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Local Soldier to Receive Purple Heart

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Army Specialist Earl Eisensmith, a resident of Orchard Park, NY, will receive the Purple Heart Medal of Honor for injuries he suffered when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan. 

Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Legislator John Mills and Aurora Town Councilman Jeffrey Harris will present the decoration in a special ceremony at the Purple Heart monument in Buffalo. 

The Western New York Purple Heart Monument is located at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park (near the corner of Marine Drive and Erie Street) by the submarine. The ceremony will be conducted Monday, August 16 at 10 a.m.

Buffalo Brewfest to Take Place at HSBC Arena

Several different types of beer will be available under one roof on Friday, August 6th at the HSBC Arena.

The Buffalo Brewfest will feature beers from all over the world. You will be able to enjoy tastings and see how beer is included in several different types of meals.

In addition to the good time, all proceeds will benefit a good cause.

"All of the money from this event goes to our foundation and throughout the year, we will use the funds generated from the Buffalo Brewfest for scholarships to our literacy program and our Autism intervention program," said Joseph Cozzo, President of the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center. "We like to tell people that they are coming down and drinking for a good cause."

The event runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. tickets cost $25 and will be $35 at the door.