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2017-12-07 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT — Well, we made it — the end of 2017 is nearly here. Before everyone sets their sights on the many wonderful events 2018 is sure to hold, take some time to enjoy the month of December with one of the many family and community celebrations taking place around West Seneca.

Saturday, Dec. 9 Covenant United Methodist Church, 539 Main St., will hold a pancake breakfast and cookie sale from 8 to 11 a.m. The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is $8 per person. Varieties of cookies will be sold for $8 per dozen. All funds raised will go toward the church’s handicapped accessibility construction project.

Sunday, Dec. 10 The West Seneca Youth Engaged in Service annual Breakfast with Santa will be presented from 9 to 11 a.m. at the West Seneca Senior Citizens Center, 4620 Seneca St. Admission is $10 per person and includes breakfast, crafts, sing-alongs and a visit with Santa. Tickets can be purchased at the West Seneca Youth and Recreation office, 900 Mill Road, Room No. 211, during regular hours of operation. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the West Seneca Food Pantry.

Wednesday, Dec. 13 St. David’s Episcopal Church will host a Service of Remembrance, similar to a Blue Christmas Service, but expanded to cover others for whom the holidays are a difficult time. The service will be held at 7 p.m. at the church, 3951 Seneca St., next to Southgate Plaza, and is especially for those who are mourning a loved one’s passing, a job loss or struggling with broken relationships and other such reasons. The service will give those attending a way to recognize and remember loved ones, voice sadness and sing psalms of praise to prepare for the miracle of Christmas. Healing prayers and anointing will be available during the service.

Friday, Dec. 29 St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will offer a community dinner Christmas party from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at the church, 3512 Clinton St. Dinner will include pizza, salad, chicken wing soup, desserts and drinks. There is no charge for the event, but free will offerings are always accepted.

If you, your organization or someone you know has an event taking place around town, submit the information to The Bee at jwaters@bee news.com for inclusion in our weekly What’s Going On section.

CASTLE BY CANDLELIGHT — There are so many exciting things to experience this time of year, and one I’m looking forward to is Castle by Candlelight at Old Fort Niagara.

The Fort invites the public to experience the holiday spirit in the company of 18th century-style merrymakers at this season’s Castle by Candlelight tours on Dec. 9 and 16.

Music, crafts and demonstrations will make the French Castle, decorated by the Youngstown Garden Club, brim with festivities. The event will also include the feu de joie celebratory cannon and musket firings.

Tickets will be available only at the door for $10 per person from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each night. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear walking footwear and bring a flashlight. The event is a fundraiser for the fort’s educational programing.

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