|A hard stone slab on the ground|
serves as a reminder that this
baby lived and was loved.
On Saturday, April 22nd, I went to visit the Maple Grove Cemetery because I wanted to take pictures of something that was "hard," as part of my 52-week photography project. I could interpret hard in any way that I chose. It could be something that was literally hard, such as a rock. It could be something that was difficult to do. Or it could be something that is emotionally painful. I chose to interpret hard as both physically hard and emotionally painful, and I decided that the cemetery was the best place in which to illustrate that interpretation.
After I left the cemetery, I went to Saint Timothy Lutheran Church, where a free pancake breakfast was being served. I love food, and I especially love free food! They did ask for a good will offering. Apparently, the folks at Saint Timothy want to make this a regular event. At Saint Timothy, I came across Larry Austin, editor of the Island Dispatch, and Paul Leuchner, who I consider to be my conservation mentor.
|The crew gathered to clean up the trail|
at Spicer Creek.
At that point, I decided that following Larry on his rounds would be a good idea and would lead to potential topics for blog posts. The first place that we visited was Spicer Creek, where a group was celebrating Earth Day by cleaning up the litter along the path. I picked up some litter and took a few pictures. A girl found a large stash of empty beer cans and bottles in a hollow tree. Apparently, the beer drinkers thought that the hollow tree was their personal trash receptacle. There were twenty bottles and cans in one hollow tree.
|Never forgotten, but loss is hard.|
The next stop was to the Tops Plaza, where we went to the grand opening of Alz Rootz Cafe, located inside the Soma Cura Wellness Center.
|Larry Austin (left) inter-|
views Soma Cura co-
owner Matt Green. The other
co-owner is Sue Zinter.
My last stop for the day was to the Golden Age Center and to the new teen art studio at the Nike base, a complex on the west side of Grand Island that also houses the town's recreation department.
|The fundraiser consisted of a brunch|
and a Bingo tournament.
|Cindy Wynne (left), art teacher|
at Grand Island High School, with
her art teacher, Lenore
Tetkowski, who taught
at Grand Island High School
from 1966 until 1985,
when she retired.
The teen art studio is a place where teenagers can go to paint, draw, do crafts, homework, play the piano, or write stories. It has been furnished with donations and it will be open part time during the school year and full time during the summer.
|Art students from Grand Island|
High School hold the ribbon that
was cut to celebrate the grand opening
of the art space.
I went home well fed and happy.
On Saturday, April 29th, I went to Town Commons, the park connected to Town Hall for two separate events. The first was Paint the Town Purple.
|Tying purple ribbons around|
the trees to remind
people to support
Relay for Life and its fund-
raising efforts against
The second event was a tree planting that was organized by Gillian Worrall, a Girl Scout Ambassador (the highest level that a Girl Scout can attain), who is working to earn her Gold Award. That is the highest achievement for a Girl Scout. Gillian's project was to plant five trees in Town Commons. The tree species are: pin oak, maple, swamp white oak, river birch, and white oak.
|Gillian and a group of Girl Scout Daisies,|
the youngest Girl Scouts.
|Diane Evans leads|
the group in a song about
That was the end of my zigzagging through Grand Island because I then hopped on a bus and managed to zig zag my way through Buffalo.
|This is the group that came to|
Town Commons on Arbor Day
to plant trees.