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Parkview Bridge in Akron Reopens

Bridge had been closed for more than seven years

Erie County Executive Chris Collins is pleased to announce the Parkview Bridge in Akron Falls Park has been rebuilt and is now reopened to traffic.

The original picturesque bridge was built in 1933. After years of deterioration, it was determined the bridge was no longer safe, and it was closed in May of 2003. Erie County’s Public Works Department, led by Commissioner Jerry Sentz, awarded a contract to Cold Spring Construction Company to build a replica of the historic bridge in May of last year.

 The span is 159 feet long and is used by about 1,600 vehicles per day as well as pedestrians.

 County Executive Collins said, “I’m thrilled the County was able to rebuild this replica of the original Parkview Bridge in Akron. Akron Falls is a beautiful County park, and this bridge reopening will make it easier for taxpayers to access all that this park has to offer."

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Pet Connection Announces Special Events for September

Pet Connection Programs, Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of September.

Pet totes and other goodies will be available for sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 4 and 25 in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, on the first floor near Sears.

Beginning at noon on September 18, Pet Connection will hold a Chicken BBQ at the Bowen Grove Shelter, Bowen and Broadway, Lancaster. This event will feature Big Belly BBQ, voted the number one BBQ in Western New York!

Police Ask for Help in Solving Theft

CLARENCE-The New York State Police are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect who stole at TV and DVD player from a Clarence department store.

The male made off with a Vizio 26-inch HDTV on August 14 around 10 am. He fled the scene in a black Mercury Mountaineer. The suspect had covered the license plate.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 759-6831.

Buffalo Area Church Group Witnesses Ohio Plane Crash

TOLEDO, OH -- A ferry boat crew member in Ohio says he helped pull four people to safety after their plane landed on Lake Erie.

Jake Market says the only injury among the four appeared to be scratches on one woman's leg.

A church group on retreat from the Chapel at Crosspointe in Getzville witnessed the crash and then videotaped the dramatic sinking of the plane and rescue of the passengers.

The Cessna 210 single engine plane was approaching a small airfield Friday on South Bass Island, about midway between Toledo and Cleveland. Witnesses say it skipped across the water, coming to rest about 100 yards from a boat dock near the island.

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Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

Celebrate Local Heroes - Building Homes For Heroes

My name is Stacey Benson and I am currently helping to bring awareness to the 
Western New York area about Building Homes for Heroes, which is a NY state 
based organization and 501(c)(3).

I am a military wife of 8 years and this organization really hits home with 
me.  As my husband served his time over seas during the war, I was constantly 
afraid of "getting the call" or the dreaded "knock at the door" giving me bad 
news of injuries or even worse death.  One organization is doing everything 
in their power to help those who have returned from war severely wounded and 
that organization is Building Homes for Heroes.

Building Homes for Heroes is currently raising money to build a war hero, 
Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, NY, a new home suitable for 
his massive injuries, with an estimated building cost of $500,000.

Urgent: Pet Connection Needs Your Help!

Do to a manufacturing mix-up, Pet Connection Programs Inc. is in urgent need of reusable grocery-style bags for the Erie County Fair. The bags are then filled with pet supplies and sold to Fairgoers to raise funds for the nonprofit animal shelter in Marilla. Unfortunately, only 200 bags have arrived so far, and they sold out the very first day of the Fair.

 If you can help with a donation of new bags, please call Joe Kirchmyer at 997-0152.