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Getzville Firefighters Fight Basement Fire

AMHERST – A 9-1-1 call to Amherst Fire Control around 10:30 pm Friday night sent the Getzville Fire Department to investigate smoke in the area of 254 Miller Road. 

Getzville Fire Department First Assistant Chief Chris Kaplewicz reports to Erie County Fire Blotter his firefighters found heavy smoke emanating from that address.  An interior crew made entry and found a fire in the basement of that address.

The fire was quickly brought under control within ten minutes and was confined to the basement’s recreation room.

In total the fire caused $35,000 in damage.  A resident was treated by Twin City Ambulance from minor smoke inhalation.  They refused transport to the hospital and remained at the scene.

We’re told that the fire was caused by an over-heated gaming console that extended up a near wall.

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Town Salaries Higher Than State Average

AMHERST, N.Y. – Town of Amherst employees had an average pay of $43,031 for its 562 employees, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. The average pay for town employees across the state is $35,632.

The report from the fiscally conservative group also found disparities in pay between upstate and downstate governments.

Gronkowski Catches Two TD's for Pats against Rams

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Sam Bradford passed his first test as a starting quarterback in the NFL, and Amherst's Rob Gronkowski is proving he belongs with New England.

Gronkowski caught three passes for 66-yards including touchdowns from Tom Brady of 14 and 20-yards.  Gronkowski played at Williamsville North for three years in high school, and was a second round selection of the Patriots this spring.

The player who ended the game at quarterback for the Rams, Keith Null, directed a drive that set up Josh Brown's 37-yard field goal on the final play that gave St. Louis a 36-35 exhibition winover the New England Patriots on Thursday night.

Amherst Dog Park Opening Soon!

Attention dog owners in and around Amherst: The Amherst Dog Park opening is set for the beginning of September. If you are like myself and so many others, we drive all the way over to Lasalle Park to socialize our dogs at "The Barkyard," but now we will have a park right in our own backyard.  

The Amherst Dog Park, also known as "Paw Park," is located on Smith Road behind the Amherst Recreation Complex and next to the compost facility. This is one of only two local off-leash dog parks in our area.  

Amherst Paw Park includes a fenced-in, dedicated area that allows dogs to run and socialize while not infringing on the activities of joggers, cyclists, and other park users. The park will encourage interaction between dog owners and provide a setting to meet others with similar interests. 

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Is your pet sitter insured and bonded? They should be…

Most pet owners know that the benefits of leaving pets at home are numerous. Pets are happier and experience less stress at home; diet and exercise routines are uninterrupted and a pet’s exposure to illness is minimized.

Because of this the pet-sitting industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Whether you are considering using a pet sitter for the first time or have been using the same pet sitter for a number of years, David Pearsall, director of sales and marketing for Business Insurers of the Carolinas, says that his company, who underwrites the bonding and insurance policies for members of Pet Sitters International (PSI), as well as a majority of pet-sitter businesses in the United States, recommends that proof of insurance coverage be verified before the house keys are turned over to a virtual stranger.

Hello Yesterday! An 80's Festival

Celebrate all the best of the 80's at Hello Yesterday! An all-ages, all-day 80's Festival featuring A Flock of Seagulls, When In Rome, Animotion, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel.  The festival includes a LipSync contest, 80's Guitar Hero and much more!

Dress totally 80's for the best 80's costume contest and win a new iPad!   Tickets are available for purchase online at helloyesterday.net or at both Record Theatre outlets in Buffalo (1800 & 3500 Main Street).

General Admission on-line tickets are $35 (plus applicable fees). Tickets the day of the event are $45.  Children 13 and under are free.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit Hunter's Hope. Festival attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to the community and help Hunter's Hope by participating in the silent auction. The tent will be open all day with two auctions going on during the festival.

Erie County Introduces Garbage Totes in Parks

New totes include smoke-free message

 

Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung, in conjunction with the Erie Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, are pleased to announce the County has added garbage totes inscribed with a non-smoking message to park shelters in several County parks.  The totes will make it easier for parks crews to remove debris, while also delivering an important message.  The Erie Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition contributed to the purchase of 400 totes that carry the request, “Help us keep Erie County parks smoke free and litter free.  Please no smoking.”

 

The totes are already at shelters in Chestnut Ridge, Como Lake and Ellicott Creek parks.  All other County parks should have them by mid-September.

 

County Executive Chris Collins said, “Keeping our parks clean and accessible is a p