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Sweet Charlottes to Host Preschool Open House and Networking Event

Sweet Charlottes to Host Preschool Open House and Networking Event

A “Spring into Summer” evening highlighted by a unique networking event, a preschool open house and a basket raffle will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Sweet Charlottes, 10255 Main St., Clarence.

“Sweet Charlottes is a space for children of all ages and abilities to play, explore and experience,” said the facility’s owner, Molly Pitman. “In addition to offering open play, babysitting services and an all-inclusive pre-school program, our overall mission is to raise awareness about support services for families affected by autism by donating a percentage of all proceeds to Autistic Services and other like-minded organizations.” The Pitmans are the parents of two children, including a son Donovan who was diagnosed with autism at 23 months.

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A Rainy Spring, Plus Pets, is a Bad Combination for Carpets, Floors and Furniture

A Rainy Spring, Plus Pets, is a Bad Combination for Carpets, Floors and Furniture

It’s been a very rainy spring in Western New York, which is bad news for homeowners who also own pets. Yards with poor drainage are looking a lot like swampland these days, which means Fido’s paw prints can likely be found all over your once clean floors, carpets and furniture.

“We know it’s not the dog’s fault, but these can be difficult days for all the pet owners out there, especially those who like to keep a clean house,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. “Even when the sun does come out and the yard dries up, the damage has already been done, and all the brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners in the world aren’t going to bring back the look you’re looking for. Therefore, it’s time to call in a professional cleaning service.”

Following are some tips from Clear Choice for returning your home to its former glory:

Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

This week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state. Representatives from the DEC joined conservation leaders from around New York to unveil the grantees at an event co-hosted by the Land Trust Alliance and the Hudson Highlands Land Trust. The grants are funded through NYS’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and the Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with DEC. The Western New York Land Conservancy received two grants worth $70,000 to support conservation in our region. 

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Fun-filled Classes and Events

Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Lists Fun-filled Classes and Events

The opening reception for Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery’s June exhibit, “Collage, Digital and Mixed Media Mania,” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 2. The gallery is located at 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. The event is free and open to the public.

The gallery is also putting out a Call for Artists for two upcoming events. “Collage, Digital and Mixed Media Mania” is open to emerging and professional artists who can submit up to three pieces of artwork for the June exhibit. The gallery is also looking for garden-related art for its popular Garden Art Saturday event on Saturday, June 17. A prospectus for both events can be found on the gallery’s website at http://etjgallery.com.

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Annual No Frills Buffalo Golf Tournament to Benefit Hospice Foundation

Annual No Frills Buffalo Golf Tournament to Benefit Hospice Foundation

No Frills Buffalo publishing company’s annual golf outing to benefit the Hospice Foundation will take place on Friday, July 7, at Chestnut Hill Country Club, 1330 Broadway, Darien Center.

Individual golfers, foursomes and sponsors are still being sought for the annual “Come Get Some” golf tournament. Registration and lunch begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Registration for the event is just $80 per golfer and includes lunch, a steak dinner, beverages and 18 holes of scramble-format golf. Tickets for dinner only are available for $40. Golfers of all skill levels are welcomed to participate in the event, which has now raised approximately $22,500 for Hospice since 2009.

Daemen Earns National Best Value School Designation

Daemen Earns National Best Value School Designation

Daemen College has been selected by University Research and Review as a 2017 Best Value School award recipient, making it one of fewer than 100 institutions across the country selected to receive this prestigious national designation.

“We are honored to be chosen for this distinguished award and to be recognized for our exceptional educational value,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “With college costs currently at the forefront of New York State higher education, this distinction attests to the affordability, high quality, and academic excellence of private colleges like Daemen and is indicative of our rising national status.”

One of only three colleges in New York State named among this year’s honorees, Daemen joins other notable institutions such as Ohio Northern University, Mercyhurst University, Benedictine College, and Mount Aloysius College.

Erie County Parks, Land Conservancy Collaborate to Create New Natural Habitat Park Along Lakeshore

Erie County Parks, Land Conservancy Collaborate to Create New Natural Habitat Park Along Lakeshore

Last spring, a generous landowner donated a beautiful eight-acre forest on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in Derby to the Western New York Land Conservancy. The Land Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust that protects forests, farms and scenic vistas forever; including places like the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston and The Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora.  

There is very little natural land like this left along the Lake Erie shoreline. The forest has trees that are more than 100 years old. Many birds find food and shelter in these trees during their long spring and fall migrations. Scattered wetlands provide habitat for frogs, toads and salamanders. It will be a great place to take a walk, enjoy nature and marvel at the spectacular sunsets over Lake Erie.