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Opening Day for Teachers in the Ken-Ton School District

More than 750 teachers returned to one of the 13 schools throughout the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District as Wednesday September 1st, 2010 marked the first day back for staff.  The first day back for teachers began with an orientation at Kenmore East High School where Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro and Board of Education President Bob Dana addressed staff. 

Kenmore East High School Select Chorus members Ailsa Prohn, Kim Rife, Andrea Snitzer, and Emily Warren began the orientation by singing the “Star Spangled Banner.” Board of Education President Dana then offered words of encouragement to teachers and promised to maintain open lines of communication with staff.

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Healing Mass Sponsored by St. Paul's R.C. Church & St. John the Baptist in Kenmore

St. Paul's & St. John the Baptist R.C. Churches of Kenmore will be Co-Sponsoring a Healing Mass on Tuesday, October 12th at 7Pm at St. John the Baptist Church located at 1085 Englewood, Kenmore, NY. The Presider for the Mass will be Rev. David Tourville, the Parochial Vicar of St. John's Church. The Mass will be followed by a Healing Services lead by Frank Kelly- a man gifted with healing and prophesy. Mr. Kelly is approved by Sean Cardinal O'Malley- The Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Boston. For more information about Frank Kelly please visit his website at http://frankkellyministry.com/. A reception will follow the Healing Service that will be co-sponsored by St. Paul's Women's Sodality and St. John the Baptist Neuman Guild in the Reina Community Room. We hope to see you there!

Kenmore Mercy Hospital spices up "Go Green" efforts with rooftop herb garden

The Food & Nutrition Department at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, is spicing up their “Go Green” efforts this summer with the establishment of a rooftop garden. The garden will produce fresh, locally and organically grown herbs and tomatoes for use in recipes for patients, visitors and staff.  

“Because the hospital uses substantial quantities of food, we have made a commitment to sustainable cuisine,” said Kathy McAlpine, Food Services manager at Kenmore Mercy. “The herb garden serves as an extension of the hospital’s Go Green program.”

Kenmore Mercy is growing a variety of culinary herbs including cilantro, basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley, as well as grape tomatoes.  These staples were selected for planting by the hospital’s chefs – Sue Battaglia, Joel Hauer, Vinny Richter and Rob Clark – who also tend the garden.

Kids age 10-12 learn basic fitness principles in Town of Tonawanda's "Crash Course"

The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department announced the fall schedule for this year’s Crash Course, a class that familiarizes kids with fitness equipment and gym etiquette.

Beginning Sunday, September 5 and running through October 24, classes will be held each Sunday in the fitness room at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center (AFC), 1 Pool Plaza in Tonawanda from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Classes are $20.00 for AFC members and $32.00 for non-members.  Participants can register online using class code 412072-01 or in person at the AFC.

“We feel that it’s important to offer an introduction to the state of the art fitness equipment we have at the Aquatic and Fitness Center,” added Councilman Dan Crangle, Chairman of the Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee. “And gym etiquette benefits everyone.”

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American Legion Band of the Tonawandas Gets Top Honors

BUFFALO, NY--  The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas took top honors at the 2010 National Concert Band Contest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas performed at the Milwaukee Symphony Hall on August 28th.   The main song of the 30 minute performance, "Wild Blue Yonder" by James Barnes, gave them a standing ovation and first place in the contest.

The Band performed under Music Director, Michael Shaw.

This is the 17th national championship for the band, which is in its 81st year. 

Erie County SPCA Sponsors Paws in the Park Walk

As the SPCA’s longest-running fundraiser, the Paws in the Park Walk presented by Keller Technology Corporation invites people to come with (or without) their dog to a two-mile walk at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, September 11, at 11 a.m. (Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

The day includes lunch for participants and the opportunity to interact with: 50 or more pet-related vendors, exhibitors and canine rescue groups; judged dog trick, costume and dog-owner look-alike contests; an agility course for the dogs; and fun for children and adults alike with inflatable bounce houses. 

Participants are encouraged to raise pledges that directly benefit the people and animals the SPCA assists. In return, these participants win incredible prizes, including airline tickets, messenger bags, and pet first aid kits!

For more information, visit the Paws in the Park website.

Nine-Year-Old Tonawanda Girl Wins National Contest

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - Nine-year-old Tonawanda resident Anna Stang, who started making blankets for chemotherapy patients after seeing her aunt get cold during treatments, was named one of five national winners of Farm Rich’s 2010 "Kids Who Give" contest on Monday.

Her “Blankets of Love” efforts include raising money, creating blankets and delivering them to people in need.

More than 14,000 votes were cast by the public, and Anna was one of the top vote getters because of support from the Buffalo area. She is receiving a $1000 donation check for her Blankets of Love charity, a $300 gift card and a Farm Rich product care package as the prize.

Farm Rich is one of the Rich Products brands, which is headquartered in Buffalo.