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Army Weapons Specialist Adam Claybolt back in WNY

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Army Weapons Specialist Adam Claybolt was greeted by his mother Gina Emmerling this morning, at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

Claybolt, who is based at Fort Stewart in Washington is back in the Buffalo area for a 2-week stay. His mother is also one of the founders of the Military "Wall Of Hero's," which is located in the Village of East Aurora Town Hall. The living wall was built to honor 26 local soldiers who have, or are currently serving in either Iraq and Afghanistan.

As far as his return, Claybolt could only describe it this way. "Shocked, I saw my mom and my dad when i turned the corner, and there's everybody else. I was shocked."

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Huge Half-Off Sale: Welcome Back 2 School!

In my continued search to find the best websites to save you time and money, today a celebration of Back 2 School Savings.

Consider this the last weekend to practically steal everything you'll need for your dorm room, apartment and wardrobe.

Let's start with clothes. Today there are a few retailers to keep a close eye on.

Aeropostale offers half off on almost everything with hoodies at $14.75 for girls and guys and many other discoutns. Dont' forget to stop by the sale section. CLICK HERE.

Urban Outfitters has a big selection of clothes $9.99 and under. CLICK HERE.

Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey Collecting Gift Cards for Local Military Families

The Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey organization, a college-prep level program based at Holiday Twin Rinks, is challenging Western New York’s youth hockey associations to collect gift cards to benefit the New York Air National Guard 107th Airlift Wing's Family Readiness Group.

This gift card drive is part of the Stars' upcoming “Salute to American Troops” ceremony, which takes place during the hockey club’s season opener on Saturday, September 11 at Holiday Twin Rinks.  (Further details about the schedule and team are available at www.buffalostars.com

Get a $50 Gap Gift Card for $25 Today / Freebies & Coupons

In my continued search to find the best deals and websites to save you time and money, today something we can all use, free e-cash.

Today only, if you buy a $25 gift card for the GAP, it doubles in value. That means you'll have a $50 gift card that you can use until November 19, 2010, in store. CLICK HERE and while this is listed under Groupon's deals for New York City, read the fine print. The offer is available to anyone at any Gap Retail store in the U.S. or Canada. UPDATE: Since this article was written at 5am, so many people in WNY have purchased the deal, that Groupon has now made it available on the Buffalo Groupon page too. Well done!

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Catholic School Teachers Go Back to School

With the start of the new school year less than two weeks away, Catholic elementary school teachers are not only busy preparing their classrooms, they are engaged in professional development as well.

During the week of August 17, the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools hosted a number of workshops, ranging from brain-based learning to using learning centers in the classroom.

The sessions included:  Brain Based Learning: Procedures and strategies to address all learners; Using Learning Centers in the Primary Classroom; a Practical Guide to Design and Manage Learning Centers.

Today Show Features Dorm Co, a Ckeektowaga Business

Kevin O'Neill profiles a local company:

It's not much for aesthetics. Funny, because their products make living space more beautiful for others. 

Dorm Co's Cheektowaga warehouse is a sea of cardboard boxes strewn about. Half are arrivals from international manufacturers, and half are are on their way out to paying customers in North America.

This internet based business helps college bound students decorate their room for less, and now publicity from the Today Show promises to fill Dorm Co's inbox with even more orders!

More info on the company is at www.dormco.com .

Dissolution Votes in Williamsville & Sloan

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - Residents in the Villages of Sloan and Williamsville spoke loud and clear in the voting booths Tuesday, voting, by an overwhelming margin, to keep their respective village governments. 

Earlier in the day, government downsizing advocate Kevin Gaughan could not have felt terribly comfortable outside of the polling places in both Williamsville and Sloan Tuesday, as voters in both the villages decided whether to dissolve their local governments.

Outnumbered 15-1 at one point early in the afternoon, Gaughan politely asked voters for their consideration. The referendums are part of Gaughan's movement to reduce the size of local governments by letting the people decide for themselves.

From the moment voting began, the polling places in both villages were extremely busy, as were the parking lots, with plenty of jousting between Gaughan and the villagers.