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Ford Friendship Express Program Unveils its “Redesign”

Ford Friendship Express Program Unveils its “Redesign”

Applications now available for local nonprofits; Recipients to be announced at Buffalo Auto Show in February

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York just couldn’t wait to announce that applications are now available for the 2012 Ford Friendship Express program -- an annual program that provides “new wheels” to local nonprofit organizations in need of transportation.

“For nearly two decades, the WNY Ford Dealers have awarded new Ford vehicles to deserving organizations in our community,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee.

Listeria Found in Cantaloupe Claims 15 Lives

DENVER (AP) - Families affected by the Listeria outbreak are reporting disturbing details of the illness: One day their loved ones were leading normal lives and the next they were suffering agonizing symptoms.

Officials say at least 15 people have died and 84 have become ill in 19 states.

Daybreak Television Productions, Catholic Charities Earn Bronze Telly Award

Daybreak Television Productions, Catholic Charities Earn Bronze Telly Award

Daybreak Television Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo recently was awarded a bronze in the 32nd annual Telly Awards for its creation of Catholic Charities’ 10-minute video called “Real lives. Real help. Real hope.”

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world. More than 11,000 entries are received from 50 states and many foreign countries. Winners receive either a Bronze or Silver Telly Award.

Power Authority Decides Against Off-shore Wind Turbines

Power Authority Decides Against Off-shore Wind Turbines

Steve Orr, Democrat and Chronicle

The New York Power Authority today formally ended its push for off-shore wind turbines in Lake Ontario or Lake Erie.

   At a meeting at the authority's Westchester County office, NYPA's trustees voted unanimously to shelve the idea. "This was not an easy decision to make," trustee John Dyson said.

   Cancellation of the so-called Great Lakes Offshore Wind project was widely expected. Decision-making on the project was months behind schedule, and critics were insisting it would not make financial sense.

   NYPA staff agreed. "We’ve decided we are recommending it’s not fiscally prudent at this time to proceed," Jill Anderson, a renewable-energy executive for the authority, told trustees. The Democrat and Chronicle monitored the meeting on a live video feed.

College-Community Collaboration to Decrease Underage Drinking

College-Community Collaboration to Decrease Underage Drinking

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Educational programs, sobriety checkpoints and other proactive measures intended to reduce alcohol and drug use among underage youth in the Town of Hamburg will be established through a new college-community collaboration involving Hilbert College, the Town of Hamburg Police Department and the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ECCPASA).

The joint pilot program is being funded by a one-year $20,000 College Community Coalition Sub-Grant awarded to ECCPASA, which is administering the grant, and one of only five presented across the state from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Funding is being provided by the Office of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Grant Program.

Greece Pair Seriously Hurt in Motorcycle-Car Crash


Victoria E. Freile, Democrat and Chronicle

KENDALL, NY - A man and woman from Greece were seriously injured yesterday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Kendall, Orleans County.

James H. King, 43, was driving a motorcycle west on State Route 18 when an eastbound car made a left turn in front of the motorcycle about 12:30 p.m., according to Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess. The motorcycle and car collided just west of the Monroe-Orleans county line.

King and his passenger Renee C. Tschetter, 41, both suffered serious injuries and were flown to Strong Memorial Hospital via Mercy Flight, deputies said. They were both listed in guarded condition today, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The driver of the car, Shirley A. Gould, 78, of Kendall was not injured.

Adam Kluge, of North Tonawanda, Releases First Single

Note: This is a follow-up to the Sept. 8 article, "'Oliver!' Showcases North Tonawanda Youth's Amazing Talent." 

North Tonawanda's own Adam Kluge, 11, has just released his first single.  It's called "Lost in the Crowd," and it has an anti-bullying message.

Mike Kluge, Adam's dad, said that Adam really wants to make a difference with this song by reaching out to kids who have dealt with bullying.  Given the recent tragedy in Williamsville, his song is very timely and appropriate.