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Replacing Your Home's Windows is Not Always Cut and Dry

Replacing Your Home's Windows is Not Always Cut and Dry

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your home and make it more energy efficient in the process, you may want to start with your windows. But before you sign on the dotted line with a contractor, there are a few things to consider to ensure that you’re making a wise investment.

First, be aware that window quality and installation techniques differ from contractor to contractor. For example, it will pay to know the difference between dual pane, triple pane, argon gas and Low-E glass. What is going to be the best combination for your specific situation?

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

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

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 of the DEC and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event in Skaneateles, in Onondaga County, in recognition of Earth Week, a weeklong celebration of New York's commitment to protecting our environment, conserving open space, and increasing access to the state's vast and magnificent natural resources. 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.

Stand Out From the ‘Selfie’ Crowd with a Professional Headshot

Stand Out From the ‘Selfie’ Crowd with a Professional Headshot

There are countless reasons why an individual may require a professional headshot —  applying for a new position, a recent promotion at your current place of employment or being appointed to the board of a nonprofit organization are among the top reasons. But whatever the reason, it’s always best to be prepared with both knowledge and the name and number of an experienced headshot photographer.

“A professional headshot is often your first opportunity to make a positive impression,” said Elizabeth Snyder, owner of Elizabeth Snyder Photography, LLC of Grand Island. “Some companies are now requiring a profile image along with a resume at an in-person interview, so planning in advance is key. And in today’s ‘selfie’ world, you will really stand out and show your professionalism.

Dog Ears Bookstore Offers Free After-school Homework Help Program

Dog Ears Bookstore Offers Free After-school Homework Help Program

The Enlightenment Literary Arts Center at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café is now offering a free After-school Homework Help Program targeting different skills each day. The program offers ELA homework assistance, reading comprehension passages, vocabulary enrichment, test-taking strategies, organizational skill building, study skills, and peer tutoring with Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and Mount Mercy Academy students.

Assistance is offered for students in grades three through five from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Peer tutoring is the focus on Monday, and New York State test prep skills with certified teachers on Tuesday.

Students in grades six through eight can receive assistance from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, with peer tutoring featured on Wednesdays and New York State test prep skills with certified teachers on Thursday.

Annunciation Seeks Candidates for Two Coordinator Positions

Annunciation Seeks Candidates for Two Coordinator Positions

The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, is currently looking to fill two positions.

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.” 

Two Mary Queen of Angels Students Earn Prestigious Scholarships

Two Mary Queen of Angels Students Earn Prestigious Scholarships

Two students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga have earned prestigious scholarships to continue their Catholic education. 

Cheektowaga resident Thatheona Padilla, currently an eighth grade student at Mary Queen of Angels, is a recipient of The John R. Oishei Foundation High School Scholarship, which provides full tuition for four years of high school plus $500 annually for books and technology fees. Padilla will attend South Buffalo’s Mount Mercy Academy in the fall.

Sianna Le of Buffalo, currently a fourth grade student at Mary Queen of Angels, has been chosen as a Cullen Scholar by the Cullen Foundation Scholarship Committee and will receive full tuition to attend MQA for each of the next four years.