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Taking care of your dog during fireworks


BUFFALO, NY - Amy Lewis, executive director of the Niagara County SPCA, was in the WGRZ studio Saturday morning to give advice on how to keep your dog from getting stressed out while fireworks are going off this holiday weekend.

"You love it, your dog hates it," she said. "Nothing can be scarier, especially for dogs that are noise sensitive. … Turn on a fan or air conditioner, even the radio, something to kind of mask that sound."

She said the SPCA usually sees a lot of runaway dogs around the 4th of July weekend, so make sure your pet has identification.


Independence Eve Celebration at Bisons Game


BUFFALO, NY – Although it was only the third, thousands of Western New Yorkers had already begun celebrating the Fourth of July.

There was a lot to do downtown the day before the Fourth, with a lot more to come over the weekend.

Two On Your Side's Andrea Marvin has more on the big Independence Day concert and fireworks show following the Buffalo Bisons game, and the low-down on what folks can expect at the waterfront on Saturday.


4th of July at Canalside


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- As the official celebration in the City of Buffalo, the 4th of July at Canalside continues to grow each year.

Folks from the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation expect close to 20,000 visitors to the waterfront this holiday weekend. With the addition of venues on the outer harbor, there will be something for everyone.

Music, food, and children's activities will be available, and then when the sun goes down, a grand fireworks display sponsored by Russ Salvatore, will light up the sky starting at 10 p.m. Saturday evening.


Dune buggy inventor visits ship that saved his life in WWII


BUFFALO, NY - Despite the rainy weather Saturday, Buffalo was feeling some good vibrations from the Golden State this weekend. That's because of one historical vehicle and the man behind who was in town to explore a historical connection he has to this area.

The vehicle is the Meyers Manx dune buggy, the iconic beach buggy that captured America's heart in the wild and wooly 1960s. Bruce Meyers of California is the man who came up with the idea of applying the brightly painted fiberglass bodies to the welded steel buggies used in sand and surf communities.

The 89-year-old artist is obviously proud of his fun cartoon-type creation that symbolized his breakin'-all-the-rules attitude.

Ride for Roswell raises record $4.5 million


AMHERST, N.Y. -- Saturday's 8,000 Ride for Roswell cyclists powered through the late morning rain.

"They all have a story to tell. They all have been touched. They're all here for a reason," said Roswell CEO and President Dr. Candace Johnson. "It's an overwhelmingly incredible sort of event."

It's those feelings that pushed Western New Yorkers to finish their 12, 30, 40, and 60 mile bike rides, despite the weather.

They are feelings that Tina Hassler, who rides with Team Momentum, is all too familiar with.

"A few years ago my grandm

other died from cancer, I thought that was hard, then two years ago, my mom died from cancer," Hassler said.

Roswell Park 'Celebration of Hope'


BUFFALO, NY – Friday was Roswell Park Cancer Institute's "Celebration of Hope" and 2 On Your Side was proud to join the staff, patients and thousands of volunteers from the world-renowned research and treatment center in the fight against cancer.

The event this year collected a record $4.5 million.

More than 8,000 riders joined the Ride for Roswell. More than 2,000 volunteer contributed their time to make the celebration a success, and 30,000 donors have pitched in, altogether helping to raise more than $30 million in the last two decades to support cancer research and treatment.

Over the years, the Ride for Roswell has grown to become the largest single-day cycling event in North America. Roswell says close to 30 research projects have been able to get up to speed through ride funding alone.

Medical campus attracts four new businesses


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Four new businesses are moving into Buffalo's medical campus.

The start-ups will occupy the Cleveland building across from Buffalo General, but there is plenty of space to go around as more business moves into the area.

The four businesses moving into 73 High Street are related to the medical field, and that building will be for life science businesses. However, your start up business doesn't have to be related to that field in order to get a space here at the medical campus. The idea is simply to promote growth.

"We're providing education, access to mentors, access to service providers, access to investors for entrepreneurs who are in any kind of business," said Vic Nole, Director of Business Development at BNMC.