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Bills Honor High School Teams, Coaches

Two championship teams and the Buffalo Billss High School Coach of the year were honored before the start of Sunday's Bills Browns game.

The two teams recognized before Sunday's game were the Monsignor Martin A League champions Cardinal O'Hara and the Section 6 Class C champion Fredonia Hillbillies.

Outgoing Clarence coach Tom Goddard, who was the coach of the week in week two, was honored as the high school football coach of the year. Its the 14th year the Bills have honored the high school coach of the year. Each week during the 11 week season a committee appointed by the Bills selects a head football coach as Coach of the Week.  

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How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a ’95 Ford Contour 6 cylinder. Whenever I drive the car there is a humming or roaring noise in the front that gets louder on acceleration. Also, whenever I make a turn there’s a popping or grinding sound more pronounced on one side. What’s wrong?

Jeffrey from Lancaster, PA

Jeffrey,

Republican Caucus Announces Plan for Libraries to Receive $3 million in 2011

Republican Caucus Announces Plan for Libraries to Receive $3 million in 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Erie County Legislature’s Republican Caucus held a press conference on Dec. 12 at the Legislature Chambers to announce that a compromise has been reached with County Executive Chris Collins to secure and appropriate funding for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries. This funding will be a one-time transitional allotment to assist the library with creating efficiencies in their operations that restore hours to their branches.

The six-member Republican Caucus, led by Minority Leader John J. Mills, Orchard Park, and including Legislators Lynne Dixon, Hamburg; Dino Fudoli, Lancaster; Kevin Hardwick, Tonawanda; Edward Rath III, Amherst; and Ray Walter, Clarence;  announced the compromise will  provide $3 million of funding from unanticipated federal stimulus dollars. This revenue source was realized after the budget was submitted in the beginning of October, and therefore was not accessible to the County Executive earlier this year.

NYSERDA To Winterize Your Home

NYSERDA To Winterize Your Home

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is taking initiatives to make WNY homes more energy efficient this winter.

By offering up a contractor in WNY to do a walk through at local homes, or to walk through their pretend home at a training center, NYSERDA looks to offer tips on how to winterize your home to save the environment and your wallet. 

For more information visit www.getenergysmart.org.

NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 primarily as a research and development center whose main aim was to reduce the State’s petroleum consumption.  Today, NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment.

 

 

 

 

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DiNapoli: Your Money New York Website Helps Citizens Understand Local Government Budgets

DiNapoli: Your Money New York Website Helps Citizens Understand Local Government Budgets

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the release of a new Citizens’ Guide to Local Budgets available on his Your Money New York Web site that helps citizens understand how a local government budget is put together, how their tax dollars are being spent and evaluate whether the budget is a sound one.

  
“A local government budget can be difficult to understand for taxpayers,” DiNapoli said.  “New Yorkers should know where their tax dollars are going.

'Like’ the Food Bank of WNY

'Like’ the Food Bank of WNY

BUFFALO, NY – The Food Bank of Western New York is asking for help in a different way this winter.

In addition to cash and food donations, the Food Bank is asking that Western New Yorkers ‘like’ them; on Facebook that is.

“We are currently in the middle of a national in-store Walmart food drive,” Jeremy Juhasz, Social Media Coordinator for the Food Bank said. “The folks at Walmart have also set up a separate web site specifically for a complimentary Facebook competition among 100 markets spanning the nation.”

Facebook users choose to “support” a region, and Walmart will distribute $1.5 million to hunger relief organizations in those regions that finish 1-5. The Food Bank of WNY is part of those organizations listed underneath the Buffalo/Niagara Falls umbrella.

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New York State Fire Issues Safety Alert: Snow Increases Carbon Monoxide Hazard

New York State Fire Issues Safety Alert:  Snow Increases Carbon Monoxide Hazard

The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) today issued a Safety Alert  advising homeowners and businesses throughout New York State that heavy snowfall and drifting snow may create a new hazard:  carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, dangerous gas, commonly known as CO.

 State Fire Administrator Floyd A. Madison said that with the recent onslaught of lake-effect snows in western, central and northern portions of New York State, local fire agencies have reported an increase in calls about carbon monoxide detectors going off in homes. Madison said that the reason for these calls is that high snow drifts may be blocking furnace vents and air intakes in some homes, particularly those that have newer high-efficiency furnaces. 

“New, high efficiency furnaces vent out the side of a house rather than up through the roof,” Madison said.