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Friday, December 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Tonawanda Creek Watershed Committee Celebrates Anniversary

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Tonawanda Creek Watershed Committee Celebrates Anniversary

It’s the committee’s Third Year Anniversary! Join us at our next meeting of the Tonawanda Creek Watershed Committee scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the new U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Building, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013. Phone (585) 948-5445 (All meetings are open to the public and you are welcomed to attend.)

Guest Speakers:

- Fran Wagner, President of the Scajaquada Creek Canoe Club will discuss the clubs dedication to improving the environmental health of Scajaquada Creek. The 30 to 40 member club are involved in conducting stream cleanup’s, water quality and wildlife monitoring, and creating access for canoes and kayaks, as well as paddling together on the waterways of Western New York. Several members just participated in the Adirondack Classic, a three-day canoe race.

- Sheila Hess, CEO of Conservation Connects and Executive Director of New York Green will discuss the importance and benefits of partnerships in watershed planning and natural resource conservation. Sheila will review techniques for building relationships and creating synergy with traditional and nontraditional conservation partners.

Great strides have been made in forming a multi-county alliance devoted to the Tonawanda Creek Watershed, which lies within parts of Wyoming, Genesee, Erie and Niagara Counties. On December 2, 2009 a meeting was held at the Corfu Community Center to discuss the feasibility of forming a multi-county Tonawanda Creek Watershed group. This initial meeting was well attended, including officials and interested citizens from: Genesee County: Soil & Water Conservation District, Planning Dept., Health Dept. and Legislature; Towns of Pembroke, Alexander, Bethany and Darien; Tonawanda Band of Seneca’s. Wyoming County: Soil and Water Conservation District, Planning & Development Dept., Emergency Management Dept., Towns of Sheldon and Bennington. Erie County: Soil and Water Conservation District, NRCS, Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper, Water Quality Committee, Dept. of Public Works, Environmental Planning/Storm water Coalition, UB Law Environmental Attorney, Towns of Clarence and Amherst. Niagara County: Town of Royalton. Regional: NYS Soil & Water Conservation Committee, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative, and US EPA Region 2.

“A lot of work is already going on separately. We need to connect and make a coordinated effort,” said Mark Gaston, District Manager of Erie County SWCD.

A large list of concerns and goals for the watershed were expressed, including water quality, erosion and sedimentation control, stream bank stabilization, flood control, habitat protection and recreational use.

By nearly unanimous consensus, it was decided to proceed with formation of a Tonawanda Creek Watershed Committee. “We must identify stakeholders and make sure they are involved. Communication is vital,” said Paul Fuhrmann of the Erie County Water Quality Committee, adding “The database of knowledge of this diverse group is invaluable”.

If you are unable to attend but are interested in joining this effort or have any questions, please send email to [email protected] or contact Elizabeth Bentley-Huber at Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District at 585-343-2362 or at [email protected]. View our website at http://tonawandacreek.shutterfly.com

Event Date and Time

December 19, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Jackson School kicks off PARP Reading Program

P.A.R.P. stands for Parents As Reading Partners.  Today the staff at Jackson School rolled out the red carpet for the month of March for students to read.  The program presents an exciting cliffhanger that the students find the conclusion to through reading.

Some of the characters from favorite childrens books were played out during this event like the Cat in the Hat, Miss Frizzle, Ramona, Harry Potter, Dr. Doolittle, Pippi Longstocking and Judy Moody were greeted by Brooke Mark and Ed Itor.

P.A.R.P. is a National program designed to encourage chidren to read at home with thier parent, guardian, grandparents, or siblings for at least 15 minutes each day.

Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child's education.  P.A.R.P. asks parents / guardians to encourage thier child to read, impressing upon them the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative.

Pictured below are some of the characters at todays event kickoff.

Miss Frizzle

Harry Potter

Cat in the Hat

Photos by Steve Ognibene

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Steve Hawley Invites Public to Attend Genesee County Town Hall Meetings

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***NOTICE OF PUBLIC TOWN HALL MEETINGS***

 

HAWLEY INVITES PUBLIC TO ATTEND

GENESEE COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETINGS

 

As part of his ongoing constituent outreach events, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is inviting members of the public to join him at a series of Town Hall meetings to be held on Saturday, October 24 throughout Genesee County. 

 

“Serving as your state representative is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I am proud and honored to serve you.  In order to ensure your voice is heard in Albany, I am hosting this series of Town Hall meetings and I hope you will come to share your thoughts and concerns with me,” said Assemblyman Hawley.

 

All members of the public and press are invited and encouraged to attend.  For more information regarding this series of Town Hall meetings or for more information on future meetings, please call Hawley’s district office at (585) 589-5780.




Assemblyman Steve Hawley’s Genesee County Town Hall Meetings:


Saturday, October 24




Town of Alabama

10 a.m.

Alabama Town Hall

2218 Judge Road

Oakfield

 

Village of Oakfield

11:30 a.m.

Oakfield Village Hall

37 Main Street

Oakfield


Village of Bergen

2:00 p.m.

The Tulley Building

11 North Lake Avenue

Bergen

 

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Assemblymen Steve Hawley & Dan Burling Announce Free Hunter Education & Safety Course

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***NOTICE OF PUBLIC EVENT***

 

HAWLEY & BURLING ANNOUNCE FREE

HUNTER EDUCATION & SAFETY COURSE

Free 3-Course Series Begins October 1 at Batavia Rod & Gun Club

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) and Assemblyman Dan Burling (R, C, I – Warsaw) will be hosting a free Hunter Education and Safety Course, taught by Carl Hyde, Jr., beginning October 1, 2009 at the Batavia Rod and Gun Club.  Space is limited so interested persons should sign up today.

 

“I have worked hard to protect and promote our rural traditions, such as hunting, from excessive and overbearing legislative mandates, but I am a firm believer in responsible gun ownership.  That’s why I am pleased to help promote this free Hunter Education and Safety Course and look forward to offering more opportunities like this in our region,” said Hawley, who, as a member of the Assembly Tourism, Arts and Sports Committee, brought a number of individual sportsmen and groups to Albany to ensure their voices were heard during this year’s annual “Gun Day.”

 

“As passionate as I have been in fighting for Second Amendment rights, I have been equally passionate regarding gun safety and education.  Having firearms is not only a right, it is a responsibility.  When it comes to hunting or protecting our families, we owe it to our families and communities to ensure gun safety is practiced by all,” said Burling.

 

            The first Hunter Education and Safety Course, a three-part series, will begin on October 1 and participants must attend all three classes (Thursday, October 1 from 6 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, October 3 from 8 am to noon; and, Monday, October 5 from 6 pm to 9 pm).  All courses will be taught at the Batavia Rod and Gun Club.  Those interested in signing up should do so in person at Batavia Marine and Sporting Goods, located at 411 West Main Street in Batavia.

 

            For more information or other inquiries, please contact Assemblyman Hawley’s office at (585) 589-5780 or Assemblyman Burling’s office at (585) 786-0810.

 

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Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 11:58 am

Assemblyman Hawley Invites Public to Join Him at Town Hall Meetings

 

***NOTICE OF PUBLIC TOWN HALL MEETINGS***
 
ASSEMBLYMAN HAWLEY INVITES PUBLIC
TO JOIN HIM AT TOWN HALL MEETINGS
 
As part of his on-going constituent outreach events, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – Batavia) is inviting members of the public to join him at a series of Town Hall meetings to be held on Saturday, May 9 throughout Orleans and Niagara counties. Similar Town Hall series will be held later this year within Genesee and Monroe counties.
 
“Serving as your state representative is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and every day I am proud and honored to serve you. In order to ensure your voice is heard in Albany, I am hosting this series of Town Hall meetings and I hope you will come to share your thoughts and concerns with me,” said Assemblyman Hawley.
 
All members of the public and press are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information regarding this series of Town Hall meetings or for future series, please call Hawley’s district office at (585) 589-5780.
 
Assemblyman Steve Hawley’s Town Hall Meetings:
Saturday, May 9, 2009
 
Barre Town Hall
14317 West Barre Road in Albion
9:30 am

Murray Town Hall
3840 Fancher Road in Holley
11:15 am
 
Gaines Town Hall
14087 Ridge Road in Albion
12:30 pm

Ridgeway Town Hall
410 West Avenue in Medina
2:00 pm

Somerset Town Hall
8700 Haight Road in Barker
4:00 pm
 
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