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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.

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."