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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.

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.