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Eastern Hills Mall Welcomes Three New Merchants

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY-- Toys 'R Us Express, MacSolutions Plus, and Nail Trix have joined the growing merchant mix at Eastern Hills Mall for this fall.

Toys 'R Us Express will be located next to the JCPenny concourse across from Orvis. The 4,000 square foot store carries a full line of popular toy brands.

MacSolutions Plus, an Apple Specialist retailer, is located next to Sears and will stock an extensive selection of Mac and Apple products. They will also offer a product repair service. A grand opening is scheduled for Sunday, August 29 and will feature an appearance by Buffalo Sabre, Patrick Kaleta from 1 untill 3 p.m.

Nail Trix, a full service nail salon, is located in the Center Court Commons across from Mall Services.


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.

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.

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

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.