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Explore Buffalo Season Kickoff Event Coming to Riverfest Park

Explore Buffalo Season Kickoff Event Coming to Riverfest Park

Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to kick off the tour season with a party! Join Explore Buffalo from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the brand new lodge in Riverfest Park to enjoy Buffalo’s newest waterfront destination. Riverfest Park is located at 249 Ohio St., Buffalo.

Visitors will enjoy the view of the sunset on the Buffalo River and grain elevators as Explore Buffalo celebrates the start of a new season of tours. Docents will be leading mini tours of the park and the waterfront neighborhood’s history throughout the evening.

Hors d’oeuvres, with a build-your-own taco bar and two drink tickets for beer or wine (cash bar for additional drinks) will be included with admission. Tickets are $30 general admission, or $25 for Explorer Pass holders.

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Visiting College Students are in Their Element at Past & Present Science and Nature Store

Visiting College Students are in Their Element at Past & Present Science and Nature Store

It was a quiet Sunday morning in Blasdell when two white vans carrying 25 guests from SUNY New Paltz pulled up to the Past & Present Science and Nature Store on South Park Avenue just past 10 a.m. For most of the earth science education and geology majors on a four-day excursion through upstate and Western New York, it was their first visit to this hidden gem.

And suddenly, these future scientists and educators were like kids in a candy store, their expressions of glee and excitement immediately noticeable as they walked through the front entrance.

Book-signing Event to Feature Author, Poet and Photographer Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil

Book-signing Event to Feature Author, Poet and Photographer Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil

Jennifer Sinatra Mac Neil, author of “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations,” will host a book-signing event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Hamburg American Legion Post #527, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg. The book was recently released by No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

Sinatra Mac Neil is a native of Western New York. She is a graduate from D'Youville College and Lafayette High School and has obtained a dual bachelor's degree in math/computer science and philosophy. “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations” is her first volume of inspirational poetry. The book was written to help others cope with life-changing trials as she herself has faced in her own life. This book is a collection of verse and photographs taken around Western New York.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

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Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

Land Conservancy Speaker Series Presents Doug Tallamy in ‘Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home’

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.

Tallamy’s research and his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl, our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size. 

Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

Why Does My Automatic Transmission Act Funny?

By Tom Torbjornsen

This is a great question which we will discuss, but first let’s talk about the different ways an automatic transmission acts “funny.”

Slipping: When an automatic trans slips between gears — that is, to describe it as the engine revving up but the vehicle goes much slower than the engine seems to be racing, and then grabbing hold and back into gear, sometimes harshly.

Shuddering: This condition is when in gear while driving, it feels like you’re driving over rumble or alert strips at high speeds on a smooth highway. The whole vehicle shudders and shakes, as if having a convulsion.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 18th Season on Saturday, May 7

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 18th Season on Saturday, May 7

Several new vendors, talented local entertainers, community group informational tables, three KidBiz appearances and two Wellness Lanes will highlight a fun-filled 2016 season at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. The selling season kicks off on Saturday, May 7, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 26. Hours at the open-air venue in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. 

The market will once again start the season on the east side of Elmwood Avenue for the first four to six weeks before moving across the street to its usual location on the west side of Elmwood Avenue. This has become an annual practice for the purpose of grass recovery.