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2017-12-06 / Editorials

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SKATE AT NEW ERA FIELD —Fans will have a chance for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when the World Junior Hockey Championship comes to Western New York this December — an opportunity to skate on the outdoor ice at New Era Field.

Tournament organizers announced recently that two special sessions have been set to give hockey enthusiasts a chance to make memories in the days leading up to the inaugural World Junior Championship outdoor game be- tween the United States and Canada.

There will be two sessions open to fans including one from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28.

The cost to participate will be $100 and will include a 300-level ticket to the U.S. vs. Canada outdoor game at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at New Era Field. Skaters will enter the stadium grounds at One Bills Drive, the main driveway off Abbott Road, and park in Lot 2.

Skaters will then enter the stadium through Gate 1 and head toward section 122/123 for field and ice access. They will have a warming station in New Era Field’s east end zone tunnel to tie up skates and will be able to purchase concessions at the Miller Lite Brew Pub.

All participants are asked to bring their own skates, and helmets are required for anyone younger than 12. Everyone entering the stadium must hold a ticket to the skating event.

CASTLE BY CANDLELIGHT —Old Fort Niagara invites the public to experience the holiday spirit in the company of 18th century-style merrymakers at this season’s Castle by Candlelight tours on Dec. 9 and 16. Music, crafts, demonstrations and more will make the French Castle, decorated by the Youngstown Garden Club, brim with festivities. The event will also include the feu de joie celebratory cannon and musket firings.

This seasonal fundraiser offers hands-on activities and interactive history demonstrations, including exhibits of fur trading, woodworking and silver trading, preparing an 18th century meal, soldiers’ activities and making crafts. Music will be provided by the fort’s field musicians and local musicians who play period tunes. Historical characters will be everywhere to share history and welcome guests.

Unique to this event are the musket and cannon firings, which recreate an 18th century military ceremony that celebrated great victory. As in years past, the fort and its pathways will be illuminated by candlelight.

Tickets will be available only at the door for $10 per person from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each night. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear walking footwear and bring a flashlight. The event is a fundraiser for the fort’s educational programing.

CHEESY ANNIVERSARY — The Cheesy Chick, located at Eastern Hills Mall, will celebrate its one-year anniversary from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the restaurant. Free samples, refreshments and special offers will be on-hand.

Donations of food items, hygiene products and cash donations for shipping costs will be accepted to help those impoverished in Puerto Rico. Questions can be directed by calling 432-0315.

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