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2017-11-08 / Editorials

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ETHAN POWERS
Clarence Editor

VICTORY SPORTS OPEN HOUSE — Victory Sports Global Outreach Inc., a 501c3 non-profit with the mission of helping under-resourced schools, leagues, teams and athletes obtain the sports equipment they need to allow them to play a sport, is seeking donations of new and gently used team sports gear. Collection barrels are located across the region. A complete list of these locations can be found at www.VictorySports.org. Monetary donations and corporate sponsorships are also needed.

VSGO collects and warehouses used and new sports equipment from families, retailers and manufacturers, and then allows pre-approved groups to “shop” their inventory and select the equipment they need at no cost.

The organization will hold an open house and collection drive for St. Nick’s Holiday Mission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The event will take place at 9393 Main St., Clarence. For more information, contact Doug Rifenburg at 523-4210 or doug@victorysports.org.

TAX PRESENTATION — The Clarence Chamber of Commerce will present an informative program for current and prospective Chamber members as the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, and its potential tax ramifications, take effect. The Chamber will sponsor a presentation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clarence Public Library, Three Town Place, on Thursday, Nov. 9. The guest speaker will be Christopher Fabian, vice president of tax operations at EG Tax. He is the co-host of the weekly radio show, “Ask the Tax Lady,” with Esther Gulyas. For additional information, call the Clarence Chamber at 631-3888.

OLD FORT NIAGARA — On Veterans Day at 1 p.m., Robert Emerson, executive director of the Old Fort Niagara Association, will present a program in the Visitor Center theatre about Fort Niagara’s role in World War I. “New” Fort Niagara was used as a training facility for two United States Reserve Officers Training Corps camps in 1917 when the ROTC program was just getting started. Emerson’s presentation will share historical background information and photos that show how the area, now known as Fort Niagara State Park, was used to train young men for military service 100 years ago. This accompanies a special World War I exhibit in the Visitor Center museum that features uniforms, artifacts, letters and photos specific to the training camps.

Veterans and active military people with ID will be admitted free on Veterans Day. Otherwise, the cost to attend the presentation and visit the World War I exhibit is included in regular admission to the fort ($12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under) and is free to members of the Old Fort Niagara Association.

BOOK EXPO — The WNY Children’s Book Expo, presented by Monkey See Monkey Do … Children’s Bookstore in Clarence, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo.

Additionally, many special reading and author events have been scheduled throughout Western New York during KidsLit Week, Nov. 4-11. Among the highlights will be a visit from international author Christopher Lloyd.

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