Quality Quest Coalition News Page 2005
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Quality Quest Meeting Features Sue Tomkins - 2005
   The Quality Quest Coalition will sponsor a program by Sue Tomkins whose topic will be Bicycling Across the U.S. The meeting is being held at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2005 at the Nike Base Community Center, 3278 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. The program is open to the public.

Quality Quest October Meeting - 2005
   A Quality Quest meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 27, 2005 at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Diane Evans will show slides and talk about her trek to Mexico to study Monarch butterflies. She and her biology students have tracked Monarch migrations for a number of years. Quality Quest Coalition sponsors this public program.

Quality Quest Meeting - 2005
   A Quality Quest meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2005 at the Nike Base Community Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road near West River. Bill Nowak, Executive Director of Buffalo's Green Gold Development Corp and Chair of the Communication Committee of Wind Action Group, will speak. The meeting is open to the public.

Volunteers Needed To Clean Grand Island Shores
Annual Beach Sweep September 17, 2005
   Quality Quest and Riverside Salem United Church of Christ will sponsor the Grand Island portion of the 19th Annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep/International Coastal Cleanup, the world's largest volunteer environmental effort. Volunteers remove more than 7.5 million pounds of trash to beautify our shores, protecting people and wildlife.
   The event will take place Saturday, September 17, 2005, beginning at the Riverside Salem U.C.C., 3449 West River Road, Grand Island. All interested participants should arrive at 9:30 a.m. The event will start at 10 a.m. and end at noon. Participants are asked to dress appropriately and wear sturdy gloves.
   In the past, scores of volunteers have picked up thousands of pounds of trash along the shores of Grand Island. Organizers hope that many volunteers will come out and help in this worthy cause.
   "This year, organizers hope to enlist the support of more youth and water-oriented groups," a QQ member said this week. Scouting, school, church, service, athletic, boating, and scuba-diving organizations are encouraged to participate. Those interested or wanting more information are asked to call William O'Connor at 773-7621 or the Buffalo-Niagara River Keepers at 852-7483.
   Last year, local corporate sponsors included John's Pizza and Subs, Tops Markets, and Waste Management Corp.. Continued support from community minded local sponsors is most appreciated.
   Participants will work in groups of two to four people. One person in each group will record each piece of debris found. The recorder is a necessary part of the sweep, but great physical fitness (the ability to climb, bend, and pick up) on their part is not required. Everyone is welcome.

Quality Quest Hosts Master Gardner Sally Cunningham - April 2005
   Quality Quest Coalition presents master gardener Sally Cunningham at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2005 at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road near West River Road. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
   In a program called "Harmony With Nature," Ms Cunningham will discuss the problems created by our nature-phobic, nature-ignorant society and what every homeowner can do to build nature back into suburban yards. Strategies include plant selection, lawn reduction, nature-friendly lawn-care practices, insect tolerance, and xeriscape. Awareness of invasive, non-native plant species and habitat diminishment also will be discussed.

Quality Quest To Host Senior Citizen Backpacker - 2005
   Quality Quest Coalition will host guest speaker Ellen Gibson who will tell of her "senior citizen" backpacking on the Appalachian trail over six seasons, from Georgia to the edge of Maine, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2005 at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. She has slides: sunsets, flowers, birds, bear, moose, storms, etc. Ellen Gibson is the retired UB law library director and is active in the Adirondack Mountain Club. The public is invited.

Quality Quest Offers Ski/Hike - 2005
   Quality Quest Coalition is offering a "Ski Or Hike" event at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 5, 2005 led by Quality Quest member Jim Tomkins. Those taking part are asked to park at Sidway School. "We'll explore the Woods Creek area, and afterwards, have bread & soup at Sue Tomkins, 2342 Stony Point ($2.50)." Reserve by calling Jim at 773-5268 or Dorothy Westhafer 773-1720.

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