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Annunciation School to Host Ice Cream Social & Book Fair

Annunciation School, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host an Ice Cream Social & All American Book Fair from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, in the school. The event is open to students and families. Members of the community who are interested in learning more about the school and parish are also encouraged to attend.

Books will be available for sale, as well as delicious ice cream sundaes for only $1. There will also be a pumpkin decorating contest, and children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes. Pumpkins entered in the contest should be decorated at home. If you would like to light up your pumpkin, please use a non-flammable light source.

Chautauqua Opportunities Named Head Start Named Center of Excellence

Dunkirk, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start, has recognized Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.’s Head Start program as a "Center of Excellence." This is the first year this award has been designated and Chautauqua County is among the first ten Head Start programs nationwide to ever receive the award.  COI’s Head Start program will receive additional funding over the next five years to expand their current school partnerships and provide outreach to other local and national Head Start and early childhood education programs and deepen its unique evidence-based practices.

Mary Queen of Angels Students Go Pink

On Thursday, October 7th Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School students, faculty and staff all dressed in pink in support of breast cancer awareness. "Typically our students are required to wear uniforms," said Principal, Mrs. MaryAlice Bagwell, "But on this day, we collected donations to dress out of uniform and wear pink. We then took the proceeds and donated them to the Susan B. Komen Fund."

West Seneca Volleyball to 'Dig Pink' to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Research

West Seneca students will be digging for a cure to breast cancer.

The school district’s second annual Dig Pink event will raise funds to eradicate the disease.  Part of Side-Out, a national program in which college and high school volleyball teams host fundraising events for breast cancer research, Dig Pink matches are held throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This year’s slogan for the West Seneca event is “A divided town united by a ribbon” referring to cross-town rivals East and West coming together for a common cause. Athletes from West Seneca East and West Senior High School will begin competing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center, 425 Meyer Road in West Seneca.

West girls varsity volleyball coach Molly McDermid decided to organize West Seneca’s Dig Pink last year after hearing about the program through a local college.

Kennedy, Quinn to Participate in Debate at West Seneca East Senior

West Seneca East Senior High School is proud to host a debate between the two major party candidates for the 58th District New York State Senate seat.

Democrat Tim Kennedy and Republican Jack Quinn III will square off in their only public debate on Monday, Oct. 18, in the East Senior High School auditorium, located at 4760 Seneca St., West Seneca.

The debate will be run by East Senior Participation in Government (PIG) students, with the assistance of teachers Nadine Ocasio and Peggy Santillo, along with assistant principal Jason Winnicki. The teachers organized this debate with the goal of giving students a firsthand experience of what it means to be a part of the political process, as well as providing community members an opportunity to make an educated decision when they head to the polls on Nov.

West Seneca High Schools Release Class of 2011 Ranks

West Seneca East and West high schools recognized their seniors with the highest cumulative grade point averages (GPA) when they released class of 2011 ranks Thursday.

At East Senior, Alyssa Kearly has earned the top spot as valedictorian, with a GPA of 98.977 percent. At West Senior, Victoria Clancy will be the Class of 2011 valedictorian, with a GPA of 99.431.

Salutatorians will be Christina Dressler with a 98.859, from East, and Chelsea Needham, with a 99.221, from West.

The rest of East’s top 10 are as follows: Ashleigh Maciejewski, 98.402; Cory Young, 98.209; Vishal Chaurasia, 98.115; Erika Barrett, 97.902; Nicole Theal, 97.835; Nicole Murray, 97.598; John Fischer, 97.441; and Kayla Noworyta, 96.914.

East ranks are out of a graduating class of 231.

West’s top 10 comprise all females this year. Among the girls, two had the same GPA, tying for the seventh highest grades in the class.

West Seneca Marching Band to Host Music in Motion Show

The West Seneca Marching Band will host the largest high school field band show in Western New York this season, when the third annual Music in Motion competition comes to West Seneca East Senior on Sunday, Oct. 10.

With 10 area high school marching bands competing and an exhibition performance from the University at Buffalo’s Thunder of the East marching band, this will also be the largest Music in Motion event yet. Sponsored by the West Seneca West Band Boosters, the show will include performances by Orchard Park, Lancaster, East Irondequoit, Pioneer, Jamestown, Falconer, Leroy, Medina and Webster. UB’s band boasts a number of alumni from West Seneca, as well as from the other bands slated to perform.