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Keep Your Pets — and Kids — Safe From Parasites

Keep Your Pets — and Kids — Safe From Parasites

(Welcome to our 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!)

Sometimes pets can give a child more than just a wet, sloppy kiss and endless affection. When pets aren't protected, they could spread diseases called zoonoses, to which children, pregnant women and immunocompromised people are especially vulnerable.

Be Mindful of Motorcycles

Be Mindful of Motorcycles

Once again this summer, Western New York has seen its share of motorcycle accidents. In fact, an average of three lives a day could be saved nationally, experts estimate, if motorists and motorcyclists were just more careful at intersections. Crash data reveals that motorcycle crashes happen more often at intersections than anywhere else, relative to the amount of time riders spend traveling through them.

In an effort to combat the problem, one major insurance company is even putting up caution signs on roads all over the country. The yellow, diamond-shaped signs feature a motorcycle silhouette and are inscribed with the word “LOOK” to encourage motorists to look for motorcycles before crossing an intersection. It’s part of a program designed to remind drivers and riders that looking once at intersections is never enough.

In the time it takes to blink an eye, a life could be saved. Fortunately, there are things drivers, riders and others can do.

Women’s Health: Did You Know? Myths and Facts

Women’s Health: Did You Know? Myths and Facts

Women's health is a hot topic, but with an array of facts out there how can we know which ones are true and which ones are false? Follow the link at the end of this sentence to the Buffalo, NY women's health examiner's recent article titled Women’s health: Did you know? Myths and facts.

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined together today in Orchard Park to sign legislation to strengthen the state’s law against texting while driving.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District), gives law enforcement the authority to pull over a motorist who is text messaging, e-mailing, transmitting images, or playing games while driving -- making it a primary traffic offense. Previous statute considered texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could only stop a texting driver if they had committed an additional infraction like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic signal.

“Today is about one thing – saving lives,” said Gallivan. “We have seen far too many tragedies caused by driving distracted to sit idly by any longer.

Summertime Gazpacho Recipe

Summertime Gazpacho Recipe

There is nothing better than a cold bowl of soup on a hot summer day. Gazpacho is a healthy, great summertime soup that combines fresh veggies to form a great taste. This recipe adds a new twist to the classic recipe by offering the option to use a red pepper base instead of the traditional tomato base. Enjoy!!!

Follow this link to the Buffalo, NY Women's Health Examiner Page for the recipe: Summertime Gazpacho.

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Safety Precautions for Local Bicycling Enthusiasts

Safety Precautions for Local Bicycling Enthusiasts

Some simple rules of the road can help keep bicyclists safe when they venture out for a two-wheel excursion. Following are some tips courtesy of Buffalo attorney John Feroleto:

1.) Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Protect your brain, save your life.

2.) See and be seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.