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Videos Allow WNY Travelers to Discover the Spirit of London Before Crossing the Border

Shops, restaurants, theater, cultural institutions, wineries, museums, markets, comfortable hotels, sports and recreation, slot machines, special events ... sounds like a fun and accurate description of Western New York, right?

Actually, the exciting and equally inviting city of London, Ontario, boasts many similarities to the Buffalo region. Maybe that’s why more and more Buffalonians are traveling to London for a quick getaway.

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!

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.

Please Support Pet Connection’s Holiday Dinner Dance

Tickets are still available for Pet Connection’s Holiday Concert and Dinner Dance taking place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew. The event includes dinner, entertainment by Jack Civiletto and The Pyramid Band, a huge basket auction and much more.

One lucky door prize winner will take home four one-day Disney Hopper Passes valued at $544!

County Clerk Says It's Not Too Late to Enroll in TEENs Notification Service

LOCKPORT, N.Y. - Niagara County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow wants parents and guardians of young drivers to know about the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) Teen Electronic Event Notification Service or TEENS.

TEENS is a voluntary free service offered by the DMV that provides an opportunity for the parent or guardian of a minor, under the age of 18, to be notified in the event that a ticket, conviction, suspension, revocation or crash appears on the minor’s driver’s license record.  The TEENS program is the first resource to be made available through MyDMV, an online resource for DMV customers.

“TEENS is a very helpful new service for parents or guardians,” said Mr. Jagow.  “Signing up is quick and convenient, and can be done at any one of our three DMV locations, by mail or online.”  From May 2010 through October, there have been more than 12,700 enrollees in the program. Most enrollments have been completed at county clerk DMV offices.