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Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

Solar Panels Just Became a Work of Art in Western New York

As the desire for solar energy continues to grow both locally and across the nation, we’re seeing rooftop solar units with much greater frequency and in practically every neighborhood. And if you look a little closer, you’ll also see pole-mounted solar panels popping up in back yards and open fields in both rural and urban communities.

But thanks to Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc., solar energy in Western New York just entered a whole new world, one that combines solar panels, architecture and ingenuity to introduce a new option for homeowners that is as artistically eye-opening as it is energy efficient.

What is believed to be Western New York’s first solar pergola was recently constructed for a Lancaster homeowner, and the end result is sure to generate excitement for those seeking a clean energy option that adds to the overall beauty of their home and landscaping.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market July 1 Highlights Include Performance by the BPO String Quartet

Elmwood Village Farmers Market July 1 Highlights Include Performance by the BPO String Quartet

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 1, at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

Musical entertainment on July 1 will be a special presentation by the BPO String Quartet at 10 a.m. Hosting the market’s community group tables will be West Side Community Services, The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter and the Buffalo Wellness Center. Offering wine-tasting will be Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Victorianbourg Wine Estate.

Annual South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour Set for July 16

Annual South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour Set for July 16

South Buffalo Alive’s 17th annual Garden Tour, showcasing approximately 50 beautiful properties throughout South Buffalo and the Old First Ward neighborhood, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16. 

“The Garden Tour includes a wide variety of homes and businesses showcasing amazing gardens, landscaping and other outdoor features,” according to South Buffalo Alive’s Marge Ryan. 

Tours begin at Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden located at 2002 South Park Ave., between Choate and Whitfield avenues and next to the Dudley Library. Participants are encouraged to make this their first stop, where they will receive a tour brochure and information to make the tour very simple to follow. 

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

After a long winter, everyone enjoys the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures. But for those with seasonal allergies, spring can also mean the return of symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing.

“While being around pollen is unavoidable, there are several ways to help reduce your exposure,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. If you suffer from allergies, consider the following:

A Rainy Spring, Plus Pets, is a Bad Combination for Carpets, Floors and Furniture

A Rainy Spring, Plus Pets, is a Bad Combination for Carpets, Floors and Furniture

It’s been a very rainy spring in Western New York, which is bad news for homeowners who also own pets. Yards with poor drainage are looking a lot like swampland these days, which means Fido’s paw prints can likely be found all over your once clean floors, carpets and furniture.

“We know it’s not the dog’s fault, but these can be difficult days for all the pet owners out there, especially those who like to keep a clean house,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. “Even when the sun does come out and the yard dries up, the damage has already been done, and all the brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners in the world aren’t going to bring back the look you’re looking for. Therefore, it’s time to call in a professional cleaning service.”

Following are some tips from Clear Choice for returning your home to its former glory:

Housing Grants, Renovated Apartments Available Through the Matt Urban Center

Housing Grants, Renovated Apartments Available Through the Matt Urban Center

The Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center announced this week that it currently has grant funds available for low-income homeowners to cover projects such as weatherization, down payment and closing cost assistance, home repair and more. Applications for apartments at HELP Buffalo II are also being accepted. Details of the programs are outlined below.

• Housing Opportunity Fund: In coordination with Evans Bank, N.A. and the City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, owner-occupied home repair assistance and downpayment and closing cost assistance is available to a limited number of residents through the Housing Opportunity Fund.

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

In Western New York and across the entire U.S., home solar installations are on the rise! In 2012, homeowners installed enough residential solar panels to power the equivalent of almost 24,000 homes.

Despite its growing popularity, solar technology remains unfamiliar to many Americans. As renewable energy becomes a mainstay topic for the nation's partisan political debates, consumers may struggle to separate the facts about solar energy from common misconceptions.

Here are the realities behind five common solar myths, courtesy of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. and SolarWorld Americas: