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Truck fire along I-90 west just before I-290


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Traffic slowly returned to normal along the I-90 west after a truck caught fire around 4 p.m. Saturday.

It happened near exit 50 to the I-290. Traffic was also backed up on the I-290 east from the Sheridan Drive exit in Amherst to the 90 junction.

As of now, we're not aware of any injuries. New York State Police have not released an official statement yet.


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Standoff in Cheektowaga ends peacefully


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY-- One man is under arrest following a five-hour long standoff in Cheektowaga.

Cheektowaga Police say the incident started around 4:30am Thursday in an apartment on Winwood Court when that man threatened a woman with a gun before locking himself in his apartment with his son. The woman was able to get out of the apartment safely.

Officers formed a perimeter around the town home and evacuated 12 families who live nearby as a precaution.

Officers tried using a bull horn to try and get the man to come out, but he wouldn't answer.

The man's 12-year-old son was in the apartment with him, but police said information from the woman didn't lead them to believe he wanted to harm his son.

About five hours later, SWAT members entered the residence and arrested the man without incident.

Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

 

Would it shock you to know that nearly 20 percent of the rural population of Western New York lives in poverty? 

It not a surprise to Frank Cerny, executive director of the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) and pastor of Pathways Christian Fellowship in South Wales. That’s because Pastor Cerny and the staff and volunteers at the ROC work every day to offer free medical care for the uninsured, home appliances and furniture for those without the means to pay for such “luxury” items, a Weekend Snack Pack program for students who may not receive a nutritious meal at home, and much more. They also supply the basic necessities of life — such as toiletries — to those who often do without.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Announces New Adopt-a-House Initiative

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Announces New Adopt-a-House Initiative

 

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is proud to unveil its latest development campaign, the Adopt-a-House Program. 

On Sept. 16, BNHV and the Amherst Women’s Interclub Council unveiled many updates that were made to one of the museum’s 11 historic buildings located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. These updates were made with funds raised at the Interclub Council’s annual fundraising luncheon and raffle. 

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Comicon to Invade Ontario’s Forest City

Comicon to Invade Ontario’s Forest City

 

Uniquely billed as “a celebration of nerd culture like no other,” Forest City Comicon is beaming into nearby London, Ontario this October! The event will feature costumes, vendors, panels, board games, video game tournaments and lots of sci-fi fun!

Comicon will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in London’s 14,000-square-foot Centennial Hall, located at 550 Wellington St. Admission is $15.

Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States

Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States

 

Each year in the United States we celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This is a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. We celebrate each year on Sept. 17, as this was the day the Founding Fathers signed the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. 

The origin of this day is said to date back to 1911 when several Iowa schools first celebrated Constitution Day. Constitution Day received its first national recognition with help from a committee known as “The Sons of the American Revolution,” formed to promote the Constitution. The committee included well-known figures such as Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller and General John Pershing. 

Cheektowaga Native Seeks Music Award

Lisa Racki Barrett, a local singer/songwriter, has been nominated for the second consecutive year in the 2014 Clay’s Country Music Awards for Best Female Artist. Barrett, a Cheektowaga native and 1986 graduate of Cheektowaga Central High School, is grateful to the fans for voting her into the top spot last year and would like to make it two in a row. She’s asking for help again in the all fan-based voting contest sponsored by Clays Country Radio. To vote, visit www.clayscountry.com and click on “Vote Here in the 2014 awards.” Visitors may vote once daily per IP address through Sept. 30. Barrett took first place in another international contest two years ago with her original song, “When You Look at Me,” which she wrote in honor of her nephew, Austin, who died of cancer before his second birthday. While she grew up performing in church groups and high school musicals, “When You Look at Me” was her first experience writing a song.