An overdue Purple Heart: Vietnam vet received medals 52 years after being wounded -- Robert B. Cierniak, 73, of Alden was presented with the Purple Heart by retired Col. Jim Schultz. Cierniak’s wife, Michele, and daughters, Robyn and Lauren, Robyn’s boyfriend, Matt Massaro, and Morgan — Cierniak’s Boston terrier-pug mix dog, were there for the emotional presentation. Cierniak earned the Purple Heart for wounds he suffered March 31, 1970, while in combat, against an enemy of the United States, Schultz said. His helicopter was struck by enemy fire. The sergeant never received the recognition and Purple Heart he should have received for so long due to “inexcusable military red tape.” Turning to Cierniak, Schultz apologized “on behalf of a grateful nation,” for the delay in presenting the award. For more of this story as reported by Brian Quinn, click HERE.
French Yogurt Company coming to Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park -- A family-owned French yogurt and desserts company will establish its United States production operations with a $25 million production facility at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in Batavia, Gov, Kathy Hochul’s office announced Wednesday. La Fermière has committed to constructing a 45,000-square-foot yogurt and dairy desserts production facility at Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park. The project is expected to create 135 jobs with plans for future expansion. “The Batavia site meets our main requirements for success: quality milk and large cream supply, logistics hub and work force availability. Being close to local farmers, at the heart of milk production, was key for us,” La Fermière President and CEO Jean-Jacques Tarpinian said in a news release. The company said it plans to use up to 6 million gallons of milk annually.
The Buffalo Bills are signing running back J.D. McKissic to a two-year contract with a potential of an additional $1 million in incentives, NFL Network reported. McKissic, 28, recorded 609 yards from scrimmage (212 rushing, 397 receiving) and four total touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving) in 11 games (three starts) last season with Washington. McKissic has 2,480 yards from scrimmage (979 rushing, 1,501 receiving) and 11 total scores (four rushing, seven receiving) in 62 games (14 starts) with the Seattle Seahawks, Lions and Washington.