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From Business Today:Beer lovers have something to celebrate. The growler has come to Western New York in a big way. Consumers Beverage and a couple of other places have been offering  the fill-your-own half-gallon containers of beer for a few years, but now the Sunoco APlus stores have gotten into the act. The convenience stores have 12 taps of micro brewery suds. Sun…

Today's MoneySmart tip of the day: Ordering your prescriptions through an insurance-approved mail order supplier could save you hundreds of dollars per year.

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From Business Today:  M&T Bank sent a letter of intent to buy HSBC Bank USA's former data center on Park Club Lane in Amherst. M&T said it will use it as its primary data center to support future growth. If the sale goes through, the building would house M&T's computer operations. M&T's current data center, at 626 Commerce Drive in Amhe…

Today's MoneySmart tip of the day:   To separate the yolks from several eggs at once, crack them into a colander and catch the whites in a bowl underneath.

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From Business Today: Who knew there was so much opportunity surrounding artificial turf? Cheektowaga company A-Turf recently won the contract to replace the turf at Ralph Wilson Stadium with a winning bid of $178,000. The old stuff, which is like new, is being hauled away and stored while Erie County Executive Chris Collins takes proposals from non-profits, schools and mu…

Today's MoneySmart tip of the day:   Reader Lynne Forsberg in Erie County suggests dropping off your old magazines in hospital waiting rooms. Just be sure to tear off your address label first. Thanks, Lynne!

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From Business Today: Savers, an international, for-profit chain of secondhand thrift stores, opened its first Western New York store in Hamburg last week. Its entry into the local scene has some charities nervous. Savers partners locally with the Epilepsy Association of Western New York, collects donated items on its behalf, pays it for the donations, then resel…

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From Business Today: Right about now, recent college graduates are staring down a mountain of debt and looking at years of student loan payments. In today's MoneySmart section, experts explain why it's important to make payments on time and offer tips on how to start making payments without digging yourself further into the hole.   A former French exchange…

Here's a coupon for $1.00 off $5.00 worth of produce at Wegmans, brought to our attention by a reader named Barbara.

Joe Rosen of Dunkirk saves the plastic hanging baskets his flowers come in. He drills a hole in the bottom, adds soil and a tomato plant and has something very similar to the Topsy Turvy planter advertised on television.

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From Business Today: Protesters hit the streets Wednesday to tell National Fuel it didn't like the way it was using their money. Ratepayers said the company uses too much of its $10.04 million Conservation Incentive Program funds to buy advertising. If the company were really concerned about conservation, protesters said, it should put more of that…

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From Business Today: After a rash of devastating Fourth of July fires, a Western New Yorker's invention seems especially sound. Al Shaw, president of Butterfly Safety Products, invented the Butterfly Smoke Seal. Made of high-temperature cloth, it is made to slip beneath a door to keep smoke and poisonous gases out. The barrier is meant to buy time in the case someone…