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Sabres host annual street hockey fest


BUFFALO, NY - Hundreds of hockey fans took to the streets near the First Niagara Center Sunday afternoon as the Buffalo Sabres hosted their annual street hockey festival.

The event is a 3-on-3 tournament for kids 17 and under. Those who attended say it's a great family-friendly event and the kids love it.

"They can come out here and watch a hockey event in warm weather rather than a freezing cold rink," said one of the coaches. "But really the entire family comes down ... they have a ball."

This was the 14th year the Buffalo Sabres hosted the street hockey fest.


WWII veteran honored on his 90th birthday


BUFFALO, NY - If you were out at Saturday night's Buffalo Bisons game you got to witness a very special ceremony before the game.

North Tonawanda native and veteran Silviu Dan Sr. threw out the game's first pitch to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Dan's plane was shot down in Austria in 1945 and he became a prisoner of war.

He has received several medals for his heroism, including the Purple Heart.

"I was an aerial gunner in a bomber crew on a B-24. I flew 16 missions over Germany. We got shot down on our 16th, and had 5 out of the 10 guys on our crew killed. And then the other five of us ended up in prison camp."

Dan was also joined at the game by his wife, four children, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Canalside Thursday concerts draw 160,000 people In 2015


BUFFALO, N.Y. - A record-breaking crowd flooded Canalside on Thursday for the final edition of the summer concert series, which drew 160,000 people throughout the 2015 season.

En Vogue played the final performance, following a passionate introduction by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

This summer's attendance surpassed 2014 by more than 50,000 fans.

Tom Dee, the President of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, said the numbers came as a welcome surprise.

"160,000 is a bonus. We had great weather, but this is the sixth year of existence... and we've really changed the face of Buffalo, changed the face of the waterfront," Dee said. "So we're just absolutely thrilled with the numbers that are coming out."


Buffalo welcomes new K-9 to police force


BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Police Department showed off the newest member of the force's K-9 team on Thursday.

Georgie (who is a girl) just completed a 15-week training course with her handler officer, Tony Marshall. Her graduation was celebrated by Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

The mayor said Georgie is the first female K-9 on the force in more than a decade.

The Buffalo Police Department was able to purchase and train Georgie thanks to a donation from the Hyde Foundation.

Honoring WNY'S 'Rosie the Riveters' of WWII


BUFFALO, NY - Seventy years ago the news broke that Japan had finally surrendered to the Allied powers, signalling the end of World War II.

So it was fitting on the anniversary date to recall the war-time efforts of some special women here in Western New York -- ladies who were proudly known by the nickname "Rosie the Riveter."

Two On Your Side's Ron Plants has the story of these heroes of the homefront who were honored Saturday at the Steel Plant Museum in the Heritage Discovery Museum on Lee Street.

Lorigo challenges call for earlier last call


BUFFALO, NY - An Erie County legislator is challenging the data County Clerk Chris Jacobs is using to push for an earlier bar closing time – a story we told you about on Wednesday.

Jacobs wants that rolled back to 2 a.m., saying that would put less people on the road late at night and cut down on DWI-related crashes.

Legislature Majority Leader Joe Lorigo, on the other hand, says an earlier closing time could actually have the opposite effect.

"I think it might actually have the opposite effect because you'll be putting more people on the road at 2 in the morning than are on the road now at 4 in the morning, and you have the potential for drunk drivers to be there with other more responsible drivers and possibly cause accidents that way."

New Canonical Administrator Assigned to Mary Queen of Angels School

New Canonical Administrator Assigned to Mary Queen of Angels School

 

Most Reverend Richard Malone, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, has appointed Father Jeffrey Nowak to the position of canonical administrator at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga. Father Nowak takes over for Msgr. Kevin O’Neill, who retired as canonical administrator following the 2014-15 school year.

Father Nowak was also recently appointed parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Niagara Falls, and continues to celebrate the Tridentine Latin Mass for the Diocese of Buffalo at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Cheektowaga. He previously served as parochial vicar at St. John Vianney parish in Orchard Park.