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Brush Up Buffalo’s 15th Event to Take Place in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

Brush Up Buffalo’s 15th Event to Take Place in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

Buffalo, NY – Brush Up Buffalo, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization focused on revitalizing City of Buffalo neighborhoods, recently announced that it will repaint 15 low-income homes with the help of 400 volunteers in the nationally-designated Buffalo Promise Neighborhood on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

Designated avenues and streets for Brush Up Buffalo 2011 – Westminster, East Amherst, Stockbridge and Berkshire – are in a relatively tight cluster and are near Westminster Community Charter School, where Brush Up Buffalo will set up operations for check-in and lunch.  (Parking will be at the Erie County Medical Center parking lot, with shuttles to the school.)  At least 25 volunteers will be needed to paint on each house; no prior painting experience is necessary.

Main Street Farmers Market is Underway

Main Street Farmers Market is Underway

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- Great news! 

The Main Street Farmers Market in WoMa, Niagara Falls is open as of Thursday, August 11th.  The Market is located in the municipal parking lot between Cleveland Ave & Niagara Ave.  Farmers will be there from 3pm- 7pm every Thursday.  

Vendors include Hurtgam Farms, Trusello’s Pizza, Hanzlian’s Homemade Sausage & Deli, Lewiston Jellies, Andrea’s Organic Soaps and much more.

Back to School: National Sandwich Month Recipes

Back to School: National Sandwich Month Recipes

August 10, 2011, the end of summer in Western New York is nearing. The kids are headed back to school in less than a month. You're starting to think about what to pack in the kids lunch bags and boxes. You're dreading the added expenses to your grocery shopping budget. How do you keep the kids full and fed on a budget, but still feed them good food? Give these recipes a try! You may never purchase store-bought peanut butter or jelly again.

Homemade peanut butter recipe

Peach freezer jam recipe

Strawberry freezer jam recipe

National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Front Porch Day 2011

National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Front Porch Day 2011

National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day is on Monday August 8, 2011. Have you ever heard of this celebration? I hadn't, but growing up with a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who grew bushels and bushels of zucchini, I was aware of those big paper bags of zucchini that got left on neighbors' front porches every August and September. What I did not know is that there is an entire day (or night, if you're really sneaky) devoted to leaving the abundance of zucchini we grow on our neighbors front porches!

What do you do if you wake up tomorrow morning and find a big paper sack filled with zucchini on your front porch? You can make many things, and then send your neighbor a thank you note for all the free zucchini you got to enjoy.

Zucchini bread recipe

The Sweet Smell of the Katsura Tree

The Sweet Smell of the Katsura Tree

BUFFALO - July 27, 2011- Yesterday, my colleague and I were canvassing Buffalo in search of local history.  While ambling through the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, I recognized a very familiar sugary scent.

 

“Do you smell that?” I asked.  

 

“I do!” she exclaimed, “It smells like cotton candy!  Where is it?”

 

Raccoon With Rabies Found in Niagara Falls

Raccoon With Rabies Found in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) received confirmation today from the NYSDOH Wadsworth Rabies Laboratory that a raccoon submitted for testing yesterday was rabid. The raccoon had contact with a dog on 20th Street in the City of Niagara Falls and was subsequently captured by a wildlife rehabilitator and euthanized. This is the first rabid ground animal confirmed in the County this year. Previously, only three bats were confirmed as rabid in 2011. Confirmation of rabies in a wild animal in the City of Niagara Falls is unusual. However rare, rabid animals have occasionally been identified within the city over the years since the rabies prevention program began in the county .

Garden Exhibit Opening Ties into Lockport Garden Walk

Garden Exhibit Opening Ties into Lockport Garden Walk

With 25-acres of grounds, many of which contain cultivated gardens, a botanically-themed exhibit has always been a natural during the summer months at Lockport’s Kenan Center. Now that Lockport in Bloom, the annual city garden walk, has become a mainstay, and uses the Kenan Center as its starting point, a Kenan Center garden exhibit has become part of the ever-growing festivities. This year, the Kenan Center House Gallery will present an exhibit titled, “A Walk in the Garden,” featuring the works of 28 artists ranging from photography and watercolors, to ink drawings, aquamedia, and pastels. The show will open with a free public reception on Friday, July 8, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through August 21. Sponsor of the 2011 Kenan Center Gallery exhibits is M&T Bank.