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Some Guard Members Not Granted Leave

MEDINA, N.Y. -- On Father's Day, many military families learned their loved ones will not be granted the leave time they anticipated.

Members of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 108th Infantry with the National Guard, who are currently in Kuwait, did not expect to be granted leave when they were deployed in January.

However, when they arrived overseas, the soldiers were told they would be given rest and recuperation (R&R) leave. They immediately started scheduling their time off, only to have that offer rescinded days later. But that wasn't the end of it. The unit was again told the leave would happen in May, only to have it taken away again on Father's Day.

O/N BOCES Building Trades Students Take Home Awards at End-of-Year Celebration

O/N BOCES Building Trades Students Take Home Awards at End-of-Year Celebration

Students in Anthony Molinaro’s Building Trades program at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements at the end of the ceremonies.  Marquis Siner from Niagara Falls was the recipient of an ACTEA Award which was awarded by the Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators.  Hannah Kanouse, also from Niagara Falls was awarded a Coca Cola Scholarship and Ian Kroening from Wilson was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award. 

Business First School Rankings: Overachievement and Cost-Effectiveness

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Business First's 2012 rankings continue today with the most overachieving and cost-effective school districts in Western New York.

The Sherman school district in Chautauqua County finished at the top of the list for overachievement. Business First says that the school scores well academically despite being one of the poorer districts in the region.

Pine Valley and Westfield also performed well beyond their socio-economic conditions in academics.

Buffalo Business First also ranks Clarence as having the best cost-benefit ratio at $13,410 per student. Despite its efficiency, Clarence placed second academically in yesterday's overall school rankings.

Sunfest 2012 to Highlight Music and Dance

Sunfest 2012 to Highlight Music and Dance

Sunfest 2012, Canada’s premier celebration of the global arts, held without admission fee in beautiful Victoria Park in nearby London, Ontario, is set to take place July 5-8. This unique, high-profile event features over 30 top professional world music dance and jazz ensembles based in Canada and abroad.

Sunfest is a nonprofit community arts group dedicated to promoting cross-cultural awareness and understanding of the arts across a range of disciplines such as music, dance and the visual arts. With its laid back, family friendly vibe, Sunfest remains one of the most culturally diverse events of its kind – each year attracting more than 225,000 patrons from Winnipeg to Western New York! 

Senator Maziarz Co-sponsors New Legislation Protecting Consumers From Telemarketers

Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation that will further protect consumers from intrusive and unwanted telemarketer calls.  Senator George D. Maziarz is a prime co-sponsor on this legislation and is proud to announce its passage.

"One of the largest issues that I continually hear about from the community is the enormous amount of unwanted telephone calls that they receive from telemarketers,"  said Senator George D. Maziarz.  "This legislation will add more protections to New Yorkers while holding telemarketer's accountable.  No longer will the companies who are not registered in New York be able to surpass the law."

Beaver Meadow: 50 Years Of Teaching About Mother Nature

For over 50 years, Beaver Meadow Audubon Center has been educating young and old alike in a living classroom nestled quietly in the hills of the Southern Tier.

The center was first purchased by the Buffalo Audubon Society in 1951, and began teaching Western New York school children before buildings were even erected on the site.

Loren Smith is Beaver Meadow's Executive Director: "We bought the first parcel for $1,760, 45 acres, and since then we've added a variety of properties adjacent and around it. Our volunteers have planted to restore habitats and build buildings. We also do all of our nature programs here."

Over 300 acres of diverse habitat, from ponds teeming with life to lush green forests, provide the educators at the center with a perfect habitat to reach the public with an equally diverse schedule of public programs of natural history education.

Their mission is clear and critical to the fostering of future caretakers of the planet.

Concerns Over Raising Lake Ontario Water Levels

WILSON, N.Y. - The International Joint Commission wants to raise the water level of Lake Ontario, but they're facing some tough opposition not only from Niagara and Orleans County legislators but from lakeside homeowners.

The big concern centers on the controversial "BV7" plan. This plan by the International Joint Commission could alter water levels by up to 12 inches for the first time in several decades.

Two Town of Wilson homeowners told 2 On Your Side they oppose they plan because raising the lake levels means more erosion to their lake front property.
They say every year they've lost on average 6 to 8 inches of their property which gets washed away by high waves. Raising water levels would mean even more loss.