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First Annual Erie County Fair Held in Buffalo Courthouse

First Annual Erie County Fair Held in Buffalo Courthouse

The Ladies were a bit reluctant to attend the first Erie County Fair, in 1841, so officials announced: "Constables will be on grounds to preserve order and the visits of the ladies will be welcomed to the exhibition."

Thus reassured, the ladies tied on there bonnets, and sallied forth. They even attended the plowing matches, one of the main attractions of early fairs, and it was reported "more than 2,000 people gathered in carriages and on horseback. A great many ladies, lured by delicious weather and the interest of the occasion, graced the attendance, adding interest and brilliancy to the scene." Even in those days the ladies did not like to miss any of the fun.

‘Funktastic Friday’ Music Event to Benefit Matt Urban Center

‘Funktastic Friday’ Music Event to Benefit Matt Urban Center

 

“Funktastic Friday,” a musical fundraiser to benefit the Matt Urban Center, will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St., Buffalo. Entertainment will be provided by Smackdab and Randle and the Late Night Scandals.

Garlic Mustard Challenge Volunteers Successfully Battle Invaders

Garlic Mustard Challenge Volunteers Successfully Battle Invaders

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, Friends of Reinstein Woods and the Buffalo Audubon Society are pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Garlic Mustard Challenge, a competition designed to improve habitats in three Western New York nature preserves. 

 

MacSolutions Plus Assists Dog Ears Bookstore in Time of Need

MacSolutions Plus Assists Dog Ears Bookstore in Time of Need

 

Sometimes, a terrible situation can bring out the absolute best in people.

When word got out that two iPads were recently stolen from Dog Ears Bookstore & Café in South Buffalo after someone broke into the nonprofit community bookstore after business hours, many individuals from South Buffalo and beyond stepped up with donations and offers of support. One such individual was Garret Cleversley, CEO of MacSolutions Plus, an Apple-authorized retail store and service center located in the Eastern Hills Mall. 

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week, 50th Anniversary of Foster Grandparent Program

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week, 50th Anniversary of Foster Grandparent Program

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Foster Grandparent Program in conjunction with Senior Corps Week May 18-23, Catholic Charities will thank its 96 Foster Grandparent Program volunteers during its “50 and Feeling Fabulous” event May 22 at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY, 1081 Broadway, Buffalo.  

Senior Corps Week, developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, spotlights the impact of Senior Corps volunteers on their communities. Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program is a program of Service Corps, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $35,000 From Local Foundations

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $35,000 From Local Foundations

 

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has just approved a grant in the amount of $25,000 for the Western New York Land Conservancy for the creation of the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new, publicly-accessible nature preserve along the Niagara River in Lewiston. This news comes just days after the announcement that the M&T Charitable Foundation will contribute $10,000 toward the project! The Land Conservancy has now received more than $2.9 million of the more than $3.2 million needed to create the Stella Niagara Preserve. 

North Amherst Banquet Hall to Host Community Events

North Amherst Banquet Hall to Host Community Events

 

A craft show, sportsman’s raffle and Father’s Day pancake breakfast are among the upcoming events planned at the North Amherst Banquet Hall, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. All events are open to the public.

The craft show, sponsored by Traveling Vendors, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30. The event boasts approximately 40 vendors and a basket auction featuring items donated by the show’s vendors. Basket winners do not need to be present to win, and proceeds from the event will benefit Special Spaces Buffalo. Admission is free!