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American Bus Association Names ‘War of 1812 Encampment’ a Top 100 Event for 2013

American Bus Association Names ‘War of 1812 Encampment’ a Top 100 Event for 2013

The American Bus Association (ABA) announced recently that the War of 1812 Encampment – the Capture of Ft. Niagara, held this year on September 1 – 2, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2013 by an experienced tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the War of 1812 Encampment offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA. The event was submitted in the Spring of 2012 by Deborah Duerr, Director of Tourism Sales, Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation.

Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the country and several law enforcement agencies in Western New York will be providing drop-off points for the public.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all locations.

This is a great opportunity to drop-off any unwanted and unused prescription drugs in a safe way. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, people across the U.S. have turned in more than 774 tons of medication over the past four years.

The drugs that are collected will be properly destroyed.

Click here for a list of drop-off location points in your area.

United Way of Greater Niagara Sets 2012 Campaign Goal, Awards Funds to Local Service Organizations

United Way of Greater Niagara Sets 2012 Campaign Goal, Awards Funds to Local Service Organizations

Community Care Campaign seeks to raise $1,310,000

United Way of Greater Niagara celebrated its recent past this afternoon while setting an important target for its immediate future.

Representatives from United Way were joined by Dr. James Klyczek, president of Niagara County Community College and chairman of the 2012 United Way Community Care Campaign, in announcing the goal of raising $1,310,000 over the course of this year’s campaign. The campaign has raised more than $1.4 million each of the past two years, surpassing its fundraising goal both years.

“When the people of Niagara County need support and a helping hand, undoubtedly they benefit from a program, service or agency that is supported by United Way of Greater Niagara,” Klyczek said in making the goal announcement at the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club.

Autumn Event Combining Cultures in Niagara Co.

Becker Farms has had Pumpkin Fiesta events for many years. Owner Oscar Vizcarra is Peruvian, and brought a hint of his homeland to the family attraction. This weekend, co-owner Mindy Vizcarra pays homage to the season and her heritage with Oktoberfest sights, sounds and tastes.

Kevin O'Neill went live from Niagara County. Click on the video to see his report, or check out their website.

Woman Arrested in Albion Under Leandra's Law

ALBION, N.Y. - A Rochester woman was arrested for DWI under Leandra's Law after she was stopped for nearly striking a marked patrol car Thursday evening, according to authorities.

Kizzie Ford, 29, also had her two four-year-old children in the backseat without proper restraints, according to police.

Ford was arrested and is being charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated DWI (Leandra's Law), endangering the welfare of a child and having improper child restraints.

Authorities say Ford refused a BAC chemical test and was taken to the Orleans County Jail. Her children were turned over to a family member. Child Protective Services has now started its own investigation, according to authorities.

Ford will appear in Town of Albion Court on September 25th, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Woman Charged with 2nd Leandra's Law Violation in 3 Months

COVINGTON, N.Y. - A Genesee County woman is facing her second Leandra's Law violation in just three months after police say she rolled her vehicle over with her daughter inside while intoxicated.

On Saturday, State Police responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident on Taylor Road in the town of Covington. When Troopers arrived, the vehicle was unoccupied, however they determined that a female and small child had left the scene.

Police eventually found the driver at a nearby home and arrested 40 year old Angela A. Kruse, of Pavillion for felony driving while intoxicated (Leandra's Law) and moving from a lane unsafely.

Both Kruse and her daughter escaped the accident with only minor injuries and were taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment. 

Straight Line Winds to Blame for West Side Storm Damage

BUFFALO, N.Y. -"It was 30 seconds of crazy," that's how one Connecticut Street resident described a blast of severe weather that hit several streets of Buffalo's west side Saturday morning.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the storm damage.

The National Weather Service says it was straight line winds that caused extensive damage to numerous buildings on Connecticut  and other streets in the neighborhood.

Cleanup is now underway in the area of 14th and Connecticut Streets.  Around 9 a.m.,  heavy winds caused damage to several brick buildings and damaged the facade on at least one of those buildings.

Half the roof was also torn off one of the buildings and flew around 200 feet east onto another building.