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Petitions for East Aurora Elections are Due by Feb. 8

Petitions for East Aurora Elections are Due by Feb. 8

by Jeremy Morlock

Village residents who are considering running for a seat on the East Aurora Village Board are now able to pick up independent nominating petitions at Village Hall (571 Main St.). Between now and Feb. 8, those political aspirants must gather the signatures of at least 100 registered village voters.

The terms of trustees Kevin Biggs, Peter Mercurio and Libby Weberg will expire this spring, with new or re-elected trustees to take office in early April. Biggs, Mercurio and Weberg each won re-election in 2009, edging out challenger Susan McBurney. Candidates in Village of East Aurora elections have traditionally run independently from major political parties.

Legislator Mills named Legislature’s Minority Leader for 2011

Legislator Mills named Legislature’s Minority Leader for 2011

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills, R-District 13, was unanimously re-elected as the Minority Leader of the Erie County Legislature’s six-member Republican Caucus. Minority Leader Mills has held the post since 2007.

 

The Republican Caucus, including Legislators Lynne Dixon, Dino Fudoli, Kevin Hardwick, Edward Rath III and Ray Walter, confirmed the appointment during the annual reorganizational meeting held Thursday, Jan. 6.

 

Libraries Will Change, But Avoid Deeper Cuts

Libraries Will Change, But Avoid Deeper Cuts

by Adam Zaremski - Reporter, East Aurora Advertiser

Hours and services at East Aurora area libraries will see some changes under the 2011 operating budget for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. However, the changes will not be as serious as was once feared, since Erie County has restored $3 million of the $4 million that was to have been cut from the library budget.

"We are hoping for a seamless transition, and most of the faces should remain the same," said Aurora Public Library Director Lee Ainsworth-Mahaney about her branch.

Before the money was reinstated in late December, each branch was expected to lose staff, hours and community programs. Several positions will still be lost, as will some programs, but for the most part the libraries "dodged the bullet," Ainsworth-Mahaney said.

East Aurora Hockey Program is Growing in Size and Skill

East Aurora Hockey Program is Growing in Size and Skill

by Kaitlyn Duthie

Intern, East Aurora Advertiser


The 2010-2011 season has brought a great change to the East Aurora/Holland club hockey program. Never have the members of the program been so compatible and assiduous. The JV and varsity teams appear to just be getting started, with new games bringing stronger wins in terms of scoring goals and of establishing a more impregnable team, of which East Aurora can be proud.

The beginning of the East Aurora Hockey Team coincided with the effort to create an ice rink in the Village of East Aurora, as parents and other adults worked to give members of the community the opportunity to glide on the ice.

Open House to Highlight Catholic Schools Week Events at Annunciation

Open House to Highlight Catholic Schools Week Events at Annunciation

Students, faculty and staff at Annunciation School in Elma have big plans for Catholic Schools Week, beginning with 5 p.m. Mass and a potluck dinner on Saturday, January 29, at the church, located at 7580 Clinton St.

On Monday, January 31, local marching cadets and a color guard will visit the school. Pupils will have an opportunity to dress up as their favorite patriot or as a symbol of the United States on Tuesday, February 1. 

On Wednesday, February 2, the school will be visited by the  Buffalo Zoo’s Zoomobile and students will also be treated to a special All-American lunch. A Milk For Health presentation is also planned.

Gow Draws Students from Across the Globe

Gow Draws Students from Across the Globe

by Julie Hadley

East Aurora Advertiser


The Gow School is probably best known in the local community as being a private school for the education of young men with dyslexia and other reading-based learning challenges, but many might be surprised to learn that the school, located on Emery Road, attracts a significant number of international students as well.

“Gow is becoming known as one of the best destinations in the world for dyslexic students,” said the Gow School’s headmaster, M. Bradley Rogers.

Explore Panama and Discover Poland with the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, WNYCA & AAA

Explore Panama and Discover Poland with the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, WNYCA  &  AAA

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, The Western New York Chamber Alliance and AAA Western and Central New York have partnered to offer two exciting opportunities for Western New Yorkers to experience “Exploring Panama” May 12-18, 2011 the “Best of Poland” May 20-27, 2011.