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How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a ’95 Ford Contour 6 cylinder. Whenever I drive the car there is a humming or roaring noise in the front that gets louder on acceleration. Also, whenever I make a turn there’s a popping or grinding sound more pronounced on one side.

Locally Developed Marine Training Program Featured in Fitness Magazine

Locally Developed Marine Training Program Featured in Fitness Magazine

Marine Functional Force Training, developed locally by Steven Helmicki of East Aurora, president of Primordial Strength Inc., is featured in the December issue of MILO: A Journal For Serious Strength Athletes. Former Lancaster resident Len Kuhn, now manager of Area 4 Gym at Camp Lejune, a Marine Corps military training facility in North Carolina, is photographed in the feature.

Primordial’s Marine Functional Force Training program was specially created to meet the needs of our fighting men and women who train at Area 4.

National Grid Grant Assists Expansion Plans

National Grid Grant Assists  Expansion Plans

National Grid today awarded a $250,000 grant from its Strategic Economic Development Outreach program to Unifrax to assist in that company’s $6.9 million expansion project that was recently completed at its Tonawanda facility.  The economic development grant was an influential factor for Unifrax for selecting the Tonawanda site for the expansion as various other international and domestic locations also were considered.

“National Grid is pleased that our investment in Unifrax will help retain 144 good jobs in the region,” said Dennis Elsenbeck, regional executive for National Grid in Western New York.  “The opportunity to help a company strengthen its market position and solidify its operations in Western New York were key factors we considered in awarding this grant.” 

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a 2001 Nissan Sentra, and there is a problem with the brake pedal. Occasionally, when I'm waiting at a traffic light, the brake pedal goes down about a half-inch or more, as if there is a loss of vacuum (doesn’t go all the way to the floor). Have you ever heard of this occurring?

Paul from Nashville, TN

Santa Serves Up Pancakes at Niagara Falls Applebee's to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

Santa Serves Up Pancakes at Niagara Falls Applebee's to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurant in Niagara Falls, NY is currently selling tickets for its “Breakfast with Santa” fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, December 11 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each ticket is $5 and includes pancakes, bacon, coffee and juice. Santa Claus will be on hand at area Applebee’s joining the festivities and 100 percent of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter. 

Tickets for “Breakfast with Santa” are now available at any of the Applebee’s locations across Western New York including the Niagara Falls restaurant, located at 1608 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Last year, Applebee’s restaurants across New York State and Connecticut raised nearly $38,000 through its “Breakfast with Santa” event.

Niagara University Receives $1.5 Million Gift from Alumnus to Establish First Endowed Chair

Niagara University has received a $1.5 million estate gift from alumnus Dr. John J. Hughes to establish the first endowed chair at the university.

The John J. Hughes, ’67 Endowed Chair in Biology will be reserved to support the research, teaching and scholarly activities of a distinguished scientist and serve as a catalyst for Niagara to build upon and expand its programs in the interdisciplinary sciences.

Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Donates $1 Million to Kaleida Health

The Kaleida Health Foundation today announced a $1 million donation by Ralph and Mary Wilson through the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to support adult day care and home care in Western New York.

Mary Wilson was on hand to present the gift from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, at the DeGraff Memorial Hospital Adult Day Care Center in North Tonawanda.

“On behalf of all of the patients we serve, I want to thank the Wilson’s for their generosity,” said James R. Kaskie, the president and CEO of Kaleida Health. “Their compassion and caring will directly impact our adult day care patients as well as those we serve in home care.”

The funding will be used to subsidize the cost of attendance and transportation to the adult day care program.  It will also provide funding for programmatic activities and much needed capital purchases such as equipment and supplies.