Weekly Feature

2018-10-10 / Editorial

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Associate Editor

MEET AND GREET — Elections are around the corner, and interest in this year’s election is gathering excitement.

It’s important for residents to have information about who is running in both the local and state races.

The Sierra Club Niagara Group is holding an Endorsed Challengers Meet & Greet Rally from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at UAW Region 9 Hall, located at 35 George Karl Blvd., No. 100, just off Wehrle Drive near Transit Road, in Amherst.

The event is free and open to the general public. Residents will have an opportunity to hear each candidate briefly describe his/her platform and their views on a variety of environmental topics. Also, Rep. Brian Higgins will introduce candidate Nate McMurray, who is running for U.S. Congressional District 27.

At the event, there will be food and beverages available.

The following candidates will be present at the rally: Nate McMurray for U.S. Congress, District 27; Joan Elizabeth Seamans for state Senate, District 61; Carima El-Behairy for state Senate, District 60; Karen McMahon for Assembly, District 146; Patrick Burke for Assembly, District 142; Michelle Roman for mayor of Lockport; and Luke Wochensky for Assembly, District 147.

Later this month, the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara will present a Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St.

All candidates for election to offices that serve residents of the Town of Amherst have been invited, and candidates who participate must abide by League rules.

The program is free, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

DANCE ENSEMBLE — If you’re interested in dance and culture, you won’t want to miss an upcoming event at Daemen College. This week, Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, “Golden Gates,” will offer audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Ukraine through music, song and dance.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Daemen College Wick Center, in the Social Room, at 4380 Main St. The educational performance is intended for audiences of all ages.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Polish Studies at Daemen College, admission for the event is free. Free will offerings will also be accepted.

The repertoire, which is centered around Ukrainian folklore, represents the diversity of the culture in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

The program is broad and varied, with something to appeal to everyone, including audience participation though clapping and learning Ukrainian songs and words.

2019 OLD HOME DAYS — Next year, Old Home Days will be taking place a week later than it usually does in July.

The four-day festival, featuring rides, games and live music, is scheduled for July 16 through 19, at Island Park, behind the Amherst Municipal Building, at 5583 Main St. in Williamsville. Rides will be set to open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

While the dates are different, attendees will still be able to enjoy the same activities and familiar events associated with Old Home Days.

The change was made due to a conflict with the amusement ride company.

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