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2017-11-22 / Editorials

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ETHAN POWERS
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ABC BEL CANTO — The annual collaboration between the ABC Bel Canto Choirs and three of WNY’s most talented soloists from the Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.

This year’s soloists will be Barbara Hodder, soprano; Nicole Bodemer, flute; and Mary Britton, bassoon. They will all be accompanied by Jane Cary on piano. Part of the proceeds from this concert will benefit SAI Philanthropies, which provides a multitude of assistance in the form of grants, scholarships and support for student and working musicians in our local community. Tickets are available at the door for $10, or $5 for seniors and students. Call 440-6783 or see abcbelcanto.org for more information.

The ABC Bel Canto Choir’s mission is to develop a love of high-quality choral music within the children of Western New York. The choristers work to increase their skill and musicianship while developing a fine vocal tradition. ABC nurtures artistry, discipline, teamwork, self-expression and growth. ABC choristers experience a variety of music and enjoy musical growth in their many concert performances.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY — The Meet in the Center Merchant Association will hold its “merchant stroll” for Small Business Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at Clarence Center and Goodrich roads.

Visit the local merchants during these extended hours for their “Shop Local” specials throughout the day. Each participating business will offer refreshments and a chance to win up to seven $25 gift certificates.

Participating businesses include The Perfect Gift & Boutique, Dawn’s Candy Shack, Yours Truly, Gertie’s, Mardee’s, Clarence Center Coffee Company and Clarence Center Pizza Company.

Additionally, on Saturday, Dec. 2, MITC will present “Santa in the Cent er,” offering free trolley rides through the merchant district from noon to 3 p.m. The trolley will make a continuous loop at the following four pickup/drop-off spots: Dawn’s Candy Shack, Yours Truly & Mardee’s, The Perfect Gift & Gertie’s, and Clarence Center Coffee Company.

PAPER REDUCTION CONTEST — Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and members of Erie County’s “Green Team” recently announced the winner of the county’s internal operations Paper Reduction Contest in conjunction with the nationwide celebration of America Recycles Day.

Receiving the “Golden Printer” recognition award for having the highest overall percentage reduction in paper usage was the Erie County Department of Budget and Management, which reduced the total number of pieces of paper used to print documents from 2016 to 2017 by 37.2 percent.

The contest, which was coordinated by members of Erie County’s “Green Team” and employees from the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, included monthly tracking of all prints and copies, with those statistics then compared to the percent reduction from the same month of the previous year based on that department’s own usage. Teams for the contest were defined based on approximately 75 Xerox office copy machines located throughout Erie County offices.

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