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Rural Outreach Center Celebrates a Year of Service in Western New York

Rural Outreach Center Celebrates a Year of Service in Western New York

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, served over 550 individuals in 2015, according to the nonprofit organization’s recently released annual report.

“Our mission is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas,” said Pastor Frank Cerny, ROC board chairman. “We serve with compassion, empathy and respect for all people.”

Among the ROC’s 2015 highlights was opening a temporary facility at 730 Olean Road in July, said Cerny. “Having a physical presence has increased foot traffic and allowed us to expand our services. In addition, our New Paths Redistribution Center and Health Services programs now operate out of our new facility.”

Following are additional highlights from the 2015 annual report:

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Beckett Card Grading Event Coming to Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Beckett Card Grading Event Coming to Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles will host Charles Stabile, Northeast regional sales manager from Beckett Grading Services, from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the store, located at 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.

Beckett Grading Services provides collectors with the most thorough, consistent and accurate grading efforts available in the industry. Your BGS-graded cards will be returned in a unique, protective cardholder. Beckett uses an easy-to-understand one- to 10-point grading scale to rate sports cards, which are graded on four key categories: Centering, corners, edges and surface. Grades from each of these key categories will be considered in determining your card's final overall grade. Beckett also grades non-sports cards, photos, magazines, pocket schedules, gaming cards and tickets.

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Continues on February 27

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State Continues on February 27

The new Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. The market takes place in Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. The 20-week winter market will run through April 30.

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, several food trucks are also scheduled to join the market this Saturday. Rob Falgiano will provide musical entertainment from approximately 10:30 a.m. to noon, while Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village will occupy the community table.

Buckham Hall is located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street. Free parking is available on campus during market hours, and Lot R-13 is recommended for convenience.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village to Offer Student Art Show, Smithsonian Event

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village to Offer Student Art Show, Smithsonian Event

The Williamsville District Art Show and Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live are featured events during March at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

Artwork created by more than 300 K-12 students from the Williamsville School District will be on display March 7-16 at Heritage Village. Opening receptions will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 7 for elementary school participants, and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 8 for middle and high school students. The student exhibit is free; access to the remainder of the museum is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children 12 and under.

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Explore Buffalo Lists Unique February Tours

Explore Buffalo Lists Unique February Tours

The interesting architecture of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, adventures in Buffalo history and Buffalo’s breweries are the topics of tours being offered by Explore Buffalo during the month of February.

Inside St. Mary’s School for the Deaf
Feb. 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
2253 Main St., Buffalo

St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, established in Buffalo in 1853 as the first academic school for the deaf in the country, was relocated from Edward Street to its current location on Main Street in 1898. This two-hour walking tour highlights the beautiful architecture of this historic building and offers fascinating information about the history and culture of deaf people in the Buffalo area. The tour also offers a glimpse into the current world of educating deaf and hard of hearing students in the 21st century.

Athlete Signing Times Announced for Huge Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Athlete Signing Times Announced for Huge Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 former football, baseball, basketball and hockey players and coaches — including members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 20 and 21 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Athlete signing times have recently been announced. Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 20, are:
11 a.m. to noon: Claude Humphrey, Joe Altobelli, Gilles Villemure, Don Luce
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Ray Bentley
12 to 1 p.m.: Sammy Stewart, Dave Ford, Tim Stoddard, Al Bumbry, Bill Swaggerty
1 to 2 p.m.: Adrian Dantley, Jim McMillian, Ernie DiGregorio, Jack Marin, Gar Heard
2 to 3 p.m.: Walt Patulski, Scott Norwood, Jim Lorentz, Ruben Brown, Gabe Northern

Special Guests Will Keep the Buffalo Auto Show Buzzing All Weekend Long

Special Guests Will Keep the Buffalo Auto Show Buzzing All Weekend Long

The Buffalo Auto Show, Western New York’s premier new vehicle automotive event, makes its annual return to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Feb. 11-14, and along with the latest and greatest new vehicles, visitors will also have a chance to see some very special guests!

Three members of the Buffalo Bandits — Ryan Benesch, David Brock and Dhane Smith — will appear at the Auto Show from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, to sign autographs and have photos taken with their fans. Several members of the Buffalo Bandettes, the professional dance team for the Buffalo Bandits, will also be on hand to greet fans!