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Greece Pair Seriously Hurt in Motorcycle-Car Crash


Victoria E. Freile, Democrat and Chronicle

KENDALL, NY - A man and woman from Greece were seriously injured yesterday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Kendall, Orleans County.

James H. King, 43, was driving a motorcycle west on State Route 18 when an eastbound car made a left turn in front of the motorcycle about 12:30 p.m., according to Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess. The motorcycle and car collided just west of the Monroe-Orleans county line.

King and his passenger Renee C. Tschetter, 41, both suffered serious injuries and were flown to Strong Memorial Hospital via Mercy Flight, deputies said. They were both listed in guarded condition today, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The driver of the car, Shirley A. Gould, 78, of Kendall was not injured.

Adam Kluge, of North Tonawanda, Releases First Single

Note: This is a follow-up to the Sept. 8 article, "'Oliver!' Showcases North Tonawanda Youth's Amazing Talent." 

North Tonawanda's own Adam Kluge, 11, has just released his first single.  It's called "Lost in the Crowd," and it has an anti-bullying message.

Mike Kluge, Adam's dad, said that Adam really wants to make a difference with this song by reaching out to kids who have dealt with bullying.  Given the recent tragedy in Williamsville, his song is very timely and appropriate.

Independent Health Releases Report on Efforts to Combat Diabetes

Independent Health Releases Report on Efforts to Combat Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 22, 2011) – Independent Health released a report today on the rising prevalence of diabetes nationally and locally, and detailed the positive results of the health plan’s efforts to promote better diabetes care, management and prevention to improve care and reduce costs.  The report is titled, “Combating an Epidemic and ‘Bending the Trend’ on Costs Associated with Diabetes.”

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans and research indicates one in three children born in the United States will develop diabetes in their lifetime if current trends continue. Those diagnosed will spend 2.3 times more on medical costs than those without diabetes. Statistics like these highlight the importance of taking action to curtail the damaging impact diabetes has on quality of life and health care costs.

Record Breaking Kickoff for Local Walks to End Alzheimer’s

Record Breaking Kickoff for Local Walks to End Alzheimer’s

On Saturday morning hundreds of Western New Yorkers gathered in Medina at the Medina Canal Basin Park and Batavia at the Genesee County Nursing Home as the Alzheimer’s Association kicked off their Walks to End Alzheimer’s in Western New York. Both the Batavia and Medina walks saw growth in participants and fundraising over the 2010 walks.

Depew 28 - Albion 11

ALBION, N.Y. - Depew beat Albion 28-11 Friday night at Albion to improve to 3-0 on the season.

For the Wildcats # 21 Joe Miller had 67 yards on 14 carries. Miller had a 13 yard touchdown run.

# 1 Aaron Ertel was 4 for 8 for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Ertel threw a four yard td pass to # 83 Drew Boyle and a 31 yarder to # 80 Derrick Sekuterski.

# 27 Rodney Turner had 40 yards on 9 carries and he had a four yard touchdown run.

Depew plays Buffalo East next weekend.

Lawsuit Filed in Death of Volunteer Firefighter

BUFFALO, NY-The widow of a volunteer firefighter killed in a two-vehicle crash in July has filed a lawsuit against the other driver involved in the accident.

Shane Ackerson, 35, of Medina was on his way home from his job at Delphi when his pickup truck was hit by a car on Route 31 in Gasport. Ackerson hit a tree and was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Medina fire department since September, 2010.

The suit alleges negligence, carelessness and recklessness on the part of 28-year-old Ramon Brege of Medina. Brege and a passenger in his car were hospitalized.

"This is a terrible tragedy for the Ackerson family," said Attorney Howard Cohen. "Bethany now is solely responsible for two young girls who will never know the joy of having their father in their lives." Catherine is three and Marrisa is two.

Niagara University Designated as a Military Friendly School for 2012

Niagara University Designated as a Military Friendly School for 2012

For the second straight year, Niagara University is among the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.

By being designated as a “Military Friendly School” for 2012 by the “premier publication for military transitioners,” Niagara’s continuing efforts to provide high-quality educational opportunities to veterans will be nationally recognized. A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the magazine’s annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in September 2011.