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Students Driven to Succeed Can Find Employment Through the NFADA’s AutoTech Competition

Students Driven to Succeed Can Find Employment Through the NFADA’s AutoTech Competition

Growing up in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Tyler O’Callahan loved to get his hands dirty tinkering with four wheelers and dirt bikes. So when he went on to Niagara Falls High School, it’s no wonder he decided to check out the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association’s Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition.

The local competition is open to Western New York high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a Career & Technical school automotive program. Junior’s get their first taste of the program by participating in a Tire Rodeo, while seniors have a chance to put their overall automotive skills to the test and earn scholarships and other prizes. O’Callahan, now 22, participated in both competitions and in his senior year, went on to win the local competition and earn a spot at the national competition.

Your Game Day Game Plan Should Include a Sober Ride Home

Your Game Day Game Plan Should Include a Sober Ride Home

 

Football season is here, and Western New York’s rabid football fans couldn’t be happier.   And while game day is always highly anticipated, it is also a day frequently associated with heavy drinking, reckless behavior, drinking and driving, and an increase in vehicular crashes.

“Western New Yorkers love football and love to cheer for Buffalo with their friends and family — oftentimes while drinking,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “The best way to celebrate a great game is to plan ahead and, if you plan to drink, plan on having a sober ride home.”

NFADA AutoTech Competition Prepares Students for the WNY Workforce

NFADA AutoTech Competition Prepares Students for the WNY Workforce

 

Is there anything that Americans take for granted more than their vehicles? They play a hugely significant role in our daily lives, transporting us to work, school, the grocery store, doctors’ appointments, entertainment venues and a wide variety of destinations both near and far. We hop in, turn the key and expect to be on our way within seconds — until that fateful day when a dead battery, flat tire or some unexpected mechanical problem stops us dead in our tracks.

Today’s vehicles, as we are well aware, are more like computers on wheels, filled with state-of-the-art technology from bumper to bumper. As a result, it requires superbly trained automotive technicians to ensure that our vehicles continue to run in a safe and efficient manner.

Jacobs Unveils New “Self-Serve Kiosks” at Auto Bureaus

Jacobs Unveils New “Self-Serve Kiosks” at Auto Bureaus

Says technology will decrease lines and wait times

Erie County, NY – In his continued effort to utilize technology to improve customer service, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced today the roll-out of Self-Serve Kiosks at the three main auto bureaus. “Similar to what you see at the airport, these kiosks allow you to by-pass the customer service window and print out a wait-time receipt on your own,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs’ says the Kiosks are a result of a “re-engineering study” done in the auto bureau in an effort to improve customer service and revenue. “The study found that customers are often waiting longer in the customer service line then they are waiting to be serviced by a cashier…the kiosks will be a powerful tool to decrease the customer service queue,” stated Jacobs.

School Bus Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

School Bus Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

Rural/Metro offers tips to parents, kids and drivers to ensure a safe return to school

Buffalo, NY (August 30, 2012) – As summer draws to a close and thousands of students across Western New York head back to school, parents can help their children make the return smoothly and safely.

Buffalo-based Rural/Metro Medical Services and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offer parents these six school bus safety tips to share with their kids:

Walk, Don’t Run

Just as there’s no running in the hallways at school, no running to the bus stop either. Leave 5-10 minutes early so you’re not rushed and use sidewalks whenever possible. Otherwise walk on the left, facing traffic.

Safety at the Stop

Airmail - Made In Buffalo - 1873

Airmail - Made In Buffalo - 1873

Buffalo NY- 1873    

   Perhaps the most enigmatic of all American stamps, the "Buffalo" balloon stamp is certainly among the premier rarities in aerophilately. This stamp begs the question, “What is an airmail stamp?” Described variously as “experimental,” “semi-official,” “a carrying label,” and even as a vignette or cinderella, the fact remains that it was the first of its kind ever issued. Since it was privately issued for use with a standard U.S. postal service 3-cent stamp to pay for air handling of a mailed piece, it was (if one includes both private and government issues) the world’s first airmail stamp.

    The stamp is an accurate representation of the enormous 92,000 cubic foot “Buffalo” balloon of Professor Samuel Archer King (1828-1914).  The Buffalo balloon launched from Nashville, Tennessee, on June 18, 1877, and dropped a number of covers, probably in containing envelopes or drop bags sewn to brightly colored nine-foot streamers. After a Gallatin, Tennessee, landing, there was a second flight the next morning. There were also other, later flights of the "Buffalo", and covers could have been flown on any of those flights.

    Few if any Buffalonians realize not only was the balloon named, honoring this city, "Which has shown so much interest in Aeronautics"(S.A. King), it was actually built right here in Buffalo, probably the first aircraft ever built in this city. I’ve found no earlier record of such an event. More importantly to note, it was built in what we now know as "Canalside" downtown on the corner of Prime and Llyod Streets, in the Aetna Insurance building. There should be a marker commemorating this event.

Grisanti Resolution Designates May As Motorcycle Safety And Awareness Month

Grisanti Resolution Designates May As Motorcycle Safety And Awareness Month

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that by order of a resolution passed by the New York State Senate and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, May shall be designated as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.  As the number of motorcyclist increases there becomes a greater need to teach riders how to operate their machines safely and the general public needs to become more aware of the proper ways to safely share the road with bikers. This resolution is designed to remind the public that another riding season has started and that they should be alert to the presence of motorcycles on the streets and highways.