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Wellness Council of America Recognizes Lawley as a “Well Workplace”

Buffalo, N.Y. (April 14, 2016) – Lawley, a Top 100 independent insurance broker in the United States according to Business Insurance, was recently announced as a recipient of the Wellness Council of America’s (WELCOA) “Well Workplace” award. Lawley is one of nine companies in the U.S. to receive the award, which recognizes companies taking responsibility for maximizing the health and wellness of its employees.

 

Graphcon Launches Artisan Printing Company The Pickle Ship

Graphcon Launches Artisan Printing Company The Pickle Ship

The Pickle Ship, an artisan printing and stamping company specializing in high-quality letterpress printing, foil stamping, embossing and die cutting, was launched today by Graphcon, Inc., an Orchard Park-based printing services company.

The Pickle Ship and Graphcon are owned and operated by brothers DJ and Matt Schutt.

“In this digital age where media is often produced at the push of a button, we are resurrecting the craftsmanship associated with printing,” said Matt Schutt. “Being a third-generation artisan print shop and having learned the business from our father, we respect the time-honored printing techniques handed down from generation to generation.” 

Administrative Professionals Group to Host Retirement Planning Speaker

Administrative Professionals Group to Host Retirement Planning Speaker

Mark W. Narby, Esq., co-founder of The Social Security Guys, will discuss “Strategies to Retirement Planning” at the next meeting of the WNY Administrative Professionals. The meeting will take place on Thursday, April 14, in the Barton Room on the 8th floor of the Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St., Buffalo.

Open to members, interested administrative professionals and guests, the event will feature dinner and networking from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., Narby’s presentation from 6:15 to 7 p.m., and a Q&A session and organizational updates from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The cost of the meeting and dinner is just $15, and reservations are due by Friday, April 8. 

Real Estate Expert to Offer Seminar for Older Adults and Caregivers

Real Estate Expert to Offer Seminar for Older Adults and Caregivers

Michael Olear, a licensed real estate broker and member of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson, will present an educational seminar at Brookdale Williamsville on Saturday, March 5, at 11 am. Brookdale is located at 6076 Main St., Williamsville.

The seminar is open to the community and focuses on real estate topics relevant to older adults and their loved ones and caregivers, including right-sizing and simplifying a living situation, legal and regulatory issues to be aware of, and available resources and tools related to these matters. To register, please call Brookdale at 632-7123.

New Owner Brings Friendly, Professional Atmosphere to Sink or Swim Tattoo

New Owner Brings Friendly, Professional Atmosphere to Sink or Swim Tattoo

Sink or Swim Tattoo, located on the second floor of a commercial building at 1040 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, is under new ownership, with a familiar face now running the operation.

Former Sink or Swim tattoo artist Keith Kuzara took ownership of the business on Oct. 1, 2015, after working at the shop for nearly four years. Kuzara is a self-taught and award-winning tattoo artist with six years of industry experience.

“I was planning on opening my own shop eventually, when this opportunity suddenly popped up,” said Kuzara. “With the previous owner moving out of state, the timing and situation was right to take over the business.”

Sink or Swim now employs five tattoo artists, including the multi-tattooed owner.

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Is your house healthy? If you’re not 100 percent sure, there’s a cost-free way to find out.

A New York State program now offers a free home health and safety evaluation — the NYSERDA Free Energy Audit — for homeowners. All homes are eligible for this service every two years, free of charge. 

“A home should be declared safe before starting any major home improvement project such as adding insulation or installing new windows,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services. “If a home has an existing health or safety concern and you tighten up the building's shell, the existing problem will only be magnified by trapping it inside the home. This could create a hazardous or deadly environment.”

One potential safety concern is exposure to carbon monoxide gas, which can lead to CO poisoning or even death.

West Seneca Farmers’ Market Seeks Vendors for 2016 Season

West Seneca Farmers’ Market Seeks Vendors for 2016 Season

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s open-air farmers’ and food producers’ marketplace sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, is seeking several new vendors for its 16-week 2016 season. The market, held on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays from May 12 through Sept. 1. 

“We are currently accepting applications and hope to attract a wide variety of new farmers and food producers,” said the market’s manager, Joe Kirchmyer. “While our emphasis remains on food products, we will consider other categories as long as they are local companies featuring hand-crafted or unique products. Our goal is to continue to provide a strong variety of products that will be of interest to a wide audience.”