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

Dear Tom,

I own a 2000 Chevy Venture van with 54,000 miles. The transmission fluid has been changed twice and the coolant was changed about one year ago. Should I get the spark plugs changed before they get stuck in the head? The dealer wants to just clean them and not replace them. Thank you.
Cole from Buffalo, NY

Cole, 

Niagara Falls Applebee's Restaurant to Serve Free Meals to Kids on Halloween

Before the trick-or-treating begins, the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurant in Niagara Falls, NY invites kids 10 and under to put on their costumes and enjoy a free meal on Halloween, Sunday, October 31.

On Halloween only, children can choose one free entrée from the following options on the Kids Menu:

  • Chicken Fingers
  • Mini Cheeseburger
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Kraft®  Macaroni & Cheese
  • Fried Shrimp
  • Hot Dog

The meal also includes a choice of side dish and soft drink or juice.

Multisorb Technologies Appoints New Business Development Leader - Electronics

Multisorb Technologies is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Credle to the position of Business Development Leader – Electronics. Credle will support the current customer base and focus on developing new business in the electronics market.

Credle has extensive background in technical sales to the semiconductor and electronics industry, most recently in his role as Southeastern Regional Sales Manager for Elmet Technologies. Prior to this position, Credle was Regional Sales Director with Celsia Technologies, and spent the bulk of his career with Curamik Electronics, Inc., where he held positions in process development, key account management, and sales management.

Credle holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Grove City College, a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Cordish Companies Donate Rainbow Centre and Neighboring Parcel to NCCC Foundation

SANBORN, N.Y. — Niagara County Community College Foundation Chairperson Deborah Brewer announced tonight at the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala that the Cordish Companies is donating the downtown Niagara Falls Rainbow Centre as well as the parcel of land at the corner of Rainbow Boulevard and Old Falls Street to the College’s Foundation. The gift is the largest in the twenty-three year history of the NCCC Foundation and believed to be the largest ever given to a SUNY Community College. 

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of David Cordish and the Cordish Group in the awarding of the Rainbow Centre and the neighboring lot to the NCCC Foundation,” said Foundation Chairperson Deborah Brewer. “This is the largest single donation ever made to our Foundation and I cannot overstate the significance of the impact a donation such as this has on all our board members who work tirelessly to raise funds for student scholarships.” 

NCIDA Accepts Application for Assistance from Verizon

Mega-project would create hundreds of permanent and temporary construction jobs

 

SANBORN, N.Y. – The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA) today formally accepted an application from Verizon in which the company is proposing to build an operations center in the town of Somerset.  The center would create hundreds of jobs, including approximately 500 jobs during the construction phase with an estimated annual economic impact of $500 million.  The project also will create new revenues for the various taxing jurisdictions, including the town of Somerset, the Barker school district and Niagara County.

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
-Breastfeeding
-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.