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WNY Veterans Play for Benefits in Golf Tournament

HAMBURG, NY-- WNY Heroes and WNY Veterans Housing Coalition tee off in the "Heroes Cup" golf tournament on Monday, August 16th.

The two not-for-profit groups join together for this fundraiser to benefit at-risk Veterans who seek assistance from their organizations.

Sponsorship levels ranged from $150 to $2,500. The tournament is being held at Briarwood Country Club.

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Buffalo Area Volunteer Fireman Engaged At Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The crowd gathered in the grandstand to watch the Fireman's Parade at the Erie County Fair got a bonus surprise Friday night.

Of course, the most surprised of all was Amanda Pieczynski.

Her boyfriend Andrew Atkinson is a member of the South Line Volunteer Fire Department.

As his unit completed the final leg of its march around the oval of the fairground's race track, they suddenly stopped and faced toward where she was sitting along the infield.

As Andrew broke ranks and strode toward her, she had a confused look on her face-- but only for a moment.

She began crying with joyous disbelief as members of the department got down on one knee, each holding a letter up, to make a sign that spelled out :

W-I-L-L  Y-O-U  M-A-R-R-Y  M-E-?

New Hamburg Casino Opens

The new Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds that opened on Friday, August 13, is 34 percent larger than the facility which it replaced, said General Manager Ellsworth Gaskill in a statement.

"The new Hamburg Casino will offer a fresh and modern entertainment destination to Western New York. New games, a beautiiful bar, live bands and delicious food -- all within a spacious, contemporary facility -- will no doubt impress guests, old an new," said Gaskill.

Amenities at the $25.4 million, 66,000-square-foot facility include several dining options, a bar and lounge, private banquet room, 50 flat-screen TVs, a live entertainment stage, and a newly paved and expanded parking lot.

Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

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FREE car seat safety check in Derby

DERBY, N.Y. – Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, District 12, has partnered with the Erie County Stop DWI Office and North Evans Volunteer Firefighters to hold a free car seat safety check.

“Reports have shown that more than 90 percent of car seats are installed improperly. That is a shocking and dangerous statistic,” Legislator Dixon said. “Car seats that are not installed correctly are extremely hazardous, and I encourage all parents to stop and have their car seats checked during this event. Taking a few minutes out of their day could potentially save their child’s life.”

The check will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 14, at the Highland Hose Volunteer Fire Company, 1 George Nablo Parkway, Derby, NY 14047. Checks will take place in the parking lot.

Having law enforcement professionals check the seats helps ensure children’s car safety seats are installed properly which can prevent injuries and save lives.

Wilson and Hamburg Districts Win Prizes For School Lunch Programs

New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner, John C. Egan, today announced that OGS, in conjunction with representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), selected the Hamburg and Wilson school districts as two of eight New York State school districts to receive 2010 Best Practices Awards for their efforts using USDA foods.  As a grand prize winner, the Hamburg district will receive a $5,000 cash award and Wilson will receive $1,000 to support the purchase of school lunch related equipment. 

“This program is a perfect example of New York State's commitment to healthy living" said Commissioner Egan.

Urgent: Pet Connection Needs Your Help!

Do to a manufacturing mix-up, Pet Connection Programs Inc. is in urgent need of reusable grocery-style bags for the Erie County Fair. The bags are then filled with pet supplies and sold to Fairgoers to raise funds for the nonprofit animal shelter in Marilla. Unfortunately, only 200 bags have arrived so far, and they sold out the very first day of the Fair.

 If you can help with a donation of new bags, please call Joe Kirchmyer at 997-0152.