While Amherst Has Raised The E-cigarette Issue, State And Federal Rules Are Needed

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The Town of Amherst should be credited for at least attempting to tackle the issue of controlling smoking in a modern age in which the proliferation of vapor shops and electronic cigarettes is reshaping the landscape.

A Town Board member proposed a series of changes designed to discourage young people from smoking. Council Member Steven D. Sanders’ intentions in proposing the resolution were good, but the town should not have to go it alone. The state should take the lead.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. As a result, municipalities are left to make their own rules. Hence, the Town Board considered several items, the most controversial involving whether to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products to 21, up from 18.

The board voted down that provision and decided not to go with several others, including: banning tobacco products in stores that have a pharmacy; prohibiting the sale of tobacco products within 1,500 feet of a school; forbidding the sale of flavored tobacco products and eliminating the use of e-cigarettes anywhere that smoking is banned.

Amherst would have been the first local community to impose such strict rules in an effort to deter young people from taking up the habit. Sanders made it clear that the effort was not meant to stop adults from smoking, but to stop the next generation of smokers from becoming addicted to tobacco products.

Anything that helps prevent young people from developing as dangerous a habit as smoking is worth trying.

Sanders’ concern should be applauded, but this is too important a matter to be left to an individual city, town or village. The state and federal governments should tackle the issue

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Amherst, Williamsville to Host Featured Events as Part of 2014 Buffalo Beer Week

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Fifth annual Buffalo Beer Week returns to Western New York for largest celebration of craft beer brewing in region’s history

AMHERST, NY – Buffalo Beer Week will once again dominate the local craft beer scene as the 10-day celebration returns for its fifth year.  Running from Thursday, September 25th – Sunday, October 5th, 2014 Buffalo Beer Week will feature dozens of unique events at bars, pubs, restaurants, breweries, and other craft beer destinations throughout the Buffalo Niagara region, including many breweries that have opened over the last few months.

Multiple venues throughout Amherst and Williamsville will host several key Beer Week events, including:

Pizza Plant (7770 Transit Road, Williamsville)

  • ·         Friday, 9/28-9/29 from 6pm-12am – “Roll out the barrels” featuring a stellar lineup of “barrel-aged” beers on sale individually or by the Flight.
  • ·         Wednesday-Thursday, 10/1-10/2 from 6pm-12am – Dogfish Head Ancient Ales & Foods; complete lineup of Dogfish Head Ancient Ales on tap.

Brennan’s Bowery Bar (4401 Transit Road, Williamsville)

  • ·         Tuesday, 9/30 from 6-10pm – Smoked, Sours and Oddballs Beer Tasting; smoked favorites, a diverse selection of sours and some odd brews thrown in for fun.

Santora’s Pizzeria on Transit (3440 Transit Rd., Depew)

  • ·         Tuesday, 9/30 5-7pm – Resurgence Tapping (sponge candy stout & fall saison)

Williamsville Village Beer Week Tour de Pub (Williamsville Village)

  • ·         Sunday, 10/5, 12pm-5pm – Village pub crawl includes stops include Pizza Plant (Walker), Brioso, Glen Park Tavern, The Irishman, Creekview, Sorrentinos, and Eagle House. $5. Proceeds benefits March of Dimes.

“Since its inception in 2007, Buffalo Beer Week has become one of the most highly anticipated craft beer celebrations in the region and the various events continue to bring visitors from across Upstate New York, Southern Ontario, Ohio and Pennsylvania to Western New York,” said Willard Brooks, chairman of the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association. “Successful growing festivals like Buffalo Beer Week and our first Buffalo Brewers Festival this past summer are unique ways we are celebrating the rebirth of craft brewing in the Buffalo Niagara region as well as successfully promoting the region as a destination for beer enthusiasts from all over the world.”

For more information about all of the great events taking place during Buffalo Beer Week, please visit www.buffalobeerweek.com.

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FBI Director’s Award Given to Jeff Tricoli

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We’ve been out of town for a few days to share a wonderful celebration with our son Jeff and his family.

Jeff was awarded a 2014 Director’s Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday.  He earned his award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation.  He and his team launched an investigation in 2012 into the ongoing theft of intellectual property that is costing the U.S. billions of dollars and millions of jobs.  Knowing that 50 – 80 percent of these cyber intrusions come from China, this investigation uncovered overwhelming proof that a portion of these damaging thefts are state-sponsored.

The unprecedented indictments of five Chinese Army officers engaged in the cyber theft of American corporate trade secrets and other proprietary information serves as a deterrent to future state-sponsored cyber attacks against U.S. interests.

God bless our son and all the other wonderful men and women who won Director’s Awards for their exemplary work.  Our nation is all the safer for their work.

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PETA Announces “Aquatic Angel” Drones to Stalk Anglers While in the Field

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According to a recent press release from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), anglers will now find themselves being stalked by anti-hunters thanks to PETA’s new “Aquatic Angel” drones.

The “Aquatic Angel” is the newest tool from the anti-hunting group, following the release of their “Air Angel” drones released in the spring of 2013 to stalk hunters in the field.

Described as a “submersible technology,” PETA plans to use the drones to stalk fishermen and “combat anglers who fish in restricted areas, catch protected species, and or chum for sharks illegally.” According to PETA, the group is currently recruiting members and supporters to field-test the new drones in all bodies of water.

PETA plans to use the new drones on National Hunting and Fishing Day this Saturday, or what they are referring to as “Fish Amnesty Day.”  The release boasts a “beware to hunters and anglers: PETA could be watching.”

“The announcement of these drones comes as no surprise as PETA will stop at nothing to gain headlines,” said Nick Pinizzotto, USSA president and CEO. “The anti-hunting community continues to harass, threaten, and interfere with hunters across the country, which only further distances them from what mainstream America considers rational.”

The hunting community has seen an increase in backlash from anti-hunters in recent years thanks in part to new technology such as drones and social media. Hunters are now finding themselves the victims of cyber-bullying and are seeing an increase in interferences while hunting and fishing.

Recognizing these problems, USSA joined forces with sportsmen, conservation organizations and outdoor personalities to initiate the Hunter Advancement Task Force to combat the growing threat to our outdoor heritage.

“The Hunter Advancement Task Force has been established to help stop these senseless attacks made against sportsmen,” explained Pinizzotto. “Using drones to interfere with hunting and fishing is a form of harassment and we will continue working to protect sportsmen across the nation from these threats.”

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Clooney marries Amal Alamuddin in star-studded Venice bash

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While you were out there enjoying our Oktoberfest, George Clooney was over in Venice marrying Amal Alamuddin.

George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin in a private symbolic ceremony in Venice, Italy, on Saturday evening in front of family members and friends, his rep confirmed to E! News.

The Oscar winner and his lawyer bride are expected to continue the celebration throughout the weekend and then file the paperwork that will make their union official on Monday.

Clooney’s long-time representative Stan Rosenfield announced in one sentence some 2 ½ hours later that the wedding had taken place. It is expected to be the only communication on the much-anticipated marriage of the actor who long reigned as Hollywood’s most-eligible bachelor.
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As the Chicken Wing Turns 50, a Look at its First Appearance in The News

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Can you believe it?  Chicken wings weren’t on anyones radar 50 years ago.  They were considered scrap, used to create stock.

As luck would have it fate stepped in and a mother, trying to feed here son and his friends, created a dish that would change the restaurant world.

My mother-in-law worked at a men’s clothing store named Campus Corner.  It was on Main Street near UB.  She told me about a day back in 1964, when Dominic Bellissimo, a frequent customer, came in raving about a snack his mom cooked up for his friends and him the past weekend.  When he shared that it was chicken wings she didn’t believe him.  Who would ever use wings for a meal?

The rest is history.

We’re searching out the history of the chicken wing in this, the 50th anniversary year of Buffalo’s most famous eponymous bar food.

Looking under “Pizza” in the yellow pages of Buffalo’s 1969 Telephone Directory, only one restaurant — the Anchor Bar — lists “chicken wings” as a menu option in its ad. That isn’t to say that others weren’t selling wings — in fact, several listings do mention “chicken” — but the Anchor Bar was alone in hawking “chicken wings” as such.

Ten years later, in the 1979 phone book, 54 different pizza restaurants list wings as a menu option.
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Republicans Air Early Attack Ad on Newborn Clinton

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — A Republican Super PACdefended the broadcast, on Saturday morning, of an attack ad highly critical of Hillary Clinton’s newborn granddaughter, Charlotte, who was born on Friday.

The ad raises several serious questions about the newborn, at one point accusing her of being “related to Benghazi.”

In criticizing a one-day-old infant, the ad is believed to be the earliest political attack ad on record.

“Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is fair game,” a spokesman for the Americans Concerned About Charlotte Super PAC said. “We have to assume that she is the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2052.”

The ad raises several serious questions about the newborn, at one point accusing her of being “related to Benghazi.”

Photo: Republicans Air Early Attack Ad on Newborn ClintonWASHINGTON - A Republican superPAC defended the broadcast, on Saturday, of an attack ad highly critical of Hillary Clinton's newborn granddaughter Charlotte, who was born on Friday. By criticizing a one-day-old infant, the ad is believed to be the earliest political attack ad on record. "Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is fair game," said a spokesman for the Americans Concerned About Charlotte superPAC. "We have to assume that she is the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2066." The ad raises several serious questions about the newborn, at one point accusing her of being "related to Benghazi."

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Professional Athlete Goes Astonishing Twenty Years Without an Arrest

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This man is one class act.  We were lucky to have lived through the age of so many amazing baseball players including Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron among others.
Andy Borowitz may have created a humorous title but the facts are clear.  Derek Jeter is one of the greats.

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Williamsville Oktoberfest 2014

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It’s time!!!  Oktoberfest begins today.  Check out all the activities at:  www.oktoberfestwilliamsville.com for details, events & times

Octoberfest 2014

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Man Beheads Worker At Oklahoma Food Processing Plan

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30-year-old Alton Alexander allegedly beheaded a woman and tried to kill another woman at a Vaughan Food processing plant in Oklahoma.  A sheriff`s deputy shot the suspect, identified by officials as 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolan.

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