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High Winds Cause Damage and Power Outages

BUFFALO, NY-- The high wind gusts of the past several hours left many without power and damage throughout WNY.

WEB EXTRA:  Check out a photo gallery of pictures from the snow storm.

In fact, the winds were so high that they caused damage to the roof of Southtowns Catholic School in Lakeview, forcing school officials to cancel classes for the rest of the week.

In the Town of Alden, winds also knocked over a gas pump at the Sunoco gas Station at the corner of Walden Avenue and Genesee Street. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program at Batavia V.A

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program at Batavia V.A

Jim Mandelaro

Democrat and Chronicle

She had seen the horrors of war and undergone therapy to deal with it.

But when doctors suggested Donna Li Puma enroll in the post-traumatic stress disorder program at the Batavia Veterans Affairs facility, she balked.

"Everyone said 'Go to this program. It will help you,' " the Buffalo native said. "I went unwillingly, and it was the best thing I have ever done for myself."

The Batavia facility is one of 10 nationally that treats and houses female veterans dealing with PTSD, and it soon will be new and improved. Ground was broken last month on a 9,000-square-foot building that will be handicapped-accessible and include 12 private bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.

Appearance by MLK’s Nephew Highlights MLK Day Activities at NU

Appearance by MLK’s Nephew Highlights MLK Day Activities at NU

Niagara University will present a full slate of activities on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the federal holiday that marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Morgan Freeman Honored at the Golden Globes 2012

Morgan Freeman Honored at the Golden Globes 2012

Morgan Freeman the actor, film director, narrator and aviator who is most noted for his distinguishing voice was honored at the 69th Golden Globes award for his work in the film Industry with the Cecil B. Demille award. Since the 1950’s this award is given for outstanding contributions that made a huge impact to the world of entertainment. The winner is chosen each year by the HFPA boards of directors. At age 74 Morgan Freeman is one of Hollywood top A-list actors he received academy awards nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus. He took home the award in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He also received Golden Globe and Screen actors Guild awards.

Photo Gallery: 1/13/12 Winter Storm

Bikes and Bubble Wrap: At Age 36, I’m Learning How to Ride to Benefit Roswell

Bikes and Bubble Wrap: At Age 36, I’m Learning How to Ride to Benefit Roswell

I’m at it again. Or so my family and friends say when they hear that I’m working on another project. However, this one is particularly entertaining to them, with a game called “Boo Boo Bing-OW” and the involvement of bubble wrap.

Sadly, perhaps even pathetically, at the age of 36, I do not know how to ride a bike. It was something I didn’t have an opportunity to learn as a child, and as I grew older, a fear of falling overrode a desire to learn.

The wish to learn has come about thanks to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I am a cancer survivor, and Roswell has been a godsend over the past few months. So I will learn to ride a bike in a two-month period in order to raise money for Ride for Roswell 2012.

Albion Police Locate Missing Man

ALBION, NY -- The Albion Police say a village man reported missing has been found safe.

Jessie Barr, 24, was last seen January 10, 2012 at his home on West State Street in the Village of Albion.

Barr made threats of harming himself and is upset over a family dispute.  Officials say Barr suffers from a mental disorder and is not capable of caring for himself.

With help from the Buffalo Police, Barr was found staying at a friend's house in the city.