Quality Quest Coalition News Page 2006-2007
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Quality Quest Hosts Assemblyman Hoyt, Senator Thompson - May 2007
   The Quality Quest Coalition invites you to meet with Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and Senator Antoine Thompson at a meeting in the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road/Nike Base from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2007. Quality Quest will ask Assemblyman Hoyt and Senator Thompson to address issues of concern, including the proposed Grand Island Greenway projects, State Park and overlook improvements, the whitehaven overpass, transportation services for senior citizens, entrance fees for Islanders to Beaver Island Park, the Bottle Bill, EZPass issues, etc. All Grand Island residents are invited to attend and to raise issues that our state legislators are able to take action on.

Quality Quest Events - April 2007
   The Quality Quest Coalition announces the following April 2007 events:
• Saturday, April 21 - earth day event - clean up of Buckhorn; meet Jim Tomkins at the parking lot- near fishing area at 10 a.m.
• Friday, April 27 at 7:30 a.m. - Veterans' Park concession stand - meet to plant trees...refreshments - call Dorothy Westhafer if you can come 773 1720
• Sunday, April 29 - meet at the Riverside Salem cottage at 2 p.m. on the W. River - south of Bedell to help chip paths

Quality Quest Meeting - January 2007
   The Quality Quest Coalition will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2007 at the Nike Base recreation center, 3278 Whitehaven Road, to hear members of LaSalle Pride, a similar organization, discuss their work, Greenway projects, etc. The public is welcome. For information, contact Jim Tomkins, 773 5268.

Hike-stroll Along Big Six Nature Trail Offered by Quality Quest - 2006
       Quality Quest Coalition will sponsor a 9 a.m. December 2nd Hike-stroll with Jim Tomkins along the Big Six Nature Trail from the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Rd. Wear boots. Call Jim Tomkins, 773 5268 for more information.

Quality Space Into The Future Through Use Of Conservation Easements - 2006
   Quality Quest Coalition Press Release - Nov. 14, 2006 . . .Pat Szarpa will discuss how Grand Island can maintain quality space into the future through the use of Conservation Easements. Quality Quest Coalition is program sponsor of this free and open public meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2006 at the Nike Base Community Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road.
   A new and innovative New York State law passed in April is the first of its kind in the nation to benefit property owners interested in land conservation. The law provides for an annual rebate to property owners of 25% of taxes paid on land permanently restricted by a conservation easement which has been donated entirely or partially to a government or to a land trust such as the WNY Land Conservancy. Property owners are eligible for a rebate of up to $5000 per year regardless of when the easement was created. Landowners can claim this rebate when they file their 2006 state income tax returns.
   The protection of wildlife habitat, forested areas, open spaces, important wetlands and natural scenic spots is expected to increase across New York State because of property tax relief now available on easement restricted land. Landowners with modest incomes can conserve their land without sacrificing financial security. Successive owners as well as the original easement donor-owner benefit.
   The recently appointed WNY Land Conservancy Executive Director Szarpa is a hiker, scouter and birder. She presented a power point program in September to the Town Board and Conservation Commission members concerning easements. On December 7, she will tell Grand Islanders about how they can protect property of 25 acres or more of ecological value forever. She describes herself as an “Overseer of Forever.”
   The plus of the Conservation Tax Credit is that it does not reduce local property tax revenue, so there is no negative impact on town and county budgets.
   87% of Grand Islanders in a poll taken in conjunction with the formulation of the Comprehensive Plan, said they prize the isle’s rural atmosphere. Here’s how it can stay this way forever.
   Quality Quest Coalition will sponsor a 9 a.m. December 2nd Hike-stroll with Jim Tomkins along the Big Six Nature trail from the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Rd. Wear boots. Call Jim Tomkins, 773 5268 for more information.

Quality Quest Coalition June Meeting - 2006
   Margaret Wooster will speak on "Old and New Visions of Niagara's Power," at a Quality Quest meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2006 at the Nike Base recreation center, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Wooster is coordinating the Riverkeeper work on the Niagara Greenway. According to a spokesman for Quality Quest, Grand Island is in a unique position with many Greenway possibilities; however there is a March 2007 deadline - come and share ideas. The public is invited.

Quality Quest Coalition Spring Meeting Schedule - 2006
   Quality Quest Coalition lists the following spring calendar:
• Thursday, April 20 - 7 p.m. - Grand Island Memorial Library - Speaker, Master Gardner Sally Cunningham's topic: Harmony With Nature - how to build nature back into your yard
• Saturday, May 13 - 8 a.m. - Buckhorn Parking Lot - Do a Warbler Walk with Tom Burke
• Thursday, May 25 - 7 p.m. - Nike Base, Whitehaven Rec. Center - a family concert with Nan Hoffman


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