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2011 Annual Meeting Report

What do a tug of war, a free-range organic car wash and an evening of jazz have in common? ...They were all fundraising ideas brainstormed at the Buckingham Pond Annual Meeting last Sunday.

We thank the 30 or so brave souls who came out in the drizzly cold rain. It was a great meeting, full of ideas and energy. In addition to a creative ten minute fundraising brainstorming session, we got a snapshot of the membership's priorities for 2011. High marks went to continuing routine clean ups, developing a storm drain stenciling initiative, working on community education about how storm water and fertilizer impact the pond, and finding a consultant to help us fully evaluate how to improve the pond's water quality.

You can catch up on all the great work we did in 2010 and see all the project and fundraising ideas by reading the meeting handouts and notes which are all available here:

If you missed the meeting, it's not too late to contribute your ideas, or volunteer to help. Just email us at

Looking for an easy way to help? Renew your membership at Join. A membership is only $5 per adult in your household, but if you can, please give more. We do amazing work with an all volunteer organization, and as we enter our third year, many of our priority projects will take money to accomplish. Contributions to the Conservancy are now tax deductible!

Also, please welcome our new board member. Eric Randall will be taking over for Paula Martinez who has been relocated to Kentucky for a year.

Home Owners Guide to Preventing Storm Water Pollution

Home Owners Guide to Preventing Storm Water Pollution: A practical guide to help you protect water quality in your community.

One page brochure

Rethinking Yard Care

Rethinking Yard Care: Yard Care and the Environment

Lawn Care Without Pesticides

Lawn Care Without Pesticides

Brochure from Cornell Cooperative Extension

Pollution Source and Restoration Assessment 2010

Buckingham Pond Pollution Source and Restoration Assessment: A Student Internship Project for the Buckingham Pond Conservancy Final Report

Authored by Ms. Sarah Schaefer, student of Dr. Katherine Meierdiercks at the Siena College Department of Environmental Studies, this report was completed in Dec 2010 and concludes that there are no commercial or industrial pollution sources impacting the pond, but that changes in landscaping and maintenance at the park and throughout the watershed could improve water quality.

Annual Meeting to be held Sun 3/6 1:00 PM

Please save the date for the Buckingham Pond Conservancy Annual Meeting
Sunday March 6, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM

We are seeking a candidate to take a one year board seat. If you are interested please contact us at

Successful Sweetheart Skate

Today's Sweetheart Skating Party was Sweet!! Thanks to everyone who came to the pond and enjoyed an afternoon with friends and neighbors. Special thanks to the Albany Devil Dawg & friends, Stewart's Shops, the Chocolate Gecko and the City of Albany. We had so much fun we are already planning next year's skating party!

Save the Date for the Sweetheart Skate - 2/13/2011

Sweetheart Skate for all ages
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011
1 - 3 pm
Buckingham Pond
(ice conditions permitting - to check the ice conditions, visit the website on Saturday 2/12, or subscribe to the email list )

Everyone who loves the pond is a sweetheart to us!
Come have fun and meet other pond sweethearts.

If you are interested in helping plan this or other events, please let us know at

This event is co-sponsored by the City of Albany.

Thanks for a Great 2010 Fall Clean Up

The Fall 2010 Clean up was a great success!

Thanks to everyone for a terrific job at the clean up last Sunday. We had more than 25 enthusiastic volunteers who planted hundreds of bulbs. Look for the results of their efforts next spring. Each clean up we are finding less and less garbage around the pond and park -- our efforts are really paying off!

Special thanks to the City of Albany Department of General Services, especially Judy Stacey for providing us with the bulbs, dirt and tools.

Next up for BPC is a January annual meeting to set priorities for 2011. We'll be back to you soon with a date and time. Please start thinking about what you'd like to see the group focus on next year. We need your ideas and enthusiasm!

Also, there's talk of a skating/winter party some time this winter, but we need a small group to organize it. We had hoped to do something similar over the summer but it didn't come together. If you are interested in working on these type of community building events, contact me at We'd love to have a neighborhood party with food, fun and activities centered around the pond.

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