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The Story of the 4th of July

The Story of the Fourth of July

The Declaration of Independence

We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

But July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).

It wasn’t the day we started the American…


Added by Bob Allard on July 4, 2019 at 11:57am — 3 Comments

Hello All

Well Hello All;

  It's me again and I need to get on here more often, as there have been some bad accidents with First Responder vehicle the cause and or part of the accident.

I know you are responding hot to the scene but my Uncle who was a Assistant Fire Chief always said it's the first few minutes that count the most but you need to get there safe. Yes "SAFE" unharmed and all in one piece. But some of the articles I have been reading our pretty bad such as roll-overs…


Added by Bob Allard on June 30, 2019 at 8:36pm — 2 Comments

Hello All

Well it's been awhile for , been a little busy here and there , I don't know how I got things done when I was working.

But away, how is the driving doing , yea on the news here there was a vehicle be chased by Police from a near by force and the car he was chasing hit another Departments vehicle flipping it over, that is all I have.

Well I hope you have recovered from Memorial Day and now today is D-Day there are many events going on here and on TV as well. Please take a moment…


Added by Bob Allard on June 6, 2019 at 1:54pm — 3 Comments


Thanks for all the Birthday wishes its fun getting old, not!!!!!!

Added by Bob Allard on February 2, 2019 at 8:47pm — 2 Comments

Hello All

Well its been awhile since I have written a blog here, nice job right through that school zone, this is one of the places you really need to watch out for be it elementary, middle school or high school, there are always kids running around and not paying attention to you going HOT to a call, elementary school the kids outside playing hear your siren and what do they do come run to see who's coming, Middle school an High school most of the kids are running to get out and away from school and…


Added by Bob Allard on January 13, 2019 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Hello All

Good Morning All;

Well, it's been a while since I have been on here and I have been busy with classes and meetings with my local Emergency Management Team as I am a member. Busy with our annual Canal Fest which is a big party sorta, it's like a State  Fair but without the animals, it's all about to cities coming together each year that has been going on for I believe 25 yrs. It's a good time and maybe some bad times as several gangs coming sometime but other than a few…


Added by Bob Allard on September 14, 2018 at 9:10am — 3 Comments

Have a Great Memorial Day and Remember what its about

The Meaning of Memorial Day

Since the earliest ceremonies in small American towns following the Civil War, we have gathered on Memorial Day to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. As in those early days of laying wreaths and placing flags, our national day of remembrance is often felt most deeply among the families and communities who have personally lost friends and loved ones.

This national holiday may also be the unofficial…


Added by Bob Allard on May 25, 2018 at 1:24pm — 3 Comments

Hello All

Well, its been awhile since my last blog and I hope everyone's driving has been doing better and not worst. Here (WNY) it still winter as it snows and then melts and then it rains and snow, so what it is I am trying to say is Winter is not letting go, there is a Warrant out for the Groundhog as he did say (suppose to have said in groundhog talk) six more weeks of snow well its been more than that. But we still have to drive like its winter and slow through the intersections like you just did…


Added by Bob Allard on April 18, 2018 at 1:15pm — 3 Comments


Just a quick Thank You for all the Birthday Wishes, does that sound right any way THANK YOU ALL

Added by Bob Allard on January 31, 2018 at 1:38pm — 3 Comments

Hello All

Just a quick note I am sure by now all have heard or seen on tv about K9 Officer Craig Lehner the K9 and URT member who passed away 10/13/17 from a diving accident. The funeral was live on TV yesterday here are some web pages for you to see his funeral and memorial.


        WKBW -TV

       WGRZ -TV

It was a very sad time for all here in WNY as the Buffalo PD buried their brother officer. I watched it on TV and it was a crappy day…


Added by Bob Allard on October 26, 2017 at 1:52pm — No Comments

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Added by Bob Allard on October 22, 2017 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Hello All

Well, I have been pretty busy lately and then me and the boss went to R.I. for a few days, as about 35 or 40 years ago we went up through the New England state and ended in Nargaset camping with the kids, the youngest in a buggy. Boy has it changed and then the rest of our time last weekend went walked and walked around Newport. We found out there was a Boat Show, and I mean Boat show. The boats were bigger than my house cost a heck of a lot more than my house and the fuel cost and maint.…


Added by Bob Allard on September 24, 2017 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Take a minute or several

First of all let's take a minute or two to say a prayer for all of our members and friends and family that are in harms way with all the weather that is going on right now, hope they are safe and Please listen to what you are told to do, as the ones talking are the ones who know .

Next, let's say a prayer or two for all of those we lost in the 911 incident and the ones that died because of 911 who came there to help. We will never forget them ever.

So with that…


Added by Bob Allard on September 10, 2017 at 10:16am — No Comments

Happy Memorial Day to All

After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle

On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924,…


Added by Bob Allard on May 26, 2017 at 2:48pm — 6 Comments

Good morning all

Well, it's that time of the year when here in WNY (Western New York) that we get all kinds of different weather but this year we are getting a lot of rain and I do me a lot of rain. The Lake is up about 3 inches it may seem not a lot to some but around here that is a lot and still rising all the extra water has to go somewhere and it's finding its way downstream flooding rivers, creeks, streams and so on and so forth. It going to be hard for the farmers to get out and plant as many of the…


Added by Bob Allard on May 6, 2017 at 1:35pm — 2 Comments

Hello All

Well its Saturday, April 22, 2017, this year is going fast I think, or maybe it's going fast cause I am retired and old(65) but anyhow a quarter of the year has almost gone. How are we all doing and how is the driving going. I am sorry to let's bow our heads and say a prayer for the FDNY firefighter who lost his life during the week,......................I have seen several of the big fire dept's have hired several new Firefighter's as several have retired or there were several openings that…


Added by Bob Allard on April 22, 2017 at 9:49am — 1 Comment

Hello All

Well let's first bow our heads and a moment of silence for all the First Responders who have passed away either from illness or from some other source......................

So how are we doing on our driving and response to emergencies , good I hope, I have reading and see there have been several wrecks going to responses. Remember my look before you cross, this goes to same for driving look before you go through the intersections, the other people just don't care as my wife and I…


Added by Bob Allard on April 2, 2017 at 5:22pm — 2 Comments

Hello All

Hello All, well it winter here in NY but I can not complain to much as I do not have much snow in my yard (1/2") if even that much. Its been good so far so I have to knock on wood. How has the driving been doing with everyone and those with snow how is the driving. I just took a course to reduce my car insurance which is 6 hours long and I  did it on-line as the person who use to teach it on the base where I worked has retired from doing it, miss his classes as he was a NY State Trooper. We…


Added by Bob Allard on February 9, 2017 at 8:08pm — No Comments


I want to say THANK YOU all for the b-day wishes


Added by Bob Allard on January 29, 2017 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Sad note here and far

Hello All;

First I want to say to all let's bow our heads for the Police Officers who have died this year (2017), ..................

and now again as I have have lost two mothers at the end of 2016, first my wife's mom passed away on Dec. 9, 2016 and a week latter my mom passed away on Dec. 15, 2016. They were both in there 80's and one would have been 90 this year..................

well with that said hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.…


Added by Bob Allard on January 10, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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