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Trick or Treat! Have a Scary Good Time with the American Red Cross!

Trick or Treat! Have a Scary Good Time with the American Red Cross!

Ghosts and goblins will be roaming the halls of “Eerie” Community College’s North Campus for “Safe & Seen Halloween” this Saturday, October 29th between 11a.m.-3p.m. at 6205 Main Street in Williamsville.

“Safe & Seen Halloween,” presented by First Niagara, provides a fun, warm and safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.  Children under 12 and their parents will receive great safety tips while trick-or-treating indoors for ghoulish goodies through the Haunted Hallway of Treats.  Admission is $2.00 per child, with proceeds benefitting the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties.

Record Breaking Kickoff for Local Walks to End Alzheimer’s

Record Breaking Kickoff for Local Walks to End Alzheimer’s

On Saturday morning hundreds of Western New Yorkers gathered in Medina at the Medina Canal Basin Park and Batavia at the Genesee County Nursing Home as the Alzheimer’s Association kicked off their Walks to End Alzheimer’s in Western New York. Both the Batavia and Medina walks saw growth in participants and fundraising over the 2010 walks.

Include Your Pets in Your Evacuation and Disaster Planning

Include Your Pets in Your Evacuation and Disaster Planning

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

All too often when a disaster strikes, our four-legged friends are left to fend for themselves and sometimes end up lost, injured or killed. The best way to avoid this tragic scenario is to have a well-thought-out disaster plan that includes Fido, so you know where to go and what to take. 

Apple Picking Around Town

Apple Picking Around Town

Whether it’s the upcoming autumnal equinox, the cinnamon broomsticks at the local grocery stores, the cooler air, or the fact that the sun is setting earlier, there is no doubt that September marks the coming of fall.

Coincidentally, September also marks the prime time for apple picking and many local Western New York farmers are opening their orchards to the public. 

Below is a list of farms in our area that are open to the public this fall:

Chautauqua County

  • Chadakoin Farms - apples, grapes, pre-picked produce.
    10459 Prospect Road, Forestville, NY 14062. Phone: (716) 965-2674. Email: chadakoin@roadrunner.com. Directions: Follow Route 39 into the Village of Forestville. Turn right onto Prospect Road. 1/2 mile outside the Village of Forestville.

Niagara University Designated as a Military Friendly School for 2012

Niagara University Designated as a Military Friendly School for 2012

For the second straight year, Niagara University is among the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.

By being designated as a “Military Friendly School” for 2012 by the “premier publication for military transitioners,” Niagara’s continuing efforts to provide high-quality educational opportunities to veterans will be nationally recognized. A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the magazine’s annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in September 2011.

Come and Dive In at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

Come and Dive In at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

The Canada Games Aquatic Centre in nearby London, Ontario, is truly a world-class swimming and diving facility, host to a multitude of top-level meets, including the 2001 Canada Summer Games. And how cool is this: The Olympic-sized pool is specially equipped so workers can change the configuration for a multitude of uses, and uses a moveable floor to vary the depth! 

Water is kept at a comfortable temperature — around 83 degrees. The deep end features one-meter and three-meter springboards as well as three-meter and five-meter platforms. Visit during Forest City dive practices or competitions and watch the athletes soar from the 7.5- and 10-meter platforms! 

Mount St. Mary's Hospital to Host Baby Reunion

Mount St. Mary's Hospital to Host Baby Reunion

Parents, get your babies, pictures, and cameras ready because Mount St. Mary's Hospital is having its 18th Annual Baby Reunion, this year featuring all of the children that were born at the hospital during 2010, and their families. 

On Saturday, September 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., parents are invited to bring their babies, and other children, to the Picnic Grove Area on the Hospital Campus between the hospital and the Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence off Lewiston Road.   In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the Hospital’s North Lobby area. The event promises to be a great afternoon with refreshments, entertainment, contests, and a Diaper Derby.  Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair and recent baby photo too!