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Substance-Free Skate Jam Rolls into Medina on June 4

Substance-Free Skate Jam Rolls into Medina on June 4

The Phatman Skate Team of Tonawanda will be the featured demonstrator during the eighth annual Substance-Free Skate Jam, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Butts Park on South Main Street in Medina.

The free family event also will include pizza, popcorn and giveaways, including five skateboards. Brad London Productions will DJ the event, a roaming magician will entertain the crowd and DiDi Martin will offer caricatures. An inflatable obstacle course and free Safe Child IDs also will be available.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their skateboards, and helmets are required.

The event is being sponsored by the Orleans United Drug Free Communities Coalition, Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, ACT-Helping Youth Act Responsibly, Smoke Free NOW, Reality Check, Orleans YMCA, Medina Area Association of Churches and the United Way of Western Orleans County.

Exploring Along the Banks of the Erie Canal

Exploring Along the Banks of the Erie Canal

Like the appearance of crocus blooms or the arrival of Canada Geese, the opening of the Erie Canal is a sure sign of spring in towns and villages along the waterway.  As the Old Erie comes to life, so too do the communities along its banks after a sleepy, cold winter.

The Erie Canal from Rochester west to Tonawanda is expected to open for navigation on the Sunday, May 1.  Boaters (and cyclists!) routinely refer to the Western Corridor as the most scenic section of the canal.  However, the peaceful, scenic beauty of the Erie Canal is not reserved solely for the boater. 

Winding their way along the historic channel route are scenic highways and byways that reveal a treasure-trove of history in the communities that owe their very existence to the the canal. There is much to see, do, and experience by way of driving along the venerable old waterway.

Greater Olean Area Home & Garden Show

Greater Olean Area Home & Garden Show
Fri 5-9, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-3 Just when you thought the final winter project had been checked off the honey-do list, it is time for the Greater Olean Area Home and Garden Show.
More than eighty of the area's leading businesses are expected to exhibit their wares and services. Displays will include landscaping, patios, window replacement, siding, heating and air conditioning, pools, spas, furniture, computer technology and much more. Also, representatives from local banks, home builders and insurance companies will be on hand to meet show-goers.
At the Home & Garden Show, you can comparison shop, consult with experts and buy a variety of products and services under one roof.
h/c access, $ William O.

MMH Closes Door on Baby Unit

By Holly Toal
The Journal-Register

The Journal-Register MEDINA, NY —  Within a few months, Medina Memorial Hospital will no longer be a hub for new mothers and newborn babies, as Orleans Community Health announced Thursday that the hospital is discontinuing its in-patient obstetrics delivery services.

Read the complete story at the Medina Journal-Register.

Lockport YMCA to Host Annual SUNY Coaching Certification

Lockport YMCA to Host Annual SUNY Coaching Certification

Lockport, N.Y. – The Lockport YMCA is hosting a SUNY Youth Sports Institute Coaching Certification Course on Wednesday, January 19th.  The upcoming course will be the second SUNY Coaching Certification held with the Lockport YMCA since January 2010.   

The class is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm at the Lockport YMCA on East Avenue, and will last approximately 3 hours.  The course is open to all who are interested within the Lockport community.  John Strong will be the SUNY Youth Sports Institute Instructor teaching the Wednesday evening course. 

Just Announced: The French Connection to Appear at HockeyTowneUSA Fan Fest

Just Announced: The French Connection to Appear at HockeyTowneUSA Fan Fest

The French Connection — Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Richard Martin — will be appearing December 26 and 27 at HockeyTowneUSA Fan Fest in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

HockeyTowneUSA Fan Fest is being held December 26-29 and is sponsored by Towne Automotive Group, Certo Brothers Distributing Company and Sgroi Financial LLC, in association with WNY Hockey Magazine. Hockey fans from Western New York, Southern Ontario and around the world will also be in downtown Buffalo during this time for the World Junior hockey tournament.

HockeyTowneUSA Fan Fest Coming to Downtown Buffalo

HockeyTowneUSA Fan Fest Coming to Downtown Buffalo

The world is coming to Buffalo ... and we’re throwing a party!

HockeyTowne USA Fan Fest, four days of fun for kids, moms, dads and hockey enthusiasts, is coming to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo December 26-29. Admission is just $5 per person, and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission.

A private VIP party featuring The Boys of Summer will be held on Sunday, December 26. HockeyTowne USA Fan Fest will then open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, December 27 and Tuesday, December 28, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.