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Town has made plans for trees, equipment

Cheektowaga has planned what trees it wants to plant and equipment it wants to purchase with $9,000 in state funding it is receiving as a result of last October's storm.

The town has been notified the state Department of Environmental Conservation is prepared to award the town the funds for tree planting, maintenance or inventory as a result of the storm.

Council Member James P. Rogowski said the town plans to plant 21 crabapple trees in Town Park and nine flowering pear trees in Stiglmeier Park. He said $5,500 would be allotted to the Parks Department and $3,500 to the Highway Department, and the town also plans to buy six chain saws and four pole cutters.

Town Board members also decided this week to keep some trees in Stiglmeier Park that an Erie County arborist had identified for removal. Director of Facilities John J. Jaroszewski said some of the trees did not have to be removed and the town does not want to remove more trees than absolutely necessary.

The dangerous branches have been cut from the trees, he said.

The Town Board on Monday night formally assumed responsibility and liability should there be any future damage from the trees that the town wants saved.

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Four scholars to lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright

Four Frank Lloyd Wright scholars are coming to Buffalo for talks presented by Greycliff Conservancy and sponsored by Righteous Babe Records. All lectures will take place in The Church, 340 Delaware Ave.

Here is the schedule:

*Narciso Menocal, an author whose works include editing "Wright Studies I: Taliesin, 1911-1914" and "Wright Studies II: Fallingwater," 7 p.m. April 26.

*Neil Levine, Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of History, Art and Architecture at Harvard University and a Wright scholar whose published works include "The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright," 7 p.m. May 18.

*Richard Cleary, associate professor and Page Southerland Fellow in Architecture at the University of Texas and author of "Merchant Prince and Master Builder: Edgar J. Kaufmann and Frank Lloyd Wright," will speak in the fall on an undetermined date.

*Kathryn Smith, author of "Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin and Taliesin West," "Frank Lloyd Wright: American Master Architect" and "Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Houses," also will speak in the fall on an undetermined date.

Admission for each talk is $6. For more information, call 947-9217 or visit graycliff@verizon.net.

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Help is available for storm cleanup

Central Referral Services will take calls for assistance from any Erie County senior citizen or disabled individual who needs help removing debris from the October storm.

The names will be given to West Seneca AmeriCorps, which will lead teams from the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium to help residents recover from last year's storm, West Seneca Supervisor Paul T. Clark said.

To receive help, call Central Referral Services at 851-5555.

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