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Riding Into Spring: Is Your Vehicle Ready?

Is your steering wheel shaking? Are your brakes pulsing? Are you hearing any unusual noises or vibrations? After the harsh winter we experienced in Rochester this year, it’s a good idea to give your vehicle a maintenance check-up. Winter salt, temperatures and pot holes can wreak havoc on your vehicle. Gates Automotive Center offers these maintenance tips that will help ensure your vehicle is ready for the spring time and trouble free summer driving.

Local unemployment rate drops in March

More people are finding jobs in the greater Rochester area. The New York State Labor Department released preliminary unemployment numbers for March. The Greater Rochester area unemployment rate is 6.7%, which is down from 7.7% a year ago. 

The unemployment rate in February 2014 was 7.2%

Take Pride in Gates Day on Saturday

The Town of Gates will "Take Pride in Gates" by celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 26 by conducting a cleanup of Lightwood Lane, Vendome Drive South and Midway Drive in the town of Gates from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers are to meet at Memorial Park at 9:00 a.m. and will be transported to the selected streets.

Also on that day, the Gates Police Department holds its annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at Memorial Park  from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.




New York State Exposed: NYS lawmakers are third highest paid in the country and now they want a raise? So how much do they make?

When's the last time you got a raise? For the men and women we elect to the state legislature, it's been 15 years.  

Now, the rumor going around the state is that some of them want to vote for a pay raise and do it after the November election. So we think you ought to know how much they make right now, including all the money on top of their salaries.  

This is why we're on our New York State Exposed Campaign and Monday, we are exposing our lawmakers' perks of the job. 

There are all kinds of people who get paid extra for extra work. They enjoy certain financial benefits to their job, but they don't get paid by your tax money.

Your state lawmakers do. 

Churchville-Chili enters social media with Twitter

The Churchville-Chili Central School District is now on Twitter. The @CCSDtweets account will further the district's outreach to students, parents, staff, alumni and community members. The district has also approved about a dozen accouts for district use, such as @CCSDathletics and @CCSDfinearts.

While the district is choosing to further its presence on social networks, district policies are still in effect regarding use of these networks in the district. 

For a complete list of district approved Twitter accounts, visit cccsd.org/socialmedia.


Meet Champ!

Meet Champ!

Poor Champ has been at Lollypop Farm more than once in his life, most recently because his owner could no longer afford to care for him. He is an 11-year-old Chow Chow mix who will stick to you like Velcro - he loves being around his owner. He likes back scratches and chin rubs, and will gladly keep you company any night of the week! He has a great smile, too. Lollypop Farm recommends Champ go to a home with kids age 10 or older, and he needs to meet any dogs already in the home. Lollypop Farm is celebrating Spring Break with 25% off adoption fees on all cats and dogs through Saturday the 19th. Champ is also eligible for the Seniors-for-Seniors program so approved adopters age 60 or older can bring him home for free. To find out more about Champ, call 223-1330 or visit him at Lollypop Farm at 99 Victor Rd., Fairport 14450. Lex, our "Friday's Friend" from last week, is still available! 

Man charged with stealing scrap metal from Gates business

A Rochester man is facing charges after police say he stole a brake rotor and scrap metal from a business in Gates.

James A. Burts Jr., 63, of Rochester, is charged with petit larceny. 

Police say Burts stole a brake rotor and scrap metal from the back of a business on Buffalo Road on April 16.

Burts was taken into custody and issued an appearance ticket to appear in Gates Town Court on May 6.