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> ENVIRONMENT

Forest Lawn declares war on emerald ash borer beetle

The Forest Lawn Cemetery Group is taking steps to protect its 143 ash trees from the destructive emerald ash borer beetle.

The not-for-profit company, which owns four cemeteries, including Forest Lawn in Buffalo, began an inoculation program this week with an eye toward saving the trees.

The emerald ash borer has destroyed tens of millions of trees throughout the Northeast and Midwest but until last week had never been spotted in Erie County.

The first official sighting was in Buffalo's South Park near the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

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> WILLIAMSVILLE

Uncontested election draws light turnout

Tuesday's uncontested Village of Williamsville election resulted some new faces who will join the Village Board on July 5.

A total of 212 residents turned out to vote.

Trustee Brian Kulpa was elected mayor with nearly 200 votes and will assume the seat now held by Mayor Mary Lowther, who is retiring.

Newcomers Dan Delano and Amy Alexander, active village committee members, were elected trustees. They will fill the seats currently held by Kulpa, who will become mayor, and Trustee Jeffrey Kingsley.

Jeffrey Voelkl was re-elected village justice.

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> TOWN OF HAMBURG

Big Toys, Bikes, Trucks welcomes fire companies

There will be more than construction vehicles at Penn Dixie's Big Toys, Trucks and Bikes event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the old quarry.

Volunteer fire companies in the Town of Hamburg will be on hand with fire, rescue and EMS vehicles at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St. off Bristol Road near Big Tree Road.

The Hamburg Fire Chief's Recruitment Committee is hoping visitors learn about the services provided in the town. The event is part of a townwide recruitment for the fire companies, as well as a fundraiser for Penn Dixie.

Telescopes will be available for viewing sun spots, and visitors can dig for fossils.

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> LARKIN DEVELOPMENT

Bicycle sharing program offered for use by tenants

Tenants of the Larkin Development Group in Buffalo now have another perk -- a free bicycle sharing program.

The developer has made a half-dozen custom vintage-style bikes available during normal business hours Monday through Friday to tenants of the Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St.; the U Building, 239 Van Rensselaer St.; and the Schaefer Building, 740 Seneca St. Bike locks and helmets are provided.

The bikes are the second component of the Lark 'N Ride program, which began with the Larkin Taxi, a 2005 executive Lincoln sedan available for daily tenant use.

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