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A "Direct Air" Curveball for Roy-Hart Baseball Team

   The cancellation of all charter flights earlier this week by the now bankrupt Direct Air really threw a curveball into the Florida plans by the Royalton Hartland High School varsity baseball team and many parents and family members of team members.

   The team under Coach John Grzymala started raising $10,000 in funds last summer with can and bottle drives and other events to pay their own way for a spring training trip to Orlando. The Roy-Hart team was going to play in six games against teams from across the country in a tournament at the Disney World complex. Actually a group of 90 people, including the team, coaches, and parents and other family members were slated to fly on a Direct Air charter.  Many rented condos and made other arrangements with Disney World for a week - long trip from April 5th through the 12th.   

Police Locate Missing Albion Teen

ALBION, NY - The Albion Police Department say they have located a teen last seen at school on March 6, 2012.

Ashley Deskins was located Thursday afternoon.

Albion police thank the public with their assistance in finding her.

Spring Ahead & Check Smoke Detector Batteries This Weekend

Spring Ahead & Check Smoke Detector Batteries This Weekend

When We Spring Ahead…Make Sure to Check Your Smoke & CO Detector Batteries

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Daylight Saving Time Begins on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 AM

(NEW YORK) – The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding homeowners and renters to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors at least once a year to ensure they are working properly. On Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 A.M. we will set our clocks ahead one hour.  FASNY urges New Yorkers to use this reminder when it comes to maintaining their home detectors.

Concerns Heighten With Rising Lake Level

WILSON, NY - As the Supervisor of this Niagara County town which hugs the Lake Ontario shoreline, Joseph Jastrzemski, has heard the concerns of his constituents.

As a lake shore resident himself, he's experienced them first hand.

"We're losing our property all along the lakeshore," Jastrzemski told WGRZ-TV.

What Cold? Thousands Watch, Join in Polar Bear Fun in Olcott

What Cold? Thousands Watch, Join in Polar Bear Fun in Olcott

Over 1,000 people braved the chilly temps in Olcott Beach, N.Y. to watch the 43rd annual Polar Bear Swim for Sight. While it may have been cold for the onlookers, it was most-likely much colder for those who took the plunge into the 36 degree waters of Lake Ontario. Not that it seemed to bother anyone. Those who signed up to "swim" had smiles on their faces, knowing it was for a great cause. 

Each year the swim, sponsored by the Olcott Lions Club, brings revelers from all around western New York. To get a glimpse of what happened this year, click on the video with the story.

 

Overnight Winds Knock Out Power, Trees

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The same storm system that was spawning tornadoes across the mid-west and the south caused some minor damage here in Western New York overnight, knocking out power to hundreds in Niagara and Erie Counties.

By daybreak this morning, more than 6,000 NYSEG and National Grid customers were without power in Niagara County, suggesting the northtowns were hit the hardest. There were just over 1,000 power outages reported in Erie County around 10:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service said that gusts around the area peaked at around 65 m.p.h. this morning. The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport recorded a peak gust of 58 m.p.h. at 7 a.m.

The high wind warning remains in effect for Western New York until 10 p.m. Sustained winds are expected to slowly die down during the day.

Pedestrian Killed in Orleans County Accident

CLARENDON, NY - The Orleans County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal pedestrian accident in the Town of Clarendon.

The accident happened shortly after 9pm Wednesday on State Route 31-A.

Deputies say a man was walking east on State Route 31-A when he was struck by a pick-up truck also traveling east.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.  He has been identified as Richard T. Webster, 31, of Holley.  The driver of the truck was not hurt.

Investigators are still investigating the accident, but say the victim was wearing dark clothes and walking in the roadway at night which that may have contributed to the accident.