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Cheektowaga Celebrates Ukrainian Heritage

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY- The situation in Ukraine was weighing on the minds of the attendees of the Ukrainian Heritage Festival in Cheektowaga Sunday afternoon.

Festival goers enjoyed the food, music and dancing celebrating Ukraine, but did so with knowing the situation back east left the country in a state of flux.

"This is so, so sad that a different country is invading the sovereign borders of Ukraine which wants to live peacefully, has a government that they now support," Zina Hajduczok, the festival MC said.

"Let them have their way and let the land become peaceful and free is what we all desire."

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Lyme Disease Prevention: How to Remove a Tick

Lyme Disease Prevention: How to Remove a Tick


(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Lyme disease is an emerging infectious disease in the United States and Canada, and the risk is increasing. Those engaging in outdoor activities like golfing, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, property maintenance and outdoor workers such as park officers and surveyors should be on the lookout for black-legged ticks. They could be carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Pet owners also need to be aware of these pesky critters.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Aug. 2 Highlights

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Aug. 2 Highlights


The popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues its 15th season on Aug. 2. A program of the Elmwood Village Association, the market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine, through Nov. 29. 

Providing musical entertainment on Aug. 2 (weather permitting) will be the Buffalo Cello School from 9:30 to 11 a.m, followed by singer/guitarist Rob Falgiano from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. KidBiz and Fidelis Care New York will occupy the market’s community group tables. 

Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge Inspection Lane Construction to Result in Canada-Bound Traffic Closure

Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge Inspection Lane Construction to Result in Canada-Bound Traffic Closure

LEWISTON, NY – Today the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) announced the upcoming installation of a second primary inspection lane within the Canada plaza at the Whirlpool-Rapids International Bridge crossing. This construction project—scheduled to commence on September 2nd, 2014, and conclude on or before October 9th, 2014—is being undertaken to increase processing capacity at the crossing. The Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge has recently experienced rapid increases in usage and wait times, due to the growing popularity of the NEXUS trusted travel program.


Explore Buffalo Announces August Tour schedule

Explore Buffalo Announces August Tour schedule


Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an extensive lineup of August events. 

New proposal to build commerce park in Cheektowaga

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - Dozens of Cheektowaga residents showed up to a meeting to see what's next for a vacant, run-down lot on Union Road.

The Benderson Development Company held a meeting Wednesday night to announce plans to turn the more than 20-acre plaza into office and warehouse space.

But some residents wonder if another warehouse is really what the area needs.

"The bottom line is, to see that vacant lot every time you drive through the entrance into Cheektowaga, the entrance into West Seneca. You see this empty ugly looking lot," Town of Cheektowaga Supervisor, Mary Holtz said. "I mean we could do something. We can't force them to put businesses in there that won't come. So I mean it comes down to the economy."

The new complex will be known as Garden Village Commerce Park. The proposal will be brought to the town planning board in August.

Feds Push New Safety Standards For Trains Carrying Oil

Buffalo, NY - The federal government is now stepping in with a plan to boost safety for rail tank cars which carry oil through Western New York and other areas of the country.

Some like U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York feel it was a disaster waiting to happen unless standards were upgraded.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has new safety requirements for the long trains which carry a highly volatile form of crude oil and ethanol.

Specifically the DOT wants the railroads like CSX to replace within two years, the older tank cars which are labeled DOT - 111. That's because they have been known to rupture when they derail and the resulting explosion can be catastrophic. Newer model tank cars have thicker steel and are stronger.