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Legislator Dixon Congratulates Hamburg Athletes,Coaches on Stellar Seasons

Legislator Dixon Congratulates Hamburg Athletes,Coaches on Stellar Seasons

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon applauded three outstanding Hamburg High School sports teams during the July 19, 2012 session of the Legislature. Recognized were the Women’s Softball Team, Women’s Lacrosse Team and Men’s Lacrosse Team, all of which captured championships during their stellar 2012 seasons.

“This was a very exciting and spectacular season for these athletes, coaches, parents, fans and the entire school community. It is an honor to present these proclamations to the team’s coaches and athletes to mark these milestones that are shining moments in Hamburg High School’s history,” said Legislator Dixon. “Their efforts are worthy of praise and I wish all the returning athletes and coaches the best of luck in future seasons as a great precedent has been set.”

Hamburg Teen's Legacy Is Of Others Saved

HAMBURG, NY - Jillian Williams was a healthy teenage girl, a Frontier High School Freshman who in March of 2011 came down with an affliction many of us have suffered at one time or another, and recovered from.

It was a sinus infection.

But instead of draining normally, according to her mother, Jillian's sinuses drained back through her nasal cavity and into her brain.

"Everything that could have gone wrong, did," said Deanne Mills when recalling her daughter's brief illness, which claimed her life within days of the onset of symptoms.

The situation became dire when Deanne checked on Jillian who had been sleeping in her bedroom of the family's home, and discovered her daughter on the floor and unresponsive.

"I could look in her eyes, and I knew she was there, but she couldn't...she couldn't speak to me," Mills recalled.

Cheektowaga Polish American Arts Festival This Weekend

Cheektowaga Polish American Arts Festival This Weekend

Western New York's largest summer Polish event takes place this weekend in Cheektowaga.

The 34th annual Polish American Arts Festival kicks off on Friday July 20th and continues through Sunday July 22nd at Cheektowaga Town Park on Harlem Road.

On Sunday, at 1:30p, the festival will feature the annual Pulaski Parade from the Thruway Plaza to Town Park. 

Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/CheektowagaPolishFestival.

Free Baseline Concussion Testing Available

AMHERST, NY-The Excelsior Foundation of WNY is teaming up with Laux Sporting Goods this weekend to provide free concussion baseline testing to youth athletes ages 10-18.

Certificates for testing will be available at all six Laux Sporting Goods locations through Labor Day. Athletes and their parents can then schedule an appointment online and enter the certificate's unique code at checkout.

After going through the testing, families will receive more information on concussions and a coupon for Laux Sporting Goods.

NYS Comptroller Weighs in on Thruway Truck Toll Hike

  More political heat may be applied to the New York State Thruway Authority over its proposal to increase tolls by 45 percent for commercial trucks with three axles or more.

   More state lawmakers are speaking out against the plan and NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli provided his opinion. DiNapoli, who has issued audits and questioned the need for toll hikes in recent years, says his office provided certain cost saving recommendations to the authority in 2009.

   Here's a statement from DiNapoli..."Had our recommendations been aggressively implemented then, many of the same problems that exist today would have been addressed. The Thruway needs to control costs and maximize existing revenue before asking drivers to pay more. We are currently examining how our office can best serve the public in this matter."

Last Call!!!! Fair Entry Information

Last Call!!!!  Fair Entry Information

There are hundreds of categories that can be entered at The Erie County Fair this year.  You can enter your home grown vegetables, your beautiful flowers, your home made crafts and decorations, swine and llamas, and tons of other things.  There are so many categories to enter into.  Your entries will all be on display during the Fair in various buildings around the grounds.                                            

Class lists and entry information are now available online. 

But time is running out and the deadlines are approaching for the Erie County Fair agriculture and competitive exhibits. If you want to take home a Blue Ribbon at the 2012 Erie County Fair then you will not want to wait any longer.

Grisanti Law Signed By Cuomo Supports Craft Beer Industry

Grisanti Law Signed By Cuomo Supports Craft Beer Industry

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed a package of laws to support the craft beer industry.  This legislation will help increase demand for locally grown farmer products, support local breweries and wineries and expand industry related economic development and tourism    The laws keeps intact a tax benefit for small beer breweries, exempts those that produce small batches of beer from paying an annual State Liquor Authority fee, and creates a “Farm Brewery License” so craft breweries can expand their operations through opening restaurants or selling beer related products.  Grisanti sponsored the original Bill S. 5829 that sought to help small craft breweries expand their operations to include shops or restaurants.