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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:

Annual South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour Set for July 17

Annual South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour Set for July 17

South Buffalo Alive’s 16th 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 17. 

The Garden Tour includes a wide variety of homes and businesses showcasing amazing gardens, landscaping and other outdoor features. There are several first-time stops on this year’s self-guided tour, 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. 

Two Popular Programs Return to Elmwood Village Farmers Market on July 2

Two Popular Programs Return to Elmwood Village Farmers Market on July 2

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 2. 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. 

Two very popular programs — “Double Up Food Bucks” and “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables” — return to the market this Saturday!

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.

The List names Elmwood Village Farmers Market as One of the Nation’s Best

The List names Elmwood Village Farmers Market as One of the Nation’s Best

TheListTV.com, a national Emmy Award-winning show “where pop culture takes a need-to-know twist,” released a story and video this week that lists Buffalo’s Elmwood Village Farmers Market among the top five farmers’ markets in the country!

Produced by Brian Corsetti, the story also includes markets in San Diego, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Boulder. 

“Considered by many to be the best in Western New York, all their vendors grow or produce what they sell themselves. No middlemen are involved,” Corsetti wrote about the local market. The video, titled “5 Legendary Farmers Markets Across America,” leads off with the Elmwood Village Farmers Market and can be found at www.thelisttv.com/the-list/5-legendary-farmers-markets-across-america