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WNY Firefighters Donate Fire Truck to Dominican Republic

Amherst, NY - Used fire equipment from Western New York will get another chance to help save lives in the Dominican Republic.

A group of local volunteer firefighters is donating that equipment as part of their mission work.

"You talk to any fireman, any first responder, and it's the brotherhood. So we decided, well, Brothers Without Borders," says Mike Parker who co-founded the group.

Parker and Brandon Vizzi are the co-founders of Brothers Without Borders. Their group of volunteer firefighters partnered with Score International for mission work in the Dominican Republic.

"The minute that we told them that they were firefighters immediately they were brothers. They were friends. And that was the first time that I really got to see what it meant to be part of the brotherhood," says Jeff Hackett with Score International.

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director


Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan Mountain Retreat located in scenic Western New York, seeks an Executive Director (ED) to act as chief operating officer and provide vision and strategic planning for this organization with a rich 30-year history. Working within our collaborative management model, the ED will supervise the day-to-day operations of “the Mountain,” working closely with the president/ animator, resident friar community, the board of trustees, staff and students from nearby St. Bonaventure University.    

Key responsibilities include:

Hochul Reviews State’s Campus Sexual Assault Policy With Daemen Community

Hochul Reviews State’s Campus Sexual Assault Policy With Daemen Community

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discussed a new Cuomo administration effort related to campus sexual assault prevention and policies at New York State’s private colleges at a March 5 meeting with members of the Daemen College community.

Hochul’s visit to Daemen was the first to take place at a Western New York private college as part of a statewide tour to talk about elements of the proposed legislation. With this, a new state policy implemented in December at SUNY campuses would be extended to include private colleges statewide so that uniform procedures and guidelines are in place at both private and public institutions.

Newfane and Olcott Beach Tourism to host annual Wine Night on March 13

Newfane and Olcott Beach Tourism to host annual Wine Night on March 13

The winter of 2015 has been brutally cold. But, now that March is here, let’s start thinking spring and sunny skies.  Newfane and Olcott Beach Tourism believe that this is cause for a celebration. And what is great with a celebration? WINE!


On Friday, March 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Newfane and Olcott Beach Tourism will host its third annual “Wine Night” at the Town of Newfane Community Center, 2737 Main St. in Newfane.  World-renowned wines from Schulze Vineyards and Winery, The Winery at Marjim Manor, Black Willow Winery, Chateau Niagara Winery  and Victorianbourg Wine Estate will be poured.


The Resource Training Center Urges Celebrants to Drive Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

The Resource Training Center Urges Celebrants to Drive Sober on St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities, according to Monica Farrar, program director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst.

UB group crowdfunds solar home project

AMHERST, NY - A big fundraising effort in Buffalo was held to support what could be the home of the future.

This event at the 464 Gallery on Amherst Street Thursday night was held to raise money for a project being worked on by UB's School of Architecture and Planning. A group there is in a competition from the U.S. Agriculture Department to build a solar-powered house that produces twice as much energy as it consumes.

As of Thursday they had raised $26,000, a third of their goal.

Amherst Highway takes on pothole problem

AMHERST, N.Y.-- As some of the snow has started to melt, potholes have become a big problem in Western New York.

Streets all over the area have been put to the test with a long winter, a lot of snowfall and plenty of plowing and salting. This has left the roads damaged and towns trying to do what they can to patch things up in the prolonged cold weather.

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Amherst Interim Highway Superintendant Joe Speth says that while the weather is cold, towns like Amherst have been using a "cold patch". The cold patch is designed to repair holes deeper than one inch with no heating or mixing required.

The ultimate goal, Speth says, is to send out five to six crews once the weather warms to use a hot patch and to begin repaving roads.