Weekly Feature

2018-06-07 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

I SEE TREES — For people like me who are curious about different types of foliage, the Arbor Day Foundation has created a tree identification book to help people learn about and identify tree species.

The book helps fellow nature lovers identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The book, “What Tree Is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit organization.

The book is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species.

Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide “a must-have, user-friendly resource.” Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail and depict natural colors, shapes and textures so users can make a positive species identification in just a few steps.

The Arbor Day Foundation offers the book to help people identify trees throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the U.S. “What Tree Is That?” uses a step-by-step approach for identifying the species of each tree, explaining what to look for in the shape and arrangement of the leaves, differences in the leafstalks, and specific characteristics of fruits, flowers, buds and bark.

“Our ‘What Tree Is That?’ pocket guide is an ideal resource for developing a greater appreciation for trees,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The Arbor Day Foundation strives to help people enjoy and appreciate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that.”

The book is also available as an online interactive version at arborday.org. To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send your name, address and $5 for each guide to “What Tree Is That?” Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at arborday.org.

MORE WISHES— Senior Wishes, an organization aimed at granting wish requests of low-income seniors, is looking to help others in Western New York.

According to the organization’s leaders, Senior Wishes is the only area program dedicated to enriching the lives of deserving seniors by granting meaningful wishes.

“Senior Wishes was created to recognize that our aging seniors still have things they want to do, places they want to go or people they want to see,” said Senior Wishes Executive Director Wendy Miller Backman. “We transform those dreams into a reality.”

The organization, which will be granting its 150th wish this summer, strives to grant more wishes to seniors in 2018. In addition to special outings, previous senior wishes have included a new sewing machine, a new tape deck to serve as a DJ at parties, and small household items or craft and hobby supplies.

Wish recipients must be 65 years old or older and a resident of Erie or Niagara County. The recipient must also have an annual income of less than $38,000 for a household of one. Those living in a two-person household or residing in a permanent-care facility must have an income of less than $44,000. Applicants also need to be cognitively, emotionally and physically capable of communicating and experiencing the wish and unable to fulfill the wish on their own.

To apply for a wish, visit www.se niorwishes.org or call 508-2121.

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