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2015-05-27 / Editorials

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SCHOLARSHIP — Erin Burgess of Clarence Center recently received a scholarship from the 100 Club of Buffalo Inc. The club awarded 20 scholarships totaling more than $20,000 to area students through its Scholarship of Excellence program.

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 were presented to high school seniors and college students who are children of active first responders including law enforcement, fire and/or emergency medical personnel, or are active first responders themselves.

The scholarship recognizes students who have exemplified outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular/ employment activities and community involvement.

Money for the scholarships is raised through the annual 100 Club Scholarship of Excellence Golf Tournament, which took place last July at Fox Valley Club.

This year’s recipients represent more than 15 first responder/public safety officer agencies in Western New York, including the Clarence Center Fire Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police. Other agencies represented are Twin City Ambulance; Buffalo, Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Tonawanda and Hamburg police departments; Buffalo, Snyder, Grand Island and West Falls fire departments; the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office; and Mercy Flight.

Currently a Clarence High School senior, Burgess plans to attend Clemson University. Congratulations!

FARMERS MARKET — Throughout the month of May, the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market has been hosting its spring Flower Day sales as a primer for the market’s full season, which gets underway this Saturday.

Author Alycia Ripley will be the featured “Business of the Week.” We have featured Ripley a few times in The Clarence Bee when her books have been published, including two in her “Alice in Wonderland”-themed trilogy. Since we spoke with her last year, she has been touring in support of her books and freelance writing for local publications. Ripley plans to release another two novels next year.

During the Farmers Market this Saturday, Ripley will be selling first-edition copies of her books, including a special sale for anyone who buys both Parts 1 and 2 of the trilogy. It’s a great opportunity to meet a passionate local author.

CONGRATS NIKKI — You may recall that about two years ago, Clarence native Nikki Dinki was featured on season 9 of Food Network’s reality TV show “Food Network Star.” And if you follow her on Twitter @NikkiDinki, you know that she often highlights ways of incorporating more vegetables in cooking.

Her clever recipes and sweet personality have led to her own cooking show, “Junk Food Flip,” which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, on Cooking Channel. Nikki and co-host Bobby Deen hit the highway to seek out delicious but fattening local favorites in the new original series.

Congratulations, Nikki — can’t wait to see where the road trip takes you.

WE WANT YOUR BUSINESS — Have you opened or expanded a business? Maybe you’ve appointed or promoted employees. If so, we’d like to publish it in The Bee. Call me at 204-4921 or email sjagord@beenews.com.

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