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Lake Simcoe: A Taste Of The Canadian Wilds

The essence of an outdoor experience in Ontario is one of sparkling lakes, abundant wildlife, and the grandeur of unspoiled forests.

To find that, the wilderness voyageur often has to travel long distances, but fortunately, that is not always the case.

Lake Simcoe, one of Ontario's largest lakes, lies just three hours north of Buffalo, and can provide the avid outdoors man with a little taste of the "Great White North".

The region is no secret to Western New Yorkers, however, some people have been visiting here for generations.

Doug Bowden is a Lockport native whose family has enjoyed Simcoe for generations. "My grandparents originally came over from England, and they filtered through Toronto. They purchased some property up here, they did that back in the early 1930's, and we've been here since. We come up in the summer, and we go back for the wintertime."

Commemorative T-shirts Keep Glende’s Memory Alive

Commemorative T-shirts Keep Glende’s Memory Alive

Family and friends of a Niagara University graduate continue to honor his memory after he was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. 

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Theodore M. Glende, 23, of Rochester, died July 27 in Kharwar, Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy. 

To keep his memory alive, Glende’s loved ones are taking orders for Glende Commemorative Clothing through Sunday, with proceeds going to Wounded Warrior Project, which assists injured soldiers and their families.

Short-sleeved T-shirts are available in blue, maroon or tan, and sizes and prices include:

Medina Area Verizon Wireless Customers Experiencing Service Problems

Medina Area Verizon Wireless Customers Experiencing Service Problems

MEDINA- Verizon Wireless customers in the Medina area have been experiencing severe service problems for the better part of the day.  Customers are reporting significant call failures and the inability to send a text message.

The nature and extent of the problem are unknown, according to Verizon Wireless customer service representatives.

Anyone living in the affected area may call Verizon Wireless customer service at 866-221-4096 to report any issues involving impaired cell service.

UPDATE- As of 7:00 PM 8/15 Verizon advised that "the issue is resolved" and that "service is back to normal".  There is still no word on exactly what the issue was that severely effected Medina area service today.



Commercial Fire in Albion

ALBION, NY - Numerous fire departments fought a fire in a commercial building in the Village of Albion.

Albion Police Department says that a fire started around 1:30 a.m. Monday in the back room of a smoke shop at 158 Hamilton Street.

Firefighters from six different companies were called to the scene.

Even though they were faced with a large amount of fire, crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly.

There were no reports of injuries or how much damage was done to the building.

Medina Attorney Faces Drug Charges

MEDINA, NY-- A Medina attorney has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

Adam Rissew, who also worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Monroe County, has been charged by federal officials with manufacturing marijuana and weapons possession in furtherance of drug trafficking activity.

According to the Complaint, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on July 20th at Rissew's home on Catherine St. in Medina. Officers say they discovered an extensive marijuana growing operation as well as scales, cutting devices, packaging materials, marijuana that appeared to be cut and a gun. In addition, a safe was discovered which contained three more guns and ammunition.

The 36 year old was arraigned Thursday in Buffalo Federal Court.

If convicted, the firearms charge alone carries a mandatory five-year prison sentence.

Erie Canal Reopened in Medina

Erie Canal Reopened in Medina

by Chris Busch - Friday, August 10, 2012

MEDINA- The citizens of Medina breathed a sigh of relief at the sight of water in the Erie Canal this morning.  The section of canal between Middleport and Medina was has been reopened as far as Bates Road, located just east of the village.

The bustling historic canal town depends heavily on tourist traffic generated by an active canal in the summer and fall months.  The spot is popular among boaters, kayakers, canoeists and towpath cyclists, and is often a venue for summer concert events.

NYS Canal Corporation officials on the scene at the Bates Road flood gates said that work continues on the Albion site where a culvert had apparently given way, causing a sinkhole to appear on the canal banks.

"We averted the worst," said one Canal Corp. official.  "Crews are working on repairing the culvert today and if everything goes well, the canal may be reopened by the middle of next week."

Officials ID Cause of Erie Canal Collapse

Officials ID Cause of Erie Canal Collapse

From the Batavia Daily News:

ALBION - A damaged culvert pipe located 9 feet below the bottom of the Erie Canal, has been identified as the cause of a partial embankment collapse last week, state Canal Corporation officials said.

One hundred eight feet of replacement pipe arrived on site Wednesday, and the canal could reopen in about a week, the Canal Corporation said.

Read the complete updated story regarding the Erie Canal embankment collapse near Albion here in the Batavia Daily News:  http://thedailynewsonline.com/news/article_eaa4fc48-e175-11e1-85fd-0019bb2963f4.html