Another first in WNY: Gates Vascular performs first cardiac cryoablations

Electrophysiologist Chee Kim, M.D., FACC, has performed the first cardiac cryoablations in Western New York at the Gates Vascular Institute.

Cryoablation is a new, minimally invasive form of therapy, which is used to treat patients with atrial fibrillation - a heart rhythm disorder - by disabling the cells in the heart that cause the irregular rhythm. Once performed, regular heart rhythm is restored and further episodes prevented.

As its name indicates, this procedure utilizes extreme cold to freeze and disable the heart cells causing the abnormal rhythm. 

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Islander nets national spotlight

by Larry Austin

A Grand Islander stole the spotlight from a famous Victoria's Secret supermodel, Karlie Kloss, Monday and ended up on the front page of various international news websites.

Island native Kara Dudley is the anonymous woman seen in several Internet stories posted July 21 on celebrity websites such as "Good Morning America," ABC Pop, Cosmopolitan UK, The Daily Mirror, and even in Australia. Dudley was photographed coming out of a New York City shop, searching for Taylor Swift, who had appeared to have gone into it earlier. She saw the paparazzi, but was oblivious of Kloss. Dudley posed as if the cameras were present to photograph her.

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Outdoor entertainment to continue through August at Seneca Niagara

Fire Magick and Cyr Wheel Man from Las Vegas-based Farrington Entertainment & Productions will continue to perform free to the public between 6 p.m. and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as between 1 and 5 p.m. on Sundays, weather permitting. The final performance, which was originally slated for Aug. 10, will now be Aug. 31.

The two acts draw hundreds of visitors and tourists with each performance day.

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Higgins pledges continued support to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

On the same day he met with the Niagara Military Affairs Council in his Washington, D.C., office, Congressman Brian Higgins spoke from the House Floor to issue his continued support for preserving the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station's place in Western New York.

Higgins cited the upcoming construction of a new C-130 flight simulator and the proposed construction of a new Customs & Border Protection border patrol station among innovative strategies to invest in the base and expand its mission for long-term sustainability.

The text of Higgins' remarks:

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