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Catholic Charities Appeal Reaches $10.1 Million; Just $500,000 Needed to Make Goal

Catholic Charities Appeal Reaches $10.1 Million; Just $500,000 Needed to Make Goal

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 17, 2012 – With six weeks to go in the 2012 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the campaign reached $10,105,860.25 in cash and pledges today, leaving less than $500,000 needed to hit the final goal of $10.6 million. The Appeal now stands at 95.3 percent of goal.

Targeted efforts, like an in-home mailing to lapsed donors and personal outreach by Appeal volunteer leaders to large gift donors, have helped push the Appeal to its current level.

A total of $494,139 is still needed to achieve the campaign’s goal by fiscal year-end, June 30.

School Budget Voting Results

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Voters in the Hamburg Central School District will have to wait a little longer for their school budget vote results.  There was a malfunction with one of the machines on Tuesday.  The machine has been sealed and the Board of Elections will handle the situation from here.

A handful of budgets did not pass including Bolivar-Richburg Central School District, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Niagara Wheatfield and Wyoming Central.

This year school districts in New York are required to submit their proposed spending and their proposed tax levy for the upcoming year.

Click here to take a look at what your school district proposed.

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Chimney Bluffs: Sculpted By Nature's Hand

Even if you have been to this little known park on Lake Ontario, a return visit guarantees it won't look the same.

Chimney Bluffs State Park is one of New York's most unique landscapes, and it's very nature keeps it in a state of constant change. The towering bluffs were carved by erosion both past and present. The hills, known as "drumlins" were initially formed by receding glaciers over 12,000 years ago, and continue to be sculpted under Mother Nature's hand.

Joe Keeler is the park's manager. "When the wind and the waves and rain and snow all wear on the face of these drumlin hills, then this is what you get, is these type of structures, these pinnacles and spires."

Darien Lake Theme Park To Open for Another Season

DARIEN CENTER, N.Y. - Darien Lake Theme Park is getting ready to open its doors for a new season on Saturday after spending millions of dollars in upgrades over the winter.

One of the park's rollercoasters, The Ride of Steel, had to be shut down twice last summer. 

It was first closed because an Iraq War veteran and double amputee, 29 year old Seargent James Hackemer, fell out of the ride and was killed

The ride was closed a second time because a chain broke, stopping all cars on the track.

National Association of Letter Carriers 20th Annual Food Drive Set for Saturday

National Association of Letter Carriers 20th Annual Food Drive Set for Saturday

Local effort ranked 4th in nation in 2011

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with United Way of Greater Niagara, AFL-CIO and the U.S. Postal Service, will conduct its annual food drive this Saturday, May 12, 2012.  This is the largest single-day food drive in the nation. 

Over the last 19 years, the NALC has collected over 1 billion pounds of food through this effort.  In 2011, Western New York Branch collected 1.4 million pounds of food, ranking fourth in the nation.  The Greater Niagara community played an important role in the local effort, collecting approximately 150,000 pounds of food.  Twenty-nine local agencies benefit from this event, which provides food for needy individuals and families throughout Niagara County. 

MANgels Dress for Success to Help Relay Team Fight Cancer

MANgels Dress for Success to Help Relay Team Fight Cancer

About two dozen Western New York men have signed on to shave their legs, don women’s wear and ham it up to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The second annual Relay for Life Peaches N Crème Fashion Show will be held Saturday, May 12, at the Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., Lockport. The show is being organized by Relay team Maurices Angels, and it features men volunteering to wear fashions donated by Maurices on Transit Road in Lockport.

Team Captain Anne LaSota said that the idea came about last year when teams were discussing fundraising ideas.

“We didn’t have one and needed one quick,” she said. “I looked at Cat Hair Brownies Captain Jay Zimmerman, who happens to be a friend of mine, and for some reason pictured him in a dress.”

She ran her thought by her team, and members loved it.

“It took only a few days to round up 17 men that were ready willing and eager to dress like a woman,” she said.

Thomas The Tank Engine Visiting WNY

Beloved literature and TV character Thomas the Tank Engine is visiting the Medina Railroad Museum over the next two weekends. The largest train and toy museum in New York state is taking reservations over the phone, and on their website. The link is right here.

You can take a ride with Thomas. Train rides include story-telling and live entertainment.