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Orienteering: A Good Hike Taken To New Levels

Mention the sport of Orienteering to most people, and you'll most likely draw a blank stare. Although the sport is huge in Europe, particularly the Nordic countries, it is little known in the United States.

In western New York, the Buffalo Orienteering Club has a small but growing membership, and Rochester has one of the largest clubs in the country.The object of Orienteering is simple, yet the skill required can be quite complex. Using only a map and a compass, competitors navigate a variety of terrain in search of markers hidden along the way....sort of a "treasure hunt" in the woods.

Pet Connection Seeks Vendors for Popular Event

Have a business you'd like to promote or a product you’d like to sell? Pet Connection Programs Inc. is looking for vendors to participate in Tails on the Trails, their annual dog-walk fundraiser. The 2011 event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4. The cost to vendors is just $25, and tables, chairs, tents and publicity are provided. Space is limited, so book now by contacting Joe Kirchmyer at (716) 997-0152. This event annually attracts hundreds of participants — both the two- and four-legged variety!

 

Legislator Dixon Seeks Volunteers for Sept. 18 Great Lakes Beach Sweep

25 Annual Beach Sweep

Legislator Dixon seeks volunteers for Great Lakes Beach Sweep

 Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, District 12, is seeking volunteers to join her for the 25th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 18 at Woodlawn State Park, 3580 Lake Shore Road in Blasdell.   Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to come and help out.

“The district that I represent borders Lake Erie so I know the struggles associated with keeping the shores clear of debris. Maintaining the lake’s natural beauty should be a priority for everyone in our area,” Legislator Dixon said. “I am ready to tackle the trash problem that has been affecting our shoreline and I hope many of you will also volunteer to help during the Great Lakes Beach Sweep.”

Erie County Recognized as "Storm Ready"

Officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service announced Monday that Erie County has been recognized as “storm ready.” 

The following is information provided by Erie County:

The County had to meet a set of rigorous criteria to receive the designation.  The County’s Emergency Services Department established a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center, developed numerous ways to receive severe weather forecasts and to alert the public, created a system to monitor local weather conditions and developed a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. 

County Executive Chris Collins said, “Our Emergency Services Department in Erie County, led by Commissioner Greg Skibitsky, regularly trains for all types of emergency situations and natural disaster responses.  Their impressive response to the October storm of 2006 and the floods in Gowanda last year in August are