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United Way of Western Orleans Confident of Reaching Goal

MEDINA, N.Y. -- United Way of Western Orleans has set a pretty ambitious goal for its 2011 campaign, but it is one campaign co-chairmen Dick Berry and Patrick Weissend are confident they will reach.

The goal of $140,000 was announced during the campaign kickoff breakfast Tuesday morning at Shelridge County Club.

Board president Bill Hunderford introduced guests and agencies represented.

Robert Waters thanked the board for a one-time donation last summer to the Sandstone Society.

''The donation you made to get us started gave credibility to this community's first endowment fund,'' Waters said.

Other guests included Judy Koehler, president of United Way of Eastern Orleans; Chris Fix, campaign associate from United Way of Genesee; and Medina Mayor Adam Tabelski.

Jim Fletcher spoke to the audience about how he learned to read from Orleans County Adult Reading Services, one of the 16 agencies funded by United Way of Western Orleans.

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Old Fort Niagara's Haunted Fortress

As the leaves change their colors and the temperatures begin to drop, the spirits return to Old Fort Niagara for the annual Haunted Fortress. For two nights only experience the dark side of Fort Niagara as ghosts and ghouls from the past walk among the historic buildings on Saturday, October 16 and Saturday, October 23.

Tickets are $12 per person and available by pre-sale only with credit card. Reservations can be made daily between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. by calling 716-745-7611. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather and wear sensible footwear. The Haunted Fortress is not recommended for children under 8 years old.

For more information, visit www.oldfortniagara.org or call 716-745-7611.

Orleans County Investigation Nets 51 Arrests

ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A year-long investigation into the sale of illegal drugs concluded Tuesday with the arrest of 51 people within two counties, according to Supervising Investigator Joseph F. Sacco of the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

 The arrests ranged from upper level to lower level drug dealers from Orleans and Monroe counties and were the result of the execution of a series of 15 search warrants over a four-month period in Orleans, Monroe, Niagara and Genesee counties. Ten of those searches and arrests were made early Tuesday morning.

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Weatherization Assistance for Orleans & Genesee Counties

Weatherization Assistance Providers include Community-Based Housing Organizations, county governments, and Native American Tribal organizations. Weatherization services reduce the amount of energy required to heat and cool homes and provide hot water, thus reducing energy consumption, while minimizing the impact of higher fuel costs on low-income families. Weatherization Assistance Providers assist low-income households, with priority given to those with elderly or handicapped members, and to families with young children.

Hilton Man Faces DWI, Other Charges After Driving Into Lake Ontario

Victoria E. Freile
Democrat and Chronicle

KENDALL, ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A 22-year-old Hilton man who drove off an embankment and into Lake Ontario on Monday night was accused of driving drunk.

Shortly after 7 p.m., Andrew J. Ellsworth was northbound on Norway Road in Kendall, Orleans County, when he drove off the dead-end road, down an embankment and into Lake Ontario, said Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess.

West Seneca Marching Band to Host Music in Motion Show

The West Seneca Marching Band will host the largest high school field band show in Western New York this season, when the third annual Music in Motion competition comes to West Seneca East Senior on Sunday, Oct. 10.

With 10 area high school marching bands competing and an exhibition performance from the University at Buffalo’s Thunder of the East marching band, this will also be the largest Music in Motion event yet. Sponsored by the West Seneca West Band Boosters, the show will include performances by Orchard Park, Lancaster, East Irondequoit, Pioneer, Jamestown, Falconer, Leroy, Medina and Webster. UB’s band boasts a number of alumni from West Seneca, as well as from the other bands slated to perform.