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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.

Audubon Workshop on Organic Gardening, Sunday Afternoon, April 30

Audubon Workshop on Organic Gardening, Sunday Afternoon, April 30

Jamestown, NY – If you’ve ever thought how wonderful it would be to harvest fresh produce in your backyard, Audubon Community Nature Center has just the thing for you.

Audubon is presenting “Seeds and Soil: Planning Your Garden” on Sunday, April 30, 1-2:30 p.m.

In this first of a series of workshops on organic gardening, you can plan a food garden and plant seeds to take home. You will leave with handouts that provide information on preparing a garden and where to get the best seeds and starter plants.

You will learn from a couple of experts with a lot of experience. Scott and Pam Stoleson have been raising some of their own food for more than 15 years. They estimate that they produce 85% of the vegetables, 50% of the fruit, and 10% of the nuts that they consume.

Come prepared to get your hands dirty, as you will also be planting seeds to take with you for your own garden. You are welcome to bring your own gardening gloves if you like.

Protect Yourself From Rising Utility Rates with Solar Energy

Protect Yourself From Rising Utility Rates with Solar Energy

When’s the last time you took a long look at your electric bill? Between rising service fees and delivery fees, you’ll quickly discover one cold, hard fact: To the electric company, you’re a “rate payer,” not a valued customer.

“Like any other corporation, utility companies are bound by their investors to do everything they can to maximize profits,” said Alicia Uebelhoer, co-owner of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. “They are more than happy with the fact that you don’t understand what you’re paying for. And they are even happier that you don’t realize the truth.”

The truth is, that in many cases, customers of the electric utility companies are paying more for the delivery of their electricity than they are for the electricity itself. 

Learn to Make a Braided Wool Rug at Audubon on Friday, February 17

Learn to Make a Braided Wool Rug at Audubon on Friday, February 17

Jamestown, NY – By devoting part of a Friday afternoon to do some learning, you could be able to make your own braided wool rug.

On February 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting a workshop on Braided Wool Rug Techniques. Using reclaimed wool clothing, you can learn how to start, braid, add lengths, and lace to create braided wool rugs of varying sizes with a hands-on project.

You will learn all these techniques by creating a wool trivet. You will also receive a lacing needle and a braiding hook. The skills you learn can be used to make rugs of all sizes.

Time to Order Audubon Birdseed

Time to Order Audubon Birdseed

Jamestown, NY – It’s not easy for wild birds to find food this time of year.

Putting out a feeder and keeping it filled is good for the birds and those who feed them. Watching these beautiful creatures from the comfort of our homes can bring optimism to our days and introduce young people to the natural world.

Monday, January 30, 2017, is the deadline for ordering bird seed and related treats from the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Winter Birdseed Sale. 

You have a variety of seeds to choose from, with the most popular being Audubon’s exclusively formulated Conewango Blend, designed to attract local birds. Specialty seeds, cakes, and other selections are also available. 

Audubon finds the best birdseed mixes at affordable prices, and all proceeds benefit its programs, exhibits, buildings and grounds. Friends of the Nature Center receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

Learn Beginning Bonsai at Audubon on Sunday, September 25

Learn Beginning Bonsai at Audubon on Sunday, September 25

Jamestown, NY – Google defines “bonsai” as “the art of growing ornamental, artificially dwarfed trees or shrubs.”

On Sunday afternoon, September 25, you can learn “The Art of Bonsai for Beginners” at the Audubon Nature Center.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Trenton Lutes will teach the history of bonsai, the specialized tools used, the most common styles, and general bonsai care. He will share information gathered from years of experience to instruct the beginning bonsai enthusiast in the techniques needed to turn a standard nursery stock plant into your very own bonsai tree.

You can choose from Dwarf English Boxwood, Bird’s Nest Spruce, and Juniper Procumbens on a first come, first choice basis. The availability of all these varieties will make for a diverse and interesting learning experience for everyone.

West Seneca Farmers’ Market to Conclude with Customer Appreciation Day

West Seneca Farmers’ Market to Conclude with Customer Appreciation Day

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s popular open-air farmers’ and food producers’ marketplace sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, will wrap up its 2016 season on Thursday, Sept. 1, with Customer Appreciation Day! The market takes place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall.

The outdoor venue features approximately 25 vendors selling a wide variety of products. Cub Scout Pack 616 will host the market’s community group table on Sept. 1, while Nowhere Men will provide musical entertainment from approximately 5:30 to 7 p.m.   

For Customer Appreciation Day, several vendors will offer discounts to help you stock up on products for the long off-season!