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Explore Buffalo Announces May Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Announces May Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo’s walking tours are back, including all of your favorites plus new tours to be added this summer. There are 100 tour dates available in May!

Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for tours and speaker series. Walk-ups are welcome! For security reasons, all credit card payments must be made in advance.  Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour. If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email or be prepared to show it on your phone.

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Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

In Western New York and across the entire U.S., home solar installations are on the rise! In 2012, homeowners installed enough residential solar panels to power the equivalent of almost 24,000 homes.

Despite its growing popularity, solar technology remains unfamiliar to many Americans. As renewable energy becomes a mainstay topic for the nation's partisan political debates, consumers may struggle to separate the facts about solar energy from common misconceptions.

Here are the realities behind five common solar myths, courtesy of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. and SolarWorld Americas:

Shannon's Story Shared with NT Students

NORTH TONAWANDA, NY - Shannon Smith received a big, warm welcome from the young students at Drake Elementary School. They saw Shannon's story on Daybreak - and were anxious to meet her in person. Shannon had lessons to teach that extended far beyond the classroom.

The students held a Hat day and each paid a quarter to take part. They raised over 200 dollars and gave that money to Shannon. The school's principal said they were very inspired by all she's been through and that she has a little boy.

The kids had a simple message to share: that there are a lot of people who care and want to help. The students had a few gifts for Shannon - and they didn't forget her young son, Oliver. They also made cards to encourage her - and remind her of all the support she has.

Buffalo Police: Jefferson Avenue, Male Exposes Self to Student

Buffalo Police: Jefferson Avenue, Male Exposes Self to Student

Buffalo Police is investigating an incident involving a man who exposed himself to an 11th grade female student at Jefferson Street near East Ferry this morning around 7:30AM.

The man, who was on foot, is described as being a light-skinned black male, late 20s or early 30s, with scruffy facial hair and glasses.

Please have a conversation with your children regarding how to avoid strangers and make them aware of the description of this vehicle, along with the message that all similar incidents are to be avoided and should be reported. These occurrences provide the opportunity for you to talk about personal safety in general, and the importance of looking out for the safety of others as well.

If you have any additional information or concerns regarding this or a similar incident, please contact police immediately.

 

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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.

Tax Tips to Help You Determine What Makes a Gift Taxable

Taxpayers who give money or property to others may wonder about the federal gift tax and if it applies. Most gifts are not subject to the gift tax.

Here are seven tax tips about the gift tax and giving:

1. Nontaxable Gifts. The general rule is that any gift is potentially taxable. However, there are exceptions to this rule. The following are nontaxable gifts:

Vendors Sought for Collectors’ Expo; Event to Benefit Three Local Organizations

Vendors Sought for Collectors’ Expo; Event to Benefit Three Local Organizations

Vendors are currently being sought for the first annual Collectors’ Expo, a unique event to take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the historic Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo.

“We envision the event to be something like ‘American Pickers’ under one roof, featuring sports memorabilia, coins, stamps, antiques, original art, trains, toys, bottles, comic books, music and theatre memorabilia, and more,” said Joe Kirchmyer of West Seneca, organizer of the event. “Everyone collects something … and there will definitely be something there for everyone.”