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Happy Birthday, Kenan Community Day Takes Place July 8th

Happy Birthday, Kenan Community Day Takes Place July 8th

The Kenan Center in Lockport will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a free, family-friendly event on Saturday, July 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The day starts with a 5K run at 9:00 a.m. The run features a USATF certified flat course through streets bordering the Kenan Center. Pre-registration is $25 now through July 7 online at itsyourrace.com. From July 5 through July 8th, registration is $30. Packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. on July 8th along with registration for anyone who has not pre-registered. Runners will enjoy water, light snacks, and awards immediately following.

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Personal Service and Education Contribute to Growth of the Solar Industry

Personal Service and Education Contribute to Growth of the Solar Industry

While the popularity of solar energy continues to grow in communities across the nation, many industry experts are coming to the conclusion that the best way for solar — and solar companies — to grow is to take a regional approach. Their reasoning is rather simple: Installation of solar panels is best left to local companies who can better serve the needs of their customers.

Businesses Take Precautions to Help Seniors Stay On Their Feet

Businesses Take Precautions to Help Seniors Stay On Their Feet

In the average American home, senior citizens are especially vulnerable when it comes to slip-and-fall accidents. Obstacles such as throw rugs, electrical cords, stairs and wet surfaces are among the leading causes of falls that send 1.6 million older Americans to hospitals each year.

Countless lawsuits against businesses are also filed annually due to slip-and-fall incidents that occur on commercial property. With that in mind, many business owners are turning to a product called Sure Step to help eliminate accidental falls and resulting injuries.

When an older customer enters an unfamiliar environment, the odds of a fall will increase. When a wet or slippery floor is added to the equation, the odds of a fall increase dramatically.

World-class Drum Corps from San Antonio Coming to WNY in July

World-class Drum Corps from San Antonio Coming to WNY in July

As a prelude to the Aug. 6 Drums Along the Waterfront - Tour of Champions competition taking place at New Era Field in Orchard Park, the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas will be making a promotional tour stop in Gowanda on July 6. Arriving from a competition in Boston, the Crossmen will be utilizing Gowanda Central School’s facilities for a day-long rehearsal.

With musical-athlete membership of 150 strong, the Crossmen compete in Drum Corps International’s (DCI) World Class level, which is considered marching music’s major league. The corps finished in tenth place in last year’s DCI World Championships held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Founded in 1974, the Crossmen are a 501 (c)(3) education and youth development organization assisting young people in becoming outstanding individuals through music and the performing arts.

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Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

As the desire for solar energy continues to grow both locally and across the nation, we’re seeing rooftop solar units with much greater frequency and in practically every neighborhood. And if you look a little closer, you’ll also see pole-mounted solar panels popping up in back yards and open fields in both rural and urban communities.

But thanks to Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc., solar energy in Western New York just entered a whole new world, one that combines solar panels, architecture and ingenuity to introduce a new option for homeowners that is as artistically eye-opening as it is energy efficient.

What is believed to be Western New York’s first solar pergola was recently constructed for a Lancaster homeowner, and the end result is sure to generate excitement for those seeking a clean energy option that adds to the overall beauty of their home and landscaping.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market July 1 Highlights Include Performance by the BPO String Quartet

Elmwood Village Farmers Market July 1 Highlights Include Performance by the BPO String Quartet

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 1, at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

Musical entertainment on July 1 will be a special presentation by the BPO String Quartet at 10 a.m. Hosting the market’s community group tables will be West Side Community Services, The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter and the Buffalo Wellness Center. Offering wine-tasting will be Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Victorianbourg Wine Estate.

Michael Olear Honored by UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Michael Olear Honored by UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Michael Olear of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson was honored by the University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (UB CEL) as their Entrepreneur of the Month for June 2017. UB CEL, part of the UB School of Management, provides an individualized and interactive education in entrepreneurship for business owners. Olear is a 2007 graduate of the program and past chair of the UB CEL Alumni Association. 

As part of his recognition as Entrepreneur of the Month, UB CEL included an interview with Olear in their monthly newsletter, “CEL Happenings.” The interview covered Olear’s beliefs on entrepreneurship, including this quote:

UB CEL: What are the top three skills you believe are needed to be a successful entrepreneur?