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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.

Rare Golden Eagle Hatched in WNY

Rare Golden Eagle Hatched in WNY

East Aurora - After a combined 50 years in captivity, Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s pair of resident non-releasable golden eagles unexpectedly hatched their first chick, named Legacy. The 40 year old female golden eagle, Cherokee, and her 20 year old mate named Canyon both sustained previous injuries in the wild before being taken in by Hawk Creek in 2003 and 1995 respectively. Due to their age and life in captivity, a successful hatching was never anticipated. It is, however, a joyous surprise and an offering of hope for the organization’s staff, volunteers, and the declining golden eagle populations of the wild.

Bear Goes the Neighborhood

Bear Goes the Neighborhood

COLDEN, N.Y. - Look who was spotted roaming the neighborhood in Colden.

Submitted by an anonoymous WGRZ On Your Side viewer.

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”

Bird of Prey Day

Bird of Prey Day

Take Flight at BIRD OF PREY DAY

East Aurora - Strap yourself in as summer takes flight at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center’s annual Bird of Prey Day on Saturday, June 18, 2011, 11:00am-4:00pm! Enjoy one-of-a-kind, up-close and personal encounters with local and exotic wildlife. Live birds of prey will zoom past audiences during the thrilling “Avian Air Force” show and event guests will have the unique opportunity to participate in the enrichment and training of Hawk Creek’s animal ambassadors. Invite dad to bring his camera for an unforgettable Father’s Day experience with amazing photo opportunities!

Also featured will be rare, behind-the-scenes wild cat feedings, entertainment, children activities and exhibits, gift shop, and refreshments. Children will have their own “Flight Mission” to take part in and, upon returning to base, will earn their “wings”.

Teacher Days at Hawk Creek

Teacher Days at Hawk Creek

East Aurora, NY - All educators are invited to Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc. for free Teacher Days on Saturdays, May 14, 21, and June 4, 2011 from 1:00-3:00pm to discover the many wild educational opportunities awaiting them!

Teachers, scout leaders, homeschool, camp, and group coordinators are welcome to visit the Center for FREE to meet with Hawk Creek’s wildlife educators, over 80 animals, and discover the many exciting educational services provided, including the new Exploration Kits for teacher loan. Hawk Creek Wildlife Center is located at 655 Luther Road East Aurora, NY 14052 and can be contacted at 716-652-8646 or kim@hawkcreek.org.

Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, Inc.

Red Cross Issues Tornado Readiness Guidelines

Red Cross Issues Tornado Readiness Guidelines

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 27, 2011, 4:32 P.M.  – The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for all of Western New York until 10 p.m., meaning tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.  The American Red Cross is urging residents to review and discuss emergency plans, prepare emergency supply kits, and be ready to act quickly if a Tornado Warning is issued.

During any storm, residents should monitor radio and television news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.  People should also be aware of the following tornado danger signs:

  • Dark, often greenish clouds
  • Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
  • Cloud of debris
  • Large hail
  • Funnel cloud—a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
  • Roaring noise

The complete Red Cross Tornado Safety Checklist is here.

Should a tornado threaten or a Tornado Warning be issued, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.  Do not wait until you see the tornado.  The safest place to be in a tornado is an underground shelter, basement, or safe room.  Following a tornado, stay out of damaged buildings, watch for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and check for any injuries.

For more information on how to be Red Cross Ready for a possible tornado, please contact the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter at (716) 886-7500, or visit www.buffaloredcross.org.