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'Fix'ing the Volstead Act on Grand Island

'Fix'ing the Volstead Act on Grand Island

 FIX BROTHERS RISE FROM POVERTY TO RULE RIVER CLANS

Courier, October 27, 1925

  •    They were reputed "rum barons" of the Niagara Frontier;  one time fish pirates; owners of a score of boats, including two submarine chasers, a speedy motor craft and a $65,000 steel ferry; hated and feared; admired and liked--that's the Fix Brothers as they were known to thousands of Buffalonians and everyone along the Niagara from the Lake to the Falls.  A strange manner of men are these brothers, Frank and Charles, and interesting and romantic are their careers of forty years on the river during the course of which they arose from poor boys to undisputed power and reputed wealth. And they act just the same and talk just the same according to river veterans who have known them all their lives.

Erie County Residents Needed for Driving Behavior Study

 Erie County Residents Needed for Driving Behavior Study

Nearly 500 residents of Erie County N.Y. are being recruited for a Transportation Research Board (TRB) study on driving behavior.  This is part of the world's largest study of driver behavior, in which vehicle-mounted equipment will observe how drivers interact with traffic conditions and roadway design.  The data captured will be used for safety improvements in road design, cars, and driver training programs. 

Over the course of the two-year study, vehicles of 3,100 drivers in six test sites across the U.S. will be fitted with a special Data Acquisition System (DAS), which will collect both driver and vehicle performance data.  DAS technology includes forward radar, continuously recording video cameras, GPS, accelerometers, and other sensors.  Environmental variables such as traffic, lighting, and weather conditions will also be collected.

Look Ma! No Horses!

Look Ma! No Horses!

The first public test of the Elieson Motor in the United States was made on the tracks of the Buffalo Street Railroad Co. March 10. 

Buffalo Morning Express March 11, 1888

  • The first public test of the Elieson Motor in the United States was made on the tracks of the Buffalo Street Railroad Co.    Yes, the people of Buffalo turned out March 10, as they might be expected to a circus parade, as the mayor and aldermen enjoyed the first trip in the United States on the street railroad tracks of Buffalo, by motor power.

Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that construction is continuing on the Interstate 190/Interstate 290 interchange in the town of Tonawanda, Erie County.  As a result, the ramp from Interstate 190 southbound to Interstate 290 eastbound (Exit 16) will be closed to truck traffic beginning on Monday, August 22.

It's Time To Go To Crystal Beach!

It's Time To Go To Crystal Beach!

MOONLIGHT ON THE LAKE - To Crystal Beach, the Coney Island of Buffalo. Nothing more delightful. The magnificent stmrs. PEARL and GAZELLE leave the foot of Main Street at 7:00 and 8:00 P.M. arriving at the Beach in time for the entertainments. Returning, last boat arriving at Main Street 11:30 P.M. where street cars connect for all directions. 
 Buffalo Enquirer   August 11, 1892 

WNY Ford Dealers Select Three Nonprofits to Join Ford Friendship Express Family

WNY Ford Dealers Select Three Nonprofits to Join Ford Friendship Express Family

Program awards new vehicles and trip to Coca-Cola Field to deserving organizations

BUFFALO, NY – The Boys and Girls Club of Eden, Be-A-Friend Program, Inc./Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, and Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services joined more than 60 nonprofit organizations over the last 16 years to receive the keys to a new Ford passenger van, compliments of the Western New York Ford Dealers’ Ford Friendship Express Program.

“Handing over the van keys to nonprofit organizations that provide such tremendous and necessary services in our community is a great honor,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee. “After 16 years, the Western New York Ford Dealers are proud to keep the Ford Friendship Express tradition alive.”

Buffalo Mayor Bryon W. Brown helped the WNY Ford Dealers award the keys to the Ford Friendship Express van recipients.

Peace Bridge E-ZPass® Customers Transferred to New York Service Center

Peace Bridge E-ZPass® Customers Transferred to New York Service Center

BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) and the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) announced that all Peace Bridge E-ZPass program accounts have been successfully transferred to the New York Customer Service Center (CSC) as of July 18, 2011. This conversion provides enhanced benefits to current commercial and individual tag holders, including increased CSC hours of operation, the availability of walk-in locations across the state, reduced up-front tag expenses for commercial accounts, added toll discounts, as well as E-ZPass Plus program eligibility.

“We welcome Peace Bridge E-ZPass account holders and look forward to offering them an exceptional customer service experience,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer. “The Thruway Authority operates a top-notch service center that provides both American and Canadian customers with many valuable account management options.”