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Tractor falls on top of Kendall man


ORLEANS COUNTY, NY – A man is dead after he was accidentally pinned underneath a lawn tractor he was working on.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Roosevelt Parkway in the Town of Kendall.

Deputies say Stephen Ergott was using a forklift to work underneath the tractor when it fell on top of him.

The 62-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.


Tractor falls on top of Kendall man


ORLEANS COUNTY, NY – A man is dead after he was accidentally pinned underneath a lawn tractor he was working on. The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Roosevelt Parkway in the Town of Kendall.

Deputies say Stephen Ergott was using a forklift to work underneath the tractor when it fell on top of him. The 62-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.


Mother, child escape Albion house fire


ORLEANS COUNTY - A mother and child escaped just in time after their home caught fire on Friday.

It happened on Phipps Road in the Town of Albion just before noon.

Officials say the woman called to report a fire in a stove but when they arrived they found the flames had gotten so out of control, they had to battle the fire from the outside.

The home was destroyed. The Red Cross is helping the family of seven with temporary housing.


Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

 

Would it shock you to know that nearly 20 percent of the rural population of Western New York lives in poverty? 

It not a surprise to Frank Cerny, executive director of the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) and pastor of Pathways Christian Fellowship in South Wales. That’s because Pastor Cerny and the staff and volunteers at the ROC work every day to offer free medical care for the uninsured, home appliances and furniture for those without the means to pay for such “luxury” items, a Weekend Snack Pack program for students who may not receive a nutritious meal at home, and much more. They also supply the basic necessities of life — such as toiletries — to those who often do without.

Cheektowaga Native Seeks Music Award

Lisa Racki Barrett, a local singer/songwriter, has been nominated for the second consecutive year in the 2014 Clay’s Country Music Awards for Best Female Artist. Barrett, a Cheektowaga native and 1986 graduate of Cheektowaga Central High School, is grateful to the fans for voting her into the top spot last year and would like to make it two in a row. She’s asking for help again in the all fan-based voting contest sponsored by Clays Country Radio. To vote, visit www.clayscountry.com and click on “Vote Here in the 2014 awards.” Visitors may vote once daily per IP address through Sept. 30. Barrett took first place in another international contest two years ago with her original song, “When You Look at Me,” which she wrote in honor of her nephew, Austin, who died of cancer before his second birthday. While she grew up performing in church groups and high school musicals, “When You Look at Me” was her first experience writing a song.

Daemen Veteran’s Center Named for Alumna, Long-Time Supporter

Daemen Veteran’s Center Named for Alumna, Long-Time Supporter

Daemen College’s newly refurbished Veteran’s Center, which provides a welcoming campus space devoted to students who have served in the military, has been named in honor of alumna Nancy Haberman Gacioch, a long-time supporter and friend of the college.

The 500-square-foot Nancy Haberman Gacioch Center for Veterans was officially dedicated at a Sept. 12 ribbon-cutting celebration attended by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, veterans and others from the college community. Bill Gacioch, who surprised his wife with the event, was also in attendance along with their three children and family friends at the dedication for the center.

 

WNY Environmental Summit to Include Speaker From SolarCity

WNY Environmental Summit to Include Speaker From SolarCity

Developments over the past decade in the region’s sustainability efforts will be explored at the 10th annual Western New York Environmental Summit that will take place from 8:30 to noon Sept. 27 in the Daemen College Wick Campus Center.

“A Decade of Progress: Sustainability Comes of Age in WNY” will include a keynote address, “The Was, Is and Will Be of Solar Power,” at 9 a.m. by Ian Diamond, senior manager of commercial project development at SolarCity. The company has announced plans to build an expanded solar panel manufacturing plant in Buffalo that will be one of the biggest in the world and bring more than 1,000 jobs to the area.

“We are delighted to have Ian Diamond as keynote speaker given SolarCity’s planned investment in the RiverBend clean energy hub in South Buffalo,” said Cheryl Bird, executive director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement (CSCCE).