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Outdoors notebook: Flight will be focus of festival

Tifft Nature Preserve and Buffalo Harbor State Park will partner on Friday to host a day-long series of “Sky’s the Limit” activities.

The event features family-friendly exhibits and involvements on all things that fly. Wind, sky and flight-themed events will go from 1 to 5 p.m. at both sites. Kite flying with the Great Lakes Kitefliers Society will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Buffalo Harbor.

Visitors can enjoy tethered hot air balloon rides with the Aurora Balloon Co. from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.; food vendors will be at Buffalo Harbor from 5 to 8 p.m.

Activities end with a Movie Night at 9 p.m., screening the film “Fly Away Home.”

Events are free, including parking, for all events at both sites, 1111 and 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.

For more details, call 825-6397 or 828-0027 or go to sciencebuff.org or nysparks.com.

Fair mounts

Trophy mount owners can exhibit their trophies and possibly win prize status and fair tickets for their entries in the Conservation Building at the Erie County Fair, which will be held Aug. 6-17.

For complete details, call 649-3900 or go to ecfair.org and click on “competitive exhibits.”

Lawn lore

Summer lawn fanatics are cautioned about the use of fertilizers containing phosphorus, the middle number in fertilizer mixes. For decades, 5-10-5 had been the standard mix for yard and garden plantings each growing season.

Department of Environmental Conservation studies have shown “too much phosphorus is harmful to the state’s water resource.” In 2012 a Dishwater Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law was established, prohibiting the use of phosphorus except when a new lawn is being established or a soil test shows the lawn lacks phosphorus.

For more details on phosphorous/lawn-fertilizer uses and restrictions, go to dec.ny.gov/chemical/67239.

Boater lore

For boaters, a new law effective May 1 this year requires all persons born on or after May 1, 1996 to complete an approved boater-education course to operate a motorboat in New York State.

Two approved courses are offered this coming week. Gander Mountain at 880 Young St. in the Town of Tonawanda has a course Saturday. For details, call 616-0038 and ask for Michael Abad. Niagara Scuba Center at 2105 Military Road in Niagara Falls holds a class on July 27. For details, check with Michael McCormick at 316-8259.

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