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Five Days until the "Auction for Farm Animals" at Merge Restaurant

The above video, if not visable can also be viewed by clicking here. I chose to post it because the celebrities here share my sentiments. They discuss what it is to visit Farm Sanctuary, and Gene Baur talks about rescue, and what the food industry really is, as do many of the celebrities. John Joseph is featured, and will actually be in town with Cro-Mags next month. If you are attaching a stigma to vegans, something like "hippy, tree hugger, skinny, or wimp" I assure you that John Joseph breaks those stereotypes, or that stigma. Buffalo native Wolfe Blitzer recently interviewed Bill Clinton about his vegan diet, to watch click the highlighted name.

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TRAFFIC TRACKER 2: Route 219 Reopened in Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Route 219 has been reopened. It was closed for about an hour late Friday morning.

The highway was shut down in both directions between Armor Duells Road and Route 391 (Boston State Road).

Road officials say the road closure was caused by a cut power line. The road was closed as a precaution to prevent drivers from coming into contact with the downed line. 

A power crew worker suffered a minor shoulder injury while making repairs.

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Lawyer Pleads Guilty to $2.5 Million in Thefts

BUFFALO, NY-- A West Seneca attorney found himself in front of a judge for the wrong reasons Tuesday afternoon.

Kenneth Bernas appeared before State Supreme Court Judge Penny Wolfgang to plead guilty to 33 felonies including multiple counts of grand larceny, one count of identity theft and a single count of repeated failure to file a New York Income tax return.

The charges were laid in connection with thefts, misappropriation of client funds, and failure to file tax returns totaling approximately $2.5 million.

The Erie County DA's Special Investigations and Prosecution Bureau began an investigation after being notified by the state Tax Department about Bernas' failure to file tax returns.

According to the DA's office, that probe led to the discovery of Bernas'  involvement in two types of fraudulent schemes designed to bilk money out of unsuspecting victims.

Congressman Higgins & Legislator Kennedy Announce Additional HEAP Funding

Feds Release $12 Million to Help NY Seniors, Residents Afford Heating Bills

 

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy announced New York will receive $12,793,718 in emergency energy assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funding to NYS is formula based and will be distributed to eligible county applicants on a first come first serve basis. 

This funding is directed to low-income families and seniors to help them heat their homes.  During the 2009-2010 HEAP season, the program provided 203,237 benefits totaling $51.9 million in assistance to residents in Erie County. 

“With the end of summer here and the colder months approaching, this is timely good news for local seniors living on a tight, fixed income,” Congressman Higgins said. 

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Congressman Higgins to Host Military Academy Night

Students, Parents, School Administrators & Guidance Counselors Invited to Informational Meeting 

 

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will host Academy Night 2010, an opportunity for high school students, their families, school administrators and counselors to find out more about Military Academy institutions, programs and the application process. 

“We invite those interested to come to Academy Night, hear about the schools first hand from Academy representatives and learn how to apply,” said Congressman Higgins. 

Buffalo Bills Hosting Autograph Signing to Benefit Kids Escaping Drugs

AMHERST, NY-- Buffalo Bills CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson, Chris Kelsay, Kyle Williams, and Bryan Scott will sign autographs to benefit Kids Escaping Drugs at the Boulevard Mall on Tuesday.

With a $25 donation, fans will receive a Limited Edition Bills poster and an autograph from each player. Players will sign one item per person.

Wristbands for the autographs will go on sale at 3 p.m., and the autograph session is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It will take place in the Food Court of the mall.

The Kids Escaping Drugs Campaign was created with the purpose of raising funds for the construction and support of adolescent drug and alcohol treatment facilities.

The KED Renaissance Campus is located in West Seneca, and consists of three buildings that house up to 62 chemically-dependent youths ages 12 to 20.

 

TeamSave Arrives in WNY With Web Discounts for Consumers

A new collective buying website that allows consumers to receive substantial discounts on goods, services and events from hundreds of Buffalo-area businesses has entered the Western New York marketplace.

Toronto-based TeamSave began offering daily discounts of at least 50 percent to Western New York consumers on August 26. Individuals can access these offers by registering on TeamSave.com. Registration is free and the only requirement to register is an e-mail address. The company also promotes its daily discounts on its TeamSave Buffalo Facebook page.