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2016-01-27 / Editorials

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Clarence Editor

CARLY’S CLUB — Eastern Hills Mall has been in the news a lot lately, mostly due to the announcement of some pretty major closings including Macy’s, Dave & Buster’s and The Gap.

But while the mall works to fill vacancies — and other reports surface that it may be working on a whole reinvention altogether — there are still some pretty awesome things happening at the Transit Road mainstay.

The mall recently held a “Dig for Gold” promotion to help raise money for Carly’s

Club. Carly’s Club is a support organization that offers hope and a bit of fun for children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

The organization helps to create special memories and outings and also offers emotional and psychological support for each member of the family.

Club Eastern Hills — the mall’s preferred shoppers program, which offers points for cash shoppers — helped in raising more than $3,000 to benefit Carly’s Club.

Mall Services associates helped bring awareness of the promotion to shoppers and Club Eastern Hills members. Eastern Hills Mall thanked all of its Club Eastern Hills members who graciously donated, and its Mall Services staff for all their efforts to see that the fundraiser was a great success.

FUNDRAISER — I don’t consider myself an expert on wine, but I do enjoy when professionals pair the libations with foods — especially chocolate — that bring out the best in a vintner.

St. Mary’s Swormville will present a wine pairing event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in the Parish Center, located at 6919 Transit Road.

The event will feature premium Finger Lakes wines from Eagle Crest Vineyard and O-Neh-Da Vineyard. Food pairings will be presented by Amici, Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant, Schnitzel and Co., Campobello’s Cucina Italiana, Family Chocolate Shoppe, Salvatore’s and more.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the rectory or by calling Kathy Ryer at 434-3206. Proceeds benefit the Sister Sheila Anne Burke Memorial Scholarship Fund. Attendees must be 21 or older.

A TROLLEY’S TURN — We had a really great response to a story we did earlier in the month about the Clarence Historical Society’s “The Timeless Lake Erie Limited” — a presentation about steam locomotives.

“By Trolley to Olcott” is a presentation by Greg Gerstung featuring the International Railway Company’s line from Buffalo to Olcott Beach and will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Clarence Town Park Club House, 10405 Main St.

Trolley lines were built primarily to handle rush hour crowds of workers during the week. Owners began to find ways idle cars could be used evenings or weekends. Destinations were developed, and Olcott Beach was a natural for seasonal business. The line opened in 1900 and ran until 1937.

This presentation covers the line, station stops and all that Olcott Beach had to offer including the beach, picnic area, amusement park, miniature train, band shell, lake connections to Toronto and other ports, and the magnificent hotel with its grand ballroom featuring the big name bands of the era. Call 759-8575 for more information.

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