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Business First School Rankings: Overachievement and Cost-Effectiveness

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Business First's 2012 rankings continue today with the most overachieving and cost-effective school districts in Western New York.

The Sherman school district in Chautauqua County finished at the top of the list for overachievement. Business First says that the school scores well academically despite being one of the poorer districts in the region.

Pine Valley and Westfield also performed well beyond their socio-economic conditions in academics.

Buffalo Business First also ranks Clarence as having the best cost-benefit ratio at $13,410 per student. Despite its efficiency, Clarence placed second academically in yesterday's overall school rankings.

Sunfest 2012 to Highlight Music and Dance

Sunfest 2012 to Highlight Music and Dance

Sunfest 2012, Canada’s premier celebration of the global arts, held without admission fee in beautiful Victoria Park in nearby London, Ontario, is set to take place July 5-8. This unique, high-profile event features over 30 top professional world music dance and jazz ensembles based in Canada and abroad.

Sunfest is a nonprofit community arts group dedicated to promoting cross-cultural awareness and understanding of the arts across a range of disciplines such as music, dance and the visual arts. With its laid back, family friendly vibe, Sunfest remains one of the most culturally diverse events of its kind – each year attracting more than 225,000 patrons from Winnipeg to Western New York! 

Senator Maziarz Co-sponsors New Legislation Protecting Consumers From Telemarketers

Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation that will further protect consumers from intrusive and unwanted telemarketer calls.  Senator George D. Maziarz is a prime co-sponsor on this legislation and is proud to announce its passage.

"One of the largest issues that I continually hear about from the community is the enormous amount of unwanted telephone calls that they receive from telemarketers,"  said Senator George D. Maziarz.  "This legislation will add more protections to New Yorkers while holding telemarketer's accountable.  No longer will the companies who are not registered in New York be able to surpass the law."

Beaver Meadow: 50 Years Of Teaching About Mother Nature

For over 50 years, Beaver Meadow Audubon Center has been educating young and old alike in a living classroom nestled quietly in the hills of the Southern Tier.

The center was first purchased by the Buffalo Audubon Society in 1951, and began teaching Western New York school children before buildings were even erected on the site.

Loren Smith is Beaver Meadow's Executive Director: "We bought the first parcel for $1,760, 45 acres, and since then we've added a variety of properties adjacent and around it. Our volunteers have planted to restore habitats and build buildings. We also do all of our nature programs here."

Over 300 acres of diverse habitat, from ponds teeming with life to lush green forests, provide the educators at the center with a perfect habitat to reach the public with an equally diverse schedule of public programs of natural history education.

Their mission is clear and critical to the fostering of future caretakers of the planet.

Concerns Over Raising Lake Ontario Water Levels

WILSON, N.Y. - The International Joint Commission wants to raise the water level of Lake Ontario, but they're facing some tough opposition not only from Niagara and Orleans County legislators but from lakeside homeowners.

The big concern centers on the controversial "BV7" plan. This plan by the International Joint Commission could alter water levels by up to 12 inches for the first time in several decades.

Two Town of Wilson homeowners told 2 On Your Side they oppose they plan because raising the lake levels means more erosion to their lake front property.
 
They say every year they've lost on average 6 to 8 inches of their property which gets washed away by high waves. Raising water levels would mean even more loss.

Labor's Night at the Races Set For June 15

Labor's Night at the Races Set For June 15

Annual event benefits United Way of Greater Niagara

The tightrope walk across Niagara Falls won’t be the only exciting event taking place in Niagara County on June 15.

That night, Ransomville Speedway will once again host one of the area’s great family-friendly events, the 4th Annual Labor’s Night at the Races. Presented by the Niagara/Orleans Labor Council and all of its union affiliates for United Way of Greater Niagara, Labor’s Night at the Races will feature a pre-event tent party with food and beverages, race cars on display and drivers on hand to sign autographs, followed by an exciting night of dirt track racing at one of Western New York’s popular sporting venues.

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.