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2017-12-07 / Editorials

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Cheektowaga Editor

SAVE THE DATE — There are many events, activities and opportunities to do some holiday good with happening around Cheektowaga. Here are some of the highlights.

The residents of Elderwood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga have chosen The Salvation Army “Gift of Warmth” as their holiday charity and will be collecting new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for the homeless in Buffalo. A special “Gift of Warmth” tree will be in the main lobby, 229 Bennett Road, through Dec. 31, where residents can drop off donations. All sizes are needed.

Additionally, Resurrection Life Food Pantry is accepting applications from families who are eligible for SNAP to receive toys for their children 12 and younger for the annual WNY Holiday Partnership Toys-for-Tots drive. Applications can be submitted from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays; and 10 a.m to noon or 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, at the food pantry, 2145 Old Union Road. Call 211 for additional information. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 14.

Finally, from now until Sunday, Jan. 7, Stiglmeier Park, 500 Losson Road, will be lit up for the annual Christmas De-Lights Display Tour. Attendees can drive through the park every night to enjoy the Christmas light displays set up throughout the park. The tour is free and open to all.

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 between 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.

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