Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Glen Park; Residents Urged to Protect Their Trees

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Green menace is now widespread in Western New York, but DEC says trees can be saved

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Williamsville, N.Y. – The emerald ash borer has finally come to the Village of Williamsville.

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The invasive species was spotted earlier this month in Glen Park, marking the first official sighting of the insect within village boundaries. The bug, known for boring into the trunks of ash trees and for causing their eventual destruction, is already considered to be widespread in other parts of the Town of Amherst and in surrounding towns.

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“We knew the day was coming when the Emerald Ash Borer would infest our village trees,” Williamsville Deputy Mayor Christopher J. Duquin said. “The village has taken action to save the trees we can and we urge our homeowners with ash trees to do the same.”

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There are just under 100 ash trees on municipal property, said Trustee Daniel O. DeLano, liaison to the village tree board. The village inoculated 78 of them two years ago on the streets and in three other village parks. A few are clustered in Glen Park, a prime recreational spot for village residents and visitors.

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The shots typically last from one to three years and increase the chances that trees will survive an emerald ash borer infestation. Following the State DEC’s recommendation of removal and replacement, the village removed some ash trees over the past two years but has planted more than 1,000 trees since the October Storm of 2006.

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“We were ahead of the curve when it came to preserving our tree canopy but if we had to take all of the ash trees down, it would noticeably impact the canopy,” DeLano said. “That’s why we are inoculating.  We care about our trees in this village and we are doing everything we can to save these ash trees from the emerald ash borer. A healthy tree canopy is an important part of a beautiful, walkable village and adds quite a bit to property values.”

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State officials have detected the emerald ash borer throughout Erie County, including in the Town of Amherst – which is heavily infested – as well as Clarence, the Tonawandas, Lancaster, Elma, West Seneca, Cheektowaga, parts of Buffalo and Lackawanna. The bug is expected to spread to other areas this summer as the temperatures rise.

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Homeowners who want to save their trees should hire a certified arborist to inoculate the trees. Prices vary but the shots average about $100. More information can be found on the website of the State DEC, www.dec.ny.gov, and at the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse at www.nyis.info.

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“Inoculation lasts between 2 and 3 years,” Duquin added.  “if you have an ash tree on your property it is time to call an arborist.”

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Below: Image of Village of Williamsville tree that was infested by Emerald Ash Borer, including the larvae; courtesy of Village of Williamsville. Image of another infected tree still standing on Sheridan Drive in Amherst.

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Albright-Knox Aims to Double Gallery Space, Remove Parking Lot

Intense morning light paints the Albright Knox Art Gallery as the sun rises, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
Intense morning light paints the Albright Knox Art Gallery as the sun rises

Art gallery officials on Monday will reveal key takeaways from public input sessions and unveil their ambitious wish list for the complex’s proposed expansion

Albright-Knox Art Gallery wants to double its gallery space, reduce or eliminate its surface parking lot along Elmwood Avenue and potentially allow pedestrians to walk from its campus on the east side of Elmwood to the Burchfield Penney Art Center on the west side “uninterrupted by traffic.”

These are just a few of the items on the gallery’s architectural wish list, which is coming into clearer focus after the initial public input phase of its expansion project ended earlier this month.

Albright-Knox Director Janne Sirén said he wants to double the exhibition space to show more of the permanent collection at the same time as temporary exhibitions, introduce a way to move art safely in and out of the building and create a visitor entrance that is “more generous in the way it invites the public in.”

He also said the gallery wanted to create “a more hospitable public space experience, address the question of the parking lot that none of us that I have spoken with likes, and work hard to find solutions, in terms of the landscape, to create an east-west dynamic that activates the two sides of the park.”
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Letter Sent to Town Board

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Patrick Welch sent the following letter to the Amherst Town Board members concerning the lack of concern the Board gives to residents.

Members of the Town Board;

As my elected officials I will always address my grievances on issues that relate to actions taken by town appointees and employees to you.
Once again the actions of the Amherst Planning Board are the focus of my complaint. As you know, we residents have been arguing against the Senior Housing Development at 1055 Youngs Rd.
We have presented hours of testimony, including a recognized world expert  Hydrogeologist  from the University at Buffalo and hundreds of pages of documentation from wetland experts and other scientific data.
Yet as I reviewed the minutes of the Planning Board minutes of 19 February in regard to 1055 Youngs Rd., it became very clear to this Amherst resident, that nothing, absolutely nothing a resident presents means anything to the Planning Board.
At the beginning of the minutes relating to 1055 Youngs Rd.,there is a statement:

The subject request was fully reviewed in the January 15, 2015 Staff Reports and tabled to allow the Board to further review materials submitted by the residents and permit the petitioner to address the following:

Yet in the minutes there is not a single, let me repeat, not a single mention of any evidence presented by the residents. All information for the negative declaration is based upon information from the applicant and the town employees.

As one of my colleagues pointed out at one of the hearings the job of the planning board is to REVIEW information and this board has totally violated the job they were appointed to do.

It is obvious to me that they did not even consider a single piece of verbal and written testimony and documentation submitted by the residents.

I am not against development, nor are my neighbors, but as one of the members of the Planning Board stated at a Planning Board Meeting; “we need to stop shoehorning developments into areas of the town.” Yet they approve everything that comes before them.
We were correct on the issue of wetlands and will probably be right on the injection well issue. But by then our foundations will be crumbling and we will be paying thousands of dollars in repairs. And the Planning Board will continue to ignore the residents in favor of land speculators in Amherst.
I respectfully request that this email be recorded under communications at a town  board meeting, so you can receive and file for the record.
Thank you

Patrick W. Welch, PhD
U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)
Veterans Advocate & Educator
Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court – Senior Mentor

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Yes, Your Allergies Are Getting Worse (No, You’re Not Imagining It)

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Yes, Your Allergies Are Getting Worse (No, You’re Not Imagining It)

It’s not all in your head. Allergies are actually getting worse, thanks to this. (Photo: Getty Images) 

With the start of spring comes the beginning of allergy season for so many. But before you solely blame the newly blossoming trees for your worst-allergy-season-ever itchy eyes and runny nose, consider the new research presented yesterday at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society indicating that the rise in allergy diagnoses and symptoms could be tied to an increase of certain environmental pollutants caused by climate change.

Ulrich Pöschl, PhD, and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute in Germany found that nitrogen dioxide (the main component in car exhaust) and ground-level ozone (the main component of smog) make for a treacherous cocktail that amplifies the impact of airborne allergens. These “ingredients” cause a chemical chain reaction that can actually alter the structure of allergens, making them more potent.

Allergies occur when the body produces antibodies in reaction to a certain substance, thinking that substance is harmful (and thus an attack on the immune system) even when it’s not. Some of the most common airborne allergens are pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and mold. While there is no “cure” for allergies, depending on the severity and the allergen, allergies can be managed by over-the-counter medications, immunotherapy (such as allergy shots that build up the body’s tolerance to the allergen), and general avoidance of the problematic allergen.

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The Planning Board Must Be Overseen To Clean Up Graft Takers

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There have been many complaints placed against the Amherst Planning Board.  When a citizen comes before the Planning Board to challenge a major developer and brings required proof of their concern, the Board consistently votes against the citizen and for the developer.  All the proof supplied by the citizen isn’t even taken note of by the Planning Board.  They ignore anything which would benefit the resident.

These decisions by the Planning Board will hurt our Town.  Amherst will become the home of big buildings shadowing citizens.

The Town Board has backed the Planning Board even after receiving letters and verbal complaints against it.

Therefore I, James Tricoli, want to be appointed by our Supervisor and Town Board to oversee the decisions made by Amherst Planning Board.

Written by James Tricoli, Editor of the Amhersttimes.com

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House Panel Demands Clinton Server

In a letter sent Friday to Clinton’s personal attorney, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the House panel investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, asks that the server be turned over to the State Department inspector general, “or a neutral third party for an independent analysis of what records should be in the public domain.”

In the letter, Gowdy tells Clinton attorney David E. Kendall that Clinton has until March 27 to turn over the server. If she does not comply, GOP aides said, the House would consider additional steps to take.

Gowdy’s panel does not have the power to subpoena Clinton’s server. Under the rules governing the committee, it has the authority to subpoena people and communications, but not tangible items, such as the server.

The House, however, could vote to subpoena Clinton if she does not turn over the server, Gowdy said last week.
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Village Meetings Tonight

The Village Board meets tonight at 6 p.m. (work session) and 7:30 p.m. (meeting). Click the link below to download the meeting agendas. All are welcome.

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Brian was elected Mayor in 2011 after four years serving as a Village Trustee. He is an architect and urban planner at the Clark Patterson Lee design firm in Buffalo and is a graduate of the University at Buffalo with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning. Brian is the President of the Association of Erie County Governments.

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Disturbed Man Tries to Get Into White House

by Andy Borowitz

A disturbed Canadian man wants to try to get into the White House, according to reports.

The man, who was born in Calgary before drifting to Texas, has been spotted in Washington, D.C. in recent years exhibiting erratic behavior, sources said.

In 2013, he gained entry to the United States Senate and was heard quoting incoherently from a children’s book before he was finally subdued.

More recently, he was heard ranting about a plan to dismantle large components of the federal government, such as the Internal Revenue Service and the nation’s health-care program.

Despite a record of such bizarre episodes and unhinged utterances, observers expressed little concern about his plans to get into the White House, calling them “delusional.”

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No Assessment This Year

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Each year Amherst does assessments on about 12,000 homes.  This year there will not be any assessments at all.

Supervisor Weinstein said there will be a full assessment of the whole town next year.  The reason is that town properties will be worth more than they are now.  This in turn will bring more money into the town’s coffers.

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Going to the Broadway Market This Year?

'If it's Easter it must be the Broadway Market. Any plans to shop there?'

If it’s Easter it must be the Broadway Market. Any plans to shop there?

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