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'Keepers' to sweep shorelines Saturday

The Buffalo Niagara River keeper is looking for volunteers to assist in a Fall Shoreline Sweep from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Groups will collect debris for processing and possible recycling at selected waterway sites in the Buffalo-Niagara River area. Following the collection effort, attendees are welcome to a "Celebrate Clean Water" volunteer picnic from noon to 2 p.m. at 533 Amherst St.

This cleanup program coincides with the World Rives Day on Sept. 25. For more details and to sign up for a volunteer site, call 852-7483 (ext. 19) or go to


>Trapping camp

Following a successful first year of a Youth Trapping Camp program at Camp Rushford in Allegany County, the New York State Trappers Association (NYSTA) will once again hold this popular gathering during the Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 7-10.

Interest in this program statewide prompted officials to open a second camp concurrent with the Rushford camp for youths in the eastern part of the state. That camp will be held at the Twin Rivers Council Rotary Boy Scout Camp.

NYSTA volunteers and Department of Environmental Conservation personnel conduct instruction throughout the weekend.

Youths ages 12 to 15 can sign on, with limited numbers of openings for returning campers. Kids need not obtain trapper certification prior to the camp and scheduled activities will enable attendees to complete that certification.

For registration details, call or email Patricia Arnold: (315) 644-4643/


>Wheelin' event

Special-needs youths of all ages can sign on for a day of outdoors fun at Elma Conservation Club on Thursday.

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a Wheeling Sportsmen outing at the Elma club from 10 a.m. t0 1:30 p.m. for kids with disabilities an impairments.

This free event is open to parents/guardians and special-needs kids to fish the club pond and enjoy lunch. For registration details, call the club at 655-4665.