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Give Me a Brake!!

Give Me a Brake!!

       The first series of tests of the new Westinghouse air-brake for freight cars was made on the main line of the Erie near Alden,  November 4, 1887, which was witnessed by over 100 railroad men and other gentlemen of Buffalo.  The test was made with a train of fifty freight cars of the Pennsylvania, standard style, thirty eight feet and 4 inches long, and weighing about 30,000 pounds each.  The entire train was 1,900 feet long with an enormous weight of 2,000,000 pounds.

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

A Statement Released by the Erie County Executive’s Office and Travers Collins & Company

Buffalo, NY A trio of Erie County businesses have seen growth spurts courtesy of a new Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) loan program which targets established companies that have difficulties obtaining traditional bank financing due to increasingly strict lending policies.

The Business Stimulus Loan Fund has provided more than $800,000 to three fast-growing Erie County firms since its establishment last fall, leading to expansion of their workforces and client rosters.

State Releases Complete 'RFEI' for Knox Farm State Park

State Releases Complete 'RFEI' for Knox Farm State Park

From a Statement Released July 22:

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has released a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for Knox Farm State Farm to seek alternatives to adaptively reuse unused structures and facilities to further the recreational, educational and community service missions of the Park.

“This request is a way to reach out to potential partners who appreciate the value of the Knox Farm State Park and its importance to the surrounding community,” State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. “We would like to hear from individuals, foundations, philanthropists, businesses, park user groups, and other prospective partners who have a vision for the park and the capacity to capitalize on the exceptional resources it has to offer.”

The RFEI is aimed at soliciting ideas for projects to enhance and improve the park with the following elements as priorities:

EA Co-op Receives $10,000 Education Grant

EA Co-op Receives $10,000 Education Grant

East Aurora Cooperative Market, Inc. receives $10,000 grant
Food Coop Initiative awarded grant for education

The East Aurora Cooperative Market, Inc., was selected to receive a $10,000 Seed Grant from Food Co-op Initiative, a non-profit foundation that provides resources and support for start-ups.

“Absolutely thrilled,” were the words EA Co-op President Sheila Conboy used to describe her reaction to winning the grant.  

National Grid Has Simple Tips to Cut Energy Use as Temps Rise

National Grid Has Simple Tips to Cut Energy Use as Temps Rise

NATIONAL GRID PREPARES FOR SUMMER DEMAND

June 23, 2011 – One way to make the lazy days of summer even more relaxing is to be ready for what the weather will bring.  National Grid has prepared its New York system to help customers beat the heat and urges customers to take steps to cut costs when the temperature rises.

"National Grid's increased investment in the upstate New York electric system in recent years directly supports our reliability during summer's peaks," said Kenneth D. Daly, National Grid president for New York.  "As the frequency and length of customer outages continue to improve, National Grid recognizes that ongoing investment in the system will provide our customers with the service reliability they deserve."

HSBC Selling Off Its Local Branches?

HSBC Selling Off Its Local Branches?

Is HSBC getting ready to unload its local branches? Looks like it, according to this just-published article in American Banker:

HSBC Holdings PLC has stepped up its retreat from the U.S. by officially putting its upstate New York retail franchise on the block in addition to its credit card portfolio.

Read the whole story here.

Public Hearing on East Aurora Compressor Station Draws a Crowd

Public Hearing on East Aurora Compressor Station Draws a Crowd

 

From a Statement Released by the Concerned Neighbors Network

On Monday night the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a public hearing in response to requests by residents about National Fuel Gas's proposal to build a compressor station on Reiter Rd on the Wales/Aurora border.  Over 125 people came to the meeting at Parkdale Elementary School in East Aurora, including several elected officials, to ask questions and to voice their concerns about the proposed compressor station.