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Annual Meeting to be held Sun 3/6 1:00 PM

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Please save the date for the Buckingham Pond Conservancy Annual Meeting
Sunday March 6, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM

We are seeking a candidate to take a one year board seat. If you are interested please contact us at albanybpc@gmail.com.

Successful Sweetheart Skate

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Today's Sweetheart Skating Party was Sweet!! Thanks to everyone who came to the pond and enjoyed an afternoon with friends and neighbors. Special thanks to the Albany Devil Dawg & friends, Stewart's Shops, the Chocolate Gecko and the City of Albany. We had so much fun we are already planning next year's skating party!

Save the Date for the Sweetheart Skate - 2/13/2011

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Sweetheart Skate for all ages
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011
1 - 3 pm
Buckingham Pond
(ice conditions permitting - to check the ice conditions, visit the website on Saturday 2/12, or subscribe to the email list )

Everyone who loves the pond is a sweetheart to us!
Come have fun and meet other pond sweethearts.

If you are interested in helping plan this or other events, please let us know at albanybpc@gmail.com.

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Albany.

Thanks for a Great 2010 Fall Clean Up

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The Fall 2010 Clean up was a great success!

Thanks to everyone for a terrific job at the clean up last Sunday. We had more than 25 enthusiastic volunteers who planted hundreds of bulbs. Look for the results of their efforts next spring. Each clean up we are finding less and less garbage around the pond and park -- our efforts are really paying off!

Special thanks to the City of Albany Department of General Services, especially Judy Stacey for providing us with the bulbs, dirt and tools.

Next up for BPC is a January annual meeting to set priorities for 2011. We'll be back to you soon with a date and time. Please start thinking about what you'd like to see the group focus on next year. We need your ideas and enthusiasm!

Also, there's talk of a skating/winter party some time this winter, but we need a small group to organize it. We had hoped to do something similar over the summer but it didn't come together. If you are interested in working on these type of community building events, contact me at albanybpc@gmail.com. We'd love to have a neighborhood party with food, fun and activities centered around the pond.

CleanUp Day Sunday 11/7 from 1 - 3 PM

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Please join us for the Pond Cleanup Day this Sunday 11/7 from 1 to 3 pm.
Bulb planting, trash pickup and general fall chores.
Bring work gloves and your favorite tool, or use the ones provided.
Meet at the parking area by the playground.

Path Improvements

If you haven't walked around the pond recently be sure to check out the improvements to the path on the south (New Scotland) side. Over the summer the City of Albany reconfigured the pond path to be much less steep, reducing erosion problems and making the path easier for all to walk. Funds for this project were provided through a grant from the Albany County Soil & Water Conservation District, which the Buckingham Pond Conservancy helped arrange. Note also the new garbage can at the Lenox entrance to the path which is in active use, especially by dog owners, hurray!

Thank You for the Great Mulchathon 2010

Thanks to everyone for a terrific job at the clean up this past Sunday. Jack tells us the playground looks better than anytime in the 17 years he's been on the job.

Special thanks to Jason Schultz of Brookside Nursery who led our nature walk. If you didn't get a chance to join us this year, keep an eye out for future opportunities -- the walk was great fun and everyone learned a lot. Jason is also a talented sculptor. View his work at http://www.designsbyjas.com/.

And also extra special thanks to the City of Albany Department of General Services, especially Asst. Commissioner Dan Dilillo and Supervisor Ed Kindlon for their help providing tools, and of course the mountain of mulch.

Were you energized by the great camaraderie and work on Sunday? If you'd like to help again, we're hoping to pull together a group to attack the purple loose strife that is slowly choking out the cattails at the pond. We made an initial stab at this at the clean up last fall, but there's lots more to do. Read more about loose strife here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lythrum_salicaria. If we get enough interested people, we'll plan that for a day in June when the loose strife will be easy to spot, but not yet setting seed. Interested? Contact us at albanybpc@gmail.com.

Also, there's talk of a block party sometime this summer, but we need a small group to organize it. If you are interested contact us at albanybpc@gmail.com.

Changes coming to the Path

As a result of the Albany County Soil & Water District grant that BPC facilitated, DGS will be reconfiguring the steep section of the path near the foot of Lenox on the the New Scotland (south) side of the pond. We don't know yet when work will begin, but if you see any activity there, that's what's going on. The new configuration will take a much shallower approach up the hill which will reduce the amount of erosion and make the path easier to walk for all.

Pond Appreciation Day - Sunday, May 16th

Help Spring Clean on Sunday 5/16 from 1 to 3

Please join us as we do some general cleanup. We will also mulch the playground with city provided mulch and do some routine gardening projects including taking out an overgrown perennial bed and trying to save some of our shrubs from invasive bittersweet.

The City of Albany will provide some tools and gloves and lots pf garbage and leaf bags. Please try to bring your own gloves and any favorite tools

Jason Schultz, a local landscape designer will lead a short walk at 1:30 focusing on the meadow area near Raft's Way. Jason will help you learn to identify native wildflowers and other vegetation and talk about what we as a group might do to support the ecology & maintenance of that area.

Save the date for Sunday 5/16

The next pond cleanup day will be Sunday 5/16 1 to 3 pm, weather permitting. Please put it on your calendar now, and we'll let you know more as the date approaches. It should be a great day to get out and work together on our pond. If you are willing to post a few flyers around the neighborhood, please let me know at albanybpc@gmail.com, we can use the help!

Changes coming to the pond path for erosion control

I'm pleased to announce that the City of Albany has received a small grant from the Albany County Water & Sewer Conservation District for erosion control projects at the pond. These projects will help keep the path on the path, instead of in the pond at each heavy rain!

The biggest change that you'll see is reconfiguring the steep section of the path near Lenox at the south (New Scotland) side. Once the project is complete, the path will take a shallower angle up the hill which will be much better for erosion control - and for folks walking on the path.

With the help of pond neighbor and County Legislator Gary Domalewicz, Buckingham Pond Conservancy identified this source of grant funds, established a relationship with the ACW&SCD and facilitated the development of the grant projects. Thanks so much to DGS for putting together the proposal and to ACW&SCD for granting these funds. We'll let you know as soon as we hear when work is likely to begin.

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