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2015-02-11 / Editorial

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Associate Editor

VALENTINE’S SURPRISE — For anyone who hasn’t already made plans, Valentine’s Day is this weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 14.

If you are looking for something different this year for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, perhaps you may want to consider a “Singing Valentine” from the Friends of Harmony.

The authentic barbershop quartet may be hired for $45 to perform live at a residence, restaurant, school or place of business.

The quartet will sing two love songs and will also pose for a commemorative photograph. The recipient will also receive a flower and personalized greeting card. To reserve a time or place, call 868-9447. The offer is available on Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14.

Additionally, I would like to wish a happy Valentine’s Day to everyone in the community, especially my wife, Vanessa.

CALLING ALL CREATIVE WRITERS — The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Serving Erie County is once again holding a poster and creative writing contest.

The theme for its annual contest is “MISSION POSSIBLE! Raising the Roof on a New Shelter!”

This year marks the humane society’s 122nd anniversary of the contest for all private, public, faith-based and home-schooled students in Erie County. Students in the first through eighth grade are eligible to enter the contest.

“This creative contest gives the children of our community a unique way to express their love for animals,” said Pam Hylinger, humane education director. “Kids have a difficult time verbalizing their emotions, yet when given the opportunity to draw or paint or write, they are suddenly able to show us how animals have truly touched their hearts and souls.”

Contest brochures and forms are available for downloading at www.YourSPCA.org, or can be picked up at the SPCA shelter at 205 Ensminger Road in Tonawanda. To receive a form by mail, contact the Humane Education Department at 629-3530.

Contest submissions may be made only by teachers and instructors; the SPCA cannot accept individual submissions from parents or students, with the exception of parents who are home-schooling children. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 3.

VARIETY SHOW — The Dodge Elementary School Parent Teacher Association will sponsor “It’s Always a Good Time,” a variety show from 7 to 9 p.m. on both Thursday, Feb. 12, and Friday, Feb. 13. The event will include students at the school showing their diverse talents. The school is located at 1900 Dodge Road, East Amherst.

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? – One of the best ways to be part of your community is to express your opinion on topics of local interest.

The Bee provides a means to do just that through its popular letter to the editor column. Readers are encouraged to visit www.BeeNews.com and scroll down to the bottom of the home page. There you will find a tab for letters to the editor under “Quick Links.”

Letters are limited to a maximum of 300 words and are subject to editing. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to publication.

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