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>Group plans meeting to share ideas for inner, outer harbors

Project for Public Spaces will hold a meeting to share ideas on the waterfront generated by public committees in recent weeks, and to seek further input at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Harbour Club, HSBC Arena.

The group, headed by Fred Kent, was retained by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. to help the community come up with doable projects for this summer on the inner and outer harbors.

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>HUD to sponsor workshop on applying for grant money

Staff from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will hold a free workshop on how to apply for grant money from the federal government, corporations and foundations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20 in the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

Topics will include writing techniques for grant proposals, funding available for nonprofit organizations, how to gain access to government funds and how to work with local governments.

Space is limited and registration is required. For information, call Tiffany Lewis at 882-0602 or e-mail trlewis@city-buffalo.com. The workshop is sponsored by Masten Council MemberDemone A. Smith.

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>Fire department to receive federal funds for recruitment

The Winchester Fire Department in West Seneca will receive $54,448 in federal funding to help the company in its recruiting efforts.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced the grant, which will come from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Heather Maroney, company president, said the money will be used to finance a public awareness campaign involving use of billboards, newspaper ads and other media.

"The Winchester Fire Company is extremely enthusiastic that this grant will enable our company to recruit new members and allow us to better serve our community," she said.

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>Reinstein group holds contest to get rid of pesky plant

Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve in Depew has declared war on an invasive plant pest and have started a contest to encourage the public to help get rid of it.

The Garlic Mustard Challenge kicks off at 11 a.m. on April 2 at the preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, with a session on how to identify and remove the Garlic Mustard Plant, followed by a session of pulling the plants out.

Groups can send a representative or bring many members to begin pulling garlic mustard, a plant brought from Europe that crowds out native spring wildflowers like trillium. After the kickoff, groups can visit Reinstein as often as they want.

The team that pulls the most garlic mustard will win their choice of a Lasertron party for their group or $250 cash to support their other activities. Winner will be announced June 25. Register by calling 683-5959. For info, search for Garlic Mustard Challenge on Facebook.