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Buy American This Holiday

Buy American This Holiday

(Buffalo, NY) — With the official start of the holiday shopping season just hours away, Western New Yorkers are asking how they're going to afford presents for their loved ones in this uncertain economy. Elma's Made In America Store (www.saveourcountryfirst.com) says the answer is very simple: buy American, support American jobs and keep your money in America.

The Made In America Store opened in April 2010 as the only brick-and-mortar retail outlet in the country that sells 100% American-made products, right down to the packaging. Since opening, the store has received international media attention, including from Japan, South Korea and Russia. In September, the store unveiled a new 1,100 square-foot addition and now offers 3,500 USA-made products.

New Data on Unsheltered Homeless in Erie County

New Data on Unsheltered Homeless in Erie County

The Homeless Alliance of WNY in partnership with the WNY Coalition for the Homeless conducted a survey of the unsheltered homeless in Erie County on October 14th and 15th.  Over 25 trained outreach workers and Homeless Alliance staff conducted the surveys in known homeless camps throughout the city, soup kitchens, and Harbor House.

135 people were found to be living in conditions not meant for human habitation.  Because of weather conditions during the survey time period, it is estimated that there is a minimum of another 100 people who were not counted.  Our estimate is that there are at least 250 people living in conditions not meant for human habitation.

Daybreak Television Productions, Catholic Charities Earn Bronze Telly Award

Daybreak Television Productions, Catholic Charities Earn Bronze Telly Award

Daybreak Television Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo recently was awarded a bronze in the 32nd annual Telly Awards for its creation of Catholic Charities’ 10-minute video called “Real lives. Real help. Real hope.”

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world. More than 11,000 entries are received from 50 states and many foreign countries. Winners receive either a Bronze or Silver Telly Award.

Red Jacket Awards at the Historical Society Honor Letro, Walsh

Red Jacket Awards at the Historical Society Honor Letro, Walsh

The Board of Managers of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society is pleased to announce that they have selected Cindy Abbott Letro, and John N. Walsh as recipients of its annual Red Jacket Award. The board will present the awards at a dinner and ceremony at the Historical Society’s museum on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

The Red Jacket Award is given annually in recognition of quiet, continued, unbroken devotion to civic progress. Created 54 years ago, in 1957, by the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, the award is based upon a medal presented in 1792 by President George Washington to the renowned Seneca orator and leader Red Jacket.

Photos from the Quaker Arts Festival

Photos from the Quaker Arts Festival

In spite of yesterday's Bills' game, there was still a great turnout at the 50th annual Quaker Arts Festival in Orchard Park.

Sponsored by the Orchard Park Jaycees, this event showcases the work of hundreds of artists and craftsmen from all over Western New York, as well as some from out of the area.

I took the liberty -- with permission from the exhibitors, of course -- of taking some photos of the artistic treasures on display yesterday. As you might have guessed from the above photo, I will start by showing you some of what the "Lucky Bamboo" tent had to offer.

Click on the headline to see more photos.

Here are the websites of some of the exhibitors, for those who are interested:

Beeswax Window Ornament

Kelsey Merkle

L&M Arts

Michael S. Smith Graphics

Junior Sabres invite fans to "Meet the GM" Michael Peca on Opening Night

Junior Sabres invite fans to "Meet the GM" Michael Peca on Opening Night

The Buffalo Junior Sabres will open their 2011-2012 regular season in the Ontario Junior Hockey League against the Newmarket Hurricanes this Saturday, September 10 at 7:30pm in the Northtown Center at Amherst, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive (between Maple and Millersport).

To mark the new season, fans are invited to “Meet the GM.”  New Buffalo Junior Sabres general manager and Buffalo Sabres Alumnus Michael Peca will interact with fans during the game, at which time he’ll sign autographs and answer questions about the Junior Sabres franchise.           

Tickets will be available for purchase on site in the front lobby of the Northtown Center.  Prices are $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for students (with ID) and senior citizens. 

Mills, Collins Present Shirley the Pig to Hidden Valley Adventure

Mills, Collins Present Shirley the Pig to Hidden Valley Adventure

On Monday, August 22, Erie County Legislator John J. Mills and Erie County Executive Chris Collins joined 15-year old Racheal Smith of Collins, NY to present Shirley the Pig to members of Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. The presentation completes a series of events set in motion by Ms. Smith in an effort to promote the 4-H program.

“Racheal Smith is a young lady with a bright future ahead of her, I am happy she asked me to bid on Shirley, because it gave me a better understanding of 4-H,” said Legislator Mills. “I would like to thank the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure for their help in guaranteeing that children will have opportunities to learn about wild life and will be able to enjoy Shirley for many years to come.”