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Local Publishing Company Looking for Aspiring Writers

Local Publishing Company Looking for Aspiring Writers

Founded by Buffalo native Mark Pogodzinski, No Frills Buffalo will consider works submitted in the fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, young adult and picture book categories. In the past year, No Frills has published three books by local writers: “Flashes and Specks,” a novel by Pogodzinski; “Diamonds in the Rough,” a compilation of short sports-related stories by West Seneca resident Joe Kirchmyer; and “How to Tame a Macker,” a children’s book written by Mark Privateer and illustrated by Nicole Haberer. Several more books by Western New York writers are currently in the works.

Albion Teen Killed in Orleans County Crash

RIDGEWAY, N.Y. - An Albion teenager is dead and two others are injured following a one-car crash in the town of Ridgeway early Sunday morning.

18 year old Joseph C. Pearl was driving the car northbound on Culvert road when he lost control of the vehicle in the tunnel underneath the Erie Canal. After exiting the tunnel, the car ran off the west side of the roadway and slammed into a tree.

The force of the impact spun the car around and ejected 17 year old Terry James Moyer Jr.

Moyer, who is also from Albion, was taken by ambulance to Medina Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:45 A.M.

Both the driver Pearl and a passenger, 18 year old Randall P. Vanhouten, were also taken to Medina Memorial Hospital. There condition is currently unknown.

The incident remains under investigation by Orleans County Sheriff Deputies, although at this point it appears that alcohol and excessive speed were contributing factors to the crash.

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.