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Rince Na Tiarna Celebrates 25 Years

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- On Saturday, September 18, at 7 p.m. in the Buffalo Irish Center, Rince na Tiarna Irish Dance School, founded by Mary Kay Heneghan A.D.C.R.G., will celebrate 25 years of “keeping the tradition alive.”

What began as a small school in Erie, Pa and South Buffalo, NY has become a traditional Irish Dance School recognized throughout the Irish dance world.

With assistant teachers Breanne Atzert T.C.R.G., Bridget Sullivan T.C.R.G., Katie Ryan Rozek T.C.R.G. and Liz Lewis, Heneghan will welcome all the parents and dancers who have stepped through the doors of Rince na Tiarna.

Music will be provided by “Good Clean Fun,” an Irish show band from New York City. A highlight of the evening will be “blaisin,” or, a little tasting by:Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, The Irishman, Shannon Pub, Blackthorn, Gang & Co., Potters Field, Darcy McGee’s and Doc Sullivan’s.

Memorabilia, trivia and door prizes will add to the memories.

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Church's Fairy Tale Theater Presents "Gowgli to the Moon"

BUFFALO, NY-Grace Lutheran Church's Fairy Tale Theater will present a play loosely based on the Jungle Book on September 17th and 19th.

"Gowgli to the Moon" will be performed by the Not Ready for Anytime Players at the church located at 174 Cazenovia Street. Showtimes are 7 PM on Friday the 17th and at 3 and 7 PM on Saturday the 18th.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for kids 12 & under, families of 5 or more can purchase a family pass for $20. There will be a bake sale during intermission with free juice.

All proceeds help send kids to camp. For tickets or information, call 822-0553.

City of Buffalo Salaries in Line with State Average

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- City of Buffalo employees had an average pay of $42,448 for its 1,303 employees, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. The average pay for city employees across the state is $43,817.

The highest paid city employees outside New York City were in Westchester, one of the nation's most expensive places to live. The city of Yonkers, with 993 employees, led the state with an average pay of $71,659.

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

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New Rowing Club on Buffalo river

BUFFALO, NY - On the Buffalo River, near Ohio St., is the site of the newest rowing club in Buffalo, the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association. The BSRA is currently operating out of temporary facilities through the help of Ellicott Development Corporation and Carl Paladino.

"We chose the Buffalo River, south Buffalo, and particularly the First Ward for three principle reasons," said Mark Kostrzewski BSRA's Board President. "First, because of the great rowing water. Second, we wanted strong community involvement. And third, because of the wonderful rowing history around the river," he added.

People who row out of the club also have the option of rowing down river to the Blackwell Channel, sometimes called the Buffalo Ship Canal. The straight canal is 2000 meters long, the recognized Olympic racing distance, and wide enough for three crews across.

Start of School Means Start of Football Season

Stu Boyar talks to South Park High School Head Coach Tim Delaney about the upcoming season.

Hello Yesterday! An 80's Festival

Celebrate all the best of the 80's at Hello Yesterday! An all-ages, all-day 80's Festival featuring A Flock of Seagulls, When In Rome, Animotion, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel.  The festival includes a LipSync contest, 80's Guitar Hero and much more!

Dress totally 80's for the best 80's costume contest and win a new iPad!   Tickets are available for purchase online at helloyesterday.net or at both Record Theatre outlets in Buffalo (1800 & 3500 Main Street).

General Admission on-line tickets are $35 (plus applicable fees). Tickets the day of the event are $45.  Children 13 and under are free.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit Hunter's Hope. Festival attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to the community and help Hunter's Hope by participating in the silent auction. The tent will be open all day with two auctions going on during the festival.