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Where We Live: Grand Island

Grand Island

Every fourth grader on Grand Island will come home from school Friday bearing a tree sapling to plant in celebration of Arbor Day.

The Bob Piatek State Farm Agency will sponsor the Fourth Grade Foresters project, donating tree saplings to about 250 students at Kaegebein Elementary, Huth Road Elementary and St. Stephen schools.

“It’s as much about the kids as it is about the environment,” Bob Piatek of State Farm said. “It’s about wanting them to learn and contribute.”

The Fourth Grade Foresters is a national project based in Lincoln, Neb. It aims to revive community participation in Arbor Day and educate children about the importance of trees in beautifying and sustaining communities.

Each student will receive a 12-inch to 18-inch Norway spruce sapling, an evergreen tree specifically chosen for its ability to thrive in the northeast.

Also this week:

• The Lions Club will hold its annual dinner Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 100 Whitehaven Road. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children age 4 through 12. For more information, visit

• The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will host its Citizen of the Year awards dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn, 100 Whitehaven Road. Tickets are $45 for adults, $18 for children. For more information, call 773-3651.

• The town will hold its biannual Drug Take Back Day Saturday at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. Citizens are invited to drop off prescription drugs so they can be properly disposed of. The Town has also been approached by the Erie County Sheriff’s office to make Town Hall a permanent, designated prescription drug drop-off point, with a lockbox that would be located at Town Hall. Residents can also dispose of prescription drugs year round at Island Prescription Center, 1728 Grand Island Blvd.

• Saturday, bring your pre-1970 photos portraying Grand Island history to the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road. They will be scanned by the Grand Island Historic Preservation Advisory Board from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is seeking two requests for proposals for operations at Beaver Island. The state is looking for an outfit to run a food, beverage and catering program at the Beaver Island Club House and the beach’s snack bar. Proposals are also being sought for the operation of Beaver Island’s golf course as well as its pro shop and restaurant. To request a copy of the proposal, call (518) 486-2932.