Two notable outdoors volunteers will be sadly missed.
Erie County outdoorsman Albert “Al” Commerford, 82, died May 31, the last day of the spring turkey season he enjoyed over the years. A longtime director with the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Commerford served as a delegate from Springville Field & Stream and from Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, attending many New York State Conservation Council functions and working as chairman on show and big game committees.
He willingly supported many outdoors projects without seeking and receiving recognition for his efforts. Al will be missed by all who befitted from his contributions.
Niagara County’s Dick Cavagnaro, 82, of Ransomville died June 1. Cavagnaro was honored at this year’s Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs Annual Awards Banquet with the Victor Fitchlee Lifetime Achievement Award in Conservation.
Cavagnaro devoted a lifetime to conservation, sportsman, firearms and Second Amendment concerns as an active member of the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, SCOPE, Iroquois Arms Collectors, Niagara Pioneers Sportsmen, 3-F Club, Niagara River Anglers, Empire State Arms Collectors Association, the NRA and other outdoors organizations.
His many friends he helped to enjoy the outdoors mourn his passing.
Woods meander set
The Friends of Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve invite all to its popular “Meander in the Woods” at the preserve in Depew from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
All attending will enjoy a Kentucky Greg’s barbeque dinner followed by a stroll along the preserve’s “Dessert Trail” to sample delicacies from the wilds of the Reinstein Woods. Bluegrass music lovers will enjoy the Pointless Brothers, and a basket auction includes more than 80 items.
Proceeds from this meander will help support environmental education programs at the preserve. For reservation information, call 247-0995 or 683-5959.
Last week’s column on insects prompted comments about bug life and repellents, but cicadas, the biggest of bugs but not a biter, only put in an appearance at a cabin site in Birdsall.
Barry Gawlick and his wife lit a campfire last week that drew these oversized flies. The Gawlicks did not report any crop damage but were surprised at the size and numbers of these creatures.