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Annual South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour Set for July 16

Annual South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour Set for July 16

South Buffalo Alive’s 17th annual Garden Tour, showcasing approximately 50 beautiful properties throughout South Buffalo and the Old First Ward neighborhood, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16. 

“The Garden Tour includes a wide variety of homes and businesses showcasing amazing gardens, landscaping and other outdoor features,” according to South Buffalo Alive’s Marge Ryan. 

Tours begin at Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden located at 2002 South Park Ave., between Choate and Whitfield avenues and next to the Dudley Library. Participants are encouraged to make this their first stop, where they will receive a tour brochure and information to make the tour very simple to follow. 

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

After a long winter, everyone enjoys the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures. But for those with seasonal allergies, spring can also mean the return of symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing.

“While being around pollen is unavoidable, there are several ways to help reduce your exposure,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. If you suffer from allergies, consider the following:

A Rainy Spring, Plus Pets, is a Bad Combination for Carpets, Floors and Furniture

A Rainy Spring, Plus Pets, is a Bad Combination for Carpets, Floors and Furniture

It’s been a very rainy spring in Western New York, which is bad news for homeowners who also own pets. Yards with poor drainage are looking a lot like swampland these days, which means Fido’s paw prints can likely be found all over your once clean floors, carpets and furniture.

“We know it’s not the dog’s fault, but these can be difficult days for all the pet owners out there, especially those who like to keep a clean house,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. “Even when the sun does come out and the yard dries up, the damage has already been done, and all the brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners in the world aren’t going to bring back the look you’re looking for. Therefore, it’s time to call in a professional cleaning service.”

Following are some tips from Clear Choice for returning your home to its former glory:

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

Shining Light on Top Five Myths About Solar Energy

In Western New York and across the entire U.S., home solar installations are on the rise! In 2012, homeowners installed enough residential solar panels to power the equivalent of almost 24,000 homes.

Despite its growing popularity, solar technology remains unfamiliar to many Americans. As renewable energy becomes a mainstay topic for the nation's partisan political debates, consumers may struggle to separate the facts about solar energy from common misconceptions.

Here are the realities behind five common solar myths, courtesy of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. and SolarWorld Americas:

Heavy April Showers Bring Water Woes for Area Homeowners; Tips Will Help Prevent Future Damage

Heavy April Showers Bring Water Woes for Area Homeowners; Tips Will Help Prevent Future Damage

Two inches of rain fell throughout Western New York on Thursday, April 20, causing sump pump failures and flooding issues in many homes. And if you’ve ever stood in those shoes — or boots — you know the aftermath can be an absolute mess!

“When your home suffers water damage, time matters and it’s important to take immediate action,” said Edmund Bedient, owner of Clear Choice Carpet Cleaning Services in West Seneca. “In order to prevent structural damage and mold growth, it’s important to act quickly and contact an experienced company with professional references and an outstanding reputation. This is no time to be scammed by a fly-by-night contractor.

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. 

Funds for Home Improvement Projects are Currently at Their Peak

Funds for Home Improvement Projects are Currently at Their Peak

Tax season is right around the corner, and many homeowners are waiting to receive their annual refund check before beginning long-awaited home improvement projects such as the installation of new heating and cooling units, energy saving improvements, insulation, air sealing, new windows and more.

Rather than waiting and hoping for a sizable return, consumers could be taking advantage of multiple home improvement grant programs that are currently available to both homeowners and tenants. 

“Several grant and funding programs that allow homeowners and tenants to maximize home improvement projects are currently available to all households across Western New York,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services, 67 Sheldon Ave., Depew. “Everyone qualifies for some amount of assistance, so there’s really no reason to delay a project.”