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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:

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Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 19th Season on Saturday, May 13

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 19th Season on Saturday, May 13

Weekly yoga classes, several new vendors and two visits from the Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet are among the highlights of the upcoming Elmwood Village Farmers Market, which returns to the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village on May 13. The market will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine, through Nov. 25.

Saturday, May 6 is Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Saturday, May 6 is Audubon Birdathon for Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to go birding -- or make a pledge to someone who does -- to support the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) and a local student.

On Saturday, May 6, you can join the Audubon Education Staff and their friends to see as many birds as you can on the Fledgling Birdathon, a one-day-only birdathon that raises money for the Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship.

At 6 a.m., the group will start on the Nature Center grounds and other locations to find as many species of birds as possible. Participants are encouraged to stay at least till noon, but for the ACNC naturalists it will be an (almost) all-day event.

The Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship is awarded every year to a local student heading off to college with an interest in pursuing the natural sciences. Generous supporters pledge an amount, either per species or in total, and the end result is a $500 scholarship. You can bird with the team or show your support by pledging.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Lists 2017 Winery Schedule

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Lists 2017 Winery Schedule

Following is a list of local wineries that will offer wine-tasting at the 2017 Elmwood Village Farmers Market at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. The market will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 13 through Nov. 25.

May 20: Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, Eveningside Vineyards

May 27: 21 Brix Winery, Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

June 3: Eveningside Vineyards

June 10: Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

June 17: 21 Brix Winery, Schulze Vineyards & Winery

June 24: Schulze Vineyards & Winery, Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

July 1: Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Victorianbourg Wine Estate

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Elmwood Village Farmers Market adds two dates with the Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet

Elmwood Village Farmers Market adds two dates with the Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet

Local entertainment — including two special appearances by the Buffalo Philharmonic String Quartet — will be among the highlights of the 2017 Elmwood Village Farmers Market, which will take place every Saturday from May 13 through Nov. 25 at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village.

The market will feature entertainment from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each week, unless otherwise noted. Following is the 2017 lineup, subject to change and weather conditions.

May 13: No Illusions, Acousticopia

May 20: Tina Marie Williams, David Adamczyk

May 27: Chris Jones, Porcelain Train

June 3: Nickel City String Band, Rockabilly Steve and BR3

Community Groups to Host Informational Tables at Elmwood Village Farmers Market

Community Groups to Host Informational Tables at Elmwood Village Farmers Market

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market returns to the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village on Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The outdoor market will take place every Saturday, rain or shine, through Nov. 25.

Each week, three different community groups will host an informational table at the market. The following groups are on the schedule for the 2017 season: 

May 13: West Side Community Services, United Healthcare, The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter

May 20: Allentown Industries, Big Big Table Community Cafe, Lexington Co-op

May 27: D'Youville College School of Pharmacy, Massage & Mindful Health By Erin, The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Volunteers During National Volunteer Month

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Volunteers During National Volunteer Month

Located in East Aurora, the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) provides numerous programs that help people help themselves. These programs include support groups for adults, children’s initiatives such as the successful snack pack and school reading readiness programs, and much more.

“Our outreach is expanding every day to enable us to meet the needs of more participants,” said ROC Program Director Sue Giovino. “This could not be possible without the myriad of volunteers that already offer their time, talents and hearts to the ROC, but we’re requesting more volunteer support so we can do even more in Western New York’s rural communities.”