Sale of Christmas trees to aid storm loss
Christmas trees in the 32 area NOCO Express Shops are helping to raise money to replace trees lost in the October 2006 storm.
The trees are decorated with silver metal ornaments that sell for $4.99 and benefit Re-Tree WNY, which has a five-year project to plant new trees. The ornaments, the first in a series, feature a Delaware Park oak on one side and a Christmas tree on the other with the inscription "Christmas 2007" and the Re-Tree WNY logo.
> ERIE COUNTY
Sessions to help seniors to enroll in drug plan
The Erie County Department of Senior Services is setting up a series of personal counseling sessions to help seniors enroll in the Medicare prescription drug plan.
"There are changes in the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program every year," says Bill Daniels, outreach coordinator for the Senior Services Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program, "and seniors should examine all their options [now that] open enrollment started mid-November, especially seniors that may qualify for extra help with drug costs. Couples with resources as high as $23,970 may qualify for some additional help."
Personal sessions will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Moot Senior Center, 292 High St., and from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 12 in the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.
> NIAGARA FALLS
March across bridges to protest higher tolls
NIAGARA FALLS -- A march across the North Grand Island bridges will protest proposed toll increases.
Those wishing to participate should meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at 63rd Street and Buffalo Avenue.
The event is being organized by LaSalle PRIDE and a Grand Island group that runs www.nogitolls.com.
Mensa Admission Test scheduled in area
The American Mensa Admission Test will be given at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave., and at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 12 in the West Seneca Public Library, 1300 Union Road.
The test, which costs $40, is open to anyone 14 or older. Photo identification with date of birth is required, as is a parental permission slip for those ages 14 to 17. Mensa is a society of people who score at or above the 98th percentile of an accepted IQ test. For more information, contact James Walters at 983-0258.
Teachers union drive assists 200 families
More than 200 needy families received Thanksgiving dinners Tuesday in the Buffalo Teachers Federation's 11th annual holiday food drive.
The drive was conducted with the assistance of Tops Markets, the City Mission, the Community Action Organization, Concerned Ecumenical Ministries, the Gloria Parks Community Center, Native American Community Services and Women for Human Rights and Dignity.