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National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Front Porch Day 2011

National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Front Porch Day 2011

National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day is on Monday August 8, 2011. Have you ever heard of this celebration? I hadn't, but growing up with a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who grew bushels and bushels of zucchini, I was aware of those big paper bags of zucchini that got left on neighbors' front porches every August and September. What I did not know is that there is an entire day (or night, if you're really sneaky) devoted to leaving the abundance of zucchini we grow on our neighbors front porches!

What do you do if you wake up tomorrow morning and find a big paper sack filled with zucchini on your front porch? You can make many things, and then send your neighbor a thank you note for all the free zucchini you got to enjoy.

Zucchini bread recipe

Congressman Higgins Commemorates Life of Jim Molloy in Tribute on House Floor

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) celebrated the life of James T. Molloy, a South Buffalo resident who served as House of Representatives Doorkeeper, in a speech delivered July 27 on the House floor. 

Below is the text of Congressman Higgins’ remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate the memory of James T. Molloy.  Many in Washington know Jim as the former, and last, Doorkeeper of the House.  Western New Yorkers know Jim as proud, third generation Irish-American and a proud career public servant.

WNY Medicaid Service Coordination Institute Announces Free Workshop

WNY Medicaid Service Coordination Institute Announces Free Workshop

WEST SENECA, N.Y. - The WNY Medicaid Service Coordination Institute is pleased to offer “Planning for Your Child’s Future: Legal Guardianship and Future Planning”, a free workshop for parents of individuals with disabilities, Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSC) and MSC Supervisors.  The workshop will be held July 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

ECC President Jack Quinn to testify before Congress on veterans’ education at community colleges

ECC President Jack Quinn to testify before Congress on veterans’ education at community colleges

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - ECC President Jack Quinn announced that he will testify before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs regarding the roll of Community Colleges in educating the nation’s veterans, at 10:00am, Friday, July 15th, 2011. The event will take place in Room 334, of the Cannon House Office Building, in Washington, DC.

President Quinn will be a witness before the Veterans’ Affairs committee that is holding a full committee legislative hearing on H.R. 2433, H.R. 1941 and H.R. 169.  Specifically, he will speak in support of H.R. 2433, the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, which would provide up to 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to veterans to enroll in full time training or education leading to employment in high-demand fields. This is a particularly important piece of legislation for ECC, as each year, the institution typically enrolls between 600 and 700 student-veterans. 

6 Months After Surgery: A Former NFL Cheerleader Gets a New Outlook on Life

6 Months After Surgery: A Former NFL Cheerleader Gets a New Outlook on Life

In the past four years my life has emulated a roller coaster ride.   The peaks have included family time, making the Buffalo Jills cheerleading squad, interning at Channel 2, getting a 4.0 in college, and traveling.  I've bottomed out with two life-changing illnesses, the death of my grandmother, the murder of a friend, the tragic death of a young girl friend, and three friends under 25 taking their own lives. 

I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the rocky road I encountered after graduating from Orchard Park High School but after the long storm the sun is shining again.

The experiences that I’ve had in the past few years have changed my life drastically.  I’ve learned how to love, to appreciate, to be thankful, and to be strong.  The phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff” has a whole new meaning to me today.  

Congressman Higgins' Office to Hold Special 'Congress on Your Corner' Event for Veterans

Congressman Higgins' Office to Hold Special 'Congress on Your Corner' Event for Veterans

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced a special Congress on Your Corner event in July designed to address the needs of local veterans.  The Congress on Your Corner program provides local residents with access to the Congressman’s office through satellite office hours at locations in the district.  

“The men and women that selflessly serve this nation are often faced with unique circumstances and accessing available services can be a frustrating process,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This event is designed to help veterans cut through the red tape by bringing people who can help directly to a location that is convenient and accessible.”

Below are the details on the special Veterans outreach event:

 

Friday, July 22nd

Erie County Silver Alert System Implemented

Erie County Silver Alert System Implemented

On June 20, Legislator Edward A. Rath III, R-Williamsville, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard and Leilani Pelletier from the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter held a press conference at the Amherst Center for Senior Services located at 370 John James Audubon Pkwy in Amherst to announce the implementation of the Erie County Silver Alert System. The local law, which was created to expedite search efforts for missing Alzheimer’s patients or individuals with other dementia related illnesses, was passed in November 2010.