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Bishop Kmiec Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood

Bishop Kmiec Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood

In December of 1961, Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” was number one on the album charts, President John F. Kennedy approved of the deployment of U.S. military crews and helicopters to Vietnam and young Edward U. Kmiec of Trenton, N.J. was preparing for his ordination to the priesthood.

His priestly journey would include an assignment as assistant pastor at St. Rose Parish in Belmar, N.J., secretary and master of ceremonies to the bishop of Trenton, and vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Trenton.

Following 12 years as bishop of Nashville, Bishop Kmiec has spent the last seven years as bishop of Buffalo.

Dec. 20, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Bishop Kmiec’s priestly ordination at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (above).

“I’ve had 50 years in the priesthood,” Bishop Kmiec said.  “I think the past seven, as bishop of Buffalo, have been the best.”

2012 Golden Globe Nominations

2012 Golden Globe Nominations

The 69th installment of the Golden Globes will air Sunday, Jan. 15th and this morning the nominees were announced.

The full list of nominees are as follows:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J.

EPA Bans Sewage Discharge by Boaters on Lake Ontario

Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - Sewage discharges by boaters on Lake Ontario will be banned starting next week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

Canada already bans these discharges on its side of the lake.
The move is expected to reduce the number of summer days beaches are closed to swimming, Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a conference call with EPA officials announcing the ban.

Ontario Beach in Monroe County was closed for 35 percent of the summer season, Schumer said.

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck agreed there will be an improvement, but other larger problems remain.

"I think it's going to help a lot," Enck said. "But we also need to deal with the need to upgrade sewage treatment plants, get a better handle on storm-water pollution. Those are actually the big drivers here."

The ban also will protect the health of boaters.

Friends of Harmony Chorus Goes Extra Mile for Food 2 Families

Friends of Harmony Chorus Goes Extra Mile for Food 2 Families

BUFFALO, NY – It takes a special individual to dedicate their time and talents towards helping others, but for one group of local men it’s a tradition.

The Friends of Harmony Chorus is a small group of men who hail from various communities across Western New York and Canada, which is known for their Barbershop style of a cappella singing.

The group spends the majority of the year giving free performances throughout the community including free patriotic-themed concerts at the Naval Park in the summer and at area hospitals during the winter to bring the holiday cheer to those who need it most.

Lake Effect Snow Passes Through WNY

Lake Effect Snow Passes Through WNY

BUFFALO, NY - Well, it wasn't everything it was cracked up to be but we did see the first somewhat substantial snowfall of the season on Friday. Roads were deceptively slippery, however, and there were a number of fender benders and rollvovers this morning, though none resulting in significant injuries.

Enjoy these photos sent to us by WGRZ viewers and Facebook fans (below).

For the latest, check out our Storm 2 Team Doppler by clicking here or download the free Storm Team 2 Weather App.


Renew Your Marriage with 10 Great Dates

Renew Your Marriage with 10 Great Dates

BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 6, 2011 – Remember when you first fell in love with your partner – the exhilaration and eagerness you felt? Through a fun, romantic and marriage-enriching program offered by Catholic Charities of Buffalo beginning Jan. 5, you can re-ignite that same spark, connection and creativity in your relationship.

“10 Great Dates” is an award-winning marriage education program that helps couples recharge the fun and conversation in their marriage. First, couples meet together as a group.