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National Grid Offers Energy Saving Tips for Safe and Festive Holiday Lighting

National Grid Offers Energy Saving Tips for Safe and Festive Holiday Lighting

Save big and be safe this holiday season by focusing on energy efficiency

With the holiday season officially upon us, it’s important to make time to celebrate with family and friends and holiday lighting is a key part of those festivities.  By following a few simple tips customers can benefit from a more environmentally friendly, safe and cost-effective way to light up the holiday season.

One of the best solutions for holiday decorating needs is the use of LED lighting.  These energy-efficient miniature or light-emitting diode (LED) lights have definite advantages over traditional lighting because they use 90 percent less energy which results in significant savings.

Fall Photo Album

Fall Photo Album

Autumn is undoubtedly the most colorful, picturesque season of the year. Send us your fall photos and we’ll post them on line, and you might even be featured in Andy Parker’s Daybreak weather forecast.

Just email your photo to neighborhoods@wgrz.com and be sure to include your name and the location where your fall photo was taken.

(Photos at least 1 MB in size or with a screen resolution of 400 dpi or greater work best. Thanks!)

Click here to see even more fabulous photos.

Funding Obtained for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Funding Obtained for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

A Statement Released by the Office of Congresswoman Kathy Hochul (D-26th District)

WESTERN NEW YORK – Today, Representatives Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Kathy Hochul (NY-26) announced $1.4 million in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants awarded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  Recipients such as the Research Foundation of SUNY-Buffalo State College will use the funds to address invasive species in New York State. 

“The Great Lakes is an underappreciated regional and national asset which contributes significantly to our economy and environment,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Caucus.  “According to the Brookings Institution, Buffalo alone would see economic gains between $600 million to $1.1 billion if the Great Lakes are restored.  Investments like these move us closer to that goal.”

First Class Bass Charters Fishing Report: Eastern Basin Lake Erie

First Class Bass Charters Fishing Report: Eastern Basin Lake Erie

Water Temp: 74 degrees

Labor Day weekend will be the start of fall fishing for many anglers.

SMALLMOUTH bass action has been good some days and better on other days.  Tube jigs and dropshotting plastic baits have been a hot method for catching bigger fish.  Waverly shoals has been a great area to start looking for good smallmouth.  The deep water in front of the Round House has seen a lot of boat activity. Seneca Shoals had some good fish being caught on top of the shoal in 15' to 18' of water.

WALLEYE fishing was a little spottie over the last week.  The deep end of Meyers Reef was holding some nice schools of fish. Also, Seneca shoals on the west side saw a lot of fishermen trolling for walleye.

As for PERCH there is not a lot to say this week.  The fishing for perch is only going to get better as the water temperature drops.

First Class Bass Charters Lake Erie Fishing Report: Week of August 20

First Class Bass Charters Lake Erie Fishing Report: Week of August 20

Water Temp: 75 degrees

Lake Erie fishing has been steady over the last three weeks.  The cooler nights should make the fishing better as the season moves along.

SMALLMOUTH bass action this past week was as good as it has been all year.  The head of the River from the Round House to the Old Pier on the Canadian side is still holding nice fish.  Seneca Soals and the deep end of Meyers Reef (in 40 feet plus water) has seen a number of fish over 5 lbs being caught.  Poor Boy's Baits' ( tube jigs)  in colors jc watermelon or mango magic are hard to beat on a 1/4 oz or 3/8 oz jig head.  Fish these baits on a medium to medium heavy open face spinning outfit with 8 lb test line.  Cast the tube bait down drift or away from the boat using the rod tip to move the bait.  Pick up the slack of the line with the reel as you work the jig all the way back to the boat.

First Class Bass Charters Lake Erie Fishing Report: Week of June 25

First Class Bass Charters Lake Erie Fishing Report: Week of June 25

WATER TEMP: 69 degrees. It's time to fish deep as the water temperature heats up.

SMALL MOUTH BASS: Action is as hot as it's been all year.  Small mouth bass can still be caught in the Buffalo Harbor.  The key to fishing the Harbor is dealing with all the weeds. Try throwing a Boo Ya  chartreuse 3/8 oz spinner bait with chartreuse willow blades ove the top of the weeds. 

MEYER'S REEFand SENECA SHOALS have been producing some real big small mouth -- 5 lbs plus. Try dragging a Yum tube jig in green pumpkin in 25 foot to 35 foot of water.

WALLEYE fishing has been ok.  Lots of small fish around the harbor.  Seneca shoals has been a good place to look for bigger fish.

PERCH FISHING looks promising. Good pods of fish showing up from the departure buoy to Meyer's Reef.  Bigger bait, bigger fish. 

National Grid Offers Cool Summertime Energy Efficiency Tips

National Grid Offers Cool Summertime Energy Efficiency Tips

Customers can save energy and money without sacrificing comfort

With summer officially here, and temperatures already rising, so will home energy usage in most households throughout the region.  Whether you are spending the days beach bumming, hiking with friends, visiting out-of-town relatives, or just staying at home there are many ways to beat the heat without putting a dent in your wallet or sacrificing comfort.

National Grid encourages customers to use these cool, simple summer tips to lower their energy consumption and save on bills.