.”

The State Attorney Generals office reviews all but small asset transactions for non-for-profits consistent with buildings and property sales.

For further information about the Dubos property go to:

Green Acres Garden Club
Autumn Splendor
Green Acres Garden Club
Country Road
Flower Show
September 20, 2011
Sunday's Green Acres Garden Club Indian Summer Flowers Show displayed a variety of members' arrangements. Visitors voted for the best arrangements in two categories. The "September Song" category had three classes: free-style, 28" hoop design, and staged pedestal. The "Small Is Beautiful" categories were: no larger than 3", no larger that 5", and no larger than 8". The size restriction applied to all directions.

Five-year member Eileen Herbert shared her display of the prize winning "Autumn Splendor." Although Herbert didn't follow the standard rule of design of a five-flower display, her free-range style of a vertical arrangement of yellow spider mums, red berries, and oasis-sponge daisy mums kept in theme with the autumn colors of rust and yellow, with a splash of red and green. The vertical design is larger at the bottom, gets smaller at the top, giving a lift to the arrangement.

The Garden Club holds an annual Indian Summer flower show in the Fall, holiday wreath decorating in December, and a plant sale the Saturday before Mother's Day.  The club contributes to gardens planted around town at the North Castle Town Hall, the Armonk eagle and flag, Armonk Library's reading garden and the seniors' raised vegetable garden at Hergenhan Center.

President Carolyn Salon presented a display of preserving flowers and shares some methods of how to dry flowers.  
Greater Outdoors of North Castle
Gardening Tips from the Green Acres Garden Club
  • When planting bulbs, adding a handful of bone meal will produce larger flowers.
  • Two inches of mulch will keep your plants moist and save water.
  • Spring flowering plants should be pruned after blooming. Summer and fall flowering plants should be pruned in early spring.
  • If a plant is not doing well, simply try moving it to another location. It might surprise you.
Learn about the best plants for your garden. Become the best gardener you can be. Join the Green Acres Garden Club. They meet on the second Wed. of each month (except Feb. & Aug.) at 9:30 am in the Hergenhan Center in Armonk.  Lectures and workshops run until Noon, and refreshment are served after the meeting. For more information call: 273-8095.

Avoid Back Pain While Gardening

Published June 1, 2011
If you are an active gardener then you are probably planning several activities as the spring is springing and the sun is out giving you an invitation. You may have a long “to do” list in your gardening journal scheduled for this spring season. But at the same time you need to know that gardening has, surprisingly, been identified as a major cause of back pain. So if you are not prepared then it is more likely that your increased activities in your own yard could hurt you. It is always better to take certain precautions in order to protect yourself from back pain problems. Here are some tips:

Take Time to Warm Up First   
Warming up is the most important pre-activity requirement. When someone starts playing sports or beginning workouts, it is sensible to warm up before. The same is true with gardening. It is a very physical activity and requires a quick walk and a little gentle stretching of your back, legs, arms and hands before you start working in your garden. Do not start hunkering down to your flower beds without a warm up.

Change Your Positions
Frequently It is important to understand that prolonged static positions could be devastating to your health. While working close to the ground, as you do while weeding, you should sit, kneel, half-kneel, and get on all fours often. Frequently changing your working positions will give your body small breaks, prevent overuse injuries and provide support to your back.

Rotate Tasks
Don’t concentrate on only one activity for too long. It is better if you keep rotating through your day’s tasks. You can  weed for ten minutes and then switch to raking for another ten minutes, next go to clipping and then come back to weeding. This rotational task management will give your body enough support.

Apply Correct Body Mechanics

It is important to avoid bending your back. You should be careful when you are lifting. Keep your back straight and keep your abdominal muscles tightened. Bend only at your hips and knees. You should never try to lift a load you are not comfortable with at one time. Instead, divide the whole load in to several parts. Use a small spade to dig. You should move your feet only and do not try to move and make unnecessary twists with your back while digging.

Use Ergonomic Gardening Tools
Use of ergonomically-designed tools is strongly recommended. Light-weight tools will help ease the load on your back and facilitate good posture. You can work in a standing position instead of bending over, thereby sparing your back. Such ergonomically-designed gardening tools are available on several websites.  Hand grips to modify conventional gardening tools are also available.

A good physical therapist can help you with proper body mechanics and teach you exercises specifically designed for gardening. If you have any questions on body mechanics while gardening or any aches or pains you are experiencing, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We’re here to help!
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Green Acres Garden Club

December 2010
We can thank Green Acres Garden Club for over 70 years of flowers and shrubs in North Castle's public gardens.  These include the gardens by Byram Hills school yards, the North Castle libraries, Wampus Brook Park, the eagle on Route 22, and High Street's historical marker for John Andre.

The next project on the Green Acres agenda, is to redesign the entrance to the hiking trail at the Betsy Sluder Nature Preserve on Old Route 22.  Betsy Sluder was a long-time Armonk resident, a garden club member and a principal founder of the North Castle Conservation Board.

The club's goal is to beautify our town. Its current members include Presidents Carolyn Salon and Susan Bohm, Secretary Eileen Herbert, Corresponding Secretary Lynn Watson, Treasurer Terri Lobermann, and Nanette Naderio, Peggy Kerner, Maggie Limburg, Kathleen Cetra, JoAnne Hendersen, Judy Early, Kay Dubiel, Anne Schaller, Connie Quarrie, Mary DiBernardo, Carol Capone, Cardlee Metroka, Joan Klonsky, Maretta Gay and Irene Sandford.

The garden club's traditional holiday wreath-making and displays are in full bloom this season.  With fresh tree trimmings from Benedict Nursery, the group deftly assembles the holiday wreaths to display around town, with the queen wreath hanging at the Armonk Library.  

Another tradition of the garden club is to recognize the holiday decorations of others. This year, the Town of North Castle, in conjunction with the North Castle Beautification Foundation, received first prize for Main Street's display of old fashioned street lights decorated with wreaths sparkling with holiday light bulbs.  It's a breathtaking display of holiday spirit, especially in the evenings. Susan Blake and Lv2beFit earned second place, Mariani's Garden earned third prize, and honorable mention was given to Moderne Barn.  
Tree Work
Whether you’ve just moved to Armonk from a city where the only trees you saw were in a park, or you’re a long time resident familiar with trees on your property, there is always something to learn about them. Two certified arborists, Thomas Marino, who holds a Masters of Forest Science from Yale, and Dan Moore, who has over twenty years experience in the field, offer advice.  Both men advise not to call just anyone, but to do your research before you call someone.  Read more

Meyer Nature Preserve
Eugene & Agnes Meyer Nature Preserve in North Castle.
Seven springs
Easement to Oregon Road is in litigation between Seven Springs LLC and The Nature Conservancy.
The private road through the Nature Preserve has been closed.
Entrance to Seven Springs property.
Access road runs through the preserve to Seven Springs property.
Oregon Road, North Castle
Feb. 2009

At the North Castle Town Board meeting of February 25, 2009 the Town Board acted to defend the town in a difficult situation and, as it was legally advised to be in the best interest of North Castle, voted unanimously to sign a negotiated settlement releasing North Castle from two legal actions initiated by Seven Springs LLC in the amount of $600M.  

At the meeting, after a summary of the circumstances, much discussion and requests from several residents, the Town Attorney, Roland Baroni read the negotiated document. The statement included the concession that The Town of North Castle will not contest the easement or private ownership of Oregon Road, North Castle.   This would release the Town of any and all claims and to expedite, when submitted, the completion of the review of the Seven Springs project.

The Nature Conservancy owns the Eugene & Agnes Meyers Nature Preserve adjacent to the Seven Springs property.

Several residents, neighbors to Oregon Road, requested the Town Board delay the signing of the document and commented with disappointment “that after working with its citizens toward a common goal of keeping the road closed for so long, the town board members made a decision affecting all of us without so much as a conversation or an explanation.”

Waterfalls along the hiking trails at Cranberry Lake Preserve.
Waterfalls along the hiking trails at Cranberry Lake Preserve.
Cranberry Lake Preserve, 1609 Old Orchard St., North White Plains, NY.
Cranberry Lake is located at 1609 Old Orchard St., North White Plains, NY.
The root cellar
The root cellar located near Cranberry Lake. The lake is the source of most of the stone used to build Kensico Dam.
Root Cellar along the hiking trails of Cranberry Lake Preserve.
Stones from Cranberry Lake were used to build Kensico Dam in 1914.
Nearby Cranberry Lake Preserve

Located in North White Plains, Cranberry Lake Preserve includes 190 acres that are great for hiking. The lake is the source for most of the stone used to build the Kensico Dam. Located just off Old Orchard Street across Route 22 from the Kensico Reservoir, the preserve is administered by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation.  Cranberry Lake itself covers 10 acres
and runs into Kensico Reservoir.  Click here for more information on Cranberry Lake.

Green Acres Garden Club--A Club for All Seasons
By Louise T. Gantress

July 19, 2014
As you drive past the garden beneath the iconic eagle on Route 22, or the gardens by Town Hall, the library or other areas of Armonk and North White Plains, did you ever wonder who tends those lovely gardens? The answer: the ladies of the Green Acres Garden Club, a volunteer organization founded in 1939. One can enjoy a variety of plantings, including begonia, marigold, zinnia, cleome, dusty miller, salvia, hydrangea, lilies, coral bells, roses, butterfly bushes, dogwood, bayberry and evergreens for year-round beauty.

The children’s garden behind the Armonk library was one of the Club’s first efforts, but most people recognize the garden by the Kent Place parking lot. In addition to the spring plant sale, the Garden Club also offers lectures and demonstrations on gardening, flower arranging, pruning and deer survival hints. In December, the Club creates many of the holiday wreaths seen hanging at both North Castle libraries in Armonk and North White Plains, at Town Hall and The North Castle Historical Society’s Smith Tavern.

One of the Garden Club’s newest projects is the triangle garden in Wampus Brook Park, designed by member Lynn Watson and her husband Barrie. If you look closely, there are triangle layouts within the main triangle plan. As you walk along Maple Avenue, let your gaze fall on the flower beds in front of the Hergenhan Recreation Center. Behind the recreation building is an herb and vegetable garden, which provides the North Castle Senior Program with free produce.

“This is an all-season concept, as should be the case for a public garden,” says Garden Club President Carolyn Salon about the design at the Armonk Library. All the Club’s public gardens follow this concept, such as those in front of and to the side of Town Hall. The new eagle flies above a garden with new soil from Sam Bridge Nursery that replaced exhausted soil and plantings. Naturescapes donated plants to other sites. 

The Garden Club also has several gardens in North White Plains: gardens at the library on Clove Road; at the Joseph Miller Park and War Memorial at Route 22 and Reservoir Road; and at the Daughters of the American Revolution mini-park. These are all planted and tended by the Green Acre Garden Club’s members.

As with any garden, maintenance is a daily task to control weeds, which consumes at least fourteen hours a week by the Garden Club’s members. When you see a member installing new plants, pulling dandelions or other servicing work, thank them. Nanette Yaroscak, Connie Quarrie, Lynn Watson, Carolyn Salon, Susan Bohm, Carol Capone and Terri Loebermann and other members will welcome your appreciation. 

Windmill Club Loses Hallmark Tree
By Natalie Pudalov

August 4, 2013
Earlier this summer, one of the three large European Littleleaf Linden trees that graced the front lawn of the Windmill Club in Armonk fell, leaving an empty patch between the two remaining  Linden Trees. Certified Arborist Thomas Marino offered insight as to why the tree may have fallen, the history of the tree, and preventative measures for the remaining trees.

Marino suggests that the tree’s downfall was a result of both its age and structure. Structurally, the tree had four major trunks with v-shaped junctions. Trees with u-shaped junctions lend more support to branches and leaves, but this tree had narrow v-shaped junctions essentially dissociated from one another. Another source of weakness could have been the tree’s age. Marino estimates that the tree was probably 100 years old. The tree’s European origin suggests another potential reason it may have fallen. According to Marino, trees usually have the resources to thrive if they are native to an area. The Littleleaf Linden  “prefers moist, deep, fertile, well-drained soils,” according to the UConn Plant Database. Since the Windmill Lake is artificial and is at a lower elevation than the entranceway, the tree probably lacked the moist, fertile soil it needed to thrive.

Marino and his team opened up the canopy of this tree by trimming and pruning its branches four years ago. But despite this care, the structural integrity of the tree was severely compromised by the problems mentioned above combined with evidence of prior improper cabling.

The foremost question for residents now is can the two remaining Linden trees be preserved? The answer is maybe.
Marino suggests pruning the trees again in an effort to further open up the canopy.
He describes this as “reducing weak, dead, declining, and unnecessary branches greater than one inch in diameter.” Using a metaphor of a sail, he states that pruning allows wind to blow through the canopy, as opposed to remaining stuck between layers.

Marino recognizes that many individual are often eager to remove trees from their properties that they fear might pose danger. However, he prefers to analyze all options before cutting down a tree. He meets with clients to assess tree, which includes testing for resistance and hollowness. If a tree is not deemed imminently dangerous, Marino often suggests the less expensive option of pruning branches and fertilizing to resort tree vigor, root strength, and mitigating structural decay.

Marino, who holds an MS degree in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, works for the Bedford branch of SavATree. He serves nearly 350 clients with tree, shrub and lawn care services in the Armonk area.

Brush Pick-Up
Feb. 6, 2012

General Highway Foreman Jamie Norris stressed that the brush clean up from the October winter storm is taking time. According to Norris, we started work on November 7th with three crews and also utilized outside crews. The highway department has completed 63% of the required work, and at this rate, they anticipate the clean up to be finished by April.

Once the storm aftermath is done, the North Castle Highway Department will return to its normal schedule of brush pick-up. Norris added that they will remove brush that meets the following requirements: nothing larger than 4" in diameter and piles no higher than 4' and no longer than 30' spread out on curbside.

North Castle is known to pick up more brush than most towns. Under normal circumstances, the schedule calls for a monthly pickup.

The highway department requests that residents call to schedule brush pick-up. In addition, wood chips can be delivered to residents at no cost. Contact the North Castle Highway Department at 273-3561 and they will be happy to deliver a truckload to your property.

Just as they are beginning to flower, cut flowers on a dry day.
Tie with stretchy material in small bunches and hang upside-down (traditional way) or leave right-side-up in a warm, airy place away from direct sun. Drying takes up to 3 weeks.
Choices for air drying:
     Culinary herbs like oregano, mint, basil
     Pussy willows
     Hydrangeas (remove leaves)
     Button zinnias
This method is a 21st century innovation.
Flowers look fresh but are brittle and dry.
To use this method you need:
     1 lb of silica gel (looks like sugar and can be
         purchased at craft stores)
     Microwaveable glass dish – round or square
     Instant-read thermometer
     Tiny paintbrush
     1 glass full of water in the microwave
       (otherwise you risk a fire!)
Step 1. Put ½”of Silica Gel in your glass dish.
Step 2. Cut the plant material at its PEAK BEAUTY and place it immediately on the silica gel.
Step 3. Cover the plant material with the rest of the silica gel, using a spoon. Try not to mash or distort the plant material.
Step 4. Microwave uncovered for 3 minutes on HIGH with a glass of water in the microwave.
Step 5. Immediately insert the thermometer without destroying the plant material. It should read about 160 degrees F.  If it has not reached that temperature, microwave it for 30-second intervals until it does.
Step 6.  Remove dish from the microwave and allow it to cool to room temperature – about 2 hours.
Step 7. Carefully pour off the silica gel into another container and gently lift out your delicate dry plant material.
Save the silica gel for re-use forever. You may want to sift plant particles out of it.
Choices for Silica Gel +Microwave Drying:
     Small and delicate flowers
     Small roses
     Leaf sprays or single leaves
{Flowers with thick fluids like Petunias or Milkweeds do not work with this method.}
This method is good for foliage preservation.  Leaves and vines stay pliable for years.
Step 1. Pick a small branch with good leaves, berries, etc.  Wash, if necessary.
Step 2A. Strip leaves from the base and crush 3” of the stem with a hammer.
Step 2B. At the same time, mix in a jar:
1 part glycerine to 2 parts of very hot water.  {Glycerine is available in pharmacies and natural food stores.} Mix well because the heavy glycerine will stay on the bottom.
Step 3.  Put the crushed end of the stem into the hot glycerine solution IMMEDIATELY.
Step 4. Keep in a cool,dark place for 2-8 weeks.
Check each week to add more glycerine solution if it is used up.
Leaves may turn brownish, but will feel pliable in your fingers.
Step 5. Remove from the glycerine solution and cut off the crushed end.
Step 6. Store in cardboard boxes – not plastic.
These keep for years and can be carefully washed and dried if needed.  

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Con ed
Dangerous Tree Program

June 15, 2010

At a past town board meeting, allegations that the town could be involved in a scam were made by developer Mike Fareri. As a result, town attorney Roland Baroni began investigating the relationship between Lewis Tree Company and Con Edison.  Baroni reported that The Dangerous Tree Program provides municipalities with shared services, allowing Con Edison and the highway department to identify potentially dangerous trees. First, Con Ed approves and pays for the inspections; following these inspections, Lewis Tree Company takes down the dangerous trees, theoretically leading to less power outages. Baroni says, "They have taken down hundreds of trees for the Town. The program is not new, and is a great value as a reciprocal arrangement."  Lewis Tree Company rotates parking their trucks throughout Westchester County. They are currently parked at the North Castle Highway Yard, adjacent to the Town Annex building, but will not continue to stay there indefinitely. They plan to move into another community, as Baroni was told that the North Castle program is coming to a close.
Pruning Notices
Jan. 21, 2011

Con Edison, in conjunction with Lewis Tree Company, is identifying North Castle properties with trees which have grown close to electrical lines, and as a result, may potentially cause an interruption in electrical service. Homeowners will receive notices in their mailboxes identifying trees that have been designated for pruning or removal on their properties. The power line right-of-way uses a method called "Natural Directional Pruning". The amount of tree pruned away from the power line depends upon the growth cycle of the species. Fortunately, there will be no expense to the homeowner for the tree work performed. In addition, according to Superintendent of Public Works Rich Fon, North Castle is not responsible for costs associated with the line clearing service, since the contract is between Lewis Tree Company and Con Edison.