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Protect Yourself From Rising Utility Rates with Solar Energy

Protect Yourself From Rising Utility Rates with Solar Energy

When’s the last time you took a long look at your electric bill? Between rising service fees and delivery fees, you’ll quickly discover one cold, hard fact: To the electric company, you’re a “rate payer,” not a valued customer.

“Like any other corporation, utility companies are bound by their investors to do everything they can to maximize profits,” said Alicia Uebelhoer, co-owner of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. “They are more than happy with the fact that you don’t understand what you’re paying for. And they are even happier that you don’t realize the truth.”

The truth is, that in many cases, customers of the electric utility companies are paying more for the delivery of their electricity than they are for the electricity itself. 

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Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank Kick Off Touchdown for Teachers Contest

Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank Kick Off Touchdown for Teachers Contest

Western New Yorkers asked to nominate outstanding educators in their community

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — For the 9th consecutive year, the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank are calling on fans to nominate Western New York’s “Hall of Fame-caliber” educators for the 2017 M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program, which recognizes local teachers for extraordinary service to their schools and communities.

This year, the Bills and M&T are hoping to gather the most nominations in the program’s history. To make it happen, they’re challenging each of the schools throughout the 15-county region that is eligible for the competition to nominate at least one of their outstanding teachers.

Don’t Fall for Scam Calls and Emails Posing as IRS

Scams continue to use the IRS as a lure. These tax scams take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try and steal money from taxpayers. Identity theft can also happen with these scams.

Taxpayers need to be wary of phone calls or automated messages from someone who claims to be from the IRS. Often these criminals will say the taxpayer owes money. They also demand payment right away. Other times scammers will lie to a taxpayer and say they are due a refund. The thieves ask for bank account information over the phone. The IRS warns taxpayers not to fall for these scams.

Below are several tips that will help filers avoid becoming a scam victim.

IRS employees will NOT:

Springtime in the Country Grows with New Spring Market

Springtime in the Country Grows with New Spring Market

Celebrating 23 years of fine art and artisans, Springtime in the Country returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2. And this year, Springtime in the Country has expanded to include a Spring Market, a unique retail addition featuring all that we love about the season — fresh fruits and vegetables, beautiful flowers, specialty foods, craft wineries, brewers and distillers, food trucks, mobile kitchens and much more!

As always, shoppers are afforded the unique opportunity to connect with over 200 artisans from across the nation, learn about their considerable talents and purchase handcrafted items.

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Professional Pet Sitters Week

Professional Pet Sitters Week


 

 

Laura's Critter Care, LLC Celebrates Professional Pet Sitters Week™ 2017

Local pet-sitting business joins professional pet sitters in 23rd annual worldwide celebration, March 5-11, 2017.


Laura's Critter Care, LLC encourages pet owners and pet lovers alike to celebrate the 23rd annual Professional Pet Sitters Week, March 5-11, 2017. Professional Pet Sitters Week™ (PPSW™) was introduced by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1995.

 

The goal of this international observance is to educate pet owners about the advantages of using professional pet sitters, as well as to encourage the public to learn more about professional pet sitting as a viable, rewarding career opportunity.

 

Grand Opening to Celebrate Daemen’s New Alumni House

Grand Opening to Celebrate Daemen’s New Alumni House

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College’s Alumni House, which serves as the new central location for the college’s institutional advancement operations, will officially be unveiled at a grand opening celebration scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. March 21.

The Daemen community and the public are invited to attend the grand opening at Alumni House, located adjacent to Lot L, across the street from the Business Building. The event will begin with a welcome given by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, followed by a reception with refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres, and tours of the facility.

“We are pleased to continue to expand our campus in meaningful ways that are beneficial to our college community,” said Olson. “The opening of Alumni House has allowed us for the first time to headquarter our entire institutional advancement team in one facility, which, in turn, created space for all of enrollment management to be housed in Rosary Hall.”

Early Withdrawals from Retirement Plans

Many people find it necessary to take out money early from their IRA or retirement plan. Doing so, however, can trigger an additional tax on top of income tax taxpayers may have to pay. Here are a few key points to know about taking an early distribution: