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Families invited to seek help for day camp

Children from low- to moderate-income families are invited to apply for funding to help pay for day camp fees at Cheektowaga's summer day camp program, Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary F. Holtz announced.

The program provides children age 5-12 with a safe and fun-filled day camp that includes such activities as crafts, games, swimming and field trips.

Eligibility is based on family income. Those family income thresholds are as follows: two people, $42,350; three people, $47,650; four people, $52,900; five people, $57,150; six people, $61,400; seven people, $65,600; eight people, $69,850.

Town officials said funding is limited and applications for funding are "processed on a first-come, first-served basis."

Questions about eligibility for funding should be directed to the Community Development Office at 897-7200.

Applications for the summer day camp program and funding can be obtained by calling the Cheektowaga Youth and Recreation Office at 897-7205.



Workshop will focus on preschoolers

The Town of Clarence Youth Bureau will present "Parenting Your Preschooler" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 9 and 16 at 10510 Main St.

The workshop will be led by Carri Ludwig, a certified John Rosemond parenting coach. For registration and information, call the Youth Bureau at 407-2162.

The workshop is funded by Still in One Peace Inc. at no cost to participants.



Applications accepted for Garden Fest

The Lewiston Garden Club has announced that it will accept applications until May 1 from vendors wishing to take part in its seventh annual Garden Fest on June 23-24 along Center Street.

Businesses and other vendors that sell items related to gardening, horticulture and the outdoors, including nurseries, landscapers, garden artists, builders and others who enhance beauty in the garden, are encouraged to apply.

Interested vendors are asked to contact Sharon Low at 297-5925, or Barbara Landree at 754-7048, for an application.

The application fee ranges from $125 to $225, depending on the size of the vendor's display.

The Garden Fest features the gardens of local residents as well as speakers, master gardeners and floral society representatives to answer questions. Proceeds are returned to the community for civic beautification and scholarships.



Spring Fest planned at Burchfield Center

Food, music, crafts and plant and animal exhibits are planned for Spring Fest from noon to 4 p.m. May 6 at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca.

Boy Scout Troop 410 will sell hot dogs off the grill; Scoops & More will serve ice cream; and Burchfield volunteers will offer hot coffee and baked goods from their Cafe Corner.

Displays and demonstrations will be given by the Amana and South Towns Garden clubs, Crosstown Quilters, Common Threads Spinners, the West Seneca Historical Society and the Union Fire Company. The Town Band will provide music, and craft activities will be available for youngsters.

Wildlife education naturalist Mark Carra will bring animals he has not previously displayed at the center.

Several popular creatures from the Messinger Woods Wildlife Center will be on hand, and Sue Phillips from Critter Ranch will have an alpaca or a llama for petting. For information, call 677-4843.



'Spotlight on Business' will be held May 1

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its second annual "Spotlight on Business" expo and trade show May 1.

Attendees will have the chance to network with business owners and community leaders, including five local CEOs and representatives from the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Unshackle Upstate coalition.

The event is free to attend and runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

In addition to the Chamber and the Hearthstone Manor, KeyBank also is a presenting sponsor.

For more information, call the Chamber at 681-9755.



Volunteers still needed for Penn Dixie cleanup

Volunteers are still needed for a site cleanup at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center to coincide with Earth Day.

Volunteers also will help remove some invasive species from the site adjacent to the wetlands.

Scouts, garden clubs, school and civic groups, and the public are invited to participate in this annual event, which runs from 9 a.m. until noon.

Bring a shovel, gloves, boots and energy. Garbage bags will be provided.

Waste Management is donating a 30-yard Dumpster for this annual event. There will be free admission for all volunteers. Fossil collecting also will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 627-4560 for additional information and directions or for information or visit



Public session set on carbon monoxide

The dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning will be discussed at a public information session at 6 p.m. today in Blasdell Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.

The talk, held in conjunction with the Village of Blasdell, the Amanda Hansen Foundation and National Fuel Gas, will cover the hazards of carbon monoxide, as well as prevention through the use of detectors and the proper maintenance of household appliances.

In addition, Mayor Michael Petrie said that the Amanda Hansen Foundation is donating a device that measures carbon monoxide in the bloodstream to the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department.

At the conclusion of the session, detectors will be distributed.

Space is limited; residents are asked to call 822-1921 to reserve a spot.



Speaker to discuss War of 1812 role

Amherst Town Historian David Sherman will speak about the role of Williamsville in the War of 1812 at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Williamsville Meeting House.

Sherman will discuss the role played by the "Village of Williams Mills," currently called Williamsville, during the war, including a 5,000-bed tent city that stood near the intersection of Main Street and Garrison Road. This site also played a crucial role after the burning of Buffalo in 1813.

The free lecture is sponsored by the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission, Williamsville Historic Preservation Commission and the Williamsville Business Association. The Meeting House is at 5658 Main St.