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Squirrel Lovers Say Holley Fundraiser Is Nuts

Squirrel Lovers Say Holley Fundraiser Is Nuts

Written by Meaghan M. McDermott

Staff Writer, Democrat & Chronicle

An upcoming squirrel hunt fundraiser for Orleans County’s Holley Fire Department is attracting attention from animal lovers all over the world.

And not in a good way.

There are online petitions circulating against it, a United Kingdom newspaper wrote about it and a psychologist even blogged about it for Psychology Today, calling the fundraiser “pure barbarism.” There’s even a Facebook page against it that had more than 200 “likes” Wednesday evening.

Sevenson Environmental Completes Cleanup of Lead-Contaminated Site

Sevenson Environmental Completes Cleanup of Lead-Contaminated Site

Sevenson Environmental Services of Niagara Falls, N.Y., has completed a lead remediation project to excavate and remove lead and arsenic contaminated soil from the yards of houses and commercial properties in the Newhall Street neighborhood in Hamden, Conn. Sevenson excavated to a depth of four feet, removing over 8,700 truckloads (131,700 cubic yards) of toxic fill, backfilled with clean soil, and restored features disrupted during excavation.

Contaminated fill had been placed in the then low-lying area beginning in the 19th century and continuing into the mid-20th century.  The fill material included municipal and industrial wastes containing heavy metals, primarily lead and arsenic, and PAHs, a semi-volatile organic compound often associated with wood and coal ash.

"Billion to Buffalo" Suddenly 10-Year Plan

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A year ago, in his budget, Gov. Cuomo pledged a billion dollars to help revitalize Buffalo. But, we still haven't seen any development from the funds.

And now, the plan for a billion dollars over five years will likely take a lot longer to get to our area. 

When Cuomo announced the historic "Billion to Buffalo" plan a year ago, it was supposed to be a sweeping five-year plan with about $200 million coming to Buffalo each year.

"The fact that the budget appears to include only $100 million for this fiscal year and another $100 million for the following fiscal year, clearly suggests that there will be less money coming from that five-year time frame people had anticipated," said Jim Heaney of our news partner, Investigative Post.

While celebrating the new deal between the state, Erie County and the Buffalo Bills, the governor also said during his address Tuesday that the Billion to Buffalo project is suddenly a 10-year plan.

Albion Man Dies in Fatal Two-Car Crash

GAINES, N.Y. - Orleans County Sheriff's Deputies say an Albion man has died following a two-car crash early Sunday morning.

Deputies say 22-year-old Cameron Hess was killed in the crash that happened in the 14600 block of Ridge Road, State Route 104.

Police say a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper delivery vehicle was traveling west along the shoulder of Ridge Road when Hess drove off the south side of the roadway, striking the delivery vehicle head-on.

Officers say the driver of the newspaper delivery vehicle, 21-year-old Edward Schneider, was freed by Albion firefighters and flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Police say Schneider's passenger, 21-year-old Christopher Swan, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by ambulance.

Their conditions have not been released.

Pet Connection Programs; Helping The Helpless

It has been said that the quality of mercy is not strained...that it blesses those that give and those that receive..Although those these words were written long ago, they could easily describe Pet Connection Programs in Marilla .For over thirty years the shelter has been caring for pregnant dogs and cats and their offspring, animals most in need of a gentle and caring hand. Julie Garvey is the shelter's president." The mothers are always the ones we are worried about first because...a simple thing like giving them food, whoever had them that dumped them just didn't feed them. The more they eat the more milk they produce so we really try to get their weight back on so that they can take care of their puppies, if not we're there for them."

Eleven Athletes to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Eleven Athletes to Appear at Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Eleven current and former professional football and baseball players will sign autographs at the Sports Collectors Expo taking place Feb. 9 and 10 at the Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Road, Batavia. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 9 are Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson and TJ Graham from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., former Buffalo Bill Bryce Paup and former MLB player and coach Joe Altobelli from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and former MLB pitching great Jack Morris from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Rural Hospital Aid Back in Federal Budget

Rural Hospital Aid Back in Federal Budget


Rural hospital aid back in federal budget

By Tom Rivers trivers@batavianews.com

ALBION — Local rural hospital leaders say they are relieved that critical federal funding will continue after Congress approved “fiscal cliff” legislation last week.

Hospitals in Medina, Warsaw and Dansville are among 18 in New York that qualify for the “Low Volume Hospital Program.” Those hospitals are in rural areas and tend to treat a high number of patients on Medicare.

The government, since 1988, directed some funds from Medicare to rural hospitals. That money allows small-town hospitals to afford new technology and pay employees to deliver health services.

“This will ensure that the doctor is ‘in’ in Genesee, Orleans, Livingston and Wyoming County,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday during a stop in Albion.