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Erie County Legislator Mills Raises $17,543 for District 13 Libraries

Another year of hot dog roast fundraisers has come to a close and Erie County Legislature Minority Leader John J. Mills, R-District 13, is proud to announce that more than $4,590 was raised in 2010, thanks to community support.


Legislator Mills has held 20 hot dog roasts, four at each of the five libraries in District 13 – Collins, Concord, Aurora, Orchard Park and West Falls-Colden, during the past four years. These events have raised a grand total of $17,583.

“The funds raised are a tremendous help to the libraries, and support much-needed programming,” Legislator Mills said. “I want to thank each and every person who came out and purchased a hot dog at any of the roasts and made a contribution to help their local library.”

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Nationwide Prescription Medication Drop-Off Day A Success

WESTERN NEW YORK - The Drug Enforcement Administration is reporting that 3,280 lbs. of unneeded medications were safely disposed of Saturday as a result of 7 drug drops in Erie and Niagara Counties.

The DEA is anticipating that well over two tons of drugs will be safely incinerated at Coventa in Niagara Falls. Medications collected outside of Erie and Niagara County won't be tallied until Monday morning.

The 15 Western New York Collection sites were part of the DEA's national effort to rid our homes and communities of medications that can be misused and abused, particularly by teens.

The Drug Enforcement Administration wants you to hand over those old prescription pills, cough medicines, and other drugs that have been sitting in your medicine cabinet for years.

The DEA's Mark Caverly says it's a public health initiative amid concern about the growing misuse of prescription drugs, especially among kids 12 to 17 years old.

Temporary Ramp Closures, Detours for I-190 Drivers on Monday & Tuesday

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- The New York State Thruway Authority will temporarily close the exit to the southbound I-190 from the northbound skyway (Route 5), and the southbound I-190 exit 6 (Elm Street) for roadwork this Monday and Tuesday from 12:01 a.m.-5:00 a.m.

Detours will be posted.  Drivers can turn to Highway Advisory Radio 1610 AM for information about possible delays.

See road conditions around the area from our Traffic Tracker 2 cameras

Pet Connection Announces Additional Events During October

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, has added some new special events to its October calendar.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 2 and 3, Pet Connection volunteers will be participating in the Cradle Beach Harvest Festival in Angola, selling mini and large totes filled with pet surprises. Come out and see the puppies!

And, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. October 2, volunteers will be grilling up hot dogs and hamburgers at the Tractor Supply Co., 4484 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. The store is having a huge pet food sale, so please stop by and check it out.

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Legislator Dixon Plans Hot Dog Roast for Saturday to Benefit Hamburg Library

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, Hamburg, will host a Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Hamburg Public Library, 102 Buffalo Street, Hamburg. Proceeds benefit the library.

Legislator Dixon will be selling Sahlen’s hot dogs for $1.50, which includes a bottle of Mayer Brothers Spring Water.

The event will also include the Hamburg Library’s Pirate Party in celebration of International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day. Attendees are encouraged to dress like a pirate. The party will also include pirate stories, crafts and a few surprises.

For additional information, please call Legislator Dixon at 649-2640 or e-mail lynne.dixon@erie.gov.

Sophie's Club to Open New Respite Center for Families with Severely Medically Challenged Kids

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sophie’s Club unveiled plans for the first in a series of 10-bed, state-of-the-art respite centers on Thursday at a downtown press conference. The first of their kind to be built in Western New York, the facilities will serve local families in desperate need of respite services for their precious medically challenged children.

Sophie’s Club Respite Center and Kids Spa in East Aurora provides an “Oasis of Love” that provides local families of severely medically challenged children a safe and loving environment where the children can be pampered and cared for while caregivers take a break for just a day or up to a week.

These centers will be fully equipped to care of children with special needs. Each facility will have a 10-bed capacity, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with services provided at no cost to the families

New Life for Hoak's Armor Inn

HAMBURG, NY--  Seneca businessman JC Seneca announced plans to turn the old Armor Inn on Abbott Road into the Armor Inn Tap Room.

The restaurant will feature the old famous fish fry and a new specialty, "Big Bad Wolf Barbeque." The menu will also feature a Saturday prime rib.

Seneca purchased the property for nearly $300,000. He will team up with the former owners of the Lafayette Tap Room to add a little downtown flavor.

The renovation project will cost approximately $750,000.

The restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open in early Spring 2011.