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Agency OKs remediation of 21 acres at outer harbor

Remediation of 21 acres on the outer harbor was approved by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. this week.

The work will prepare the land for eventual public access in a shoreline setting and potential private development. It will begin on the parcels -- a former Cargill property and adjacent land formerly owned by the New York Power Authority -- after the completion of the city's Brownfield Opportunity Area.

Also, the board announced 426 events and activities are planned this summer at Canalside and approved an agreement that keeps Buffalo Place providing operation, maintenance and programming services.

Programming will include a weekly archaeological dig under the direction of Douglas Pirelli of the University at Buffalo's archaeology department; a working artisan/vendors market; a series of performances detailing African-American history; and the Buffalo Irish Festival, with a theater production celebrating the history of the Irish in Buffalo.


Free events today celebrate National Library Week

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System is inviting the public to a pair of free events today in Buffalo.

From 1 to 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, international storyteller Celes Tisdale will perform "Yet I Do Marvel" -- a diverse collection of fanciful stories and poems emphasizing the commonality of the human experience in global cultures -- in honor of National Library Week, which runs through Sunday.

"Buffalo Roots Run Deep," the 16th African-American Writers Discussion and Reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

The program features a panel discussion with notable African-American authors Karima Amin, Sharon Amos and Eva M. Doyle. The moderator will be Vonetta T. Rhodes, a spoken words artist and writer.


District sets several forums on proposed 2012-13 budget

The Orchard Park School District has scheduled several forums on its proposed 2012-13 budget.

Superintendent Matthew McGarrity and Assistant Superintendent for Business Jeffrey Petrus will be on hand with information and to answer questions from the public.

The forums will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ellicott Elementary; 7 p.m. April 30 at the high school; 9:30 a.m. May 2 at Eggert Road Elementary; 6:30 p.m. May 3 at Windom Elementary; 9:30 a.m. May 8 at the middle school; and 1:30 p.m. May 10 at South Davis Elementary.

Voting on the budget proposal takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 15 in the high school gym.


Annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair to observe Earth Day

The sixth annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair will celebrate Earth Day with booths from area eco-organizations in front of City Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

The event is free. For more information, go to or call 553-4061.