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photoHere are a couple snapshots of Denis P. Guerin with his cool, custom Workcycles cargo trike. You can read all about how this enterprise came to be by checking out Newell Nussbaumer’s account over at Also visit Petrichor Flora on facebook.

They’re nice flowers, and very affordable. Great as an impulse buy if you see him on the street—or, for those of you who are even more romantically inclined, get in touch with him to see about arranging a delivery as you sit with your date at a sidewalk bistro. See phone number in the photo below.




Steam Donkeys Return to Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts This Saturday

The Steam Donkeys

The Steam Donkeys

Sixteen years ago, as things were winding down at the first Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts (EAFA), you may have noticed a grizzled group of veteran road dog musicians hanging out on the sidewalk around the now-defunct Quill’s Apothecary—drinking beer, picking guitars, banjos and mandolins, while a manic fiddler was sawing the horse hair off of his bow. That band was the Buffalo-based music act and global think tank known as the Steam Donkeys. And that impromptu hootenanny was what passed for the “after party” at the fledgling event. This year, the Steam Donkeys return with special, surprise guests to close Saturday’s festivities with a 7pm—8:30pm “After Party” performance on the Saint James Stage.

“Oh, it’ll be special, alright,” says Steam Donkeys front man and spokesperson Buck Quigley. “So special, and so surprising, that it would be unfair to even give a hint as to what we have planned. Let’s put it this way: We rarely plan anything—which makes the fact that in this case…where we actually have a plan…see, that’s special and surprising in and of itself.”

EAFA has grown steadily over the years to include a dizzying array of artists displaying their wares in several disciplines: ceramics, ditigal art, domestic crafts, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting/drawing, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, toys, and woodwork.

The ever-popular Kidsfest , between Auburn and Lancaster, will provide an outlet for the youngest artists in the crowd—where they can get busy enjoying the thrill of making stuff and getting their faces painted while taking in some fine entertainment to boot. There will be cultural row, on Breckenridge, where you can stop by and learn about…the culturals. Food truck alley will be on Auburn to the west of Elmwood. Environmental row is just south of Lafayette, while to the north of Lafayette will sit the Festival Cafe—featuring a long list of vendors to please everyone from the healthiest vegan to the happiest carnivore. At Lafayette and Auburn, local and regional brewers will be selling their artisanal beers. Community Beer Works has even cooked up a “festival only” brew.

And of course, there’s the music. Starting at the south end of the festival near West Ferry you’ll find the Dance Tent, which is an intimate space to catch a variety of acts starting at 10am Saturday and Sunday. Same goes for the 7-11 Stage (formerly the Wilson Farms Stage in those early years) and the Saint James Stage at the north end of the strip. Every hour on the hour a new act appears on each of the three stages—while on Sunday a cavalcade of dance troupes takes over the Saint James Stage.

The weekend is going to be a sight and sound extravaganza—fitting for an event that has grown to showcase the craftspeople, artists, musicians, businesses, families, friends and neighbors that make the Elmwood Village one of the most vibrant sections of town. Don’t miss it.

Download the entire performance schedule by clicking here.



Double Up Food Bucks WNY Expands to More Farmers Markets in 2015 Season




—-For Immediate Release—-


Buffalo, NY:

Field & Fork Network, a local non-profit organization, is thrilled to announce the expansion of their SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) incentive Double Up Food Bucks WNY to more farmers markets across the region this season. Families and individuals who rely on food assistance will have a little bit extra to spend this season on fresh New York State (NYS) grown fruits and vegetables from now until October 31, 2015 at 15 participating farmers markets across 5 WNY counties.

Double Up Food Bucks WNY is a robust SNAP incentive program that provides a $1 for $1 match – up to $20 per market visit per day – for anyone who chooses to spend their SNAP dollars at a participating farmers market. The Double Up Food Bucks incentive dollars can only be used to purchase NYS grown fruits and vegetables. In 2014, Field & Fork Network in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Harvest NY, piloted the Double Up Food Bucks program at 7 local farmers markets with outstanding results. There was a 219% increase in SNAP purchases and a 415% increase in overall food assistance purchases at participating farmers markets. There were over 3000+ SNAP transactions completed and more than 1,000+ new SNAP customers came out to the markets to shop during the 16 week pilot.

Many customers who used Double Up Food Bucks WNY during the 2014 pilot said they benefited from the program. More than 90% of customers surveyed said they were purchasing more fruits and vegetables and 93% of customers said they were eating more fruits and vegetables as a result of the program. Additionally, the Double Up Food Bucks WNY program allows for federal food assistance dollars to be redirected into the local food and farming community. More than 70% of participating farmers said they were making more money and 62% of farmers reported having a new customer base as a result of the program.

“We feel fortunate to bring a program like Double Up Food Bucks to WNY where there is a need for greater access to fresh, affordable foods in many of our urban and rural communities. And the redirection of federal food assistance dollars into our local food and agriculture economy and into the hands of our local farmers is a bonus!” states Lisa Tucker, Co-founder and Executive Director of Field & Fork Network.

The following philanthropic foundations and corporations provide funding for the Double Up Food Bucks WNY SNAP incentive program; the John R. Oshei Foundation, Univera Healthcare, Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, East Hill Foundation, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, First Niagara Foundation and M&T Bank.

The Double Up Food Bucks WNY is available from July 1, 2015-October 31, 2015. Below is a complete list of Double Up Food Bucks WNY participating farmers markets for 2015. For more information please visit

Double Up Food Bucks WNY Farmers Markets

Allegany County

Southern Tier Farmers Market – Belmont

32 Willets Avenue


Thursdays 11am-5pm

Cattaraugus County

Southern Tier Farmers Market – Franklinville

13 Park Square


Wednesdays 3pm-6pm


Southern Tier Farmers Market – Olean

1900 Constitution Avenue


Fridays 2pm-6pm


Southern Tier Farmers Market – Salamanca

12 Park Avenue


Tuesdays 11am-5pm


R.E.A.P. Olean Farmers Market

Walmart Plaza, 3142 W. State Street


Saturdays 8am-1pm


Chautauqua County

Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market

Cherry Street between 3rd & 2nd Streets



Thursdays 12pm-6pm

Fredonia Farmers Market

Church Street, Downtown Fredonia


Saturdays 9am-1pm


Erie County

Clinton Bailey Farmers Market

1443-1517 Clinton Street

Open Year-Round

Summer: May-November

Saturdays 6am-6pm

Sundays 8am-1pm

Mon-Fri 7am-6pm


Downtown Buffalo Country Market

Main Street between Court St. & Church St.


Tuesdays & Thursdays 8am-2:30pm


ECMC Farmers Market at Grider St.

Across the street from Erie County Medical Center


Fridays 10am-3pm


Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market

Corner of Elmwood Avenue & Bidwell Parkway


Saturdays 8am-1pm


Massachusetts Avenue Project – Mobile Market


MAP Farm Stand 389 Massachusetts Ave Tuesdays 4-7 pm

Gerard Place 2515 Bailey Ave Wednesdays 11am-1pm

FLARE 307 Leroy Ave Wednesdays 4-6 pm

Harmac Medical Products 2201 Bailey Ave Thursdays 11am-1pm

Elim Christian Fellowship 70 Chalmers Ave Thursdays 4-7 pm

The Salvation Army 960 Main St Fridays 11am-1pm


North Buffalo Farmers Market

1113 Hertel Avenue


Thursdays 3pm-7pm

Niagara County

Lockport Community Market

Historic Canal Street


Saturdays 9am-2pm


North Tonawanda Farmers Market

Robinson Street near Payne Avenue

Year Round

Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays 8am-1pm


GObike Buffalo Wants to Right-Size the Scajaquada

Click here to get up to speed with GObike Buffalo’s outreach to improve conditions on the expressway that bisects Delaware Park.

The Aesthetics of Motordom

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198 Goes to 30mph for Good

This just in from the It’s About Time Department: Assemblyman Sean Ryan is announcing that the 30mph speed limit imposed after the tragic accident on Ring Road in Delaware Park Saturday morning will be a permanent change. Click here to read the press release.




Buffalo’s Outer Harbor Update: It’s Everybody’s Waterfront

Peter Harnik Presents in Buffalo on May 6
by Alan Oberst

Peter Harnik

Peter Harnik

Peter Harnik literally wrote the book about urban parks. Several books, in fact. As director of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence, Harnik has become the nation’s leading expert on urban parks—accidentally, and on purpose. After co-founding the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and growing it to an organization of national stature, Harnik joined the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to consult on urban parks. But when Harnik couldn’t find the answer the simple question, “what is the largest urban park in the United States?” he realized his first task was collecting data. The published results of that two-year research project made Harnik and TPL the go-to source on parks in cities.

Peter Harnik will be speaking in Buffalo at six o’clock on May 6, at the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center. The presentation will be free, and the public is invited. Harnik was invited by the 21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor, an organization pursuing a modern realization of Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of a large park on Buffalo’s Lake Erie shoreline (that surprisingly forward-thinking vision, including wind-powered lighting, and access via electric water taxis, was put on hold by over a century of waterfront industrialization).

Harnik’s visit couldn’t come at a better time, for a city grappling with questions of what to do with, arguably, its most important public asset: its Great Lakes shoreline, located at a critical geographic and ecological crossroads. And in a city at a metaphorical crossroads, turning the page on decades of disinvestment that resulted in dilapidation and depredations in what was once a forward-thinking, world-leading parks system. Ominously, in Harnik’s latest book, Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities, Buffalo is literally the last word, in the last table, in the last appendix, of the book’s last page: Our Fair City is dead last among our nation’s large cities in per-capita parks spending—at half the spending of our nearest competitor for that dubious honor (based on 2007 data). Seeing that helped me understand what Patrick Whalen of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus said to parks advocates: it can be a challenge to recruit top talent to Buffalo, in part because we don’t have the amenities of many large cities. Buffalo may be the only large city on the Great Lakes without a large park on its Great Lake.

Harnik should be well-positioned to give us insight on these matters, as his books are chock full of not only data, but examples and case studies of innovative park projects, and funding arrangements—some of which his organization has helped broker. He also speaks to the ever-broadening concept of “park,” from natural areas with little human presence other than hikers and birdwatchers, to “placemade” public spaces. All these are factors in what we do with Everybody’s Waterfront—our Outer Harbor. We can’t afford to get this wrong, and if Harnik has anything to do with it, we won’t.

More information click here.

Fourth Annual Community Baby Shower

Here’s a press release from the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County:

BUFFALO, N.Y.– Donation of diapers, wipes, digital thermometers and other essential items for Erie County’s tiniest residents are being sought as part of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s Community Baby Shower that kicked off April 1st and runs through May 6. The Baby Shower is a community-wide effort to collect essential baby items to help at-risk mothers provide their babies a stronger start in life and to provide the support both moms and newborns need for a healthy beginning. Items collected will benefit the constituents of three United Way funded non-profit agencies serving young families including Catholic Charities of Buffalo WIC program; Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network; and the Jericho Road Community Health Center Priscilla Project.

In Erie County, thousands of babies are born into poverty and many face health risks due to a lack of prenatal care. Each week 9 babies are born to women receiving no or late prenatal care; 22 are born pre-term; 16 are low birth weight and one will not survive to reach one year of age.

Local companies and residents are encouraged to host a Baby Shower with friends, family, neighbors or co-workers to collect new baby supplies or financial donations to help give newborns and moms support for a healthy beginning. The United Way has set a goal of filling 1,000 gift bags that will be distributed to new moms throughout Erie County.
Brand new baby items can be dropped off at the United Way offices at 742 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo through May 6. The most needed essential items for families with new babies include diapers, baby sleep sacks, baby wipes, and digital thermometers. However, all donations of new baby items as well as cash donations or gift cards will be gratefully accepted. Each mom will receive a copy of United Way’s Resources for Caregivers, Helping Loved Ones at all Stages of Life, a convenient guide to healthcare and non-profit organizations that may be of assistance to new moms and their babies.

According to Michael Weiner, United Way president and CEO, “Being a new mom can be stressful enough without the added burden of poverty or health concerns as a result of a pre-term or low birth weight baby. Many items that middle class families take for granted may make a tremendous difference to these stressed families. Based on the response we have received in previous years, we are confident that the Western New York Community will demonstrate their generosity and support these young families to help moms provide a strong and healthy start for her newborn.“

Introduced in 2012 as part of United Way’s mission to improve health and wellness in the community, the event is sponsored by Erie County Medical Center, WKBW Channel 7 and Townsquare Media.

For more information on how to host a Baby Shower, to sign up as a host, and see the wish list, visit United Way can provide hosts with promotional materials and speakers for their event.

If you or someone you know is an expectant mother in need of assistance, contact Western New York 2-1-1 for information on available services (dial 2-1-1 or 1-888-696-9211).

Help Polonia Churches


Screen-Captures1Buffalo, NY – March 12, 2015–A crowdfunding effort is underway to raise money for churches in East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia during the Easter season. The fundraiser was started by the group Broadway Fillmore Alive after media reports of churches struggling to keep up with high utility bills during this unusually cold winter.

The group is selling polish themed t-shirts and hoodies online. The goal is to raise to between $2000 and $3000 to split evenly between Corpus Christi, Saint Stanislaus and Saint John Kanty/Saint Adalbert churches to help offset the high heating and electric costs.

On the Broadway Fillmore Alive website, organizer Christopher Byrd wrote, “The churches of East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia are the epicenter of Polish culture in Western New York. They struggle paying their bills–especially during the winter season. After I read a Buffalo News story about how the winter has impacted the finances of some the neighborhood churches, a light bulb went off above my head. I decided to start a t-shirt fundraiser. The Easter season brings out the Polish Pride in everyone. The shirt features a buffalo with Polish colors and has the words “Polska Buffalo” under it. I don’t know how much money can be raised. But I do know that any amount will help.”

The campaign will run through March 27, 2015. More information about the effort can be found here.

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