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Local Educator Discovers How to Unleash Children's Love for Nature ​

Local Educator Discovers How to Unleash Children's Love for Nature ​

Like many of us with a few years under our belt, Dave Bauer grew up in an era before video games and cellphones, when children enthusiastically played in the great outdoors until the streetlights went on. He thoroughly enjoyed exploring his natural surroundings, leaving no stone unturned and being completely intrigued by the creepy crawlers found in the soil beneath. 

Bauer’s youthful appreciation of nature led to a successful career as a teacher of environmental science and training others in creative thinking, change leadership and living sustainability. Following his retirement from the teaching profession, he turned his attention to several projects focused on reconnecting today’s youth with nature.

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.

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

After a long winter, everyone enjoys the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures. But for those with seasonal allergies, spring can also mean the return of symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing.

“While being around pollen is unavoidable, there are several ways to help reduce your exposure,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. If you suffer from allergies, consider the following:

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:

Lewiston GardenFest now accepting applications for vendors & open garden participants

Lewiston GardenFest now accepting applications for vendors & open garden participants

With the official start to spring right around the corner, preparations for Lewiston GardenFest are now underway. The 12th annual event, presented by the Lewiston Garden Club is set for Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 along Center Street in Lewiston. Applications are now being accepted for both vendors and for local residents interested in participating in the open gardens during Lewiston GardenFest.

“Lewiston GardenFest is completely run by volunteers from the local community and Lewiston Garden Club members,” said Doreen Albee, chair, Lewiston GardenFest. “We rely on our vendor partners and Lewiston residents to enhance the offerings and beautification ideas we are able to provide for garden enthusiasts from across Western New York and Southern Ontario throughout the fun-filled weekend. In addition, this is a special year for us as the Lewiston Garden Club is marking 90 years and will celebrate during the 2017 Lewiston GardenFest.”

Two Popular Programs Return to Elmwood Village Farmers Market on July 2

Two Popular Programs Return to Elmwood Village Farmers Market on July 2

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 2. 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. 

Two very popular programs — “Double Up Food Bucks” and “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables” — return to the market this Saturday!