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Mills, Collins Pardon Shirley the Pig at the Erie County Fair

Mills, Collins Pardon Shirley the Pig at the Erie County Fair

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills and Erie County Executive Chris Collins changed the fortunes of one lucky pig this past weekend, saving her from the dinner table and giving her a second chance at life.

Responding to a request from a local teenager and 4-H participant, Mills and Collins pardoned Shirley the pig at the Erie County Fair on Sunday, August 14, 2011. Rachael Smith, who raised the 265-pound pig from birth, recently wrote to Legislator Mills hoping he would consider buying Shirley at the 4-H Youth Market Auction at the Erie County Fair.  Legislator Mills liked the idea and contacted County Executive Chris Collins, who was also enthusiastic about the opportunity.

Library Fundraisers Planned in Concord, Orchard Park and West Falls

Library Fundraisers Planned in Concord, Orchard Park and West Falls

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills, R-District 13, announces that his next Library Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord, 18 Chapel St., Springville.

This is the fifth year that Legislator Mills is holding his Hot Dog Roast Fundraisers at the five public and community libraries in his district; all proceeds benefit the libraries. To date, Legislator Mills, with the support of the community, has raised more than $17,000.

“The Concord Library Hot Dog Roast is one of the largest of the group and is always a great community event,” Legislator Mills said. “It will be a wonderful evening, stop by and support the library.”

Legislator Mills will again be selling hot dogs for $1, and Italian sausage with peppers and onions for $2; both meals include a bottle of ice cold Mayer Brothers Spring Water. The Hot Dog Roast will be held rain or shine.

Annunciation Picnic to Take Place August 19-21

Annunciation Picnic to Take Place August 19-21

The annual Annunciation Church Picnic, a fun-filled family event featuring great food, rides, raffles, music, specialty booths and much more, will take place Aug. 19-21 on the parish grounds at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma. 

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, with a delicious fish fry, a classic car show from 6 to 9 p.m. and music by Hit ‘n Run from 7 to 11 p.m. under the beer tent.

Activities on Saturday, Aug. 20, will kick off at 1 p.m. and will include a pork chop dinner at 4 p.m., ride specials, and Irish/Celtic music by The Leftovers from 1 to 4 p.m. and country hits by the Whiskey River Band from 7 to 11 p.m. Both bands will perform under the beer tent. Volunteers will also be serving Annunciation’s famous clam chowder throughout the day!

Catholic Charities 2011 Appeal Exceeds Goal

Catholic Charities 2011 Appeal Exceeds Goal

BUFFALO, N.Y., July 20, 2011 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials reported today that the 2011 Appeal exceeded its $10.5 million goal by June 30 with cash and pledges received in the amount of $10,601,157.94.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, declared, “Our June 30 total has met and exceeded our $10.5 million goal! For this wonderful achievement and on behalf of the people in need across our Diocese served by Catholic Charities, we thank the people of Western New York for putting us over goal this year.”

This is the first year the annual Appeal has exceeded its goal since 2007 when that year’s $11 million goal was topped by $15,000.

Joining Bishop Kmiec for the announcement were Catholic Charities’ leaders and staff, the Appeal leadership team, clergy, Appeal volunteer parish chairs and corporate volunteers.

Burgerfest

Burgerfest

 

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Prepares to 'Rock the Village' Tonight

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Prepares to 'Rock the Village' Tonight

Several Lancaster bands will hit the stage this summer to support the idea that alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are not needed in order to have a great time.

As Skies Burn and Social Class will be the featured artists as the Lancaster-Depew Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition presents its second year of Rock the Village concerts. Social Class will perform during the first event tonight, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the end of West Main Street in the Save-A-Lot parking lot, Village of Lancaster.

Social Class will return to the stage with As Skies Burn for the second concert, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Firemen’s Park, Terrace Boulevard and Erie Street, Depew. The rain date will be Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The concerts are geared toward those entering grades six to 12, but all residents are welcome. Admission will be free, and refreshments will be available. Prizes also will be awarded during each concert.