Research Shows Local ‘Winters Are Trending to be Warmer’

Shawn Heltz and Megan Lasker enjoy their lunch outside on a mild day in Hamburg Monday, February 1, 2016. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
A young couple enjoy their lunch outside on a mild day in Hamburg Monday, February 1, 2016.

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How does your garden grow in 21st century Buffalo?

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Thirteen days longer than it did 70 years ago.

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Research exploring trends in Western New York’s climate shows the first frost of the year occurs on average about 4.1 days later now than it did in 1941 and the last frost comes 8.8 days earlier in the spring than it used to back then, according to a SUNY Buffalo State report.

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analysis shows the average annual temperature in Buffalo Niagara has increased 1.7 degrees overall between 1974 and 2014.

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That’s on par with a 1.8-degree figure nationwide.

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Of all of the records set for temperature over the last 30 years, 61 were set for high temperatures, according to the analysis.

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An even deeper look into the data reveals that the greatest increases came during the winter and spring months.

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Winters are 2.2 degrees warmer on average now. Spring months are 1.9 degrees warmer.
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Hershey Gets Sweet on Dried Meat Bars

The 122-year-old chocolate maker is turning to meat-based protein bars as healthier eating habits and an increase in alternative snacks are taking hold

Chocolate maker Hershey Co. has a solution for America’s waning taste for candy: beef snacks.

The 122-year-old company is betting that dried meat bars are the new chocolate bars.

To that end, Hershey will start selling Krave protein bars in August, made from dried meats and a combination of other ingredients such as mangos, cranberries and quinoa.
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All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy


  • MONDAY, May 2, TALKS: NYS Clean Energy Standard by Bob Ciesielski, Sierra Club. NY Renews Initiative by Brittny Baxter, Working Families Party. Sponsored by Sierra Club Writers Group and Energy Committee, 6:00 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor), 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. All are welcome [LINK]
  • TUESDAY, May 3, SCREENING: New film by Academy Award Nominee Josh Fox of GASLAND fame: “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” Josh Fox will be there for Q&A! 6:30pm, Starpoint Central School District, HS Auditorium, 4363 Mapleton Rd., Pendleton. FREE [LINK]
  • THURSDAY, May 5, ANNUAL DINNER: Clean Air Coalition of WNY – Hotel Lafayette, Greenhouse Room, 391Washington Ave., Buffalo. Doors open at6:00pm. Click link for ticket information [LINK]
  • SATURDAY, May 7, WASTE DROP-OFF: Amherst “Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day” – 9:00am to 2:00pm, Erie Community College, North Campus, Williamsville. Click link for Erie County Hazardous Waste website or call 858-6800 for information [LINK]


  • May 10, PRESENTATION: Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home, by Doug Tallamy, Author. Reception at 6pm, presentation at 7pm, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst. Tickets $20 [LINK]
  • May 11, PUBLIC HEARING: Presentation of the NY State ‘Clean Energy Standard’ followed by Public Comments – Hosted by the Public Service Commission. 6:00pm, Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Rd, Amherst. Click for Talking Points at Sierra Club Niagara Group [LINK]
  • May 14, RALLY: Break Free From Fossil Fuels and shift to Clean, Renewable Energy. Goal: keep fossil fuels in the ground, stop explosive oil rail shipments, say no to fracked gas and oil pipelines. Get tickets online for the Bus from Buffalo to Albany [LINK]

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A Plea To Governor Cuomo


Governor Cuomo was screwed by his best friends. If he ever wants to be President he must show the public he has the chutzpah to get rid the ones who ripped off our State. He cannot simply throw some little minnows under the bus.

Cuomo’s friends made millions on the Buffalo Billions now its his choice to cut his relationships with these people.

Governor, now is the time you rid yourself of the people you trusted who didn’t love you as much as they loved money.

Andrew this is my personal plea in the name of your father who was a good friend of my father and Godfather, Sam  Picone.  You must surround yourself with the best and brightest.  Honest people like Dan Ward of Amherst.

You can become an excellent President if you start today to honor the people who elected you and dump the scum around you.

by James Tricoli
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May 2nd There Is a Town Board Meeting

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This week’s schedule for Amherst’s meetings.  The Amherst Town Board has their work session at 4: 00 pm in the Town Hall 5568 Main St., Monday, MAY 2nd

The Amherst Town Board meeting is at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall located at 5568 Main St. Monday May 2nd.  

The main subject will be a discussion on reintroducing the concept of a Youngs Road Extension into the Town’s Comprehensive Mater Plan.

If you intend to speak at the night meeting arrive before 7:00 pm to sign up on the sheet attached to the podium.

There is an opportunity to speak at the end of the meeting if you didn’t speak at the earlier public expression period.

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Concern Citzen : Decades of Contamination Complicate Proposals for Westwood Site

Curious that LP Ciminelli’s name keeps popping up for less than admirable tactics to secure taxpayer funding. Isn’t he a Mensch partner along with Shaevel? (Take note of another self-proclaimed “mensch”) Sounds like a pattern of “defrauding” New York State. Isn’t claiming a Brownfield clean-up on a lush, green, viable golf course a stretch? How exactly did that happen, Mr. Shaevel? Could it be large donations drove that decision? Could it be the whole Westwood proposition is just another way to award developers even though they will blight another area of Amherst?

Looks like even Supervisor Weinstein’s conscience has kicked in and is looking at the Westwood development askance.

Shaevel’s exhortations of Westwood’s development as a benefit to all Amherst rings hollow. It is becoming crystal clear it is a scam out to defraud and denude Amherst, anyway possible, to benefit themselves.

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Concern Citizen Question:

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Is Weinstein a Mensch?  That is the most common question asked by the citizens of Amherst who visit my site. He owns quite a bit of land and many buildings but there is no proof he is part of the Mensch group.

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Cuomo’s Office Gets Subpoena in Probe of Buffalo Billion

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program is under fire from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program is under fire from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

Governor orders probe in response to Bharara investigation details

Hours after his office received a subpoena as part of a criminal probe of the Buffalo Billion program, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday ordered a review of his own signature economic development program, which is anchored by the massive SolarCity project along the Buffalo River.

The governor’s counsel, Alphonso David, said Friday that the investigation begun last year by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has “recently raised questions of improper lobbying and undisclosed conflicts of interest by some individuals” that may involve cases in which the state was “defrauded.”

The revelation by Cuomo comes after months in which the governor said he had no knowledge of the probe. The investigation heated up late last spring when subpoenas were issued to the governor’s economic development agency and SUNY Polytechnic, which are both involved in administering the Buffalo Billion program, along with two Buffalo companies that won contracts under the program, LPCiminelli and McGuire Development Co.

A spokesman for Bharara declined comment Friday night.
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Corruption Will Begin to Die As Good People Fight Back

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On the 5:00pm Channel 2 news reporter Scott Brown did a story on the Water Authority which is a political dumping ground to pay off politicians who need high paying jobs.  Most political hacks don’t have the ability to do what the jobs require but political bosses must reward political weaklings and losers to high paying jobs. The Water Authority is the place to dump them.

Scott Brown brought out facts such as the administrators of the WA receive over $500,000, which is paid by the citizens of Erie County.

While this news spot was playing on TV, who appeared in the background?  None other than the Chairman of the Amherst Democratic Committee, Jerry Schad.  He is there as one of the administrators.  I thought he was overseas working for the law firm from which he retired about 8 years ago.

Mr. Schad pays off loyal members of the Amherst Democratic Committee by getting them jobs, mainly in the Election Bureau on Pearl St..  Another example of his special “placing” are the five new attorneys he placed as the lawyers for our town.  None of lawyers are qualified in Municipal law.  The money we pay for outside attorneys to handle our business is in the 100’s of thousands of dollars.

Yes, corruption is overflowing in Amherst from our Water Authority to the Amherst Committees. This is why I have declared my candidacy to run for Supervisor of Amherst.  I have been called the “Conscience of Amherst” because I believe the roots of corruption in Amherst can be rooted out by some good people of Amherst working with me and supporting me.

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Kentucky Derby Odds 2016: Nyquist Favored, But Betting Value Abounds for May 7 Race


Nyquist remains the betting favorite for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, but several other horses are also worth a look next week.

While the undefeated Nyquist remains the early betting favorite for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) at sportsbooks monitored by, there are 19 other contenders and plenty of betting value to be found as the Run for the Roses approaches.

We have seen betting favorites Orb, California Chrome and American Pharoah get the job done in the last three years, but I’ll Have Another (2012) at 15-1 and Animal Kingdom (2011) at 20-1 are recent winners and let’s not forget about Mine That Bird and Giacomo both paying over $100 to win in 2009 and 2005, respectively.

Florida Derby (G1) winner Nyquist is the current favorite at +300, but there are plenty of viable options other than backing the betting favorite at the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Exaggerator (+800) and Fountain of Youth (G2) victor Mohaymen (+1000) continue to be the second and third choices on the early Kentucky Derby betting lines.

Once we get beyond the top three it is difficult to separate the next half dozen contenders, and there will be plenty of betting value available come the first Saturday of May. Several contenders coming off victories in key prep races are going to be sent off at generous prices.

Creator won the Arkansas Derby (G1) in his last start, a race American Pharoah used last year as a springboard to sweeping the Triple Crown. The Steve Asmussen trainee is currently at early Kentucky Derby betting odds of +2000.

Outwork won the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct in his last outing, just his fourth career start. Trained by Todd Pletcher, who won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver, the colt is at early Kentucky Derby betting odds of +2000 as well.

 Brody’s Cause stamped his ticket to the Derby with his victory in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland in his last outing, bouncing back from a disappointing effort as the betting favorite in the Tampa Bay Derby. He can be had at +1200 in early Kentucky Derby betting.

Lani will attempt to become the first Japanese runner to win America’s most famous race. He earned his way into the field with his victory in the UAE Derby (G2) in Dubai and his race odds stand at +3300 at Kentucky Derby betting sites.

Toss in Mo Tom (+1600) who has had terrible trips in his last two starts, Whitmore (+3300) who ran credible without winning in his three prep races at Oaklawn Park, and My Man Sam (+2500) who was a fast closing second in the Blue Grass in his stakes debut, and we have a wide open edition of the two most exciting minutes in sports this year.

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