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Bob Confer
Works at Confer Plastics, Inc.
Attended SUNY Brockport
Lives in Gasport, NY 14067, United States
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Here's our annual report for the Iroquois Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America -- a great staff (in our offices and our camps) and hundreds of volunteers are doing great work in preparing young men for a lifetime of leadership and service
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Niagara County deer hunters were incredibly frustrated last season as the DEC had imposed doe-only hunts on periods of the season that had been revered for getting trophy bucks. Now, the DEC is re-thinking that plan and wants your feedback. That's the subject of this week's installment of my nature/outdoors column for East Niagara Post
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My opinion column for the Greater Niagara Newspapers looks at astro-tourism and why New York should capitalize on it
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For the second week in a row, my Greater Niagara Newspapers opinion column has an agricultural theme to it. This time around, I look at a bill proposed by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner that would limit the liability placed on agritourism and other interactive direct-to-consumer operations of farming. If you value the health of places like Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards​, the local u-pick, or Tim Buhr's Christmas Trees​, know that this bill is critical to their legal and financial well-being
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Due to our snow-free winter, local birdwatchers have been able to see quite a few northern harriers ("marsh hawks") gliding over local fields. My nature column for East Niagara Post looks at this beautiful hawk that was once common on the Niagara Frontier
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Skywatchers in the Northeast will have a good chance to see Comet Catalina (with binoculars) over the next few weeks. For the next few days it will be especially easy to find due to its location. Here's my column about finding the Comet for East Niagara Post
Last week's installment of this column looked at the various heavenly sights that the backyard astronomer can enjoy in 2016. I noted that it will be a relatively quiet year in that regard, with 2017 more than making up for it. But, that doesn't mean the skies will be devoid of amazing things in ...
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What sort of crazy world do we live in? Central banks (like our own Federal Reserve) are using or considering negative interest rates. Would you as a holder of a bank account PAY a bank to hold on to your money? You might have to if this economic policy comes to America. My newest column for the Greater Niagara Newspapers:
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On June 27th we will be hosting the first-ever Confer Plastics Classic Golf Tournament at Willowbrook Golf Course in Lockport. Proceeds from what will be an annual event will go to the Iroquois Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves nearly 2,000 cub scouts, boy scouts, and explorers from eastern Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming counties. Later this week, we will be posting and sending out registration forms for individual/group golfers as well as information about corporate sponsorships. In the meantime, please "like" the Classic's brand new Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ConferClassic/. It promises to be a fun event that will go a long ways in supporting the Council in its quest to transform young men into great, high character leaders.
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In this week's nature column for East Niagara Post​ I look at the sudden and steep decline in wild turkey populations in the area
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Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo​ released a report indicating that it was a Golden Era for agriculture in New York. It's not. His report looked at 2014. Last year was a nightmare for local farmers and 2016 will be more of the same. I address this in my opinion column for the Greater Niagara Newspapers
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Niagara County schools are heading into a major crisis as enrollment is dropping to lows not seen since before the Baby Boom. What does the future hold for schools like Roy-Hart, Barker and Newfane? That is the question posed by my opinion column for the Greater Niagara Newspapers
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If you read my column a few weeks ago, you now know that Bernadette and I started on the path to adoption in hopes of expanding our family. We are taking the agency route AND going with private track. Yesterday, I created a website that looks at Bernadette and me (and Alex), so expectant mothers placing their baby in adoption can get to know us and perhaps choose the Confer household as the forever home for their little one. If you are involved with any faith-based groups or social services organizations that come into contact with any mothers who have to make such a difficult decision, please share the website: http://bobandbernadopt.weebly.com/
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    Vice-President, 1993 - present
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I’m the VP of the family business, Confer Plastics, Inc. which has two facilities located in North Tonawanda and Niagara Falls, New York. The company has been in operation since 1973.

I work with 170 great people and we make a wide variety of products ranging from consumer goods to industrial products to national defense items. Kayaks, mannequins, sleds, and swimming pool ladders are just a few of the things we make.All of our products are proudly made in the USA and are sold all over the world. For complete information about the company visit http://www.conferplastics.com/

Since July of 2005 I have written a weekly opinion column for the four newspapers that make up the Greater Niagara Newspapers in Niagara & Orleans counties in Western New York. These columns look at issues in government and economics (local, state, national, and international) with a common sense approach, focusing on small government and personal & economic liberty (and responsibility!). You can read all of my columns online at my website, http://BobConfer.net/

In a similar vein, since July of 2009 I have written the occasional column for the online and print versions of the New American which is the official magazine of the John Birch Society. These columns, national and international in scale, follow the same approach I take with my newspaper columns and fit nicely with the Society's mission of "Less Government, More Responsibility, and — With God's Help — a Better World." You can read these columns at my website or at http://thenewamerican.com/

In July of 2014 I began writing a weekly nature & science column for East Niagara Post. Called "Exploring the Niagara Frontier", it focuses on the plants, animals, geological features and nature trails in eastern Niagara County. The Post's website is: http://www.eastniagarapost.com/

When I'm not working or analyzing the world in which we live my interests include: spending time with the family, fishing, hunting, camping, observing wildlife, ham/CB radio, and attending Brockport college hockey games.

I also volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. I am the President of the Iroquois Trail Council which serves 2,000+ youth in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Orleans and Eastern Niagara Counties.

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    Business, 1993 - 1996
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