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Barn heavily-damaged in fire in town of Portland...
Firefighters from more than a dozen fire departments assisted at the scene of a blaze that's heavily-damaged a barn in the town of Portland.  The first crews reached the scene at 82-86 Thayer Road around 4:30 AM.  Brocton Fire Chief Phil Gerace says they got a lot of help at the scene... with 13 departments responding.  Gerace says they included several tanker trucks.  He says all the animals got out safely... and, they separated hay to bring the flames under control.  Gerace says firefighters were able to save about six to nine animals that were inside.  There were no reports of any injuries.  The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time.
Dunkirk man killed in southern Erie County after motorcycle hit's Turkey Vulture...
Police in southern Erie County say a Dunkirk man riding a sport bike with a group of other motorcyclists died after he hit a turkey vulture on a town road.  First responders arrived at the scene near county Road 323 in the Erie County town of Evans Saturday afternoon.  The town police department says the motorcyclist had been travelling faster than the 55 mph speed limit when the crash happened.  Police say the 25-year-old Dunkirk man, who hasn't been publicly identified, was thrown from the bike. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.  WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reports police say several turkey vultures had been eating a carcass on the side of the road where the biker hit one of them.
Most recent restaurant operator at Chautauqua County Airport leaves after lease expires...
Officials at the Greater Chautauqua -- Jamestown Airport are looking for a new operator for the restaurant at the facility on West Oak Hill Road in the town of Ellicott.  Airport and Parks Manager Bill Tucker confirms that the lease for the Tarmac Restaurant expired on Sept. 30.  We have learned that the operators have now opened a restaurant, called Tarmac-Two... on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott.  Tucker says the county will soon develop a Request for Proposals to find a new restaurant operator, but, declined further comment.  It's been difficult in the past keeping an operator at the restaurant due to lack off foot traffic at the airport.
Hockey games, band, ceremonies high-light "Be Part of Solution's" latest event...
Dozens of people were on hand at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown last Saturday afternoon to call attention to being part of the solution to the area's drug addiction crisis.   The event: "Alex: Celebrate the Life, the Smile..." was organized by his mother, Kim Carlson, to celebrate what would have been Alex's 27th birthday.  Carlson worked with the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County -- and others -- on the event.  Carlson was able to bring together many hockey players that Alex played with for two exhibition games... but, adds it was hard to watch at first because it was like watching Alex play.  All the players wore special jerseys with Alex's number... 44... on them.  Chief Executive Officer Rick Huber with the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County says it's events like last Saturday's that raise awareness of the Heroin and Opioid problem.  However... he was disappointed that elected officials were not on hand. 
Cuomo vetoes Opioid Legislation allowing loophole in electronic prescriptions...
Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill he says would roll back efforts to fight prescription opioid abuse with a "loophole" in the state law requiring electronic prescriptions.  It would have exempted doctors at nursing homes and other institutions, noting they often issue prescriptions orally and some lack the computer technology.  Instead... Cuomo says he's extending their current waiver under the law through October 31st of 2017.  He has vetoed another bill to require the health department to develop a central database to warehouse all electronic prescriptions, intended to give consumers flexibility in choosing pharmacies.  Cuomo says it costs too much and has security risks.  He has signed an amendment to let doctors log limited legal paper prescriptions in a patient's chart rather than reporting them directly to the health department.
Corry, PA imposes Boil Water Order after contaminant gets into water supply...
Residents in the city of Corry, Pennsylvania are enduring another day without water unless it's been boiled.  We have learned that an unknown contaminant turned up in the water supply late last week... and, a boil water order was issued for anyone on city of Corry water.  We have also learned that any restaurant on Corry water has been closed because the Erie County Health Deparment hasn't met with them yet.  Once that's done... they may be able to open sometime tomorrow.  More when it becomes available.

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