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Niagara, Orleans Counties Get Brunt of Snow

NIAGARA FALLS, NY--  Niagara and Orleans counties got the brunt of the winter snow storm in WNY.

Photo Gallery: Winter Snow Storm (iPad users: you can view the photo gallery in video tab above and select photos)

The steady snow covered roadways making them slick.  As Much as 14 inches of snow fell in some parts of Niagara County.

Officials says there were numerous accident in Niagara County, luckily all were minor.

In Orleans County, the highway department says they started early and have been able to keep the roads clear, but they were slick.

Interview: Gretchen Wilson ‘Here For The Party’

Interview: Gretchen Wilson ‘Here For The Party’

Hard-working country singer performs Saturday in Niagara Falls

With mounds of snow on the ground, it’s safe to say Niagara Falls will not be a hotbed of tourism this weekend.

There will be one notable caravan coming to town, however. And its leader can’t wait to visit the Cataract City.

Grammy Award-winning country artist Gretchen Wilson will visit Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Saturday night. She’s been holed up in her Nashville-area studio working on a trio of new albums, and itching to get on the road.

Even if it’s snow-covered.

“We have been, for the last three months, we’ve been in the studio just recording like crazy. So, we are like more than ready to get out there,” Wilson said. “We’ve only had two shows this year so far, so we’re really looking forward to getting out there and doing what we love to do the most, and that’s the live show.”

Pembroke Community Rallies Around Team's Cause

When the Pembroke Dragons Girls Basketball team decided last year to start a fundraiser to fight breast cancer, they raised over $4,000 in a short period of time. With a goal of six thousand in 2013, the team got to work promoting another Shooting For a Cure event at their school.

Amazingly, they surpassed their lofty goal (with a lot of help from the Genesee County community).

Catholic Charities Tri-County Appeal Volunteers Gather to Learn About, Start 2013 Campaign

About 50 parish and community volunteers, local clergy and lay leaders, and staff of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gathered today for a volunteer training workshop and reception to help kick off the 2013 Appeal for Catholic Charities in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

The event was held at Bohn’s Restaurant, 5256 Clinton St., in preparation for the 89th annual campaign, which carries a goal of $10.7 million and officially began Jan. 8.

Members of the Appeal leadership team presented information about the 2013 Appeal, including what has changed, how to run a successful parish effort, and ideas for gaining new, and retaining previous, donors.

Secret Mammal, Secret Life

Western New York is indeed blessed with an abundance of wildlife, both rural and urban, and much of it is fairly visible even to the casual observer, but a lot of our native animal life remains deeply hidden.

The Fisher is an elusive member of the weasel family that few people are fortunate enough to observe in the wild. The NY DEC, in conjunction with Medaille College, is currently conducting an extensive study of this secretive, yet fascinating mammal.

Once almost completely extirpated from the state, the Fisher is now making a comeback. Ken Baginski is a Wildlife Biologist with the NY DEC. "Over several years, maybe last five years or so, we've noticed an increase in the number of observations and sightings we're getting from hunters and trappers and from the general public, so we wanted to get a better understanding of what's going on with our Fisher populations across the Southern Tier."

Squirrel Hunt Fundraiser Causing Uproar

Written by Meaghan M. McDermott , Rochester 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.

But organizers of the squirrel hunt say critics have their upcoming competition all wrong, and are asking those who object to "respect the freedoms and rights of those who choose to participate and support this event."

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.