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New Stop Sign Installed at Center and Prospect

New Stop Sign Installed at Center and Prospect

After hearing from residents on both sides of the issue, the East Aurora Village Board was split in its Dec. 20 vote to create a four-way stop at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Center Street. There has long been a stop sign for motorists on Prospect Avenue, but now those on Center Street will need to stop as well.

Among neighbors to the intersection, Center Street resident Mark Warren had the last word, asking the board to install the new stop. “Cars pick up a real head of steam” heading on Center Street from the Linden Avenue stop to the Oakwood Avenue stop, Warren said. “We have a lot of four-way stops in the village, and that’s an intersection that just has that feeling, like it should be a four-way stop, but because it isn’t, cars [on Prospect] sometimes go when they shouldn’t.”

Read the rest of this story in the East Aurora Advertiser.

Erie County Parks Offer Various Free Winter Activities

BUFFALO, NY-- Parks are a great place for affordable family fun. County officials met Thursday at Emery Park in South Wales to highlight the many winter activities open to Erie County residents.

  • Downhill skiing is available at Emery Park
  • Sledding hills open in most county parks. Parks are also equipped for cross country skiing.
  • Toboggan hills will be open at Chesnut Ridge once enough snow falls.
  • Ice rinks will open at Akron Falls Park and Como Lake once ice forms.

Skiing at Emery Park is open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Toboggan runs at Chesnut Ridge will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday nights and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays, once snow falls.

Ice rinks at Como Park and Akron Falls will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. once ice forms.

School Board Hopes to Pick Internal Candidate for Interim Post

School Board Hopes to Pick Internal Candidate for Interim Post

The East Aurora School Board held a special meeting on Wed., Dec. 22 to accept the resignation of Superintendent James Bodziak and to begin the process of finding a replacement for him. Bodziak will be taking a post at the Frontier Central School District in February.

Districts have several options in the way they search for new superintendents. The Iroquois School Board recently decided have Robert D. Olczak, the interim leader of Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, act as a consultant in Iroquois current search, though private consultants were considered.

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Legion Collecting Old Phones and Accessories

Legion Collecting Old Phones and Accessories

“Did you or someone you know get a new cell phone for Christmas and you don’t know what to do with the old one?” asks East Aurora American Legion Post 362. “Well, here’s the answer.”

For the past three and a half years, Post 362 has been collecting used cell phones and accessories for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. The phones are forwarded to a recycling center in Michigan, which creates funds to purchase AT&T calling cards. These cards are then distributed to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in American military hospitals, so that they can call home for free.

Local Basketball Player Goes From Redshirt to Major Contributor at Michigan

Local Basketball Player Goes From Redshirt to Major Contributor at Michigan

Hamburg resident Blake McLimans was redshirted at Michigan last season so he could learn more about what it takes to succeed at the Division I level. This year, it’s a different story.

McLimans, a 6-foot 10-inch, 240-pound forward who wears number 22 for the Michigan Wolverines, spent his off-season training at Primordial Strength Inc. in East Aurora with Steven Helmicki, president of the local fitness training company.

Miller Wins #200 as Sabres Top Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Mike Weber scored his first two NHL
goals and Ryan Miller made 29 saves as the Buffalo Sabres won for the second time in nine road games, beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Luke Adam and Jochen Hecht also scored for the Sabres , who also snapped a two-game skid. Weber also had an assist after having only four in his first 39 NHL games.

Ryan Miller made 29 saves to earn career win # 200. He is the 67th goaltender in NHL history to win 200 games.

Dustin Penner and Ryan Jones scored for the Oilers, who have
dropped four straight and six of seven.

Holiday Reflections From Local Environmentalists

Buffalo, N.Y. -- Winter in Western New York can be a two headed beast; harsh and unyielding one day, beautiful and serene the next.

During the holidays, a glittering veil of white can transform the landscape into an embodiment of the true meaning of the holiday; a time for reflection, to look back upon the fading year and take stock of what has been, and to look forward to the year to come.For those who devote their lives to the environment, winter often takes on a much deeper meaning.

Sandy Geffner of Earth Spirit Educational Services gave us her interpretation.

"Winter -- it's the quiet time. It's the time to reflect, it's the time for introspection. It always has been for peoples connected to nature, connected to the outdoors."

Joel Thomas of the SPCA also shared his thoughts.