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Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

As the desire for solar energy continues to grow both locally and across the nation, we’re seeing rooftop solar units with much greater frequency and in practically every neighborhood. And if you look a little closer, you’ll also see pole-mounted solar panels popping up in back yards and open fields in both rural and urban communities.

But thanks to Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc., solar energy in Western New York just entered a whole new world, one that combines solar panels, architecture and ingenuity to introduce a new option for homeowners that is as artistically eye-opening as it is energy efficient.

What is believed to be Western New York’s first solar pergola was recently constructed for a Lancaster homeowner, and the end result is sure to generate excitement for those seeking a clean energy option that adds to the overall beauty of their home and landscaping.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market July 1 Highlights Include Performance by the BPO String Quartet

Elmwood Village Farmers Market July 1 Highlights Include Performance by the BPO String Quartet

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 1, at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

Musical entertainment on July 1 will be a special presentation by the BPO String Quartet at 10 a.m. Hosting the market’s community group tables will be West Side Community Services, The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter and the Buffalo Wellness Center. Offering wine-tasting will be Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Victorianbourg Wine Estate.

Audubon Announces Secret Gardens Locations for Saturday, July 1, Tour

Audubon Announces Secret Gardens Locations for Saturday, July 1, Tour

Jamestown, NY – Spectacular! Stunning! Breathtaking!

These are some of the words being used to describe what you will see at the 2017 Secret Gardens Tour being presented by Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) on Saturday, July 1.

Because of the size of some of the gardens, the tour has been extended from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Plan to wear comfortable walking shoes and be inspired by some beautiful and unique gardens in and around Jamestown, New York.

The gardens are “secret” because you have to be invited by the owners to see them. Here are the names of the gardeners, locations of their hidden treasures, and hints about their presentations:

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

After a long winter, everyone enjoys the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures. But for those with seasonal allergies, spring can also mean the return of symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing.

“While being around pollen is unavoidable, there are several ways to help reduce your exposure,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. If you suffer from allergies, consider the following:

Learn What Wind and Solar Energy Can Do for You at Audubon Workshop, Saturday, June 17

Learn What Wind and Solar Energy Can Do for You at Audubon Workshop, Saturday, June 17

Jamestown, NY – David Moller has been experimenting with alternative energy since his youth.

At the Audubon Community Nature Center workshop “What Can Wind and Solar Energy Do for You?” you can learn what he has discovered and how the sustainable energy sources of wind and solar can be applied to your lifestyle, home, small farm or small business.

The workshop will be 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Alternative energy has been a passion of David Moller for most of his life. He started experimenting with alternative energy 45 years ago in Boy Scouts, where he cooked food and heated water with the sun. He also learned the basics of creating electricity by spinning objects with the wind.

Discounted Secret Gardens Tour Tickets on Sale Memorial Day Weekend

Discounted Secret Gardens Tour Tickets on Sale Memorial Day Weekend

Jamestown, NY – A highlight of your summer can be Audubon Community Nature Center’s Secret Gardens Tour. And you can save 20% by purchasing a presale ticket.

The 12th presentation of this welcome summertime treat will be from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 1.

The six gardens for 2017 are in Lakewood, Sinclairville, and Jamestown, New York, and showcase both new locations and oft-requested repeats. A novelty for this year is a featured vegetable garden.

Whether you garden in feet or acres, you will take home ideas for your very own patch.

Hours for this self-guided tour have been extended, as several of the plots are huge. Plan to wear comfortable walking shoes and be inspired by beautiful and unique gardens.

Presale tickets for $12 go on sale starting Memorial Day weekend at these locations:

You Can Harvest Spring Crops at Audubon Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, June 11

You Can Harvest Spring Crops at Audubon Workshop, Sunday Afternoon, June 11

Jamestown, NY – “Early Spring Harvests and More Planting” is the theme of the second in a series of workshops on organic gardening presented by Audubon Community Nature Center.

You are invited to a hands-on, taste-buds-on workshop at the home of organic gardeners Scott and Pam Stoleson in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania. At the 1-3 p.m. event on Sunday afternoon, June 11, you can sample various greens and berries and help plant major crops.

The first crops of the year should harvestable by this date. Sure, there’s lettuce, but have you ever tried Minutina? Or Mizuna? Sorrel? Wrinkled Crinkled Cress? Or Osaka Purple mustard?

Everyone knows strawberries, but how about Honeyberries? Weather and groundhogs willing, you’ll sample these and other early harvests. This is also the time to plant heat-loving, frost-sensitive crops such as tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, and melons. You’ll learn how to use plastic mulch to help keep these tender veggies’ roots warm.