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Seminar on Invasive and Destructive Pests

BUFFALO, NY-The Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host a seminar on invasive and destructive insects in WNY.

It will take place on Tuesday, August 17th from 5:30-8 PM at the Marcy Casino at Delaware Park.

It's an open event for residents of Buffalo and the surrounding communities.

The purpose is to provide training and education for the detection, identification and reporting procedure for forest pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

The event is sponsored by the NYS Agriculture Department.

Refresments, a powerpoint presentation and a Q & A session are all part of the evening's activities.

If you want to go you're asked to e-mail an RSVP to rachel@bfloparks.org.

Erie County Recognized as "Storm Ready"

Officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service announced Monday that Erie County has been recognized as “storm ready.” 

The following is information provided by Erie County:

The County had to meet a set of rigorous criteria to receive the designation.  The County’s Emergency Services Department established a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center, developed numerous ways to receive severe weather forecasts and to alert the public, created a system to monitor local weather conditions and developed a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. 

County Executive Chris Collins said, “Our Emergency Services Department in Erie County, led by Commissioner Greg Skibitsky, regularly trains for all types of emergency situations and natural disaster responses.  Their impressive response to the October storm of 2006 and the floods in Gowanda last year in August are

UB North Campus Building Back Open After Gas Leak Scare

AMHERST, N.Y. - The University at Buffalo Police have reopened Bonner Hall on the Amhert North campus after they evacuated it just before 5 p.m. on Friday.

Officials were concerned about a possible natural gas leak.

On Friday afternoon, they sent the following text message:

UB Alert: UB Police are evacuating Bonner Hall on North Campus because of possible natural gas leak. Stay out and away from the building until further notice.

Bonner Hall is part of the school of engineering.

ASPCA's $100K Challenge

BUFFALO, NY - This Sunday marks the official start to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals $100K Challenge to Save More Lives.

Back in April, shelter contestants across the country started working tirelessly to save at least 300 hundred more animals than they did over the same three month period in 2009.

The shelter that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during that three-month period over the last year will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work. A second grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the shelter that does the best job of engaging its community in helping to save more lives.

Amherst Health Fair Saturday

AMHERST, NY-Kaleida Health and Assemblyman Jim Hayes are sponsoring a large health fair on Saturday, August 7th.

It's set to take place at the Amherst Senior Center on John James Audobon Parkway from 9 AM - Noon.

There will be free cholesterol and blood-pressure screening, as well as glucose and prostate cancer testing.

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning will be on hand to accept your expired, unwanted or unused prescription medicines for proper disposal.

The New York State Police will be on hand to provide Child Safety Seat checks.

Many other activities are also planned, including a blood donation drive.

Niagara Falls Blvd Access Ramp Closed Aug 5

The access ramp from southbound US Route 62 (Niagara Falls Boulevard) to eastbound Interstate 290, will be closed to all traffic beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, and reopen at 7 a.m. the following morning.

Traffic will be directed to follow a posted detour on Niagara Falls Boulevard to Sheridan Drive, then proceed east on Sheridan Drive towards Millersport Highway.

The ramp is being closed to repair a bridge on the 290. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

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Excelsior Orthopedics and WNY Breast Health Open House

AMHERST, NY-Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein, State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Jim Hayes will be recognized on Wednesday, August 11th, as part of the Excelsior Orthopaedics and WNY Breast Health Open House.

The event will take place from 5-8 PM at the Amherst office located at 3925 Sheridan Drive between Harlem Road and Harold Drive.