The Moon Is Stunning Tonight Only.

Silhouette of People Standing Neat Tree Under the Moon

The moon this evening Feb.19,2019 is 14 times larger than normal This happens once a year. This is the closest the moon will be to earth this year. It is stunning and it only tonight.

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Primaries Are Common In Amherst.

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This is the Sixth Major Storm This Winter. President Trump, Why Don’t You Believe In Climate Change?

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Pat Lucey and His Highway Crew Did an Outstanding Job This Winter

Feb. 19, 2019

Congratulation to Amherst Highway Supervisor Pat Lucey and his crew for their handling of a very hard winter. They were on top of everything which hit Amherst. It is rare to have a group of men and women so devoted to Amherst.

Pat has been endorsed by the Democrats. The Republicans are in search of an opponent to run against Mr. Pat Lucey.

Joe Heins of the Republican party in Amherst is having a difficult time trying to find someone to run against Mr. Lucey. Joe’s record in Amherst is not the best. He isn’t the best on picking candidates to run against the Democrats. He is young and inexperienced and hasn’t learned how to measure good people to run for office.

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Soup Stroll this Saturday Noon to 4 PM

Feb. 19, 2019

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Dukakis Announces 2020 Bid: “Everyone Else Is”

Feb. 19, 2019

Satire from The Borowitz Report

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis announced on Tuesday morning that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President, declaring, “Everyone else is.”

Explaining his rationale for running, the 1988 Democratic Presidential nominee told reporters, “As everyone else started jumping into the race, I started feeling a little left out.”

Additionally, Dukakis explained, “People have been stopping me on the street and saying that they thought I was already running. So, whatever.”

The former standard-bearer said that before he threw his hat in the ring he paid a courtesy call to the 1984 Democratic nominee, Walter Mondale, to see if he was planning to run.

“I wouldn’t get into the race if Walter was going to do it,” Dukakis said. “This could be his year.”

Mapping out his campaign strategy, Dukakis said that he hoped to offer himself as an alternative to the former senator Gary Hart, who also entered the race today.

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Federal Tax Overhaul Hits Home in Refunds

Feb. 19, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service said the average refund so far this year was down nearly 9 percent, to $1,949 from $2,135 a year ago. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
The Internal Revenue Service said the average refund so far this year was down nearly 9 percent, to $1,949 from $2,135 a year ago. 

Some early tax filers are receiving an unpleasant surprise: Their federal tax refunds are smaller than they expected.

The Internal Revenue Service said the average refund so far this year was down nearly 9 percent, to $1,949 from $2,135 a year ago.

If your refund is smaller than before, that doesn’t necessarily mean you paid more in taxes. In fact, about 80 percent of taxpayers are expected to pay less in taxes this year than they did last year, according to the Treasury Department.

So why is your refund shrinking? Changes stemming from the federal tax overhaul that took effect last year – including adjustments to how much in taxes are withheld from paychecks that kicked in about a year ago – are likely the reason.
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Zombie Ash Trees Taking a Toll on Homes, Parks, Power Lines – and People’s Nerves

Feb. 19, 2019


Jeffrey Doerflein, right, and his daughter Breanna in the backyard of their home in Depew. A neighbor’s dead ash tree came down in high winds and landed in their yard.

Diseased ash trees snap like twigs in the face of gusting winds. The falling trees can damage property, block roads, tear down power lines and shatter a homeowner’s peace of mind.

With high wind warnings appearing regularly in the weather forecasts, residents throughout Western New York are reeling after the fall of a towering tree. Many described the experience as unforgettable, costly and always jarring.

Arborists called it preventable.
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Tom Loughran Will Not Be Running For Re-Election. Will Focus On Cleaning Up Our Erie County Water Authority.

Feb. 18, 2019

Working Families candidates try to claim 61st District

Tom  Loughran, who has served the 5th District of Amherst for 14 years, has decided not to run for re-election for the Erie County Legislature. Mr. Loughran’s main focus will be to clean up the Erie County Water Authority. He is hoping the members of the Legislature and the Erie County Executive will support him in his efforts.

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Buffalo Diocese Priest Identified as Abuser Still Has Name Attached to Church Hall

Feb. 18, 2019

St. Mary's Church in Pavilion still has a large portrait of its longtime pastor, the late Rev. Robert P. Conlin, hanging in the parish hall. The Buffalo Diocese has acknowledged that Conlin was credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.  (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
St. Mary’s Church in Pavilion still has a large portrait of its longtime pastor, the late Rev. Robert P. Conlin, hanging in the parish hall. The Buffalo Diocese has acknowledged that Conlin was credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. 

The parish hall at St. Mary Church in Pavilion is named in honor of the late Rev. Robert P. Conlin, a longtime pastor of the parish.

Wayne Bortle last March alleged that Conlin molested him when he was a teenager. The Buffalo Diocese subsequently acknowledged that Conlin was credibly accused of sexually abusing minors and has offered Bortle a cash award for his abuse claim.

But the parish has kept a large portrait of Conlin hanging prominently on a wall inside its hall, named the “Conlin Parish Center.”

Bortle, who urged the Buffalo Diocese to remove Conlin’s name from the building, wants to know why the parish and the diocese continue to celebrate a man who harmed children.
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