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Calling hours begin for plane crash victim


LANCASTER, N.Y.- Calling hours began Wednesday for the 14-year-old boy who was killed over the weekend after two small planes collided into each other.

James Metz, along with 78-year-old pilot Tony Mercurio, died while taking part in a Young Eagles event at the Buffalo Lancaster airport.

The Metz family is gracious to the support they've received from the community.

"Lancaster is amazing. I've been involved in schools, [her husband has] been involved in the village of Lancaster," Suzanne Metz told 2 On Your Side Tuesday.

A sign outside of Lancaster Middle School has a message in support of the Metz family. In addition, students at Lancaster High School plan on wearing blue Friday in honor of James.

Metz's funeral will take place this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Lancaster.

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Family of plane crash victim mourning loss of son


LANCASTER, NY - The Metz family is mourning the loss of their 14-year old son James. His parents want people to know their son was "amazing and compassionate."

"We have amazing memories, he was funny and happy," James' mother Suzanne said.

James was killed on Saturday while participating in a free flight program at the Lancaster Regional Airport. "We were invited to do it," said Suzanne. "Donovan (James' younger brother) did his flight successfully came back, said it was amazing and said that James looked happy when he left."

The boys mother was nearby at the high school participating in a mandatory course for parents of students who participate in extra-curricular activities. She was shown an alert on a phone and rushed to the scene.

U.S. Military Announces Certain DACA Recipients May Now Serve Under MAVNI

U.S. Military Announces Certain DACA Recipients May Now Serve Under MAVNI

 

The U.S. Department of Defense unveiled a new policy on Sept. 25, 2014, that will give a small number of undocumented immigrants an opportunity to join the military. The new rules will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high demand skills such as foreign language expertise or specialized health care training. The program is known as Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI. 

Ribbon-cutting Celebrates the Opening of the Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora

Ribbon-cutting Celebrates the Opening of the Mill Road Scenic Overlook in Aurora

 

After a multi-year community effort that raised more than $650,000 to save one of the most iconic and cherished properties along the WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook is now protected and a roadside pull-off is in place to allow for safe access to the property’s extraordinary views. On Tuesday morning, Sept. 30, the project team cut a ribbon to open the overlook to the public and celebrate the hundreds of supporters who led the community effort. 

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Learning Choices Network Plans Three-day Alternative Learning Workshop in Buffalo

Learning Choices Network Plans Three-day Alternative Learning Workshop in Buffalo

 

Learning Choices Network (LCN), a community partnership that provides alternative educational opportunities for local youth, will host its second annual Regional Gathering Nov. 8-10 in the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Buffalo. The event will offer a wide variety of topics and workshops of interest to families, homeschoolers and educators who value rich learning experiences. Distinguished speakers will include progressive educators from New York, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Vermont.

Lancaster Schools mourning student lost in plane crash


LANCASTER, NY - The superintendent of Lancaster schools met with the family of 14-year old James Metz on Monday afternoon. Michael Vallely says the family wanted him to tell the public that James was looking forward to having a great high school experience.

In fact, last Friday night he was showing his school spirit when he attended the Lancaster high school football game. Metz joined the varsity swim team last year as an eighth grade student. He was also a member of the wind ensemble.

Vallely told reporters, "his parents wanted me to relay that James was an amazing great kid, he had compassion and a keen sense of humor."

The superintendent said the district is in mourning.

Metz's father is a co-owner of Beauty Pools in Lancaster. The flag outside of the business has been lowered out of respect for the young man.

Pet Connection to Hold Chicken Barbecue, Basket Auction on November 15

Pet Connection to Hold Chicken Barbecue, Basket Auction on November 15

 

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will hold a chicken barbecue and Chinese auction from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the East Aurora Moose Lodge, 905 Main St. 

Dinners are take-out only and will include a half chicken from BW’s Barbecue plus a cream corn bake, mashed potatoes with gravy, homemade noodle salad, roll and dessert. The cost for the chicken dinner is just $9.50 per person.