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WNY'ers gather to watch eclipse

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.- Thursday was the second time just this month that Western New Yorkers were able to see an eclipse in our skies.

A free public viewing of the partial solar eclipse was held at Williamsville North High School's football field, complete with telescopes and special glasses to look at the sun.

"The moon will be covering the edge of the sun just slightly and we also have some pretty massive groups of sun spots to look at while were waiting," Mark Percy, Planetarium Director of Williamsville Schools said. "An event like this you can't look at without proper solar filters. We advertise widely, don't try this at home."

The eclipse occurred at dusk, with the setting sun appearing to have a small slice taken out of it by the moon on its right side.

East Aurora Native Launches New Lifestyle Website for Men

East Aurora Native Launches New Lifestyle Website for Men


Steven Helmicki, an anti-concussion advocate and president of Primordial Strength Inc., a private gym located in Elma, announces the launch of his latest project, a lifestyle website for men — primordialman.com.  

Primordialman.com is an affiliate of Schott NYC, a premier USA-based manufacturer of leather goods. The website also features high-quality products such as Chanel Platinum, Omega Watches, Boston Whaler, Gustin Jeans and others.  

Local vet's inspirational message comes across in new book

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - A veteran from Western New York turned inspirational author and athlete is back in town this weekend with his strong message of hope and faith.

Timothy Payne -- a now-retired Army Staff Sergeant from North Tonawanda and Williamsville -- was signing his latest book, "The Bargain and the Squad Leader," at Bender's Parable Christian Store on Sheridan Drive.

Payne was severely injured by an IED in Kandahar province, in Afghanistan, in 2011 but decided to overcome his physical and psychological scars by focusing on physical fitness and a positive, religiously based philosophy.

Williamsville School Board Won't Investigate Supt.

Williamsville, NY - It's a story we have been following for weeks and Tuesday night, the fighting between the Williamsville Superintendent and the unions representing the district's teachers and administrators did not appear to be ending any time soon.

The school board voted Tuesday not to investigate accusations the unions have made against Williamsville Superintendent Scott Martzloff. The accusations involve favoritism for his own children and friends, and a clear pattern of retaliation and intimidation against those who oppose him.

"Are any of the accusations of favoritism true?" asked Kelly Dudzik.

Enhanced Ebola Screening to Commence in U.S. Airports

Enhanced Ebola Screening to Commence in U.S. Airports


On Oct. 11, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) commenced screening for the Ebola virus at select U.S. airports. Starting with New York’s JFK Airport, all travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will now undergo enhanced entry screening in an effort to detect overt signs of the deadly illness. This week, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago O-Hare and Atlanta International airports will follow suit. These five airports receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations. 

Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

In light of the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Daemen College will host a panel discussion of experts and also offer a personal perspective on the crisis from a native Liberian at the event scheduled for Oct. 20.

The panel discussion, which is part of the Daemen History and Political Science Speakers Series, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

“In addition to the health care threat of this deadly disease, the Ebola epidemic involves many political, cultural and government policy issues,” said Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science/African affairs and panel chair. “The range of expertise from the panelists will help put the public health impact of the Ebola outbreak into perspective and examine the broader implications of the virus as we face this international crisis.”

Panelists will include:

Christmas in the Country Returns to Fairgrounds with New ‘Return Pass’ Offer

Christmas in the Country Returns to Fairgrounds with New ‘Return Pass’ Offer


A favorite Western New York tradition, the Christmas in the Country Holiday Artisan Market will celebrate its 30th season when it returns to the Hamburg Fairgrounds Nov. 6-9. And for the first time in its storied history, Christmas in the Country will offer complimentary return passes so patrons can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of this one-of-a-kind shopping experience all weekend long!  

“We have always felt our patrons needed more than just one day to properly enjoy this event,” said Daniel Kaczynski of Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “Now everyone has the opportunity to come back as much as they would like at no additional cost.”