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American Legion Auxiliary Hosts District Fall Conference

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- The American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting the visitation of their Department of State Officers.

The event will be held at the LaSalle American Legion Post 1142, located at 8643 Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Nancy Kurk, President of the Department, will be addressing approximately 100 auxiliary members on her new project, "Hats Off to Homeless Vets."

Applebee's Restaurant Teams Up with Law Enforcement

BUFFALO, NY-- On Thursday, September 16, law enforcement officers and local officials will be serving the public in a new way, as servers as local Applebee's restaurants. They will be accepting donations to benefit the Special Olympics New York and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Torch Run is part of a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies, benefiting their local Special Olympic Program. NYS Police, Buffalo Police, Hamburg Police, and NYS Department of Corrections will be participating.

The various law enforcement agencies will be on hand at 11 Applebee's locations, greeting customers and helping out the wait staff.

Applebee's has locations in Williamsville, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Buffalo, Depew, Blasdell, Lakewood, Cheektowaga, Dunkirk, Olean, and West Seneca.

In 2009, more than $1 million was raised for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.

State D.E.C Expands Firewood Quarantine

Buffalo, NY - The Department of Environmental Conservation has expanded its quarantine on firewood in New York State, in an effort to stop the spread of Emerald Ash Borer beetles.

Starting September 18th, movement of ash trees, ash tree product, and firewood from all wood species will be limited in the following counties: Cattaraugus, Genesee, Greene, Livingston, Stueben, Ulster, Monroe, Allegany, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

Under the quarantine, it is prohibited to transport firewood more than 50 miles from where it was cut, putting some local firewood dealers in a tough spot.

"Without a supplier, we're not going to be selling firewood," said Martin LaMarco, President of Alcliff Landscaping & Nursery in Niagara Falls. "So consequently, this winter, it's going to get a little thin for us because that's what we used to pay our overhead in the winter."

Yellow Lobster Makes Waves

NIAGARA FALLS, NY- One of nature's rarities has made its home in Western New York.

Lobsters are usually a brownish-red color, but one out of every 30 million or so turn up yellow.

The Aquarium of Niagara now has one of them on display.

It was picked up by a commercial fishery in Rochester that knew it was rare and decided to donate it.

The sunny color is caused by a genetic mutation, said Dan Arcara, supervisor of exhibits at the aquarium.

"There are actually other colored ones," says Arcara," and people think, that's crazy, oh maybe somebody painted it, but that's not the case."

Arcara says there are red, blue and even multicolored lobsters.

Writing With Light Student Exhibition

Just Buffalo Literary Center and CEPA Gallery are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Writing With Light Student Exhibition. A celebratory reception will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade building, 617 Main Street, Buffalo.

Featuring selected works from Just Buffalo & CEPA Gallery’s education programs from the past year, the exhibit will display work from Picturing Poetry, Writer Residencies, and Bookmaking projects.

Writing With Light reached more than 3,500 K-12 students across the region this year, and its emphasis on intensive one-on-one contact between teaching artists and students yields powerful creative results. 

Genevieve DeCarlo, a 3rd grade teacher at Discovery School, P.S. 67 explains, "It was amazing to see the growth of my students... All children should be able to have this awesome learning experience!"

Niagara Falls Fire Leaves Family Homeless

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - A Niagara Falls family is safe after a fire overtook their house on Forest Avenue around one o'clock Tuesday morning.

The Red Cross is helping the family.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Aquarium of Niagara Looking to Secure Grant for New Coral Reef Exhibit

The Aquarium of Niagara is thrilled to announce that we have officially
been accepted into the Pepsi Refresh Project and voting is now open.

The Pepsi Refresh Project is a national initiative that awards grants to people, businesses and non-profit organizations with ideas that will have a positive impact on the community around them.