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Trail Club improves the road ahead

The Foothills Trail Club works as hard at making a hike as it does at taking a hike.

FTC began 1962 as a group of devoted hikers interested in building and maintaining a Conservation Trail linking the Canada Bruce Trail in Niagara Falls with the North Country Trail at the Pennsylvania State Line in Allegany National Forest. Along the way, the Conservation Trail links with the Finger Lakes Trail, which branches eastward.

Work parties regularly mark and upgrade the 177 miles of trails that course through Akron, East Aurora, Ellicottville, Salamanca and other Southern Tier villages and towns. Private property owners graciously provide most of the land-access along the CT.

For a detailed description of the CT and all FTC hike schedules and programs, go to: www.foodhillstrailclub.org. For FLT info, go to: www.fingerlakestrail.org.

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Growing outdoors

A Cornell University study found adults gained a greater respect for the environment if they had spent a good part of their time outdoors before they were 11 years old, according to researchers Nancy Wells and Kristi Lekies.

"Although domesticated nature activities -- caring for plants and gardens -- also have a positive relationship to adult environment attitudes, their effects aren't as strong as participating in such wild nature activities as camping, playing in the woods, hiking, walking, fishing and hunting," Wells writes.

Their findings will be published in the next issue of "Children, Youth and Environment," which can be found at: www.news.cornell.edu/stories/March06/wil d.nature.play.ssl.html.

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Boat showboating

Both new boats and pre-owned vessels will be up for viewing during the Buffalo Boat Show at the Erie County Fairgrounds Agri-Center Building from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

New boats can be seen inside the Agri-Center and the gallery outside will include many used boats in good condition and ready for the season.

Parking and admission are free. For details, go to: www.eriepromoandexpo.com. e-mail: wille@pce.net

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