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Saturday is 'Electronic Recycling Day' in Tonawanda

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda, reminds residents to gather all unwanted computer and electronic items for an Electronic Recycling Day planned for Saturday.

Sponsored by Erie County, General Motors and UAW, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at GM Tonawanda Engine Plant #5, 280 Vulcan St., between Niagara Street/River Road and Kenmore Avenue.

Items that will be accepted include: computers, monitors, terminals, network equipment, keyboards, mice, other accessories, and printers/scanners. Also, cell phones, iPods, VCRs/DVD players, fax machines, circuit boards, video game systems, batteries and universal power supplies.

Televisions will be accepted for a $5 charge. Participants may be required to verify that materials are generated by households.

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Meals on Wheels to Hold Annual Charity Auction

BUFFALO, NY -- Meals on Wheels for Western New York will hold its seventh annual fundraising event, known as Plate Expectations, September 22, 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.

The event will include gourmet food stations, live entertainment by Natural Elements and a silent auction with more than 250 items available. Meals on Wheels has added a twist this year with its "super silent auction." Several high-ticket items will be a part of the auction, including an autographed sports jerseys, a personal tour of the U.S. Capitol Building with Congressman Chris Lee, and vacation packages to Las Vegas, Boston, and Myrtle Beach.

Last year, Plate Expectations raised more than $117,000. Nearly 400 people are expected to attend the event. To purchase tickets, call Kathleen at 822-2201.

Nationwide Prescription Medication Drop-off Day

BUFFALO, NY-- The Drug Enforcement Administration Buffalo Office is holding a government-sponsored prescription drop-off day on September 25th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

It's easy-- simply drive up, and drop off your old or unused medications. No questions asked, and it's free to the public.

Participating in a pharmaceutical disposal is the only safe way to destroy or dispose of unwanted medications without polluting the environment.

WNY locations include:

Buffalo AmeriCorps On The Rebound: Community Service Without Abandonment!

Buffalo AmeriCorps and staff at The Belle Center can now rest a little easier after the decision to not fund Buffalo AmeriCorps for the upcoming 2010-11 fiscal year was overturned. After much advocacy, Buffalo AmeriCorps recently received a grant totaling $283,277 from the NYS Commission on National and Community Service.

The Buffalo AmeriCorps program has a major impact on the Western New York community as it provides vital resources towards socio-economic advancement for members in the community through service. Buffalo AmeriCorps has provided $206,000 in education awards over the past 3 years to members who have successfully completed their term of service.

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Sudan Lost Boys Aid Africa

BUFFALO - Helping children half a world away is the focus of an organization that is celebrating the generosity of Western New Yorkers.

A group called "Aid and Care for Africa" was founded by Dominic Diing, one of the so-called "Lost Boys of Sudan"-children who ran from their villages in Southern Sudan to escape military jihadists who were kidnapping young boys and training them for military duty.

Diing emigrated to the United States in 2001 and graduated from Niagara University.

For the past four years, he has raised money to build a school for orphans in his war-torn Sudanese village.

Congressman Higgins Outlines Next Steps at Canal Side, Outer Harbor

Congressman Moves Forward with Plan to Enhance Public Space, Connect Waterfront & Drive Economic Growth

Standing along the Erie Canal Commercial Slip, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) outlined his plan for next steps in Buffalo’s waterfront development.  The Congressman formally submitted the plan to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) after receiving Bass Pro’s July 29, 2010 letter “withdrawing from further consideration of this (Canal Side) development” and has been working on implementing components of his plan over the last several weeks.

“Western New York has an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary resources to remake its waterfront,” said Higgins.  “By making the necessary investments in public infrastructure we set the stage for long-term private sector investment.”

Board Recommends 3 WNY Properties for State and National Registers of Historic Places

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended that 24 properties statewide be added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, including the nationally significant Haviland Middle School in Hyde Park and the birthplace of an important American statesman, William H. Seward.

Three of the sites are in Buffalo:

- The Calumet, on Chippewa Street

- The Zink Block, Massachusetts Avenue on the city's West Side

- Kensington Gardens Apartment Complex, on the Cheektowaga-Buffalo border

"So many of the unique buildings and landscapes that have stood the test of time help us to appreciate New York State's incredible history," said Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash. "Listing these landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places will give them the recognition and support they deserve."