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Construction Exchange Membership Up 50% Over Five Years

Construction Exchange Membership Up 50% Over Five Years

Association’s commitment to providing programs of value, member benefits, Online Plan Room and more seen as driver for increase

The Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY, Inc., a non-profit organization that serves the Western New York commercial construction industry, announced today it has increased its membership by 50 percent over the last five years.

With 50 percent more members and plans to grow even more, it was necessary for, the association to hire additional staff to ensure the member experience does not suffer. To fill this role, the Construction Exchange hired Bill Diehl as Membership Director. Diehl will be responsible for continuing the growth and promoting engagement with current members.

A stable construction market and improvements in the services offered by the association are seen as contributing factors to the membership growth.

Interview: Artpark Hosts Legendary Charlie Daniels Band on Sept. 4

Interview: Artpark Hosts Legendary Charlie Daniels Band on Sept. 4

Artpark & Company has hosted many notable musicians as part of its "Tuesday in the Park" concert series. The Lewiston performing arts venue has hosted hit-makers, Grammy winners, television and film actors and even a "Dancing with the Stars" contestant.

But tonight's headliner is quite possibly the only one to have had an entire museum dedicated to his life and career.

For 10 years, the Charlie Daniels Museum was open in the heart of Nashville, Tenn. Each year, thousands of visitors (including this writer) ventured into the 2nd Avenue treasury, which housed priceless pieces of a career that includes collaborations with Elvis and Bob Dylan, 20 million records sold, and a membership in the Grand Ole Opry.

Artpark: Welcome The Machine

Artpark: Welcome The Machine

It's a shame, really.

We hear the words "tribute act" and we immediately think of out-of-shape men in poorly sequined suits caterwauling something that's supposed to sound like an Elton John song. Or, our minds jump to that local bar band that's nothing more than glorified karaoke, and about as interesting as plain crackers.

This wouldn't be the case if every "tribute act" was like The Machine. For 24 years, frontman Joe Pascarell and his bandmates have tirelessly worked to provide audiences with something significant.

"What I'd like to think happens is that we really try hard to capture what it feels like to listen to Pink Floyd," Pascarell said.

And by that, he means forget you've even heard the words "tribute act."

Interview: Artpark Welcomes the Legendary Voice of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson

Interview: Artpark Welcomes the Legendary Voice of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson

Vocalist brings his "Breakfast in America Tour" to Lewiston

Tuesday's Artpark concert will be wonderful.

A miracle.

Beautiful.

Magical.

And all the fans in their seats, well, they'll be singing so happily, joyfully, playfully, watching Roger Hodgson, the legendary voice of Supertramp.

An acclaimed singer, Hodgson also wrote the tunes that fueled Supertramp's 60 million record sales (including "The Logical Song"). He is bringing his "Breakfast in America Tour" to Lewiston on Aug. 21. Hodgson will headline the "Tuesday in the Park" concert series at Artpark.

Chalkfest 2012: Revitalizing Main Street Through Art

Chalkfest 2012: Revitalizing Main Street Through Art

On August 11 and 12th, 2012, the 500 Block of Main Street in downtown Buffalo will be overtaken by art.

Chalkfest [a FREE annual event] is a project envisioned by The 500 Block Association, a group of business, artists and native Buffalo residents to revitalize the 500 Block of Main Street. The festival is throughout the weekend and includes the artwork of Michael Macauley, world reknowned 3D chalk artist.

The two day festival is the first of its kind, all ages on Saturday and Sunday from 12 -5 pm, and after 5 pm on Saturday for adults with live entertainment.

"Greater Buffalo": A City Beautiful From the Lake to the Falls

"Greater Buffalo": A City Beautiful From the Lake to the Falls
"GREATER BUFFALO" A BEAUTIFUL CITY FROM THE LAKE TO THE FALLS - Assemblyman Quinn's Bill Provides For New County and Municipality Taking in Niagara Falls, the Tonawanda's, & Other Towns Comprised in Territory of More Than 25 Miles--Many Improvements.  GRAND ISLAND USED FOR INSTITUTIONS

Buffalo Courier Feb. 11, 1906

  • Albany, Feb. 1.-- Picture a city with 500,000 inhabitants with a chain of parks and parkways more than 35 miles in length, traced through with a smooth macadam boulevard ending at the world's grandest bit of scenery, Niagara Falls; add to this sketch a municipal power plant capable of supplying light for millions of electric lamps and forcing cars over leagues and leagues of track and there you have portrayed a part of the proposed Greater Buffalo...

Heart Performs at Artpark: Interview with Ann Wilson

Heart Performs at Artpark: Interview with Ann Wilson

Does being a rock 'n' roll star and performing in front of thousands and thousands of singing, fist-pumping, hand-clapping fans ever get old?

What do you think?

"No, that would not be old," Heart lead singer Ann Wilson says.

The vocalist behind a heap of hit songs says, "That's why we do this, is because we have something to say. We really do want to get with people and do our thing and connect with them."

Alongside her sister, ace guitarist Nancy Wilson, Ann has said plenty in songs such as "Magic Man" (about the dangers of young love), "Barracuda" (about working in the despicable music industry), "What About Love?" (about finding romance in the mayhem of life), "Never" (about not giving up), "These Dreams" (about fantasy colliding with reality), and "Alone" (about struggling to find and keep "the one").