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Buffalo Area Church Group Witnesses Ohio Plane Crash

TOLEDO, OH -- A ferry boat crew member in Ohio says he helped pull four people to safety after their plane landed on Lake Erie.

Jake Market says the only injury among the four appeared to be scratches on one woman's leg.

A church group on retreat from the Chapel at Crosspointe in Getzville witnessed the crash and then videotaped the dramatic sinking of the plane and rescue of the passengers.

The Cessna 210 single engine plane was approaching a small airfield Friday on South Bass Island, about midway between Toledo and Cleveland. Witnesses say it skipped across the water, coming to rest about 100 yards from a boat dock near the island.

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Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

Some Local Groups May Lose Tax-Exempt Status

BUFFALO, N.Y. - According to the Internal Revenue Service some local non-profit groups and organizations may lose their tax exempt status because of a new law that went into effect.

A spokesman for the IRS tells 2 On Your Side the organizations will be given until the middle of October to fill out the proper paperwork required by the new law or they may lose their tax exempt status. Some groups affected include some little league teams, fire departments and youth programs.

2 On Your Side has a database of the organizations and groups which may be affected.  

UB Marching Band Preview Set for August 29

AMHERST, NY-The University of Buffalo Marching Band is getting ready for another Bulls season.

The band will host a preview show at Kunz Field on the UB North Campus at 6 PM on Sunday, August 29th.

The event will feature the band's new football field show, along with performances by the Mt. St. Mary Academy Marching Band and the Buffalo Public Schools combined Marching Bands, Medina H.S. Marching Band and the West Seneca West Marching Band.

The show is free and open to the public.

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Sabres Sign WNYer Leggio

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - Another Western New Yorker has been brought into the Buffalo Sabres family. Williamsville's Dave Leggio signed a two-way contract over the weekend.

Leggio is expected to back up Sabres prospect Jhonas Enroth in the nets for Portland of the AHL.

Leggio says he couldn't be happier. He grew up playing for Amherst and then a short stint with the Depew Saints. As a netminder at St. Joe's he often faced former Sabre Tim Kennedy, who played for Timon/St Jude. 

Leggio then went off to college and starred at Clarkson before playing a season in the East Coast Hockey League. Last year he played overseas, playing professionally in Finland.

Leggio has been working out this summer with other Sabre prospects and is looking forward to the start of training camp.

Amherst Sr. Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

AMHERST, NY-Time flys when you're having fun-believe it or not, the Amherst Senior Center is celebrating it's 10th anniversay at it's Audobon location this week.

The center itself dates back to the early 1960s at three locations, plus satellites.

Festivities get underway at 11:45 on Thursday, August 12th with the dedication of a portrait of the most recent past director, Mary Ellen Walsh. Hers will be placed alongside those of her two predecessors.

There will also be a special lunch with strawberry shortcake and entertainment.

Seminar on Invasive and Destructive Pests

BUFFALO, NY-The Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host a seminar on invasive and destructive insects in WNY.

It will take place on Tuesday, August 17th from 5:30-8 PM at the Marcy Casino at Delaware Park.

It's an open event for residents of Buffalo and the surrounding communities.

The purpose is to provide training and education for the detection, identification and reporting procedure for forest pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

The event is sponsored by the NYS Agriculture Department.

Refresments, a powerpoint presentation and a Q & A session are all part of the evening's activities.

If you want to go you're asked to e-mail an RSVP to rachel@bfloparks.org.