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Darien Lake Theme Park To Open for Another Season

DARIEN CENTER, N.Y. - Darien Lake Theme Park is getting ready to open its doors for a new season on Saturday after spending millions of dollars in upgrades over the winter.

One of the park's rollercoasters, The Ride of Steel, had to be shut down twice last summer. 

It was first closed because an Iraq War veteran and double amputee, 29 year old Seargent James Hackemer, fell out of the ride and was killed

The ride was closed a second time because a chain broke, stopping all cars on the track.

National Association of Letter Carriers 20th Annual Food Drive Set for Saturday

National Association of Letter Carriers 20th Annual Food Drive Set for Saturday

Local effort ranked 4th in nation in 2011

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with United Way of Greater Niagara, AFL-CIO and the U.S. Postal Service, will conduct its annual food drive this Saturday, May 12, 2012.  This is the largest single-day food drive in the nation. 

Over the last 19 years, the NALC has collected over 1 billion pounds of food through this effort.  In 2011, Western New York Branch collected 1.4 million pounds of food, ranking fourth in the nation.  The Greater Niagara community played an important role in the local effort, collecting approximately 150,000 pounds of food.  Twenty-nine local agencies benefit from this event, which provides food for needy individuals and families throughout Niagara County. 

MANgels Dress for Success to Help Relay Team Fight Cancer

MANgels Dress for Success to Help Relay Team Fight Cancer

About two dozen Western New York men have signed on to shave their legs, don women’s wear and ham it up to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The second annual Relay for Life Peaches N Crème Fashion Show will be held Saturday, May 12, at the Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., Lockport. The show is being organized by Relay team Maurices Angels, and it features men volunteering to wear fashions donated by Maurices on Transit Road in Lockport.

Team Captain Anne LaSota said that the idea came about last year when teams were discussing fundraising ideas.

“We didn’t have one and needed one quick,” she said. “I looked at Cat Hair Brownies Captain Jay Zimmerman, who happens to be a friend of mine, and for some reason pictured him in a dress.”

She ran her thought by her team, and members loved it.

“It took only a few days to round up 17 men that were ready willing and eager to dress like a woman,” she said.

Thomas The Tank Engine Visiting WNY

Beloved literature and TV character Thomas the Tank Engine is visiting the Medina Railroad Museum over the next two weekends. The largest train and toy museum in New York state is taking reservations over the phone, and on their website. The link is right here.

You can take a ride with Thomas. Train rides include story-telling and live entertainment.


Local Company Thanks Community with Discount

Local Company Thanks Community with Discount

Cool Gel ’n Cap LLC, the Elma-based company that produces a unique first aid hat for toddlers and young children, is thanking the Western New York community for its support by offering a limited-time discount on its Cool Gel ’n Cap product. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Farewell To A Dear Friend

Joel Thomas' official title at the Erie County SPCA was 'Wildlife Administrator and Veterinary Technician', a long title to be sure. But as titles so often do, it fails to even come close to describing Joel as a person.

He was a true renaissance man. Musician, environmentalist, author, husband and father. It seemed to those who knew him, Joel could do it all. And although he left us at far too early an age, his spirit will live on with the many people whose lives he touched.

Gina Browning was a close friend who worked with Joel for almost 20 years at the Erie County SPCA.

"He had a wonderful church family, his daughter, his wife, his son, he had an amazing family life too," says Browning. "Then you look at professionally here at the SPCA, all that he did. It wasn't just a job, all that he did to impact the lives of people, and especially the lives of wildlife here."

Investigative Post: Outer Harbor and Stadium Lease

Here at 2 On Your Side, we recently announced our proud partnership with the Investigative Post, a non-profit investigative reporting center right here in Western New York.

It's run by former Buffalo News investigative reporter Jim Heaney. 

Heaney stopped by the Information Center to discuss the latest on plans for the Outer Harbor and negotiations with the Bills stadium lease.