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Sustainable Energy Association Honors Solar Homes and Green Buildings

BUFFALO, NY-- The Western New York Sustainable Energy Association will honor three buildings for outstanding leadership in WNY for the use of energy-efficient building methods.

Daemen College is being honored for achieving LEED Gold Certification for its new Research & Information Center at 4380 Main Street. Daemen is being commended for creating an energy-efficient building that incorporates day lighting and many other sustainable features.

By rehabiliating existing buildings instead of demolishing them, the energy previously expended to build them, known as "embodied energy" is saved and further enhanced by incorporating renewable energy.

Aaron Bartley of PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing) is being honored for converting an older house at 10 Winter Street in Buffalo to a NET-ZERO energy home.

Saturday is 'Electronic Recycling Day' in Tonawanda

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda, reminds residents to gather all unwanted computer and electronic items for an Electronic Recycling Day planned for Saturday.

Sponsored by Erie County, General Motors and UAW, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at GM Tonawanda Engine Plant #5, 280 Vulcan St., between Niagara Street/River Road and Kenmore Avenue.

Items that will be accepted include: computers, monitors, terminals, network equipment, keyboards, mice, other accessories, and printers/scanners. Also, cell phones, iPods, VCRs/DVD players, fax machines, circuit boards, video game systems, batteries and universal power supplies.

Televisions will be accepted for a $5 charge. Participants may be required to verify that materials are generated by households.

Williamsville Comedy Benefit for Trees Leaves Locals Laughing

The 2nd Annual Leaves & Laughs comedy festival saw four seasoned comics bolt through a raucous rant of one liners to the delight of a nearly sold out Rob's Comedy Playhouse in Williamsville on Saturday.

Opening was club co-owner Rob Lederman who took shots at TV garden show host Sally Cunningham seated just a sapling's length away, "you make the auto advice guy sound interesting", ripped Lederman, citing her Sunday morning tube appearances.

Such was the mood of the evening with the microphone relay from Lederman to Dan Pordum to the eventual headliner Marc Sinodinos gathering steam and goading the well-lubricated gallery with quips on their occupations and orientations.

Comedy Fest for WNY trees rolls into Williamsville

The 2nd Annual comedy festival to benefit Re-Tree WNY goes on stage tonight (August 21st) at 7pm at Robs Comedy Playhouse in Williamsville.

Called "Leaves & Laughs", it features three comics including Rob Lederman, who's a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, Late Night, and other network TV shows.

A basket raffle and 50-50 will take place to help replenish the charity's treasury to buy trees for the upcoming volunteer fall planting.

Rob's Comedy Playhouse is inside Dandelion's Restaurant at 1340 N. Forest Rd. near Maple.  Tickets are $25 and available at the door.  Includes admission and two free drinks.

Additional information on Re-Tree WNY is at www.re-treewny.org.

 

Erie County Recognized as "Storm Ready"

Officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service announced Monday that Erie County has been recognized as “storm ready.” 

The following is information provided by Erie County:

The County had to meet a set of rigorous criteria to receive the designation.  The County’s Emergency Services Department established a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center, developed numerous ways to receive severe weather forecasts and to alert the public, created a system to monitor local weather conditions and developed a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. 

County Executive Chris Collins said, “Our Emergency Services Department in Erie County, led by Commissioner Greg Skibitsky, regularly trains for all types of emergency situations and natural disaster responses.  Their impressive response to the October storm of 2006 and the floods in Gowanda last year in August are