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RULING DUE ON REFUSAL TO MOW

A woman who has refused to mow her lawn for four years heads to court next week in her effort to fend off angry neighbors who want it cut.

Bourke Kennedy says she is not growing a lawn but a garden and has a right to keep a mower from ruining her herbs and wild flowers.

Neighbors say Ms. Kennedy's lawn ruins the neighborhood and decreases their property values.

The Skaneateles Village Board said her lawn violates a local law that requires homeowners to cut and trim their lawn and bushes at least twice a month between May and the end of October.

Village workers were set to mow her lawn this week, but State Supreme Court Justice Parker Stone signed an order to keep the mowers away, at least temporarily.

Monday, another judge will decide whether to enforce the temporary restraining order.

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