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Help Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Takes Place Today

How can you donate to a good cause without doing anything except going to the curb and bringing out the mail? 

It’s the 21st annual Help Stamp Out Hunger tomorrow where Genesee County residents leave out nonperishable food items on or by their mailbox for their mail carrier to pick up. The postal service employee will then deliver them to local food pantries. 

Jen McCracken is a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and the food drive coordinator for the Batavia office. She says the winter months after the holidays really deplete the shelves of food pantries…this is how they get restocked.

"Times have been really hard. The community really responds well to this,” Mcracken said. “This is such an easy way for people to help their neighbors out, just by leaving the food out, we get it and we distribute it. There’s not a lot of legwork to it.”

The food will go to Community Action, Salvation Army and Care-A-Van Ministries here in Batavia and the Oakfield Community Bible Church in Oakfield.  The food collected will be split evenly between all the food pantries.

The event last year collected 8-thousand pounds of food just here in Batavia. 

Anything canned or pastas are appreciated. 

Darien Lake Theme Park Opens Today

The Darien Lake Theme Park opens today.

The 2013 opening will feature the newly renovated boardwalk, an upgraded laser show and a new thrill ride called “Blast Off”. 

Those are just some of the new additions and upgrades the park has made for the 2013 season after spending more than 5-million dollars.

The park has also introduced a full-service Anchor Bar restaurant. 

The park is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ranzenhofer Launches Petition to Reject Federal Budget Proposal

State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer is urging New Yorkers to sign his new online petition. 

Ranzenhofer wants to reject Federal budget proposals that would increase taxes on Western New York residents by an average of $2,800. 

“It is important for residents to be heard on this issue,” Ranzenhofer said. “By working together, we can send a strong message to Washington that Western New Yorkers are not an ATM machine.”

New Federal budget proposals would end a policy of allowing taxpayers to deduct state and local tax liability, including property taxes, on their Federal tax returns. 

The proposal would impact an estimated 139,000 residents and Federal tax bills would increase by an average of 30 percent.

You can view Senator Ranzenhofer’s petition on his website:

Genesee County Legislature looks to Crack Down on Burglars

The Genesee County Legislature and local law enforcement want to make it harder for burglars to sell the items they steal.

A law is being presented at Monday’s County Legislature Public Service Committee meeting that would require certain secondhand retailers to obtain a county license, maintain records, obtain and examine photo ID and make a daily report to the Sheriff’s Office of items purchased from sellers among other regulations.

Several local law enforcement and governmental agencies contributed to the development of the law. It went through a review process that looked at the successes and failures of similar laws in other jurisdictions.
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