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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.

Eat Drink Local Week Puts Focus on WNY Harvest

Eat Drink Local Week Puts Focus on WNY Harvest

Edible Buffalo is proud to announce the first ever New York Statewide Eat Drink Local Week June 24 through June 30, 2011, a restaurant week with a mission! With the harvest season in full swing, Edible Buffalo along with seventeen local restaurant and winery partners will be celebrating the local food chain by promoting menus using ingredients sourced from local growers and artisan producers.

“Many of our restaurant and winery partners already use locally sourced ingredients on their menus, so this is an opportunity to showcase their efforts,” says Lisa Tucker, publisher of Edible Buffalo. “We also want to continue to make the connection between farm and plate for consumers. With over 7500 farms in the eight county region, we cannot afford to ignore how important local agriculture is to our food economy.”

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Buffalo

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Buffalo

EMERALD ASH BORER DETECTED IN BUFFALO

Collaborative Control Efforts Underway to Contain First Infestation Found in Erie County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in the City of Buffalo’s South Park. This is the first EAB infestation to be detected in Erie County. EAB is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green, white, black and blue ash.

Garden Walks in Your Town

Garden Walks in Your Town

Many, many neighborhoods are hosting Garden Walks this summer - and many of them are free!  Click on the title of the Garden Walk to go to that community's website for even more information!

June 25
10am-4pm:  8th Annual Village of Williamsville Garden Tour, sponsored by the Williamsville Business Assoc.  FREE.  30+ gardens, local businesses hosting a huge sidewalk sale.  Tour starts at Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main Street – table will be set up outside day of event. 

Over 100 Niagara University Employees Set for Annual Day of Community Service

Over 100 Niagara University Employees Set for Annual Day of Community Service

More than 100 Niagara University employees will tackle community service projects at 21 locations throughout Western New York on June 9 as part of the university’s annual Day of Service.

Each year, NU faculty and staff endeavor to carry on the university’s Vincentian tradition by spending a summer morning assisting local nonprofit organizations with tasks such as painting, gardening, cleaning and distributing food.

Participating employees assemble at Clet Dining Hall on Niagara University’s campus at 8:30 a.m. where they are treated to coffee and tea before dispersing throughout the region to lend helping hands to organizations with lesser human and capital resources. The participants return to campus at 1:45 p.m. for an appreciation luncheon.

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”