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From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

From Finance to the Fine Arts, Ken Newton Returns to His First Love

During his younger years, Ken Newton loved to draw and hoped to one day become a famous cartoon artist. He pursued that dream until life eventually got in the way.

Today, the 48-year-old Cheektowaga resident lives a relatively quiet life as husband, father, grandfather and softball coach. While it wasn’t his dream, he’s had a nice 30-year career in the local finance industry. 

But, there’s still that pesky creative itch to scratch …

Canalside to Host Third Annual Auto & Boat Show

Canalside to Host Third Annual Auto & Boat Show

The third annual Canalside Auto & Boat Show, featuring more than 150 new cars, trucks and RVs plus more than 100 sailboats, powerboats and personal watercraft, will take place Aug. 4-6 at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. Co-produced by Canalside, the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association (NFADA) and Anchor Marine, the event is free and open to the public.

Event hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. Food and drink offerings, and entertainment, will also be featured throughout the weekend show.

Parking, Security Updates Issued for 20th Anniversary Drums Along the Waterfront Event

Parking, Security Updates Issued for 20th Anniversary Drums Along the Waterfront Event

The 20th annual Drums Along the Waterfront - Tour of Champions event, featuring the top eight drum corps in the world, returns to New Era Field in Orchard Park at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

Sanctioned by Drum Corps International (DCI), Western New York’s premier “music in motion” event will have a noticeable “blue” theme this year. Drum corps scheduled to compete include the reigning world champion Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio, along with the 17-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils of Concord, California. Also participating are the Blue Knights of Denver, Colorado; Blue Stars of La Crosse, Wisconsin; The Cadets of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Carolina Crown of Ft. Mills, South Carolina; Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Illinois; and Santa Clara Vanguard of Santa Clara, California. This colorful lineup has captured a total of 41 DCI World Champion titles!

Audubon’s July 29 Wild 5K Run/Walk Part of Runner of the Year Series

Audubon’s July 29 Wild 5K Run/Walk Part of Runner of the Year Series

Jamestown, NY – Whatever your age, whether you like to run or if walking is more your speed, there’s a spot for you at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Wild 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 29.

Race day schedule is

  • 8-8:45 a.m.:  Same-day registration
  • 9 a.m.: Race begins
  • 10:30 a.m.: Award ceremony begins for those who have completed the race

Prizes will be awarded to the first three overall male and female walker and runner finishers. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in each for runners and top finisher in each for walkers. Age groups are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

Audubon Part of July 29-30 Wild America Nature Festival at Panama Rocks

Audubon Part of July 29-30 Wild America Nature Festival at Panama Rocks

Jamestown, NY – With the opportunity to celebrate nature and all things inspired by it plus fun and activities for all ages, the staff and volunteers at Audubon Community Nature Center are looking forward to being part of the inaugural Wild America Nature Festival.

The two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, is hosted by Jamestown, New York’s Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) and Panama Rocks Scenic Park. Panama Rocks is the amazing natural wonder where Wild America is being held in Panama, New York.

The Festival will feature wild animals, a juried fine nature art and craft show and competition, a local food cook-off competition and farmers market, and classes, workshops, music, and talks by well-known speakers and artists. It is planned to raise awareness of nature and the environment, encourage sustainable enjoyment of the environment, promote conservation of our natural world, and have fun celebrating Wild America.

Local Schools to Host World’s Top Drum Corps for Drums Along the Waterfront event

Local Schools to Host World’s Top Drum Corps for Drums Along the Waterfront event

Eight local schools will host the top drum corps in the world when they converge on Orchard Park for the annual Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions event taking place on Aug. 6 at New Era Field.

“The visiting drum corps will spend one night at each of the host schools, where these musical athletes will eat, sleep and practice,” said Drums Along the Waterfront Director Jack Gaylord Jr. “We thank the schools and the entire community for being so welcoming year after year. We could not pull off an event of this magnitude without their cooperation.”

Local school serving as hosts include:

Invasive Species Awareness Week Volunteers Wanted for Honeysuckle Harvest at Kenneglenn

Invasive Species Awareness Week Volunteers Wanted for Honeysuckle Harvest at Kenneglenn

In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, on Thursday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Western New York Land Conservancy is partnering with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove Tartarian Honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve in Wales. 

Tartarian Honeysuckle is an invasive shrub that was introduced to the United States from Asia. Here in Western New York, where it has no natural controls, its leaves appear early in the spring and remain into late fall, giving it a competitive advantage over native plants. The implications of an invasive plant infestation are wide reaching, from impacts to native woodland plants to insects and birds.