History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:


Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”



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The Warm and Cozy Home

November is upon us and the days and nights are getting colder. Here are more than 9 mood-lifting ideas to make your WNY home more welcoming and efficient this winter.

The dark days of winter can really do a number on your well-being. Shorter days trigger the blahs; freezing temps spark the sniffles. So we put together a list of ideas that’ll turn your home into a comfy haven.

Cozy and Clever Energy Savers

Here’s how to create a brighter and warmer home without using more energy or cranking up the thermostat.

1. Clean dirty light fixtures and dusty bulbs to make your home appear 30% brighter without turning on more lights.

2. Seal sneaky air leaks. It’s not just window and door leaks killing your cozy vibe. Don’t forget to plug stealthy gaps around recessed lights, electrical boxes, and wall outlets. Use a lit incense stick or scented candle to hunt down drafty spots while leaving behind a cozy scent.

3. Replace your traditional gas or wood fireplace. Why? Both suck out heated indoor air and send it up the chimney. A gel fireplace insert is an eco-friendly option that produces a burning fire without gas, wood, electricity, or even a chimney. It’s also smoke-free and emits fewer allergens than a wood fireplace; some options crackle like the real thing. A basic model costs between $100 to $210; custom models go up exponentially from there. A case of gel fuel comes with 12 cans that burn for three hours each (about $35).

Tip: Use a slow cooker to infuse your home with a warm and cozy aroma. Even better, slow cookers are more energy efficient than electric ovens, typically using less energy than a light bulb.

Immunity Boosters

You’ll feel coziest in a healthy indoor environment that keeps allergies at bay and reduces your chances of getting sick.
4. Get plants. Some indoor plants, like golden pothos and gerbera daisies, are particularly adept at sucking up nasty VOCs — the vapors emitted from household cleaners, paints, and dry cleaning. And since plants increase humidity levels, they help decrease household dust.

5. Vacuum while your thermostat is set to “fan on.” This helps filter dust that gets kicked-up while cleaning. Just leave the fan on for about 15 minutes after you finish vacuuming and switch it back to “auto” afterward. HVAC blowers aren’t intended to run all the time.

6. Change your HVAC filter every couple months (monthly if you have pets) to prevent excess dust from circulating.

Tip: Combat superbugs with copper. If you’re planning to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom fixtures, consider classic and homey-looking copper or a copper alloy like brass. A three-hospital study in 2011 found that bacteria can only survive on copper for a few minutes, but germs can live on stainless steel for weeks.

Sun Worshippers

Lack of natural light can trigger a mean case of the winter doldrums — or worse, mood-altering seasonal affective disorder. Maximize daylight and make rooms feel warmer by adding the following to your yearly fall maintenance checklist.

7. Make your windows pane-fully clear. Clean glass not only lets more natural light into your home, it’s a feel-good task, according to a survey by the American Clean Institute. When ACI asked consumers what clean surfaces make them happy, “gleaming windows” made the top five above a “spotless sink.”

8. Ditch your window screens in the fall and winter. They trap dirt and can make your home appear darker inside and out. It’s a good curb appeal booster, too.

9. Add an interior window to a room next to a sun-drenched space to take advantage of natural light.

Tip: Paint chilly rooms, especially north-facing walls that don’t typically get sunlight, in reds, oranges, or yellows — cozy colors that can actually help the room feel warmer, according to a Michigan State University study.

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Top 10 Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is time of fun for kids of all ages.  Especially this year as Halloween is on a Saturday and kids will be out in force. Dressing up in costumes, parties and of course the candy and treats! Here are a few tips to keep everyone safe this Halloween season in WNY.

1. Trick or treat in groups. Never go alone. Parents should accompany smaller children.

2. Reflective clothing, flashlights or glow sticks should be used for every child.

3. Map out the route ahead of time. Adults should know which streets their kids will be on.

4. Stay on main roads, no shortcuts through yards or any other less then desirable areas!

5. Stay in well lit areas if possible.

6. Set a return time. Generally 1 to 1/1/2 hours should be plenty of time, any longer and it allows for more tricks then treats.

7. Many towns set forth curfews so check to see with your town.

8. This should go without saying but remind your children to never go into a home or vehicle.

9. Instruct your children not to eat any candy until you have been able to inspect it.

10. Lastly your children should be aware of their surroundings at all times. The kids are excited but they need to be aware of people, traffic etc. By following these 10 simple rules everyone can enjoy this great night Western New York.

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Williamsville Halloween Parade and Party

Williamsville Halloween Parade & Party!

October 24, 2015, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Williamsville Fire Hall with refreshments and children’s activities.  Parade through the back Village streets and then join the party back at the fire hall. Free and open to one and all.

Come on out for a great fun filled family evening!

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Autumn Fairy Garden Workshop

Looking to do something a little unique with your kids? Try this fun event.

Kids ages 5-12 will make a miniature garden for fairies or gnomes during this fun workshop. We’ll be using found and natural materials to make the perfect hideaway during this hour-long workshop. Beds made from moss, twig fences, seed mailboxes-what will your imagination create? Containers, soil and plants are included. Parents and guardians are encouraged to work with their child to create their masterpiece. Add on pre-made twig furniture! $5 additional for two pieces. Space is limited!

WHERE: Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 S Park Ave
Buffalo, NY 14218
(716) 827-1584

WHEN: Saturday, October 17, 2015 9:00 am -
12:00 pm

For more information: http://www.buffalogardens.com/collections/kids/products/autumn-fairy-garden


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Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (and in Western New York, ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult.  Take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care (we spoke with an expert to find out what you need to do). Tick these 15 items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.

1. Care for trees and shrubs. If you have trees on your property, consider hiring an arborist to care for them — these pros can spot signs of poor health early on to prevent tree loss, and know how to prune properly to avoid falling limbs in winter storms.

“The most important maintenance for a homeowner to do in the fall would be trimming [the] dead out of trees,” says Bryan Gilles, owner and arborist at Arbor Doctor in Calabasas, California. “Trees are going dormant at this time, and are less likely to get a disease.” Because trees are slowing growth in the fall, it’s not an ideal time to plant a new tree, as the roots may have trouble getting established. For treatments, Gilles recommends fungicide injections in the fall to prevent diseases such as diplodia, which can affect pine trees.

It’s also a good idea to observe your trees throughout the fall, keeping an eye out for signs that signal a need for intervention. “Early change in leaf color, pines looking thin and/or needles turning brown, and dead branches are all signs of diseases,” Gilles says. “Ash trees spotting yellow sporadically around this time of the year is a bad sign of a disease called ash yellows, since ash trees are one of the latest to turn.”

2. Rake leaves. Leaves look beautiful blanketing the ground, but leaving too many leaves on a lawn over winter in a snowy area can inhibit spring growth. To make the job easier, choose a lightweight rake, wear gloves to protect your hands and use handheld “leaf scoops” to bag leaves quickly.

3. Clean gutters and downspouts. Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts (hire a helper if you are not comfortable on a ladder). Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof or siding.

4. Make exterior repairs. Take a walk around your property, looking for signs of damage to the roof, siding and foundation. If you spot anything that needs repair, schedule it before winter weather hits.

5. Seal gaps where critters could enter. Mice need only a tiny gap to be able to sneak into your house and raid your pantry — and with colder weather coming, all of the little critters out there will be looking for warm places to make a home. Fill small holes and cover any larger gaps securely with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife outdoors.

6. Check walkways, railings, stairs and the driveway for winter safety. When the landscape is covered in ice and snow, just walking from the driveway to the front door can be quite a challenge.

Make navigating around your home safer by checking that all stairs are in good shape and have sturdy railings, and that the driveway is in good repair to make for easier shoveling.

7. Stock up on winter supplies. If you live in a region with cold, snowy winters, fall is the time to prepare.

Check the condition of snow shovels and ice scrapers; replace as needed

Pick up a bag of pet- and plant-safe ice melt, if needed

Restock emergency kits for car and home

If you use a snow blower, have it serviced and purchase fuel

8. Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses. Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures by shutting off water to exterior faucets before the weather dips below freezing. Drain hoses and store them indoors.

Click through to read the next 7 items on the checklist.

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The Great Pumpkin Farm Week 4

Festival Weekend #4 – October 3 & 4 – 2015
Open 10am to Dusk
Events Include:


$7.00 Admission Per Person  (Children 2 and under are Free)

Discounted Tickets available at Wegmans and for more information click here

Admission to the Festival includes entry to the Pie Eating competition and Pig Races, Entertainment including a Magic Show, Cackling Hen Revue Show, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Contests including Pie Eating, Scarecrow Making, Pumpkin Decorating, Mummy Wrapping, also a kids craft area, along with coupons for a Free Hayride, $1 off the Cornmaze, $1 off Panning for Gems, $1 off Pumpkin Sling Shots, $1 off the Boo Barn, $1 off Horse Drawn Hayride, $3 off the Midway Family Pack and
$1 off Cow Train.



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Oinktoberfest at The Great Pumpkin Farm


Friday Night - Preview Night 5pm to 10:00pm 

Band Line-up:

6pm to 9pm  - 12PackJack & Lynne Fredericks
Gates open at 5pm (FREE Admission Friday Only)
Buy GREAT BBQ from our Vending Contestants
(The Farm is NOT open on Friday Night)

Saturday - KCBS Sanctioned BBQ
Gates Open 10am to Dusk

Band Line-up:
11am - Mike Brown
12pm - JJ Swing
1:30pm - Chris Squier
2:30pm - Miller & The Other Sinners
4:00pm - Sara Elizabeth
5pm – Awards Ceremony
6pm - Porcelain Train

Sunday - Backyard BBQ & Wing-Off
Gates Open 10am to Dusk

Band Line-up:
11am - Jamie Holka
12pm - Buffalo City Limits
1:30pm - James Vozga & Friends
2:30pm - Jay Moynihan & The Chicago Blue Connection w/Special Guest Dave Miller
4:00pm - Dan Sturner Lynne Fredericks
5:00pm – Awards Ceremony

$7.00 Admission Per Person
(Children 2 and under are Free)
Discounted Tickets available at Wegmans


Admission to the Festival includes entry to the BBQ,
Entertainment including a Magic Show, Cackling Hen Revue Show,
Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Contests including Pie Eating,
Scarecrow Making, Pumpkin Decorating, Mummy Wrapping,
and a kids craft area, along with coupons for a Free Hayride, $1 off the
Cornmaze, $1 off Panning for Gems, $1 off the Boo Barn, $3 off the Midway Family Pack,
$1 off Cow Train and $1 off the Pumpkin Sling Shots.

For Information or Applications
to be a part of Oinktoberfest (Team, Judging, Vending, etc…)


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Buffalo Zombie Mud Run


Zombies are swarming the grounds in search of brains. You must gather your friends, family, co-workers and anyone else you feel is brave enough to challenge the PANDEMIC, our 5K Zombie Infested Obstacle Course. (You also may want to bring someone expendable to use as bait to slow down and confuse the Zombies – maybe that guy from Finance that no one likes.)

This year’s Buffalo Zombie Mud Run (BZMR) is Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY. Your mission? Get through the 5K course, all 13 obstacles, and avoid losing your 3 life lines to the Chaser and Roaming Zombies. Cross the finish line with at least one life line intact to help save the human race (and earn yourself a place at the Survivors Party!) for more information please visit: http://buffalozombiemudrun.com/



Successfully navigate through PANDEMIC (our 5K course and all 13 obstacles) while avoiding zombies, who will attempt to steal your life lines. Crossing the finish line with at least 1 of your 3 life lines intact is all that stands between you and future greatness.


A 20-square-foot area before and after every obstacle and the two HYDRATION stations will be considered safe zones. Zombies cannot attack in these areas or on any obstacles.


Chaser Zombies will start their chase 5 minutes after the last runner of each outbreak departs the quarantine zone.

Roamer Zombies are located throughout the course alone or in hordes. Though usually slower and dumber than Chaser Zombies, their sheer numbers need to be considered when planning your strategy for survival.



We recommend you arrive at least two hours before your Outbreak time to allow time for parking, onsite registration, and race packet pickup as well as locating the starting line.

Bring an official form of identification (license, passport, photo ID, etc.) or a parent/guardian if you are a minor. We will not be able to let you into the event otherwise.

You will be given three lifelines at registration. Prior to the start of your assigned “Outbreak” your lifelines must be worn on the outside of your clothes and they must remain visible to course officials while you are on the course. If during your outbreak the zombie horde claims all of your lifelines, fear not, all hope is not lost.

Loss of all lifelines DOES NOT instantly transform you into the Walking (running) Dead – Failure to cross the finish line with one lifeline still intact will be the death of you.

Try to arrive early and stay late! And most importantly – HAVE FUN!




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National Buffalo Wing Festival

Labor Day Weekend, September 5th & 6th 2015

The Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival was inspired in 2001 by the movie “Osmosis Jones. In the movie a fictitious character Frank DeTorre played by actor Bill Murray plays a big junk food and chicken wing addict with the goal of attending the National Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo, NY. Buffalo News columnist, Donn Esmonde then wrote in a column that he was bewildered that Buffalo did not have such an event. That is when I decided to take on the challenge for my Hometown as well as mylove for Buffalo Wings. Within a year, the plan was set for this annual Labor Day Weekend event as 40,000 people filled Coca-Cola Field to consume over 20 tons of wings.

AS WE ENTER INTO OUR TWELFTH  YEAR, the festival is recognized as one of the best in the country. In 2013 the festival drew over 70,000 people. Over the last ten years the festival has drawn over 795,000 people and served over 4.2 million wings. The festival which also supports local charities has donated over $270,000 since its inception.

THE FESTIVAL HAS ALSO BECOME A GREAT TOURISM MAGNET for the Buffalo Region as wing lovers from all over America and the world make the annual pilgrimage to pay homage to the birthplace of the Buffalo Wing. Last year we found through on-site surveys that attendees came from all 50 states and over 34 different countries. The festival has had a great local economic impact.

THE NATIONAL BUFFALO WING FESTIVAL has become the “Super Bowl” of the chicken wing industry for restaurants, wing lovers and even competitive eaters.  The festival has been showcased by such national media as the Food Network, -“All-American Festivals”, “Unwrapped”, “Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and Emeril Lagasse Live, the Travel Channel – “Bar Food Paradise”, “Taste of America”, and “Food Wars”, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s The View, Regis and Kelly, the CBS Morning Show, the BBC, Fox and Friends and even a PBS documentary.

So “WING IT TO BUFFALO” and join us for the fun and excitement at one of America’s greatest food festivals this Labor Day Weekend – The National Buffalo Wing Festival!

For information please visit: http://buffalowing.com/ 

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