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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.

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.