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Local family braces for storms in Hawaii

HAWAII -- The islands of Hawaii are bracing for twin hurricanes set to hit land within 24 hours of each other. The first storm was expected to hit the big island Thursday night.

That's where Ripel Balestrieri, her husband and three kids were Thursday evening when we talked to them.

The family is from Silver Creek. They arrived on the big island Tuesday for a trip from the Chautauqua County Make A Wish foundation for their 10-year-old son. She says they've had beautiful weather so far but for safety reasons they've had to cancel some activities.

"We have mixed feelings," said Ripel Baliestrieri, mother of the 10-year-old boy. "We're hoping it's not as bad as they say it is. But the kids are scared a little bit."

Fort Hood hero from WNY meets with President Obama

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Western New York native who was hailed a hero in the Fort Hood shootings recently got to meet with his Commander in Chief.

Major Patrick Miller, who is from Allegany, helped save lives in the moments after the massacre by leading people to safety and calling 911, despite being shot in the abdomen.

Miller now lives in Kansas City and got to meet with President Obama when he stopped in Missouri to make a speech on the economy.

"He just asked how I was doing and obviously thanked me again for everything on April 2 and was glad to see I was doing well," Miller told 2 On Your Side by phone.

Major Miller is in Kansas City to attend the nearby Command and General Staff College, where he's receiving special training and education to continue rising up the ranks in the Army.

Eleventh Annual Local Music Showcase is Sept. 6 in Downtown Jamestown

Eleventh  Annual Local Music Showcase is Sept. 6 in Downtown Jamestown

The eleventh annual Local Music Showcase (LMS) is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 6:00pm until 2:00am at ten participating venues in downtown Jamestown. Once again, all proceeds will benefit Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. This fund-raiser for Infinity brings together 10 venues, nearly 40 local musical acts, hundreds of volunteers, and hundreds of spectators for a night full of live, local music!

Participating Venues include: Brazil Craft Beer & Wine Lounge, Cibo, Forte, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center, Jamestown Skate Products, MoJo's, The Pub, Reg Lenna Center For The Arts- Studio Theater, Shawbucks and The Wine Cellar.

Pre-sale event tickets can be purchased at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center at 115 3rd Street and exchanged for wristbands the evening of the event. Wristbands can also be purchased the day of the event at participating venues. Tickets are $10 and provide all access to all 10 downtown venues!

Salamanca Police Chief: Arrests Soon in Depot Arson

SALAMANCA, NY- Salamanca authorities believe they will be making arrests soon in connection to the large fire last month at the former Erie Rail Depot.

Police Chief Paul Myers says people have been questioned about the fire, but did not say how many suspects were questioned or how old they were.

The building had been vacant for about 20 years, and Salamanca fire officials say there was no power source to the building.

No one was injured during the fire.

Third Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters Presentation on August 14

Third Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters Presentation on August 14

Jamestown, NY – You can take actions that will improve the health of our local waterways.

On Thursday, August 14, 7-8 p.m., Jamestown Audubon, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, and the Chautauqua Lake Association are presenting the third in their summer series “Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Waters.”

Scott Kischbaugh of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss the condition of the nation’s lakes along with more details about the lakes of New York State. When he talks about “Reducing the Likelihood of Algal Blooms by Doing the Little Things,” Kischbaugh will emphasize how the small actions of individuals -- buffer strip installations, septic tank maintenance, invasive species control and more -- can promote healthier conditions in the nearby waters.

The event will be in the main lecture hall in Building A at the BOCES Hewes Educational Center on West Lake Road (Route 394) in Ashville.

Big Entertainment Coming to Seneca Casinos: Alanis Morissette, Bill Engvall, Steve Miller Band

Big Entertainment Coming to Seneca Casinos: Alanis Morissette, Bill Engvall, Steve Miller Band

Fall entertainment at Seneca Resorts & Casinos just got a whole lot more exciting. Three major lineup additions are slated for the Seneca Events Centers in October and November, including Alanis Morissette on October 4 in Niagara Falls, Bill Engvall on November 16 in Salamanca and Steve Miller Band on November 21 in Niagara Falls. Five new acts also are booked between September and November for the smaller Bear’s Den Showroom in Niagara Falls, including A Tribute to Martin and Lewis, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, John Hiatt, Marc Cohn and Coco Montoya.

United Arts Appeal Wrapping Up Fund Drive

United Arts Appeal Wrapping Up Fund Drive

Jamestown, NY – August 31 is the last opportunity for contributors to the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County’s 2014 Fund Drive to be recognized during the 2014-2015 season.

“The United Arts Appeal’s eight member organizations show our appreciation by listing our donors in our printed programs throughout the year, on the UAA website, and more,” said President Rick Davis. “Our fiscal year closes August 31, so we need to hear from our supporters by then in order to give them the full recognition they deserve.”