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USCIS Celebrates Independence Day by Inducting 9,000 New Citizens

USCIS Celebrates Independence Day by Inducting 9,000 New Citizens

On July 4, 1776, the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring our country’s freedom from the rule of Great Britain. Americans now celebrate this historic event — Independence Day — each year on the Fourth of July with a barrage of fireworks, parades, cookouts, carnivals and everything in between. This year, USCIS will be celebrating Independence Day by inducting more than 9,000 new U.S. citizens. 

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Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market to Serve as Double Up For Bucks Pilot Site

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market to Serve as Double Up For Bucks Pilot Site

Beginning Saturday, July 5, the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market in Buffalo will serve as a pilot site for a new incentive program called Double Up For Bucks. This program has been arranged by the Field & Fork Network in order to provide the Western New York region with further access to fresh and healthy food.

Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions Event Announces Venue Change

Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions Event Announces Venue Change

 

A previously unscheduled field construction project at the University of Buffalo football stadium will cause the relocation of the Sunday, Aug. 3, Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions event. 

The competition will be moved to Robert E. Rich, Sr. All-High Stadium, located at 2885 Main St., Buffalo. The event will offer a lineup featuring the top seven of drum corps in the world with 40 DCI world championship titles among them, including the Blue Devils, Cadets, Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, Troopers, Bluecoats and Santa Clara Vanguard.

NEWFANE LEARNING CENTER USES SEWING SKILLS TO HELP CHILDREN

NEWFANE LEARNING CENTER USES SEWING SKILLS TO HELP CHILDREN

The Orleans/Niagara BOCES students at the Newfane Learning Center have been putting their sewing skills to good work.  The students have been in a sewing club all school year taught by Mary Kuhn.  “We have been making stuffed animals and backpacks and we decided to give back to the community.  We reached out to the Miller Hose Fire Company in Newfane and we ended up making Boo Boo Bears for them to give to children who are in need in an emergency situation.” 

 

The students worked on cutting the pattern for the bears and along with Ms. Kuhn and teacher aides Janelle Dengate, Carol Mahler and Janelle Sepian they used a sewing machine and stuffed the bears.  “An icepack can be inserted in the small slit in the back of the bears,” says Ms. Kuhn.  “We hope they will come in good use.” 

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What the World Cup is Teaching Us About Citizenship

What the World Cup is Teaching Us About Citizenship

 

Soccer is the sport played most consistently around the world. It's not sectioned off or dominated by one particular country. According to FIFA's most recent survey, there are 265 million players actively involved in soccer around the world, or roughly 4 percent of the world's population. 

Niagara Falls Holds World Cup Watch Party


NIAGARA FALLS - In addition to Canalside's impressive turnout for the World Cup, Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls also drew quite the crowd of rowdy Western New York soccer fans.

Spurred by a group of volunteers promoting the #LiveNF hashtag on social media, designed to celebrate the positives of the Niagara Falls area, local government then stepped in and helped coordinate the event.

Take a look at the photo gallery to see some of the raw reactions from the heartbreaking defeat.


Retired Lockport emergency personnel suing city


LOCKPORT, NY - Retired police officers and firefighters in the city of Lockport say they want the city to honor contracts. A total of 71 retired first responders are listed in a lawsuit against the city over health benefits.

When they retired, there was a collective bargaining agreement that promised "lifetime medical benefits" and the city was "obligated to pay full costs, subject only to varying but minimal co-payments on prescription drugs, if any," according to the lawsuit.

Paul Beakman, a retired police officer is one of the plaintiffs. He told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing, "The city broke its promise in 2009 when it unilaterally changed retirement benefits. Our objections have fallen on deaf ears leaving us with no choice but to take the city to court."