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Kenmore Mercy Hospital spices up "Go Green" efforts with rooftop herb garden

The Food & Nutrition Department at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, is spicing up their “Go Green” efforts this summer with the establishment of a rooftop garden. The garden will produce fresh, locally and organically grown herbs and tomatoes for use in recipes for patients, visitors and staff.  

“Because the hospital uses substantial quantities of food, we have made a commitment to sustainable cuisine,” said Kathy McAlpine, Food Services manager at Kenmore Mercy. “The herb garden serves as an extension of the hospital’s Go Green program.”

Kenmore Mercy is growing a variety of culinary herbs including cilantro, basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley, as well as grape tomatoes.  These staples were selected for planting by the hospital’s chefs – Sue Battaglia, Joel Hauer, Vinny Richter and Rob Clark – who also tend the garden.

Nine-Year-Old Tonawanda Girl Wins National Contest

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - Nine-year-old Tonawanda resident Anna Stang, who started making blankets for chemotherapy patients after seeing her aunt get cold during treatments, was named one of five national winners of Farm Rich’s 2010 "Kids Who Give" contest on Monday.

Her “Blankets of Love” efforts include raising money, creating blankets and delivering them to people in need.

More than 14,000 votes were cast by the public, and Anna was one of the top vote getters because of support from the Buffalo area. She is receiving a $1000 donation check for her Blankets of Love charity, a $300 gift card and a Farm Rich product care package as the prize.

Farm Rich is one of the Rich Products brands, which is headquartered in Buffalo.

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.

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.

Legislator Hardwick announces free rabies clinic

Dog Wash to Raise Money for Sick Child

KENMORE, N.Y. -- Niagara Aquarium Pet Shoppe at 1345 Military Road in Kenmore is holding a Dog Wash to benefit Evan D. Corbett, a nine-month-old child born with serious health issues, on Saturday, August 28, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For just a $5 donation you and your dog can have a good time for a good cause.

Corbett was born November 9, 2009, with Congenital Central Hyperventilation Syndrome, which required tracheotomy surgery at five weeks of age and now requires nearly 'round-the-clock nursing care. Proceeds will help to offset medical expenses.

For more information, call the Niagara Aquarium Pet Shoppe at 874-1951.

Free Health Screenings and Services

The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is on the second leg of its two-year national health screening tour with the goal of providing more than $60 million worth of free health screenings in more than 3,000 communities across the nation.