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Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”

Don't Get Snappy with Me! Jamestown Gator Gets a Twitter Account

Don't Get Snappy with Me! Jamestown Gator Gets a Twitter Account

Look what Jamestown police caught strolling down McKinley Avenue.

Now he's got a Twitter account, and an archrival: The Amherst Bear.

And they're getting all up in each other's faces, as you can see here and here.

Below is a snippet of the trash talk they were exchanging Tuesday afternoon.

Legislator Walter: Guided Walk in Akron Falls Park on Saturday

Legislator Walter: Guided Walk in Akron Falls Park on Saturday

Erie County Legislator Ray Walter, R-Amherst, Clarence, Newstead, announces the return of free spring guided walks in County parks. The purpose of the program is to promote healthy family fun and encourage residents to be more active.

“Erie County is once again offering this wonderful activity in several of its parks. I am pleased that free guided tours of Akron Falls Park will once again be held, this is a beautiful park,” Legislator Walter said. “Not only do these walks promote healthy lifestyles, but they are a free activity, which is something a lot of families need during these difficult times. The county parks have been greatly improved during the past few years, making a visit to them much more enjoyable.”

Registration for all walks begins at 9 a.m. onsite. Walks have been planned on the following days:

RBC Wealth Management Committed to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

RBC Wealth Management Committed to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

RBC Wealth Management in Williamsville brought an example of a global environmental commitment to cleaning up the shores of Ellicott Creek. RBC employees, friends, and family members partnered with the Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER’s Spring Shoreline Sweep on Saturday, April 16.

As a corporate partner, RBC Wealth Management worked with volunteers to remove trash and debris from Ellicott Creek at Island Park in Williamsville.

Red Cross Issues Tornado Readiness Guidelines

Red Cross Issues Tornado Readiness Guidelines

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 27, 2011, 4:32 P.M.  – The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for all of Western New York until 10 p.m., meaning tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.  The American Red Cross is urging residents to review and discuss emergency plans, prepare emergency supply kits, and be ready to act quickly if a Tornado Warning is issued.

During any storm, residents should monitor radio and television news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.  People should also be aware of the following tornado danger signs:

  • Dark, often greenish clouds
  • Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
  • Cloud of debris
  • Large hail
  • Funnel cloud—a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
  • Roaring noise

The complete Red Cross Tornado Safety Checklist is here.

Should a tornado threaten or a Tornado Warning be issued, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.  Do not wait until you see the tornado.  The safest place to be in a tornado is an underground shelter, basement, or safe room.  Following a tornado, stay out of damaged buildings, watch for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and check for any injuries.

For more information on how to be Red Cross Ready for a possible tornado, please contact the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter at (716) 886-7500, or visit www.buffaloredcross.org.

"Science, Technology and the Next Human Species" with Juan Enriquez

"Science, Technology and the Next Human Species" with Juan Enriquez

On Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m., Nichols School will host a lecture from Juan Enriquez, a renowned genomics expert, recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He recently co-moderated the TED2011 program with Bill Gates.

“Science, Technology and the Next Human Species”

Juan Enriquez, Managing Director, Excel Venture Management; Co-Founder, Synthetic Genomics Inc.; former Founding Director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project; and a global best-selling author.
Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Flickinger Performing Arts Center
Nichols School - 1250 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14216

There have been at least 25 prototype humans. We are but one more model, and there is no evidence evolution has stopped.

Creative Arts in the Outdoors: Photography

Creative Arts in the Outdoors: Photography
Fri. Apr 15 2011 6:00PM Enhance your connection to nature through this
creative activity. Join us for a short guided walk
followed by an opportunity to photograph natural
subjects. Registration required; call 683-5959. h/c access Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve 93 Honorine Dr., Depew 14043 www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html 716-683-5959