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Earth Day celebrations on Tuesday included the opening of an additional mile of wildlife watching trails at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga.

Existing Reinstein trails include wayside signs describing flora and fauna features around the preserve.

“Our visitors have repeatedly asked for more trails to explore on their own,” said Preserve Director Meaghan Boice-Green.

Department of Environmental Conservation Region 9 Director Abby Snyder noted, “With the addition of these trails, there are now about 3.5 miles of trails available at Reinstein Woods for the public to enjoy from sunrise to sunset.”

The new trails at the western end of the preserve offer pristine wildlife views along West Pond and Lower Pond. These trails are open year-round, but springtime growths and emergences make this a great place to visit and commune with nature.

The preserve is located at 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Blvd. in Cheektowaga. For more information about Reinstein Woods, call 683-5959 or go to dec.ny.gov/education.1837.

New outdoor cable show

Bill Hilts Jr. is host for “Outdoor Beat”, a live, call-in outdoor show on Time Warner Cable Sports Network. It will be shown at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Segments focus on outdoor issues and activities around Western New York, featuring local and regional experts on a variety of topics. This Wednesday, Quaker Boy Game Call expert Ernie Calandrelli will discuss turkey calling.

Outdoor Beat can be viewed at Time Warner Cable’s LCTV each week. The show can also be seen on line at lctv.net.

Cabela’s hirings

Applications are being accepted for 225 positions at a new Cabela’s store opening this fall on Walden Avenue near the Thruway in Cheektowaga.

Company officials said most employees are expected to come from Cheektowaga and the surrounding area. Interviews will be held in the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue from May 12 to 16.

Applicants can apply on line at cabelas.jobs. Click on “Apply Now” and select the Cheektowaga NY site.

Getting sharper

Spring fishing, hunting, gardening and field work calls for sharpened knives and tools ready for various fun outings and tasks.

The number of sharpening devices stands just behind better mouse traps for varieties of new gadgets, but the AnySharp Edge tool safely and swiftly puts a good working edge on everything from the shortest panfish filleting knife to heavy axes and mower blades.

To see functions and a video of this device in action, go to anysharp.com.

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