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Ford Friendship Express Program Unveils its “Redesign”

Ford Friendship Express Program Unveils its “Redesign”

Applications now available for local nonprofits; Recipients to be announced at Buffalo Auto Show in February

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York just couldn’t wait to announce that applications are now available for the 2012 Ford Friendship Express program -- an annual program that provides “new wheels” to local nonprofit organizations in need of transportation.

“For nearly two decades, the WNY Ford Dealers have awarded new Ford vehicles to deserving organizations in our community,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee.

Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

Travel Advisory for I-190 and I-290 Interchange

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that construction is continuing on the Interstate 190/Interstate 290 interchange in the town of Tonawanda, Erie County.  As a result, the ramp from Interstate 190 southbound to Interstate 290 eastbound (Exit 16) will be closed to truck traffic beginning on Monday, August 22.

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.

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.

Horsing Around Buffalo: Long Live The King!

Horsing Around Buffalo: Long Live The King!

  Forty five years ago this summer (1901), all Buffalo was discussing the latest innovation in family carriages with the same zest the exploits of Bob Feller and Ted Williams now receive. For Buffalo was crazy for horses both before and after the turn of the century. Every home of any size had its stable in the rear.

  Even today, the old guard in dozens of Western New York stables are making preparations for the fall horse shows, county fairs and harness meets in the old tradition. As they shine their gear in preparation for the big days ahead their talk sometimes turns to the old days when Delaware, Linwood and Richmond Avenues were the show places of the equine world. They remember stables maintained by Seymore H. Knox Sr., the Cary Family, Frank A. Babcock and hundreds of others in all stages of wealth and affluence. Perhaps some speak once in a while of Mambrino King, the "handsomest horse in the world".

Gas Prices Rising, But Slower Than National Average

Gas Prices Rising, But Slower Than National Average

BUFFALO, N.Y. - As of Monday, February 28, average retail gasoline prices in Buffalo have risen 13.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.47/g Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 17.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website BuffaloGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Buffalo during the past week, prices yesterday were 60.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 16.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 25.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 64.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

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Village OKs Plan for Main Street Enhancements

Village OKs Plan for Main Street Enhancements

by Jeremy Morlock

New banners for Main Street, better parking on the Roycroft Campus, new signs welcoming visitors to East Aurora, improvements to local alleys—the East Aurora Village Board recently heard about these changes, which are to be paid for through the federal Transportation Enhancement Program. If all goes according to plan, the work will be completed by the fall.