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ASPCA's $100K Challenge

BUFFALO, NY - This Sunday marks the official start to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals $100K Challenge to Save More Lives.

Back in April, shelter contestants across the country started working tirelessly to save at least 300 hundred more animals than they did over the same three month period in 2009.

The shelter that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during that three-month period over the last year will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work. A second grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the shelter that does the best job of engaging its community in helping to save more lives.

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Eden Corn Festival

Come out and enjoy a summertime favorite....homegrown corn on the cob from the best skilled farmers in New York State at the Eden Corn Festival August 5th - August 8th in Eden, NY.

The Eden Corn Festival takes place at the American Legion 880 grounds on Legion Drive in Eden, NY.  Festival hours are; Thursday - 5 P.M.- 11 P.M.Friday - 12 P.M.- Midnight,Saturday - 11 A.M.- Midnight, Sunday - 12 P.M.-10 P.M.

Bring your family and friends to experience the best corn on the cob, corn bread and much more.  There is plenty of fun for  the whole family from corn husking contests to corn eating contests plus tug of war, mid-way rides and arts & crafts! Don't forget the Annual Corn Festival Parade takes place 12 noon on  Sunday, August 8th.  Admission is free, rides and refreshments are extra.

For more information and a schedule of events Click Here.

History of Hamburg Celebrated in New Local Book

Hamburg (WGRZ)-- In the new pictorial history book, "Hamburg Revisted," local author John R. Edson, features over 200 vintage photographs chronicle the people who led Hamburg during the 20th century.

Led by architects Lawrence Bley and Frank Spangenburg, Hamburg developed its distinctive brick and stone architecture of the 1920s and later boomed with growth in the post-World War II period.

Many aerial photos from 1950 show the growth of housing developments in Hamburg village, Blasdell and Lake Shore, as well as many landmarks that have been lost in the past 50 years.

The author hopes his work will inspire people to do something for their community, so years from now they will be the people whose stories and faces appear in future history books.

"Hamburg Revisited" is available at area bookstores.

Erie County Facing Lawsuit Over Murder Of Laura Cummings

Buffalo, N.Y. - "Why did they let my sister die the way she did?"

That's a question Richard Cummings has been asking himself for the last six months.

Why he asks, did Erie County not remove his mentally and physically-challenged sister Laura from the family home in North Collins where, the District Attorney and the Sheriff's Office say that over the last months of her life, Laura was repeatedly beaten by her mother, raped by another one of her brothers, and tortured by both of them.

"I just don't know why they failed to do their job," said Cummings.

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Shop for the Animals at the Buffalo Zoo

BUFFALO, NY-The Buffalo Zoo needs you to help make sure they have enough to stock their pantries throughout the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

"Shop for the Animals" will take place at participating Tops locations on Saturday, August 21st.

Here's how it works-a copy of the Zoo's grocery "wish list" will be provided at the store and you're asked to pick up an item or two on the list while doing your own shopping. Shoppers will be albe to leave their gift with a Zoo volunteer in the store lobby.

All of the donations will be used as special treats to promote the animals' natural behaviors and to stimulate them both mentally and physically.

Some of the items on the list include: Kellogg's Apple Jacks and Fruit Loops, all sizes of dog biscuits, extracts and spices, peanut butter and rawhide chews.

The following Tops Friendly Markets are taking part:

-2101 Elmwood at Hinman in Buffalo

-Sheridan Drive at Delaware Road in Tonawanda

Pet Connection Announces Special Events for August

Pet Connection Programs, Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of August.

Shelter volunteers will be at Village of Blasdell concerts every Wednesday evening in JFK Park selling dog and cat totes filled with treats and toys. Remaining concerts will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Windham Professionals to Host Open Interviews on August 10

EAST AURORA, N.Y. - Windham Professionals, a national debt management company, will host open interviews for student loan collectors and supervisors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 10, at the company’s Southtowns location. Windham is located at 300 Gleed Ave. in East Aurora.

 The company is looking to fill 10 collector positions and additional supervisor positions by Aug. 16. Interested individuals are invited to stop by and learn about the company’s Elite Collector Program and sign-on bonus plan. These full-time positions offer flexible scheduling; health, dental, vision and disability insurance; and a 401(k) plan.