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Funds for Home Improvement Projects are Currently at Their Peak

Funds for Home Improvement Projects are Currently at Their Peak

Tax season is right around the corner, and many homeowners are waiting to receive their annual refund check before beginning long-awaited home improvement projects such as the installation of new heating and cooling units, energy saving improvements, insulation, air sealing, new windows and more.

Rather than waiting and hoping for a sizable return, consumers could be taking advantage of multiple home improvement grant programs that are currently available to both homeowners and tenants. 

“Several grant and funding programs that allow homeowners and tenants to maximize home improvement projects are currently available to all households across Western New York,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services, 67 Sheldon Ave., Depew. “Everyone qualifies for some amount of assistance, so there’s really no reason to delay a project.”

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Explore Buffalo Lists January Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Lists January Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo, the popular nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced its January tours and events.

Winter Speaker Series Session 2
January 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
Meet: First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
Cost: $10, Explorer Pass Holders Free

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Exhibits, Classes and Workshops

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Exhibits, Classes and Workshops

A wide variety of classes and events are planned at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, located at 1168 Orchard Park Road in West Seneca.

Acrylic painting with Bernice Smith will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays during January and into February beginning Jan. 17. This class is for beginners to intermediate students looking for something new or a new way to look at acrylic painting. Classes will continue on Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 14 and the cost is $80. A supply list can be found on the gallery’s website.

Dog Ears to Host Book-signing Event with Tommy Blake

Dog Ears to Host Book-signing Event with Tommy Blake

Local poet Tommy Blake will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, South Buffalo, for a book-signing event from 5 to 7 p.m Saturday, Jan. 14. Blake’s book of poetry, “I Bang Down a Silver Bell,” was recently released by Buffalo-based No Frills Buffalo publishing.

Blake, who grew up in Buffalo, was born deaf and with cerebral palsy. The poems contained in the book were written over the past several years, a period of time that coincided with Blake regaining his hearing through cochlear implants, resulting in a wonderfully lyrical outburst that already has delighted readers around Western New York. Tommy Blake is the brother of journalist/author Rich Blake, who wrote the foreword to Tommy’s book.

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Upcoming Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Events Will Appeal to Audiences of All Ages

Upcoming Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Events Will Appeal to Audiences of All Ages

Three upcoming events in February and March will showcase the wide ranging activities that regularly take place at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.

Heritage Village is pleased to announce that it will host its second annual First Ladies Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. The event will pay homage to our region’s female political leaders and recognize local historical figures such as First Lady Abigail Fillmore and First Lady Frances Cleveland. The First Ladies Tea will feature a traditional English tea menu, as well as a performance by Denise Reichard as First Lady Dolley Madison. Tickets are priced at $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers; tables of 10 can be reserved for $300. Reservations are required by Feb. 8. In the event of a snowstorm, this event will be held on Feb. 12.

Rural Outreach Center Serves Multiple Families During Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Serves Multiple Families During Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), an East Aurora-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending rural poverty in southern Erie County and surrounding areas and assisting, empowering and elevating individuals to self-sufficiency, assisted numerous local families throughout the holiday season.

“The Rural Outreach Center invited 51 families and over 90 children to receive donated gifts for Christmas,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Families were selected primarily on their work in setting and working toward personal goals toward self-sufficiency as this is part of the ROC’s model of assisting, empowering and elevating participants.”

More than 70 individuals and organizations helped make this happen by purchasing thousands of dollars in gifts, gift cards and non-food items for distribution. “The community response was overwhelming,” Cerny added.

Daemen’s Sustainability Program Ranked No. 1 Among Small Colleges

Daemen’s Sustainability Program Ranked No. 1 Among Small Colleges

Daemen College’s unique Global and Local Sustainability Program has earned the top ranking in the nation among the “Best Value Small Colleges for an Environmental Science Degree,” making it the only Western New York college to be named to the list.

The 2017 ranking has been announced by Best Value Small Colleges, an online guide to the best values in college education in the country.

“We are proud to have this exceptional degree program ranked the best in the nation and to be recognized for offering a high-quality education at an affordable cost to our students,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This top honor truly reflects the program’s academic excellence in preparing students to foster the social, environmental, and economic well-being of our communities.”