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Activists plan rallies on global warming

Activists concerned about global warming are planning two rallies Saturday in Buffalo.

A rally in support of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Metro Rail is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Main and Church streets, near the Church Street station. A rally addressing concerns about global warming will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Hoyt Lake, Delaware Park.

Gladys Gifford, an event organizer for Step it Up Downtown, said both rallies will urge federal lawmakers to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 and also celebrate Metro Rail as the premier "green" transportation vehicle in Western New York.

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'Lexi's Legacy' event to boost pool safety awareness

The American Red Cross Greater Buffalo Chapter is teaming with Gary Pools and the Scalzi family to support "Lexi's Legacy" to raise pool safety awareness.

A fund-raising event and basket auction will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Samuel's Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence. Admission is $20.

Two-year-old Alexis Scalzi drowned in her family's swimming pool last June. The Scalzi family and families of other local drowning victims are conducting the event to raise awareness and advocate for preparedness on pool safety.

Admission tickets can be purchased, and donations can be made, by calling 633-0076 or 907-4770.

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Tests to be given in May for lifeguard positions

Erie County will give a pair of tests next month for summer lifeguard positions at county beaches. Tests will be held at 9 a.m. May 19 and May 26 in the Cazenovia Indoor Pool, 626 Abbott Road.

Lifeguards will work from the end of June through early September on Saturdays and Sundays. Pay will be $8.16 per hour.

To qualify, lifeguard candidates must have certification in lifeguard training, CPR for the professional rescuer, Red Cross first-aid and the Waterfront Lifeguard Module. The test will include timed swims and demonstrations of lifeguarding techniques and CPR.

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Re-Tree WNY to hold first training session

Re-Tree WNY, formed to replace trees lost in last October's snowstorm, will hold its first training session for tree planting volunteers from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens on South Park Avenue.

The sessions will provide information on the "bare root" planting method for volunteer group leaders or those who want to organize a group. The training is free.

"Bare root tree planting will be done for about one-third of our 30,000 trees that we'll be planting starting this month," said David Colligan, Re-Tree WNY co-chairman.

Trees will be planted between April 21 and May 5. Among those scheduled to help plant trees is former Vice President Al Gore, who will be speaking on Arbor Day, April 27, at the University at Buffalo.

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