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Where we live: Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga

A community organization is doing its part to help Cheektowaga Town Park recover from the disastrous effects of an insect infestation.

The Harlem Road park has lost more than 200 trees to the destruction of the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that made its way from China to the United States, nestled in wooden shipping pallets bearing car parts shipped to Detroit.

At last week’s Town Board meeting, the town accepted an offer by Cheektowaga Little Loop Athletic Association to donate and plant five trees in the park.

This week:

• A Town Board work session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Office Conference Room on the second floor of Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The town’s Conservation Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Council Office Conference Room at Town Hall.

• Dick Urban Community Association is hosting a “Meet the Candidates Night” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Maryvale Primary School, One Nagel Drive.

• The third annual Jackie Schmid Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Valley of Buffalo Banquet Hall, 2379 Union Road. Established in memory of Schmid, who was active in organizing events to celebrate Polish heritage, the scholarship fund awarded six scholarships of $1,500 each in 2015. Saturday’s event features live music, auctions and raffles. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and include beverages and light refreshments. To buy tickets, call 771-1076.