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Where we live: Grand Island

Grand Island

A seminar on the emerald ash borer, the insect that is killing ash trees, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Connor Middle School, 1100 Ransom Road.

Speakers will be Patrick Marren, a senior forester with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and Sharon Bachman, community educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension, who heads the Emerald Ash Borer Task Force for Western New York. Local tree service representatives also will be attend. For information, email

This week:

• Retired Buffalo News reporter and historian Mike Vogel will be guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Grand Island Historical Society at 7 p.m. Thursday at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park. His topic will be “Early Days of Buffalo, Nostrils of Hell,” covering the once lawless Canal District, now the site of Canalside. All are welcome.

• The Buffalo Master Chorale and the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus present “Affirmation of Hope: All Things Irish,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Dublin, Ireland, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Trinity United Methodist, 2100 Whitehaven Road.

Under the direction of Doreen Rao, the Master Chorale and Youth Chorus will be joined by Kindred, the husband and wife duo of David and Felicia Meyer, and the award-winning McCarthy School of Irish Dance. Tickets are $15 preferred seating, $10 general admission and $5 students, and are available online at or at the door.