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Catholic Charities WIC Program Offering Free Nutrition Workshops throughout September

Catholic Charities WIC Program Offering Free Nutrition Workshops throughout September

Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program hopes to help take the guesswork out of nutrition for toddlers and young children by hosting four free one-hour workshops throughout September in Niagara County focusing on portion size, healthy snack options, child-friendly recipes, how to handle ‘picky eaters’ and the importance of physical activity. The first workshop is Monday, Sept. 8 from 10-11 a.m. at the Community Health Center of Niagara Falls, 501 10th St., Niagara Falls.

Additional information about community resources, including WIC, will also be available. Children are welcome to attend and participate in the activities focused on the importance of good health, healthy eating and exercise. All attendees will also receive a free goodie bag.

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Crosby’s, Reid Petroleum, and Montante Solar Unveil New Renewable Energy System at Amherst Store

Crosby’s, Reid Petroleum, and Montante Solar Unveil New Renewable Energy System at Amherst Store

Crosby’s, Reid Petroleum, and Montante Solar have announced the installation of a 110 panel, 29-kilowatt combination canopy-and-roof mounted solar array system at its Crosby’s Amherst, New York location. This project marks Crosby’s second convenience store location to utilize solar power as well as the first fueling station canopy installation of its kind in the Western New York region.

“Crosby’s and Reid Petroleum are committed to adopting innovative, sustainable approaches to everyday operations as a way to be both good corporate citizens and leaders in green energy practices,” said Reid Group president Paul Quebral. “Such efforts really help us distinguish our brand. At the same time, this new solar array installation will offer significant energy savings and consumption reductions at our Wehrle Drive location, while producing green, renewable power that reduces stress on the regional electric grid.”  

The Pasta Peddler, Blackbird Sweets to Hold Soft Opening on Sept. 9

The Pasta Peddler, Blackbird Sweets to Hold Soft Opening on Sept. 9

 

The Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets, two family owned businesses operating side-by-side, will open the doors at their new location at 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, on Tuesday, Sept. 9. A grand opening celebration will be held from Sept. 23-28, with live music on Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 2 p.m.

Additionally, the owners also announced that their new 3,000-square-foot location will host the Winter Market on Hertel from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from Nov. 22 through March 28.

How a New Passport Validity Rule Could Ruin Your Vacation

How a New Passport Validity Rule Could Ruin Your Vacation

 

A growing number of Americans have been shocked when their international travel plans were cut short due to a new passport validity rule enacted in many foreign countries. The new rule requires that a traveler’s passport must have six or more months of validity in order to travel to that country. This rule change has most recently occurred in the European Union’s Schengen area, affecting more than 25 European countries such as Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland and Spain.  

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Catholic Charities Children’s Services to Host Information Session on Foster Parent Process Sept. 9

Catholic Charities of Buffalo invites parents, families and individuals residing in Erie County who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent to attend an introductory information session on Sept. 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7 p.m. at 525 Washington St., Buffalo.

Catholic Charities provides foster care services to children of all ages, racial and ethnic groups who cannot live safely in their own homes or need to be placed in the permanent care of a loving family. The children under foster care may have special physical, emotional or psychological needs, and may include siblings who should be placed together. There is currently a specific need for homes to foster adolescent children ages 12-18.

Financial support, a clothing allowance and medical coverage are provided to families.

Additional upcoming information sessions include: 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7 p.m., Oct. 14, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9.

More than 1 Million Visited Canalside this Summer


BUFFALO, N.Y.- More than one million visitors came down to Canalside this summer to check out the festivals, concerts and other events going one by the harbor, the Erie County Harbor Development Corporation announced Wednesday.

The ECHDC says they offered 30 percent more actives and events than they did last year, with new offerings including World Cup viewing, WNY bike rentals and the F BITES cooking program for children. Previous activities like Zumba and the Saturday Artisan Market were also available throughout the summer.

"Food, fun, music, games, exercise, relaxation and history all played a role in Canalside's growing success this summer," ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia said. "I applaud the Canalside staff for making the site and the daily activities so enjoyable for visitors and residents."

Buffalo Mayor Discusses City’s Economic Vitality at Daemen Lecture

Buffalo Mayor Discusses City’s Economic Vitality at Daemen Lecture

Buffalo’s economic growth over the past decade was described as transformational by Mayor Byron W. Brown as he pointed to the city continuing its positive momentum with a strong, workable plan at a recent lecture held at Daemen College.

As featured speaker on Sept. 2 in the college’s latest Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, Brown talked about major economic development efforts that have improved the city’s vitality and the overall impact the revitalization has had on the region.

“There are visible signs of progress and growth throughout the city, which has experienced $4.4 billion in economic development since 2012, with more than 12,000 new jobs expected to be created over the next few years,” said Brown. “These major investments are changing the city for the better and making it a destination where people want to work, live and play.”