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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Social Security Retirement Benefits?

Social Security is an important source of retirement income for millions of Americans, but how much do you know about this program? Test your knowledge, and learn more about your retirement benefits, by answering the following questions.

Questions

1. Do you have to be retired to collect Social Security retirement benefits?

a. Yes

b. No

2. How much is the average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker?

a. $1,360

b. $1,493

c. $1,585

d. $1,723

3. For each year you wait past your full retirement age to collect Social Security, how much will your retirement benefit increase?

a. 5%

b. 6%

c. 7%

d. 8%

4. How far in advance should you apply for Social Security retirement benefits?

a. One month before you want your benefits to start.

b. Two months before you want your benefits to start.

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Annual Roycroft Summer Festival to Feature Juried Artisans, Music and Demonstrations

Annual Roycroft Summer Festival to Feature Juried Artisans, Music and Demonstrations

Art and music will dazzle the senses at the 41st annual Roycroft Summer Festival taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 and 25 on the grounds of Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora.

The show will feature dozens of juried artisans, including three newly accepted Roycroft Artisans — Leslie Green Guilbault, ceramics; Patricia McDermott, beadwork; and Kathy Cairns-Hendershott, fiber arts. Providing musical entertainment will be Creek Bend on Saturday and the Old Hippies on Sunday.

Roycroft Artisans and Master Artisans will offer free demonstrations of their crafts on both Saturday and Sunday. The demonstration schedule includes the following: 

Silk Scarf Workshop at Audubon Community Nature Center, Friday, June 2

Silk Scarf Workshop at Audubon Community Nature Center, Friday, June 2

Jamestown, NY – At the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Silk Scarf Workshop, you can learn an easy technique to create a beautiful nature-themed scarf.

On Friday, June 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Elaine Caflisch and Mary Barker will co-teach this hands-on workshop and provide all the materials you need to make a wearable nature-themed art piece.

Not only will you go home with a silk scarf to wear or give as a gift, you will also know how to make your own creations. The technique will be demonstrated on silk scarves, but can be applied to other fabric items as well.

Elaine Caflisch has been painting for 45 years, mostly on porcelain, but also murals, furniture, and other items. Mary Barker is retired from a 33-year career in art and elementary education and most recently has been repurposing old china to make mosaics. Both these “friends in art” are officers in the Chautauqua County Society of Artists.

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Credit card reward programs are more popular than ever. In order to keep up with such high demand in a competitive market, credit card companies are coming up with new and more enticing offers every day. How do you know which one to choose?

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LPCiminelli Joins National Safety Stand-Down Initiative, Provides Training to 1,300 Workers

LPCiminelli Joins National Safety Stand-Down Initiative, Provides Training to 1,300 Workers

With falls the leading cause of construction fatalities, company raises jobsite awareness of hazards, protective measures and safety procedures

BUFFALO, N.Y. – LPCiminelli joined the National Safety Stand-Down initiative, a nationwide campaign that aims to prevent falls and protect workers. The construction management company provided special safety training sessions to more than 1,300 workers at several construction sites across New York State.

Falls remain the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. In 2015, 350 of the 937 construction fatalities (37%) were related to falls, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — and in most circumstances, falls are preventable. 

Buffalonia Pre-sale Tickets Available to the Public Beginning May 25

Buffalonia Pre-sale Tickets Available to the Public Beginning May 25

Pre-sale tickets for Buffalonia, the annual fundraising event for the Matt Urban Human Services Center and a celebration of our great city, will go on sale on Thursday, May 25. Buffalonia will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at 500 Seneca Street, Buffalo.

Tickets are priced at just $25 each or 10 for $200 and can be purchased at the Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway, Buffalo. Admission includes beer and a food voucher. Lloyd's Food Truck with be there, and DJ Jickster from 97 Rock will join in the festivities. Individuals purchasing a pre-sale ticket at the Matt Urban Center will receive a free Buffalonia T-shirt or a Buffalonia beer mug.

Daemen Launching State-Approved Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Daemen Launching State-Approved Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Daemen College has received New York State Department of Education approval to offer a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) starting in the fall, making it the only state-approved ABA graduate program in New York.

In addition to the master’s degree, approval has been granted for Daemen to launch a new advanced certificate program to provide ABA post-graduate training for professionals in related fields. “These programs will greatly augment our exceptional academic offerings and prepare highly qualified professionals with the advanced level of skills and training essential for this growing field,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

“For students, the programs are ideally suited for those looking to further their careers or would like to apply their talents and experience to pursue new opportunities as behavior analysts.”