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KED donor gets 3-minute shopping spree

ORCHARD PARK, NY - It was a race through the aisles at the Southwestern Boulevard Tops Thursday evening.

Bruce Crawford of Orchard Park won a three-minute shopping spree at the supermarket after donating $700 to our Kids Escaping Drugs drive last October.

He even got some help in the aisles from Bills running back Fred Jackson. He ended up with almost $1,100 in groceries.

Heed the Advice of a Professional Before Saying ‘I Do’ to a Wedding Photographer

Heed the Advice of a Professional Before Saying ‘I Do’ to a Wedding Photographer


The late spring to early fall months are considered peak wedding season — and that season will be here before you know it. And with your big day comes a lot of big decisions, including the selection of a wedding photographer.

Elizabeth Snyder, owner of Elizabeth Snyder Photography, LLC, is a well-known local wedding photographer who has worked with countless Western New York couples to provide them with photographic memories that will last a lifetime. Today she would like to share some professional advice on finding a wedding photographer to meet your needs.

Crews Clear Roads to Keep Intersections Safe

Orchard Park, NY - Plow crews around Western New York are on-call and ready to clear the roads this weekend. But the snow piles at intersections are already a big safety issue for drivers.

"It's really bad. Really, really bad," says Darla Anderson.

People are just sick and tired of all the snow. Even those of us who don't mind winter think we've had enough. And not being able to see around snow piles as you turn out of your driveway or a parking lot isn't just annoying, it's dangerous.

"It's ridiculous. Traffic's crazy. You can't see. There's accidents almost everywhere. Like, we thought they would have come in with plows by now to try to get rid of it," says Anderson.

We asked our twitter followers to let us know where it is especially bad, and they responded with several locations. The on-ramps on Delaware to the 198 were troublesome. But really, it's tough everywhere.

Daemen’s Advanced OMPT Program Progresses to Master’s Degree

Daemen’s Advanced OMPT Program Progresses to Master’s Degree

Daemen College’s Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Fellowship Program, the only post-professional offering of its kind in New York State, has received State Department of Education approval to now be offered as a master’s degree.

Adhering to the rigorous academic and clinical requirements already established for the fellowship credential, the master-level program will offer licensed, experienced physical therapists training to develop advanced psychomotor and analytical skills in manual physical therapy, a growing specialization in the field.

“Transitioning OMPT to a master’s degree puts Daemen at the forefront of physical therapy education nationally and will help expand the network of specialists in this growing health care discipline,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.

Hop on Explore Buffalo’s Tour of Local Craft Breweries

Hop on Explore Buffalo’s Tour of Local Craft Breweries


Brewing in Buffalo has continually evolved from its beginnings in the early 1800s to its present-day revival. At its peak in the early 1900s before Prohibition, Buffalo’s brewing industry included nearly 30 independent breweries producing millions of gallons of beer each year. Today, Buffalo’s brewing culture is returning with the opening of numerous craft breweries around the city.

Join Explore Buffalo for a four-hour bus tour on Saturday, Feb. 28, to view locations important to Buffalo’s brewing past, learn about the history of brewing in the Queen City, and visit several craft breweries for interior tours and product sampling. The tour begins at Gene McCarthy’s, 73 Hamburg St., Buffalo, at 1 p.m. and concludes at 5 p.m.

Daemen Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Daemen Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Daemen College has been designated a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite, the highest level awarded, by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the college’s efforts to help employees eat better and be more physically active.

This is the second consecutive AHA distinction received by Daemen, which last year was named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program is intended as a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping workplaces make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

Winterfest brightens Chestnut Ridge Park

ORCHARD PARK, NY - The fifth year of the Erie County Winterfest was a big success on Sunday with perfect conditions at Chestnut Ridge Park.

This joint venture between the Erie County Parks Department and Orchard Park Parks and Recreation is a family-friendly event featuring hay rides, snow sculpture contests, sledding, tobogganing and much more.

Said Ed Leak of OP's parks department: "People love the variety of activities that take place both inside the beautiful casino and outside. And now, especially because the conditions are so great, the toboggan run is open, the sled hill is open, and people love coming out and using this beautiful jewel in Chestnut Ridge Park."

It's estimated that between 3,000 and 4,000 people enjoyed this event which was free and open to all Erie County residents.