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South Grand Island Bridge Weekend Work Concludes

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. - The northbound, South Grand Island Bridge is reopned, after being closed all weekend as part of a more than year long repair project due to wrap up in November.

Traffic wasl be diverted to the southbound, South Grand Island Bridge ...which carried one lane of traffic in each direction until 6 a.m Monday.

In an effort to keep traffic delays at a minimum, project officials picked this past weekend for the closure because the summer tourist season is over, the Buffalo Bills are playing an away game, and the weather is still warm enough to conduct the needed work.

Click on the video icon to watch the story from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist Ben Read.

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Kenmore West High School Girls Swim Coach Picks Up Her 100th Win

Kenmore West High School Varsity Girls Head Swim Coach Carrie Meetze reached a historic milestone in team victories recently, and had no idea she hit the century mark in wins until a congratulatory call from Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Director of Athletics Brett Banker.  Coach Meetze (pronounced Mets, as in the Buffalo Bisons Major League affiliate) picked up her 100th win of her career in a team win over Lockport on Tuesday September 14th, 2010.

“I knew I was close to 100 wins.  But I’ve been incredibly busy the past year.  My husband and I welcomed our second baby.  We are now raising a two-and-a-half year old and ten-month old.  In addition to coaching I’m a math teacher here at Ken West.  I didn’t realize I reached this milestone until Brett Banker called,” said Meetze, who has amassed an overall record of 100-21-1 in her 12th year as Varsity Girls Swim Coach at Kenmore West.

Five Ken-Ton Students Begin Professional Partnership with GM

For the next eight weeks the General Motors Tonawanda Engine plant will serve as a classroom for five Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District students.  From now until December the five students, four from Kenmore East High School and one from Kenmore West High School, will come to the plant two days a week to participate in the “GM Career Exposure Program,” a professional mentor program that allows students to gain “real-life” business, manufacturing, and engineering experience.

“This is an exciting professional opportunity for our students.  We thank General Motors for their commitment to serving our community, and for providing professional guidance to our eager students,” said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Business Department Curriculum Learning Specialist Nancy Pray.

Revolutionary War Returns to Old Fort Niagara

The American Revolution returns to Old Fort Niagara and American and British forces are vying for your support. Old Fort Niagara hosts a Revolutionary War Encampment on October 9 & 10.

Beginning at 10am both days, Revolutionary War re-enactors will portray both British and American forces, offering musket and artillery demonstrations throughout the day. At 1pm each day, kids and their parents will be recruited for a mock battle by either the Patriots or the British forces.

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Rats Still Lurking In Kenmore

KENMORE, N.Y. - The Village of Kenmore is still getting complaints over rats in some neighborhoods there. But residents may be one step closer to solving the problem.

A public hearing was held Tuesday night on a plan to not allow ground feeding of birds.

If this proposal is passed, it would basically require everyone who has a bird feeder in the village to get a tray to catch the extra bird food that usually falls to the ground. The village says it's the food on the ground that is keeping the rats around.

Residents had a chance to voice their opinion on the proposed law. No one was dead set against it, in fact some people said there are more reasons the rats are sticking in than just the bird food.

"The neighbors behind me have weeds that are five foot and six feet tall and the rats are actually coming out of there," one resident told village trustees.

Residents Want Justice Regarding Tonawanda Coke

TONAWANDA, NY--  Tonawanda Coke is once again the subject of protest. This time neighbors want not only answers, they want justice.

The Environmental Protection Agency has been breathing down their necks, and the D.E.C. has been watching closely. Now, neighbors say enough is enough.

A group calling itself Citizens United For Justice Tuesday launched a community-wide health study. They say even with the governmental agencies investigating and monitoring Tonawanda Coke, there has been no extensive, organized study of the health impacts on people who live around the plant.

Citizens United for Justice is calling on anyone who lives in Kenmore, the City or Town of Tonawanda, Grand Island or Riverside to complete the health survey.

"For 30 years, Tonawanda Coke has polluted the air that we breathe. We are sick and tired of being made sick and tired," says Joyce Hogenkamp of Citizens United For Justice.

Kenmore West Says Goodbye To Beloved Teacher And Coach

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - It was almost too perfect a day for such a sad occasion.

Girls in black dresses and boys in their football jerseys came by the dozens to say goodbye to Kenmore West English teacher Brian Dugan.

Dugan, 37, was struck and killed by a car last week while jogging.

"I loved Mr. Dugan he was such a good man and I just wanted to pay my respects to his family, I feel so bad," said Allie Stoerr, a senior and former student.

Although Brian Dugan's title was that of teacher, his students will tell you he was a lot more than just that.

"He talked to us, not just as a student but an actual person, so I think he wasn't only a teacher, but a friend. So it was like losing your friend too, so that's why I came," said Amy Kerry another former student.