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Light Show Attraction Approved for Outer Harbor Silos

BUFFALO, NY - Abandoned grain elevators -- they're part of Buffalo's past.

And right now, work is underway to turn a grain elevator into another attraction for Buffalo's Waterfront by next June -- transforming abandoned, under-utilized silos into historical works of art.

"For the City of Lights, this is a perfect amenity that will really add to the excitement down at Canalside," said Robert Gioia, the chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.

The grain elevator that will be lit up is right across from Canalside on the Outer Harbor. Two companies will do the construction and light installation at a total cost of about $3 million. One of those companies is Frey Electric, which is based in Tonawanda and overhauled the Peace Bridge lighting system in 2009. The grain elevator light show is modeled after a similar attraction in Quebec City.

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Sonwil Receives Second BRC Global Standard Facility Certification

Sonwil Receives Second BRC Global Standard Facility Certification


Today Sonwil Distribution Center—A Buffalo based logistics solutions provider—announced that it has received a British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard Certification for Storage and Distribution at a second area location. This additional certification is the result of the company’s continued implementation of best practices and process improvements related to the storage and distribution of food, packaging, and consumer goods. Sonwil’s facilities maintain the highest level in Global Food Safety Standards and the company is the only third-party logistics (3PL) provider in New York State to achieve BRC status.


“Receiving BRC Global Standard Certification at yet another facility definitely validates our commitment to offering customers the very highest level of service possible,” said Peter Wilson, CEO & President of Sonwil Distribution Center. “From our strategic location in Buffalo, New York, we are able to provide quality logistics solutions across the Eastern Seaboard, into Canada, and beyond.” 


Originally introduced in 2006, the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was established to offer logistics/warehouse providers and distributors a universally recognized benchmark for service and process excellence. The Standard also offers the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing standards and the end user, the retailer/food service company.


Obtaining and retaining BRC Global Standard Certification requires utilization and adherence to a number of key operational features and policies, including exceptional site cleanliness and sanitation, comprehensive auditing and reporting, extensive and progressive product handling and vehicle operations plans/requirements, as well as processes for swift corrective action based on active performance review.


Sonwil joins a prominent list of leading food manufacturers and distributors that are BRC certified, such as Del Monte Foods, Goya Foods, and Sysco, among others.


To learn more about the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution, visit www.brcglobalstandards.com.


About Sonwil Distribution Center:


Sonwil Distribution Center, Inc., is a 3rd party logistics solutions firm headquartered in Buffalo, New York which has been serving regional, national, and international clients for more than 70 years. The company provides reliable services that free customers from their operating expenses and the management issues related to private facility ownership.  Sonwil’s scalable logistics solutions help clients optimize revenue growth and reduce their operating expenses related to the management and distribution of their inventory by offering logistics to power distribution, transportation to move goods, and commercial space to grow your business.


To learn more about Sonwil Distribution Center, please visit www.sonwil.com.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Aug. 16 Highlights

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Aug. 16 Highlights


The popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues its 15th season on Aug. 16. A program of the Elmwood Village Association, the market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine, through Nov. 29. 

Providing musical entertainment on Aug. 16 (weather permitting) will be the Nickel City String Band from 9:30 to 11 a.m, followed by Porcelain Train from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. International experience and West Side Community Services will occupy the market’s community group tables. 

Consultant teaches course on marijuana dispensaries

BUFFALO, NY - A marijuana business consultant was in town Sunday to discuss the legal landscape of the industry. Robert Calkin is the founder of the Cannabis Career Institute. He taught a day-long course to show people how to open a medical marijuana business, and to prepare them for challenges they're sure to face when the program is up and running.

"What we're doing here in these states in the beginning is just creating little nucleuses of people that are working with each other to get prepared for when the industry is finally able to start," he told 2 On Your Side.

While New York is the 23rd state in the union to legalize medical marijuana the program will not be in place for another year-and-a-half.

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The Spirit of Buffalo becomes a pirate ship on Saturdays to take kids on a big adventure.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The schooner "Spirit of Buffalo" takes on a whole new look before it sets sail on Saturday mornings.

It's a Canalside activity not too many people know about.

The boat becomes a pirate ship where little kids can enjoy a big adventure.

Weather depending, a group dresses up in character and invites the kids aboard to take over the ship and go on a treasure hunt.

Every child gets a hat and a piece of treasure to keep.

Captain Rich Hilliman says it's something his family loves offering to the community.

"Well, it's a pretty pirate ship-looking vessel. We really like to do a lot of adult-type stuff at night, but just can't get away from the reaction that these kids are getting on a pirate trip," he said. "So we stuck with it, and we have been doing it every Saturday morning."

Erie Basin Marina parking problem

BUFFALO, NY - If you were down at the Erie Basin Marina in the past few days and wondered if it was closed, it is not closed.

We received a few phone calls and emails from viewers who were not allowed to park at the city-owned marina, even though there were open parking spots.

Smith Boys, which operates the marina under contract to the City of Buffalo, says they can close the parking lot to non-slip holders once it reaches a certain capacity.

There are 350 slips and only 109 reserved parking spots. Further complicating the matter is the fact that there is only one way in and out of the marina. A Smith Boys' manager told us a big concern is keeping a lane open for emergency vehicles should they be needed.

Former deputies appear in court

BUFFALO, NY-- Two former Erie County Sheriff's Deputies accused of smuggling contraband into the Holding Center appeared in court Friday morning.

Charles Hunt is accused of bringing marijuana into the jail and selling it to inmates. He's been with the department for less than a year.

Eric Stevens, a seven year veteran is accused of giving a lighter to an inmate. Both are accused of promoting prison contraband.

"I'm not minimizing the safety risk, but 10-years or so ago, it was OK to smoke in the prison. Cigarette lighters were common place, I guess this is what a dangerous contraband is as opposed to a magazine or something," said Dean Puleo, attorney for Eric Stevens.

The men were not acting together. Both men remain free on bail. A grand jury is expected to take up the case.