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Erie County Recognized as "Storm Ready"

Officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service announced Monday that Erie County has been recognized as “storm ready.” 

The following is information provided by Erie County:

The County had to meet a set of rigorous criteria to receive the designation.  The County’s Emergency Services Department established a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center, developed numerous ways to receive severe weather forecasts and to alert the public, created a system to monitor local weather conditions and developed a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. 

County Executive Chris Collins said, “Our Emergency Services Department in Erie County, led by Commissioner Greg Skibitsky, regularly trains for all types of emergency situations and natural disaster responses.  Their impressive response to the October storm of 2006 and the floods in Gowanda last year in August are

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Coach Goddard Previews Red Devils

Head coach Tom Goddard previews the Clarence Red Devils season.


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ASPCA's $100K Challenge

BUFFALO, NY - This Sunday marks the official start to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals $100K Challenge to Save More Lives.

Back in April, shelter contestants across the country started working tirelessly to save at least 300 hundred more animals than they did over the same three month period in 2009.

The shelter that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during that three-month period over the last year will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work. A second grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the shelter that does the best job of engaging its community in helping to save more lives.

I-90 Reopened After Tanker Truck Fire

DEPEW, NY-NITTEC says the both directions of the Thruway beyond exit 49 have been reopened following an afternoon truck fire.

Eastbound lanes in that area were also closed for a short time while the fire was put out.

Despite all lanes being open, officials say there could be some traffic back ups as a result.

Stay tuned to wgrz.com for updates on this story as they develop.

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New Lancaster Park Honors Veterans, Heroes

LANCASTER, N.Y. - Russell Salvatore bought an acre and a half of land in front of his new restaurant and hotel on Transit Road in Lancaster so no one would build in front of him. He had originally wanted to put a shopping plaza there. But he said instead, he got the idea to create a park for people to visit.

The sod was just laid down Thursday on what he calls "Patriots and Heroes Park". There are benches and old fashioned street lamps. And by the end of the month, a monument will be there, dedicated to veterans and heroes in our everyday lives.

2 On Your Side's Josh Boose asked Salvatore how he chose the name.

AARP/Walgreens Offers Health Screenings and Services

The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is on the second leg of its two-year national health screening tour with the goal of providing more than $60 million worth of free health screenings in more than 3,000 communities across the nation.

Health workers perform a battery tests which check: total cholesterol level, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels waist circumference and body mass index. The value of the services is estimated at $140 but are presented free.

The Wellness Tour rolls in to Walgreens locations at 2601 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda on Thursday, July 29, noon-7 p.m.; 650 Delware Ave., Buffalo on Friday, July 30, noon-7 p.m.; and 5275 Transit Road, Clarence on Saturday, July 31, noon-7 p.m.

For a complete tour schedule, call 1-866-484-8687 or visit wwww.aarpwalgreens.com/tour.

FAA Deal Will Enact New Airline Safety Standards

Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - New airline safety standards for training pilots and copilots could become law within the next couple of weeks under a compromise deal reached by congressional leaders on reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to a spokesman for Sen. Chuck Schumer, the long-stalled legislation is expected to pass the House as soon as Thursday and be sent to the Senate.

The compromise will temporarily reauthorize the FAA operations for another two or three months but include permanent language on the new safety standards.

Family members of flight 3407 crash victims have traveled to Washington, D.C. on several occasions to try and convince lawmakers to include safety improvements into the FAA bill.