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Hamburg woman upset over tattered flags in town


HAMBURG, NY - A ripped and torn flag offends a Town of Hamburg woman and she is calling on officials to remove the flags from flying on South Park Avenue immediately.

According to flag etiquette, the Flag of the United States of America should always be flown in good condition. "No amount of tearing should be on an American flag and have it hanging," said Marilyn Maul. The 76-year old woman is passionate about flags becomes she comes from a military family. "Breaks my heart that the flag would be treated that way, breaks my heart, it's what they fought for, for our freedom, our protection, it's not showing any honor and dignity at all to our veterans or our country."

Maul found a flag on the ground and it made her cry. She took it home so that it can be properly retired at an American Legion post.

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Make Holiday Shopping Meaningful at 6th Annual Christmas in the Country Erie

Make Holiday Shopping Meaningful at 6th Annual Christmas in the Country Erie

One the nation’s most popular artisan markets, Christmas in the Country, returns to the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa., Nov. 14-15. The holiday market welcomes 150 artisans and artists from the Erie area and across the country.  

The event features unique and only-handcrafted creations including home décor, gourmet foods, trendsetting jewelry, hand-poured candles, children’s toys and clothing, stylish pottery, original wall art, gifts for pets and holiday gift items galore. This year, the event was again ranked within the Top 100 Contemporary and Classic Art Festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine, a leading trade publication.  

Dog Ears to Host Class for Aspiring Screenwriters

Dog Ears to Host Class for Aspiring Screenwriters

John Szablewski, a screenwriter and filmmaker from Buffalo, will hold a screenwriting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 15, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. The goal of this class is to help aspiring screenwriters write a full-length screenplay or television pilot. The cost of the class is $15.

In 2014, Szablewski’s short screenplay, The Quota, won honorable mention in the NYC Midnight Screenwriting Challenge. In 2012, the Buffalo State College graduate’s  screenplay, The Horrors of Public Transportation, was nominated to compete for $10,000 in the Michael Collyer Award in Screenwriting from the Writers Guild of America, East. He is currently working on creating a television dramedy pilot called The Deathsons and is creator of the hit web series The Adventures of Hero and Sidekick and Week Night Poker Night.

Mike Randall to Star in ‘Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol’

Mike Randall to Star in ‘Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol’

Dog Ears Bookstore & the Enlightenment Literary Center is excited to announce “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Bishop Timon St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo. The show, a solo performance starring Mike Randall, consists of two acts each approximately 45 minutes in length and one intermission. Wine tasting and other fun activities will also be included.

Randall’s production of “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol” has been a huge success since it’s premiere in 2007. A lover of Buffalo history and presenter of one-person shows, when Randall discovered that Charles Dickens performed in Buffalo in 1868 he decided to re-create Mr. Dickens’ presentation of his most well know story, "A Christmas Carol.”

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Matt Urban Hope Center to Hold Annual Harvest for Hope Gathering

Matt Urban Hope Center to Hold Annual Harvest for Hope Gathering

Harvest for Hope, an annual gathering benefitting the Matt Urban Hope Center, returns from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Pearl Street Grill, 76 Pearl St., Buffalo. The event provides funding so the Hope Center can continue to provide crucial services for residents of the lower East Side of Buffalo who suffer from extreme poverty (45.9 percent of whom live below the poverty rate).

The Hope Center assists residents with securing benefits and services necessary to obtain and sustain safe, decent and affordable housing. The Hope Center provides a “one-stop shop” to help homeless and low-income families get back on their feet. It also includes the “Urban Diner” (in collaboration with Friends of the Night People), where free dinners are served restaurant-style, Monday through Friday evenings to community members in need.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Two Inspirational Authors

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Two Inspirational Authors

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, has visits scheduled with two inspirational authors who will sign copies of their latest book releases. 

The first signing event, with author Eileen Herbst Needham, will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Needham’s book, “Forever Entwined,” connects the lives of several people. The main character is Colby Middleton, a strikingly handsome young man, whose tall, powerful presence was an enigma to his inner spirit ravaged by years of neglect from an alcoholic mother and an imperfect foster care system. A chance meeting in an emergency room with Maggie Lattimore allows him to triage his past and reconcile it with love and security.

Consider Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery for Your Holiday Gifting Needs

Consider Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery for Your Holiday Gifting Needs

It’s an excellent time of the year to purchase a one-of-a-kind holiday gift while supporting local artists! Small pieces of artwork (4x4, 5x5, 6x6, 9x12, etc.), jewelry, handmade ornaments and more will be available for purchase at the “Small Works Exhibit,” by the West Seneca Art Society, at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and the exhibit will close on Saturday, Nov. 28.