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Recent Deep Freeze Destroys WNY Apple Crops

Albion, NY - The weather is getting warmer now, but the freezing temperatures that passed through Western New York last month have left local apple farmers fearing they will be left in the cold.

David Kast owns a 250-acre apple farm in Albion, and is predicting that he will only see about half of the crop he normally does this year, because of the blossoms that were destroyed.

Kast told 2 On Your Side he grows 20 different types of apples on his farm. Right now he's counting on the bees to help pollinate many of these buds that survived the deep freeze when temperatures dropped into the mid-20's.

Kast said, "I worry about it. Any grower worries about it, and you know it's mother nature. There's nothing we can do about it so we're fortunate that we have other crops, and we're concentrating our energy there, but we're still fully taking care of our orchards as we would any other year."

Olcott Beach Nominated for World Fishing Network's "Ultimate Fishing Town"

Olcott Beach Nominated for World Fishing Network's "Ultimate Fishing Town"

The World Fishing Network (WFN) has nominated Olcott Beach, N.Y., located on beautiful Lake Ontario, for its "Ultimate Fishing Town." Voting began on May 1 and will conclude on May 31.  

The town with the highest total votes will be named the winner of a $25,000 community donation. WFN will also produce a feature on the winner as the Ultimate Fishing Town.

You can vote for Olcott Beach, N.Y. by going to this link: http://www.worldfishingnetwork.com/uft/town/olcottbeach-ny

NY Lottery Responds to Welfare Fraud Questions

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The New York Lottery is responding to questions about oversight after a prize winner was accused of welfare fraud for not reporting his winnings as income.   

Anthony Palermo, who lives in Orleans County, won the "Win for Life" scratch off game more than a decade ago, guaranteeing him one thousand dollars a week, for life.

Prosecutors say Palermo applied for Medicaid and HEAP last fall, and broke the law when he never disclosed his lottery winnings and got more than four-thousand dollars in benefits.

We emailed the lottery to find out if they have a system in place to prevent fraud like the kind Palermo is accused of.  Their response is below.

I Love My Parks Day; A Chance To Give Back

You can say a lot about New York State, but one thing you can't say is that it is short on parks.

The Empire State has almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to beautiful green space. From the Adirondacks to Letchworth, there are 178 State Parks across New York, with each one having its own unique features.

While the larger parks are often magnificent in their grandeur, it is often the smaller ones that are most fascinating, and all the more satisfying because you feel as if you've just uncovered a hidden treasure. A case in point is Knox Farm State Park, a 600 acre gem nestled gently in the hills of East Aurora.

Seymour Knox IV is the President of Friends Of Knox Farm State Park. "It's a wonderful place to be. It's very pastoral, it's very, sort of healing...you're out in nature. It has beautiful vistas, there's a lot of trails you can walk, and there's a lot of wildlife out here."

Record Setting Prescription Drug Drop-Off

Hamburg, NY - Pharmaceutical drugs can be a life saver for millions of Americans, but often times these same drugs fall into the wrong hands.

On Saturday the Drug Enforcement Agency was out once again collecting all types of medicines from people who no longer wanted them in their homes during the 4th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The collection of these pharmaceutical drugs involved no questions being asked.

The parking lot of one car care center in Hamburg was turned into a prescription drug drop-off site for a few hours. Volunteers joined the DEA to collect everything from unused syringes, to thousands of pills that are no longer needed.

Another group of volunteers separated and cataloged the drugs that came in. Local pharmacist Heather Derck gave 2 On Your Side a quick update a few hours after the drug drop-off began.

"We've had over 125 cars come through. We've got probably 10 to 12 full boxes," said Derck.

Orleans Co. Animal Shelter Shut Down

ALBION, NY-An Orleans County animal shelter has shut down and its nearly 100 animals were turned over to the Humane Society of Greater Rochester following a law enforcement investigation into conditions at the shelter.

According to the Humane Society, more than 75 cats, 20 dogs and a rat were transferred Friday from the People for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) facility in on Gaines Basin Road Albion to Lollypop Farm in Perinton.

Lotto Winner On Welfare Faces An Additional Charge

ALBION, NY- A town of Albion lottery winner accused of scamming the state out of thousands of dollars in welfare benefits was slapped with a new charge in court Tuesday night.

51-year-old Anthony Palermo was charged with a second count of filing a false statement in addition to his previous charges of welfare fraud and grand larceny, all felonies.

Through court paperwork obtained by Two On Your Side, we're learning just how the $1000 a week "Win For Life" winner was allegedly trying to access state benefits.