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2018-01-11 / Editorials

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Cheektowaga Editor

AUTO TECH COMPETITION — Area students will get a chance to show their automotive skills this weekend in an annual competition.

The Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers

Association and Erie Community College will host the NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition on Saturday, Jan. 13.

The competition features teams of two high school automotive seniors who will go through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities.

Ford Motor Company is the vehicle sponsor and will be providing six 2018 Ford Escapes for the students to compete on.

Also during the event, high school juniors will compete against a stopwatch in an Olympic-style format to dismount and mount tires using a tire-changing machine.

The competition will be held at Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center at 5885 Big Tree Road. The event will be open to the public at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 3 p.m.

Competitors hail from the following schools: Burgard High School, Ellicottville Career and Technical Education Center, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, Harkness Career & Technical Center, Hewes Educational Center and Ken-Ton Career & Technical Center, among others

First-place finishers will represent their schools and the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in March.

For more information on the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, visit www.nfada.com.

SCHOLARSHIPS — The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo scholarship application process for the 2018–19 academic year is now open. Requirements and application instructions can be found by visiting www.cfgb.org/scholarship.

Applications are due by April 1 and can be submitted online only.

To be eligible, applicants must be a current resident of one of the eight counties of Western New York, have a minimum “C” average, or a grade-point average of 2.0 or greater, and be admitted to a nonprofit 501, U.S. Department of Education-accredited school for full-time study.

All students in Western New York, including Say Yes Buffalo applicants and scholars, who meet these eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Scholarship awards typically range from $1,000 to $6,000.

Since 1924, more than 200 individuals, families, foundations and organizations have established scholarship funds through the Community Foundation.

For more information on the Community Foundation’s scholarship program, visit www.cfgb.org/scholar ship or text “SCHOLARSHIP” to 259-2499.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO — I had the pleasure of hanging out with several members of the local Old Time Radio and Nostalgia Club during their monthly meeting on Monday night at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church. It was a real treat getting to dip my toes into the world of Agnes Moorehead, “The Shadow” and Jack Benny.

Keep an eye out for a story about the club and the future of old-time radio in a coming edition of The Bee.

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