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Peace Corps Adventure Leads Former Volunteers to the WNY Land Conservancy

Peace Corps Adventure Leads Former Volunteers to the WNY Land Conservancy

To say that the newest additions to the staff at the Western New York Land Conservancy — Jajean Rose-Burney and his wife Ana Hernández Balzac — have interesting resumes would be a dramatic understatement. While volunteers in the Peace Corps, Jajean and Ana spent 27 months in Puebla, Mexico, successfully tackling problems that often seemed insurmountable. 

Among other things, Jajean helped protect a globally important wetland twice the size of the city of Buffalo from rapid and unplanned urban development, while Ana enabled nearly 100 schools throughout the state of Puebla to become certified “Green Schools.”

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Board of Directors is holding its third annual poster contest to promote the outdoor market’s 2013 season. Entries for the poster competition are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 8. Whether you’re a student studying the arts, a professional graphic designer or just someone with a creative streak, you’re invited to submit your design for an 11x17-inch color poster that accurately reflects the feel of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market. 

All entries should contain — but are not limited to — the following copy content:

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London’s Lifestyle Home Show Will be Bursting With Fresh Ideas

London’s Lifestyle Home Show Will be Bursting With Fresh Ideas

Looking to change things up in your home — a little or a lot? Need some fresh new ideas for the new year? Then visit nearby London, Ontario, from Jan. 25-27 for the annual Lifestyle Home Show!

Bursting with great ideas, this annual event highlights everything that falls under the lifestyle umbrella. Featuring the newest trends and cutting-edge technology, the three-day show boasts approximately 350 exhibitors, nearly 20,000 visitors and over 120,000 square feet of floor space. Presented by the London Home Builders’ Association, guests  will be treated to home- and garden-related exhibitors, seminars, contests, celebrity guests and much more.

EA Co-op Extended Holiday Hours!

EA Co-op Extended Holiday Hours!
Please join us this week during our special extended holiday hours on Thursday and Saturday.  We’ll have free cookies, coffee and cocoa while you shop! Need gift ideas? Give the gift of ownership, community and health by purchasing a gift membership to the East Aurora Cooperative Market (payment plans available). How about an EA Co-op tote bag filled with a selection of non-perishable Mini Market items (includes a free sample of Alpine Made goat milk soap)? Or, be one of the first to purchase our new co-op aprons – perfect for everyone on your shopping list.  Hope to see you there!Thursday, Dec. 6, 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Interested in Joining 4-H? Informational Meetings Planned

Interested in Joining 4-H? Informational Meetings Planned

Erie County Legislators Lynne Dixon, Joseph Lorigo, John Mills and Edward Rath, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension – Erie County, are pleased to announce that two informational meetings to highlight the many exciting programs available through 4-H will be held in November. With an extensive list of opportunities available to youths, ages 5-19, the informational meetings will discuss what programs are offered and how to get involved.

Picture Your Walls: JP Fitzgerald's to Feature Art Show & Sale

Picture Your Walls: JP Fitzgerald's to Feature Art Show & Sale

Picture Your Walls, a local custom framing and art studio, is collaborating with the newly formed Buffalo South Artist Guild (BSAG) to present the inaugural “The Art of 12” art show and sale, Saturday, October 13, 2012, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The show will be held in the heart of the Buffalo Southtowns at J.P. Fitzgerald’s, 4236 Clark Street, Hamburg, NY.

Aptly named, the show will feature the work of 12 Western New York artists, including Carol Koziol Clark, Garry & Kathy Dole, David Eckhardt, Ray Helmicki, Margi Truxes Hixson, David Maynard, Robin Mols, Gwen Parysek, Dan Predmore, Nancy E. Prusak, Jim Schwabel, Thelma Winter. Patrons will have the opportunity to view original paintings of various mediums and styles, professional photography, sculpture, and other pieces of art, while also having the opportunity to meet many of the artists.

Grisanti Repair Program For Pesticide Containers Signed Into Law By Governor

Grisanti Repair Program For Pesticide Containers Signed Into Law By Governor

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that  Governor Cuomo has signed into law Grisanti’s legislation which extends for two years the provision of the environmental conservation law that allows merchants in the State of New York to implement a “minor repair program” for damaged pesticide containers and lawn fertilizers containing pesticides.  This act will bring New York State in line with the national program implemented by the EPA in 2009 to address concerns of the unnecessary disposal of consumer pesticide products such as lawn fertilizers.

The EPA noted that approximately five million pounds of consumer pesticide products may become waste each year due to damage to the containers before being sold by retailers. With this provision allowing for minor repairs, retailers will minimize waste and prevent additional pollution.