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Pet Connection Announces Additional Events During September

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

Volunteers will be grilling up delicious hot dogs and hamburgers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 11 at Valu Home Center, 123 Grey St., East Aurora. Also on September 11, volunteers will be taking part in the Abbott Road Animal Hospital pet fair and open house from 1 to 3 p.m. The animal hospital is located at 3816 Abbott Road in Orchard Park.

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Program Raises Awareness for Pet Rescue

Blasdell, NY - The Ten Lives Club, an Ambassador for the Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue program hosted the Second Annual McKinley Mall Pet Expo on Saturday. The program raises funds and awareness for pet rescue and help local homeless dogs and cats find homes.

Last year's event ended with 13 adoptions, 4 adoption applications and over 6,000 people attended.

Since the Rally to Rescue began in 2004, more than 312,000 pets have found loving homes, but more work is still needed.

The program is designed to raise funds and awareness for pet rescue organizations nationwide. Money is raised from the sale of t-shirts. Items are available to purchase online .

Town Salaries Higher Than State Average

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Town of Hamburg employees had an average pay of $40,614 for its 193 employees, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. The average pay for town employees across the state is $35,632.

The report from the fiscally conservative group also found disparities in pay between upstate and downstate governments.

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

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Announcement Made on 'Move Over Act'

BUFFALO, NY - New York State Police, Cheektowaga Police, West Seneca police, Hamburg Police and Senator William Stachowski all joined Thursday to announce the Ambrose-Searles 'Move Over Act.'

The new law requires highway motorists to move over or slow down when approaching a parked authorized emergency vehicle whose emergency lights are flashing.

The new legislation, protecting law enforcement and emergency workers on the state's highways has been signed into law by Governor Paterson.

Ambrose-Searles 'Move Over Act', is named in honor of the New York State Trooper Robert Ambrose and Onondaga County Sheriff Deputy Glenn M. Searles, along with all other emergency  personnel who have lost their lives on NYS roadways while serving the public.

A Wing and a Prayer For Those in Need

The mission of 'Wings Flight of Hope' is to help people in need of free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes.

Saturday, September 18th, there is a fun fundraiser in Hamburg to help defray the expenses involved with their missions.

Click on the video link to see Kevin's report, here is a website with more info on the cause and the event!  

Bulldogs Coach Takes Long View

Head coach Mike McFadden previews the Hamburg Bulldogs season.