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Lake Erie 95% Ice Covered

With the almost constant cloud cover of the past few weeks we have not had many opportunities to get a nice look at the lake ice, but recently a NOAA satellite was able to grab a nice image of both lakes Erie and Ontario!   The shallower Lake Erie is now 95% covered in ice!   A month of below normal temperatures helped to ice things over quickly the last couple weeks of January.  

There are still some small areas of open water around the north side of the lake and near the large crack inbetween Cleveland & Toledo.  The ice surface does have some large fractures and those are very evident in the image.

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Individuals Asked to Share Their Personal Experiences with Brain Injury and Concussions

Individuals Asked to Share Their Personal Experiences with Brain Injury and Concussions

East Aurora-based fitness and training company Primordial Strength Inc. is asking anyone who has experienced the negative effects of a brain injury due to sports contact to e-mail their story to Primordial President Steven Helmicki at coachhelmicki@gmail.com. Their story will be featured on anticoncussion.com, a new website currently under development by Primordial Strength that will be fully dedicated to all issues related to concussions, brain injury, neck training, rehabilitation and more.

Aurora Reaches Plowing Agreement for Knox Farm

Aurora Reaches Plowing Agreement for Knox Farm

by Adam Zaremski

At its Jan. 24 meeting, the Aurora Town Board approved an agreement between the town and New York State regarding the plowing of Knox Farm State Park. The town will continue to plow the driveway and parking lot at the park.

Town Supervisor Jolene Jeffe said no extra gates would be installed, which had been a possibility raised by the state. Jeffe said this agreement would help give the Friends of Knox Farm a chance to organize efforts to reinvent how the park is managed.

Salon in the Village Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Salon in the Village Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

by Renee T. Engels

What do a meat market, a florist, and a beauty salon all have in common? Answer: over the past century they have all occupied the same building at 707 Main St. in the Village of East Aurora.

Melody’s Salon in the Village and Day Spa, which currently occupies the building, celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. The modern, beautifully renovated shop has undergone many changes through the years. Current owner Melody Gerhardt explained, “We purchased the building in December 2000 and opened in February 2001. We had to do a complete renovation.” She and her staff want clients to join them in celebrating the salon’s anniversary throughout February, including in-salon specials, grab bags, and giveaways.

Read the full article from the East Aurora Advertiser.

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Tax Protest: Erie County Legislature Dems

 In this election year for the Erie County Executive and the County Legislature, some lawmakers are criticizing what they say is a tax hike from County Executive Chris Collins.

During a rally at the Rath Building, some Democratic members of the Legislature said Collins ignored their $8 Million re-allocation of funding for libraries, cultural, and youth programs in the recent budget. They claim the Republican county executive is using a lawsuit to keep extra funding from property taxes after their unsuccessful effort to override his budget veto.

Legislature Majority Leader Maria Whyte said "The County Executive cannot have it both ways. He either needs to fund the things we value or he needs to give us the money back. It's our money and that is today our message."

Group Will Raise Funds to Preserve Open Space in Aurora

Group Will Raise Funds to Preserve Open Space in Aurora

by Adam Zaremski

If the funds are raised, the land can be bought. That stipulation is the main clause of the contract between two Mill Road residents and a volunteer committee seeking to purchase 60 acres of land to keep as open space.

The Aurora Town Board approved the purchase resolution for the land at the Jan. 24 meeting as long the Friends of Mill Road Scenic Overlook group can raise $550,000, or an amount that would cover all purchasing costs. The committee is hoping that some of the money can be raised through a state grant for which the town would apply.

East Aurora High School Prepares for 'Seussical'

East Aurora High School Prepares for 'Seussical'

by Julie Hadley

East Aurora High School will present “Seussical, The Musical” Feb. 11 through 13 at the High School auditorium. Director Chris Cummins, in his second time at the helm, oversees upwards of 150 students in the production, based on characters in several of Dr. Seuss’ books.

“There was debate on whether we wanted to do another children’s show,” Cummins admitted. “We chose this one because it’s something that everyone can relate to. Dr. Seuss just connects with everybody.”