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Buffalo City Mission launches virtual program for annual 'Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge'
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 05:30 pm
On Tuesday, the Buffalo City Mission kicked off the fifth year of its "Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge," a communitywide initiative that brings together area schools, church youth groups and other youth programs to engage students of all ages in an exciting, educational and action-oriented food drive challenge.
DEC asks bowhunters to report deer that may have died from EHD
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation asked bowhunters who may encounter deer affected by epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) this fall to report the find to DEC. EHD is a viral disease of whitetail deer that cannot be contracted by humans. Reports from hunters help DEC track the disease's potential spread.
NYSEG and RG&E remind customers of natural gas safety tips as cold weather approaches
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:00 pm
With cold weather just around the corner, customers will be firing up furnaces and other appliances for the first time this season. NYSEG and RG&E urge the public to recognize the potential signs of a natural gas leak and review the following safety tips about what do if a leak is suspected.
Project Connect Niagara to support local providers in wake of COVID-19
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 01:30 pm
Project Connect Niagara, an annual effort designed to connect local residents with critical services, has pivoted during the time of COVID-19. This year, instead of an in-person event, organizers will partner with local providers to make an impact through the distribution of care packages.
DEC reminds fall campers to follow firewood requirements to prevent spread of invasive species
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 11:40 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, on Thursday, marked the beginning of fall camping season by reminding New Yorkers and visitors to prevent the spread of damaging invasive species by following state firewood requirements when obtaining wood for campfires. In recognition of October as National Firewood Awareness Month, DEC is releasing new PSA across the state to help raise awareness about firewood movement and its role in spreading invasive species.
DEC seeks public input on proposed endangered species protections
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 11:25 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Thursday announced the agency is accepting public comment on a revised regulatory proposal to strengthen protections for threatened and endangered wildlife in New York.
Eastern Standard Provisions, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital team up to launch special 'St. Jude Gift of Hope' artisanal soft pretzel box
Wed, Sep 30th 2020 05:35 pm
In conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Eastern Standard Provisions Co. has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to release the "St. Jude Gift of Hope Box," which features a special selection of the Boston-based snack food brand's hand-twisted soft pretzels, artisanal salts, newly released sugars, and "Sprinkle Hope" collectible stickers. Eastern Standard Provisions will donate $10 from every sale to support the mission of St. Jude: "Finding cures. Saving children."
Salvation Army Empire State Division sets out to 'Rescue Christmas' due to immense impact of COVID-19
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 01:05 pm
For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early across the country in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization's iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high.
September is Life Insurance Awareness Month
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 12:55 pm
It's Life Insurance Awareness month, and AAA Western and Central New York has important life insurance tips. An essential component of insurance coverage, life insurance is not only highly recommended by AAA insurance agents, but your life insurance needs change based on major life events, so it's important to review it regularly.
The Tool Library expands service area & inventory to bring affordable tool access to communities across WNY
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 11:55 am
The Tool Library announced that, starting today, it will expand its tool sharing service to allow membership from eight Western New York counties. Originally servicing residents in Erie and Niagara counties exclusively, individuals can now join from Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, as well.
HANCI offering free personal care aide training in October
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 10:05 am
HANCI's mission to keep people living safely at home has never been more important. With the protection of our clients and caregivers as our highest priority during the coronavirus pandemic and always, we have mobilized our team so we can stay on the front lines, providing the highest level of care to our clients - safely. If you are the type of person who rises to the occasion and wants to make a real difference in the lives of others through your work, we want to meet you!
Cuomo encourages all eligible New Yorkers to register to vote
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the following announcement on Tuesday (National Voter Registration Day):
Higgins announces approval of Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act
Thu, Sep 24th 2020 09:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Wednesday announced the approval of H.R. 4995, the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act of 2020. The bill seeks to resolve disparities in access to maternal health care among rural and minority populations.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Buffalo & Erie County online family support groups available
Wed, Sep 23rd 2020 01:30 pm
National Alliance on Mental Illness Buffalo & Erie County (NAMI) family support groups are available for adult family members and caregivers (over age 18) of people living with mental illness.
'Walk Off Hunger' offers variety of options across WNY for community members to support neighbors in need
Wed, Sep 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
As FeedMore WNY continues to respond to the increased need for food assistance in the community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FeedMore WNY Foundation encourages Western New Yorkers to support their neighbors in need by participating in "Walk Off Hunger" from Oct. 3-10.
New York State Smokers' Quitline launches audio/video podcast series: 'New York QuitCast'
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 04:10 pm
As part of its enhanced outreach efforts to both health care professionals and those who currently smoke or vape, the New York State Smokers' Quitline launched "New York QuitCast," an audio/video podcast series.
Local recycler relaunches donation program to benefit Camp Good Days
Tue, Sep 22nd 2020 03:55 pm
Sunnking, an electronics recycling company based in Brockport, has reopened registration for its annual "e-Scrap for Camp" fundraiser in Buffalo. This follows a four-month pause due to COVID-19. The program raises money for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been affected by cancer.
Emergency physicians recognize National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:50 pm
In recognition of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day (Sept. 17), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) applauded efforts to protect health care heroes on the frontlines - and called for "meaningful change to break down barriers that prevent emergency physicians and other health care professionals from seeking mental health treatment."
Voters with disabilities in 5 counties can get free rides to vote
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 01:50 pm
Independence Express, the transportation branch of Western New York Independent Living Inc. will provide free van rides to people with disabilities living in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties who need a ride to vote on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3). Or, if one would prefer to cast a vote prior to Election Day, one can get a ride to a designated early voting site in their county during its limited hours of operation between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1.
Cuomo: New York state will honor life & legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with statue in Brooklyn
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 11:45 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday announced New York state will honor the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in Brooklyn - her birthplace. The governor will appoint a commission to select an artist and undergo a location selection process.
Aquarium of Niagara to adopt uncommon lobster found in seafood shipment at Tops Markets
Thu, Sep 17th 2020 01:25 pm
The Aquarium of Niagara will welcome an orange lobster into its animal collection after it arrived in a seafood shipment to Tops Friendly Markets on Transit Road in Lockport.
Gender pay gap isn't closing - and signs point to a divide wider ahead
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 02:45 pm
AAUW CEO Kimberly Churches issued the following statement in response to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau:
DEC announces actions to protect Salmon River fish populations
Tue, Sep 15th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced actions underway to mitigate the impacts of low water flows along the Salmon River during the upcoming salmon run that draws thousands of anglers each year. In addition, new angling regulations and recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in effect to ensure the health and safety of both natural resources and the public.
Cuomo announces digital campaign to raise awareness on suicide prevention in New York
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 02:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a new digital campaign to raise awareness and to inform all New Yorkers of the suicide prevention resources available across the state. He also issued a proclamation recognizing September as Suicide Prevention Month and Sept. 10 as Suicide Prevention Day in New York.
HRSA awards Ryan White grant to ECMC for food pharmacy program to benefit HIV/AIDS patients
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 10:40 am
Erie County Medical Center Corp. recently received notification from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration of a Ryan White HIV/AIDS program grant award of $147,842.
Emergency physicians urge everyone to recognize warning signs of suicide, know how to help
Tue, Sep 8th 2020 05:15 pm
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) urges everyone to do their part to support those who may be struggling with depression or other mental health challenges by recognizing the warning signs of suicide, knowing how to help, and becoming more familiar with resources available in each community.
Community Services for Every1 creates region's first domestic violence program to aid victims with disabilities
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 01:50 pm
Community Services for Every1 received a federal grant from the Department of Justice through the Office of Violence against Women in the amount of $325,000 to fund its new domestic violence program to aid victims with a disability, and partner with the Family Justice Center and Niagara University to continue an ongoing collaborative designed to benefit people diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities who have experienced domestic violence in Western New York.
NYS DCP, DPS remind consumers to be alert of phone scammers spoofing utility companies
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 09:25 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) and the Department of Public Service (DPS) are alerting consumers of a phone scam in which scammers, pretending to be from a utility company, call individuals and threaten to suspend electricity services unless they receive a payment immediately. Payment has been requested by means of untraceable services such as gift cards, including Green Dot cards and money transfer apps, including Cash App.
Heart, Love & Soul announces Mark Baetzhold as next executive director
Tue, Sep 1st 2020 03:15 pm
In its 38th year of service to the community, Heart, Love & Soul has announced Mark Baetzhold will lead the organization as executive director beginning Oct. 1.
National Fuel warns of collections scam
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 02:45 pm
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. is warning customers of a recent collections scam. Scammers, posing as National Fuel representatives, are contacting customers and stating the customer has 45 minutes to pay their bill or service will be disconnected.
NYSEG, RG&E offer tips for thunderstorms & high winds across state
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 02:45 pm
NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of AVANGRID Inc., are prepared for high winds and rain associated with incoming thunderstorms expected to hit their service areas into the weekend. As a result of the storms, customers may experience service disruptions. The storm is expected to impact most of the NYSEG and RG&E footprint, which includes the Western New York, Rochester, Southern Tier, Capital Region, Hudson Valley and Westchester regions.
DEC announces opening of Canada goose seasons, new waterfowl hunter registration system
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 02:45 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Canada goose hunting season opens Tuesday, Sept. 1, throughout most of the state. In addition, for the first time and for the 2020-2021 hunting season, DEC has incorporated the Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration into the DEC automated licensing system (DECALS) licensing system.
After 500 days, local shelter dog finds his forever home
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 11:55 am
Joey the shelter dog called Niagara County SPCA his home for the past 500 days but, on Wednesday, he finally got his happily ever after.
Cuomo dispatches New York firefighting crew to assist with Rocky Mountain wildfires
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 07:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a crew of 10 wildland firefighters from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is traveling to the Rocky Mountains to assist in efforts to contain high-priority wildfires in the region.
New York Fashion Week to take place in September with limited or no spectators
Wed, Aug 26th 2020 05:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced New York Fashion Week will take place Sept. 13-17, in strict compliance with New York state health and safety guidelines, including outdoor events capped at 50 persons and indoor events at 50% capacity, and no spectators. New York Fashion Week will feature a mix of live and virtual fashion shows, presentations and programming, including live-streamed runway shows, exclusive designer-related content and cultural programming.
Niagara Falls Memorial announces September 11 Day of Service & Remembrance activities
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 07:00 am
A community church bell ringing, virtual military veterans and families support conference, youth service campaign and candlelight memorial service are among activities planned for Niagara County residents when they join volunteers across the U.S. in observing this year's September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
John Lewis Day at Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
Mon, Aug 24th 2020 09:15 am
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center proudly proclaimed Aug. 28 as John Lewis Day at the Center, in honor of the late representative.
People Inc. celebrates 50th anniversary
Sat, Aug 22nd 2020 01:30 pm
On Friday, Aug. 14, local landmarks were lit blue in recognition of the 50th anniversary of People Inc., a regional nonprofit leader in the health and human services industry. The illuminated landmarks included:
U.S. Department of Transportation reminds everyone to 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'
Fri, Aug 21st 2020 09:05 am
At a virtual event Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) kicked off its Labor Day impaired driving high-visibility enforcement campaign, reminding Americans not to drive impaired. This year's high-visibility enforcement will be supported by a $10 million national advertising campaign. Motorists can expect to see increased law enforcement on the road through Sept. 7.

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