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Pet First Aid Class

Pet First Aid Class

Dogs and cats are more than pets—they’re family! And just like any other member of the family, pets deserve to be cared for and protected. That’s why the American Red Cross has developed the Dog and Cat First Aid Program.

Join us for the upcoming three-hour class at the Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center on Monday, December 10th from 6pm-9pm. 

Cost is $65/person, and space is limited. Register by contacting Jill Gregory at (716) 878-2382 or jill.gregory@redcross.org.

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Getting the Highest Trade-in Value for Your Vehicle

Getting the Highest Trade-in Value for Your Vehicle

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive oracle here, hoping you had a great weekend and start to the holiday shopping season! It is indeed holiday shopping season and the store parking lots are full! Please be courteous to other drivers and park in a manner so as not to block other drivers from entering their vehicles. Just a friendly reminder that you share roadways and parking lots with other drivers, so be courteous please! And now for my weekly auto tip:

Two Great Ways To Embrace Winter!

The inexorable march of winter each year seems to bring a collective groan from WNYers, but winter need not be a season of discontent!

There are lots of fascinatiing things to do when the snow falls, all you really need is a little willpower and some warm clothing. A great way to experience the snowy landscape is on a pair of snowshoes ...Not only are they a great way to get around, but they provide a link to our past.

Scott Lembitz is a Naturalist with Earth Spirit Educational Services." If you put on a pair of traditional snowshoes, you can go backs hundreds upon hundreds of years , to the Native American people who've been walking on snowshoes for centuries here, really an essential to their survival in the winter. " Sandy Geffner is Earth Spirit's founder." It all begins with a willingness to go out and to be in nature, to be in winter, and to be open to the possibilities."

Yuletide in the Country at Hamburg Fairgrounds

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The holiday spirit is in full swing at the Hamburg Fairgrounds this weekend. It's the 18th annual Yuletide in the Country.

More than 150 vendors take part in the artisan market. There are also cooking and craft demonstrations. It's a chance to do a little holiday shopping and support local businesses.

"Everything here is handcrafted. The majority of our artisans come from WNY, which are your neighbors and people in the community," said Dan Kaczynski. "That's money that stays here. Everyone had the chance to buy their Tvs on Black Friday. This is when shopping gets serious and meaningful."

The show runs again Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is five dollars.

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Natural Gas Smell Reported Across Southtowns

EAST AURORA, NY - The Erie County Sheriff Department started receiving reports just before noon Friday of an odor of natural gas from Elma, Orchard Park and Hamburg. 

National Fuel says that workers Friday morning were adding an odorant to the gas line at the Porterville compressor station on Hemstreet Road in East Aurora which may be responsible the smell.

According to respondents on the WGRZ-2 On Your Side Facebook page, a strong odor of natural gas could be smelled as far away as Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park and the Walmart store in Hamburg.

National Fuel issued this statement:

Jacobs Encouraging Local Businesses to Enlist in Veteran Discount Program

Jacobs Encouraging Local Businesses to Enlist in Veteran Discount Program

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is reaching out to area businesses and asking them to consider joining ranks and become a participating merchant in the Clerk’s ‘Thank-A-Vet’ Discount Card Program.

Under the ‘Thank-A-Vet’ program, the County Clerk’s Office provides a photo identification card, free of charge, certifying that the individual is an honorably discharged veteran and has filed their original discharge paperwork. Jacobs has gone out to area businesses asking them to offer a discount or benefit to the veteran who presents this card. “We have been overwhelmed with the response from the business community throughout Erie County,” said Jacobs. “In less than one year we’ve signed-up over 350 businesses.”

Jacobs Reminds Snowmobilers to Register their Sleds in Erie County

Jacobs Reminds Snowmobilers to Register their Sleds in Erie County

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs wants to remind snowmobilers to register their sleds “locally” and avoid the registration rush by doing so at any of the Erie County Auto Bureaus. For information and complete instructions on how to register your snowmobiles go to www.erie.gov/registrations.

“Snow has already begun to fly and we do not want any snowmobiler to be delayed in being properly registered”, said Jacobs. “Our winters are more fun on a snowmobile and we want riders ready to enjoy the season.”