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Slaughter Helps Local Farmers With Labor Concerns In Advance of Harvest Season

Slaughter Helps Local Farmers With Labor Concerns In Advance of Harvest Season

WASHINGTON– Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) today said that the process to allow guest workers to help on local farms must be streamlined and made easier for the sake of New York’s farmers and the Upstate economy.

Today she sent a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis following up on months of work to assist Western New York seasonal farmers obtain the labor they need in advance of this year’s harvest season.

In March, Slaughter met with local farmers and the Department of Labor in her Washington office to begin a dialogue that will ease the process for local farmers.

The Bass Are Biting On Lake Erie!

Pound for pound, there may be no harder fighting freshwater gamefish than the Smallmouth Bass, and anglers in Western New York are blessed with an abundance of both Bass and places to fish for them!

From Chautauqua Lake to Lake Ontario, anywhere you can drop a line, you've got a good chance of landing one of these fiesty fighters! One of the premiere Smallmouth fisheries in the country lies within sight of downtown Buffalo, right on Lake Erie.

Erie's waters hold both numbers and size, with 5 and 6 pound fish caught regularly. Erie holds claim to two state records for Smallmouth Bass, a 9 pounder in Ohio, and an 8 pound fish right here in NY, caught near Hamburg.

One Dead in Fiery Tanker Crash in Orleans County

ORLEANS COUNTY, NY - One person is dead following a fiery tanker crash in the town of Barre early Tuesday morning.

The Orleans County Sheriff's Department said the accident happened around 4:15 a.m. on East Lee Road near Mathes Road.

Route 31A between East Barre Rd. and Powerline Rd. is closed until further notice due to this accident.

Deputies say the driver was headed eastbound when he failed to negotiate a curve and went off the road and hit a utility pole.  The truck continued across Mathes Road before crashing into some trees and bursting into flames.

The driver was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.  He has not been identified.

The 18-wheel tanker was carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol at the time of the crash.

A witness tells 2 on Your Side they heard three explosions.  Authorities say flames shot as high as 60 feet in the air.

Rumble to Break the Silence to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

Rumble to Break the Silence to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

It’s an event meant to create some noise to stress that no one should suffer silently when help is available.

The first Rumble to Break the Silence Bike Run to Expose Domestic Violence will be held Saturday, June 11, at the Ulrich Center, 45 Main St., Lockport.

Registration with free doughnuts and coffee will begin at 9:30 a.m., and kickstands will go up at 11 a.m. The event will follow a 60-mile course, stopping at Water Street Landing and the Wilson Boat House before returning to the Ulrich Center.

After the run, family-friendly events with food and beverages will be offered. Stylin Tattoo’s Mobile 1 also will be onsite offering henna tattoos and piercing specials. Other vendors will include CharGina Jewelry and Charms and Mac Street Rider.

Medina Man Found

TOWN OF SHELBY, NY-The Orleans County Sheriff's Department says a Medina man who went missing Wednesday night has been located.

According to the department, Patrick Dugan, 39, was partying  and drinking with a group of friends at a home on West Shelby Rd. According to witnesses, Dugan was also depressed.

Sometime between 7 and 8 PM, Dugan wandered away from the home into a wooded area nearby. Friends were unable to find and contacted authorities Thursday morning when he didn't return home.

A Medina Police officer on routine patrol spotted Dugan Friday morning walking along Rt. 63 in the Town of Batavia. Dugan said he was unaware that he'd been reported missing and was taken back to his home in Medina.

Business First Elementary School Rankings

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Business First released its 2011 elementary school rankings on Tuesday, and a small Catholic institution from Olean is again at the top of the list.

Southern Tier Catholic School rose to number one last year, and successfully holds onto the first place rank this year.

Clarence's Ledgeview Elementary School moved up to second place from fifth place last year.

Rounding out the top five are three Northtowns public schools:
Country Parkway Elementary School of Williamsville, Smallwood Drive School of Amherst and Maple East Elementary School of Williamsville.

Business First says the rankings are based on the journal's analysis of four years of standardized test data for fourth graders from 280 elementary schools across Western New York.

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