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Good Bye Ugly Pipe, Hello Drinking Fountain!

Many thanks to the City of Albany Water Department and Department of General Services who are working together to provide a drinking fountain at Buckingham Pond Park.   And the Water Department has also removed the ugly pipe that used to stick out of the center of the pond!  This is great news for all of us who visit the pond.

DGS has committed to do a number of other projects for us this year so be on the look out for changes including improved drainage at the intersection of Euclid and Berkshire on the South (New Scotland) side where we often get serious erosion by the tree near the new crosswalk.

This picture, taken before the Memorial Day weekend, shows the Water Department hard at work reconfiguring the water line.

Spring Clean Up Sunday 4/29 1:00 - 3:00 PM

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Buckingham Pond Clean Up Day

Sunday April 29, 2012      1:00 – 3:00 PM
Meet at the parking lot
 

Join with friends and neighbors as we pitch in to
pick up trash and get the pond ready for the season.

Bring work gloves and tools. 
Bags and some tools will be available.

 

Annual Meeting Recap

Our Sunday March 25th Annual Meeting brought out between 50 and 60 BPC members to reflect on our successes to date and review priorities for next year.  Here's a brief recap of the agenda for those who weren't there:

  • The Conservancy presented a summary of 2011 accomplishments.   Thanks to our many partners including the City of Albany Department of General Services, Ruth Pelham and the Music MobileCapital District Transportation Authority and Capital District Transportation Committee.

  • We reviewed the treasurer's report.  With total expenses of only about $700 in 2011, of which well over half went to CSLAP water testing, we are operating on a shoestring.  You can donate to help!

  • We adopted amendments to our bylaws.

  • We elected Tara Caligure and Brian Davis to serve on the board - thank you Tara & Brian!

  • We presented Michael Gerdes with the "Pond Partner" award for the loan of his canoe, which made it possible for us to complete the CSLAP water testing program in 2011.  Michael has graciously offered his vessel again for 2012.

  • Scott Kishbaugh of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation presented a summary of the results of the water sampling project BPC conducted at the pond this summer.  We're also seeking volunteers to help out next summer - email us at albanybpc@gmail.com if you can help out on selected Saturday mornings.  Many thanks to BPC Vice President Harry Ermides and the eleven volunteers who assisted him this past summer.

  • Professor Andrea Kohl of the College of St. Rose Art Department presented three logo concepts developed by her students for the Conservancy.  At the Board Meeting on March 27, the board selected our new logo.

  • We reviewed the priorities established for 2012 by the board.   We plan to continue many of our existing projects - twice yearly clean ups, summer and fall social events and of course the CSLAP water testing.   We also will implement a "storm drain medallion" program to mark each and every storm drain that ties in to Buckingham Pond.  

 

 

Redlined Bylaws 2-2012

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BPC Redlined Bylaws 2-23-2012

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Annual Meeting Sunday March 25th 1:00 PM

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In 2009 35 people came together to found the Buckingham Pond Conservancy.  Since then we've grown in size and capacity - coordinating clean ups, hosting social events, finding grants to help the pond, building relationships with City staff, sampling the pond's water and so much more.  Each year we come together just one time to celebrate our successes and revisit our priorities.  Be a part of it! Come to the:

Third Annual Meeting
of the
Buckingham Pond Conservancy

Sunday March 25
1:00 - 2:30 PM

Bethany Reformed Church
760 New Scotland Avenue (Corner of Lenox Avenue)

Scott Kisbaugh, Lakes Monitoring and Assessment Section Chief from the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation will be with us to help us understand the findings from our summer's work collecting water samples from the pond.

We will also be voting to elect new Board Members and amend the bylaws. (Want to be a new board member? Read on!)  Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, but only members can vote.  Membership is $5 per year per adult, and we're happy to take your membership contribution at the door.

Six members of the current board are up for re-election this year.  Four will be seeking re-election, and we are seeking two energetic folks who love the pond to consider a two year term as a board member.  If you are interested in finding out more about being a board member, contact the nominating committee no later than Friday 3/9.  You can reach the nominating committee at: Sylvia Pirani: sjpirani@gmail.com, Marjorie Geiger: geiger121@aol.com and Dick Adair: dickadairdickadair@yahoo.com. Thank you to Sylvia, Marjorie and Dick for agreeing to be the nominating committee.

Our current bylaws need some modifications.  A redlined version of the document showing proposed changes is available here: Redlined Bylaws  Please ask questions and provide comments to albanybpc@gmail.com in advance of the meeting, we intend to ask the membership for a single up or down vote on all changes.

Have an hour to help the pond?
We hope to find enough volunteers to flyer the neighborhood around the pond to make sure word gets out about the meeting. If you can help distribute flyers door to door, please let us know at albanybpc@gmail.com.  Even an hour of your time would help!

Winter Social Post Poned - stay tuned for more info

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Mother nature had other plans, and it looks like it might be a better day to swim than to skate, so our planned Winter Social on 2/12 has been post-poned. We are looking for a new date and will keep everyone posted.

Come on Out the Ice is GREAT!

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The ice is as smooth as glass. Hope this holds until the February 12th 1 - 3 PM February 12th Sweetheart Skate & Winter Social - Mark you calendar, but don't wait til then to enjoy the great ice!

Save the Date for the Sweetheart Skate & Winter Social

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Winter Social
and
Sweetheart Skate for all ages
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2011
1 - 3 pm
Buckingham Pond
(We'll socialize with or without ice, but rain will keep us inside so check the website on Saturday Feb 11 for confirmation if the weather looks iffy)

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.

Pond Pickup Day Sunday November 6th 1 - 3 PM

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Pond Pickup Day

Sunday, Nov. 6, 1-3 pm

Fall Chores at the Pond

Join your neighbors as we pitch in to get the pond ready for winter.

What: Fall cleanup
When: Sunday, Nov. 6
Where: Buckingham Pond
Time: 1 to 3 pm

General trash & litter pickup. Bulb planting. Bring work gloves and tools. Bags and some tools will be available.

Pond Path Improvements Underway

The City of Albany Department of General Services is making some much needed improvements to the path on the South (New Scotland) side of the pond this fall. This section of the path is very low, and has been in mild disrepair for years, with rail road ties and wooden supports falling in to the pond, and occasional flooding significant enough to make the path impassable. Getting this issue corrected has been on our high priority list, so we're thrilled that DGS is able to get to that this year. They are widening and elevating this section, which should alleviate the problems with flooding. Sadly we will lose some vegetation in this area due to the construction, but it should soon grow back Edited 1/21/2012: Note that while the work is paused for the winter there is still more to be done and we've heard from DGS that they will be out working on our path again when the weather breaks.

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