Time Warner, Sinclair inch closer to cable deal
Local Time Warner Cable subscribers Friday were practically assured of not losing WUTV-TV, Channel 29, and WNYO-TV, Channel 49, from their cable lineup as the deadline for a retransmission deal neared.
Sinclair Broadcasting of Baltimore, which owns the two local stations, and Time Warner were reportedly close to an agreement as an extension of talks between the communications companies was set to expire at midnight.
"Basically, we're still working through the final details, though we can expect this to be completed by the end of the day," said Gordon Harp, president of Time Warner Cable's Buffalo Division on Friday.
"I'm confident that both WUTV and WNYO will remain on the channel lineup with no interruption of programming," Harp added.
The cable company had planned to withdraw both WUTV and WNYO from its lineup on Jan. 12 until both parties agreed to extend negotiations until midnight Friday.
Blood drive at arena is city's largest to date
The Buffalo Sabres-sponsored Red Cross blood drive at HSBC Arena on Tuesday was Buffalo's largest to date, Red Cross officials said Friday.
More than 500 donors showed up to donate blood -- 122 people in the first hour -- and by the end of the drive, 379 units of blood were collected. The drive, through the New York-Penn Region, featured appearances by Sabre Tooth and Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder.
Town Board to hold work session today
The Cheektowaga Town Board will conduct a work session at 11:30 a.m. today in the council office conference room in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.
The board is expected to go into closed executive session to discuss personnel items.
Old Fort Inn bistro sign wins national contest
YOUNGSTOWN -- The hand-carved sign gracing the entrance to the Bistro at the Old Fort Inn has won first place in a national sign competition.
The restaurant's sign was awarded first place for carved signs in the 2006 Sign Design Competition of the United States Sign Council. A panel of master sign artists judged the entries in 12 categories submitted by members from across the United States and other countries.
Tom Reese of Youngstown, who owns the restaurant at 110 Main St., asked Francis Lestingi, owner of Signs of Gold of Williamsville to design and fabricate the hand-carved, gold-leafed sign. Lestingi had created the gilded, carved wooden signs for Reese's other restaurant, the Red Coach Inn in Niagara Falls.
The award-winning sign is supported by an aluminum scroll bracket designed by Signs of Gold and hand-crafted by the Old Dutchman Wrought Iron Works of Getzville.
Signs of Gold has won first place in this competition for three consecutive years and five times in the past eight years.