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CAMP GROSS PLANS WEEKEND WORKDAYS

CASSADAGA -- Camp Gross on Route 60 will hold weekend workdays this Saturday and Oct. 13.

Participants are asked to bring cleanup tools. Refreshments and lunch will be served. Youth groups that come to help may camp without charge.

For information, call Tim Cobb at 595-2171 or Ed Hamlet at 672-2004.

Parade will kick off Olmsted Fallfest

A community parade will kick off the second annual Olmsted Fallfest at South Park on Sunday. The procession will start at 11:30 a.m. at South Park Avenue and Okell Street and continue on South Park to the park.

The community event will run until 5 p.m. and feature pony rides, children's arts and crafts, an antique car show, a farmer's market, guided nature walks, a visit by the Buffalo Zoo Zoomobile, hayrides and demonstrations by the Buffalo Fire Department, Erie County Sheriff's Department and Buffalo Police Department.

Bands and traditional Irish dance groups will perform on two stages, and barbecue dinners will be sold. Organizers include Assemblyman Brian Higgins, South Council Member Mary Martino, the city and county parks departments, Police Athletic League of Buffalo and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Dinner honors organ donors, recipients

Local organ recipients and donor families will be honored by Upstate New York Transplant Services with a dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Among honorees will be Christopher Toulmin of Orchard Park, a kidney recipient and volunteer who has worked to spread the word about organ and tissue donation, and Mike Smith, Wyoming County coroner, who has promoted organ donations.

Section of Moses Parkway closes today

NIAGARA FALLS -- Starting today, the southbound lanes of the Robert Moses Parkway between the Schoellkopf Geological Museum and Devil's Hole State Park 5 miles away will be closed to traffic and the northbound lanes converted into a two-way highway.

The change is part of a state parks project to turn the 5-mile stretch of the southbound lanes into a hiking-biking path along the Niagara Gorge, said spokeswoman Doris Hampton of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The project price tag is pegged at $1 million.

The two-year pilot program was initiated by the state as a compromise between organizations such as Niagara Heritage Partnership, which advocates removal of the parkway, and motorists and officials who say it is a vital link between downtown Niagara Falls and Lewiston.

The nature trail is scheduled to be completed in the next two weeks, Hampton said. The official opening Sept. 29 will be marked by the Great Niagara Gorge Fest, a daylong series of events featuring a 5K run, a parade for decorated bicycles, a heritage walk and a historical theater production.

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