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National Fuel Accountability Coalition holds “Stakeholder Meeting” in Buffalo

National Fuel Accountability Coalition holds “Stakeholder Meeting” in Buffalo

As National Fuel Gas Shareholders meet in Naples, Florida, the NFAC host meeting for community stakeholders who can’t make the commute to Florida.

Today, hundreds of people from over twelve organizations of the National Fuel Accountability Coalition will gather to pass community resolutions at the “People’s National Fuel Stakeholder Meeting” here in Buffalo. The event corresponds with National Fuel’s shareholder meeting down in Naples, Florida, where high paid executives will handle company business. 

The Coalition’s business will include three main points:

1.    Reforming National Fuel’s Conservation Incentive Program (CIP) which is disproportionately funded by surcharge on low income customers and doesn’t effectively meet low-income energy needs.

Horsing Around Buffalo: Long Live The King!

Horsing Around Buffalo: Long Live The King!

  Forty five years ago this summer (1901), all Buffalo was discussing the latest innovation in family carriages with the same zest the exploits of Bob Feller and Ted Williams now receive. For Buffalo was crazy for horses both before and after the turn of the century. Every home of any size had its stable in the rear.

  Even today, the old guard in dozens of Western New York stables are making preparations for the fall horse shows, county fairs and harness meets in the old tradition. As they shine their gear in preparation for the big days ahead their talk sometimes turns to the old days when Delaware, Linwood and Richmond Avenues were the show places of the equine world. They remember stables maintained by Seymore H. Knox Sr., the Cary Family, Frank A. Babcock and hundreds of others in all stages of wealth and affluence. Perhaps some speak once in a while of Mambrino King, the "handsomest horse in the world".

Alonzo C. Mather & Buffalo's "Signature Bridge" - 1893

Alonzo C. Mather & Buffalo's "Signature Bridge" - 1893

 "Half the wealth of the continent is wasted in allowing  the energy stored in the Great Lakes to run as waste through the Niagara River."

  For a number of years Alonzo C. Mather has held the idea that the rush of water in the Niagara River off the City of Buffalo can furnish a great deal of motive power. Many citizens of Buffalo had the same idea, and years ago they offered a prize of $100,000 for a practical method of utilizing this motive power, but nothing came of it. Mr. Mather did not hold out for the prize. He is a man of means, and he offered to test his idea himself, paying all the expense for such test, and finally, on top of that, if his scheme proves practical, to pay to the city a percentage of the revenue derived from it.

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided the following resources that allow local residents to stay connected to his efforts locally and in Washington, DC.  In addition, the Congressman provided other useful links for federal and local information.
 
“With the expanded use of online tools, social media and mobile technology, a central part of serving the people of Western New York is staying connected to where residents find the latest information and being involved in those conversations,” said Congressman Higgins.
 
Higgins, a new member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, recently returned from a trip to the Middle East, with a stop originally scheduled in Egypt.  He added, “It’s no secret that social media has a growing influence in major world events such as those seen in Egypt and Iran.  These tools are giving people around the world a new voice and providing a vehicle for communication that can lead to a greater social good.”

Local Americorps Members and Services on National Chopping Block

Local Americorps Members and Services on National Chopping Block

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Hundreds of local AmeriCorps members, and their service in Western New York, risk being eliminated if the Continuing Resolution budget bill introduced by the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee is passed. The Resolution, which would also cut funding for NPR and PBS, would eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service, the parent agency for AmeriCorps programs, in the midst of the 2011 program year.

If left unchanged, the current language presented in the Resolution, recently passed by the House of Representatives, would mean an immediate, mid-year elimination of all AmeriCorps programs in the nation. Local AmeriCorps members serve through programs run by WNY AmeriCorps, Buffalo AmeriCorps from The Belle Center, and Self Advocacy AmeriCorps, in team-based crews or placed in supportive roles in local schools and non-profits.

Last year, over 800 people served as AmeriCorps members in WNY:

Grace Stumberg: Music is Art Graduate: 6 City Tour

Grace Stumberg: Music is Art Graduate: 6 City Tour

Dreams need wheels and a rising local musical talent is putting that advice into action by leaving Buffalo in early February for a first tour.
 
A graduate of Robby Takac's Music is Art NYS-certified Music in Action career skills training program, acoustic rock singer songwriter Grace Stumberg will be touring in support of NYC-based duo Left on Red who headlined last summer's Elmwood Festival of the Arts and is well known for building a career "busking" in NYC subways.

The tour mixes music with a message.
 

3 Michigan Poets at Big Orbit Gallery for R E F E R Reading Series

3 Michigan Poets at Big Orbit Gallery for R E F E R Reading Series

R E F E R: Three Poets from Michigan, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Big Orbit Gallery, 30d Essex Street, Buffalo. Featuring Gina Myers, Sarah Jeanne Peters, & JodiAnn Stevenson. Free admission.

Gina Myers currently lives in Saginaw, MI where she edits Lame House Press and works as the Book Review Editor for NewPages. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009), and several chapbooks, including most recently September Requiem (Binge Press, 2010) and Heartbreaking Machines (Lazy Frog, 2010), a collaboration with Nate Pritts.