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Bowlers upset that Thruway Lanes may close


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Following the news that a popular Cheektowaga bowling center may be closing bowlers are upset and asking for some answers.

The Thruway lanes operated by AMF may close its doors to make way for expansion of Basil Ford, a neighboring car dealership. Thousands of people in bowling leagues may be affected in mid-season at the center.

It's one of the largest in the area with 60 lanes.

The treasurer of one of 40 leagues that may be affected says 2 on Your Side they're frustrated.

Designated Drivers Hold the Key to a Safe and Successful Holiday Season

Designated Drivers Hold the Key to a Safe and Successful Holiday Season

 

The holidays are upon us — a time to celebrate with family and friends and prepare to ring in the New Year. And during this hectic season, there’s one thing we simply cannot forget, and it’s far more important than any gift. 

“When we’re out celebrating the holidays, we cannot forget to designate a sober driver who will get us home safely at the end of the night,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “Nothing can kill the buzz of the holidays quicker than a buzzed or impaired driver out on the road.”

Cheektowaga landlord arraigned for murder of tenant


Cheektowaga, NY- Thomas Szcsesniak, 54, of Cheektowaga has been indicted for 2nd-degree murder in relation to the death of his upstairs tenant and friend, 54-year-old Joseph Lawrence Jr.

Szcsesniak stood before a judge this morning and plead not guilty to the murder charge. His attorney says the shooting was in self-defense. He's now being held without bail.

According to neighbors, Lawrence had only been living in Szcsesniak's home for a couple of months.

Police say the two were out at a bar on October 24th, when they returned home an argument outside escalated.

The incident allegedly ended with Szczesniak pulling a gun and shooting Lawrence.

Future of Thruway Lanes in doubt


CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.- A Western New York bowling alley that's hosted nationally televised tournaments may soon close its doors.

A source confirmed to 2 On Your Side that Basil Ford is in the final negotiations to buy the Thruway Lanes property on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. Basil would likely use the land to expand its dealership next door.

There's no word on when the lanes would close.


Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

 

Thanks to the efforts of Quinn Schwab and members of Boy Scout Troop #238, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook has had a cleanup. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Schwab led the cleanup of debris that was the last remnant of a long-ago farm dump that had been hidden in a ravine on the property. 

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Company Releases Autobiography by Figure Skating Champion Gary Visconti

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Company Releases Autobiography by Figure Skating Champion Gary Visconti

 

“Falling for the Win,” the autobiography of World Professional Figure Skating Champion, Olympian and skating coach Gary Visconti, has been released by No Frill Buffalo publishing company. Visconti, currently a resident of Sun City West, Arizona, is a native of East Detroit, Michigan.

Daemen Awarded Highest National Recognition in Community Service

Daemen Awarded Highest National Recognition in Community Service

Daemen College has for the seventh consecutive year been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service learning and civic engagement.

Daemen is one only five institutions in Western New York and among 35 colleges and universities in New York State to receive this national designation in the 2014 general community service category, which is awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

“This prestigious national distinction is a great tribute to our students’ exceptional dedication and hard work to a range of community service activities that have a positive, meaningful impact in our local, regional and international communities,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are immensely honored to be recognized for all of the college’s outstanding civic engagement efforts.”