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Explore Buffalo Lists Unique February Tours

Explore Buffalo Lists Unique February Tours

The interesting architecture of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, adventures in Buffalo history and Buffalo’s breweries are the topics of tours being offered by Explore Buffalo during the month of February.

Inside St. Mary’s School for the Deaf
Feb. 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
2253 Main St., Buffalo

St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, established in Buffalo in 1853 as the first academic school for the deaf in the country, was relocated from Edward Street to its current location on Main Street in 1898. This two-hour walking tour highlights the beautiful architecture of this historic building and offers fascinating information about the history and culture of deaf people in the Buffalo area. The tour also offers a glimpse into the current world of educating deaf and hard of hearing students in the 21st century.

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Athlete Signing Times Announced for Huge Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Athlete Signing Times Announced for Huge Sports Collectors Expo in Batavia

Nearly 30 former football, baseball, basketball and hockey players and coaches — including members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 20 and 21 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Athlete signing times have recently been announced. Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 20, are:
11 a.m. to noon: Claude Humphrey, Joe Altobelli, Gilles Villemure, Don Luce
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Ray Bentley
12 to 1 p.m.: Sammy Stewart, Dave Ford, Tim Stoddard, Al Bumbry, Bill Swaggerty
1 to 2 p.m.: Adrian Dantley, Jim McMillian, Ernie DiGregorio, Jack Marin, Gar Heard
2 to 3 p.m.: Walt Patulski, Scott Norwood, Jim Lorentz, Ruben Brown, Gabe Northern

Special Guests Will Keep the Buffalo Auto Show Buzzing All Weekend Long

Special Guests Will Keep the Buffalo Auto Show Buzzing All Weekend Long

The Buffalo Auto Show, Western New York’s premier new vehicle automotive event, makes its annual return to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Feb. 11-14, and along with the latest and greatest new vehicles, visitors will also have a chance to see some very special guests!

Three members of the Buffalo Bandits — Ryan Benesch, David Brock and Dhane Smith — will appear at the Auto Show from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, to sign autographs and have photos taken with their fans. Several members of the Buffalo Bandettes, the professional dance team for the Buffalo Bandits, will also be on hand to greet fans!

Student Art Exhibit Kicks Off a Busy Schedule at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery

Student Art Exhibit Kicks Off a Busy Schedule at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery

A wide variety of classes, exhibits and workshops will take place at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, in the upcoming weeks and months!

“Creative Courage,” an exhibit featuring the work of students from the West Seneca Visual Arts Academy at West Seneca East Senior High School, will be on display from Feb. 3-27. An opening reception, open to the public, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Guests are invited to meet the student artists, view their creativity and discuss their artwork with them!

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Catholic Men’s Fellowship of WNY Plans Annual Conference

Catholic Men’s Fellowship of WNY Plans Annual Conference

“Live Fully,” the 14th annual Catholic Men’s Fellowship of WNY Conference, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Road, Tonawanda. 

This is an opportunity for men of the Diocese of Buffalo to gather to be renewed in their faith, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and experience brotherhood and sharing. This year’s conference will feature three guest speakers: John O’Leary, who, at age 9, was burned on 100 percent of his body and now shares the life-giving lessons from his story; Fr. Richard Zajac, chaplain at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo for the past 32 years; and Fred Shafer, who will share his incredible story of being raised by a single mom on public assistance to achieving his life dream. 

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Is your house healthy? If you’re not 100 percent sure, there’s a cost-free way to find out.

A New York State program now offers a free home health and safety evaluation — the NYSERDA Free Energy Audit — for homeowners. All homes are eligible for this service every two years, free of charge. 

“A home should be declared safe before starting any major home improvement project such as adding insulation or installing new windows,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services. “If a home has an existing health or safety concern and you tighten up the building's shell, the existing problem will only be magnified by trapping it inside the home. This could create a hazardous or deadly environment.”

One potential safety concern is exposure to carbon monoxide gas, which can lead to CO poisoning or even death.

Hamburg Student Partakes in Medical Debate

Hamburg Student Partakes in Medical Debate
Buffalo General Hospital was chock-full of debate as local high school students digested and demonstrated their knowledge about organ transplantation. A Hamburg student Camille Lockwood joined the deliberation. Camille, who is enrolled in the academically competitive Connections program that is offered in conjunction with Erie 1 BOCES, debated whether the US government should allow the sale of organs for transplantation. Fourteen seniors from Lancaster, Depew, Grand Island, Hamburg and Cardinal O'Hara high schools participated in the annual event. The Connections program, which is part of Erie 1 BOCES' honors-level track called New Visions, is a four-credit program where students spend three hours each day at a designated hospital site taking course work and observing all aspects of health careers. In addition to Buffalo General Hospital, other classes take place at  Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and Veterans Affairs Hospital.