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Ford Friendship Express Program Unveils its “Redesign”

Ford Friendship Express Program Unveils its “Redesign”

Applications now available for local nonprofits; Recipients to be announced at Buffalo Auto Show in February

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York just couldn’t wait to announce that applications are now available for the 2012 Ford Friendship Express program -- an annual program that provides “new wheels” to local nonprofit organizations in need of transportation.

“For nearly two decades, the WNY Ford Dealers have awarded new Ford vehicles to deserving organizations in our community,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee.

The First Flight Out of Buffalo, 1847. A "Wise" Decision

The First Flight Out of Buffalo, 1847. A "Wise" Decision

   John Wise was The 19th century's, most successful and most famous aeronaut. “Coupled with his enthusiasm, generosity, and scientific curiosity, clearly marked him as the most distinguished and experienced of American aeronauts."   In the nineteenth century many ascensions were made just for the novelty of the event, but John Wise's approach was from a scientific perspective. Each ascension gave him a chance to conduct scientific investigations of the atmosphere, pneumatics and hydrostatics.  It also gave him the opportunity to develop a more advanced flying machine. Wise was the first to observe the "great river of air which always blows from west to east" in the higher regions of the atmosphere. Today we call this phenomenon the jet stream.  He also developed the ripcord safety mechanism, and in 1838 developed a balloon that would collapse into a parachute if deflated or ruptured in flight, testing It by rupturing his balloon at 13,000 ft.  and surviving the descent.  He promoted the advantages of balloon transportation. In 1843 he conceived a project for crossing the Atlantic Ocean and asked Congress to appropriate $15,000 for the project. Congress, however rejected the appropriation.  He is credited with the first U.S. airmail transportation in 1859.

   In 1847, John Wise brought his airship to Buffalo and made the first ever successful ascent from this City. It was also the first ever aerial observation of Niagara Falls and Buffalo.   This 1847 flight inaugaurated Buffalo's participation in aeronautical history. A second flight was made about a week later from the same location but ended quite differently than the first. Read that dramatic account following this story. 

  • ARRIVAL EXTRAORDINARY!   -  AT MORRIS'S GARDEN!  BALLOON ASCENSION   -  MR. JOHN WISE THE CELEBRATED AERONAUT

Takes this opportunity of informing the Ladies and Gentlemen of this city and vicinity, that he will, at the request of numerous citizen, make his 62nd Grand Atmospheric Voyage, on  Saturday Afternoon on July 31, 1847  between 3 and 4 o'clock, from Morris's Garden corner of Main and Tupper Streets

     The Capacity of this enormous vessel is Sixty-Five Thousand Gallons, and it requires for one inflation of Hydrogen gas, one thousand eight hundred pounds of sulphuric acid; one thousand five hundred pounds of iron, and twelve thousand pounds of water.  The method of generating hydrogen gas by the decomposition of Water, is of itself, an interesting and mysterious process;  Fifty-Five Thousand Gallons of which will be made and introduced into the Balloon under the immediate eye of the spectator.  During the process of inflation, Mr. W. will be pleased to answer any inquires regarding the nature and Philosophy of the same.

TRAVELER ADVISORY: Part of 990 to be Closed on Wednesday

TRAVELER ADVISORY: Part of 990 to be Closed on Wednesday

A Statement from the New York State Department of Transportation 

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that the Western New York Incident Management Team will be conducting an incident management training exercise on Interstate 990 in the town of Amherst, Erie County, on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.  

As a result of this training exercise, Interstate 990 will be closed both northbound and southbound, from North French Road to Millersport Highway from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Motorists are advised to follow posted detour routes. 

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

New 'Ready Lane' Opened at Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge

New 'Ready Lane' Opened at Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge

A Statement Released by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations announces a new initiative to expedite the entry of travelers possessing Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology-enabled travel documents at the Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge ports of entry.

Since the implementation of WHTI, travelers have been required to present secure travel documents that denote citizenship and identity when entering or re-entering the United States from within the Western Hemisphere.  As of August 22, 2011, CBP has dedicated a separate or “Ready Lane” at the Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge ports of entry for travelers entering the U.S. with a RFID-enabled card.

These documents include:

•     Trusted Traveler cards such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST cards

Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that construction is continuing on the Interstate 190/Interstate 290 interchange in the town of Tonawanda, Erie County.  As a result, the ramp from Interstate 190 southbound to Interstate 290 eastbound (Exit 16) will be closed to truck traffic beginning on Monday, August 22.

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined together today in Orchard Park to sign legislation to strengthen the state’s law against texting while driving.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District), gives law enforcement the authority to pull over a motorist who is text messaging, e-mailing, transmitting images, or playing games while driving -- making it a primary traffic offense. Previous statute considered texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could only stop a texting driver if they had committed an additional infraction like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic signal.

“Today is about one thing – saving lives,” said Gallivan. “We have seen far too many tragedies caused by driving distracted to sit idly by any longer.

Niagara Falls Memorial Day Parade

Niagara Falls Memorial Day Parade

This year the Niagara Falls Memorial day parade will be held: Saturday May 28,2011. The Parade will assemble 10am at the city market (19th Street and Pine Avenue)

The parade will step off 11am sharp and will proceed east up Pine Avenue towards Hyde Park Blvd. The parade will end Hyde Park Grounds) at Pine Avenue and Robbins Drive.

A Veterans Ceremony will be held immediately at the parade end on the site of the new Veterans Memorial to be constructed. A full status report of phase 1 of the Veterans Memorial will announced. Application for active duty, retired, reserve, veterans who are serving or have served in the US Military will be available.  For more information you may email  mrimmen@sysr.com or  nfvmc1@gmail.com