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National Grid Offers Energy and Money Saving Tips for Safe, Festive Holiday Decorating

National Grid Offers Energy and Money Saving Tips for Safe, Festive Holiday Decorating

Save Big This Holiday Season with Energy-Efficient Bright Lighting 

National Grid understands the importance of celebrating the holiday season with family and friends, and warm, colorful lighting.  While the current economic climate may be imposing for many customers especially during the holidays, by following some simple energy efficiency and safety tips, customers can benefit from a more environmentally friendly, safe and cost-effective way to save money this holiday season.

Save Big on Lighting

Over the past few years, new lighting alternatives have become available that may cost more initially, but cost much less to maintain and operate.  Energy-efficient miniature or light-emitting diode (LED) lights use considerably less energy than traditional lighting technology. The list below provides customers with the potential costs associated with each type of lighting.

Friends of Harmony Holiday Concert

Friends of Harmony Holiday Concert

DEPEW, NY - Join the Friends of Harmony for a benefit with great tunes and great singing for a wonderful cause.

The 40+ ensemble is scheduled to perform a special Holiday Concert on Friday, December 9th at 7pm at Southeast Works Center, 181 Lincoln Street, Depew, NY.

Tickets are just $15 and all proceeds benefit the Food Bank of WNY. In addition, the public is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the concert.

Tickets are available by calling 716-662-5192 or online at FriendsofHarmony.com.

Show Us Your Fall Colors

Show Us Your Fall Colors

Send Us Your Photos for Our Daybreak Show 
and a Chance to Win a Tim Horton’s Gift Card

When the leaves start changing, there’s no better place to be than Western New York.

From scenic views of the Niagara Gorge to Letchworth State Park, from pumpkin festivals to cider mills to your own backyard, our area really shows its colors in the fall season.

Use the entry form below to send us your best photo of Western New York’s fall colors, and then tune in to our Daybreak show to see if you’ve been selected as our Fall Foliage Fan of the Day. Each winner receives a $15 gift card to Tim Horton’s.

Come back to this site to see all the photos that have been received.

Tune in to Daybreak, 6-7 a.m., Monday through Friday, from Oct. 17 to Oct. 28 to see if you’ve won.

Help a Woman Fighting Cancer: Clean for a Reason

Help a Woman Fighting Cancer: Clean for a Reason

Have you ever wondered how to best help a family member, friend or colleague battling cancer?

While simply being there for them as an emotional support system can often be enough, one national non-profit organization works to help make their home life easier by offering them help where they most need it.

Cleaning for a Reason was developed just a few years ago as a free professional cleaning outlet for women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer.  With 547 partners currently signed up to provide the service across both the United States and Canada, this non-profit organization is continuously expanding its reach to help more and more affected women.

To sign-up, all a woman needs is to do is have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment of chemotherapy to the representatives at Cleaning for a Reason

WNY Continues Support of National Domestic Awareness Month

WNY Continues Support of National Domestic Awareness Month

BUFFALO, NY – Western New York is continuing its support of domestic violence survivors this month when Child & Family Services hosts several events around town.

Both Niagara Falls and the Peace Bridge will be illuminated in purple on Thursday, October 6th at 7:30pm and 8:00 pm to show support for survivors of domestic violence around the globe.

National Grid Has Simple Tips to Cut Energy Use as Temps Rise

National Grid Has Simple Tips to Cut Energy Use as Temps Rise


June 23, 2011 – One way to make the lazy days of summer even more relaxing is to be ready for what the weather will bring.  National Grid has prepared its New York system to help customers beat the heat and urges customers to take steps to cut costs when the temperature rises.

"National Grid's increased investment in the upstate New York electric system in recent years directly supports our reliability during summer's peaks," said Kenneth D. Daly, National Grid president for New York.  "As the frequency and length of customer outages continue to improve, National Grid recognizes that ongoing investment in the system will provide our customers with the service reliability they deserve."

Catholic Charities' 2011 Appeal Hits $10 Million Mark

BUFFALO, N.Y., June 1, 2011 – The 2011 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo has topped $10 million, with less than $500,000 needed to achieve its goal of $10.5 million, the organization announced today. The goal is within reach as a recent push to contact lapsed large gift donors raised the total to $10,023,942.68.  
With about four weeks left until the end of Catholic Charities’ fiscal year on June 30, an additional $476,057.32 is needed in cash and pledges to reach the goal.

“Ten million dollars is a significant milestone for this campaign, and one we are grateful to be able to reach at this time,” said Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director for Catholic Charities. “The dedicated efforts of our volunteers and generous donors have helped us move closer and closer to our goal and we could not be more thankful. They are truly making a positive impact to the lives of those we serve.”