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On St. Patrick’s Day, be a Saint and Drive Sober

On St. Patrick’s Day, be a Saint and Drive Sober

 

The statistics are sobering: Every 53 minutes in 2011, a person was killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States, and most of the drunk drivers involved had blood alcohol concentrations nearly double the legal limit of .08. 

“For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day and the days leading up to it have become synonymous with drinking,” said Monica Farrar, program director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “Unfortunately, that means that drunk drivers have made the holiday very dangerous.”

Fetch! Healthy Dog Treats Now Available Via Mail Order

Fetch! Healthy Dog Treats Now Available Via Mail Order

 

Fetch! Dog Treats, a Cheektowaga, N.Y.-based business offering healthy and delicious homemade dog treats made with all natural and organic ingredients, is now offering its popular product line via mail order!

“Our products are carefully made with oat flour and all-natural ingredients such as salmon oil, which promotes healthy joints, skin and coat,” said owner Jackie Lovern. “When it comes to caring for your dog or puppy you want to be able to reward them with healthy and wholesome treats they will enjoy.”

Five Simple Steps to Being a Great Pet Owner

Five Simple Steps to Being a Great Pet Owner

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Brushing your teeth and getting dressed in the morning are among the daily routines that are second nature to humans. But you may not always remember that your pets need regular care too - like avoiding potentially harmful table scraps, being protected from pesky fleas and ticks, keeping the sensitive pads of their paws safe from ever-changing weather conditions, and getting regular veterinary care.

UV Protection Essential to Protect Your Eyes from Harmful Light

UV Protection Essential to Protect Your Eyes from Harmful Light

While light is obviously fundamental for vision — try walking around a dark room at night without bumping into something — some light can prove harmful to eye health. One way to protect your eyes from dangerous ultraviolet (UV) light is with glasses or sunglasses featuring no-glare lenses.

“UV light is a major contributor to eye disease, including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration,” said Michael Tomasik, owner of Tomasik Optical in Orchard Park and Lackawanna. “Today there are lenses designed to filter out harmful rays while allowing beneficial light to pass through. One such brand we carry are the Crizal Prevencia No-Glare Lenses. 

The Benefits of Pet Ownership is a Two-way Street

The Benefits of Pet Ownership is a Two-way Street

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

There's nothing like having a furry friend to change your outlook on life. Pet owners get it.

Our pets pick us up when we're down, help us relax when things get stressful, and make us laugh with all the goofy things they do. Even when they wreck the lawn, or eat a favourite shoe, we love them just the same.

Today’s Drug Epidemic Goes Far Beyond Celebrity Headlines

Today’s Drug Epidemic Goes Far Beyond Celebrity Headlines

 

Aren't all drug-related deaths tragic? If so, why do we as a community and a nation tend to ignore the 38,000 overdose deaths in the United State each year until it claims the life of someone with celebrity status? Whether it’s Philip Seymour Hoffman dying of a heroin overdose or Whitney Houston from cocaine abuse, is their life more important than the life of your friend, relative or neighbor who may have also succumbed to drugs?

Perhaps the media coverage of Hoffman’s recent passing is a good thing. We need to shine a spotlight on the drug epidemic that is sweeping through Western New York right now, paying no attention to the social status of the victims in its path. 

Have a ‘Super’ Sunday by Designating a Sober Driver

Have a ‘Super’ Sunday by Designating a Sober Driver

 

As one of America’s most anticipated and celebrated sporting events, the Super Bowl brings together families, friends and fans each year to enjoy the excitement of the big game. In many instances, fans will gather to watch the game at sports bars, restaurants or Super Bowl-themed parties. The Resource Training Center in Amherst, provider of the Drinking Driver Program, wants to spread an important safety message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday.