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Explore Buffalo Announces May Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Announces May Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo’s walking tours are back, including all of your favorites plus new tours to be added this summer. There are 100 tour dates available in May!

Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for tours and speaker series. Walk-ups are welcome! For security reasons, all credit card payments must be made in advance.  Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour. If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email or be prepared to show it on your phone.

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Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

In Western New York and across the entire U.S., home solar installations are on the rise! In 2012, homeowners installed enough residential solar panels to power the equivalent of almost 24,000 homes.

Despite its growing popularity, solar technology remains unfamiliar to many Americans. As renewable energy becomes a mainstay topic for the nation's partisan political debates, consumers may struggle to separate the facts about solar energy from common misconceptions.

Here are the realities behind five common solar myths, courtesy of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. and SolarWorld Americas:

Woman Killed in Lockport House Fire

LOCKPORT, NY - A woman is dead following a massive house fire in Lockport.

It happened around 9 p.m. at 6 Carolina Avenue.

A fire official tells 2 On Your Side the fire appears to have started in the kitchen area and then spread throughout the home.

The sole occupant, a 55-year-old woman was killed.  Her identify is being withheld following notification of family members.

A dog was also killed in the blaze.

Damages are estimated to be close to $80,000.

Authorities are still unsure what sparked the blaze.

KENAN GALLERY TO PRESENT 3 GENERATIONS OF BURCHFIELDS

KENAN GALLERY TO PRESENT 3 GENERATIONS OF BURCHFIELDS

This year not only marks the 50th Anniversary of the Kenan Center in Lockport, but the 51st anniversary of a landmark in the history of the Kenan House Gallery. It was on April 30, 1966, that the fledgling gallery opened with an exhibit of works by American watercolorist, Charles E. Burchfield, from the collection of Charles Rand Penney. It would prove to be one of the last exhibitions Burchfield attended in person prior to his passing in January, 1967.

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Third Phase of Niagara University Community Program Focuses on Kindergarten Transition

Third Phase of Niagara University Community Program Focuses on Kindergarten Transition

Tower Foundation Grant Supports Kindergarten-Readiness Program

Mounting evidence illustrates that early education plays a critical role in the cognitive and social-emotional development of children.

And now a third phase of the Niagara County Early Child Care Quality Improvement Project (QIP) has an opportunity to make a significant impact on the larger early childhood education community in Niagara County by reaching more than 6,000 children entering kindergarten, their families and educators over the next three years.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 19th Season on Saturday, May 13

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 19th Season on Saturday, May 13

Weekly yoga classes, several new vendors and two visits from the Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet are among the highlights of the upcoming Elmwood Village Farmers Market, which returns to the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village on May 13. The market will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine, through Nov. 25.

Saturday, May 6 is Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Saturday, May 6 is Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to go birding -- or make a pledge to someone who does -- to support the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) and a local student.

On Saturday, May 6, you can join the Audubon Education Staff and their friends to see as many birds as you can on the Fledgling Birdathon, a one-day-only birdathon that raises money for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship.

At 6 a.m., the group will start on the Nature Center grounds and other locations to find as many species of birds as possible. Participants are encouraged to stay at least till noon, but for the ACNC naturalists it will be an (almost) all-day event.

The Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship is awarded every year to a local student heading off to college with an interest in pursuing the natural sciences. Generous supporters pledge an amount, either per species or in total, and the end result is a $500 scholarship. You can bird with the team or show your support by pledging.