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Holiday Dinner Dance Featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band to Benefit Pet Connection

Tickets are now available for a Holiday Concert/Dinner Dance featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band that will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Tickets are just $25 per person and include dinner, entertainment, a basket auction and raffles. A special door prize of four Disney one-day park hopper passes valued at $544 will be given away. Tickets for the event are presale only and can be ordered by calling the shelter at 652-0192.

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Cheektowaga Dog Owners Seek Change In Law

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY -- "Why should we be different?" asked Tom Albrechcinski, who is leading an effort to get the Town of Cheektowaga to dissolve a long standing law which prohibits dogs, even those leashed by their owners, from being walked in town parks.

Albrechcinski's research indicates Cheektowaga (population 94,000) is the only major town in Western New York with such a prohibition in all of its parks.

"I'm a town taxpayer, ...why can't I go (to parks) with my dog? ...There's leash laws, and if all these other towns can handle the problem, why can't Cheektowaga?"

Albrechcinski lead a litter of fellow dog owners who appeared before the Cheektowaga Town Board Monday renewing a push be began earlier this year to allow dogs in the parks.

Fellow dog owner Linda Malobecki told the Town Board she believes dog owners would responsibly maintain their animals and clean up after them if they were allowed to walk them in town parks.

Newfane Grower Wins World Pumpkin Weigh-Off

CLARENCE, NY - Paul Schweigert of Newfane wins 2010 World Pumpkin Weigh-off with 1,070 pound pumpkin.

The World Pumpkin Weigh-off was started in 1982 and moved from Collins, NY to the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence in 1996. This years festivities had 13 entries, but none came close to the giant pumpkin that won.

John Sobieski of Grand Island won second place with his pumpkin, which weighed in at 860.5 pounds.

Schweigert credits the soil and the weather in Niagara County for his big win.

 

 

Newfane Grower Wins World Pumpkin Weigh-Off

CLARENCE, NY - Paul Schweigert of Newfane wins 2010 World Pumpkin Weigh-off with 1,070 pound pumpkin.

The World Pumpkin Weigh-off was started in 1982 and moved from Collins, NY to the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence in 1996. This years festivities had 13 entries, but none came close to the giant pumpkin that won.

John Sobieski of Grand Island won second place with his pumpkin, which weighed in at 860.5 pounds.

Schweigert credits the soil and the weather in Niagara County for his big win.

 

 

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Junior Achievement of WNY Receives Grant from Akron Schools for Economics Program

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Akron Central Schools is funding $6,000 worth of Junior Achievement’s (JA) financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness programs. In turn, Junior Achievement of Western New York will recruit volunteers and provide the materials for JA Company Program and JA Economics to be taught at Akron High School. 

The two programs will be presented to six 12th grade economics classes at Akron High School in the 2010-11 school year; three classes will receive the programs in the fall, and three classes will receive the programs in the spring.    

A Night to Shine: Help Discover a Cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute is known throughout the World for discovering medical breakthroughs in genetic research, making it the ideal venue for the 2010 A Night to Shine, Come Out and See the Stars charity gala. 

The event will be hosted by Suneel’s Light, a local non-profit foundation with the sole mission of raising funds for genetic research that will lead to the cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), while increasing public awareness of the genetic disease. A Night to Shine, formerly known as Tailgate for a Cure, is the Foundation’s major fundraiser of the year and will “shine brightly upon” the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Thursday, October 14th from 5:30 pm – 9 pm at the Hauptman Woodward Life Science Building 700 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY.  

Nationwide Prescription Medication Drop-Off Day A Success

WESTERN NEW YORK - The Drug Enforcement Administration is reporting that 3,280 lbs. of unneeded medications were safely disposed of Saturday as a result of 7 drug drops in Erie and Niagara Counties.

The DEA is anticipating that well over two tons of drugs will be safely incinerated at Coventa in Niagara Falls. Medications collected outside of Erie and Niagara County won't be tallied until Monday morning.

The 15 Western New York Collection sites were part of the DEA's national effort to rid our homes and communities of medications that can be misused and abused, particularly by teens.

The Drug Enforcement Administration wants you to hand over those old prescription pills, cough medicines, and other drugs that have been sitting in your medicine cabinet for years.

The DEA's Mark Caverly says it's a public health initiative amid concern about the growing misuse of prescription drugs, especially among kids 12 to 17 years old.