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The meaning of Thanksgiving as President Lincoln intended it to be

We get so lost in the secular version of thanksgiving and shopping on Black Friday, that we have forgotten the reason for this holiday. We no longer give thanks as President Abraham Lincoln wanted in celebration of America being one after the Civil War. We no longer give thanks as intended but rather see it as a day of greed in some cases

In 1621, after a hard and devastating first year in the New World the Pilgrim's fall harvest was very successful and plentiful. There was corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. They found they had enough food to put away for the winter.

Gallivan Overcomes Party Bosses to Claim Volker's Seat

Pat Gallivan will begin his term as State Senator in the 59th District in January and owe no one in his own party. Gallivan defeated former County Chairman Jim Domalgowski, who had been anointed by County Exec Chris Collins and endorsed by Carl Paladino, in the September primary. Gallivan then went it alone in the general election, not riding the Paladino freight train like so many other locals. Now Gallivan is his own man owning a seat in a heavily Republican district for as long as he wants it.

The Debate Is On ... and We Want Your Questions

WGRZ Seeks Questions for Monday's Debate

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- On Monday, October 25 at 9 a.m., all three candidates for the 59th District New York State Senate seat will square off in a debate hosted by WGRZ-TV 2 On Your Side.

2 On Your Side Reporter Scott Brown will be the moderator for Monday's debate, and he wants to know what questions you would pose to Cynthia M. Appleton (D), Patrick Gallivan (R) and David J. DiPietro (TEA).

Send your questions to Scott by email. The debate will be broadcast live on WGRZ.com.

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.