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Congressman Higgins Outlines Next Steps at Canal Side, Outer Harbor

Congressman Moves Forward with Plan to Enhance Public Space, Connect Waterfront & Drive Economic Growth

Standing along the Erie Canal Commercial Slip, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) outlined his plan for next steps in Buffalo’s waterfront development.  The Congressman formally submitted the plan to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) after receiving Bass Pro’s July 29, 2010 letter “withdrawing from further consideration of this (Canal Side) development” and has been working on implementing components of his plan over the last several weeks.

“Western New York has an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary resources to remake its waterfront,” said Higgins.  “By making the necessary investments in public infrastructure we set the stage for long-term private sector investment.”

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

Kenmore Mercy Hospital spices up "Go Green" efforts with rooftop herb garden

The Food & Nutrition Department at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, is spicing up their “Go Green” efforts this summer with the establishment of a rooftop garden. The garden will produce fresh, locally and organically grown herbs and tomatoes for use in recipes for patients, visitors and staff.  

“Because the hospital uses substantial quantities of food, we have made a commitment to sustainable cuisine,” said Kathy McAlpine, Food Services manager at Kenmore Mercy. “The herb garden serves as an extension of the hospital’s Go Green program.”

Kenmore Mercy is growing a variety of culinary herbs including cilantro, basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley, as well as grape tomatoes.  These staples were selected for planting by the hospital’s chefs – Sue Battaglia, Joel Hauer, Vinny Richter and Rob Clark – who also tend the garden.

UB School of Architecture to Get Its Own Redesign

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo has announced a restoration and renewal project for the School of Architecture and Planning on the university's South Campus.  

The school is housed in Hayes Hall and Crosby Hall -- two of the most historic structures and iconic buildings at UB. Through the utilization of New York State critical maintenance funds, this $50 million project will preserve the historic exteriors of the buildings while creating academic spaces befitting a 21st century school of architecture and planning.

"This is an inspiring initiative," said Brian Carter, dean of the UB School of Architecture and Planning.