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Aubrey McLaughlin Ready to Run for a Cause

Aubrey McLaughlin Ready to Run for a Cause

 

Just about every week you can find a 5K race somewhere in Western New York to raise funds for local organizations. Real running enthusiasts might even try something more challenging, like a 26-mile marathon, to raise funds and attention for a worthy cause. 

But on May 9, East Aurora native Aubrey McLaughlin will run the Gnaw Bone 50-mile race in Gnaw Bone, Indiana, all to raise funds and awareness for the Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization based in South Wales.

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Five Tropical Locations You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

Five Tropical Locations You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

 

With school out for the week, many college students and families alike will be looking to escape their winter blues with a trip to a hot, tropical location. If you’re looking to plan an overseas vacation but don’t have a U.S. passport, here is a list of five popular destinations where you won’t need a passport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Annunciation’s Original Church Experiences Rebirth as Parish Gathering Place

Annunciation’s Original Church Experiences Rebirth as Parish Gathering Place

 

Dating back to 1905, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church has a long and celebrated history in the Town of Elma. The first church, built at the corner of Clinton Street and Girdle Road — continues to stand today, a testament to dedicated parishioners and early 20th century construction.

But when Annunciation’s current church was built across the street in 1971, the old church, now known as Langley Hall, began a slow decline due to lack of use and the high cost of maintenance and repairs. Eventually, the parish would face a choice that was anything but simple: Demolish the building or find a way to breathe new life into its aging body.

Enjoy The Journey Plans a Full Slate of Classes and Activities

Enjoy The Journey Plans a Full Slate of Classes and Activities

 

April’s opening art reception, “Spot On,” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. 

“All of the artwork in ‘Spot On’ is created in the colors of black, white and red,” said gallery owner Paulette Krawowski. “This is an exhibit where the artist is challenged by working in only these three colors. Landscapes, portraits, still life, collage — all in black, white and red.” 

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Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for 91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for  91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal Tuesday, March 31, revealing $8,546,086.80  has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2015.
    
Today’s total represents 78.4 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly behind last year at this time when 82.3 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61sites throughout the eight-county region, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.9 million.
    

East Aurora Chamber of Commerce Plans an Event-filled Year

East Aurora Chamber of Commerce Plans an Event-filled Year

 

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce has several business and family friendly events scheduled throughout 2015, including a new health-focused event that will take place June 20 at the village’s Healthy Zone Ice Rink. Founded in 1945, the chamber represents 500-plus members in East Aurora and surrounding communities.

Kicking off the fun is the new Health Live — Jump Into the Healthy Zone event slated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the ice rink. An interactive family wellness event, Health Live will feature local health, wellness, fitness and beauty businesses and organizations, a wide variety of activities for all ages, and an inflatable obstacle course!

Indoor Yard Sale to Benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc.

Indoor Yard Sale to Benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc.

 

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, will host an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. For every $5 spent at the yard sale, shoppers will receive a chance to win a wonderful prize.

A donation drop-off will take place at the yard sale location from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 24. Items should be new or gently used; please, no electronics, broken, dirty or rusty items.