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How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a ’02 Ford Focus that came with one key when I bought it (used). When I went to get a second key made I was told that they couldn't make a key for it because it had a “transponder” and I would need to get one from a dealer. This is expensive! Is this absolutely necessary or is there another way to get a key?

Jan from Eagle, CO

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Local Powerlifter is Training Other Athletes to Win

In his early teens, Steve Helmicki considered himself a bit of an undersized football player, which led him to begin training in his parents’ attic with a DP vinyl and sand weight set and a Bill Grant fitness manual. While countless other young athletes might have a similar story to tell, very few — if any — have ever taken it quite as far as Helmicki.

Properties on the Block at Convention Center

BUFFALO, N.Y.- More than 2,100 properties are up for auction this week at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Martin F. Kennedy, Commissioner of the Department of Assessment and Taxation, says that number is down.

"It's less this year than it has been in the past," said Kennedy, "and I think a lot of that stems from a little more stable economy."

All of the properties up for grabs are on the auction block because the properties owners did not pay their taxes or utility bills, not because of missed mortgage payments.

The auction runs through Wednesday. 

More more information, visit the City of Buffalo's website.

 

 

Table Tennis Tournament Raises Funds for Turkeys, But Need Still Not Met

BUFFALO, N.Y. – With Catholic Charities of Buffalo in need of  turkeys for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Broadway Market held the first-ever “Broadway Battle” Table Tennis Tournament Oct. 16, where players competed to win the title of tournament champion – all in the name of a good cause.

Winners of the tournament were Ray Nagel, first place; Cliff Falk, second place; Tom Handley, third place; and Scott Gaddi, fourth place. Richard Roman, an official USA Table Tennis referee, donated his time to oversee the tournament and Former Miss Buffalo Nina Perino sang the National Anthem.

Entry fees totaling $210 were donated to Catholic Charities to provide turkeys to families in need this Thanksgiving. But even with this contribution, food will still be in short supply according to Eileen Nowak, Catholic Charities’ director of Parish Outreach and Advocacy.

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Walsh Insurance Group Donates $50,000 to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

On Saturday, October 23rd, over 100 employees from the Walsh Insurance Group donated their time to plant 150 trees and dozens of flower bulbs along the ring road in Delaware Park.  These new trees and their maintenance will be paid for by a generous donation of $50,000 from the Walsh Insurance Group and their subsidiaries.

Public Invited to Meeting at Central Library: Create a New Vision for Libraries and Services

Re-Imagine! - The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System 

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The public is invited to share its ideas for the regional library system of the future through a series of public meetings, web surveys and focus groups; all part of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System's newly launched Re-Imagine campaign. 

"This is an exciting as well as a challenging time for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System," said Bridget Quinn-Carey, director of the Library System.  "We are beginning a process to re-imagine the library and create a new vision that will meet the needs of the entire community; a library that will not only accommodate the types of  services that are so heavily used currently, but one that will satisfy the needs of our users for innovative services in the years ahead."  

Happy Halloween from the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Coming to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on Saturday, October 30: A visit from the Massachusetts Avenue Project and the GrowWNY Bicycle Fender Blender ... and maybe even a few Halloween surprises!

And, don’t forget to pick up some corn stalks, pumpkins and apple cider for a festive Halloween! 

Please note that guests are subject to change. For a complete list of events and vendors, visit www.elmwoodmarket.org. Frequent updates are also available by becoming a fan of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market page on Facebook.