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Clock tower bell at Old County Hall to ring for first time in three decades


BUFFALO, NY – Restorations to the 140-year-old clock tower of Old Erie County Hall in downtown Buffalo will be marked Thursday night when the bell rings in New Year's Eve for the first time in nearly 30 years.

"The restoration of Old County Hall helped to restore the glory of a beautiful public building that has been at the center of life in Erie County for nearly 150 years," said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz in a statement released Thursday. "The ringing of the clock tower bell tonight will help signify the vision and hard work of our forefathers. The investment made in restoring the building embraces their vision and has helped to return this historical and iconic structure to its rightful place of prominence in our community."

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Dog Ears and RealtyUSA Team Up for Successful Puppy Tales Series

Dog Ears and RealtyUSA Team Up for Successful Puppy Tales Series

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café and RealtyUSA recently teamed up to offer another successful Puppy Tales series at the nonprofit bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road in Buffalo. Open to children ages 2 to 4, Puppy Tales runs on six consecutive Friday mornings, and each session includes stories, a craft and snacks. 

“We would like to thank RealtyUSA and Vice President Matthew Whitehead for truly appreciating the importance of education and sponsoring the recently concluded Puppy Tales series,” said Dog Ears Director Thomas McDonnell. “The kids had a lot of fun, and at the end of the six-week session each child received a book to take home.”

Annunciation to Host Mardi Gras Event Featuring the Bar-room Buzzards

Annunciation to Host Mardi Gras Event Featuring the Bar-room Buzzards

The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host a Mardi Gras Pot Luck Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Selbert Hall. The event will feature music by Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members the Bar-room Buzzards!

“What could be better, just before Lent begins, than food, music and good company?” asked Deborah Keenan, Pastoral Associate - Ministry. Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own adult beverage of choice.

Tickets for the Mardi Gras event are just $5 and can be purchased in the Annunciation parish office. For more information, please call 683-5254 or visit http://www.annunciation.cc.

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Upcoming Beatles Exhibit, Classes

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery Lists Upcoming Beatles Exhibit, Classes

From an exhibit inspired by The Beatles to a career development class for artists, Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca has announced an impressive calendar of activities as we enter 2016.

“An Evening with the Beatles,” an exhibit featuring artwork inspired by Beatles songs, opens from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. Guests can listen to the music of the Beatles while enjoying artwork with a “Fab Four” connection. The exhibit will remain on display throughout the month.

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Explore Buffalo to Offer Docent Training Classes

Explore Buffalo to Offer Docent Training Classes

Explore Buffalo, offering tours of Buffalo’s most unique architecture and attractions, will host 2016 docent training classes from Feb. 13 through April 30.

What do Explore Buffalo docents do? Volunteer docents lead all of Explore Buffalo’s walking tours, including regularly scheduled and private group tours for the general public and school tours for thousands of students from elementary to high school. With hundreds of tours given each year, there are many opportunities to participate!

High School Seniors to Compete in NFADA AutoTech Competition

High School Seniors to Compete in NFADA AutoTech Competition

The Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and Erie Community College will host the 2016 NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition on Saturday, Jan. 16. The competition features teams of two high school automotive seniors who will go through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities. The WNY Ford Dealers are the vehicle sponsors and will be providing six 2016 Ford F150s for the students to compete on.

The competition, to be held at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center at 5885 Big Tree Road in Orchard Park, will be open to the public beginning at 9 a.m. It concludes with an awards ceremony at approximately 3 p.m.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Exhibit the Work of Artist Walter S. Mayo

Dog Ears Bookstore to Exhibit the Work of Artist Walter S. Mayo

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will feature the artwork of Walter S. Mayo beginning Jan. 4. The exhibit will run through February.

“My life journey has taken many different turns in the arts,” said Mayo. “While my professional training is in the performance and teaching of music, visual art has been a life-long interest and passion. My first influence was my Aunt Pearl, our family’s first artist. It was not only her passion for art and life which I remember, but also her jolly laugh and the flamboyant color of her life. Perhaps it was looking at her paintings or just listening to her describe how she painted plates and bowls that caught my imagination. My mother was always proud of any artwork that she obtained from my aunt.