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Call the Right Play for Super Bowl LI and Pass the Keys to a Sober Driver

Call the Right Play for Super Bowl LI and Pass the Keys to a Sober Driver

Football fans across the country will celebrate America’s most watched national sporting event, Super Bowl LI, on Sunday, Feb. 5. For many, the celebration will include drinking alcohol.

That’s why highway safety advocates and law enforcement officials are teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a special “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” reminder to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend by passing the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.

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Annunciation to Host Mardi Gras Event Featuring the Barroom Buzzards

Annunciation to Host Mardi Gras Event Featuring the Barroom Buzzards

The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host a Mardi Gras Pot Luck Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in Selbert Hall. The event will feature music by Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members the Barroom Buzzards!

“What could be better, just before Lent begins, than food, music and good company?” asked Deborah Keenan, Pastoral Associate - Ministry. Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own adult beverage of choice.

Tickets for the Mardi Gras event are just $5 and can be purchased in the Annunciation parish office. For more information, please call 683-5254 or visit http://www.annunciation.cc.

Beckett Card Grading, Authentication Event Coming to Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Beckett Card Grading, Authentication Event Coming to Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles will host representatives from Beckett Grading Services and Beckett Authentication Services from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the store, located at 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.

Beckett Grading Services provides collectors with the most thorough, consistent and accurate grading efforts available in the industry. Your BGS-graded cards will be returned in a unique, protective cardholder. Beckett uses an easy-to-understand one- to 10-point grading scale to rate sports cards, which are graded on four key categories: Centering, corners, edges and surface. Grades from each of these key categories will be considered in determining your card's final overall grade. Beckett also grades non-sports cards, magazines, pocket schedules and gaming cards.

Mary Queen of Angels School Prepares for Catholic Schools Week, Open House Events

Mary Queen of Angels School Prepares for Catholic Schools Week, Open House Events

Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga is busy preparing for Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 30 through Feb. 3. The week will feature daily educational themes and tours for families considering MQA and Catholic education.

“Instead of hosting a traditional open house event, MQA will be open throughout Catholic Schools Week to families who would like to see our school, teachers and students in action,” said Principal Kristen Hada. “Tours will be offered from 8:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. Jan. 30 through Feb. 3, and you do not need to make an appointment. If you cannot make it in during school hours, please call the school office at 895-6280 to schedule a private tour.”

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Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

A huge lineup of professional athletes — including several Hall of Famers and members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 18 and 19 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Explore Buffalo Announces 2017 Architectural Course

Explore Buffalo Announces 2017 Architectural Course

Buffalo is recognized as having one of the best collections of architecture among American cities, with outstanding examples of a wide variety of architectural styles. Join Explore Buffalo for a four-week course on architectural styles to see how the entire city of Buffalo is a true architectural museum. This course will be led by Chuck LaChiusa, Explore Buffalo Board President and creator of BuffaloAH.com.

Each session will be 90 minutes in length, from 7 pm to 8:30 p.m., including a brief break. This course can only be purchased as a whole; individual sessions cannot be purchased separately. Sessions will include the following:

Funds for Home Improvement Projects are Currently at Their Peak

Funds for Home Improvement Projects are Currently at Their Peak

Tax season is right around the corner, and many homeowners are waiting to receive their annual refund check before beginning long-awaited home improvement projects such as the installation of new heating and cooling units, energy saving improvements, insulation, air sealing, new windows and more.

Rather than waiting and hoping for a sizable return, consumers could be taking advantage of multiple home improvement grant programs that are currently available to both homeowners and tenants. 

“Several grant and funding programs that allow homeowners and tenants to maximize home improvement projects are currently available to all households across Western New York,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services, 67 Sheldon Ave., Depew. “Everyone qualifies for some amount of assistance, so there’s really no reason to delay a project.”