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A Benefit for Aidan, This Saturday

In January of 2009 Aidan Radlich was diagnosed with a rare brain condition called hemimegalencephaly, a condition he has had since birth. Since then Aidan has battled epilepsy and severe seizures.

A fundraiser is being held Saturday, August 21, from 4 to 10 p.m., at DeMarco Grove, 3964 California Road, in Orchard Park, to help his family pay for brain surgery intended to alleviate this young boy’s symptoms.

Tickets are $20 and include food, pop and beer. There will be a Chinese auction, silent auction and 50-50 raffle.  Donations are also gratefully accepted at M&T Bank, 2050 Kensington Avenue in Snyder for those unable to attend (Attention: Aidan Radlich Benefit Fund).

For more information, send an email to aidansbenefit@yahoo.com.

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Orchard Park Man Presented with Purple Heart

ORCHARD PARK, NY-- Army Specialist Earl Eisensmith was presented with a medal for his service in Afghanistan by Congressman Brian Higgins.

Specialist Eisensmith is receiving the honor for injuries he suffered when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Legislator John Mills, and Aurora Town Councilman Jeffrey Harris willl present the award in a special ceremony at the Purple Heart monument in Buffalo.


Beheading Suspect Hoping to Pursue Battered Spouse Defense

BUFFALO, NY-An Erie County Court judge reserved decision Friday on whether an Orchard Park man charged with beheading his wife, can use battered spouse syndrome to defend himself.

Muzzammil Hassan is accused of murdering his wife Aasiya inside the Orchard Park studio of Bridges TV, which he founded, back in Februrary 2009.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita was in court himself Friday morning to speak on behalf of the prosecution and question why it's taken 18 months for the defense to finally make this request.

Sedita added that allowing the defense to introduce an expert to confirm Hassan is the victim in the case is tantamount to "allowing a sociopath to control and manipulate the legal process the same way he controlled and manipulated his wife."

Hassan appeared in court represented by the fourth differend attorney he's retained since the date of the crime.

Local Pet Spa Holding Grand Opening of Boarding Suites

ORCHARD PARK, NY-- 'La De Da Pet Spa' will be holding a cocktail party on Thursday, August 19 starting at 7 p.m. to celebrate the grandopening of their new boarding facilities and suites.

This marks 'La De Da Pet Spa' 11th year, and ownder Laura LaCongo has been chosen as one of Business Firsts "40 Under 40."

LaCongo says their boarding suites are like no other because they do not resemble a kennel-like atmosphere.

The spa has ten suites, each with their own individual themes with 19' flat-screen TVs, orthopedic floors, leather couches, and web cameras-- so owners can check-in on their dogs 24-7.

'La De Da Pet Spa' is located at 2799 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park.


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Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

O.P.Team Headed to State Championships this Weekend

ORCHARD PARK, NY-The Orchard Park Maroon Little League 11-years and under team is head to Albany this weekend.

The team will represent the Town and Little League Section 1 in the NYS 10/11 Year Old Little League State Tournament.

Section 1 consists of 15 counties stretching from Cayuga County to Erie County, including the Southern Tier.

So far, the team is undefeated in both district and sectional playoffs. They are one of six section champions to participate in the state tournament.


Local Soldier to Receive Purple Heart

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Army Specialist Earl Eisensmith, a resident of Orchard Park, NY, will receive the Purple Heart Medal of Honor for injuries he suffered when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan. 

Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Legislator John Mills and Aurora Town Councilman Jeffrey Harris will present the decoration in a special ceremony at the Purple Heart monument in Buffalo. 

The Western New York Purple Heart Monument is located at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park (near the corner of Marine Drive and Erie Street) by the submarine. The ceremony will be conducted Monday, August 16 at 10 a.m.