Oktoberfest to Feature Children’s Activities, Music, Food and Fun Throughout Weekend

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The Williamsville Business Association will host an abundance of events this weekend as part of its Oktoberfest celebration at Island Park and area restaurants.

The festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, when the Oktoberfest Parade departs from the Lehigh Station Train Depot on South Long Street and proceeds to march along Main Street until it reaches Island Park.

The parade will feature Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Miss Oktoberfest contestants and a drawn wagon pulling the ceremonial first keg of beer. Upon its arrival at Island Park, at 4 p.m. under the beer tent, the keg will be tapped by Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa.

Beer from the first keg will be free to the public. Musical entertainment at the beer tent will be provided by The Frankfurters and Route 66.

Many of the activities on Saturday, Sept. 27, will be geared for families, beginning with the Farmers Market at 8 a.m. on Spring Street and “The Great Pumpkin Weigh-off” at 11 a.m., which will be held at The Irishman Pub and Eatery, 5601 Main St.

A free trolley will travel on Main Street from noon to 4 p.m. to take festival patrons to each of the craft and entertainment stations.
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Andy’s Take on the News This Week

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Poll: Americans Who Oppose Obama on Healthcare, Education and Nutrition Give Him High Marks for Bombing Foreign Country

McCain Says He Would Have Dropped Bigger Bombs on Syria Than Obama

With everything on his plate, Obama shouldn’t have to remember whether he locked the front door of the White House.

The most shocking thing about Emma Watson’s plea for gender equality is that it took place in the twenty-first century.

Poll: Americans Who Have Not Read Single Article About Syria Strongly Support Bombing It

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‘Historic Day for Buffalo,’ Zemsky Says of SolarCity RiverBend Plans

From left to right: County Exec. Mark Poloncarz, Mayor Byron Brown, Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, and Howard Zemsky throw ceremonial shovels of dirt during the announcement of the Riverbend project in South Buffalo Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

SolarCity’s planned factory in South Buffalo – and the 3,000 jobs that come with it –will pack a powerful economic punch.

To be built on the former Republic Steel plant site in South Buffalo, the factory is expected to bring more new jobs to the region than the steel maker ever had in its heyday.

With the ability to make enough solar panels to generate more than 1,000 megawatts of electricity, the factory would be the biggest solar panel factory in the Western Hemisphere and one of the biggest in the world. It would be three times bigger than any other solar panel factory in the United States, and could be in open by early 2016, with full production a year later.

And the announcement that the factory would bring 3,000 jobs to the region is the single-biggest employment announcement in the Buffalo Niagara region in decades, topping the 2,500 new jobs that GEICO promised to bring to its Amherst customer service center.
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Drivers Should Watch Out For Moose


Are you going “Leaf Peeping” in the days to come?  Well take note.  The DEC has issued a warning to be on the watch for moose in search of love.

Love is in the air for Adirondack moose, and state officials are urging drivers to watch out as the animals wander in search of mates.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says early fall is the breeding season for moose in northern New York, leading them to travel into areas where they’re not typically seen — and increasing the danger of highway collisions.
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Heim Middle School Graffiti Incident Under Investigation

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Amherst police are investigating graffiti sprayed on Heim Middle School over the weekend. The incident, which took place late Saturday or early Sunday, involved the vandals spraying over a surveillance camera to try to block their identification.

Rita Wolff, a spokeswoman for the Williamsville Central School District, confirmed the incident and the ongoing police investigation.

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Two Parties Jointly Back 4 of 5 for Judgeships


It will be interesting to see just how the judgeships play out.

The time-honored practice of deal-making between the Erie County Democratic and Republican chairmen has again essentially determined who will sit on the State Supreme Court bench come January.

As a result of “cross-endorsement” agreements reached over the weekend between Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy and his Democratic counterpart, Jeremy J. Zellner, voters will face only one choice at the polls this year – Democrat John J. DelMonte against Republican incumbent Frederick J. Marshall.

The pair of judicial kingmakers said they agreed on bipartisan backing for Erie County Elections Commissioner Dennis E. Ward and Buffalo City Judge E. Jeannette Ogden on the Democratic side, and for attorney Paul B. Wojtaszek and incumbent Justice Donna M. Siwek for the Republicans.
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Tim Russert’s Office Exhibit Opens Oct. 17 at Buffalo Museum

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The grand opening of Tim Russert’s office at The Buffalo History Museum has been scheduled for Oct. 17.

“Inside Tim Russert’s office: If it’s Sunday, it’s ‘Meet the Press’,” was moved to Buffalo from the Newseum, the Washington, D.C. museum dedicated to journalism where it was installed in 2009.

A native of Buffalo, Russert died in 2008, at age 58. He had moderated NBC’s “Meet the Press” for 17 years.
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How A Smart Man Manuvers Himself For A Judgeship

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Dennis Ward needed Jeremy  Zellner’s group to win the reorganization meeting this past Friday.  Dennis is a smart man and knows he can’t win a judgeship if he doesn’t get cross endorsed from the group who will choose the judicial candidates.

Individuals who desire to be judges should possess impeccable morals.  They must be honest and trustworthy.  These qualities are missing from Mr. Dennis Ward.

Awhile back, when Dennis was single, he was in love with a lovely lady and those feelings were reciprocal.  One of the reasons they broke up was that she wanted to go out in public but he refused.  A short while after they broke up he married someone else.

Very recently Dennis needed help which required a judge’s signature.  Dennis, with the morals of an alley cat, asked his old sweetheart for this help.  This act was illegal and immoral.

So here we are.  It’s Monday when judicial candidates will be chosen.  One can only pray that they remember Dennis Ward as the immoral user he truly is.

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2 Afghan Police Officers Found in Buffalo-area


Two Afghan police officers who skipped out of a training mission in the Washington, DC area were caught by federal agents right here in the Buffalo area.

The two men were at a training with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Quantico,Virginia last weekend.

On Saturday, they were in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC on a sightseeing trip with the group, when they bailed.
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ISIS Destroys Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor

 ISIS destroyed the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor, news agencies in the Middle East reported.

Armenians commemorating the genocide at the Memorial Church on April 24, 2004. (Photo by Studio Ashnag)
Armenians commemorating the genocide at the Memorial Church on April 24, 2004. (Photo by Studio Ashnag)

The reports surfaced as Armenia was celebrating the 23rd anniversary of its independence on Sept. 21.

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian issued a statement condemning the destruction of the church, which housed the remains of victims of the Armenian Genocide, calling it a “horrible barbarity.”

Nalbandian called upon the international community to cut the Islamic State’s sources of supply, support, and financing, and eradicate what it referred to as a disease that “threatened civilized mankind.”

The church was built in 1989-1990, and consecrated a year later. A genocide memorial and a museum housing remains of the victims of the genocide was also built in the church compound.

Thousands of Armenians from Syria and neighboring countries gathered at the memorial every year on April 24 to commemorate the genocide.

Many refer to Der Zor as the Auschwitz of the Armenian Genocide.

Hundreds of thousands of Armenians perished in Der Zor and the surrounding desert during the genocide. In summer 1916 alone, more than 200,000 Armenians, mostly women and children, were brutally massacred by Ottoman Turkish gendarmes and bands from the region.


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