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Ford Friendship Express Applications Now Available

Ford Friendship Express Applications Now Available

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York today announced that applications are available for the 2014 Ford Friendship Express program. Running for nearly two decades, the philanthropic program has donated more than 71 Ford vans to nonprofit organizations in the Western New York area.

“This program focuses on a great need that is often not top of mind for donors or supporters – giving nonprofit organizations access to safe vehicles,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee. “I encourage every nonprofit in need of transportation to apply to Ford Friendship Express.”

The following items are important program details for eligible organizations looking to drive away in a new Ford van:

AutoTech Program Keeps Local Grad Tied to Western New York

AutoTech Program Keeps Local Grad Tied to Western New York

 

As a graduating senior at Tonawanda High School, John Gorman had an idea about what he wanted to pursue for his career, he just wasn’t entirely sure how to put his plan into action. He had just completed the auto tech program offered through Erie 1 BOCES, and he was quite good at it.

So good, in fact, that John and a classmate took part in the annual Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association/Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and finished in second place. That achievement led to the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City, where the duo would finish in a very respectable seventh place against the strongest teams from across the country. 

Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Marks 50 Years of Service

Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Marks 50 Years of Service

On Thursday, September 19th, 2013, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) will host a commemorative binational ceremony to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

Officially opened in 1963, the bridge sits 370 feet above the Niagara River and measures 1,600 feet long, while featuring five reversible lanes that connect Canada and the United States between the historic heritage towns of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, and Lewiston, New York.  The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge serves the 5th highest volume of Can-Am commercial traffic, with millions of dollars in commerce crossing over the bridge each hour, representing thousands of trade and tourism-related jobs. The bridge is also the preferred border crossing for local residents and the hundreds of thousands of visitors who shop, stay, and play in the Niagara region every year.

Students Driven to Succeed Can Find Employment Through the NFADA’s AutoTech Competition

Students Driven to Succeed Can Find Employment Through the NFADA’s AutoTech Competition

Growing up in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Tyler O’Callahan loved to get his hands dirty tinkering with four wheelers and dirt bikes. So when he went on to Niagara Falls High School, it’s no wonder he decided to check out the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association’s Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition.

The local competition is open to Western New York high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a Career & Technical school automotive program. Junior’s get their first taste of the program by participating in a Tire Rodeo, while seniors have a chance to put their overall automotive skills to the test and earn scholarships and other prizes. O’Callahan, now 22, participated in both competitions and in his senior year, went on to win the local competition and earn a spot at the national competition.

Your Game Day Game Plan Should Include a Sober Ride Home

Your Game Day Game Plan Should Include a Sober Ride Home

 

Football season is here, and Western New York’s rabid football fans couldn’t be happier.   And while game day is always highly anticipated, it is also a day frequently associated with heavy drinking, reckless behavior, drinking and driving, and an increase in vehicular crashes.

“Western New Yorkers love football and love to cheer for Buffalo with their friends and family — oftentimes while drinking,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “The best way to celebrate a great game is to plan ahead and, if you plan to drink, plan on having a sober ride home.”

NFBC & You and Who Unveil Commemorative 75th Anniversary T-Shirts

NFBC & You and Who Unveil Commemorative 75th Anniversary T-Shirts

LEWISTON, NY/QUEENSTON, ON – The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) and social good t-shirt company You and Who have unveiled the NFBC 75th Anniversary and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge 50th Anniversary commemorative shirt, which is now available for purchase via nfbc75.com.  For each shirt sold, a meal will be donated to Project Share in Niagara Falls, Ontario, or to Heart, Love, Soul in Niagara Falls, New York.

Bridge Commission & Niagara Parks Plan Special NFBC 75th Anniversary Fireworks Display over Niagara

Bridge Commission & Niagara Parks Plan Special NFBC 75th Anniversary Fireworks Display over Niagara

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) and the 50th anniversary of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge span, a special extended 12-minute fireworks display will take place over Niagara Falls on Friday, August 23 at 10 p.m. (EST).

“The Bridge Commission is honored to be partnering with our friends at The Niagara Parks Commission in order to offer an enhanced fireworks show in commemoration of our 75th Anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge,” said NFBC Chairperson Thomas G. Pryce. “Audiences on both sides of the border will be able to view and experience this exciting event, which will take place over the Horseshoe Falls.”