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Sheriff to Host Town Hall Meeting

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- According to a statement released by  the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff James R. Voutour will be hosting the 12th in a series of Town Hall Meetings on Wednesday, December 8, at 7 p.m. at the Town of Niagara Town Hall, 7105 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, New York.

This meeting is open to the public and will last approximately one-and-a-half hours.

The meeting will focus on the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office operations, sex offender program, citizen observer, recent crime trends in Niagara and other important public safety topics. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions.

If you have specific concerns that you would like addressed, you may contact Administrative Captain, Michael Filicetti, at 438-3331.

Kenan Center Readies for 8th Annual Holiday House Festival of Trees

LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- Every year, the Kenan Center in Lockport unpacks hundreds of ornaments, yards of twinkling lights, and more than a dozen Christmas trees from tabletop size to majestic seventeen foot high pines that brush the ceiling, to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. The tradition called, "Holiday House Festival of Trees," will take place from December 6 through 17 (closed December 11 and 12), with visiting hours from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Pet Connection Needs Your Immediate Support!

This puppy and countless others like him have been saved thanks to the work done every day at Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and urgent care animal shelter in Marilla. Every year, hundreds of dogs, cats, kittens, puppies and other animals are nursed to health and adopted to a loving home thanks to this shelter.

How can you help? Please show your holiday spirit by purchasing tickets to the shelter’s Holiday Dinner Dance & Auction from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4 at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew. In addition to plenty of food and a huge auction featuring more than 100 prizes, guests will be entertained by Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band. One lucky guest will also win a door prize featuring four one-day Disney hopper passes valued at $544!

Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Hockey Players Collect Food for Community Missions of Niagara

Celebrating the season of Thanksgiving, the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Travel Hockey League will be collecting cash donations and non-perishable food items during the Annual Thanksgiving Travel Hockey Tournament at Niagara University's Dwyer Arena.  All donations will benefit the Community Missions of Niagara Frontier. The Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Thanksgiving Tournament is held November 24th - Nov. 28th and hosts over 40 hockey teams from Western & Central New York, Southern Ontario, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

The NJPE organization takes a civic minded role in the Niagara Falls region and encourages many of the hockey teams to volunteer at the Community Missions of Niagara Frontier.  In addition to the food collection, this year the NJPE Travel Board will make a $1,000 donation from the proceeds of the tournament to Community Mission of Niagara Frontier.

Pet Connection Announces Holiday Season Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc. is counting on support from the generous residents of Western New York to make this a happy holiday season. Volunteers from the nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla will be at several locations throughout Erie County in an effort to raise funds for the care of dozens of dogs and cats in need of loving homes.

WNY Author To Read at Kenan Center Family Holiday Event

WNY Author To Read at Kenan Center Family Holiday Event

Maria T. DiVencenzo, a Western New York author who has just released the children's book, THE STAR OF CHRISTMAS, will visit the Kenan Center in Lockport on Sunday, December 12, as part of the Center's special free family event, "A Storybook Christmas Party." DiVencenzo will read at 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30 p.m., taking time to show children how she created her picturebook, THE SCARIEST DREAM EVER. The author will sign copies of her book throughout the afternoon.

Children will also have plenty of other activities to enjoy including a scavenger hunt through the Center's festively decorated 150-year-old house, cookie decorating, craft making, and picture taking with Santa. The event runs from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Kenan Center is located at 433 Locust Street, Lockport. For directions or more information, visit www.kenancenter.org or call 433-2617.

Old Fort Niagara's Castle by Candlelight

For two nights in December, visitors to Old Fort Niagara will experience the holidays as they were celebrated in early America. Historical characters will bring Christmas past alive with 18th and 19th century holiday recipes and portrayals of colonial-era people. The highpoint of the evening will be a traditional Feu de Joie (firing of joy), a nighttime musket and cannon salute.

Programs will take place from 7:00 pm through 8:30 pm on Saturday, December 11th and Saturday, December 18th. The historic French Castle (built in 1726) will be illuminated entirely by candles, as will the Fort's parade ground. The Fort's log trading post will serve as a colonial tavern complete with hot beverages and period music.