Niagara Gazette

May 5, 2014

OUN garden needs Facebook votes

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — WHEATFIELD

Opportunities Unlimited garden needs votes

Enhancements to the nature trail at Opportunities Unlimited’s Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse have been selected as a finalist project in the Green America Awards competition. The winner will be the project that gets the most votes on Facebook.

OUN’s “garden” is pitted against another in a bracket format. Voting to get it to the semi-final level ends Wednesday. To vote, “like” the Nature Hills Nursery Facebook page (, then click on the “vote here” button near the top of the page. Participants can vote one time in each round.

OUN is competing for a chance at fruit trees and bushes, which spokesman Roxane Albond-Buchner said would be planted to complement an existing raised herb garden and areas along the nature trail.

Niagara Flora Center and Greenhouse is a horticultural therapy program operated by OUN.

The Green America Awards give recognition and plants to community groups that are improving their local environments. The semi-final round of the contest starts Thursday; the final round starts May 14; and the contest ends May 21.



History buffs to focus on locks

The historical importance of the Erie Canal is the focus of the Niagara County Federation of Historical Societies’ Annual Congress later this month.

The congress, scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 at the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., is open to anyone who’s interested in the Erie Canal.

Speakers will address the topic “The Erie Canal in Lockport: Past, Present and Future.” The gathering will conclude with a tour of the Flight of Five locks restoration area downtown.

Presenters will include David MacDonald, retired lock tender at Locks 34 and 35; Tom Grasso, president of the Canal Society of New York and vice president of Inland Waterways International; and David Kinyon and Becky Burns, members of the Lockport Locks Heritage District Committee that’s overseeing Flight restoration.

The congress includes a box lunch provided by the Shamus restaurant. Three meal choices are available.

Registration for the congress is $20. Reservations must be made by May 21. For more information, call Melissa Dunlap at 434-7433 or Rosemary Miller at 433-3065.



Open house at senior complex

Pine Senior Living will host an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 6231 Tonawanda Creek Road North. Seniors in need of affordable housing, and family members helping their loved ones, are invited to receive a tour and learn about income eligibility. Free hearing screenings will be offered.

Apartments at Pine Senior Living, managed by People Inc., include a living room, one bedroom, a kitchen with appliances and an accessible bathroom. Some utilities are included. Monthly rent is based on income. Group transportation to grocery stores is available and service coordinators are on site to help tenants locate needed services.

For more information, call 433-3381.