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Hotel Owners Turning to Sure Step to Keep Guests and Employees on Their Feet

Hotel Owners Turning to Sure Step to Keep Guests and Employees on Their Feet

Slip-and-fall injuries are a serious concern for all businesses, and the lodging industry is no exception. In fact, think about all the areas in a hotel, motel or bed-and-breakfast that have an increased potential for falls: Lobby floors and uncarpeted walkways, buffet and dining areas, kitchens, around swimming pools and saunas, locker rooms, restrooms. It’s a pretty lengthy list.

To prevent slip-and-fall accidents, more and more businesses, including hotels, are turning to a product called Sure Step, offered locally by Western New York-based Nonslip Safety Solution, to keep guests and employees on their feet. The result: Fewer potential lawsuits and/or missed work days.

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Learn Botanical Drawing and Painting in Three Sessions at Audubon

Learn Botanical Drawing and Painting in Three Sessions at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is offering a unique opportunity to learn “The Art of Botanical Drawing and Painting.”

In three Saturday morning sessions presented by two artists on staff, you can learn the basics of nature drawing and painting from observation.

Ruby Miller and Kim Turner will tag team instruction from 9 a.m. to noon on October 7, 14, and 21, 2017. Deadline for registration is Monday, September 25.

Artists and naturalists alike can benefit from this workshop. Beginners and seasoned artists are invited to hone their observation skills while developing drawing and watercolor techniques.

The sessions will progress each week, culminating with a finished watercolor painting of a botanical study. The methods used throughout the workshop are inspired by Agathe Ravet-Haevermans’s book, The Art of Botanical Drawing: An Introductory Guide.

Lessons at WILD All-Star Cheerleading Go Far Beyond the Mat

Lessons at WILD All-Star Cheerleading Go Far Beyond the Mat

While some families register their children for classes at WILD All-Star Cheerleading in Orchard Park to learn the latest cheerleading, gymnastic and dance techniques, it’s the underlying lessons in self-confidence, teamwork, personal responsibility, respect, discipline, social responsibility and family that are providing skills that will last a lifetime.

“While we do our best to offer opportunities to meet the needs of every student that comes through our door, we also get to know each individual and help them set and reach goals, learn the value of commitment and teamwork, and ultimately see their dreams become a reality,” said Rebekah Stiller, WILD co-owner and co-founder. “Our ultimate goal is to create champions both on and off the mat!”

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

This week, Sept. 10-16, is National Suicide Prevention Week. For some of us, it’s a time to reflect and mourn those we have lost. And for all of us, it should also be a week filled with starting conversations, taking an active role in suicide prevention, and seeking immediate help for those suffering from depression or carrying the burden of suicidal thoughts.

“Suicidal thoughts and depression can impact anyone of any age, race or gender. It does not discriminate,” said Monica A. Farrar, a licensed mental health counselor and private clinician in Williamsville. “Far too often I meet individuals and families who feel embarrassed or ashamed to openly discuss mental illness and suicide, and that needs to end. Help is available, and it may be a simple conversation that opens the door to treatment and a far better life.”

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Funding Needed to Turn a 140-acre Forest on Grand Island Into an Iconic New Nature Preserve

Funding Needed to Turn a 140-acre Forest on Grand Island Into an Iconic New Nature Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy and residents of Grand Island hope to create a new 140-acre forested nature preserve along the Niagara River. That dream came closer to reality this month when funding was committed by the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee and the Gallogly Family Foundation totaling more than $700,000. This funding will be just enough for the Land Conservancy to purchase the property and open it to the public. The Land Conservancy is hoping to raise at least another $600,000 to create an even better walking trail system, restore wildlife habitat and help maintain the preserve in the long run. 

Explore Buffalo Plans Autumn Tour of Homes in Village of Hamburg

Explore Buffalo Plans Autumn Tour of Homes in Village of Hamburg

Join Explore Buffalo and Imagine: Hamburg from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, for a rare opportunity to see the interior of historic homes in one of Erie County’s charming villages! On this Autumn Tour of Homes, approximately 10 home interiors will be open to view and admire. Take a look at some incredible 19th century interiors that have been painstakingly maintained or restored by their owners. In addition, the Village of Hamburg business community will be participating with special offerings on the day of the tour including live music, wine tasting and even a real steam engine!

Take a Happy Hour Hike into Autumn at Audubon

Take a Happy Hour Hike into Autumn at Audubon

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to welcome autumn with a hike on the splendid grounds at the Audubon Community Nature Center.

Audubon will provide the landscape and Senior Naturalist Sarah Hatfield will lead you through the woodlands on the first day of autumn, Friday, September 22, 2017.

At this 3-4 p.m. Happy Hour Hike, you can explore Audubon’s trails to see autumn color the world.

There is a flurry of activity in the natural world as everything gets ready for the lean season. Animals are packing away food, as are some plants, while others are sending their offspring out into the world as their final gesture.

Meet new people, learn a little bit, and enjoy the season. After the hike, bring a bit of cash to enjoy a (completely optional) follow-up beverage at a local restaurant with your fellow nature-nerds.

Remember to wear shoes that are suited to the trails. The walk will happen rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather.