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Bird Feeding Faux Pas? Five Easy, No-fret Fixes

Bird Feeding Faux Pas? Five Easy, No-fret Fixes

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable?

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India’s Ambassador Mulay to Present Lecture at Daemen

India’s Ambassador Mulay to Present Lecture at Daemen

Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, consul general of India in New York, will be the first international presenter in the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series being held at 4:30 p.m. July 25 in the Wick Campus Center Social Room.

“Emerging India and Indo-American Relations” will be discussed by Mulay, a career diplomat who has been with the Indian Foreign Service for more than 30 years.

Prior to his appointment as consul general in 2013, Mulay served as high commissioner of India to Maldives and is credited with making significant progress in Indo-Maldivian relations. He previously held posts at Indian missions in Tokyo, Moscow, Port Louis, and Damascus. He also had assignments in India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Ministry of Finance and was an advisor in the Cabinet Secretariat.

Seven Local High Schools to Host Drums Along the Waterfront Corps

Seven Local High Schools to Host Drums Along the Waterfront Corps

 

The top seven drum corps in the world will begin arriving in the very early hours of Sunday, Aug. 3, for the annual Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions event taking place at 7 p.m. that evening at Robert E. Rich, Sr. All-High Stadium, located at 2885 Main St., Buffalo. All of the corps will be staying at local high schools as they prepare for the big event. 

“Upon their arrival in Western New York they live a life of luxury,” joked event coordinator Jack Gaylor Jr. “Actually, they will be sleeping on gym floors trying to catch a few hours of sleep before getting up to rehearse all day. Corps are known to practice for up to 10 hours a day in preparation for a big show like the one coming to Buffalo.”

Free Concert, Scottish Festival Among August Highlights at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Free Concert, Scottish Festival Among August Highlights at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

 

Four fun-filled events, including a concert by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and the extremely popular Scottish Festival — are among the August highlights at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

Guest are invited to enjoy the sweet sounds of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. Light snacks and refreshments will be available, and the event will take place rain or shine. The concert is free and open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, chairs and blankets for their comfort.

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Summer Weddings Mean Tax Changes

Taxes may not be high on your summer wedding plan checklist. But you should be aware of the tax issues that come along with marriage. Here are some basic tips that can help keep those issues to a minimum:

Name change. The names and Social Security numbers on your tax return must match your Social Security Administration records. If you change your name, report it to the SSA. To do that, file Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. You can get the form on SSA.gov, by calling 800-772-1213 or from your local SSA office.

What are My Options if I Can’t Attend My Biometrics Appointment?

What are My Options if I Can’t Attend My Biometrics Appointment?

 

Most applicants seeking immigration benefits must undergo a records check. This records check is often initiated through a scheduled biometrics appointment held at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC). During the appointment, your fingerprints will be taken and electronically submitted to various government agencies’ databases. Your biometric information is captured in order to conduct a criminal background check and to also ensure that you are the same person who submitted the application for immigration benefits. 

Annunciation Church to Host Annual Summer Picnic, Alumni Event

Annunciation Church to Host Annual Summer Picnic, Alumni Event

The annual Annunciation Church Picnic, a fun- and music-filled family event featuring great food, kids’ activities, raffles, live entertainment, specialty booths and much more, will take place Aug. 15-17 on the parish grounds at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma. In addition, Saturday, Aug. 16, will be Alumni Day at the picnic, and all alumni of Annunciation School are invited to participate in long-day festivities.

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, with a delicious fish fry, a Classic Car Cruise Night from 6 to 9 p.m. and music by Hit ’n Run from 7 to 11 p.m.