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We Want Your Irene Updates!

We Want Your Irene Updates!

Hurricane Irene is expected to impact over 65 million people over the next several days and there is no question that this could be one of the most serious storms to hit the eastern seaboard in half a century if the forecast holds true.

With Western New Yorkers all over the United States, 2 Your Town is asking you the viewers to help keep us in the loop of what is going on from the ground level. 

Send us your pictures, videos, and updates on the conditions you or your loved ones are seeing from the hurricane’s path.

To stay updated on the storm from other areas, check out our sister stations in Jacksonville, Washington DC and Portland, Maine.

Actor Mark Wahlberg Licenses Rochester Burger Name

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Actor brothers Donnie and Mark Wahlberg have licensed the name of a hamburger from a western New York chain of drive-in-style restaurants and plan to use it for their new eatery in Boston.

Executives with Tom Wahl's tell the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper the brothers have licensed the Wahlburger name from the company so they can use it when they and another sibling, Paul, open a burger joint named Wahlburgers Restaurant in their hometown.

Tom Wahl's serves a cheeseburger called a Wahlburger and owns the federal trademark rights to the name.

Tom Wahl opened the first Tom Wahl's restaurant in 1955 in Avon, south of Rochester. He sold it in 1986. The chain now operates eight restaurants.

The company hasn't disclosed the amount of the licensing agreement.

Explosion Injures Elderly Man

CARLTON, NY - A 92-year-old man was injured Tuesday morning in an explosion and fire in Carlton, Orleans County.

Firefighters from six fire departments were called to 1173 Point Breeze Road after an explosion at the residence about 7:20 a.m., according to Orleans County emergency dispatchers.

Leroy Bannister, 92, was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment, dispatchers said. His 93-year-old wife Doris was also home at the time, but was not hurt.

According to the Sheriff's department, the explosion originated in a camping trailer that was parked inside a partially enclosed carport attached to the house.

The blast destroyed the carport and trailer and the fire that followed caused extensive damage to the house.

The couple was rescued by their son and three grandchildren who live next door. The Red Cross was called in to help.

Maziarz Opposes Independent Redistricting Plan

YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. - State Senator George Maziarz has been called an "enemy of reform" by the group Uprising NY for his opposition to an independent redistricting plan supported by Gov. Cuomo.

Before the last election, several local lawmakers signed a pledge with the group to support an independent redistricting process.

Maziarz signed the pledge, however now opposes the proposal because he believes it would be dominated by downstate politicians.

"That's been the history of the state of New York," said Maziarz. "The decision makers all come from basically the city of New York, Westchester County, Nassau or Suffolk County."

Maziarz also says he wants representation guaranteed from upstate.

Senator Mark Grisanti also told 2 On Your Side that Republicans oppose the governor's plan because it unfairly supports Democrats.

Seeking Contestants for Miss Buffalo 2012

Seeking Contestants for Miss Buffalo 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Miss Buffalo Scholarship Organization is currently seeking contestants for its pageant at the National Buffalo Wing Festival on Sept. 4 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Aside from reigning as the official "Queen" of the Wing Fest, Miss Buffalo 2012 goes on to represent the Queen City in the 2012 Miss New York State Scholarship Pageant, the official state preliminary to the Miss America Pageant.  Miss Buffalo is eligible to win an expenses paid trip in June 2012 to take part in the Miss New York State Pageant, including five night’s hotel stay, meals, travel and entry fees.  In addition, Miss Buffalo will receive a $250 scholarship, a crown, banner and trophy.  The first runner-up will receive a $150 scholarship and the second runner-up will receive a $100 scholarship.

2 Pack a Backpack a Success!

BUFFALO, NY - 2 On Your Side teamed up with Walmart and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo again this year to help underprivileged kids return to school with all the supplies they need for a successful year.

Hundreds of people came out to donate school supplies Friday.

The Boys & Girls Clubs handle the distribution of the donated backpacks. You can contact the Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo at 825-1016 to inquire about eligibility.

Each family will need to fill out a School Supply Request Form, forms are available at all Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo and partnering agencies. 

In response to viewer inquiry all School Supply Request Forms are compiled at the Babcock Street Clubhouse and cross referenced to aide as many children as possible without duplication.

Hochul Says Funds Needed to Help Upgrade Orleans County Dispatch

Hochul Says Funds Needed to Help Upgrade Orleans County Dispatch

By Tom Rivers - The Daily News Online

ALBION — If someone tried to send a text message to a 911 center, the information wouldn’t get through because most dispatch centers don’t have the technology in place to receive those calls, U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul said Tuesday while touring the Orleans County dispatch operation.

Dispatchers also can’t receive photos sent by cell phones. Those images would be very useful at accident scenes or if someone captured the image of a crime in progress, dispatcher Michael Draper told Hochul.

The congresswoman wants the federal government to help upgrade dispatch centers. She has asked Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to consider a pilot project in the 26th Congressional District.