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East Aurora Produces World Junior Figure Skating Champion


EAST AURORA, NY - 17-year-old Kaitlyn Hawayek of East Aurora and her partner Jean Luc - Baker won the Ice Dancing competition as part of the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Bulgaria on Friday.

They beat international competition, including the Russian team. And they have their eyes firmly set on the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, realizing that the US has already struck gold in ice dancing.

Kaitlin and Jean Luc will return to the U.S. on Monday. After some time off, they will resume training in Detroit.

To help defray expenses on their quest for the Olympics, they have joined with the New England Amateur Skating Foundation to set up a team sponsorship fund.


Keep a Pet-safe Yard This Spring

Keep a Pet-safe Yard This Spring

 

(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

The yard can be a wonderland for your pet, full of interesting smells, grass to roll in, bugs to chase and shady spots for naps. But if you use fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals, it can be a potentially dangerous place pets, too. Dr. Simon Starkey, a veterinarian with PetSmart Canada, gives us some important aspects to keep in mind for a safer outdoor adventure:

Get Wrapped Up in Quilting Events and Other Activities at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Get Wrapped Up in Quilting Events and Other Activities at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Quilting-related festivities and a girls’ day out are among the highlights on Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village’s busy April events calendar. Dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Niagara Frontier, BNHV is located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst.

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Quit Horsing Around and Get to London’s All Equine Show

Quit Horsing Around and Get to London’s All Equine Show

Horse enthusiasts from near and far will be riding into nearby London, Ontario, for the All Equine Show taking place March 14-16 at the Western Fair District Agriplex.

The second annual All Equine Show is dedicated to anyone in the equine industry. With clinics, live entertainment and educational workshops, there are plenty of activities planned. The interactive nature of the show encourages attendees to actively participate by getting close to the animals, speak with breeders and product experts, and watch live competitions and demonstrations. The show runs from noon to 9 p.m. Frday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

The Buffalo Zoo Wants You to Power Down for Polar Bears

The Buffalo Zoo is launching a new initiative called “Power Down for Polar Bears” to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

The initiative was developed to encourage the Western New York community to participate in the global “Earth Hour” movement. Earth Hour will take place on March 29 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Zoo’s “Power Down for Polar Bears” event will run for a full week from March 23 – March 29 to encourage maximum participation.

Participation is easy! Schools and classrooms, local businesses, and individuals or families can get involved. During “Power Down for Polar Bears” week, participants should shut off any non-essential lights, appliances, or electronics for at least one hour. Consuming less energy is one easy way to reduce carbon emissions, and slow the melting of sea ice. Polar bears in the wild depend on sea ice to survive.

South Buffalo Charter School Goes Bald for Bucks in Support of Roswell Park

South Buffalo Charter School Goes Bald for Bucks in Support of Roswell Park

Students, staff embrace opportunity to help others

BUFFALO, NY – With the buzz of hair clippers and grins a mile wide, students and teachers at South Buffalo Charter School made life a little less this afternoon. It was all in good fun and all for a good cause. The school took part in its annual “Goin’ Bald for Bucks” fundraising event today, generating support for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.