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N. Tonawanda seeks help to plant trees

North Tonawanda lost an estimated 500 trees in the October Surprise snowstorm two years ago. The North Tonawanda Environmental Committee, working with Re-Tree WNY, wants to replace these trees over five years. In May, 49 trees were planted in five locations by 35 volunteers.

This November, we are planning to replace 50 more trees. Trees improve the overall quality of life for people and for wildlife. Trees improve air and water quality by removing pollutants through both their root systems and their leaves. Tree canopies shade buildings, sidewalks, streets and other structures, keeping them cooler. Strategically placed trees can shelter buildings from cold winds in winter months, reducing heating costs. The presence of trees also increases property values. Parks and tree-lined streets are more likely to bring people together and help to create a sense of community.

The North Tonawanda Environmental Committee needs volunteers for the Nov. 8 planting. Those interested are asked to register by calling 694-6281.

The committee meets the fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The public is welcome.

Ray Gang

North Tonawanda


Moses Parkway in need of urgent repairs

I've been a resident of Niagara County for over two years and currently work as a state employee in Buffalo. I commute daily along the Robert Moses Parkway and have noticed the road from Niagara Falls to Lewiston in perpetual disrepair.

The (once) two-lane parkway is now limited to one lane (only) with construction fences, signs and pylons along the entire route. However, don't let the signs and equipment fool you, nothing has been done to that road since I moved here in 2006. Absolutely nothing.
Furthermore, the Power Authority has "confiscated" part of the road by using it as their own personal parking lot, with semi-permanent fences and concrete roadblocks in front of the entrance.

I feel, as a taxpayer, I want to know why the parkway has been neglected for so long. The Falls, state parks, public trails and natural beauty of our area are among the few things we can be proud of and enjoy as taxpaying residents. Why are we destroying our beautiful resources, which provide such scenic views and access to our cities?

Why isn't the Robert Moses a priority to fix, given the amount of local traffic and tourism that drives our local economy? I speak on behalf of many who are becoming increasingly concerned and angry. I would like to know who exactly is accountable for such disrepair and why aren't efforts being made to fix this growing problem?

Sean Kelley


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