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Daemen Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Daemen Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Daemen College has been designated a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite, the highest level awarded, by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the college’s efforts to help employees eat better and be more physically active.

This is the second consecutive AHA distinction received by Daemen, which last year was named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program is intended as a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping workplaces make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

Update on Royalton NY Fatal Accident

Update on Royalton NY Fatal Accident

 Royalton, NY - On January 24th, 2015, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 calls reporting an injury accident in front of 8242 Akron Road in the Town of Royalton. Upon arrival of emergency responders, it was determined that the driver who was in the north bound vehicle was unresponsive and pronounced deceased on scene. That driver has been identified as 85 year old Wilbur Rhinehart of Lockport, NY. The driver of the south bound vehicle was identified as 39 year old James Zak of the Town of Royalton. Mr. Zak remains at the Erie County Medical center in critical condition. The investigation is continuing by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Accident Investigation Unit. 

Serious accident in Town of Albion


ALBION, NY - Five people are hospitalized after a serious accident in the Town of Albion.

State police say a minivan carrying four people went through a stop sign and hit a pick-up truck head on. The driver and front seat passenger were ejected from the van.

This happened around 11 a.m. Saturday on Gains Basin Road and West County House Road. It's a four-way intersection with a two-way stop.

Three people were taken by Mercy Flight to nearby hospitals and two others were taken by ambulance. On Sunday we learned that the driver was listed in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. The three passengers in her vehicle were treated and released from Strong, and the driver of the pick-up was treated and released from United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

The investigation is ongoing but State Police expect charges to be filed.


House fire in Carlton proves fatal


CARLTON, NY - Firefighters in Orleans County had their hands full Friday with a dangerous fire in the Town of Carlton Friday afternoon.

After the flames had been extinguished a body was found in the basement. The victim has not been identified but the owner and sole occupant of the house has not been seen since before the fire.

Ultimately, seven fire companies responded to the scene on Oak Orchard Road (Route 98) north of Route 104. The house was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived at about 1:40 p.m.
They had to deal with clutter in the yard, the cold, and a water main break that forced them to call in more tanker trucks. It took several hours until the fire was completely extinguished and investigators could enter, the sheriff's office says.

No verdict in 'Pedophile Pastor' case


ORLEANS COUNTY - After deliberating for 4-1/2 hours, an Orleans County jury has gone home for the weekend without having reached a verdict in the trial of Rev. Roy Harriger. The minister stands accused of sexually abusing small children.

The 71-year-old Harriger faces a sentence about the 25 years behind bars if he's convicted of the charges against his alleged victims -- all three of whom are his grandchildren.

During his closing argument Harriger's lawyer asked jurors to use their common sense and to ask themselves why, if the testimony Harriger's son gave during this trial was true (that they were molested by him a generation ago) then why then would they allow the defendant to babysit their children, the ones he stands accused of abusing now.

Harriger's lawyer stated it's because the abuse they claim did not happen.

Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen College’s economic impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in 2013 reached nearly $132 million, representing a $17 million increase for the Amherst-based institution, according to a new study released today, Jan. 15, by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

“This substantial figure illustrates Daemen plays a key role in the region’s economic vitality and has emerged as a significant contributor to Western New York’s long-term economic well-being,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “For almost 70 years, Daemen has been actively engaged in this area and we will continue our commitment to growing and thriving with the community.”

Medina to vote on dissolution


If you could vote to reduce your taxes by about 25 percent, but doing so meant you would be responsible for almost doubling what your neighbor pays, what would you choose?

And what if there were no guarantees your leap of faith would end up saving you much of anything at all?

That's the dilemma faced by voters in the Orleans County village of Medina, 43 miles west of Rochester, where residents will head to the polls later this month to weigh in on dissolving their local government.

Proponents say a "yes" vote will lead to lower taxes without a sacrifice of essential services.