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Valentine Dinner Dance Featuring Jack Civiletto to Benefit Pet Connection

Valentine Dinner Dance Featuring Jack Civiletto to Benefit Pet Connection

A Valentine Dinner Dance featuring musical entertainment by Jack Civiletto will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 12, at the Marilla Fire Hall, located at Two Rod Road and West Avenue. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Tickets are just $10 per person and include salad, spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, dessert and beverages. A basket auction and 50/50 will also be held, and several overnight getaway packages will be given away. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the shelter at 652-0192.

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New Stop Sign Installed at Center and Prospect

New Stop Sign Installed at Center and Prospect

After hearing from residents on both sides of the issue, the East Aurora Village Board was split in its Dec. 20 vote to create a four-way stop at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Center Street. There has long been a stop sign for motorists on Prospect Avenue, but now those on Center Street will need to stop as well.

Among neighbors to the intersection, Center Street resident Mark Warren had the last word, asking the board to install the new stop. “Cars pick up a real head of steam” heading on Center Street from the Linden Avenue stop to the Oakwood Avenue stop, Warren said. “We have a lot of four-way stops in the village, and that’s an intersection that just has that feeling, like it should be a four-way stop, but because it isn’t, cars [on Prospect] sometimes go when they shouldn’t.”

Read the rest of this story in the East Aurora Advertiser.

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

My ’02 Oldsmobile Alero has had the ignition switch replaced four times in the past two years! Each time the switch fails everything seems normal. However, when I turn the key to start the vehicle nothing happens … no cranking, no clicking, it’s just dead. The battery has been replaced. Every time the problem occurs the Olds dealer says the problem is the magnet on the ignition switch, which is part of the security system. Do you know why this is happening?

Rich from Orchard Park, NY

Rich,

Erie County Parks Offer Various Free Winter Activities

BUFFALO, NY-- Parks are a great place for affordable family fun. County officials met Thursday at Emery Park in South Wales to highlight the many winter activities open to Erie County residents.

  • Downhill skiing is available at Emery Park
  • Sledding hills open in most county parks. Parks are also equipped for cross country skiing.
  • Toboggan hills will be open at Chesnut Ridge once enough snow falls.
  • Ice rinks will open at Akron Falls Park and Como Lake once ice forms.

Skiing at Emery Park is open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Toboggan runs at Chesnut Ridge will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday nights and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays, once snow falls.

Ice rinks at Como Park and Akron Falls will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. once ice forms.

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School Board Hopes to Pick Internal Candidate for Interim Post

School Board Hopes to Pick Internal Candidate for Interim Post

The East Aurora School Board held a special meeting on Wed., Dec. 22 to accept the resignation of Superintendent James Bodziak and to begin the process of finding a replacement for him. Bodziak will be taking a post at the Frontier Central School District in February.

Districts have several options in the way they search for new superintendents. The Iroquois School Board recently decided have Robert D. Olczak, the interim leader of Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, act as a consultant in Iroquois current search, though private consultants were considered.

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Legion Collecting Old Phones and Accessories

Legion Collecting Old Phones and Accessories

“Did you or someone you know get a new cell phone for Christmas and you don’t know what to do with the old one?” asks East Aurora American Legion Post 362. “Well, here’s the answer.”

For the past three and a half years, Post 362 has been collecting used cell phones and accessories for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. The phones are forwarded to a recycling center in Michigan, which creates funds to purchase AT&T calling cards. These cards are then distributed to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in American military hospitals, so that they can call home for free.

Local Basketball Player Goes From Redshirt to Major Contributor at Michigan

Local Basketball Player Goes From Redshirt to Major Contributor at Michigan

Hamburg resident Blake McLimans was redshirted at Michigan last season so he could learn more about what it takes to succeed at the Division I level. This year, it’s a different story.

McLimans, a 6-foot 10-inch, 240-pound forward who wears number 22 for the Michigan Wolverines, spent his off-season training at Primordial Strength Inc. in East Aurora with Steven Helmicki, president of the local fitness training company.