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COLUMN: Volunteer Connections - Help clean up B’ville in recognition of Earth Day

— April is National Volunteer Recognition Month so here’s a big thank you to all of Baldwinsville’s many volunteers.

The Village of Baldwinsville’s community wide Earth Day clean-up effort will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13. Areas to be cleaned include bank and shore areas of the Seneca River located in Mercer, Community and Canal parks, Meadow Street, the Sergei Yevich Trail and other areas in the village. If you or your group is interested in helping to clean up areas in Baldwinsville, call the DPW at 635-9665 for more information, sign up forms and locations available for clean-up.

There is always a lot going on at Beaver Lake Nature Center for volunteers – staffing the front desk and the gift shop, serving as trail guides, helping with mailings and acting as craft table assistants. Other upcoming seasonal opportunities include:

Trail Guides are needed April through June to share their love and knowledge of nature with elementary students visiting on class field trips. The next training workshop is on April 11 and 12; volunteer trail guides need to be 18 and older and need to call to sign up for the training.

Canoe dock volunteers (age 18 and older) are needed from May through August to check visitors in and out as they come on and off the lake, reminding visitors of rules and assisting with equipment. Weekday and weekend shifts, typically from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m., are available.

The concession stand needs volunteers (18 and older) to sell food and beverages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and especially on weekends.

For more information about volunteering at Beaver Lake Nature Center, call Margaret Tzen at 638-2519.

The Silver Fox Senior Social Club is a day program for senior citizens Monday through Friday. It is located at 22 E. Genesee St. behind Colonial Laundromat and Subway – right on the river. Adult and teen volunteers (aged 16 and older) are especially needed between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to play all sorts of games with the seniors like chess, checkers, Wii, bingo, cards, assist with arts and crafts projects, serving lunch and snacks, polishing nails and even just sitting and chatting on the back deck in warm weather. And, if you can sing, dance or play a musical instrument; entertainment is always very much appreciated.

Please call Becky Kishtok at 635-5335 for more information about becoming a volunteer.

Nancy Conley is the executive director of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center. For other volunteer opportunities, visit bvillevolunteers.org, call Conley at 638-0251 or visit the center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at 44 Oswego St., right at the “four corners” in B’ville.

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