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Olcott Beach Reels in Title of "Ultimate Fishing Town"

Olcott Beach Reels in Title of "Ultimate Fishing Town"

Olcott Beach may be considered small by population standards, but the area showed they don't think or act that way. Thanks to over 130,000 votes placed, Olcott Beach, N.Y., has achieved the title of "Ultimate Fishing Town" from the World Fishing Network (WFN). Official verification will come on June 6.

Over 100 people came to celebrate the fete at the Town of Newfane community center on May 31, 2012. They were joined, via Skype, by Hastings, Ont. That community and Newfane-Olcott Beach came together to assist in voting. Hastings achieved the Ultimate Fishing Town title held in Canada by WFN. 

A true bi-national effort that proved when communities work together, big things can happen. 

A Sure Sign of Spring in Medina

A Sure Sign of Spring in Medina

MEDINA, NY - Tree planting is a sure sign of spring in the Village of Medina.

The New York State Department of Transportation is working to put the final touches on the NYS Rte. 31 and 63 road improvements that were undertaken last year in Medina.  Those final touches include the installation of 75 trees along Rte. 31 Maple Ridge Road, and at the Rte.

Changes Proposed for State Hunting Regulations

Changes Proposed for State Hunting Regulations

News from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

ALBANY, NY -- The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today proposed rules affecting deer and bear hunting in New York to implement the state's Five-Year Deer Management Plan, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

"Regulation changes are needed to implement many of the strategies of the recently adopted Management Plan for White-tailed Deer," Commissioner Martens said. "The changes to the deer hunting seasons, mandatory antler restrictions, use of Deer Management Permits (DMPs), and development of Deer Management Focus Areas will increase opportunities for New York hunters, consistent with input we've received from the public and deer management goals."

Planet Flop Fights Poverty with Soles

Planet Flop Fights Poverty with Soles

Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of poverty and collects used shoes to support micro-enterprise efforts to eradicate poverty. Sole4souls looks for companies in the apparel and footwear industry to partner with to battle for the lives of people in natural diasters and to combat poverty.

Soles4souls is partnering with Planet Flops who make flip flops made of natural rubber and from every one flipflop purchased one goes to provide footwear to an impoverish adult and/or child in developing nations. It’s called the “Buy one, Give One” campaign. Planet Flop also has the Buy one Plant program that plants a tree in the Brazilian rainforest for every pair of its flip flop sold on its website. Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls.

NYPA Trustees Award Contract to Buffalo Company

NYPA Trustees Award Contract to Buffalo Company

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Trustees on Tuesday approved a nearly $1.6 million contract award to Ferguson Electric of Buffalo to assist in the Life Extension and Modernization (LEM) program at the Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant (LPGP).

First Robin of Spring?

First Robin of Spring?

Could this be the first robin of spring in Western New York? This bird was spotted in Killbuck, NY (outside Salamanca) by 2 On Your Side Facebook friend Eva Brooks on Wednesday morning.

If you can get a photo of a robin, email it to us and we'll post it here.

Background on Hochul's EPA Letter: Great Lakes Danger Zones?

Background on Hochul's EPA Letter: Great Lakes Danger Zones?

Here's some background on Congresswoman Kathy Hochul's letter today to the USEPA that Patrick Klinck posted here:

http://niagarafalls.wgrz.com/news/politics/63929-hochul-calls-epa-speed-...

While the accompanying articles from Public Integrity and US News may seem dated (2008), they are still the same concerns expressed today by Congresswoman Hochul for all in the 18-Mile Creek watershed and the Great Lakes Areas Of Concern.

Back in 2008, this controversy surrounded then President Bush's decision to not allow the release of these preliminary findings from The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention - Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC -- ATSDR).

Bootlegged Report Spells Trouble For Eight States - [18-Mile Creek is mentioned specifically in the report.]