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Gronkowski's Make NFL Splash

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - Call it sibling rivalry to the extreme!

Williamsville's Gronkowski brothers have accomplished something that hasn't been done in 20 years, three brothers playing in the NFL.

Dan was just traded from Detroit to Denver. Rob and Chris, who were teammates and roomates last year in college, joined big brother in the big league this year. Rob is a tight-end in New England and Chris, a full-back, made the final roster in Dallas.

For their dad, Gordie, the magnitude of what his boys have done is just starting to sink in.

We had to speak with Gordie over the phone because he was in St. Louis, watching his oldest son, Gordie jr, playing minor league baseball. Just another stop in what's become a very busy life.

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Pakistani-Americans Host Fundraiser for Flood Victims

AMHERST, NY - The Pakistani-Americans in the WNY area hosted a fundraiser to assist victims in the widespread flooding in Pakistan.

Over 200 locals gathered at the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier in Amherst Monday evening.

An eyewitness in the flooding, who recently returned to the area, made a special presentation at the event.

The United Nations has described the disaster as worse than the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake all combined.

 

Dog Park Safety

Dog Park Safety

Dog parks are great places for dogs to play and socialize with other dogs. Unfortunately, the fun can sometimes turn violent. Without proper knowledge, a dog and its handler are both subject to injury.

Robin Bennett, an author and trainer with All About Dogs in Woodbridge, Va., believes that in order for dog parks to be safe, dogs need to be properly supervised. This means that dog owners must know what to watch for if problems arise between the dogs.

“Early warning signs indicating that a dog is stressed include lip licking, yawning, half moon eyes, stiffening and avoidance,” Bennett said. “These signals all happen before things get too far out of hand.”

WNY German American Heritage Festival This Weekend

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Culture is the spice of life! We invite you this Labor Day Weekend, September 4 & 5 to immerse yourself in German Heritage and celebrate Gemütlichkeit!  People from across the Greater Buffalo-Niagara region with cultural roots reaching back to the countries of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland will be in attendance with many more festival goers who simply have an interest in musik, food, and culture.

“Gemütlichkeit simply means, “being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, with the right people.” Where else would you rather be than at Cheektowaga Town Park eating and drinking authentic German beer and cuisine, listening to four different authentic bands, participating in contests and games, and partying for a weekend with nearly 5,000 of your friends and family?!

Admission is only $3 per person each day, children 14 and under are free; $3.00 Kinder Park Day Passes are available. 1 -10 p.m. each day.

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Pet First-Aid Kit

These items should be included in a basic pet first-aid kit:
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • First-aid adhesive tape
  • Cotton swabs/applicators
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Plastic freezer/sandwich bags
  • Small bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Styptic pencil or cornstarch (stems blood flow from minor cuts)
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Antiseptic cleansing wipes
  • A current pet first-aid book
  • Sterile Eye/Skin Wash
  • Eyedropper
  • Digital or rectal thermometer in a plastic case
  • Leather work

Portion of Youngs Road in Amherst Temporarily Closed

AMHERST, N.Y. -- A portion of Youngs Road, south of Klein Road, will be shut down while the Town of Amherst continues work on a construction project in Bassett Park.

The flood mitigation project is designed to help improve storm water drainage in Bassett Park near Youngs and Klein Roads.

Officials hope this project will address ongoing flooding issues by temporarily storing excess runoff from one of the ditches during heavy rain.

The closure of Youngs Road will only be during business hours and only last for a few days.

The project began in August and should be completed in October.

 

Summer Paw-Care Tips

Summer has arrived in full force!  And the hot weather poses many dangers to pets, including to their paws. Check out ASPCA’s top paw-care tips to help keep your pet on all fours:

Summertime Sores: Imagine stepping barefoot onto hot pavement. Ouch! It is important to remember your pets’s paws feel heat extremes, too. To prevent burns and blisters, avoid walking your pet on hot pavement or sand. Signs include blisters, loose flaps of skin and red, ulcerated patches. For minor burns, apply antibacterial wash and cover the paw with a loose bandage. For serious burns, visit your vet immediately.

Pamper With Pedicures: Your dog’s nails should just about touch the ground when she walks. If her nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it’s time for a pedicure. Ask your veterinarian or a groomer for advice about what types of nail trimmers are best for your dog and how to use them properly.