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Childbirth Education Classes Available for Expecting or New Parents and Grandparents

A wide variety of childbirth education classes for expecting or new parents and grandparents are available at Women & Children’s Hospital, which has partnered with Destination Maternity® to also offer classes at its location at 2130 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga.

The new Grandparent Class helps update grandparents on current childbirth practices as well as focusing on "today’s baby" care with newer approaches to taking care of newborns. The class is interactive and outlines the importance of being a grandparent!

Childbirth Education classes available for expecting or new parents also include:
-Prepared Childbirth Class
-Birthing Basics
-Baby Basics
-Prepared Childbirth for Teenage Parents
-Maternity Tours
-Sibling Class
-Siblings at Birth
-Mommy & Me
-Massage Therapy (call 878-7370)

Millard Fillmore Gates Celebrates 50th Anniversary of First Successful Pacemaker Implantation

Physicians and leaders at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the world’s first successful pacemaker implantation.

Andrew Gage, MD, one of two surgeons responsible for the historic milestone, was honored for his medical achievement, which took place at the hospital in 1960.

Dr. Gage (now age 88), collaborated with another University at Buffalo surgeon, William Chardack, MD, as well as Wilson Greatbatch, who was a former associate professor of electrical engineering at UB.  Greatbatch then further developed the pacemaker battery, founding what today is internationally known as Greatbatch Inc.

Dr. Gage was given a plaque from Kaleida Health to commemorate his contributions as well as a proclamation from Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown designating it “Dr. Andrew Gage Day” in Buffalo.

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

Dear Tom,

I own a ’98 Dodge Neon with 97,000 miles. A few days ago while driving, I noticed that the battery light was on and all the gauges were going crazy (up and down). This happens only when the vehicle is in motion. I tested the battery and it’s good. What’s causing the problem?

Louis from Baltimore, MD

Edwards to Consolidate U.S. Operations Here, Says Niagara County IDA

ESD and Niagara County IDA assistance enable Edwards to invest $1.5 million, retaining and creating jobs in the vacuum and abatement manufacturing and service industry

SANBORN, NEW YORK – Edwards and the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) today announced that Edwards, a leading technology company headquartered in the United Kingdom, will consolidate its East Cost United States operations in Niagara County in order to improve the company’s operational efficiencies.  Edwards, which has maintained regional manufacturing and distribution facilities in the greater Buffalo area for more than 50 years, will invest $1.5 million, in addition to a long-term lease agreement worth more than $2 million.  Ninety permanent, full-time jobs will be retained, as well as 28 new jobs created in the State of New York. 

NTCC's Online Reservation System Reaches $1 Million in Revenues

Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation’s online reservation system has reached $1 million in revenues this year for its participating tourism partners. The system allows visitors to book their entire trip to Niagara USA online and features more than 40 tourism partners in Niagara County, including accommodations, attractions and restaurants.

“Booking vacations online has become the norm in the tourism industry and since launching our online reservation system in May 2009, it has become a one-stop shop for those planning their trip to Niagara USA,” said John Percy, president and CEO, NTCC. “We are thrilled with the success the system has had for our tourism partners after a little over a year in operation. By reaching $1 million in sales, approximately 4,500 trips were booked to our region.”

TeamSave Arrives in WNY With Web Discounts for Consumers

A new collective buying website that allows consumers to receive substantial discounts on goods, services and events from hundreds of Buffalo-area businesses has entered the Western New York marketplace.

Tour Boats Contract Bid Process Under Fire

By Anthony Reinhart