To find out more about helping the relief effort in Haiti, here are a few organizations that the Lancers have seen directly making a difference in Haiti.
The drive that never fails is reaching out to the community once again.
On Wednesday, Catholic Charities announced the goal for this year’s appeal is $10.5 million, which is the same as last year. This is the campaign’s 87th year.
Bishop Edward Kmiec stressed the importance of the appeal, noting Buffalo is the third-poorest city in the nation. Appeal week is April 10th through the 17th. For more information, follow this link.
You can visit Facebook’s new page for NYS Amber Alerts here
The Tuesday evening snow will be heaviest initially during the evening, with somewhat lighter snow after midnight. On Wednesday, a brisk NE to N flow will bring some Lake Enhancement to areas N & NE of Buffalo, especially in the AM, with some upsloping bring a few inches more to the Hills to the south as well. Another “clipper” type storm system will cross the northern Great Lakes on Saturday into Saturday night, and that’s likely to bring some at least limited accumulating snow as well. And, still a third storm system over the mid south could bring widespread snow back into the region by later Monday night into Tuesday. So, the snow will be building ’round these parts, with no major warmup currently in sight over the next 2 weeks. On the other hand, we’re not receiving a full-tilt blast as will NYC and especially Providence and Boston as Wednesday approaches….
I never saw Cookie Gilchrist play in person. But working with Van Miller, having access to Channel 4′s NFL Films library, and having a former teammate as a relative has given me a good understanding of what he was all about. As we remember Gilchrist upon his death at age 75, there’s some who think he’s the greatest player to ever wear a Bills uniform. Now I did see Bruce Smith play, and its hard for me to put Cookie ahead of #78. But I understand why Gilchrist is so revered in WNY. He was the team’s first star, and for his time and era, a huge star. He may have been the most dominant player in the early AFL. Van Miller says he was just as good as Jim Brown, maybe the most dominant player in NFL history. I have been impressed with Gilchrist’s power and speed, as shown in those old black and white videos. His former teammates talk about a desire to be the best, combined with incredible physical skills.
Becuse of a rift with the Bills and Ralph Wilson, and some inflammatory comments made by Cookie, he never appeared much in Buffalo and never was honored like the team’s other greats. That’s part of the reason that the later generations don’t know much about him.
If you saw Cookie play, do you agree with Van and the AFL Bills players? Is he the best to wear the uniform?
No blizzards in sight, but the snow cover will have the chance to build between now and next Tuesday, even as Lake Erie slowly will begin to ice over. Below normal temperatures will continue through this period, and beyond. On Tuesday, an area of low pressure will move toward PA from the Ohio Valley, bringing a general snowfall Tuesday night and Snow Shwrs on Wednesday with some additional accumulation likely. While the amount of liquid-equivalent moisture with this storm won’t be that impressive for our region, the cold temperatures and other factors will likely provide a greater snow:water ratio, meaning more snow from less water vapor. There also should be some limited lake enhancement by Wednesday morning as winds will back from easterly to northeasterly to northerly. By afternoon winds will be NWly, bringing some Lk Huron lake effect potential into the picture. This storm will transfer much of its energy to the east coast, where a major snowstorm may again be setting up for Boston and Providence, with slightly lesser amounts for NYC and Phila.
Another “clipper”-type storm will approach our region on Saturday, and this will have the potential for more moderate snowfall accumulation, with good jetstream dynamics aloft (this induces lift and increases precipitation). A third low may be reaching our region by next Tuesday with more measurable snow as a potential. Behind that system are preliminary signs of an even colder pattern for a few days.
Three brothers, who just happen to play professional football, are kicking off a new venture.
Dan, Rob and Chris Gronkowski are building up their fan base, by launching their own website.
“Gronk-nation.com” allows fans to get to know the brothers off the field.
Not since the 1920′s has the NFL had three brothers playing at the same time.
Rosa’s Home Stores have filed for bankruptcy, but that means some savings are in store for shoppers.
—First….what’s been a pitched battle all season has ended in a tie! Paul Peck and I have been wrestling back and forth for dominance in the WIVB.com Football Frenzy contest. Big spenders that we are, we had a cup of coffee riding on this. Now, would you believe, as we turn out the lights on 2010, Paul and I both ended the season with a score of 17,300 — tied for 14th place in the contest overall. (John Murphy ended with 16,300 – but that’s very good because he FORGOT to make his picks one week!) How did I do so well against a veteran sportscaster? I will confess that I happen to live with a college student who won both of his fantasy leagues this season!
—As 2011 dawns, WIVB says farewell to two newsroom colleagues and friends. Boe Baker and Craig Cornwell are two young men who have decided to strike out in new directions. Boe (sorry I don’t have his picture) has worked overnights for several years as a news videographer. If you are a WakeUp! viewer, you have seen Boe’s work. In the dark of night he’s been out there covering accidents, fires, and shootings – then returning to the station in time to edit many, many stories for the early morning newscasts.
Craig Cornwell has been shooting video for us in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends. He has covered it all – from the Bills, to government meetings, to heartwarming features. Craig met his bride, Mary Czopp, here in the newsroom, so there is more than a little emotion attached to this life change for him. Craig expects to begin classes at ECC this month, training for a career in computer science.
Our thanks and very best wishes go with these News 4 veterans.
—Finally, you may have noticed that many of us were not in our normal anchor spots over the last couple of weeks. Naturally, we all want to take time off to be with our families over the holidays, but that’s not all. If we don’t use every vacation day (or sick day) by December 31st, we lose it. There is no way to cash-in or roll-over our earned vacation time or allotted sick days. Most of us hang on to a few extra vacation days throughout the year, in case something unexpected happens and we need to take time off. It doesn’t always work out neatly during the month of December because this is a 24-hour newsroom and all shifts must be covered, but we do the best we can to accommodate each other and the station does its best to accommodate us. Now, it’s back to work!
That major warmup on New Years Eve and Day will become a more distant memory as winter re-establishes itself for the foreseeable future. With disturbances swinging down from Canada and clipping the Great Lakes, we’ll have a round of widespread snow showers on Tuesday, with several inches accumulating Tuesday night over the hilly terrain to the south. Weakening lake snow may shift northward again during Wednesday. Another “clipper” is likely to bring some measurable snow to many parts of the region on Thursday, with leftover snow showers likely on Friday and Saturday. By week’s end, a couple of atmospheric models are showing a sharply deepening and slow moving storm off the NE coast again. Early on, these models are hinting toward an impact in eastern New England, with much more limited moisture swinging back into our region associated with a trough of low pressure extending behind this major Atlantic storm. The overall pattern is likely to bring us seasonably cold weather most days into next week (brief moderation on Tuesday), with a shot of colder weather lined up for this Friday and Saturday.