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Labor Day: The Workers' Holiday

Labor Day: The Workers' Holiday

LABORS MIGHTY HOST WAS OUT

Yesterday's Labor-Day Parade 

LARGEST EVER SEEN IN BUFFALO STREETS ~ 20,000 WORKING MEN WERE IN THE LINE

Buffalo Evening News - September 4th 1900

  •    Niagara Square with it's many diverging thoroughfares, is an ideal place for the formation of a big parade, and as the result of its selection as the starting point of today's big labor demonstration, the confusion usually a feature of such affairs, was reduced to a minimum... In addition to the organizations enumerated in the Sunday News yesterday, there was in the line, three sections of railroad employees, aggregating 1500 in number.  With that addition, the total number of men in line was in the neighborhood of 20,000 and fine, stalwart, intelligent men most of them were--men who compose the bone and sinew of the city's great industrial army--men of whom Buffalo is deservedly proud.

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

Three years ago, a New York public school custodian, returning from his coffee break, was hit by an underinsured driver while crossing the street and left permanently disabled. He was in a training program and on his way to becoming a chief custodian but instead was left disabled, requiring significant physical therapy to even walk again.  While he thought the insurance he purchased would provide some financial relief for the fact he could no longer perform his job, he was left high and dry.

Amherst Chamber Recognizes Ace Flag Co. with Member Showcase Award

Amherst Chamber Recognizes Ace Flag Co. with Member Showcase Award

Each quarter, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce Business Resource Council selects a small business member to honor with the Member Success Showcase Award. The Member Success Showcase is presented to a member business in good standing with the Chamber that has been established in business for two or more years with some proven success in their industry or in the community. The Business Resource Council is proud to announce that they have selected Ace Flag as the 3rd quarter honoree for the Member Success Showcase Award.

Ace Flag Company, now in its 75th year of existence, distributes 100 percent American made U.S. flags. The company's patriotic charm has served it well over the years, as Ace has been a leading supplier of US Flags, flagpoles, custom flags and state flags in the Buffalo area since 1937.

Love Never Retires at Williamsville Nursing Home

Love Never Retires at Williamsville Nursing Home

When Donald LaFleur turned to his wife Mary Ann and said, “You’re so pretty,” staff at St. Francis of Williamsville could see that couple’s love never retired despite them living four months apart last year. The Tonawanda natives celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary surrounded by their family on July 26.

Both were admitted to nursing homes in 2011, but due to Donald’s care needs at the time, he had to wait for a bed to become available at St. Francis. Today, the happy couple who has shared 60 years of wedded bliss also shares a room once again.

Cool Gel ’n Cap ‘A Blessing’ for Child with Dravet Syndrome

Cool Gel ’n Cap ‘A Blessing’ for Child with Dravet Syndrome

Cool Gel ’n Cap, the adorable plush hat developed in Elma, N.Y., that holds a cold or warm gel pack in place to soothe bumps, bruises, earaches and headaches, has found another unique use. And it has been an absolute blessing for one Ohio family.

Six-year-old Breanna Heck of Tiffin, Ohio, suffered her first seizure at just three months of age and was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome at the age of three. Dravet Syndrome, according to the Dravet Syndrome Foundation, is a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy. Initial seizures are most often prolonged events and in the second year of life other seizure types begin to emerge. Development remains on track initially, with plateaus and a progressive decline typically beginning in the second year of life. 

Junior Sabres Seek Host Families for 2012-13 Hockey Season

Junior Sabres Seek Host Families for 2012-13 Hockey Season

The Buffalo Junior Sabres Jr. A hockey club is seeking households interested in serving as billets for the 2012-2013 Ontario Junior Hockey League season. 

Although a majority of the team’s roster is made up of local players, several members will be joining the team from out of town and will need room and board for the hockey season.  The team begins its training camp on Monday, August 13.  The regular season will commence in early September and will continue through late February, with the postseason beginning immediately after.

Those interested in serving as billets may provide their contact information to the Junior Sabres at billets2012@buffalojuniorsabres.com.  Candidates will be reviewed and may then be contacted by team management for interviews.  Selected candidates will receive compensation, to be discussed during the interview process. 

He Made the World's "Most Famous Hat"

He Made the World's "Most Famous Hat"

Local Genius Invented Many War Devices, But None So Thankfully Received by Doughboys as the Famous "Tin Kelly"

 

Buffalo Times April 4, 1926

  It seems that there can't be much romance in hat making, ordinarily, and not if it's an ordinary kind of hat. John Leopold Brodie, No. 806 West Ferry Street, found romance in his creation however, romance and adventure in quantities to satisfy almost anyone. It was Mr. Brodie who invented the Tin Hat of war-time fame. To Mr. Brodie thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands allied soldiers owe their lives. Many of the doughboys with a streak of curiosity to peek over the top of a besieged trench, were saved from an army blanket and last post honors by the "tin" hat.

   Mr. Brodies' hat was first chosen by the British Government, and later by the United States Government, as the most efficient life saving hat of more than 40 models offered them. Tests proved that the hat was so constructed that it was practically bullet proof, and the cushioning cage inside, resisted the shock. Under service conditions it was found that the hat cut down on head wounds by 60 percent.