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SUMMER FUN FESTBryant & Stratton College will hold a Summer Fun Fest from noon to 4 p.m. June 29 at both its campuses, 3650 Millersport Highway, Amherst, and 200 Redtail Road, Orchard Park. Activities will include bounces houses, slides, obstacle courses, dunk tanks and more.SUMMER CAMPS• The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, will hold …

Battle of the Books … a competition where kids throw books at each other? Not quite. The Battle of the Books (BOTB) is an annual event held over the summer for kids entering grades six through nine. The very first BOTB was held Aug. 7, 1999, with six teams participating in the event that year.Last year, the Marilla Free Library took the gold medal after competing against 3…

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For 37 years, the Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus (SOA) has been performing professional-level concerts as part of its annual summer good-will tour. The ensemble is comprised of high school and college-age instrumentalists and vocalists who exhibit outstanding musical distinction and honorable character, while being respectful, dependable and having a positive attit…

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It takes determination to succeed in anything. Be it sports, writing or music, it takes hard work and elbow grease to accomplish goals. Without practice or ambition, it’s difficult to achieve anything. Two students from Western New York are showing that when you put your mind to it, you can do anything. Nate Doucette, a senior trombone player at Williamsville East High Sch…

Now that its warming up around Western New York, and with summer finally here, it seems everyone wants to be outside.Whether you are trying to find something to do with friends or family, there is something out there for every occasion. So what are some things you can do now that the temperature is rising? In Wheatfield, Adventure Speedway is now open. It has go-karts, an …

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With jobs so hard to find in Western New York, do teenagers even have a place in the local job market? The answer is yes.There are numerous job openings for teens every summer at local businesses.NeXt caught up with Darren Beaton, manager at a Tim Hortons in North Tonawanda, to ask what he looks for in potential employees.“A potential employee is goal-oriented, enthusiasti…

Nichols Upper School’s General Information Test – a tradition that began in the 1911 Nichols School yearbook, is compiled from questions submitted by the Nichols faculty on an annual basis and is administered to Upper School students as a measure of general knowledge. The GIT is created and coordinated by English teacher Richard Stratton and funded by Lucy Maisel, wife of …

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WHAT’S HAPPENINGMOVIES: Opening Friday, “Man of Steel” (PG-13), “20 Feet From Stardom” (PG-13).CONCERTS: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, 5 p.m. today, Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf.Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, 6 p.m. Friday, Outer Harbor concert site, 325 Fuhrmann Blvd.WYRK Taste of Country featuring Darius Rucker and guest Sheryl Crow with Rodney Atkins, Glori…

As the temperature rises and school draws to a close, the promise of summer envelops our minds. For anyone under 20 (or me, at least), all thoughts are completely dedicated to lemonade and swimming. It’s time to make summer plans … and for the sixth year in a row, the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies is accepting registrations. If you are looking for …

SOMETHING TO READ“Twerp” by Mark Goldblatt; Random House Books for Young Readers, 228 pages, $16.99 Ages 9 to 12.There’s a new awareness of bullying and the lasting harm it can do, and this fascinating book examines bullying through the mind of a bully who doesn’t really believe he IS a bully. Sixth-grader Julian Twerski has been suspended from school for a week, and when …

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Patrick Jones, the 11-year-old son of Neal and Maria Jones of Clarence, will be participating in the World Dwarf Games this August in East Lansing, Mich.Patrick was born with dwarfism, which is a genetic condition that comes in hundreds of forms. Yet, Patrick doesn’t let anything hold him back. Not only does he frequently participate in dwarf sporting events, he also plays…

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By Emma Retzlaff / NeXt Correspondent

Thu, Jun 13, 2013

About every 11 seconds a healthy dog or cat is put down in the United States, which adds up to 2.7 million animals each year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Shelters and rescue groups try to take in and find new homes for as many animals as they can. Sadly, many unwanted animals are still put down. By adopting a pet, you can help solve this problem.S…

The letter of recommendation will never outweigh a student’s performance in the classroom, but it can be a tipping factor in the college admissions process.There are three types:1. The counselor recommendation is prepared by a student’s guidance counselor and is a basic component of every college application.2. The teacher recommendation is typically requested from a core …

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The Buffalo News held its 19th annual Editorial Cartoon Contest for area students in grades five through 12. Nearly 800 entries were received, including dozens from a school in Hawaii. The winners were selected by News Editorial Cartoonist Adam Zyglis.“This year’s contest was a big success,” Zyglis said. “The most popular topics seemed to be North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, gun …