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Catholic Charities 2013 Appeal Reaches $10.2 Million; $500,000 Remaining to Reach Goal by June 30

With just about six weeks remaining before the close of the 2013 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the annual campaign has raised $10,231,128.55 in cash and pledges, or 95.6 percent of its $10.7 million goal. The most comprehensive human services organization in Western New York now asks the community to help raise the remaining funds – less than $500,000 – needed to meet the final goal by June 30.

Former Medina Fireman Sentenced for Criminal Sex Acts

ALBION, NY--  A former Medina firefighter will spend the next two years in jail for performing sex acts on two teenage boys last year.

Jeffrey Elsenheimer, Jr. was sentenced to two-years in jail and eight-years post-release supervision.   Elsenheimer, Jr. must also turn in his EMT card.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom, but a court observer said Elsenheimer, Jr. apologized to the victims, the community and his family.

Medina Store Holds Bra Decorating Contest for Charity

MEDINA, N.Y. - Clothing store owner Angela Waldriff has found a unique way to draw attention to a cause near and dear to her.

Every year just before Mother's Day, she holds a bra decorating contest.  Entries are part of a larger display for breast cancer awareness at her store, Ashlee's Place, on Center Street in the village.

Waldriff collects donations and chooses a different cancer charity to give to each year.

This year she is supporting the Knights-Kaderli Fund which helps cancer patients in Orleans County.

"It's a small contribution, but I think every little bit helps. We're just doing our part to try and raise awareness and help other women," said Waldriff.

She started fundraising 15 years ago after he mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is now cancer-free.

LeRoy Police Search For Suspect in Sexual Assault

LeROY,NY-- Police in the Village of LeRoy want to find the man behind a terrible and terrifying crime.

A person in a home on Gilbert Street told them that a man came into their home while they were sleeping early Thursday morning and sexually assaulted them at knifepoint.

Police searched the area with no luck, and now they're hoping someone nearby saw something.

"Well, certainly we'd like to have assist from someone who was in the area in that time and saw someone that was in the area, certainly we'd like to know that. We'll take any information we can get and follow it to its logical conclusion," says LeRoy Police Chief Chris Hayward.

Police describe the suspect as a black male in his twenties with a thin build and very short hair.  If you have any information, you can call the LeRoy police department at (585) 768-2527.

Worst Road in WNY: Let Us Know Your Choice

Buffalo, NY- This morning we put the call out to Western New Yorkers on social media to tell us about the worst roads in Western New York. And it didn't take long. Within a couple of hours we had a couple hundred responses on Facebook and Twitter. There are more than 300 so far on Facebook alone.

At the top of this list is no surprise..Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls. And Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo and Tonawanda.

Now Buffalo Avenue has the reputation as being the worst road but work is actually underway on a major road re-construction project. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster says that this federally funded project actually began last year and now involves the stretch of Buffalo Avenue from Veteran's Drive to the 190.
They will work through the fall and hope to have it completed by early next year. 

Catholic Charities Offering Naturalization Workshop for Those Seeking Citizenship

Catholic Charities of Buffalo will offer a naturalization workshop for those looking to become United States citizens on May 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 228 Albany St., Buffalo, the school site on the former Nativity Campus. Eligible candidates must be 18 years of age or older, have had a green card for at least four years and be able to read, write and speak basic English. Participants must bring: Green Cards for all family members; social security cards for each family member; two passport-sized photos of each applicant or $6 money order for each applicant to have photos taken; 2011 tax return and/or proof of Medicaid, food stamps or public assistance from the Department of Social Services or supplemental security income letter; list of all employment and addresses from the past five years; and list of all travel since becoming a permanent resident of the United States. Space is limited.

Nature Springs Forth

LOCKPORT, NY- "A day like today is heavenly to be out and see places like this! And every year it comes around again. If you miss it this year, catch it next year. "

Spring in Western New York can be as fleeting as it is beautiful. The annual renewal brings about a resurrection of life that can only be seen this time of year, and even then can be appreciated for a very short time.

Among that life are the Spring Ephemeral wildflowers. These woodland plants live most of their above-ground lives in the early part of the season, while the trees surrounding them are free of leaves. Stunning in their beauty, these forest blooms are the epitome of Spring. Paul Fuhrmann is a Biologist at Ecology & Environment." There's a relatively short window of sunlight that hits the forest floor, woodland floor, to support these plants, and they're pretty much done with their life cycle, go to flower and seed, once tree canopies start to leaf out and the woodland becomes shaded."