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Top Tips for Training Your Dog

Top Tips for Training Your Dog

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Sit. Stay. Heel. These simple commands can make a huge difference in the life of a pet parent. Whether you're introducing a new dog or puppy to the family, or you have a dog with some behavior issues, training can help ensure a well-adjusted pet and a happier family. 

According to the American Kennel Club, dog training can:

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Student Group Presents Unique Program to Raise Awareness of Homelessness and Poverty

Student Group Presents Unique Program to Raise Awareness of Homelessness and Poverty

A bearded, disheveled man sleeps on the sidewalk and stops passersby for money. His breath smells of alcohol, and it's clear he hasn't taken a bath in days, if not weeks. That’s the stereotypical image that comes to mind when we hear the word “homeless.”

For a few hours on a "dress-down" Friday, November 30, the Buffalo Seminary community was inspired to think beyond this stereotype. Students and faculty alike participated in a half-day program organized and hosted by Sem's Justice League, a student group devoted to exploring issues about social inequities, injustice, diversity and tolerance. Activities included a hands-on simulation, a presentation by a guest speaker, a documentary screening and small group discussions.

The Fairgrounds Has Announced Plans For A State Of The Art Agriculture Complex

The Fairgrounds Has Announced Plans For A State Of The Art Agriculture Complex

The Board of Directors of the Erie County Agricultural Society has unveiled plans to construct the new 60,000 square foot Agriculture Discovery Center.

The Agriculture Discovery Center will be a state-of-the-art complex which will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn and experience the profound impact agriculture has on our daily lives.  The facility will host agriculture education programming year round including many interactive exhibits designed to enhance the learning experience.

Preliminary sketches were presented to the members of the Erie County Agricultural Society at its Annual Meeting held on December 12, 2012.   Plans will be to incorporate the popular Milkable Mabel, the Blacksmith Shop and the Milking Parlor into the new complex. 

Winter Coat Drive a Success

Winter Coat Drive a Success

After months of preparation, collections and cleaning, Urban Valet Dry Cleaners distributed over 700 winter coats in Buffalo in the past two weeks.  Urban Valet worked with the Buffalo Fire Dept and Local 282 Union again this year to collect and distribute coats.  Other organizations such as Frontier Claims Services, Niagara National Insurance, First Niagara's East Aurora Branch, and the Insurance Women of Buffalo helped to collect and donate coats as well.

Over 250 coats were donated to two local refugee organizations: Journey's End and the International Institute.  Then on Wednesday, December 12th, Urban Valet gathered with members and Chaplains of the Fire Dept. in front of Urban's Elmwood Village store to kickoff the distribution of the rest of the 700 coats to local churches.

Urban Valet holds its Winter Coat Drive annually and is pleased by the growth of the event each year. The company also holds an annual Prom Dress Drive in the spring.

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Erie County Officials Volunteer to Wrap Gifts for Autism Services

Erie County Officials Volunteer to Wrap Gifts for Autism Services

Erie County Legislators Lynne Dixon and Joseph Lorigo, along with County Clerk Chris Jacobs, remind shoppers that the Autism Services' gift wrapping table will be open at the Galleria Mall through Christmas Eve.

Donations collected help raise funds to help the organization continue to provide much needed services for local residents on the Autism Spectrum. The table is located near the Apple Store and provides gift wrapping services daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Monday, Dec. 24. For a small donation, shoppers can get their gifts beautifully wrapped and support Autism Services.

Price List:

Jewelry Box/CD - $1.75

Small (for: Scarves, Gloves, etc - $2.25

Medium A (for: Shirts, Blouses, etc.) - $3.25

Medium B (for: Larger Shirts, Sweaters, etc.) - $4.00

Large (for: Robes, Multiple Shirts, etc.) - $4.50

Filming Begins for Reality TV Show Based on Buffalo Warriors Basketball Team

Filming Begins for Reality TV Show Based on Buffalo Warriors Basketball Team

Filming of a reality television show based on a new minor league basketball team — the Buffalo Warriors — and its owner, Ed Bednarz of Buffalo, began Monday at Antoinette’s on the Hill in West Seneca. The basketball team will make its debut in March 2013 as part of the expanding Premier Basketball League, and will play its home games at a Southtowns venue to be announced in the near future.

Should I Purchase an Extended Warranty for My Vehicle?

Should I Purchase an Extended Warranty for My Vehicle?

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive expert from Towne Automotive Group here, hoping you had a great weekend and drove safely! And now for my weekly automotive tip: People are always asking me if an extended warranty is worth buying, to which I respond, “Sure, providing you follow these tips.”

Make sure you know who is offering the warranty. Is it the car manufacturer or a reputable after-market company? Make sure you know who it is that's underwriting your policy. After your first mechanical breakdown is not the time to find out who your underwriter is!