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The Department of Environmental Conservation’s 16th annual CleanSweepNY program is set for the week starting Monday, April 28.

This year the DEC will key on agricultural, business and school operations in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Wyoming counties that have stored chemicals and pesticides in need of proper disposal. This program is an effort to keep unwanted materials from entering public landfills and waste streams.

The collection is open to large-group participants, not to individual homeowners. Participants can register by Friday for drop-off locations in Western New York. For more details, call (877) 793-3769 or go to cleansweepny.org.

Allegany pilgrimage

Reservations are being taken for Buffalo Audubon Society’s Allegany Nature Pilgrimage May 30 to June 1 at Allegany State Park in Salamanca.

Informal nature field trips include birding, wildflowers, pond life, beaver and salamander walks, live animals, family nature walks and more outdoors activities.

Costs are $40 for adult and $5 per child for the weekend. For registration details, check with Marcia Nixon at 304-1257, the Audubon Society at (585) 457-3228 or online at alleganynaturepilgrimage.com.

Chautauqua awards

Club and special awards were presented during the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs banquet.

Four clubs honored recipients: Lakewood Rod & Gun Club Conservationist of the Year went to Duke Johnson; Falconer Rod & Gun Club presented Youth Awards to Thomas Cybart and Knut Burstrom and an Adult Award to Jerry Lyon, and Westfield Fish & Game Award went to Rob Graham. A Special Service award was presented to Jan Baldwin.

President’s Awards went to Capt. Lance Earhardt and Monte Kennedy. The Eastern Lake Erie Charter Association received the Club of the Year Award.

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