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Buffalo Museum of Science Ending Paleontological Dig After 29 Years

Buffalo Museum of Science Ending Paleontological Dig  After 29 Years

The Buffalo Museum of Science has announced that it will end its seasonal paleontological dig in Byron, New York after 29 dig seasons. The current, and final, dig season is currently underway and ends this weekend.

When a farmer in Genesee County dug up large bones and teeth on his land in 1959, he called on experts at the Buffalo Museum of Science to identify the specimens. Once the Buffalo Museum of Science determined the remains to be those of mastodons, it purchased the land from the farmer and has held annual dig seasons – three weeks every summer since 1983 - in search for additional fossils and artifacts.

The site has proven to be one of the richest Ice Age Paleontological sites in North America. However, after 27 years of Museum overhead- and foundation-supported research, and a steady decline in discoveries since the dig began, the Museum tasked the science and research team with securing the entire funding for the Byron Dig.

HOPE Center’s Annual Rummage Sale @ Broadway Market

HOPE Center’s Annual Rummage Sale @ Broadway Market

The HOPE Center will be holding it’s annual rummage sale this Saturday (08/06) at the Broadway Market from 8am-4pm.

The Matt Urban H.O.P.E. Center is a community-focused agency based on the East side of Buffalo. Its mission is to revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives by offering a full array of services and support to the community.

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BlueCross Donates $1 Million to Restore MLK Park Basin

BUFFALO, NY - A big helping hand for the future of Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Buffalo thanks to a huge donation for BlueCross BlueShield of Wester New York.

The organization is giving the Olmsted Parks Conservancy $1 million to go towards restoring, repairing and maintaining the park's five-acre basin.

The project design calls for the basin to be used as a reflective pool in the spring and fall, splash pad in the summer and skating rink in the winter. Families and children will have access to free, healthy activities and programs at the park year-round starting in the spring of 2012. The basin will become a designated "Healthy Zone" for the next ten years to guarantee access to physical activities in the historic park.

Social Security Offices to Begin Closing 30 Minutes Early

Social Security Offices to Begin Closing 30 Minutes Early

Congressional Budget Cuts Force Reduced Public Hours

Effective August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices nationwide will close to the public 30 minutes early each day.  For example, a field office that is usually open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will close daily at 3:30 p.m.

While agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, this shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face service with the visiting public without incurring the cost of overtime.   Congress provided Social Security with nearly $1 billion less than the President requested for the budget this fiscal year, which makes it impossible for the agency to provide the amount of overtime needed to handle service to the public as we have in the past.  

Infringing on the Broadway Market

Infringing on the Broadway Market

The Broadway Market welcomes the Buffalo Infringement Festival back on Saturday 08/06/211.

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HSBC Selling Branches to First Niagara

BUFFALO, NY - HSBC Bank has come to an agreement with First Niagara Bank to sell all Upstate New York retail branches.

A total of 195 branches will be impacted by the transfer including several here in Western New York, including 44 branches in Erie County alone.

HSBC sent an e-mail to its customers explaining the agreement, saying no action is required on the customers part. The e-mail also states that branches impacted will continue to provide customer service and a "seamless transfer" when the sale is complete.

Click here for a complete list of all impacted branches.

Taking a Walk Through Buffalo's Gardens

BUFFALO, NY - One of the most anticipated events in Buffalo is taking place this weekend.

Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest garden tour event in America and it started Saturday with self-guided tours through some of the most beautiful gardens in the area.

There are more than 350 gardens for visitors to explore. Gardens include flowers, roses, vegetables, herbs and much more.

Maps can be picked up at any of the three headquarters located at the Richmond-Summer Senior Center, Buffalo Seminary School and the AIDS Community Services building.

The tour will take you through the Elmwood Village, Symphony Circle & Kleinhan's Community, Cottage District, Historic West Village, Allentown and Columbus Park/ Prospect Hill.

The Buffalo Garden Walk runs to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.