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Erie County

It’s time to hit the links.

The county’s Grover Cleveland and Elma Meadows golf courses will open for the season at 7 a.m. Thursday.

“We are looking forward to a great season of golf at both of our courses, which are ready to go after a long offseason,” said Troy P. Schinzel, the county’s commissioner of parks, recreation and forestry.

Grover Cleveland, home to the 1912 U.S. Open, is a par-69 course located at 3781 Main St. in Amherst. Elma Meadows, which is a par-70 course, is at 1711 Girdle Road, Elma. It has an irons-only driving range.

Also this week:

• Several volunteer fire departments in Erie County will join others across the state in opening their doors next weekend to let the public know what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter.

RecruitNY, established in 2011 by a collaborative of state firefighters organizations, is an annual campaign to recruit new volunteers to join those already serving their communities.

Highlighting the campaign is Open House Weekend, scheduled for April 26 and 27. Local departments will conduct tours, demonstrate equipment and discuss volunteer opportunities.

Last year, more than 700 new volunteers joined firefighting forces in Erie County. For more information – including a list of participating departments, visit www.recruitny.org.