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'Gifts of Faith' Wants to Give Back to the Community

'Gifts of Faith' Wants to Give Back to the Community

by Renee T. Engels

Ashley Johnson was born and raised in East Aurora. Having graduated from East Aurora School District and always being involved in her local church, she wanted to give back to the community she so loves. Her mother, Kirsten Chase, also an East Aurora native, shares that passion. Johnson, with lots of help from Chase, has made their passion a reality and will be celebrating a dream come true at the same time.

The Christian gift shop Gifts Of Faith will celebrate its grand opening on Sat., April 2. The store is located at 620 Main St. on the corner of Riley Street, in East Aurora.

Johnson is a graphic designer but has decided...

Read the full article from the East Aurora Advertiser.

Restaurant Week is Back

Buffalo NY- From March 28th to April 3rd, you can now eat out to some of Buffalo's most popular Restaurants to take on Restaurant Week.

Restaurant week involves 150 places to dine from Rochester all the way to Buffalo, to showcase restaurant's best dishes at  affordable prices.

Most Restaurants will premier a three course meal which includes a salad, main course, and dessert.

Restaurants like E.B Greens, Acropolis, The Chocolate Bar and Fiamma Steak are all participating with meals as low as $21.11

UB to Hold Archeological Dig at Sinking Ponds in East Aurora

UB to Hold Archeological Dig at Sinking Ponds in East Aurora

Local residents know Sinking Ponds in East Aurora as a nature preserve. Some may remember it as the former source of village water. To researchers from the University at Buffalo (UB), Sinking Ponds is an important archeological site.

The university’s Department of Anthropology is planning a dig at Sinking Ponds this summer, and hopes to discover new evidence of the people who lived there thousands of years ago. Dr. Douglas Perrelli, who will oversee the dig, told the Village Board on March 28 that Sinking Ponds is a prehistoric site, with materials from the Transitional and Early Woodland Phase. “Around 800 BC is the primary occupation here,” Perrelli explained. There is also evidence of earlier human activity at the site.

Broadway Market Looking for Volunteers

BUFFALO, NY-- The Broadway Market is looking for Easter season helpers. Western New York's home for Easter is looking for both groups and individuals to help get them ready for their busiest season.

The Broadway Market will host a cleanup on Saturday, April 2nd from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will help clean up the building in preparation for the Easter crowds.

The Market is also looking for volunteers to assist during the week leading up to Easter, April 17th through April 23rd.

Sign up information can be found atBroadway Market's website, or by calling 716-218-0232.

The Market is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heroin Use A "Growing Epidemic" In WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Western New York has a growing heroin problem, and many parents may have no idea how close their kids could be to using the dangerous drug.

That is the message from addiction experts after another local teen died from a heroin overdose this week. The death, and the events of just the last few days, appear to be awakening the region to what experts call a "growing epidemic" here.

It's an epidemic that begins in the medicine cabinet.

Grand Island is home to the latest life cut short in what may be the area's fourth fatal heroin overdose in March alone. Authorities suspect the 19-year-old victim was killed by a tainted batch. He died just three days after Buffalo's Police Commissioner, the U.S. Attorney, and the head of the local D.E.A. Office urgently warned the public about the danger.

Summer Events OK'd by EA Village Board

Summer Events OK'd by EA Village Board

A full slate of spring and summer activities received permit approval from the East Aurora Village Board at its meeting Monday. Among the events and series given permission to go forward were the Church in the Park program and the Movies in the Park series by East Aurora Wesleyan Church; the Town of Aurora’s Backyard Bash concert series; the Rotary Club’s Bunny Hop 5K race on April 23; and the East Aurora Farmers Market. Also approved were a single Hamlin Park church service by Baker Memorial United Methodist Church on May 29, and the Toy Town Car Show, which is returning to Main Street on Aug. 28 after a year off.

Census Results: Town of Aurora Holds Steady

Census Results: Town of Aurora Holds Steady

AURORA, N.Y. - The U.S. Census Bureau has released results of the 2010 census for New York, and the numbers show that population in all eight Western New York counties continues to decline. Erie County’s population (919,040) is down 3.3% since the 2000 census; Niagara County is down 1.5%; Chautauqua County, 3.5%; Cattaraugus County, 4.3%; Allegany, 2.0%; Wyoming County, 2.9%; Genesee County, 0.5%; Orleans County, 2.9%.

The City of Buffalo lost 10.7% of its population, down to 261,310, which accounted for all of Erie County's population loss. (See the complete WGRZ report here).

The Town of Aurora population is down slightly from 2000, to 13,782, a decline of just 1.5%.