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Audubon Community Nature Center Recognizes Thousands of Volunteer Hours, Installs New Board Members

Audubon Community Nature Center Recognizes Thousands of Volunteer Hours, Installs New Board Members

Jamestown, NY – “The History Begins With You” was the theme for the Annual Dinner and Volunteer Recognition that celebrated Audubon Community Nature Center’s 60th anniversary year. 

The event opened with a social time in the Fireplace Room followed by a delicious buffet dinner featuring food locally produced and prepared by 3 C’s Catering.

President Ruth Lundin shared a Year in Review that described the positive energy generated by the new brand, strong finances, and grounds in the best shape ever. Initiatives of the last three years have brought new programming and increased visibility, expanding Audubon’s efforts in Warren, northern Chautauqua County, and Randolph, and working with Jamestown Public Schools on programs for the new Universal Pre-Kindergarten for 3 year olds (UPK3). The exciting news for next year is the addition of another educator who will assist with the expanded school programming, special events, and public programming.

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

Identity theft is still a major problem in the United States. Over 15 million U.S. consumers lost $16 billion in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years, ID thieves have stolen over $107 billion.

To help combat ID theft and educate the public on best practices to secure personal information, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, in partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, Shred-It, AT&T, Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, and West Seneca Chamber of Commerce will host Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – noon across Upstate New York (Western New York, Rochester, and Central New York). 

The free community shredding events in Western New York will be held at Tops Friendly Markets at 355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca and 3865 Union Road (corner of George Urban Blvd.), Cheektowaga in the parking lots.

Annual ROCtober Event to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

Annual ROCtober Event to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting rural poverty, will host its fourth annual “ROCtober” event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora.

The event will feature food by Elm Street Bakery, wine provided by Reed’s Wines and Liquors, beer, music by Doug Yeomans, and a custom-made cherry coffee table handcrafted by local artisan Jim Conell-Cordes and valued at $2,800. Raffle tickets for the coffee table are available for $10 each or three for $25. The drawing will take place the night of the event.

Volunteers Invited to Join Audubon’s Roadside Cleanup

Volunteers Invited to Join Audubon’s Roadside Cleanup

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center has adopted a section of Route 62 to pick up litter along the side of the road.

You are invited to join other volunteers on Saturday, October 7, to enjoy some fresh air and good company and be part of this twice-yearly endeavor to make our community a little cleaner.

Rain or shine, at 9 a.m. volunteers will meet at the Nature Center at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. After dividing into teams and gearing up with gloves and orange safety vests, you will ride in the van to Audubon’s section of highway.

Matching orange trash bags will be filled with roadside refuse, then workers will return to the Nature Center at noon.

Snacks will be provided in the kitchen for breaks and afterward.

Volunteers ages 12-18 are welcome as long as accompanied by an adult.

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Summit to Highlight Environmental Action Efforts

Positive ways to take action on environmental issues will be addressed at the 13th annual Western New York Environmental Summit taking place Sept. 30 at Daemen College.

“Get Involved: A Toolkit for Action,” which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Daemen’s Wick Campus Center. A continental breakfast will be provided for all event attendees.

“This year’s event is designed to educate attendees on how they can make a difference and have a positive impact on environmental issues,” said Dr. Brenda Young, program director of global and local sustainability. “Understanding the tools that are available to create change will help make efforts more effective in our communities.”

The Environmental Summit will kick off with a keynote presentation, “Empowering Your Organization Brand Through Social Media, to be given by Daniel Wangelin, owner of [re]noun creative, a Buffalo-based design and marketing company.

Funding Needed to Turn a 140-acre Forest on Grand Island Into an Iconic New Nature Preserve

Funding Needed to Turn a 140-acre Forest on Grand Island Into an Iconic New Nature Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy and residents of Grand Island hope to create a new 140-acre forested nature preserve along the Niagara River. That dream came closer to reality this month when funding was committed by the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee and the Gallogly Family Foundation totaling more than $700,000. This funding will be just enough for the Land Conservancy to purchase the property and open it to the public. The Land Conservancy is hoping to raise at least another $600,000 to create an even better walking trail system, restore wildlife habitat and help maintain the preserve in the long run. 

Annual Western New York Land Conservancy Gala Taking Place on September 26

Annual Western New York Land Conservancy Gala Taking Place on September 26

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host its annual gala in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. For more than 26 years, the regional land trust and its thousands of supporters have saved more than 6,000 acres of forests, wetlands, meadows and farms in the eight counties of Western New York. These places include, among many others, the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora and farmland throughout the region. These places are protected forever because of the Land Conservancy and the efforts of its members.