Important Issue For All New Yorkers– Fracking

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Don’t forget there is an anti-fracking meeting tonight in the Spot Coffee shop at Main and Union at 7 p.m.  It should be a very informative strategy session.  Please come if you can.

Although many human and natural activities result in habitat fragmentation, gas exploration and development activity can be extreme in their effect on the landscape.  Numerous secondary roads and pipeline networks crisscross and subdivide habitat structure.  Landscape disturbance associated with shale-gas development infrastructure directly alters habitat through loss, fragmentation, and edge effects, which in turn alters the flora and fauna dependent on that habitat.  The fragmentation of habitat is expected to amplify the problem of total habitat area reduction for wildlife species, as well as contribute towards habitat degradation.

The effect of fracking on our drinking water has been shown to be contaminated.  Several scientific labs and colleges like Duke, Harvard and others have proven our drinking water is being filled with dangerous chemicals.

 

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TELL THE BLM: DON’T FRACK OUR PUBLIC WILDLAND

Center for Biological Diversity

Wed, Dec 12, 2012
9:00 AM

Fracking rigCalifornia’s wildlife and biodiversity urgently need your help. On Dec. 12 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will put more than 17,000 acres of California public wildlands up for auction and throw it open to oil and natural gas drilling and fracking.

Fracking hurts both people and wildlife. It threatens our climate by releasing large quantities of methane and makes previously inaccessible fossil fuels available for combustion.

The BLM plans to auction off the rights to drill and frack our public land. The Center for Biological Diversity is organizing a creative protest to tell the BLM: “Don’t Frack Our Public Wildlands,” and we want you to join us.

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ADC Meeting February 19th,at Dandelions

Come meet and talk with Hon. Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday at the ADC meeting.
Our February ADC Meeting will be at 7:30 pm. on February 19 at Dandelions at 1340 N. Forest Road, [in the meeting room just past the bar].

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration For Assemblyman Ray Walter

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Honoring Assemblyman Ray Walter

Saturday, March 8, 2014
5:30-8 PM
N. Bailey Fire Company, 966 Sweet Home Road

$35 Person/ $60 Family

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Can You Believe This?

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I am sure you have heard by now the Governor’s proposal that was made to give taxpayer-subsidized college classes to inmates at 10 state prisons.

I have been outspoken against this issue because I feel, along with many Western New Yorker’s that we should put the needs of hardworking, law-abiding citizens who are positively contributing to society first. I will continue to fight for the reinstatement of TAP funds before I even begin to entertain the idea of supporting this program.

That is why I am asking you to sign my petition.
 “Say ‘NO’ To Free College For Prisoners

You can sign by clicking the image below:

SAY “NO” TO FREE COLLEGE FOR PRISONERS

Please remember to share this with your friends. People in our state want their voices heard. 

I plan to gather the names of people from Western New York and across this state who sign this petition against giving free college to prisoners in order to show Governor Cuomo and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Albany that there is significant opposition to utilizing the tax dollars of hardworking New Yorkers in such a manner.

Thank you,

Mark Grisanti

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Flesh Eating Developers Are Taking Our Property And Then Say, “Take Us To Court”

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There is a poison eating away at what was once our quaint Village of Williamsville and all of Amherst.  Our village may soon be flooded with 4 to 6 story buildings.  There will be more on both sides of Main Street in our village in the not too distant future.

I have asked the Town Board to inform the public when they are informed as to when developments will be built.  The Town Board must inform the residents so they can be prepared as to WHAT action they want to take, if any.

The words fair and truth are what the people of Amherst and Williamsville want to hear and must have.  As of now the Planning and Building Departments have information about new developments which the citizens of Amherst know nothing about.  This type of development is like a flesh eating predator that grabs a piece of your future; your dreams, and devours it.

When the people Village of Williamsville and the Town of Amherst wake up in the morning what will they see?  They will see building teams constructing some sort of ediface being put up in their own back yard.  They need earlier notification of what is coming down the pipe.

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Amhersttimes.com – Back On Line 12/18/14

We’ve been off-line the last few days because my wife and I were in Pittsburgh watching our grandson in a hockey tournament.  Today, Tuesday, Feb.18th, we are back on-line.

 

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NYS Lifetime Adventure License Series

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Dear Fellow New Yorker,

Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the New York State Adventure License Series, a new promotional effort to provide New Yorkers and visitors the opportunity to purchase lifetime licenses to fish, hunt and visit New York State Parks. This is part of the State’s efforts to boost tourism and enhance recreational opportunities across the state for outdoor enthusiasts. Click here to learn more.

Visit the new online licensing portal – www.licensecenter.ny.gov – to purchase a lifetime license or to learn more about the Adventure License Series.

New York’s Lifetime Adventure License Series will provide many benefits including:

  • Lifetime Hunting License: $535 for small/big game
    A lifetime hunting license allows holders to hunt across millions of acres of majestic wild lands in New York while saving on the costs of an annual license.
  • Lifetime Fishing License: $460
    A lifetime fishing license provides a lifetime of fishing on more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 7,000 lakes and ponds while saving on the cost of an annual license.
  • Lifetime Empire Passport: $750 with special offer
    The Lifetime Empire Passport allows holders to enjoy the forests, the seashore, and the lakefronts in New York’s state parks for years and years to come while saving on the cost of an annual license. In addition, as a free one-time special bonus, purchasers will be able to select from any one of the following: a free week of camping, a free round of golf for four, or a $100 State Parks gift card.

As part of the initiative, the Governor unveiled nine new license plate designs available for free exclusively to those buying new lifetime hunting, fishing, or parks licenses in 2014. Click here to see the designs.

In addition, New York residents who have lifetime licenses now have the opportunity to receive an Adventure License, which consolidates all their recreational licenses and benefits on to their New York State Driver’s License.

“We are excited to offer New Yorkers and visitors the opportunity to enjoy and explore the Empire State’s great outdoors for a lifetime,” Governor Cuomo said.

Sincerely,

Office of the Governor

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Internet Outages from Snowstorm Could Force People to Interact with Other People, Officials Warn

by Andy Borowitz
WASHINGTON – As the furious winter storm continues to batter the East Coast, federal disaster officials warned that Internet outages caused by the storm could force people to interact with other people for the first time in years. News of the possible interpersonal interactions created panic up and down the coast as residents braced themselves for awkward silences and unwanted eye contact. A FEMA spokesman offered this advice: “Be prepared. Write down possible topics to talk about in advance. Sports is a good one, and of course the weather. Remember, a conversation is basically a series of Facebook updates strung together.”
Internet Outages from Snowstorm Could Force People to Interact with Other People, Officials WarnWASHINGTON – As the furious winter storm continues to batter the East Coast, federal disaster officials warned that Internet outages caused by the storm could force people to interact with other people for the first time in years. News of the possible interpersonal interactions created panic up and down the coast as residents braced themselves for awkward silences and unwanted eye contact. A FEMA spokesman offered this advice: “Be prepared.  Write down possible topics to talk about in advance.  Sports is a good one, and of course the weather.  Remember, a conversation is basically a series of Facebook updates strung together.”

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EC DEP, Partners Announce 2nd Annual Rain Barrel Competition

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Creative & Colorful Environmental Contest Promotes Earth Day Education, Conservation 

Competition Open to Students in Erie, Niagara Counties; 25 Schools Participated in 2013

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning (“DEP”) and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. have announced that the  2014 Earth Day Rain Barrel painting contest is now open and taking registrations from interested schools, clubs, and youth organizations in Erie and Niagara counties. Working around the theme “Rainwater is a Resource, Not Just Runoff “, competing teams will design and paint their own rain barrels in a judged competition with prizes for the top four designs. In 2013, 25 area middle- and high schools took part in the inaugural competition, which served as both an observation of Earth Day and as a demonstration of a practical way for individuals to make an environmental difference in their own lives.

“This is an excellent way for students to learn about reducing pollution caused by stormwater runoff and the reuse of materials for conservation of our natural resources,” said Erie County Executive Mark CPoloncarz.  “We must protect and preserve our environment and natural resources for ourselves and for future generations, and it is encouraging to see young people taking an active role in doing so. These barrels are fun to design and paint, while also teaching a good lesson, and I want to thank the Department of Environment & Planning, Coca-Cola Bottling, and their partners for bringing the contest back in 2014.”

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. will donate the barrels and cash prizes ranging from $250-$750 for the top four designs. The completed rain barrels will be used to capture rain water at schools and other community locations and also to educate the public about reducing stormwater pollution in our local streams, rivers and lakes.

“For the second consecutive year, we are excited to see the creativity of our community,” said Pat Greco, Director of Operations, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. “Last year, we saw incredible artwork on display. This year, we are privileged to provide another opportunity to get more people interested in water conservation and sustainability, a core commitment at Coca-Cola.”

Erie County DEP is also partnering with the Western New York Stormwater Coalition and the Erie County Water Quality Committee to raise awareness of water pollution prevention through this fun and educational competition.

For more information and to register for the 2014 Earth Day Rain Barrel Painting contest, visit  http://www2.erie.gov/environment/index.php?q=rain-barrel-contest

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