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Shoppers to Connect with Artisans at 22nd Annual Springtime in the Country

Shoppers to Connect with Artisans at 22nd Annual Springtime in the Country

Celebrating 22 years of fine art and artisans, Springtime in the Country returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. The market gives shoppers a unique opportunity to connect with artisans from across the nation, learn about their considerable talents and purchase an exciting variety of handmade items.

This year’s edition of Springtime in the Country features garden art, metalworks, women’s fashion, original wall art, custom furniture, designer jewelry, home décor, spa quality bath and beauty products, gourmet foods, children’s toys, pottery and so much more. Springtime in the Country is the perfect destination for gift buying or simply to indulge yourself while celebrating the end of winter!

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

The Elmwood Village Farmers Market will hold its sixth annual poster contest to promote the outdoor market’s upcoming 2016 season. Entries for the poster competition are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 1. Whether you’re a student studying the arts, a professional graphic designer or just someone with a creative streak, you’re invited to submit your design for an 11x17-inch color poster that accurately reflects the feel of the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, sponsored by the Elmwood Village Association.

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Continues on February 27

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Continues on February 27

The new Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. The market takes place in Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. The 20-week winter market will run through April 30.

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, several food trucks are also scheduled to join the market this Saturday. Rob Falgiano will provide musical entertainment from approximately 10:30 a.m. to noon, while Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village will occupy the community table.

Buckham Hall is located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street. Free parking is available on campus during market hours, and Lot R-13 is recommended for convenience.

Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Overall Health

Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Overall Health

Have you ever stopped to think about the quality of the air you’re breathing? While air quality is usually out of your control when you’re outdoors or in a place of business, you can most definitely do something about the air you breathe in your home.

There are many things that can contribute to poor air quality, especially in heavily insulated homes that can trap air inside. Following are just a few of the many causes:
• Inadequate fresh air supply and/or poor ventilation system maintenance. 
• Pollutants given off by building or furnishing materials. 
• Pollutants from standard household items such as cleaning products, appliances, pesticides, and off-gases from new materials.
• Microorganisms or other biological contaminants.
• Contaminants brought into the building from outside, such as exhausts from sanitary stacks, boiler stacks, natural gas vents or flues. 

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Is your house healthy? If you’re not 100 percent sure, there’s a cost-free way to find out.

A New York State program now offers a free home health and safety evaluation — the NYSERDA Free Energy Audit — for homeowners. All homes are eligible for this service every two years, free of charge. 

“A home should be declared safe before starting any major home improvement project such as adding insulation or installing new windows,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services. “If a home has an existing health or safety concern and you tighten up the building's shell, the existing problem will only be magnified by trapping it inside the home. This could create a hazardous or deadly environment.”

One potential safety concern is exposure to carbon monoxide gas, which can lead to CO poisoning or even death.

West Seneca Farmers’ Market Seeks Vendors for 2016 Season

West Seneca Farmers’ Market Seeks Vendors for 2016 Season

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s open-air farmers’ and food producers’ marketplace sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, is seeking several new vendors for its 16-week 2016 season. The market, held on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays from May 12 through Sept. 1. 

“We are currently accepting applications and hope to attract a wide variety of new farmers and food producers,” said the market’s manager, Joe Kirchmyer. “While our emphasis remains on food products, we will consider other categories as long as they are local companies featuring hand-crafted or unique products. Our goal is to continue to provide a strong variety of products that will be of interest to a wide audience.”

‘Quality of Life’ rehab program creates a comfortable, affordable living environment for homeowners

‘Quality of Life’ rehab program creates a comfortable, affordable living environment for homeowners

Creating a safe, healthy and comfortable living environment for homeowners is the goal of a unique “Quality of Life Through Construction” program offered by Prime Time Energy Services of Depew. Best of all, the program is set up to actually decrease the amount of financial burden that accompanies home-ownership and can provide a financial surplus at the end of the month.

“Our objective is to assist homeowners in the City of Buffalo and across Western New York with much-needed repairs to their homes, creating a safe, healthy and comfortable living environment in the process,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services. “Working with community based agencies, we pursue financial assistance and grants on behalf of our clients to help them obtain a better lifestyle through affordable construction.”