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World’s Top Synchronized Skaters to Compete at London Synchrofest

World’s Top Synchronized Skaters to Compete at London Synchrofest

Tourism London announced recently that they, in partnership with the John Labatt Centre, will host the first ever 2011 Synchro in the City — London Synchrofest International presented by Freedom 55 FinancialTM. This International Senior Invitational Competition will be held December 27-29 at the John Labatt Centre in nearby London, Ontario.

“This is a groundbreaking event that we hope will stimulate the local economy and profile more fully the athletic skill and artistry of synchronized skating,” said John Winston, general manager of Tourism London. “This is an exciting, creative initiative and we are pleased to offer this family event over the holiday season.”

Gehrisch, Jacobs Family, Delaware North to be Honored During Niagara University Convocation

Gehrisch, Jacobs Family, Delaware North to be Honored During Niagara University Convocation

Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management will hold its 11th annual convocation Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at 4 p.m. in the university’s Alumni Chapel. Sponsored by the Maid of the Mist Corporation, the convocation is the college’s showcase event, during which it annually honors national and international leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.

This year’s honorees are Michael D. Gehrisch, president and C.E.O. of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), who will receive the college’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Jacobs family and Delaware North Companies Inc., this year’s recipients of the Hospitality Management Leadership Award.

The ceremony will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the honorees, along with Eddie Friel, an expert-in-residence at Niagara, and Michael Gentile, J.D., an associate professor in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Buffalo Sports Legends Scheduled to Appear at Rochester Show

Buffalo Sports Legends Scheduled to Appear at Rochester Show

Sports fans, card and memorabilia collectors will be heading to Rochester in October for a great show featuring some of Buffalo’s most beloved coaches and athletes, including Marv Levy, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Ernie DiGregorio and many others!

The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Diplomat Party House, 1 Diplomat Way, Rochester. Admission is just $5 and children 12 and under are free.

Seneca Niagara Poker Room Hosts 'Fall Classic Poker Championship' at Seneca Niagara Casino

Seneca Niagara Poker Room Hosts 'Fall Classic Poker Championship' at Seneca Niagara Casino

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Big money is on the table for the “Fall Classic Poker Championship” this week inside the Seneca Niagara Poker Room at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.  Four tournaments will take place from September 21 through 25 with $210,000 in prize money up for grabs – including a headline $100,000 guaranteed prize pool for the final tournament that starts Saturday, September 24, at noon.

Joining the main table during the headline tournament will be Minh Nguyen, a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner with more than $2 million in winnings.  In addition, four random players will receive special “knockout chips” valued at $1,000 each at the beginning of the tournament’s third round.

Each of the four poker tournaments starts at noon, is limited to 300 participants and features a no-limit Texas hold ‘em format with an ante—little blind—big blind structure.  Blind amounts will increase at the start of each new round.

Come and Dive In at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

Come and Dive In at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

The Canada Games Aquatic Centre in nearby London, Ontario, is truly a world-class swimming and diving facility, host to a multitude of top-level meets, including the 2001 Canada Summer Games. And how cool is this: The Olympic-sized pool is specially equipped so workers can change the configuration for a multitude of uses, and uses a moveable floor to vary the depth! 

Water is kept at a comfortable temperature — around 83 degrees. The deep end features one-meter and three-meter springboards as well as three-meter and five-meter platforms. Visit during Forest City dive practices or competitions and watch the athletes soar from the 7.5- and 10-meter platforms! 

Peach Festival 2011: Kiwanis 'Fun Run' to Benefit It Happened to Alexa Foundation

Peach Festival 2011: Kiwanis 'Fun Run' to Benefit It Happened to Alexa Foundation

The 33rd annual 5K "Fun Run" and 1-mile walk will kick off the first full day of the Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 10. This year's race is especially important, as all proceeds will benefit a national charity founded right here in Lewiston.

The It Happened to Alexa Foundation was formed to help rape victims and their families by easing the financial burdens they undergo while traveling to attend the criminal trial. It was founded by Tom and Stacey Branchini of Lewiston, whose daughter, Alexa, was assaulted her freshman year of college at Boston University.

"We had to drive back and forth to the trial in Boston; my husband had to leave work, and we had to get a babysitter. We were lucky to be able to afford that, but many people can't," said Stacey Branchini. "Either the perpetrator gets away or, while they're in jail eating three meals a day, the victim loses their job or drops out of school from the financial costs."