Weekly Feature

2011-11-30 / Editorial

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Associate Editor

A MEMORIAL — The completed Amherst Veterans Memorial is a great way for the town to honor everyone who has served in the armed forces. I think everyone involved in its creation should be commended for their hard work. If you haven’t viewed the memorial at Amherst State Park, off Mill Street near Sheridan Drive, I highly recommend doing so. It is a monument that evokes a lot of emotion. With one grandfather who served in the Army during World War II and another grandfather who served in the Army during the Korean War, I feel tied to the memorial. I feel that it is my duty to honor my family as well as all veterans by visiting the memorial.

I also recommend that you attend the dedication ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, which also marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.

 TOYS FOR TOTS — The UPS Store, 5140 Main St., in the Walker Center Plaza, is a drop-off location for the Toys for Tots program, which is sponsored by the Marine Corps. At each of the Toys for Tots-sponsored location, new toys are collected to be given to children in need.

The UPS Store is also collecting donations for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. For more information, contact The UPS Store at 565-1590 or visit the website www.theupsstore.com.  TIME TO WRAP — The League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara is recruiting volunteer wrappers for its holiday gift wrap booth at Eastern Hills Mall for the upcoming holiday season. More than 300 volunteers are needed.

This is a fundraiser for the League. Each volunteer will get an entry into a special raffle for every shift worked.

Wrapping begins Wednesday, Nov. 30, and entails 300 volunteer shifts through Dec. 24. Each shift is four hours and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, 2 to 6 p.m. or 6 to 10 p.m.

The League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara strives to increase voter registration and turnout at polls by providing accurate, nonpartisan information on elections and the political process.

For more information, call 884-3550 or email lwvbn@lwvbn.org.

 DISCUSSION — “Illuminating the Twilight: A discussion of the landscape of the dying in 21st century America,” a free talk by Carol Rizzolo, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St.

The talk will include discussion of the landscape of the dying as seen through the lens of the major religious traditions practiced in 21st century America, in addition to the unique nature of end-of-life dreaming that has been noted and recorded by our human ancestors for thousands of years. Refreshments will be served at break time. For more information, call 634-3010 or email dms@uuamherst.org.

 HOLIDAY CONTEST — Readers are encouraged to enter The Bee’s holiday lighting photo contest. Photos of your home, a neighbor’s home or any building illuminated for the holidays are eligible to win a $150 cash prize.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Dec. 14, with the winner to be announced on Friday, Dec. 23. Send photos to www.facebook.com/BeeNewspapers.

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