New regatta comes to Youngstown

by Autumn Evans

The Youngstown Yacht Club hosts the inaugural CanAm Challenge regatta this weekend on Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27 on Lake Ontario.

The CanAm Challenge replaces the legendary Youngstown Level Regatta that the yacht club hosted for 40 years. CanAm Co-chair Tim Finkle said the new race came about because the club wanted to change its style of racing.

"Rather than change what we had, we wanted to start a new (race) with new ideas," he said.

In that vein, the CanAm Challenge is a one-design race, meaning that each fleet contains yachts of the same make and model. 

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'World's Largest Disco' returns

"The World's Largest Disco"Conesus Fest for Charity is proud to announce the 21st anniversary of "The World's Largest Disco," presented by Univera Healthcare, to be held Saturday, Nov. 29, beginning at 9 p.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center.

The event features a mammoth 64,000-square-foot dance floor, a concert-size sound/lightshow and surprise appearances from celebrities from the era.

More than 7,000 disco guests will dance the night away and sing along to their favorite songs from the '70s/disco era. 

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Grisanti names Kelly Carrigg 'Veteran of the Month'

Sen. Mark Grisanti has named Kelly Carrigg as the seventh recipient of his "Veteran of the Month" recognition program.

A resident of the Town of Hamburg who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, Carrigg is the seventh recipient of the monthly honor presented by Grisanti. She was awarded following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members in Grisanti's veterans liaison office.

"I am pleased to recognize Lt. Col. Carrigg with this honor," Grisanti said. "Her career of distinguished service is very impressive, and her current community involvement is admirable. Now working as a school teacher, she is an ideal role model for our young people."

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Dangers of leaving your pet in a hot, parked car

by TripsWithPets.com

With the summer months upon us, pet travel is at its height, and it's time for a reminder about the dangers of leaving your pet in a parked car. Whether you're parking in the shade, just running into the store, or leaving the windows cracked, it is still not OK to leave your pet in a parked car.

The temperature inside a car can skyrocket after just a few minutes. Parking in the shade or leaving the windows cracked does very little to alleviate this pressure cooker. Even on a relatively cool day, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly spike to life-threatening levels if the sun is out.

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ESD announces expansion of Praxair, retention of more than 1,100 jobs

Empire State Development announced Praxair Inc. will invest $38.7 million to further expand and modernize its Praxair Technology Center located in the town of Tonawanda. The expansion will result in 1,111 direct full-time jobs remaining in the town, as well as the creation of more than 22 new jobs.

Praxair, a Fortune 250 company, is one of the largest employers in Tonawanda, where the company's facility is responsible for global plant engineering, research and development, North American operations communications, global plant monitoring, customer demand monitoring, and fleet dispatch and back office support functions.

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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 ninemsn.com.au 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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