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Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser at Merge Restaurant

The above video, and another episode can be found on Farm Sanctuary's website, as well as the stories of the animals, and their rescues. The Shelter at Watkins Glen is housed on 175 rolling acres, and there you'll find cows, sheep, turkeys, goats, chickens, roosters, rabbits, and a few farm kitties that will stop by for a quick pet as you walk from barn to barn. 

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Food, Friends, Fun and a Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser!

The above video is of Kim Gordon piglet. Kim Gordon was found by a couple in a band that was finishing up their tour, and had taken a detour in South Dakota, where in the dark of night they saw something running around in the road, panicked, and tired, it was a piglet. Lanore stopped her car and caught the exhausted piglet, sun burned and covered in road rash from her fall off of a transport truck headed to a "finishing farm" Days later the couple brought the piglet they had named Kim Gordon to Farm Sanctuary, where she will live her life knowing only joy. The only remnant of factory farming Kim Gordon has is her docked tail, everything else is a distant memory for this sweet piglet that gets TONS of attention from visiting tourists on the Farm tours. 

Nationwide Prescription Medication Drop-off Day

BUFFALO, NY-- The Drug Enforcement Administration Buffalo Office is holding a government-sponsored prescription drop-off day on September 25th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

It's easy-- simply drive up, and drop off your old or unused medications. No questions asked, and it's free to the public.

Participating in a pharmaceutical disposal is the only safe way to destroy or dispose of unwanted medications without polluting the environment.

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Buffalo AmeriCorps On The Rebound: Community Service Without Abandonment!

Buffalo AmeriCorps and staff at The Belle Center can now rest a little easier after the decision to not fund Buffalo AmeriCorps for the upcoming 2010-11 fiscal year was overturned. After much advocacy, Buffalo AmeriCorps recently received a grant totaling $283,277 from the NYS Commission on National and Community Service.

The Buffalo AmeriCorps program has a major impact on the Western New York community as it provides vital resources towards socio-economic advancement for members in the community through service. Buffalo AmeriCorps has provided $206,000 in education awards over the past 3 years to members who have successfully completed their term of service.

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Sudan Lost Boys Aid Africa

BUFFALO - Helping children half a world away is the focus of an organization that is celebrating the generosity of Western New Yorkers.

A group called "Aid and Care for Africa" was founded by Dominic Diing, one of the so-called "Lost Boys of Sudan"-children who ran from their villages in Southern Sudan to escape military jihadists who were kidnapping young boys and training them for military duty.

Diing emigrated to the United States in 2001 and graduated from Niagara University.

For the past four years, he has raised money to build a school for orphans in his war-torn Sudanese village.

Merge Restaurant to Host Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser: Join the Farmy!

The above is a video of Gloria. Gloria was rescued by Farm Sanctuary, and was a victim of severe neglect. For the first 8 years of her life she lived at a racetrack to calm the horses. She was tied to a wall, with no room to walk, roam, or really move at all, and she had no contact with any animals, other than being able to see them move about, as she remained tied. Gloria didn't know how to be a goat, she had never been allowed to prior to coming home to Farm Sanctuary, and as you can see, she can certainly play now!

Congressman Higgins Outlines Next Steps at Canal Side, Outer Harbor

Congressman Moves Forward with Plan to Enhance Public Space, Connect Waterfront & Drive Economic Growth

Standing along the Erie Canal Commercial Slip, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) outlined his plan for next steps in Buffalo’s waterfront development.  The Congressman formally submitted the plan to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) after receiving Bass Pro’s July 29, 2010 letter “withdrawing from further consideration of this (Canal Side) development” and has been working on implementing components of his plan over the last several weeks.

“Western New York has an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary resources to remake its waterfront,” said Higgins.  “By making the necessary investments in public infrastructure we set the stage for long-term private sector investment.”