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East Aurora in the running for "Hockeyville"


EAST AURORA, N.Y.-- The East Aurora Healthy Zone Rink may be named the next Hockeyville of America.

In its first US competition, Kraft Hockeyville is looking to give a deserving rink a $150,000 upgrade and the chance to host a pre-season hockey game. Kraft started the competition in Canada in 2006 and expanded to the US this year.

After thousands of submissions, Kraft narrowed it down to 10 arenas, including our own Healthy Zone Rink. There are five rinks from the West and five rinks from the East in the competition for the grand prize.

The Healthy Zone Rink in East Aurora, NY opened up in 2008 after Buffalo hosted the first Winter Classic outdoor hockey tournament. The Aurora Hockey Association bought the NHL ice equipment and made their own outdoor rink, and has been operating seasonally ever since.

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WIC Program Celebrates Expansion of Seton Professional Building Site with Open House April 14

WIC Program Celebrates Expansion of Seton Professional Building Site with Open House April 14

Catholic Charities and Catholic Health System officials and staff, as well as partners and supporters, gathered this morning for an open house and reception to celebrate the recently completed renovations to expand its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office inside the Seton Professional Building at Sisters of Charity Hospital, 2121 Main St., Suite 14, Buffalo.
      
The expansion nearly doubles the original size of the site, which has operated out of the Seton Professional Building since July 2009. The Catholic Health System provided funding, planning and design support for the renovations.

Rachel Chrostowski Joins WNY Land Conservancy as Community Engagement Director

Rachel Chrostowski Joins WNY Land Conservancy as Community Engagement Director

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy welcomed Rachel Chrostowski as the newest member of their staff on April 6, 2015. As community engagement director, Rachel will increase the public’s engagement with the Land Conservancy’s work. 

Rachel has a degree in geography and environmental studies from SUNY Geneseo; however, her education in earth science started at a much earlier age. She credits her geologist mother with her deep love of the natural environment, appreciation for open space and strong conservation values.

Annunciation Parish to Host Sacred Journeys Series

Annunciation Parish to Host Sacred Journeys Series

 

Sacred Journeys, a four-part series with conversations on spirituality, common bonds, forgiveness and ecumenical dialogue, will take place in Selbert Hall at Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, with “Inclusive Spirituality” with Rev. Thomas Colgan, a professor at Canisius College. A relaxed evening of conversation, prayer and refreshments, Fr. Colgan will talk about interacting with people of faith traditions that are very different from the Christian experience. 

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Ice rink in East Aurora competing for national recognition


EAST AURORA, NY – The Healthy Zone outdoor ice rink in East Aurora is one of 10 finalists for the Kraft Hockeyville competition hosted on the NBC Sports website.

The grand prize winner takes home $150,000 in rink upgrades, and the chance of hosting a 2015-2016 NHL Pre-Season Game in their home town.

Click here to cast your vote.


Month-long Adventure at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Will Benefit Hospice Buffalo

Month-long Adventure at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery Will Benefit Hospice Buffalo

 

A small art gallery in West Seneca has big plans throughout the month of May. Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, located at 1168 Orchard Park Road, has events planned nearly every day of the month, with a portion of the proceeds from each event earmarked to benefit Hospice Buffalo.

Behind this massive endeavor are three dedicated artists: Gallery owner Paulette Krakowski, resident artist Heidi Zanelli, and member artist Lauren Fratantonio, all of West Seneca.

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, and the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board cosponsored a Farmland Protection Roundtable on April 8 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in East Aurora. Nearly 100 people from five counties in Western New York came to investigate the different tools that can be used to protect farmland.