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Image of the Buffalo River taken from Red Jacket Riverfront Park off of Smith Street near South Park.

Courtesy Forgotten Buffalo

Help Us Preserve and Protect

Help Us Preserve and Protect

The view from Mill Road between Sweet and Blakely is one of Aurora, NY’s most treasured. Generations of Western New Yorkers have enjoyed the scenic vistas across the valley, breathtaking in all four seasons, from wildflowers and bright green meadow in springtime to the snow-draped evergreens of winter. With a 180-degree panoramic view to the west, this is the perfect place to watch the mist rise in the morning or to witness the sun sinking below the ridges at day’s end.

The Friends of Mill Road, a citizens group, has a one-time opportunity to secure this property for future generations by purchasing and preserving the 60 acres of open space that create this view. The purchase agreement with the landowners gives the group until the end of 2012 to raise the funds needed to acquire the property, construct a scenic overlook and place a conservation easement on the property to protect it forever. 

Profitable Preservation: Understanding Historic Tax Credits

Profitable Preservation: Understanding Historic Tax Credits

PROFITABLE PRESERVATION: UNDERSTANDING HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group of Western New York presents: Artspace Buffalo case study

WHO: The Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group of Western New York (ULI YLG of WNY), a subsidiary of the global nonprofit research and education organization, the Urban Land Institute, and guest speakers Jason Yots of Preservation Studios, and Gerald Strickland, Jr. of HHL Architects.

WHAT: The Young Leaders Group is providing an afternoon of exploring the ‘ins and outs’ of the Commercial Historic Tax Credit program. The incentive program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings, and is one of the Nation’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. A tour of Artspace Buffalo is included.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Grisanti Bill to Reclassify Buffalo River as Inland Waterway Passes Senate

Grisanti Bill to Reclassify Buffalo River as Inland Waterway Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage in the New York Senate of his bill S-6646 that amends the executive law to make the Buffalo River classified an inland waterway paving the way for the application of federal funds to assist with the restoration and protection of the river.

The Buffalo River is the river that empties into the eastern end of Lake Erie between the United States Coast Guard Station and the Erie Basin Marina.  It is the Buffalo Creek until it reaches the western border of the Town of West Seneca as it receives the contents of the Cayuga and Cazenovia Creeks.  The Buffalo Harbor includes a series of federal navigation channels designed so that deep-draft commercial vessels can safely navigate the harbor. 

Elmwood Village Spring Clean-up This Saturday!

Elmwood Village Spring Clean-up This Saturday!

Dozens of volunteers will soon descend upon the Elmwood Village for the annual Spring Clean-up event. Organized by the Elmwood Village Association, the event provides a great opportunity for residents, business owners and community members to come together and make the Avenue shine.

The Elmwood Village Spring Clean-up will take place this Saturday, April 21st from 9am until 12pm. Volunteers are asked to meet at 9am at the Elmwood Village Association's office at 1068 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo 14222. Some clean-up tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own rake, broom and gloves if possible. The cleanup will run rain or shine.

In addition to the normal clean-up activities, this year the event includes an E-Waste drop off location.

6th Annual Enviro-Fair Features Free Tree Seedlings

6th Annual Enviro-Fair Features Free Tree Seedlings

Environmental not-for-profits and “green” companies exhibit in Niagara Square

 

BUFFALO, NY -- The sixth annual Buffalo Enviro-Fair will be celebrating Earth Day with booths from area eco-organizations in front of City Hall on Friday, April 20th, 11am-2pm.

The not-for-profits at the event are supported in-part by environmentally-aware business sponsors.  Together they will take over Niagara Square in Downtown Buffalo.  Some of the participating exhibitors this year include the Fresh Air Fund, PUSH Green, Buffalo in Bloom, Heart for Animals, Re-Tree WNY, Viridian Green Energy, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, Buffalo’s new recycling program, and the Buffalo Animal Shelter.  Cornell Cooperative Extension will be presenting energy saving tips throughout the home, with their free NYSERDA program. 

Buffalo Enviro-Fair is a free event and will be rain or shi

Legislator Dixon Announces Free Boater Safety Course

Legislator Dixon Announces Free Boater Safety Course

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon announces a free Boater Safety Course will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 10 at the Lodge at Woodlawn Beach, located at Route 5 and Milestrip Expressway in Blasdell. Seating is limited; to reserve a place, please contact Legislator Dixon's Legislature Office at 858-8671.

New York State law requires that all boaters pass an 8-hour boating safety course if:

  • You operate a personal watercraft, such as a jet ski, and are at least 14 years of age;
  • You wish to operate a motorboat (other than a personal watercraft) and you are at least 10 years old and less than 18 years old.