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Celebrating 30 Years, Youth Symphony Orchestras Prep for May 7 Concert

Celebrating 30 Years, Youth Symphony Orchestras Prep for May 7 Concert

Jamestown, NY – “We’re proud that what began 30 years ago as the Jamestown Area Orchestra of Youth is now the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS), with three youth orchestras,” stated board president Katie Derrenbacher.

Announcing the plans for the CRYS Spring Gala Concert, Derrenbacher said Bryan Eckenrode, who has been the organization’s Conductor and Music Director since 2003, will conduct the 4 p.m. concert on Sunday, May 7, in the Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution.

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Heavy April Showers Bring Water Woes for Area Homeowners; Tips Will Help Prevent Future Damage

Heavy April Showers Bring Water Woes for Area Homeowners; Tips Will Help Prevent Future Damage

Two inches of rain fell throughout Western New York on Thursday, April 20, causing sump pump failures and flooding issues in many homes. And if you’ve ever stood in those shoes — or boots — you know the aftermath can be an absolute mess!

“When your home suffers water damage, time matters and it’s important to take immediate action,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. “In order to prevent structural damage and mold growth, it’s important to act quickly and contact an experienced company with professional references and an outstanding reputation. This is no time to be scammed by a fly-by-night contractor.

Search for Sandhills with Audubon on Friday afternoon, May 5

Search for Sandhills with Audubon on Friday afternoon, May 5

Jamestown, NY – Sandhill Cranes are tall, gray-bodied, crimson-capped birds whose elegance draws attention.

A few years ago, folks started seeing Sandhills at and near the Audubon Community Nature Center. Last year, a pair successfully hatched and raised a young crane nearby.

On Friday, May 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. you can join others to learn more about and then go out to look for Sandhill Cranes in the area.

Search for Sandhills will start inside at the Nature Center with a short program about these elusive birds, then carpool using Audubon’s van to nearby places where the cranes have been seen.

Directing the Search will be Audubon Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome, who developed the habit of looking for cranes as he drives and has found them more often than he expected. 

Participants are reminded to wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars or a spotting scope if you have them.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 19th Season on Saturday, May 13

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 19th Season on Saturday, May 13

Weekly yoga classes, several new vendors and two visits from the Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet are among the highlights of the upcoming Elmwood Village Farmers Market, which returns to the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village on May 13. The market will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine, through Nov. 25.

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Audubon Supporting BOS Bird Count

Audubon Supporting BOS Bird Count

Jamestown, NY – Every May, the Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) sponsors a bird count in Western New York.

The first BOS count was held in 1939. It provides a historical reference for bird species found in Western New York.

It takes many people, beginning to advanced birders, to cover the four-county territory, whether watching on their own property or committing to a larger area. It is important that each person has an assigned territory, to give the broadest coverage without overlapping.

If you have experience in bird counting, you can be part of this important work by volunteering on Sunday, May 21.  If you’re interested but inexperienced, you could observe others and learn for future counts.   

Monday, May 8: Water and Septic Workshop for Rural Landowners

Monday, May 8: Water and Septic Workshop for Rural Landowners

Jamestown, NY – Whether you currently live in the country or are planning to, you have the vital responsibility to maintain your water resources.

On Monday, May 8, Bryan Swistock, Water Resources Extension Specialist in the College of Agricultural Science and Management at Penn State University, will present “Water and Septic Workshop: What Rural Landowners Should Know.”

The free two-hour event will be at 1 p.m. at Audubon Community Nature Center, and again at 6 p.m. at Jefferson DeFrees Family Center in Warren. Those attending the workshop at Audubon will receive with your reservation a 10% discount in Audubon’s Blue Heron Gift Shop and on a water test through Penn State Water Testing Lab, plus a free admission ticket to the Nature Center.

People often move to the country without realizing that they are taking on the responsibility for the safety and functionality of their own water supply and wastewater treatment.

Saturday, May 6 is Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Saturday, May 6 is Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to go birding -- or make a pledge to someone who does -- to support the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) and a local student.

On Saturday, May 6, you can join the Audubon Education Staff and their friends to see as many birds as you can on the Fledgling Birdathon, a one-day-only birdathon that raises money for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship.

At 6 a.m., the group will start on the Nature Center grounds and other locations to find as many species of birds as possible. Participants are encouraged to stay at least till noon, but for the ACNC naturalists it will be an (almost) all-day event.

The Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship is awarded every year to a local student heading off to college with an interest in pursuing the natural sciences. Generous supporters pledge an amount, either per species or in total, and the end result is a $500 scholarship. You can bird with the team or show your support by pledging.