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Women's clothing project drew great response

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of New York State Women Inc. and the North Tonawanda History Museum board of trustees wish to thank the community for its enthusiastic response in recent months to the Niagara Frontier Chapter's project of collecting women's clothing appropriate for wearing to job interviews and return to the workplace.

We are pleased to continue the project into 2011. Gift cards for use in purchasing clothing and other needs by women looking for work or beginning new jobs are also be appreciated.

Clothing may be dropped off at the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Prospective donors may call Phyllis Phillips at 695-9272 for further information on what is needed.

Donna Zellner Neal, public relations chair for the chapter

North Tonawanda


Opera Hall Gallery says thanks to all

On behalf of all of us at the Lewiston Council on the Arts, thank you to everyone who came to help us celebrate the launch of the Opera Hall Gallery last month.

Jennifer Pauly and members of the board of directors of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce took care of all the details for a chilly ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning. Their Lewiston Christmas Walk festivities provided the perfect backdrop for the launch of a new business that promises to be the linchpin of a thriving "Opera Hall District" on Center Street.

Lewiston Village Mayor Collesano and Town Board representative Mike Marracame offer their congratulations, and their continued support has made this "co-op" project possible. Bill and Barbara Vrooman were on hand to see the transformation of the front facade made possible by their generous contribution after learning that Bill's grandparents had owned the building in the 1940s. And area businesses donated paint and labor to spruce up both the interior and exterior.

A special thank-you to our Arts Council board members who endorsed our plan to provide this opportunity for area artists and, of course, to the participating artists, especially photographer Bill Carpenter, who chronicled the weekend activities at the gallery. The public is invited to stop by, browse the artwork and take advantage of an opportunity to meet the artists who will be working at the gallery. With work of more than 30 artists represented and a special hall wall exhibit by photographer Cheryl Gorski, there is a wonderful variety of artwork on sale and display.

To our friends at The Buffalo News, we thank you for helping us to get the word out. And last but not least, thanks to our celebrity author, Catherine Gildner, who stayed all weekend signing copies of her books and reminiscing.

The gallery, at 732 Center St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Eva Nicklas, Arts Council artistic director


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