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Mills, Collins Pardon Shirley the Pig at the Erie County Fair

Mills, Collins Pardon Shirley the Pig at the Erie County Fair

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills and Erie County Executive Chris Collins changed the fortunes of one lucky pig this past weekend, saving her from the dinner table and giving her a second chance at life.

Responding to a request from a local teenager and 4-H participant, Mills and Collins pardoned Shirley the pig at the Erie County Fair on Sunday, August 14, 2011. Rachael Smith, who raised the 265-pound pig from birth, recently wrote to Legislator Mills hoping he would consider buying Shirley at the 4-H Youth Market Auction at the Erie County Fair.  Legislator Mills liked the idea and contacted County Executive Chris Collins, who was also enthusiastic about the opportunity.

Domestic Violence: Is New York Tough Enough?

Domestic Violence: Is New York Tough Enough?

On July 6th former Buffalo Sabre Matthew Barnaby was sentenced to community service stemming from a domestic violence incident. Erie County DA Frank Sedita III said the ex-hockey player turned TV analyst, was “over-charged” and that if convicted of the original charges he would have been deported, back to his native Canada.

DA Sedita says his team, along with Barnaby’s lawyers, and the victim worked out an agreement that includes misdemeanors and could potentially be dismissed if he complies with the judge’s conditions. Those conditions are to perform 500 hours of community services and continue with his anger management counseling.

Some of the comments that this story received made it seem that most people in Buffalo think that because Barnaby didn’t physically assault his wife then it wasn’t domestic violence. According to domesticviolence.org the definition of domestic violence is:

Grand Island Students Make A Wish Come True

Grand Island Students Make A Wish Come True

On Friday June 17th, staff and editors of the Grand Island High School Venture Yearbook presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York a check for $5000 to be used for a child’s wish vacation.

Editors and staff of the yearbook worked together on selling everything from candy bars, chocolate, candles, paper and magnetic stars, to patrons for the yearbook. They spent time during and after school, as well as some Saturdays, at local malls raising funds for this worthwhile cause.

Christopher Simpson, yearbook advisor, says that the kids are truly one of a kind. “So many students participated in the effort and contributed that you can’t help but to be overwhelmed with their contributions.  I am very proud of all of these young adults.”

Erie County Silver Alert System Implemented

Erie County Silver Alert System Implemented

On June 20, Legislator Edward A. Rath III, R-Williamsville, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard and Leilani Pelletier from the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter held a press conference at the Amherst Center for Senior Services located at 370 John James Audubon Pkwy in Amherst to announce the implementation of the Erie County Silver Alert System. The local law, which was created to expedite search efforts for missing Alzheimer’s patients or individuals with other dementia related illnesses, was passed in November 2010.

And Then There Were Three; Song Reaches Final Round

And Then There Were Three; Song Reaches Final Round

In less than a week, Cheektowaga graduate Lisa Barrett will know if her song is the best in the world.

Barrett penned a track titled “When You Look at Me” in memory of her nephew, Austin, who lost his battle with cancer just shy of his second birthday, and the song has made it to the sixth round of the international Best Original Song Competition.

100 American Craftsmen at The Kenan Center

100 American Craftsmen at The Kenan Center

 

FR 6-9 pm; SA 10 am-6 pm; SU 11 am-5 pmAnnual juried show of contemporary craft art. Featuring live music, wine tastings, children's art space, herbal plant sale, and fine art exhibit. $6. h/c access, $Kenan Center Arena195 Beattie Ave., Lockport 14094kenancraftshow.com433-2617

 

Thank You For Your Service and Sacrifice This Memorial Day 2011

Thank You For Your Service and Sacrifice This Memorial Day 2011
  •  A special Thank You to Edward J. Malloy for your un-selfish service to our country during WWII. During the war he trained as a flight engineer/mechanic/pilot and tail-gunner on the B-25 Mitchell Bombers in the Mediterranean Theatre, 12th Air Force 57th Bomb Wing.  He flew an incredible 63 combat missions as attested to in the certificate below.  Received AIR MEDAL for his actions on a mission over Italy on July 12 1944.  Forever Proud of You, miss you very much.  Julia, Jerry, Janet, Judy & Bob