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Looming Threat to Clean Water Legislation

Looming Threat to Clean Water Legislation

A Statement Released by Buffalo Riverkeepers

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Over the last month there has been the passage of two significant pieces of legislation that will have direct impacts on Western New York’s water resources.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed HR 2018, the so-called Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, by a vote of 239-184. Much of our community called or sent notes to our Representatives asking them to oppose this bill. Our local representatives did just that. If passed in the Senate, this bill would allow state agencies to override EPA decisions on pollution permits for riverside factories, the treatment of sewage waste, and the handling of dredging materials.

This Week's Canalside Events

This Week's Canalside Events

 

<?xml:namespace prefix = o />There are 22 events at Canalside this week – and every one of them is free to the public!

Starting tonight and continuing through Sunday evening, the story of the building of the Erie Canal will be told through “Clinton’s Ditch” – an original play by Anne Paris and Hugh Pratt, directed by Dan Shanahan of Torn Space Theater.

The “Story of Buffalo” continues in song and live performance with free concerts from Dave Ruch and one person shows based around the lives of William Douglas (“Dug’s Dive”) and Sal McMurray (“Erie Canal Sal”.)

Explore & More Children’s Museum and the Buffalo Museum of Science/Tifft Nature Preserve offer hands-on activities for children, and if you are interested in stayin

Canalside Opens Summer Season with Extension

Canalside Opens Summer Season with Extension

Canalside Opens Summer Season with Central Wharf Extension, "Clinton's Dish"- Improved Access and food long sought by the public.

In another sign of its ongoing commitment to providing what the public wants on the waterfront, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today opened a temporary extension to the Central Wharf and a new waterfront food shack. The wharf extension adds an additional 400 feet of waterfront access and establishes a crucial link along the water between the Inner and Outer Harbors via the Ohio Street Corridor. Food at the waterfront was among the top three items requested by the public during outreach sessions held in the fall and winter of 2010.

Free Concert Series: Summer Breeze by the Lake

Free Concert Series: Summer Breeze by the Lake

Summer Breeze by the Lake is a free 9 week concert series hosted by Delaware Park at Hoyt Lake. 

Thursday July 7th Neville Francis will be the series fourth concert. 

The concerts are held at Shakespeare Hill from 5-7:30. 

Food and cash bar are provided by Magnolia Catering Company and Coles Restaurant.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists July 9 Activities

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists July 9 Activities

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 30 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. Providing musical entertainment at the open-air venue this week, July 9, will be Kate Shaffer from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Robert Ritchie from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The market also welcomes several community groups this week, including UNYTS, Buffalo Animal Shelter, Lexington Cooperative Market and KidBiz. Niagara Landing Wine Cellars and Freedom Run Winery will offer wine-tasting.

Quebec City Celebrated 400 Years, with a Grain Elevator

Quebec City Celebrated 400 Years, with a Grain Elevator

   This post requires very little pro-log. The videos speak for themselves. Grain Elevators have been in Buffalo's news lately. In Quebec City they took pride in their 400 year old heritage and created the largest video projection ever attempted in the world. Where? On the side of the huge Bunge Grain Elevator on their waterfront. This is just one of many things that could be done here. Buffalonians in my opinion think too small. This Projection on the Bunge Grain Elevator in Quebec City told the 400 year old history of Quebec City, no words, just sound and images.  See what a little pride in ones heritage and industrial architecture can do.  We have so much history in Buffalo and so little respect or pride. So many tourism dollars are lost because of Buffalo's lack of imagination and courage to step up and do something different for a change, like Quebec did.

Buffalo Board of Education Will Host Special Meeting

Buffalo Board of Education Will Host Special Meeting

From a Statement By the City of Buffalo- Board of Education:

Please take notice that pursuant to Section 5.2 of the By-Laws of the Buffalo Board of Education, Board President, Mr. Ralph Hernandez has called a “Special Meeting” of the Board to be held in Room 801 City Hall on Friday, July 1, 2011 at 12 PM.  The purpose of this meeting is to approve the proposed Educational Partnership Organizations for the Persistently Low Achieving schools, personnel matters and other items brought forth by the Superintendent.