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Western New Yorkers Asking Where’s the Snow?

Western New Yorkers Asking Where’s the Snow?

Jokingly known in some circles across the country as the ‘Snow Capital of America’, Buffalo, NY is certainly looking to break its namesake this winter.

To-date our city has managed to fight off its first snowflakes until December 2nd, a feat that fell just one day short of a record that was set back in 1899.

In addition, we’ve also had only 2.8” of snow recorded so far this month which pales in comparison to last year’s total of 18.7” by December 13th. 

Granted, last year we had a fluke snowstorm that shut down the Thruway, but such little snow is not the norm around our great city and certainly the 52 degree temperatures in mid-December is highly unusual as well, so what gives?

According to the National Weather Service, the majority of the disparities are the cause of an unusual Jet Stream patter

A Packet Boat Partnership

A Packet Boat Partnership

They say collaboration leads to the best of solutions.  We achieve very little on our own.  It could not be truer than in Lockport, NY, where engineer Mike Weekes is teaming up with a whole community to build a genuine replica of a 19th century Erie Canal packet boat. This Buffalo businessman-turned-boat-builder,  found some new friends in Lockport, New York to help him make his dream come true.

Question: Mike, why did you consider Lockport when looking for a home for your Packet Boat building project?

Teens Using Tampons to Get Drunk without Drinking

Teens Using Tampons to Get Drunk without Drinking

It may be difficult to imagine your child sneaking behind your back to use alcohol, but have you considered that they may not have to go behind your back. A phenomenon that many believe is an urban legend is finding its way into mainstream media. Many haven’t heard of this but there are reports that teenagers are taking tampons and soaking them in alcohol and inserting them to get drunk. While this method is commonly found among girls, boys are also engaging in this behavior.

You might be asking yourself "They put what where?!" Many of today’s teens are taking tampons and soaking them in vodka, or other alcohol and then inserting them vaginally or rectally for boys. This trend in use of alcohol is one that many adults think is way beyond what they feel thwy could have dreamed up when they were teenagers.

Mentors: Why We Need Them for Better Health and Happiness

Mentors: Why We Need Them for Better Health and Happiness

With the abuse scandal that has rocked Penn State College and other institutions there should be an even greater focus on the need for mentors, people that can inspire individuals to greatness. When the writer was growing up as a child in Buffalo New York, he was to say the least, uncoordinated physically.  The writer was also one of least popular kids, and that if he was asked to participate in any sports activities at school he was the last one picked. Being bullied by others was certainly an ever present element to his life back then as well. However; the writer knew deep down inside he was a better and more talented person but was unable to find those channels to confidence and success.

Ellicott Creek Park in Buffalo, NY an Update

Parks can be a great place to take your children to for outdoor activities. The best part of about going to local parks is it is free and there is plenty of room to engage you children in fitness activities. About a year ago the writer did a story on local parks in Buffalo, NY and Ellicott Creek Park in Western, NY was mentioned in one of the articles.  Well, Ellicott Creek Park has a new addition added on to it, an outside fitness center that can help you in your efforts to get fit. The writer was there with his daughter a couple of days ago. The center is shaped in a circle with about 6 stations to work different muscle groups from your upper body to your lower body.  Some of the stations have adjustable weights built in to increase strength, resistance and stamina.

Ghosts Are Real: My Experience

Ghosts Are Real: My Experience

Here’s my disclaimer: I do not like scary things.

Never in my life have I gone to see a horror movie and for perspective purposes, the movie “Signs” kept me restlessly awake for over a month.

So take that into consideration when I tell you that the idea of the paranormal scares the be-Jesus out of me. 

The funny thing about the paranormal is that it doesn’t care if you are scared, it will exist without you. That was case when I was growing up and is still the case today.

My first memorable experience with the paranormal was when I lived in Alden, NY.  I was just 4 years old at the time and woke up to the sounds of a party going on downstairs in my basement.  By party, I mean people laughing, talking loudly and music playing.  It was loud enough to wake me out of a sound sleep.  As I crept downstairs to sneak a peek at this party, I noticed that the lights were not on.  No one was down there.

National Education Blogger Says Bullying Initiatives Won't Work

National Education Blogger Says Bullying Initiatives Won't Work

Christopher Emdin of The Huffington Post took a controversial stance in his blog yesterday, explaining what he believes are the 5 Major Reasons that the latest anti-bullying efforts won't work.

His reasons are as follows:

  • The Zero-Tolerance Theory Backfires
  • Avoiding Social Media Is NOT A Solution
  • We Address Bullying with Celebrity, Not Expertise
  • We Forget that the Bullied And The Bully Are Both Children
  • We Turn A Blind Eye To Adult Bullying

 

Edmin cites the deaths of Williamsville teen Jamey Rodemeyer and Rutgers student Tyler Clementi as the main catalysts for the new push to resolve the bullying issue.

For the full blog where Emdin explains his reasoning, click here.

Do you agree/disagree?  What solutions do you think the exper