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'Squirrel Slam' showdown

HOLLEY, NY - A yearly squirrel-hunting contest once again drew demonstrators on both sides to the streets of the Orleans County Village of Holley. The ninth annual "Hazzard County Squirrel Slam," as it is formally known, is a fundraiser for the Village of Holley Fire Department.

Animal rights activists have challenged the hunting derby in court but they saw a recent lawsuit to stop it tossed out.

They claim that ruling is under appeal.

Supporters and protestors brought their viewpoints to the village streets on Saturday, as you can see in the attached video.

Protestors say they intend to keep coming back to speak out against the event. Supporters say that, since the squirrels are eaten, it's legal to hunt them.

Judge dismisses case seeking to end 'Squirrel Slam'

ALBION, NY-- An Orleans County judge on Thursday dismissed a legal action that sought to stop the annual squirrel hunting fundraiser that benefits the Holley Fire Department.

In tossing the case out of court, Judge James Punch said the event, known as the "Hazzard County Squirrel Slam," does not violate state environmental law, as the petitioner contended.

"The objection here to me appears to be an objection to the whole concept of hunting," Punch said. "Those that oppose this simply oppose the concept of hunting and of having a sort of festive atmosphere surrounding hunting."

The case was formally brought by a Wayne County woman, Lauren Sheive, who in court papers argued that the event required a review to assess the environmental impact of squirrel hunting.

Court to hear case against 'Squirrel Slam'

An Orleans County judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a legal matter that seeks to stop an annual squirrel hunting fundraiser that benefits the Holley Fire Department.

Judge James Punch signed an order late Tuesday demanding the fire department show why the "Hazzard County Squirrel Slam," as the fundraiser is known, should not be blocked on grounds that it violates state environmental law.

The petitioner, Lauren Sheive of Wayne County, argues that the event conflicts with the State Environmental Quality Review Act, commonly known as SEQRA, in part because it "may affect the environment by affecting 'large quantities of vegetation or fauna (animals)' ... in a confined geographical area."

Sheive contends the event, which awards prizes for the heaviest squirrels, is subject to an environmental review.

Heed the Advice of a Professional Before Saying ‘I Do’ to a Wedding Photographer

Heed the Advice of a Professional Before Saying ‘I Do’ to a Wedding Photographer


The late spring to early fall months are considered peak wedding season — and that season will be here before you know it. And with your big day comes a lot of big decisions, including the selection of a wedding photographer.

Elizabeth Snyder, owner of Elizabeth Snyder Photography, LLC, is a well-known local wedding photographer who has worked with countless Western New York couples to provide them with photographic memories that will last a lifetime. Today she would like to share some professional advice on finding a wedding photographer to meet your needs.

Daemen’s Advanced OMPT Program Progresses to Master’s Degree

Daemen’s Advanced OMPT Program Progresses to Master’s Degree

Daemen College’s Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Fellowship Program, the only post-professional offering of its kind in New York State, has received State Department of Education approval to now be offered as a master’s degree.

Adhering to the rigorous academic and clinical requirements already established for the fellowship credential, the master-level program will offer licensed, experienced physical therapists training to develop advanced psychomotor and analytical skills in manual physical therapy, a growing specialization in the field.

“Transitioning OMPT to a master’s degree puts Daemen at the forefront of physical therapy education nationally and will help expand the network of specialists in this growing health care discipline,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.

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.