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Daemen Earns National Best Value School Designation

Daemen Earns National Best Value School Designation

Daemen College has been selected by University Research and Review as a 2017 Best Value School award recipient, making it one of fewer than 100 institutions across the country selected to receive this prestigious national designation.

“We are honored to be chosen for this distinguished award and to be recognized for our exceptional educational value,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “With college costs currently at the forefront of New York State higher education, this distinction attests to the affordability, high quality, and academic excellence of private colleges like Daemen and is indicative of our rising national status.”

One of only three colleges in New York State named among this year’s honorees, Daemen joins other notable institutions such as Ohio Northern University, Mercyhurst University, Benedictine College, and Mount Aloysius College.

Erie County Parks, Land Conservancy Collaborate to Create New Natural Habitat Park Along Lakeshore

Erie County Parks, Land Conservancy Collaborate to Create New Natural Habitat Park Along Lakeshore

Last spring, a generous landowner donated a beautiful eight-acre forest on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in Derby to the Western New York Land Conservancy. The Land Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust that protects forests, farms and scenic vistas forever; including places like the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston and The Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora.  

There is very little natural land like this left along the Lake Erie shoreline. The forest has trees that are more than 100 years old. Many birds find food and shelter in these trees during their long spring and fall migrations. Scattered wetlands provide habitat for frogs, toads and salamanders. It will be a great place to take a walk, enjoy nature and marvel at the spectacular sunsets over Lake Erie.

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.

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.

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Sally Ball Conover Joins the Olear Team at MJ Peterson

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Sally Ball Conover Joins the Olear Team at MJ Peterson

Sally Ball Conover, SRES, has joined the Olear Team at MJ Peterson Real Estate as a licensed associate real estate broker. In this role, she will provide expert guidance and service to clients who are buying and selling homes throughout Western New York. 

A resident of Irving, Sally began her real estate career in 1977. She has certifications as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Certified Buyer Representative and Relocation Specialist. She has a thorough knowledge of Western New York real estate and extensive experience in assisting clients in finding all types of residences, including single family homes, multi-family homes, condos and patio homes. 

No Frills Buffalo Publishes New Novel, Book of Poetry

No Frills Buffalo Publishes New Novel, Book of Poetry

No Frills Buffalo publishing company has released two new books by local authors David Coleman and Sinead Tyrone.

Coleman’s novel, “Hard Times in The Hollow,” tells the story of the Avery’s, a farming family in Cattaraugus County, and the struggles they endure through war, prohibition and the Great Depression. As their difficulties mount, family matriarch Iris pushes the family to extremes in her quest to keep them together and their farm afloat. Her grandson, Adam, is at first an observer and then an unwilling participant. How far would one family go to ensure their survival?