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WNY Rocks ... and More!

WNY Rocks ... and More!

Do you know why there is a coral reef in the rocks under WNY? Or why the Niagara Escarpment is one of ten unique biospheres in the world? Come and find out the answers during a fascinating program called "The Geology of Western New York," with geologist, Stan Radon, November 6, 2:00 PM at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. The program, which is part of the WNY Land Conservancy Speaker Series, will also include discussion of the formation of salt, oil and gas deposits, and the unique ecological conditions that have contributed to Niagara County's heritage and economy. The event is free to the public.

Popular for his gripping tours of local rock formations, Stan Radon has been a geologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the past 20 years and teaches geology and environmental sciences at SUNY at Buffalo and Daemen College.

Ellicott Creek Park in Buffalo, NY an Update

Parks can be a great place to take your children to for outdoor activities. The best part of about going to local parks is it is free and there is plenty of room to engage you children in fitness activities. About a year ago the writer did a story on local parks in Buffalo, NY and Ellicott Creek Park in Western, NY was mentioned in one of the articles.  Well, Ellicott Creek Park has a new addition added on to it, an outside fitness center that can help you in your efforts to get fit. The writer was there with his daughter a couple of days ago. The center is shaped in a circle with about 6 stations to work different muscle groups from your upper body to your lower body.  Some of the stations have adjustable weights built in to increase strength, resistance and stamina.

National Grid and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Form Unique Energy Partnership

National Grid and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Form Unique Energy Partnership

 

National Grid and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Form Unique Energy Partnership to Transform Campus and Surrounding Neighborhoods into a Global Leader in Energy Innovation

 

  • Community stakeholders to be engaged in project development.
  • Retrofit of century-old home will demonstrate compatibility of modern energy use with preservation of historic structures.
  • Medical campus expected to grow to 12,000 employees, with increased energy needs.  Partnership will help manage usage through new technologies, training.

 

Artpark: Target Audience is Between 10,000 and 12,000

Artpark: Target Audience is Between 10,000 and 12,000

Artpark has one goal in mind for the 2012 summer season: smaller crowds watching bigger musical acts.

"We're shooting for a smaller number that is manageable," said Chris Brown, chairman of the Artpark & Co. board of directors. At a public forum held Tuesday at the Village of Lewiston Red Brick School, he told a crowd of between 150 and 200 that venue management can't handle crowds exceeding 25,000 or 30,000.

Brown said Artpark & Co. is in the "development stages" of a $4 million master plan that calls for a reconfigured outdoor amphitheatre that will provide for a safer and more comfortable concert atmosphere for park patrons.

Volunteers Needed for Drummond Hill Cemetery Tours

Volunteers Needed for Drummond Hill Cemetery Tours

Every October, the Niagara Falls Museums delights spectators with moving stories through a guided tour at the Drummond Hill Cemetery. This annual storytelling event is performed by male and female volunteer actors ages 14 and up. The museum is looking for volunteer performers and backstage assistants for this year’s upcoming cemetery tours. mPublic Programmer of the Niagara Falls Museums, Maja Bannerman says, “This theatrical experience is a good introduction to the worlds of community and professional theatre as well as the field of living history.” An initial volunteer meeting will take place at museum at 5049 Victoria Ave. on Sunday, September 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Those interested will be asked to fill out a volunteer application, which is available now at the museum. Participants must be available for every performance.

Governor Cuomo to Sign Legislation Protecting New York's Waters

Governor Cuomo to Sign Legislation Protecting New York's Waters

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will sign a new law to protect New York's waters and the Great Lakes by requiring a state permit for the withdrawal of large volumes of water from the state's rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater.

The new law is designed to foster responsible conservation practices and economic growth while protecting water bodies and wildlife habitats. The permitting process will ensure a continued water supply to existing municipal, agricultural and industrial users, and will help identify areas that could support new water-dependent businesses. Specifically, the law requires approval before operating or proposing a system with the capacity to withdraw 100,000 gallons or more per day of surface and groundwater.

"The preservation and protection of New York's water resources is vital to the state's residents, farmers and businesses," Governor Cuomo said.