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Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Buffalo

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Buffalo

EMERALD ASH BORER DETECTED IN BUFFALO

Collaborative Control Efforts Underway to Contain First Infestation Found in Erie County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in the City of Buffalo’s South Park. This is the first EAB infestation to be detected in Erie County. EAB is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green, white, black and blue ash.

Garden Walks in Your Town

Garden Walks in Your Town

Many, many neighborhoods are hosting Garden Walks this summer - and many of them are free!  Click on the title of the Garden Walk to go to that community's website for even more information!

June 25
10am-4pm:  8th Annual Village of Williamsville Garden Tour, sponsored by the Williamsville Business Assoc.  FREE.  30+ gardens, local businesses hosting a huge sidewalk sale.  Tour starts at Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main Street – table will be set up outside day of event. 

The Amherst Garden Walk: Please Join In!

The Amherst Garden Walk: Please Join In!

The Amherst Garden Walk Committee is looking for proud Amherst gardeners that want to display their landscape creations to others. 

If you are already signed up for the Village of Williamsville Garden Walk, The Snyder CleveHill Garden View, or the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk and you live in the Town of Amherst, we urge you to consider displaying your garden as an encore with the Amherst Garden Walk on July 23, 2011 from 10AM-4PM.

The Amherst Garden Walk Committee supplies beautiful, full color signs and directional arrows to mark the way to your gorgeous garden.

A map of the garden tour will be available in the Supervisor’s office beginning July 18 – July 22 at 5583 Main Street 2nd floor. It will also be available on the Town’s web site @ www.amherst.ny.us beginning July 13.

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak: Farmers Markets Help Families Buy Local, Eat Healthier

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak: Farmers Markets Help Families Buy Local, Eat Healthier

Farmers markets provide families with endless options of healthy farm fresh food, provide support for our local economy and reduce our carbon footprint. In addition, farmers markets bring communities together.  Many of the farms that participate are small, family-run businesses that are deeply invested in our community.

In New York, the agricultural industry generates approximately $5 billion a year. Over 7 million acres of the state’s land is used by nearly 37,000 farms to produce products ranging from fresh vegetables and apples to fine wines.

While supermarket produce is shipped from all over the world, farmers markets supply locally grown fresh produce which helps reduce packaging and greenhouse gas emissions. Farmers markets also give individuals and families the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the nice weather.

Burchfield Nature and Art Center Sponsoring 'In Bloom' Contest

Burchfield Nature and Art Center Sponsoring 'In Bloom' Contest

Though it has been a wet spring, the blooms of summer are soon to emerge.   Get your gardens ready, because the Burchfield Nature and Art Center is sponsoring the “West Seneca in Bloom” gardening contest.  

Residents are invited to share the beauty of their gardens. Entry forms are available at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, or online at BurchfieldNAC.org.  Entry forms must be received at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center by July 15.  There is a $10 fee for each garden entered.

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Events for May 21

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Events for May 21

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 30 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. Providing musical entertainment at the open-air venue this week will be violinist Griffin Saiia.

The market also welcomes three local community groups that be distributing information about their organizations. Joining the market on May 21 will be representatives of GrowWNY.org, the Massachusetts Avenue Project and Crisis Services. Additionally, Liberty Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery will be offering wine-tasting.