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Rachel Chrostowski Joins WNY Land Conservancy as Community Engagement Director

Rachel Chrostowski Joins WNY Land Conservancy as Community Engagement Director

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy welcomed Rachel Chrostowski as the newest member of their staff on April 6, 2015. As community engagement director, Rachel will increase the public’s engagement with the Land Conservancy’s work. 

Rachel has a degree in geography and environmental studies from SUNY Geneseo; however, her education in earth science started at a much earlier age. She credits her geologist mother with her deep love of the natural environment, appreciation for open space and strong conservation values.

‘The Road is Open’ is the Latest Release From No Frills Buffalo

‘The Road is Open’ is the Latest Release From No Frills Buffalo

 

“The Road is Open,” a novel by local author Michael Burns Haggerty, is the latest book to be published by No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

The book takes place in 1978 when longtime friends Jimmy and Michael leave Buffalo to embark on a cross-country hitchhiking adventure to look for George, Michael’s brother, who mysteriously deserted his family years earlier. Along their journey the pair gains a vivid truth and a wisdom that only the road can provide. They encounter extraordinary landscapes and meet a series of remarkable characters that represent a truthful, gritty and heartwarming portrait of America.

Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Accepting Applications

Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Accepting Applications

 

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for fiscal year 2015 on April 1, 2015. This program is a competitive grant funding opportunity for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of U.S. history, English and civics. The government has appropriated a total of $10 million to be distributed to 40 possible grant awardees, each of whom are eligible to receive a maximum grant award of $250,000 over two years.

Five Tropical Locations You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

Five Tropical Locations You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

 

With school out for the week, many college students and families alike will be looking to escape their winter blues with a trip to a hot, tropical location. If you’re looking to plan an overseas vacation but don’t have a U.S. passport, here is a list of five popular destinations where you won’t need a passport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

East Aurora Chamber of Commerce Plans an Event-filled Year

East Aurora Chamber of Commerce Plans an Event-filled Year

 

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce has several business and family friendly events scheduled throughout 2015, including a new health-focused event that will take place June 20 at the village’s Healthy Zone Ice Rink. Founded in 1945, the chamber represents 500-plus members in East Aurora and surrounding communities.

Kicking off the fun is the new Health Live — Jump Into the Healthy Zone event slated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the ice rink. An interactive family wellness event, Health Live will feature local health, wellness, fitness and beauty businesses and organizations, a wide variety of activities for all ages, and an inflatable obstacle course!

Heed the Advice of a Professional Before Saying ‘I Do’ to a Wedding Photographer

Heed the Advice of a Professional Before Saying ‘I Do’ to a Wedding Photographer

 

The late spring to early fall months are considered peak wedding season — and that season will be here before you know it. And with your big day comes a lot of big decisions, including the selection of a wedding photographer.

Elizabeth Snyder, owner of Elizabeth Snyder Photography, LLC, is a well-known local wedding photographer who has worked with countless Western New York couples to provide them with photographic memories that will last a lifetime. Today she would like to share some professional advice on finding a wedding photographer to meet your needs.

Hop on Explore Buffalo’s Tour of Local Craft Breweries

Hop on Explore Buffalo’s Tour of Local Craft Breweries

 

Brewing in Buffalo has continually evolved from its beginnings in the early 1800s to its present-day revival. At its peak in the early 1900s before Prohibition, Buffalo’s brewing industry included nearly 30 independent breweries producing millions of gallons of beer each year. Today, Buffalo’s brewing culture is returning with the opening of numerous craft breweries around the city.

Join Explore Buffalo for a four-hour bus tour on Saturday, Feb. 28, to view locations important to Buffalo’s brewing past, learn about the history of brewing in the Queen City, and visit several craft breweries for interior tours and product sampling. The tour begins at Gene McCarthy’s, 73 Hamburg St., Buffalo, at 1 p.m. and concludes at 5 p.m.