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Holocaust remembered at community ceremony

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown joined the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo and leaders of the Jewish community Thursday to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Yom Hashoah ceremony included the lighting of six candles to represent the 6 million Jews who were murdered.

"While I am not Jewish, I have a relative who died at the concentration camp at Auschwitz," Poloncarz said. "We are here today to remember the millions of victims of the Nazi Holocaust, to make sure that each new generation never forgets and to reaffirm that we must be on guard so that this never happens again."

The county executive and mayor issued a joint proclamation declaring this week through Sunday as days of remembrance of the victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

Joining Poloncarz and Brown in lighting candles were Holly Levy, president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo; Rabbi Gary Pokras, of Temple Beth Zion; Deborah DiMatteo, vice president of M&T Bank; and Dan Kester, who lit a candle in memory of his father.


Food-tasting event set Saturday at ECC City

VOICE-Buffalo will host the Return of the Feast of the Tables, a congregational and community food-tasting event, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Erie Community College City Campus, 121 Ellicott St.

Performing will be the Lafayette High School International Student Chorus, the Community School 53 Boys Chorus, the Blessed Anointed Daughters of St. Columba & Brigid Church, the Mime Group from Holy Cross Church and the Habakkah Dance Troupe from ELIM Christian Fellowship Church.

Suggested donation of $20 includes 20 tasting tickets. Suggested donation for a family of four is $60. For information, call 842-6571 or visit


Penney estate sale concludes this weekend

LOCKPORT -- The third and final installment of the Charles Rand Penney estate sale -- and a glimpse of how the renowned collector lived during the last years of his life -- is on tap today and Saturday.

Bruce Ader, sale organizer, said remaining items include a large amount of "ephemera" from the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo. The sale is on the fifth floor of the Bewley Building at Main and Market streets. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted during the sale, which will last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.


Sisters Hospital fundraiser scheduled in Armory

The Connecticut Street Armory will become a World War II-era USO supper club as Sisters Hospital Foundation hosts its charity ball at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The evening will include a five-course gourmet dinner, a red apple signature drink and a pie bar with an assortment of favorites. The Pyramid Band will provide swing music for dancing.

Tickets are $250, and a limited number are still available. Donations also are welcome. For information, call 862-1901.