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2:30 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

One Person Dead After Small Plane Crash In Parma

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(WXXI News & AP) Monroe County Deputies say an elderly pilot died after a small plane crash in Parma on Saturday.

It happened at a small landing strip behind Abe’s restaurant on West Ridge Road.

Deputies tell WXXI News that 88 year old Norman Hasman of North Chili  was doing ‘touch downs’ where the single engine plane touches down and then takes off again when the crash occurred.

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2:22 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Small Plane Crash In Niagara County

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GASPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A pilot has been injured in a single-engine plane crash near Buffalo.

The Buffalo News reports that the plane crashed while taking off from Royalton Airport in Gasport, N.Y. at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The man was airlifted from the crash site. His name and information about his injuries were not immediately released.

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8:20 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Boat Crash Injures Four

A holiday on Lake Ontario ended with a crash into the Summerville Pier in Irondequoit Saturday night.

Monroe County Sheriffs Deputies say four people were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with injuries.

Deputies say the 25-foot boat was headed west on Lake Ontario at about 10:30 last night, when it hit the pier. 47-year old Dominic Antonucci was driving. He was cut on the face and his three passengers suffered what were described as minor injuries.

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11:33 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Hundreds Turn Out For Downtown Fireworks

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Hundreds of people gathered at the Main St. bridge and other locations in  downtown Rochester on Friday night for the July 4th celebration.

The RPO performed patriotic favorites just before the big fireworks display, and earlier in the evening the local band Shine also performed.

There were a number of other fireworks celebrations in towns all over the area, with a cool, clear night making it easier to view some spectacular displays.

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2:02 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Big Crowd For Irondequoit's July 4th Celebration

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Irondequoit's annual July 4th parade brought out big crowds on a clear, crisp day.

Richard DieJoia has been coming to this parade for a long time. He used to be the deputy town clerk and tax collector, and even though he doesn't live in the town anymore, he still makes sure he gets back for this parade, one of the larger July 4th events in the area.

DieJoia remembers just how supportive people in Irondequoit are for their July 4th celebration.

"Everybody was friendly, everybody...it was a family type affair, and even to this day, it's still a family-type affair. "

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11:52 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Celebrating The 4th All Over Town

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There are a number of activities going on around our area on July 4th, including the largest fireworks display in the area which happens in Rochester.

Activities in the city kick off Friday night at 7:30 with a jazz performance on the Main St. Bridge by the local band Shine. The RPO will follow with a performance of patriotic favorites from 9 to 10:15 p.m. feature the fireworks display at 10 p.m.

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8:07 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Rochester Fire Officials Issue Reminder To Food Vendors About Safety Precautions

Rochester fire officials say they have reached out to food truck vendors in the city after this incident involving a food truck in Philadelphia. Propane vapor leaking from a tank was ignited by the grills and it triggered a fireball that critically burned five people and injured eight others.

Local fire officials have sent a reminder to food truck vendors doing business in Rochester to pay close attention to all safety precautions which include requiring vendors to have a propane leak detector on board.

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8:05 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Lollypop Farm Has Reminder About Leaving Animals In Hot Vehicles

If it's hotter than 75 degrees outside, animal owners should not travel with their pets in the car. That's according to Reno DiDomenico, the director of law enforcement at Lollypop Farm.

He says pet owners who have to travel with their dogs in the car should have proper ventilation, a bowl of water or cooling equipment while they run errands.

DiDomenico says that's because the heat in the car increases rapidly within the first 15 minutes, which could become dangerous for dogs - depending on the breed.             

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4:40 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

100-Year Old Former Hart's Grocery Worker Tours The New Store

Herb Ouzer with store manager Dean Sparks.
Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

As a new downtown grocery store gets ready to open later this summer, the owners gave a special tour Thursday to a man who worked at one of the original Hart's stores back in the 1930s.

Herb Ouzer got the invitation because he celebrates his 100th birthday on Saturday.

Even though there's still a lot of work to be done, Ouzer was impressed by the size of the new Hart's Local Grocers.

"I think the restrooms here are larger than the store I had ! "

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4:27 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Camp Good Days Gets Ready To Open After Storm Damage Repairs

Six weeks after flooding caused heavy damage at a camp in Yates County for kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, that facility is ready to open up on Monday.  Camp Good Days and Special Times had to push back the opening date a bit, but now they are ready to open up this coming Monday in Branchport.

The camp’s founder, Gary Mervis, is amazed by all the work and donations that have happened since the flooding to get this camp ready.

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