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Saturday, April 12
Clarence Fishing Derby- Clarence Town Park. Registration at 8:30am and derby from 9am-noon. Open to children 15 and under.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council Public Meeting-on the Draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update. A formal presentation will be made followed by an open discussion format. Special accommodations will be provided upon request. Wheatfield Community Senior Center, 2790 Church Rd. North Tonawanda, NY from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council Public Meeting- on the Draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update. A formal presentation will be made followed by an open discussion format. Special accommodations will be provided upon request. Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Central Meeting Room 2nd Floor, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 22
Share Your Ideas on How to Transform Buffalo's Brownfields
- The upcoming open houses will give citizens an opportunity to review the work to date for each Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA), and to help identify strategic sites for the development of more detailed master plans. The City of Buffalo is currently undertaking three BOA studies - Buffalo Harbor, Buffalo River Corridor, and Tonawanda Street Corridor. Buffalo River Corridor BOA Open House from 6PM - 8PM, Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic Street. www.buffalobrownfieldopportunities.com
Wednesday, April 23
WNYEA Habitat and Natural Resources Work Group meeting- from 6-8 pm at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Share Your Ideas on How to Transform Buffalo's Brownfields- The upcoming open houses will give citizens an opportunity to review the work to date for each Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA), and to help identify strategic sites for the development of more detailed master plans. The City of Buffalo is currently undertaking three BOA studies - Buffalo Harbor, Buffalo River Corridor, and Tonawanda Street Corridor. 6PM - 8PM, Riverside Institute of Technology, 51 Ontario Street. www.buffalobrownfieldopportunities.com
Thursday, April 24
Share Your Ideas on How to Transform Buffalo's Brownfields
- The upcoming open houses will give citizens an opportunity to review the work to date for each Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA), and to help identify strategic sites for the development of more detailed master plans. The City of Buffalo is currently undertaking three BOA studies - Buffalo Harbor, Buffalo River Corridor, and Tonawanda Street Corridor. 6PM - 8PM at Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, 315 Carolina Street. www.buffalobrownfieldopportunities.com
Saturday, April 26
Raptor Migration at the Ripley Hawk Watch-9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The peak of Broad-winged Hawk migration - hundreds of these woodland raptors returning to temperate forests to breed from South American wintering grounds - is one of nature's great spectacles. Citizen scientists at the Ripley Hawk Watch, on the Lake Erie Plain, have been known to record over 1000 Broad-wings in a single day at this time of year. This is a good time for Osprey, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks, and other raptors to be on the move, too. If the weather isn't favorable for hawk migration, we'll search for early wildflowers and/or migrating waterfowl. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. Our transportation leaves RTPI promptly at 9:00 and will head directly to join the Ripley Hawk Watch's dedicated observers in the field. $20. All trips leave promptly from the RTPI parking lot at the start times indicated. For questions and to register, contact:Mark Baldwin, Director of Education/Exhibits Director at 716-665-2473 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, April 27
Teach-Me-To-Fish for KIDS - a FREE hands-on outdoor event sponsored by the Bison City Rod & Gun Club located directly on the rejuvenated Buffalo River at 511 Ohio St. in Buffalo, NY. The course features 10 minutes of "intro" slides to WNY Fish Life and the fun of the outdoors through fishing. The kids will receive individual registration cards and then visit each of six (6) learning stations where they learn to cast, tie a fishing knot, feed the 10,000 live steelhead being raised in floating fish pens on the River (they are released in May), visit with the Erie County Sheriff on board their new 60-foot Rescue Boats, rig a plastic bait on a hook, and then fish from the new protected Bison City fishing pier. Life preservers will be provided, rods/reels/bait will be provided, the kids only need to bring themselves and a parent or guardian. At each learning station, the captain will corner-punch the appropriate spot on the youth registration card to indicate completion of the learning station. At the end of the event, for kids that completed all the learning stations, over 60 rods/reels are given away free to the kids! Come learn about fishing, see rod and reel demonstrations, get free area fish maps and a free Sahlen’s hot dog lunch, free ice cream and water or pop beverages! Call Dave Barus with any questions at 716-597-4081. It's all FREE!
Monday, April 28
Public Meeting: Amherst Town Board Proposes Fracking Ban-7:00 pm @ Town of Amherst Municipal Bldg., 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The Town Board of Amherst will propose a resolution that could lead to a local ban on fracking, disposal of fracking waste, and road spreading of brine in the town at their next meeting. You may also prepare 3-minutes of testimony to read. Be sure to emphasize how these things could impact Amherst residents. Non-Amherst residents are also allowed to testify. Speaking is optional and those wishing to speak should arrive 15 minutes early to sign up.
Thursday, May 8
Niagara Group of Sierra Club Awards Dinner-RSVP by 4/25. All are invited. The dinner is being held My Tomato Pie Restaurant 3085 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226 which is located in the Northtown Plaza between Alberta Dr. and Niagara Falls Blvd. The function will begin at 5:45pm and dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Dinner is Dutch treat. It will be a buffet style and cost approx. $25 including tax and gratuity. You can either e-mail or call Larry at 716-634-8715. Hope to see you there!
Summer Employment Opportunity with GBNRTC
Transportation Survey Technician Positions May 19th-August 21st, 2014. For more info visit...http://www.gbnrtc.org/news/summer-employment-opportunity/
Public Review and Comment Period for 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update
The 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan is an update to the 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan and contains an integrated set of public policies, strategies, and investments to maintain, manage, and improve the transportation system in the Erie and Niagara County region through the year 2040. The public review and comment period extends from April 3, 2014 through April 25, 2014. An electronic version of the draft plan is available on the GBNRTC website (www.gbnrtc.org) for viewing and/or downloading; and may also be reviewed by visiting the GBNRTC offices.
Recycle your Plastic Bags @ Wegmans=Earn Donations for Nature Conservancy
This April for every additional pound of plastic bags recycled above 177K (last year's level), Wegmans will give 50 cents to The Nature Conservancy. Wegmans is so confident that you all will get behind this that they will give $10,000 as a minimum contribution! We hope this will inspire you to recycle even more this year, knowing that their donation will go to a great organization focused on preserving lands and waters. Wegmans is placing new signs next to plastic bag recycling bins near the store's entrance to educate customers about other similar types of plastic bag materials the store will accept for recycling and those not accepted. Examples:
Accepted: Clean plastic bags - including bread wrappers, cereal box liners, newspaper bags, bath tissue wrap, plastic outer wraps, shipping pillows, dry cleaning bags, food storage bags, produce bags, grocery bags, and bags from other retailers.- See more at: http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/PressReleaseDetailView?productId=775604&storeId=10052&catalogId=10002&langId=-1#sthash.mJPjilWB.dpuf