June 29, 2012

Come One, Come All! This upcoming seminar is perfect for anyone looking to purchase their first home! 

June 20, 2012

Buffalo the Beautiful Poetry Contest

Think your neighborhood has got it going on? Tell us about it!

At NHS of South Buffalo, we listen to what you, the community, need, want, and think. Now we want to celebrate our great neighborhood with words from you!

Residents of all ages are invited to submit a poem or multiple poems -- any style, any theme, any length. The winning poems and poets will receive a new CFL light bulb and be featured in our August Newsletter.

Send in your work before July 31st. Please include where you live (which we won't share or use without your permission) and your name.

By mail or in person:
1937 South Park Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213

By email:

Remember, it's your neighborhood, your poem, and your words. Be expressive!

June 12, 2012

A Brief History of Radon

Radon gas is dangerous, especially in mines. Way back in 1530, centuries before we even knew radioactivity was a thing, German scholars were writing about a mysterious wasting disease (possibly lung cancer) afflicting miners.

In 1900, radon was the fifth radioactive element identified. It's parent element, radium, had been discovered two years before. Since radium had a faint white glow, it began to be used for watch faces. About 4,000 women--known as the Radium Girls--were hired to carefully paint a mix of glue, water, and radium powder onto the watch dials. These women each painted about 250 watches a day, licking the radioactive brushes to keep their tips sharp and painting their nails or faces for a bit of fun.

June 7, 2012

Two Assessments, One Happy Home

The goal of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is for houses to receive both energy efficiency and health and safety improvements. In fact, we've already had to exclude nine homes because they didn't need weatherization!

June 5, 2012

The ABCs of Recycling

One boy shows off his picture of his home
Today was a special day for me. I got to leave the office. Not only that, but in exchange for my desk and internet access I got to visit one of our local daycare centers and spend my morning talking with kids about recycling! My arms loaded with library books, coloring sheets, letters to the parents and directions, I headed out.