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Business First: Sweet Home Ranks Highest in Teacher Salaries

BUFFALO, NY - Business First has released its list of annual ratings of educators' pay.

Their report finds salaries for teachers in the Sweet Home School District are higher than in any other WNY school district.

The results are based on an analysis of salary levels at five selected points in teachers' careers.

Rounding out the top five for teacher pay are: Williamsville, Lackawanna, North Tonawanda and Orchard Park.

A database to locate your school district can be found on the Business First website:  bizjournals.com/buffalo.

Business First's database contains salaries for more than 80,000 educators in the 16 western-most counties of New York.

Olcott Beach Reels in Title of "Ultimate Fishing Town"

Olcott Beach Reels in Title of "Ultimate Fishing Town"

Olcott Beach may be considered small by population standards, but the area showed they don't think or act that way. Thanks to over 130,000 votes placed, Olcott Beach, N.Y., has achieved the title of "Ultimate Fishing Town" from the World Fishing Network (WFN). Official verification will come on June 6.

Over 100 people came to celebrate the fete at the Town of Newfane community center on May 31, 2012. They were joined, via Skype, by Hastings, Ont. That community and Newfane-Olcott Beach came together to assist in voting. Hastings achieved the Ultimate Fishing Town title held in Canada by WFN. 

A true bi-national effort that proved when communities work together, big things can happen. 

Helping Endangered Bats Through Art

The relationship between art and nature has gone hand in hand throughout history. From primitive cave drawings, to the paintings of John James Audubon, the realm of nature has always been an inspiration to artists.

But Nature Art can go beyond just depicting beautiful scenery, and such is the aim of the 'Bat Cloud' installed recently at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo.

The aerial sculptures are not only graceful and beautiful, but will also provide a habitat for bats, and pique awareness as well.

"People aren't really aware how beneficial they are and how important they are," says Joyce Hwang, the artist of the Bat Cloud. "So I thought it would be an interesting thing and a great thing to make something that would instigate a sense of curiosity about bats, so they aren't seen as these vicious, rabid animals."

NetPlus Alliance Adds Bosch Power Tools As Newest Supplier

NetPlus Alliance Adds Bosch Power Tools As Newest Supplier

Lockport, NY - NetPlus Alliance, North America's largest buying group for industrial and contractor supplies distributors, announced the addition of Bosch Power Tools as its newest supplier beginning June 1.

Bosch provides innovative, technologically advanced products and solutions for the construction industry that meet the highest standards in speed, precision and durability.

The addition of Bosch strengthens NetPlus Alliance’s already lengthy list of over 120 suppliers, which cover a broad spectrum of industrial MRO and contractor product lines, including abrasives, cutting tools, power tools, hand tools, material handling products, fasteners, janitorial supplies, paints and lubricants, valves and fittings, safety products and much more.

A Buck Can Get You a Building in Clarendon

A Buck Can Get You a Building in Clarendon

Written by

JUSTIN MURPHY

Staff writer, Democrat & Chronicle

CLARENDON — A dollar goes a long way in Clarendon these days.

One dollar — that’s the Orleans County town’s asking price for the Old Stone Store, a 176-year-old nationally designated landmark that now sits vacant at the heart of the once-bustling hamlet of Clarendon.

The town and citizen supporters hope a combination of historic preservation tax credits, a busy intersection and a surging population of Monroe County commuters will bring in a developer who can restore the building to its former importance — and save it from the wrecking ball.

“Iconically, it’s very important to the community,” said Erin Anheier, chairwoman of the Old Stone Store Preservation Committee. “Without it, the hamlet becomes just another crossroads.”

Rochester Man Busted with Heroin

ALBION, NY - A Rochester man was arrested on Thursday for selling heroin. Dominic J. Charloten, 45, of 50 Page Avenue was charged with four counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, according to a statement released by the Orleans Major Felony Crime Task Force Friday morning.

Charloten was caught with 30 grams of heroin -- the result of a five-month investigation involving police agencies from Orleans and Monroe counties, the City of Rochester and the Town of Irondequoit.

He was arraigned in the Town of Albion and is being held in the Orleans County Jail on $50,000 bail. His next court date is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29.

The investigation is still ongoing and further charges are pending. 

Collins Attacked For Joining Gun Control Group in '08

BATAVIA, N.Y. - The politics of gun rights is suddenly front and center in the race for New York's newly-drawn 27th Congressional District.

The new district is the most conservative district in the entire state, and is likely the most pro-gun. Two Republicans are fighting for the right to challenge Democrat incumbent Kathy Hochul. One of them, Chris Collins, is under fire for something he did involving gun control when he was Erie County Executive.

These days, when Collins speaks to local Republicans, he's forced to explain a document he signed four years ago, when he first took office.