Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.LAKEWOOD – A drive-in service to honor fallen military heroes is scheduled to take place on Memorial Day at the Chautauqua Mall.The Blue Star Mothers local chapter is hosting the event at 1 p.m. at the corner of Mall Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue.Susan Rowley, the President of the Blue Star Mothers Lake Erie Chapter, says the event is inspired by drive-in church services and will be broadcast LIVE on WJTN 1240 AM and 101.3 FM so listeners can hear safety from their vehicles.“We are asking people to bring a flag, wave a flag, just remember, and honor all of our Gold Star Heroes and their families,” explained Rowley in an interview with WNYNewsNow on Wednesday. The Blue Star Mothers previously scheduled Gold Star Memorial will now take place in September instead of the Saturday before Memorial Day due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.
Winter is a time for hanging holiday lights and keeping warm and toasty. Both of these activities can involve using extension cords. To keep your family safe while being warm and festive, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension urges homeowners to check extension cords closely.Extension cords are rated for a certain load, but that limit is often overloaded by the use of adapters that allow you to plug in more appliances than the cord was designed to handle. Don’t exceed loadDuring cold weather, families may use small electric heaters to warm up small areas, like bathrooms. The average extension cord is rated at 1250 watts, but many heaters go up to 1500 watts. The average extension cord could easily overheat when used with a 1500-watt heater.Faulty extension cords cause 7,400 home fires in the U.S. annually, causing 80 deaths and 260 injuries. To protect your home and your family, inspect all your extension cords before use. Do they overheat? Are they worn, cracked, brittle, spliced, taped? Are they covered by rugs or carpets? Are they overloaded? If any of these conditions exist, unplug them or replace them to correct the problem. Do a whole-house checkFaulty extension cords are just one electrical fire hazard. Wall outlets, switches and electrical appliances can also cause fires and electrical shocks. To protect your home and family, conduct an annual electrical safety inspection of your home. Prevention is key to staying safe. For more advice from Extension experts, view free publications online at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old homeless man was killed Monday night in Port Jefferson when a car struck him as he was crossing Route 25A, Suffolk County police said. Paul Kearins, who police said was homeless and would occasionally stay in a shelter in Port Jefferson, was crossing Route 25A while pushing a shopping cart at 6:25 p.m. when he was struck by a 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser heading south on Dayton Avenue, police said. The vehicle struck the shopping cart, which then struck Kearins, police said. He was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The 60-year-old driver of the car was not injured. No charges were filed. The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone with information on the fatal crash is asked to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.
Finnish RoRo and passenger shipping company Finnlines reported an increase in its earnings in the third quarter of 2017, mainly driven by higher cargo volumes.The company’s revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was at EUR 145.2 million, rising by 11.4 percent from the EUR 130.4 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.Cargo volumes improved during the third quarter increasing the revenue. Also, cargo-related bunker surcharge has been higher since respective fuel costs have remained on a higher level.Shipping and Sea Transport Services generated revenue amounting to EUR 140.1 million, up from EUR 125.1 million, while Port Operations’ revenue reached EUR 10.6 million, up from EUR 9.7 million.The company’s result for the quarter ended September 30 reached EUR 32.5 million, up from EUR 30.3 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier.“The third quarter of 2017 was the best ever quarter of Finnlines’ history,” Emanuele Grimaldi, President and CEO of Finnlines, said, adding that the recovery of Finland’s economy “is reflected in our export and import volumes which have continued to grow over 10 per cent.”For the first nine months of 2017, the company’s revenue increased by 12 percent to EUR 404.5 million, from a revenue of EUR 361.1 million reported in the nine months ended September 30, 2016.The result for the period was at EUR 67.9 million, against a result of EUR 60.9 million seen a year earlier.Shipping and Sea Transport Services’s revenue was at EUR 389.6 million, mainly due to higher cargo volumes in most trades, while Port Operations’ revenue reached EUR 31.5 million due to increased external and internal cargo handling activities.“Finnlines has continued to invest in its fleet to become a more environmentally friendly and a more sustainable shipping company,” Grimaldi informed.As the company completed its EUR 100 million Environmental Technology Investment Programme to reduce the sulphur emissions by over 90 percent since the start of the programme, Finnlines launched a new investment programme, the Energy Efficiency and Emission Reduction Investment Programme.Through the new EUR 70 million investment programme, the company will lengthen four of its Breeze series ro-ro vessels with options for two more ships.