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Peace Bridge Border Crossing Tips for Buffalo Bills Fans

Authority encourages travelers to follow simple steps for more-efficient game-day transit

BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority(Peace Bridge Authority) greets the official start of the National Football League seasonby reminding game-day travelers of a few important international border crossing tips.

“We wish the Bills well in 2010 and want the 12th Man at the game, on time, to cheerthem on,” said PBA Chairman Ken Schoetz. “Educating Bills fans on how to properlycross the border is an important factor in reducing congestion on busy Sundaymornings at the Peace Bridge. Nobody wants to arrive to the stadium late, which iswhy we encourage all travelers to make their trek to the game as easy as possible, byshowing up to the border fully prepared to cross through Customs.”

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Pet Connection to Host Chicken BBQ, Auction & Raffle on September 18

If you’re hungry for a delicious chicken BBQ or just have an appetite for a good time, stop by the Bowen Grove Shelter beginning at noon Saturday, September 18, for Pet Connection’s Chicken BBQ, Chinese Auction and 50/50 Raffle! The event will take place at the Bowen Grove Shelter, located at the intersection of Bowen and Broadway in Lancaster. 

The delicious chicken dinners, priced at just $9, will be prepared by Big Belly BBQ, voted the number one BBQ in Western New York! Take-out orders will also be available. All dinners include a half BBQ chicken, three sides, roll/butter, beverage and dessert.

Legislator Dixon Seeks Volunteers for Sept. 18 Great Lakes Beach Sweep

25 Annual Beach Sweep

Legislator Dixon seeks volunteers for Great Lakes Beach Sweep

 Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, District 12, is seeking volunteers to join her for the 25th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 18 at Woodlawn State Park, 3580 Lake Shore Road in Blasdell.   Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to come and help out.

“The district that I represent borders Lake Erie so I know the struggles associated with keeping the shores clear of debris. Maintaining the lake’s natural beauty should be a priority for everyone in our area,” Legislator Dixon said. “I am ready to tackle the trash problem that has been affecting our shoreline and I hope many of you will also volunteer to help during the Great Lakes Beach Sweep.”

An Astounding Inferno

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It was the first four-alarm fire in Buffalo in four years, it started at 4 a.m. and damage is estimated at $4 million. 

When 3,000 wooden pallets ignited at a South Buffalo warehouse Thursday morning, the flames shot as high as 150 feet into the early morning air.

But the pictures above are worth a thousand numbers or words used to describe the blaze that peaked before sunrise but kept firefighters busy well into the evening putting out hot spots. Investigators are still seeking a cause.

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Buffalo Bills Tweak Fans Code of Conduct Policy

ORCHARD PARK, NY (WGRZ) -- The Buffalo Bills are adding several new elements to the Fans Code of Conduct Policy for 2010.

For this Sunday's game and continuing through the season, the parking lots at Ralph Wilson Stadium will close two hours after the completion of the game.

One new element that fans will see as they approach the stadium for game days is the use of electronic message boards that will carry a variety of reminders for fans of the Bills Fan Behavior initiative.

As in past years, the parking lots will open 5 hours prior to kickoff.  The aprons of the stadium parking lot driveways will be closed to early parking arrivals.  Additionally, law enforcement will strictly enforce the "No Standing/No Parking" on roadways near the stadium parking lot entrances as a matter of safety.

WNY Native To Lead Flyby At Bills Season Opener

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. - A flyby; it's an awe-inspiring, patriotic start to a big show or sporting event.

"Just kind of an exclamation point to the national anthem, if you will," said Jason Pax.

And at this Sunday's Buffalo Bills season opener, there will be a flyby, and it will be led by Pax flying a T-38 Talon. He's a major in the U.S. Air Force and a Grand Island native.

"I've always wanted to do it so I finally saw the Bills put in a request for it so I made contact with them to see if it was still available and it was," said Pax.

"I just can't believe it," said Joan Pax, Jason's mother.

But Pax's mom, proud as she is, had a feeling her son would be doing something like this one day.

"When he was ten and I took him to see Top Gun and we walked out of the theater and he said, mom, I want to be a jet pilot," she said.

Spending in New York Legislature Primaries on the Rise

Gannett Albany Bureau

ALBANY -- Primary races for some state legislative seats are getting expensive in advance of Tuesday's vote, a review of campaign-finance records shows.

In fact, spending on some races is among the highest in recent history in advance of legislative primaries, according to the analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group.

In a Democratic Senate primary in Buffalo, Sen. Bill Stachowski, D-Buffalo, spent $177,555 from mid-July through early September, but he has been outspent by his Democratic challenger, Tim Kennedy, who has spent more than $216,000.  The combined total of nearly $400,000 is the third most since 2000, NYPIRG found.