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Western New York Land Conservancy to Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation Success at Annual Gala

Western New York Land Conservancy to Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation Success at Annual Gala

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host its annual gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Golden Ballroom at Statler City, celebrating 25 years of conserving our region’s special places. The regional land trust and its thousands of supporters have saved more than 6,000 acres of forests, wetlands, meadows and farms in the eight counties of Western New York since 1991. These places include, among many others, the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston, Niagara Escarpment Preserve in Lockport, Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales, Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora and farmland throughout the region. These places are protected forever because of the Land Conservancy and the efforts of its members. 

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Tax Professionals: Monitor Your PTIN for Suspicious Activity

Tax preparers can help protect clients and their businesses from identity theft by checking their PTIN Accounts to ensure the number of returns filed using their identification number matches IRS records.

Criminals are increasingly targeting tax professionals, not only to steal client data but also to steal the professionals’ data such as PTINs, EFINs or e-Service passwords. The IRS has teamed up with state tax agencies and the tax industry for a “Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself” campaign to help increase awareness among tax professionals.

The IRS offers many preparers the ability to monitor “Returns Filed Per PTIN.” This information is available in the online PTIN system for tax return preparers who meet both of the following criteria. You must have:

Audubon Needs Volunteers for Saturday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Audubon Needs Volunteers for Saturday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is looking for more volunteers to help visitors celebrate the life and migration of Monarch Butterflies at this Saturday’s (August 27) Monarch Butterfly Festival.  

While many volunteers have already signed up, a few more are needed to ensure that the festival’s many visitors all have an outstanding experience.

A number of job slots need filling at the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event. These include children’s crafts, admissions, butterfly room and caterpillar monitors, distributing insect nets, and kitchen staff.

Help is needed on Friday (August 26) as well to cut and arrange flowers for the indoor butterfly garden and to set up the children’s crafts room.

In addition to the reward of bringing joy to so many, especially children, all volunteers get free admission to the festival and a complimentary meal ticket.  

Busy Month Ushers in Autumn Season at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Busy Month Ushers in Autumn Season at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Four events during the month of September will welcome the new season at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

The calendar kicks off with a Civil War Symposium from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. This year’s event will highlight the 100th New York Infantry Regimen and will honor the soldiers, families and descendants from this Western New York regiment. Guests will enjoy artifacts and informational displays in the Shaw Exhibit Building as well as a guest speaker! The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for military personnel and seniors, and $4 for children under 12. Children 3 and under are admitted free. 

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Five Tax Tips about Hobbies that Earn Income

Millions of people enjoy hobbies. Hobbies can also be a source of income. Some of these types of hobbies include stamp or coin collecting, craft making and horse breeding. You must report any income you get from a hobby on your tax return. How you report the income from hobbies is different from how you report income from a business. There are special rules and limits for deductions you can claim for a hobby. Here are five basic tax tips you should know if you get income from your hobby:

History Walk Planned at Stella Niagara Preserve

History Walk Planned at Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will be hosting a special history walk at the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston on Saturday, Aug. 27. The hike will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. and will be led by Karen Noonan, a member of the Town of Porter Historical Society and the Youngstown Heritage Tours and Tourism Committee. Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com (search keywords “Stella Niagara Preserve”). All proceeds will support the work of the Western New York Land Conservancy.

The Stella Niagara Preserve was permanently protected last year when the Land Conservancy purchased the property from the Sisters of St. Francis. The property is located on the Niagara County Historic Trail and is part of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. 

Hall of Famer Bill Polian to Sign Autographs at Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Hall of Famer Bill Polian to Sign Autographs at Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Bill Polian, the former general manager of the Buffalo Bills known as the architect of the city’s Super Bowl era teams, will visit Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles in Cheektowaga for an autograph-signing event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17. Bases Loaded is located at 794 French Road, between Union and Transit roads.

A Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame inductee in 2012 and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2015, Polian is also known for his work with the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. He currently serves as an NFL analyst for ESPN.