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Opportunity Closing to Get United Arts Appeal Recognitions

Opportunity Closing to Get United Arts Appeal Recognitions

Jamestown, NY – Businesses and individuals still have time to show their support for the arts and be acknowledged during the 2017-2018 season by the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA).

The UAA concludes its 2017 Fund Drive on August 31.

“We are eager to recognize our donors in a number of ways,” said President Shane Hawkins, “but we need to hear from them by the end of the month.” She noted that both business and individual contributors are cited on the UAA’s website, in the printed programs of presentations by member organizations, and more.  “With thousands of people enjoying UAA member programs over the course of a year, that’s a lot of recognition.”

Last Call for Pulling Water Chestnut at Audubon

Last Call for Pulling Water Chestnut at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – “We are nearing the end!”

Those were the optimistic words of Julie Gibson, who has spent her summer coordinating the removal of the European Water Chestnut from the ponds at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

“In these next two weeks I hope to put the final few nails in the coffin!!” was her message earlier this week to anyone who would be willing to put on waders or get in a canoe or kayak to make the final effort.

The European Water Chestnut is an invasive species that can cover a water body so densely it chokes out other plants and animal life. Much of ACNC’s 600-acre wetland preserve is covered by a series of ponds, making it dangerously vulnerable to the annual invader. Audubon staff and hundreds of volunteers have worked tirelessly every summer since its first appearance in 2013 to control the infestation and prevent it from spreading to other waterways in the region.

Rural Outreach Center Receives Funding for Two New Initiatives

Rural Outreach Center Receives Funding for Two New Initiatives

East Aurora’s Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization offering a wide variety of social services for those living in Western New York’s rural communities, recently received $12,500 from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The grant will fund two new initiatives.

The first program to be funded, “ROC in Motion,” is an exercise and activity program that will be taken to two rural mobile home parks for four weeks this summer, two days per week, two hours per day. 

Audubon Benefits in Many Ways from Stephanie Frucella Memorial Fund

Audubon Benefits in Many Ways from Stephanie Frucella Memorial Fund

Jamestown, NY – When Jamestown residents Bob and Kathleen Frucella lost their daughter, a fourth grade teacher, they established a fund at Audubon Community Nature Center in her memory.

Since 2009, young people have earned their way to Summer Day Camps at Audubon Community Nature Center by receiving the Stephanie Frucella Memorial “Making A Difference” Scholarships.

As a child, Stephanie loved to come to the Audubon with her family to walk the trails and discover wildlife, flowers, and the beauty of nature. In her life, Stephanie strived daily to make a difference in the lives of her students and her community. Through this fund, her legacy continues.

Preference for the merit-based scholarship is given to campers in grades five and up who have demonstrated interest in volunteering, giving back to their communities, mentoring others, or who wish to start volunteering as a counselor in training or junior counselor for Day Camps.

Invasive Species Awareness Week Volunteers Wanted for Honeysuckle Harvest at Kenneglenn

Invasive Species Awareness Week Volunteers Wanted for Honeysuckle Harvest at Kenneglenn

In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, on Thursday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Western New York Land Conservancy is partnering with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove Tartarian Honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. 

Tartarian Honeysuckle is an invasive shrub that was introduced to the United States from Asia. Here in Western New York, where it has no natural controls, its leaves appear early in the spring and remain into late fall, giving it a competitive advantage over native plants. The implications of an invasive plant infestation are wide reaching, from impacts to native woodland plants to insects and birds. 

East Aurora’s Annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale Returns on July 29

East Aurora’s Annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale Returns on July 29

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s 48th annual Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, along Main Street in the heart of the Village of East Aurora. The event will feature local vendors, plenty of activities for kids and families, food and entertainment, Chalk Walk Murals, Operation Kids and much more!

Opening festivities will include the National Anthem at 9:45 a.m. with the American Legion Post #362 Color Guard. Other highlights will include the popular Chalk Walk Murals sponsored by the Town of Aurora Recreation Department from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a West Herr Buick GMC, West Herr Cadillac new car display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at TNT Oil Change; Holland NASCAR Race Car display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and DJ entertainment from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Audubon July 6 Raised Bed Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Audubon July 6 Raised Bed Gardening Workshop Free Thanks to Cummins

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has added raised beds to its kitchen garden and will be offering three free gardening workshops, all thanks to a grant from Jamestown Cummins Engine Plant

Reg Boutwell, an avid gardener with years of experience, designed and built the raised beds. He is also instructing the 6-7 p.m. Raised Bed Gardening workshop on Thursday, July 6. Rain date is the same time on July 13.

Raised beds require some thought when it comes to design, and filling the beds requires a bit of know-how to get the best results. They also have some advantages over in-ground gardens.