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Apple Picking Around Town

Apple Picking Around Town

Whether it’s the upcoming autumnal equinox, the cinnamon broomsticks at the local grocery stores, the cooler air, or the fact that the sun is setting earlier, there is no doubt that September marks the coming of fall.

Coincidentally, September also marks the prime time for apple picking and many local Western New York farmers are opening their orchards to the public. 

Below is a list of farms in our area that are open to the public this fall:

Chautauqua County

  • Chadakoin Farms - apples, grapes, pre-picked produce.
    10459 Prospect Road, Forestville, NY 14062. Phone: (716) 965-2674. Email: chadakoin@roadrunner.com. Directions: Follow Route 39 into the Village of Forestville. Turn right onto Prospect Road. 1/2 mile outside the Village of Forestville.

Red Cross Seeks Ombudsman Volunteers

Red Cross Seeks Ombudsman Volunteers

BUFFALO, NY, August 12th, 2011 – The American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties is currently seeking volunteers for its Ombudsman Program, which provides advocacy services responsive to the complaints and problems of residents living in long term care facilities.

                An ombudsman is a dedicated volunteer certified to receive, investigate, and solve complaints made by, or on behalf of, residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and certified housing in the community.  Ombudsmen are assigned to a facility on a weekly basis to discuss problems, concerns, or to simply lend an ear when residents have something on their minds.  They monitor the quality of care, help protect residents’ rights, provide information to the residents and their families to ensure proper treatment, and to encoura

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined together today in Orchard Park to sign legislation to strengthen the state’s law against texting while driving.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District), gives law enforcement the authority to pull over a motorist who is text messaging, e-mailing, transmitting images, or playing games while driving -- making it a primary traffic offense. Previous statute considered texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could only stop a texting driver if they had committed an additional infraction like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic signal.

“Today is about one thing – saving lives,” said Gallivan. “We have seen far too many tragedies caused by driving distracted to sit idly by any longer.

Eat Drink Local Week Puts Focus on WNY Harvest

Eat Drink Local Week Puts Focus on WNY Harvest

Edible Buffalo is proud to announce the first ever New York Statewide Eat Drink Local Week June 24 through June 30, 2011, a restaurant week with a mission! With the harvest season in full swing, Edible Buffalo along with seventeen local restaurant and winery partners will be celebrating the local food chain by promoting menus using ingredients sourced from local growers and artisan producers.

“Many of our restaurant and winery partners already use locally sourced ingredients on their menus, so this is an opportunity to showcase their efforts,” says Lisa Tucker, publisher of Edible Buffalo. “We also want to continue to make the connection between farm and plate for consumers. With over 7500 farms in the eight county region, we cannot afford to ignore how important local agriculture is to our food economy.”

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”

A Mammogram for Mother's Day

A Mammogram for Mother's Day

Who Needs Flowers? Give Mom the Gift of More Birthdays this Year

Flowers, chocolates, breakfast in bed, but what about giving mom something really special this year? What about giving her More Birthdays?

Sunday is Mother's Day, as we celebrate the special women in our lives, the American Cancer Society is suggesting people talk to their moms this year about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.  While it may not sound like a traditional Mother's Day gift, having a simple conversation about getting tested could help save a life.

If you are 40 or older the American Cancer Society encourages you to get a mammogram. In addition, health advocates are urging all mom's to talk to their health care providers about getting screened for breast cancer and to better understand their personal risk for the disease. 

Susan G. Komen WNY Race for the Cure® Kick-Off Luncheon

Susan G. Komen WNY Race for the Cure® Kick-Off Luncheon

 Determined to save lives and end breast cancer forever, the Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will host their Kick-Off Luncheon for the 11th Annual Susan G. Komen Western New York Race for the Cure on Wednesday, April 6th, 12 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  

The 2011 Komen WNY Race for the Cure will take place on June 11th in Delaware Park; over 8,000 are expected to attend this year’s race.  As a part of the Kick-Off Luncheon the Komen WNY Affiliate will officially award 8 grants totaling $431,858 to community programs providing breast cancer services in the Western New York area.

“To meet needs right here in our community, this year’s grant slate specifically addresses the underserved population in Western New York” said Jackie Mordaunt, Executive Director of the WNY Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.