western new york

1:41pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Water Quality

Lockport residents hope for quick cleanup of Eighteenmile Creek

Lockport residents gather to hear to cleanup plans for Eighteenmile Creek
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

 

The Environmental Protection Agency outlined its plans to clean up a heavily polluted Eighteenmile Creek at a public meeting in Lockport on Tuesday. However, some residents say they are concerned the plans won’t happen fast enough, with an official decision not scheduled until the end of September.

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6:30am

Thu July 25, 2013
Film Industry

New partnership aims to build digital post-production

Ben Porcari of Buffalo animation company IBC Digital.
Ashley Hassett/WBFO

A movie post-production center that will partner a local college with a new visual effects company is expected to bring over 150 jobs to western New York.

The new post production, visual effects and animation company, Empire Visual Effects will be housed in Buffalo’s Tri-Main center. The business is partnering with Daemen College’s International Center for Excellence in Animation. Department Chair Dr. Laura Sommer says their Certificate Training Program will ready students for employment at the visual effects company and elsewhere.

“I love the idea of creating opportunities for students, students that I’m very familiar with, that I work with on a daily basis, and that are interested working creatively.”

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6:30am

Tue July 23, 2013
Health

The EPA weighs cleanup options for Eighteenmile Creek

A sign warns of the dangerous conditions at Eighteenmile Creek.
Ashley Hassett WBFO

Eighteenmile Creek in Lockport, N.Y. has been the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated area of concern for decades. Because of recent flooding, the EPA is now weighing the option of permanently relocating people living closest to the creek ahead of a massive site cleanup.

Affected residents say a solution can’t come soon enough.

Located in Niagara County, Eighteenmile Creek flows north for about 15 miles and into Lake Ontario. The watershed has been tested for contaminants by the State Department of Environmental Conservation since the late 1980s.

The EPA took over the testing of the site in 2011. EPA Public Affairs Officer Michael Basile says the creek has been placed on the national priority list, which means more time and resources can be allocated for the site.

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11:40am

Tue July 16, 2013
Business

Pet pharmacy vows to donate all net profit to animal shelters

Glenn Buckley with Roz (left) Scott Buckley with Geri (right))
Ashley Hassett WBFO

The Innovation Trail’s Ashley Hassett reports on a pet pharmacy in western New York that has plans to share 100% of its net profit with some of the nation’s animal shelters.

It costs about $2 billion a year to deal with the country’s homeless animals. A pet pharmacy in western New York plans to share 100% of its net profit with some of the nation’s 5,000 animal shelters.

“Every year in the United States five to seven million pets are surrendered or turned over to shelters, roughly 60 to 70% of them never find a home. As a veterinarian I’ve walked in shelters, volunteered my time, when you see those faces and you see those tails wagging, and some are so happy and some are so scared it cannot help, but make an impact on what I felt I could do as a veterinarian,” says Dr. Glenn Buckley.

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2:59pm

Thu July 11, 2013
Wine Trails

Bill to expand 'Niagara Wine Trail' awaits governor's approval

Wine being poured at Leonard Oakes Estates Winery.
Ashley Hassett WBFO

A bill to expand the “Niagara Wine Trail” is awaiting approval from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Once the legislation is passed into law it’s expected to provide a boost to upstate New York tourism.

The legislation, that’s already been passed by the state Assembly and Senate would create two new trails branded under the “Niagara Wine Trail.” President of Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Wendy Oakes-Wilson, and President of the Winery at Marjim Manor, Margo Sue Bittner, both lobbied for the bill’s passage.

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