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Make a Difference Day: Saturday Oct. 22

Buffalo, N.Y. - Want to have fun and help out your community? Saturday is the perfect day to do it!

Saturday, October 22nd is Make a Difference Day across the U.S. and here in Western New York. It's nation's largest day of volunteering. More than 3 million people across the country will be out lending a hand in their communities. Since 1992, hundreds of millions of Americans have been helped by Make A Difference Day volunteers. It's now a movement.

There are dozens of events planned across New York State.  A local teenager will be hosting his 7th annual Make A Difference Day Express train ride on the historic Arcade and Attica railroad. He's a train lover who shares his passion every year with underprivileged kids, by collecting cans and other returnable's and turning the cash into train rides.

And, at the Buffalo Zoo, volunteers from Delta Sigma Pi will be running hayrides and organizing a parade.

One Stabbed in Wilson Trailer Park Standoff

WILSON, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a man is in custody after he held police at bay for six hours following a stabbing at a trailer park in the town of Wilson.

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour says that the man stabbed another man during a fight around 8:30 p.m. last night at the Dorwood Park Mobile Community.

Voutour says the victim was taken to a hospital.

The other man went inside one of the trailers and refused to come out. Deputies used a public address system to try to contact him.

A sheriff's office dispatcher says the standoff ended around 3:30 a.m.

United Lights the Way Gala Set for Saturday

United Lights the Way Gala Set for Saturday

Event supports Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – United Way of Greater Niagara is getting in the holiday spirit this weekend when it hosts the 5th annual United Lights the Way Gala, a fundraiser to support the popular Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail.

The gala will take place on Saturday, October 22 at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel beginning at 7:00 p.m. Attendees will enjoy food, fun, and a silent auction featuring hundreds of baskets and other premier items that would be perfect for everyone on your shopping list.

“The gala is one event that everyone looks forward to every year and the one dedicated fundraising event for the Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail,” said Carol Houwaart-Diez, president, United Way of Greater Niagara.

Lowe's Store in Batavia Closing

BATAVIA, N.Y. - The Lowe's store in the city of Batavia is one of several stores scheduled to be closed by the home improvement retailer.

61 full time and 30 part time employees will be laid off. The store is currently offering a closing sale in an attempt to sell off inventory. There is no hard date for the closing, but it is expected to finish selling off inventory and shut down in around four weeks.

A total of 20 stores in 15 states are deemed to be under-performing and will be shuttered. The closings nationwide will affect around 1,950 employees. The Batavia location is the only store scheduled to close in New York.

The store originally opened in October 2008.


Man Retrieving Newspaper Struck by Car

ALBION, N.Y. - An Orleans County man is being hospitalized with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle while retrieving his morning newspaper.

75-year-old John A. Steler was crossing the street in front of his residence on Ridge Road around 6:45 a.m. on Monday when he was struck.  Orleans County Sheriff say Steler was wearing dark clothing.

The vehicle that struck him is described as 2006 Toyota pick-up truck that was pulling a utility trailer. The driver is identified as 47-year-old Leif Woodman of Middleport. Woodman was not injured.

Steler was transported by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. There are no charges pending against the driver in connection to the incident.

Wind Advisory In Place Monday for Most of WNY

BUFFALO, NY--  A Wind Advisory will be in effect for Erie, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans Counties from 10:00am Monday through 7:00pm Monday.

We could have winds increasing to 20-30mph and gusts to 50mph.

The high winds will continue to threaten tree limbs and the possibility of more power outages.

You can follow the weather on the Storm Team 2 Interactive Doppler.

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Albion 20-Medina 14

ALBION, N.Y. - Albion scored midway through the fourth quarter on their way to a 20-to-14 win over Medina.

The Purple Eagles were led by # 44 Pete Nesbitt. He carried 24 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Nesbitt had touchdowns runs of one and five yards. He scored from five yards out with 7:32 remaining and that turned out to be the winning touchdown.

Quarterback # 7 Travis Downs carried 18 times for 80 yards. He had a one yard touchdown run to start the scoring for the Purple Eagles. Downs picked off a Medina pass to end a threat with just 1:13 remaining in regulation.

With the win Albion improves to 5-2 and clinches a playoff spot.