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How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a ’95 Ford Contour 6 cylinder. Whenever I drive the car there is a humming or roaring noise in the front that gets louder on acceleration. Also, whenever I make a turn there’s a popping or grinding sound more pronounced on one side. What’s wrong?

Jeffrey from Lancaster, PA

Jeffrey,

National Grid Grant Assists Expansion Plans

National Grid Grant Assists  Expansion Plans

National Grid today awarded a $250,000 grant from its Strategic Economic Development Outreach program to Unifrax to assist in that company’s $6.9 million expansion project that was recently completed at its Tonawanda facility.  The economic development grant was an influential factor for Unifrax for selecting the Tonawanda site for the expansion as various other international and domestic locations also were considered.

“National Grid is pleased that our investment in Unifrax will help retain 144 good jobs in the region,” said Dennis Elsenbeck, regional executive for National Grid in Western New York.  “The opportunity to help a company strengthen its market position and solidify its operations in Western New York were key factors we considered in awarding this grant.” 

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a 2001 Nissan Sentra, and there is a problem with the brake pedal. Occasionally, when I'm waiting at a traffic light, the brake pedal goes down about a half-inch or more, as if there is a loss of vacuum (doesn’t go all the way to the floor). Have you ever heard of this occurring?

Paul from Nashville, TN

Paul,

Buffalo's Waterfront Legacy to the World: A Lesson in Grain Elevators

Buffalo's Waterfront Legacy to the World: A Lesson in Grain Elevators

Buffalo Morning Express May 14, 1899 - Drawing near Buffalo upon the deck of a lake steamer, or looking across the broad bay toward the city from the south shore, you see a low strand, from which spring a great row of gigantic buildings which loom up out of all proportion to the narrow base upon which they stand.  

In the evening sunlight which falls upon their faces, they are a reddish brown, the smokey air of Buffalo softens their outlines, and their few small windows twinkle. They look fantastic and unreal! It appears hardly credible that such mighty masses, if substantial fabrics, could be supported upon such a shallow crust of earth. They seem like monstrous mushroom growths, sprung in a moment from the waters edge, and ready as suddenly again to disappear.

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Ol’ Man Winter has arrived, so it’s time to talk about some common winter-related automotive mechanical failures and how to avoid them to save time, aggravation and money. And most importantly, keep you safe. 

 

Drivetrain Abuse

Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Donates $1 Million to Kaleida Health

The Kaleida Health Foundation today announced a $1 million donation by Ralph and Mary Wilson through the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to support adult day care and home care in Western New York.

Mary Wilson was on hand to present the gift from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, at the DeGraff Memorial Hospital Adult Day Care Center in North Tonawanda.

“On behalf of all of the patients we serve, I want to thank the Wilson’s for their generosity,” said James R. Kaskie, the president and CEO of Kaleida Health. “Their compassion and caring will directly impact our adult day care patients as well as those we serve in home care.”

The funding will be used to subsidize the cost of attendance and transportation to the adult day care program.  It will also provide funding for programmatic activities and much needed capital purchases such as equipment and supplies.

Faxing Buffalo

Courier Express November 15, 1935

    Buffalo has the distinction of being the first city to have facilities for facsimile telegraphy, the long awaited development of the telegraph industry. The Western Union Telegraph Company opened its first regular commercial facsimile circuit between Buffalo and New York at 9 o'clock last night. And while at present Buffalo may send facsimile messages to New York, Gotham cannot send such messages to this city.

A person may now go to the main office at the Western Union in the Rand Building, ask  instructions for sending a facsimile message, and then write out a message on a typewriter within the type and frame for which the company has facilities for sending such a message.  If this form is adhered to, the message may be sent to New York and it will arrive there exactly as it has been written here, and will be delivered to the addressee in that form.