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Amherst Man Sues Erie County Water Authority For $4 Million

Amherst, N.Y. - Jake Gruber says for the past five years, all he was looking for was an apology.

An apology from the Erie County Water Authority for causing a leak in the water connection to his home in Amherst when workers came out to fix his meter.

Instead, the Water Authority continued to charge him for the leaking water, a bill that eventually grew to over $3,000.

After two years, when Gruber refused to pay for the Authority's mistake, the Authority shut off service to his family. At the time, his kids were four, five and seven years old.

"They sent our family back to the third world. There were pots, pans, diapers all over the house without water. This is something you'd never to do anybody. How could they do that to a family with three little kids at the time," said Gruber.

Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

Millersport and I-290 Ramp Closure Tonight

AMHERST (WGRZ)-- Millersport Highway (Route 263) to I-290 eastbound in Amherst will be closed on Thursday, August 12.

The ramp will be closed overnight, from 7 p.m to 7 a.m.

Some Local Groups May Lose Tax-Exempt Status

BUFFALO, N.Y. - According to the Internal Revenue Service some local non-profit groups and organizations may lose their tax exempt status because of a new law that went into effect.

A spokesman for the IRS tells 2 On Your Side the organizations will be given until the middle of October to fill out the proper paperwork required by the new law or they may lose their tax exempt status. Some groups affected include some little league teams, fire departments and youth programs.

2 On Your Side has a database of the organizations and groups which may be affected.  

UB Marching Band Preview Set for August 29

AMHERST, NY-The University of Buffalo Marching Band is getting ready for another Bulls season.

The band will host a preview show at Kunz Field on the UB North Campus at 6 PM on Sunday, August 29th.

The event will feature the band's new football field show, along with performances by the Mt. St. Mary Academy Marching Band and the Buffalo Public Schools combined Marching Bands, Medina H.S. Marching Band and the West Seneca West Marching Band.

The show is free and open to the public.

Eggertsville Firefighters Respond to Apartment Fire

EGGERTSVILLE, N.Y. - Firemen from the Eggertsville Hose Company extinguished a fire at the Princeton Court apartment complex, 129 Princeton Avenue, near the University at Buffalo South Campus, this morning.

Fire Chief John Buttino said firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the building and found flames in a kitchen spreading to the living room of apartment 3 when they arrived. Due to initial fears that occupants could still be in the building, a second alarm was struck, bringing additional crews from the North Bailey and Snyder fire deparments.

Firefighters worked quickly to bring the blaze under control in 17 minutes. Maitenance staff and an off-duty Buffalo Fire Department firefighter had already assisted residents in evacuating the complex, Buttino said.

The cause is under investigation. No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at $225,000.

Amherst Sr. Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

AMHERST, NY-Time flys when you're having fun-believe it or not, the Amherst Senior Center is celebrating it's 10th anniversay at it's Audobon location this week.

The center itself dates back to the early 1960s at three locations, plus satellites.

Festivities get underway at 11:45 on Thursday, August 12th with the dedication of a portrait of the most recent past director, Mary Ellen Walsh. Hers will be placed alongside those of her two predecessors.

There will also be a special lunch with strawberry shortcake and entertainment.