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Clean Air Coalition Supports New EPA Action

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Tonawanda Coke to comply with the Clean Water Act after finding elevated levels of cyanide in Tonawanda’s sanitary sewer system, according to a statement released by the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York on Thursday.

Cyanide is a toxic chemical compound, and excessive amounts may adversely impact human health, fish and wildlife. The EPA has mandated the company install pollution controls, improve monitoring and provide additional information about the operations at the facility.

“When I heard the news this morning, I was sickened,” said Jennifer Ratajczak, a Clean Air Coalition member and Tonawanda resident. “When I walk my dogs down by the River, I always see community members fishing and wading in the water.  It’s horrifying to know there are toxic chemicals lurking in the water due to Tonawanda Coke.”

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Holmes Elementary School Hosts Retreat for Teachers

While Amy Pavone has taught for the past four years at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, this new school year marks the first where she will be teaching at Holmes Elementary School.  The fifth-grade teacher is no different than the student who is the “new kid” in the building and is meeting and will soon work with an entirely new team of teachers and administrators.

To ease the transition to a new school, to reacquaint staff, and to ensure teachers are prepared for instruction the first day of school, Holmes Elementary School Principal Lisa Cross held the “Homes Retreat” for teachers.  The theme of the retreat was “Building a Reading Life.”

“It is very important, especially if you are a new teacher, to feel that you are part of a community.  I feel that at Holmes Elementary School.  Lisa Cross did a great job of setting goals and establishing expectations.  That is what teaching is all about: leading by example and setting high expectation

Kenmore East Hosts Orientation for New Students and Parents

Abby Helsel is one of 280 students who will be new to Kenmore East High School during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Free Rabies Clinic Today

Legislator Hardwick announces free rabies clinic

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda, encourages pet owners to attend the County’s free rabies clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets.

Organized by the Erie County Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society and the SPCA, serving Erie County, the clinic is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the SPCA, 205 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda.

“Pet owners have a responsibility to protect their animals and their community,” Legislator Hardwick said.

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Hello Yesterday! An 80's Festival

Celebrate all the best of the 80's at Hello Yesterday! An all-ages, all-day 80's Festival featuring A Flock of Seagulls, When In Rome, Animotion, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel.  The festival includes a LipSync contest, 80's Guitar Hero and much more!

Dress totally 80's for the best 80's costume contest and win a new iPad!   Tickets are available for purchase online at helloyesterday.net or at both Record Theatre outlets in Buffalo (1800 & 3500 Main Street).

General Admission on-line tickets are $35 (plus applicable fees). Tickets the day of the event are $45.  Children 13 and under are free.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit Hunter's Hope. Festival attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to the community and help Hunter's Hope by participating in the silent auction. The tent will be open all day with two auctions going on during the festival.

Erie County Introduces Garbage Totes in Parks

New totes include smoke-free message

 

Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung, in conjunction with the Erie Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, are pleased to announce the County has added garbage totes inscribed with a non-smoking message to park shelters in several County parks.  The totes will make it easier for parks crews to remove debris, while also delivering an important message.  The Erie Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition contributed to the purchase of 400 totes that carry the request, “Help us keep Erie County parks smoke free and litter free.  Please no smoking.”

 

The totes are already at shelters in Chestnut Ridge, Como Lake and Ellicott Creek parks.  All other County parks should have them by mid-September.

 

County Executive Chris Collins said, “Keeping our parks clean and accessible is a p

Local Musician Performs Again Thanks to Kenmore Mercy’s Medical Rehabilitation Unit

Violist Leslie Bahler of Amherst has spent a lifetime in music as a performer and educator.