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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.

No Frills Buffalo Publishes New Novel, Book of Poetry

No Frills Buffalo Publishes New Novel, Book of Poetry

No Frills Buffalo publishing company has released two new books by local authors David Coleman and Sinead Tyrone.

Coleman’s novel, “Hard Times in The Hollow,” tells the story of the Avery’s, a farming family in Cattaraugus County, and the struggles they endure through war, prohibition and the Great Depression. As their difficulties mount, family matriarch Iris pushes the family to extremes in her quest to keep them together and their farm afloat. Her grandson, Adam, is at first an observer and then an unwilling participant. How far would one family go to ensure their survival?

The Olear Team Earns Top Team Award from MJ Peterson

The Olear Team Earns Top Team Award from MJ Peterson

The Olear Team, led by Michael Olear, was recently named MJ Peterson’s top real estate team for 2016 at the company’s 33rd annual awards ceremony. The Olear Team produced more than $18 million is sales in 2016 to win the award for a second consecutive year.

“I am extremely proud of my talented team and to be part of a company that has been serving the people of Western New York since 1930,” said Olear. “Our team employs a transaction coordinator, a marketing coordinator and other administrative staff so that we can provide a well organized and comprehensive plan of action specifically tailored to our clients’ needs. We will do everything in our power to three-peat in 2017 by offering the quality service that our customers have come to expect!”

Rural Outreach Center Receives Donation From United Capital

Rural Outreach Center Receives Donation From United Capital

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) recently received a $2,750 donation from United Capital, a national wealth management firm with an office in Western New York.  

Through United Capital's national “Help4Hearts” program, local offices generate $250 to donate toward a charity of their choice for every client referral they receive and meet with. The program is designed to help regional offices improve lives in their communities while growing their local practices.

The ROC provides wrap-around services to rural communities in southern Western New York, helping individuals and families move toward independence. In 2016, the ROC served over 1,500 people, working to empower them toward their personal goals.

ProActive Sports Rehab’s Anthony Goode Completes Graston Technique Training Course

ProActive Sports Rehab’s Anthony Goode Completes Graston Technique Training Course

Anthony T. Goode, PT/ATC, co-owner of ProActive Sports Rehab, recently completed Graston Technique M1-Basic Training and is now treating patients with GT.  

Graston Technique is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.

“Graston Technique can be used to treat any movement system dysfunction that has been determined to have a soft tissue component,” said Goode.

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Social Worker

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Social Worker

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), an East Aurora-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending rural poverty in southern Erie County and surrounding areas and assisting, empowering and elevating individuals to self-sufficiency, is seeking a part-time social worker to join its dedicated staff.

The ROC offers general counseling, mental health and substance abuse counseling, play therapy, multiple support groups and many other services through partner organizations. The person selected for this position will conduct individual intakes, provide case management in home and office settings, and will work with individuals to establish goals and objectives with the ultimate goal to reach a higher level of stability and independence.