Bambi is Safe!

Great photos of Animal Control Officer Christensen with deer that was rescued the waters of Glens Falls today.

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Amherst Police Department's photo.

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A Letter From Comcast and Time Warner Cable

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Dear subscribers,

Today, it was announced that Comcast is joining forces with Time Warner Cable in a friendly acquisition worth $45 billion. As we could have expected, many people are wondering what this transaction will mean to the service that you, our subscribers, will enjoy.

We know that all of your comments, however mean-spirited some of them may have been, have come from a good place: genuine concern about what this merger will mean for your future cable service. At Comcast/Time Warner, we care deeply about those concerns, and, to help allay them, here are some answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s) we have received since the merger was announced.

Q: How will the merger affect the price of my cable service?

A: There is no clear answer to that. But we will be introducing financing options, roughly similar to those that enabled you to attend college.

Q: Will there be any adverse impact on customer service?

A: A technician will be at your home between the hours of eight and never.

Q: How frequently will you turn off the Internet, and are you going to deliberately crush Netflix by making it impossible to stream its movies?

A: Often and probably.

Q: I am a current Time Warner subscriber. Who will be handling customer complaints, Comcast or Time Warner?

A: Please address all complaints to Comcast/Time Warner Customer Service, 666 Noonethere Lane, Abysstown, U.S.A.

Q: I have been on hold for the past hour, and no one seems to be picking up. How long can I expect to wait?

A: Due to concern about the merger, we are experiencing longer-than-expected wait times. In the meantime, eat me.

Sincerely,

Comcast/Time Warner Cable

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Fleeing Iraqis Relieved That Cheney Has No Regrets About War

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BAGHDAD (The Borowitz Report)—Just days after former Vice-President Dick Cheney said that he had no regrets about the invasion of Iraq, people fleeing their homes across that war-torn nation expressed tremendous relief that he was at peace with his decision.As news spread that Cheney would not change a thing about the 2003 invasion, Iraqis driven out of their villages and towns by marauding terrorists called the former Vice-President’s words well-timed and soothing.

Sabah al-Alousi, who fled Mosul when ISIS militants overran it last month, said that Cheney’s confident pronouncement about the invasion of Iraq “is the first good news I’ve heard in a long time.”

“As I’ve fled from town to town, looking for a place where I might not be suddenly slain for no reason, the one thought that kept nagging me was, ‘How does Dick Cheney feel about all of this?’” he said. “I can’t tell you what a relief it is to know he isn’t losing any sleep.”

The Iraqi man said that he had been concerned that Cheney might harbor regrets about Iraq, such as the trillions of dollars spent, thousands of lives lost, W.M.D.s not found, and international disgrace of Abu Ghraib, but thanks to the former Vice-President’s recent statements, “I now see that I was worried about nothing.”

“Iraq is a scary place right now,” al-Alousi said. “The country could be broken into pieces, or become a part of an Islamic caliphate, or be the scene of unspeakable sectarian violence for years to come. But somehow, knowing that Dick Cheney would do it all over again if he could makes everything a little better.”

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Amherst Against Fracking Meeting

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Amherst Against Fracking Meeting
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Williamsville Public Library, 5571 Main St, Williamsville, NY

The town of Amherst, NY must pass a local ban to safeguard our resources and health from the pollution and industrialization that fracking for natural gas brings to communities. Over 170 towns and cities across NY have stepped up to protect their residents from fracking, and now it’s time for the Amherst Town Board to do the same. A  town-wide ban on fracking & fracking waste disposal (including road spreading) would protect residents from exposure to harmful chemicals, airborne carcinogens, contaminated water, increased municipal costs, and the list goes on. All Amherst and Amherst-area residents are encouraged to join this coordinating meeting to become part of the local movement against fracking.

For more information or to get involved, contact Rita at ryelda@fwwatch.org.

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Message From Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo

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EVENTS THIS WEEK: 

  • MONDAY, July 14, PRESENTATION: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) – by Joseph Del Sindaco, Treasurer and Managing Director of the Energy Improvement Corp.; host Energy Committee of the Sierra Club Niagara Group,6:00pm-7:30pm, Tri-Main Building (Suite 438), 2495 Main St., Buffalo; All Invited
  • WEDNESDAY,  July 16, PUBLIC HEARINGS: Proposed Expansion of Chemical Waste Management (CWM) Hazardous Waste Site; 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm, Lewiston-Porter High School (auditorium), 4061 Creek Road (Route 18), Youngstown
  • THURSDAY, July 17, MEETING: Energy & Climate Change Working Group of WNY Environmental Alliance; 4:00pm-5:30pm, Resurgence Brewing Company, Beer Garden, 1250 Niagara St., Buffalo
  • THURSDAY, July 17, GREEN DRINKS: Networking event for Professionals in the Green and Sustainable fields, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Resurgence Brewing Company, Beer Garden, 1250 Niagara St., Buffalo
  • THURSDAY, July 17, SCREENINGS: “If Our Water Could Talk” – WNED produced documentary film; Introduction by Don Boswell and John Grant; host Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; 5:30pm & 6:30pm, The Filling Station in Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., Buffalo

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

  • July 21, 2014, EVENT: Community Congress Open Houses – One Region Forward, 5:30pm and 7:30pm, Palace Theater 2 East Ave, Lockport; Register
  • July 22, 2014, EVENT: Community Congress Open Houses – One Region Forward, 5:30pm and 7:30pm, ECC City Campus, 121 Ellicott St., Buffalo; Register
  • July 22, 2014, MEETING: Sierra Club Niagara Group, 7:00 pm, Duns Scotus Hall (Rm.240), Daemen College, All are welcome

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The Garden Walk Williamsville Is This Saturday

The Garden Walk Williamsville on Saturday, July 19 has an all-time high number of participating Village gardens this year…32! This year there will be Garden Docents stationed at three volunteer planted and maintained Village gardens. Garden Walkers are invited to stop by and get the scoop on these public green spaces: The Glen Park Pathway Garden @ the Main Street Entrance, Heritage Garden of 1812 at Main @ Evans, and Pocket Park between the library and Village Hall.

Another part of the Garden Walk is a Plant Exchange that will be in the Pocket Park next to the Welcome Tent between 10:00 a.m. and Noon. Bring a plant, take a plant!

At the Welcome Tent, there will be a huge “Garden Party-themed” basket raffle. Basket includes $200 WIlliamsville Business Association shopping spree and numerous other garden related treats with the proceeds to benefit the completion of the Pocket Park.

For more details, check out the attached flier!!Garden Walk 2014 2

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‘Green’ Neighborhood to be Built in Akron

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A homebuilder in the eastern suburbs has unveiled plans for a new development of energy-efficient homes in Akron, on land that includes three ponds.

Rehwaldt Builders, a 30-year-old custom homebuilder that is certified in “green” construction, will offer a range of options of various size and styles, ranging from 1,200 square feet to over 2,000 square feet, in the new Dear View Green Homes neighborhood on Deer View Drive. Each home will come with geothermal heating and cooling systems and Energy Star products, enabling homeowners to take advantage of certain federal tax credits, as well as lower monthly utility bills, the company said.

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Tip Leads Sheriff’s Deputies to Clarence Underage Drinking Party

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A parent and seven minors were arrested just after midnight Sunday at an underage drinking party in the Town of Clarence, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office said.

An anonymous tip on the Underage Drinking Tip Line led sheriff’s deputies to a residence on Keller Road. Deputies detained some partygoers who tried to leave in their vehicles and others who ran into a wooded area in the backyard.

Stephen Langley, 45, the homeowner and parent of one of the minors, was charged with giving alcohol to a person under 21 and acting in a manner to injure a minor, both misdemeanors. He is scheduled to appear in Clarence Town Court on Aug. 7.
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Casey Leaving City Hall to Work on Congel’s West Seneca Project

Steven M. Casey, right, is leaving City Hall after serving as the political alter ego of Mayor Byron Brown, left, for more than a decade. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)
Steven M. Casey, right, is leaving City Hall

Steven M. Casey, the powerful City Hall figure who has served as Mayor Byron W. Brown’s political alter ego for more than a decade, has resigned as deputy mayor to head the multi-million dollar development proposed for the old Seneca Mall in West Seneca.

Casey said he finalized his long-rumored departure this morning in a meeting with the mayor, informing Brown that he will leave the administration to become chief executive officer of S&R Co. of West Seneca LLC. The firm is a new subsidiary of developer Scott R. Congel’s mall and property development company, which has proposed a major development dubbed “Seneca Place” on the site of the long abandoned Seneca Mall.
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George Maziarz on Federal Probe: ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’

Influential state senator makes decision amid probe, resignation of two key aides

Sen. George D. Maziarz has held seat since 1995.

Sen. George D. Maziarz has held seat since 1995.

State Sen. George D. Maziarz, the Newfane Republican who is one of upstate’s most influential lawmakers and a key ally of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, will not seek re-election.

His decision comes as a federal prosecutor looks at Maziarz’s campaign funds, and follows the resignation of two aides last week.

Maziarz insisted that his decision not to seek re-election has nothing to do with the federal investigation.
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