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Flurry of green activity set for Delaware Park

More than 60 local arborists and tree care professionals will donate their muscles, equipment and expertise Saturday to help the Buffalo Olmsted parks Conservancy and improve the health of the trees in Delaware Park in recognition of Arbor Day.

The work Saturday will focus on two areas on the north side of the park -- the Mirror Lake Woodland along Nottingham Terrace east of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum and Crandall Woods off Amherst Street behind the Buffalo Zoo.

The crews will remove dead and ailing trees, do structural pruning, grind stumps, take preservation measures for the ash trees and fertilize recently planted trees.

Elsewhere in the park, at 9 a.m., volunteers will help plant more than 50 trees in the meadow of the Delaware Park Golf Course, and Upstate New York Transplant Services volunteers will plant a commemorative garden near Agassiz Circle.


ECC students, faculty to begin park project

Students and faculty from Erie Community College will be fixing up Fireman's Park, between North and South Division Streets adjacent to the City Campus, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

The ongoing beautification project is a partnership between the City of Buffalo's Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets, and the college's service learning, building management and maintenance and architecture departments.

The first phase of the project consists of replacing the wood on all 14 benches.


Buffalo students finish 1-2-3 in poster contest

Three Buffalo high school students who were the top three finishers in poster contest will be honored Saturday when Stop the Violence Coalition holds its fourth annual banquet in Creekside Manor, 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

The students created posters based on the theme of this year's banquet, which is community mentors. The first-place finisher is Cantrell Mitchell, a ninth-grader at Hutchinson-Central Technical School. Aurora Derby, a student at Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, came in second, and Cache Carter, a ninth-grader at Oracle Charter School, came in third.

The banquet is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Erie County Legislator Timothy R. Hogues will be the keynote speaker. Activities include a silent auction, raffles and door prizes, awards presentations and dancing.


Summer photography camps accepting applications

CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St., is accepting applications for eight one-week photography camps this summer for youngsters and teens. The three-hour classes, scheduled between July 16 and Aug. 10, are limited to 10 students.

Sessions will be held in the morning for children 8 to 12 and in the afternoon for teens 13 to 17. Registration is required in advance. Fee is $175. For information, call 856-2717 or visit