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Santa Brings Amherst Senior Center Cheer to Buffalo School 30 Kindergarteners

Santa Brings Amherst Senior Center Cheer to Buffalo School 30 Kindergarteners

Santa Claus paid a visit to 75 kindergarteners at Buffalo School 30 last Friday, bringing his sack of toys, hand-knitted hats and loving Christmas wishes from the Amherst Senior Center. 

Santa’s “helper” Phil Wiggle and a crew of Amherst Senior Center “elves” gave out gifts donated by Center members and volunteers, plus hats knitted by the Center's Wednesday Community Service Group. 

The Amherst Senior Center has brought gifts and holiday cheer to Buffalo schoolchildren for more than 10 years.

Christmas Program to Feature Annunciation School Students

Christmas Program to Feature Annunciation School Students

Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host its annual Christmas program beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 16. Performed by students from Annunciation School, the event is open to the public.

 Offering academic programs for students in Pre-K through Grade 8, Annunciation currently serves the following school districts: Alden, Alexander, Attica, East Aurora, Cheektowaga, Depew, Iroquois, Lancaster, Orchard Park and West Seneca. For more information or to arrange a tour of the school, please call 681-1327 or visit www.annunciationschoolelma.com.

Local high school coaches become certified in concussion reduction training

Local high school coaches become certified in concussion reduction training

Coaches from West Seneca East Senior High School are the first from a Western New York school to become certified in Primordial Strength Inc.’s Concussion Reduction Basic Neck Training as part of their football strength training certification, according to Primordial President Steven Helmicki. Concussion certification and explosive power endurance certification is available for all sports and can be taught in your school.

Helmicki, a resident of East Aurora, founded Primordial Strength in 2007 and is focused on training coaches, athletes and teams across Western New York on all levels, teaching them what he has learned over the course of a lifetime. Primordial Strength is a leader in the anti-concussion movement, specializing in neck and trapezius training.

Girls' Varsity Hockey Comes to Western New York

Girls' Varsity Hockey Comes to Western New York

The organizers of the brand new Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation would like to thank everybody in the community who supported the league for their tireless hard work over the last few years. They expressed special thanks to the school boards, superintendents and athletic directors of the participating schools for their contributions.

The puck was dropped for the league's inaugural game between Williamsville and Monsignor Martin on Wednesday.

The participating districts are: Williamsville, Monsignor Martin, Kenmore, Amherst/Sweet Home, Orchard Park/Frontier, West Seneca and Lancaster.

For a complete game schedule, visit the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation website.

A Busy Week Ahead at Annunciation School in Elma

You can tell the holiday season is upon us, and Annunciation School in Elma is full of the holiday spirit.

The eighth grade class is sponsoring a Christmas tree sale under the school’s pavilion from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 3; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, December 4; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 5.

Boy Scout Troop 325 will be conducting a bottle and can drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 4, in the church parking lot. Proceeds will help the Scouts purchase necessary camping and cooking equipment.

Annual Craft Fair Slated at Annunciation School in Elma

The annual St. Nick Craft Fair, Bake Sale and Basket Raffle will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 5, at Annunciation School, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

 The event, sponsored by the Annunciation Home School Guild, will also feature decorated fresh wreaths for purchase, a “Taste of Annunciation” appetizer booth, refreshments and much more. Admission is free.

New Principal Appointed at Transit Middle

The Williamsville Board of Education has appointed Daniel F. Walh principal of Transit Middle School, effective January 3, 2011.  He will replace Jill Pellis who is retiring December 31, 2010.

Walh has been the assistant principal at Casey Middle School since 2007. Prior to joining Williamsville CSD, Walh worked as an elementary and middle school teacher in Colorado and then as a middle school administrator for two years in the Cherry Creek School District, a suburban district located outside of Denver. A native of Western New York, Walh returned with his family in 2006 to teach at Allendale Elementary School in West Seneca.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State College and a master’s in education from the University of Phoenix-Colorado campus. He began his doctorate in education administration at the University of Denver and looks forward to completing his doctoral work at a local university in the near future.