It time to help Kids Escaping Drugs, Telethon

23rd Annual Kids Escaping Drugs Telethon

Saturday March 6, 2010 6:00-11:30 pm

By Stacy Roeder (Director of Media & Community Relations for Kids Escaping Drugs)

The 23rd annual Kids Escaping Drugs Telethon will be broadcast live from the Renaissance Campus in West Seneca on Saturday, March 6. WGRZ-TV Channel 2 On Your Side will host the broadcast. The Kids Escaping Drug Campaign supports the Renaissance Campus as well as drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. The Campus operates as Western New York’s only long-term residential rehabilitation center for teens and young adults ages 12 through 20. The Campus consists of 62 in-patient beds and offers educational, voc-ed and art therapy programming in addition to addiction and counseling services.


Video from last years Telethon:


Kids Escaping Drugs Executive Director JoAnne A. Hudecki says the campaign supports the non-medical programming in addition to Face 2 Face; a new educational outreach program being utilized by school districts throughout Western New York. Last year the telethon raised over $700,000 dollars and Hudecki is optimistic the community will once again respond to the needs of our children and families. “Western New Yorker’s built this campus through their donations nearly 20 years ago. Each and every year they continue to amaze us with their understanding of what we are trying to accomplish and their continued generous support. Drug and alcohol addiction touches every family in our community and unfortunately more and more of our young people are falling victim to the disease. The telethon serves not only as an important fundraiser for treatment and education; but provides valuable information for families both hoping to prevent their children from making bad choices and for those families seeking help for loved ones.”

Donors to the telethon will be eligible to receive many incentives including thousands of dollars in dining and event gift certificates donated by local businesses; Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres autographed sports memorabilia and much more.



Cool Historic Pictures of the Chevrolet Suburban. 75 Years of People Moving

1935 Chevrolet Suburban. Rockies in the backgroundCHICAGO – In 1935, the United States’ population was a little more than 127 million. A first-class stamp cost 3 cents, Technicolor was introduced to motion pictures and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs in a tough World Series. It was also the year Chevrolet introduced the Suburban.

In the seven and a half decades since its introduction, the Suburban became an icon and the industry’s longest-running model. In fact, Suburban is the first vehicle to reach 75 years of production and Chevrolet is commemorating the milestone with a new 2010 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition model.

“Times have changed, but the Suburban remains a fixture in the industry for private and professional customers who need truck-like towing capability with maximum passenger and cargo space,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet general manager. “The Suburban’s core capabilities and dependability have remained constant for more than seven decades and generations of people know that a Suburban will haul people and their gear.”

The original Suburban could seat eight, while easily removable seats provided a large, 75-inch-long by 77-inch-high (1,905 x 1,956 mm) cargo area. The 2010 Suburban seats up to nine, but offers up to 137.4 cubic feet (3,891 L) of cargo space when the second-row seats are folded and third-row seats are removed.

History of an icon

The idea for the Suburban was born out of a need for a heavier-duty, truck-based wagon. Through the early 1930s, most manufacturers offered car-based wagons for professional use. Open models with windows and rear seating were known as depot hacks, and were used to ferry passengers and their cargo around train stations and boat docks. Enclosed models, typically without rear seats, were known as sedan deliveries.

Bodywork for these early vehicles often consisted of wood sides and canvas tops; and while they were versatile, their car-based chassis and damage-prone bodies were compromises. Chevrolet began experimenting with an all-steel wagon body mounted on a commercial chassis in the mid-1930s, and the Suburban Carryall was launched in 1935.

Car-based commercial vehicles, including sedan deliveries, remained in production, but the heavy-duty chassis of the Suburban increasingly found favor with professional customers. In the post-World War II years, its popularity with private customers who appreciated its uncompromising capabilities increased steadily.

The Chevrolet Suburban hit the mainstream in the early 1990s, with the overall popularity of sport-utility vehicles. But while many customers were new to the Suburban then, it had garnered a legion of longtime owners who had purchased multiple examples over the years – using them to haul Little League teams and their equipment, tow a horse trailer or seat a work crew on the way to a job site.

Here’s a timeline of significant moments in the Suburban’s first 75 years:

1935 Chevrolet Suburban from the Chevy Brochure1935: Suburban Carryall introduced with a signature two-door body style that would last through 1967. Power came from Chevrolet’s stalwart “Stovebolt” inline-six that produced 60 horsepower (45 kW) for the half-ton chassis.

1937: New, streamlined exterior styling carried Art Deco cues, and horsepower from the Stovebolt six increased to 79 (59 kW).

1942: Production of almost all civilian cars and trucks halted during America’s involvement in World War II, although many Chevy trucks – including the Suburban’s body style – were pressed into military duty.

1947: The first significant redesign of the Chevrolet’s truck line – including Suburban – since before the war. Torque from the inline-six engine was 174 lb.-ft. (217 Nm) at only 1,200 rpm, giving the Suburban excellent towing capability.

1950: Suburban models are offered with either a tailgate/top-opening rear window configuration or conventional “barn doors” at the rear.

1955 Chevrolet Suburban1955: Revolutionary new styling is introduced midway through the model year. Known as the “second series” design, it features a wraparound windshield and the elimination of running boards – the body is flush with the fenders for the first time. The second series model also introduces the ubiquitous small-block V-8.

1957: Factory-installed four-wheel drive is offered for the first time, with the famous NAPCO-supplied “Powr-Pak” system.

1960: Chevrolet institutes the C/K designations to denote models with 2WD (C) and 4WD (K). Front-end styling is also new.

1967: All-new styling of Chevy’s half-ton trucks is introduced, including Suburban. It carries a unique three-door arrangement with a single door on the driver’s side and front and rear doors on the passenger side. This configuration makes the Suburban popular with ambulance companies.

1973 Chevy Suburban1973: A new generation of Chevy trucks is launched, with Suburban offered in a conventional four-door body style introduced for the first time. Its 129.5-inch (3,289 mm) wheelbase was only 0.5-inch (12.7 mm) shorter than the 2010 model’s. Also debuting is the Suburban three-quarter-ton model, which could be had with a 454 big-block engine that delivered 335 lb.-ft. of torque (455 Nm).

1975: Increased focus on interior comfort and amenities in the 1973 models bring more customers to Suburban for use as a personal vehicle. Chevrolet responds with more comfortable seats and greater amenities, including simulated buffalo hide vinyl upholstery, wood grain dash inserts, fully trimmed door panels and more.

1981: Updated styling brings stacked rectangular headlamps for the 1980s. The 4WD system adds automatic locking hubs and the 454 big-block is still offered, giving customers great towing capability.

1987: Electronically controlled fuel injection and a four-speed overdrive transmission bring greater efficiency.

1992 Chevrolet Suburban1992: An all-new Suburban features sleek styling with flush glass and composite headlamps. The 5.7L small-block V-8 powers 1500 models, while the 454 (7.4L) engine is still available in the 2500 series. Other updates include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, Insta-Trac on four-wheel-drive models and a suspension system designed to provide a more carlike ride.

1998: OnStar and the full-time AutoTrac all-wheel-drive system are added. In Australia, right-hand-drive versions of the Suburban are offered through GM’s Holden brand.

2000: Launched in 1999 as a 2000 model, the next-generation Suburban brings new styling, new interiors and new powertrains. The engines include the Vortec 5.3L and 6.0L V-8s that were from the same Gen III V-8 “LS” family that debuted a couple of years earlier as the LS1 in the Corvette. Other new features include four-wheel disc brakes and a load-leveling suspension system.

2007: The latest generation of the Suburban is introduced, featuring a wind tunnel-shaped exterior and the elimination of traditional chrome front and rear bumpers. More efficient, comfortable and capable than ever, the Suburban continues to offer customers of all walks of life uncompromising capability and versatility.

2010: The 75th anniversary is marked with a limited-edition model, the 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition Suburban.


Proud Day to be a Buffalo Chevy Dealer 

Chevrolet Named on the's 2010 Top 10 Family Cars (3 times)

West Herr is so proud to be a Chevrolet Dealer in Buffalo today, with the news that KBB named 3 of our cars to their TOP 10 List.


Chevy Dealer BuffaloDETROIT – 2/16/2010, Kelley Blue Book’s recognized three Chevrolet vehicles as their 2010 Top 10 Family Cars, including Equinox, Suburban and Traverse. The list represents the editors’ recommendations for the best vehicles for families, based on factors such as resale value, fuel efficiency, capability and kid-friendliness.

"The factors Kelley Blue Book editors consider are in line with what we believe appeals to modern families who consider Chevrolet vehicles," says Jim Campbell, Chevrolet General Manager. "As such, it’s no coincidence that Equinox, Traverse, and Suburban assembly plants are all running overtime to keep up with customer demand."

Here’s what Kellley Blue Book’s editors had to say about Chevrolet line-up:

2010 Chevrolet Traverse

Boasting more cargo volume than even its Chevy Tahoe stablemate, the Traverse is the biggest crossover on the road -- yet it beats the fuel economy of many smaller three-row vehicles. We like both of the Traverse's siblings -- the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia -- but the Chevrolet’s lower starting price makes it our choice for families.

2010 Chevy Suburban

Even when carrying nine passengers, the Chevy Suburban still offers a cavernous 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Still not enough? Hook up a trailer and the Suburban can tow up to 9,600 pounds. Beyond sheer size and strength, the Suburban delivers a comfortable ride and plenty of occupant-coddling niceties.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox

In the highly populated crossover category, the Chevy Equinox stands out from the crowd as a vehicle that competently embodies function and form. In addition to an upscale interior and bold exterior styling, the Equinox is also able to achieve a class-leading 32 mpg on the highway (in four-cylinder form).

Click on the links below to see Equinox Program Manager Whitney Krause highlighting some of the features that help make the Equinox one of Kelley Blue Book's 2010 Top Ten Family Cars.

 For more information on Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Family Cars for 2010, the Top 10 list, including editorial commentary and reasoning behind each of the editors’ picks, visit


3 of West Herr's Finest, Win Awards From Their Peers


-Scott Bieler (President of West Herr) - EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR.
-Tom Bull (West Herr Toyota Williamsville) - Elite Sales & Marketing Award.
-Jeff Wabick (West Herr Toyota Orchard Park) - Elite Sales & Marketing Award.
The awards will be presented on March 1st 2010 at the BNSME annual event.

Congratulation to all the winners

2009 Elite Sales & Marketing Award Winners:

  • Donna Blaufuss, Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP
  • Tom Bull, West Herr Automotive Group
  • Peter Campo, Waring Financial Group
  • Richard Haick, KeyBank
  • Nancy Knight, Business First
  • Ann Lipinczyk, HSBC Bank USA
  • Bill Phillips, Gernatt Asphalt Products
  • Lisa Roy, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  • Liz Siderakis, University at Buffalo
  • Jeff Wabick, West Herr Automotive Group

Collection of Videos of the Walk for the Victims of Flight 3407

As the Familys walk the community reaches out and the nation morns.

  • WIVB's coverage of the Walk
  • Main Street In Williamsville is Closed as Family's and friends of the Victims of Flight 3407 walk in their memory.
  • Walkers are at the half way point as the approach West Herr at Main and Transit
  • West Herr's Vice President Bill Loecher, welcome's the walkers inside where to eat and warm up
  • The Staff or West Herr Toyota Served food and offered warmth, both in temperature and in caring

View the Videos, Walk for the Victims of Flight 3407


Honor victims of Flight 3407


In honor of the victims of Continental Flight 3407 who did not get to finish their journey to the Buffalo International Airport, the Families of Flight 3407 have decided to complete their journey.  We will walk on February 12 to remember the 51 souls that we lost, with the determination that this should never happen to another family. 

Join us to honor victims of Flight 3407You are invited to walk in 1 of 3 legs: 10 miles (starting at Long St), 4.2 miles (starting at West Herr at Main and Transit) or 1 mile (starting at the Holiday Inn on Genesee next to the airport).

 Arrival times

Please arrive at the following departure locations at the times indicated.  Parking will be available at each location.  You will need to check in.  You do not need a ticket.

Long Street: 9:00am (meet at Clarence Center Fire Hall)

West Herr: 11:30am

Holiday Inn: 1:15pm


Walk Route
Long St. - Clarence Center Rd. - Goodrich Rd. - Main St. - Transit Rd. - Genesee St.,+Buffalo,+NY+14225&ei=0hJzS4i4J6nuzATmmJn9Dw&ved=0CBIQ_wY&hl=en&view=map&f=d&geocode=Ce_odHaFJh_QFaIejwIdAKpO-w&sa=X
We will have scheduled stops at West Herr (8129 Main Street, Clarence) and the Holiday Inn (4600 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga)
There will be additional rest stops available as needed.  These are not scheduled stops, however you may take advantage of these locations to use restrooms, warm up, and get refreshments.  Rest stops are available at the Clarence Town Hall, Arthur’s Coffee, Harris Hill Fire Hall, Quaker Steak and Lube, Dunkin Donuts.
Warming Vans
 West Herr has offered to provide warming vans to follow the walk route.  At any point, if you are unable to continue walking, or you need a break from the cold, you will be able to use one of the vans.  We need to stay together as a group, so if you are having a difficult time keeping up, you can also take advantage of the vans.  We will also have a police escort and medical vehicles for your safety.
Shuttle UPDATE
A shuttle back to your car will be available from the airport.  There is NO COST for the shuttle.  A special thanks to West Herr for the generous donation.

Reception at Airport
Salvatore’s will be providing tents and refreshments at the airport for walkers.  Upon arrival to the airport, we will walk to the tents and have a moment of remembrance. 
The families of Flight 3407 cannot express our gratitude for your support.  We will walk with you on Friday to remember each life lost last February 12, and to fight for the safety of every person who steps on an airplane.  Joining us on our Walk to Complete the Journey will be Jeff Skiles, copilot of the miracle on the Hudson, Congressman Chris Lee, and several first responders.
Our deepest thanks,
Families of Flight 3407


Why Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is Better

Contributed by Mike Martin

Every all-wheel drive system is not the same. In 1972, we began developing our all-wheel drive system with a commitment to simplicity, to working in harmony with the forces of nature, and to making every moment behind the wheel a rewarding experience. Nearly 40 years worth of development later, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive stands out from the crowd with advantages like the stability of its almost total side-to-side symmetry, the brilliant efficiency of its power delivery, and its quick response to wheel slippage.

Better BalanceSubaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

We build every Subaru model with all-wheel drive from the ground up. Each one features the longitudinally mounted SUBARU BOXER® engine. Designed to work in concert with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, it feeds power into the system in a straight line. Some other AWD systems need extra components to direct engine power through multiple turns in order to get it to each of the wheels. The resulting simplicity allows us to build a balanced, more efficient drivetrain with nearly perfect side-to-side symmetry. Better balance means stability that helps make driving safer and agility that makes it more fun.

Quicker Response

Subaru has quicker response

The more your wheels are engaged with the road, the more control you have. Some other AWD systems engage all four wheels only when a loss of traction is detected. By then, your control has already been compromised. Subaru Symmetrical AWD keeps power routed to all four wheels all the time, helping to better prevent slippage before it happens. And if slippage does occur, its simple and efficient design -- with power flowing in one direction and minimal mechanical components -- allows it to respond more quickly. It immediately reduces engine power to the slipping wheel and gives it to the wheels that have traction.

Efficient Design

Subaru Efficient Design

Because some systems lack the simplicity of Subaru Symmetrical AWD, they therefore not only sacrifice efficiency, but also can incur more wear and tear. The engine on a Subaru is mounted longitudinally -- in line with the driveshaft -- so power routes directly from the engine to all four wheels. The components of some other systems -- like those with transversely mounted engines -- needed to change the direction where power flows are not needed on a Subaru. Less components means less things to break down, and it also means less power loss due to friction. And with power continually flowing with maximum efficiency, you experience the advantage of seamless traction whenever you need it.

Dynamic Acceleration

Subaru has Dynamic Acceleration

Wherever or however you drive, if you want action, you need traction. Whenever you take off from a stop, or accelerate out of a corner, getting power to the pavement and holding the road is essential. If you lose traction when accelerating, it takes away from the control you have over the vehicle, and it robs the power you need to move forward. Subaru Symmetrical AWD maximizes power delivery to each of the four wheels and offers balance and stability that help the vehicle take advantage of every bit of traction available. Which in turn allows you to take advantage of every bit of engine power available.




Kitten takes a 20 mile ride under the hood of a car

By Rich Wilkinson - general manager West Herr Chevy Orchard Park.

When Service Tech Ron VanLew popped the hood of a vehicle to do some routine maintenance, he was surprised to say the least to see this cute little kitten staring up at him!  Apparently the cat hitched a ride all the way to Orchard Park NY from Tonawanda and was a little shaken up to say the least! 

Quick acting service manager Mike Ippolito along with Greeter Susan Feeney made him a little makeshift bed and provided the kitten with a fruit cup and some water! 

They also took up a collection from everyone and are getting the cat to Susan’s family Vet where they will give the stray medical attention it needs and put it up for adoption once its healthy!  A big thank you to the Chevy Orchard Park team for working to find the cat a healthy and safe home! 

Just another day at the office!!!  



It's Cold Out, So We Moved Our Used Car Sale Indoors!

"Because You Should Be Warm While Shopping for a Used Car"

Each year West Herr has a Used Car Super Sales Event that features clearance vehicles priced to sell. As always our winter event is indoors, so you can relax, warm up and shop in peace.

This year may be our biggest event to date, and will symbolize the kick-off for the Buffalo auto Show.

9-9 Thursday & Friday, Saturday till 5pm

This year our Northtown location is on Maple Road Across from the Boulevard Mall, near Delta Sonic, in a former new car dealership. Our team has the heat turned on high and the the prices dialed down low.

Featured Dealers In our Northtown Sale location:

  1. West Herr Honda (65 Used Cars)
  2. West Herr Ford Lincoln Mercury (128 Used Cars)
  3. West Herr Resale Center (116 Used Cars)
  4. West Herr Toyota Williamsville (51 Used Cars)
  5. West Herr Jaguar (13 Cars)

Our south towns location is at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, the Agri-Center the enormous indoor center, where we will feature hundreds of cars from the following dealerships.

  1. West Herr Chevy Hamburg (41 Used Cars)
  2. West Herr Chevrolet OP (53 Used Cars)
  3. West Herr Chrysler Jeep Suzuki (123 Used Cars)
  4. West Herr Dodge - Sprinter (51 Used Cars)
  5. East Aurora Buick Pontiac GMC Cadillac (46 Used Cars)
  6. West Herr Ford (88 Used Cars)
  7. West Herr Nissan (34 Used Cars)
  8. West Herr Subaru KIA (65 Used Cars)
  9. West Herr Toyota Orchard Park (62 Used Cars)

 To see all 900 of the cars on sale at this event, click here.

Map to the Fairground Location

Map to the Boulevard Mall Location.

Watch the Used Car Video



  • Ford Warriors in Pink is partnering with celebrity cast of New Line Cinema’s film Valentine’s Day to continue to raise awareness for breast cancer
  • Fans will have the chance to win a Los Angeles getaway to attend the movie’s star-studded premiere, a 2011 Ford Fiesta, and movie screenings at their local theater
  • Stars from the cast, including Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway and George Lopez model pieces from the Ford Warriors in Pink apparel collection in national print ads
  • Ford Motor Company is a 16-year partner of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and has dedicated more than $105 million to the breast cancer cause