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Bisons hold national anthem auditions


BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Bisons held their annual national anthem auditions Saturday morning at Coca-Cola Field.

All singers were asked to perform the Star Spangled Banner and O Canada, a cappella, in front of the home dugout at Coca-Cola Field.

We've posted video of all of the performances here so you can choose the singers you think are best.

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Indoor Yard Sale to Benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc.

Indoor Yard Sale to Benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc.

 

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, will host an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. For every $5 spent at the yard sale, shoppers will receive a chance to win a wonderful prize.

A donation drop-off will take place at the yard sale location from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 24. Items should be new or gently used; please, no electronics, broken, dirty or rusty items.

Peace Bridge Authority Advances Several Capital Projects

Peace Bridge Authority Advances Several Capital Projects to Widen Canadian Plaza Approach, Re-Deck Bridge & Create Scenic Overlook

Projects not slated to impact traffic during busy 2015 and 2016 summer travel seasons

 

BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) announced the continuation of its $167 million capital plan with the unveiling  of several additional projects, including the widening of the bridge to 4 lanes in Canada, re-decking of the span, and installation of a scenic overlook feature along the international boundary line.

The Resource Training Center joins the ‘One Text or Call Could Wreck It All’ campaign

The Resource Training Center joins the ‘One Text or Call Could Wreck It All’ campaign

 

In an effort to make our roads safer, The Resource Training Center in Amherst announced today that it has joined the “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” campaign to stop distracted driving. Program Director Monica Farrar has pledged her support to help spread the message that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road.  

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Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association and Buffalo Bisons announce new partnership

Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association and Buffalo Bisons announce new partnership

The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) and the Buffalo Bisons today announced an agreement where the Bisons’ Pettibones Grille will manage the BNBA’s annual festivals and events for 2015 and 2016.

The new partnership will begin with the 2nd annual Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside on Saturday, June 20. In teaming up with the Bisons, the BNBA will benefit from the logistical and event management capabilities of the Buffalo Bisons and their Pettibones Grille staff. 

The Bisons have been a leader in the craft beer movement for years, showcased by the popularity of the team’s fridaynightbash!® Happy Hours and their annual Ballpark Brew Bash held at Coca-Cola Field.

Erie County Votes on 911 Surcharge Funds


BUFFALO, NY - Local lawmakers are getting behind a statewide effort to keep Albany from raiding a fund that's meant to help first responders save lives.

The Erie County Legislature approved a resolution requesting that locally generated E-911 funds be directed towards improving the county's wireless E-911 system. The resolution supports a bill that is now in the state senate that calls for a higher percentage of funds to be shared.

Legislator Ed Rath said, "Right now we're only getting two percent of the money that is due to us and this bill is calling for 50 to 60 percent. of the money to come back to us . If this bill is passed, we'll see $4 million to $5 million dollars a year versus the $200,000 that Albany is sharing right now."

The state has been moving a portion of the public safety surcharge money to the general fund.

Poloncarz delivers State of the County address


BUFFALO, NY - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz made his case for another term Thursday evening during the annual State of the County address, highlighting the development and growth that's happened in the county under his administration.

"When I took office in January 2012 the county's unemployment rate was 8.9 percent and there were 40,600 unemployed residents in Erie County," Poloncarz told a full house in the auditorium of downtown's Central Library. "Following a broad effort, as of the end of 2014, I am proud to say there are 16,500 less people on the unemployment rolls and the rate of unemployment has dropped to 5.5 percent lower than the state and national averages."

Poloncarz also set up his goals for Erie County over the next year, including setting up a volunteer poverty community to fight the issue in our community and a council that would help him address immigrant issues, as well.