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"MY CHRISTMAS MIRACLE" - Taylor Caldwell

"MY CHRISTMAS MIRACLE" - Taylor Caldwell

A True Christmas Story by Buffalo’s Taylor Caldwell, 1920’s Buffalo NY

 "My Christmas Miracle" by Taylor Caldwell

  For many of us, one Christmas stands out from all the others, the one when the meaning of the day shone clearest. Although I did not guess it, my own "truest" Christmas began on a rainy spring day in the bleakest year of my life. Recently divorced, I was in my 20s, had no job, and was on my way downtown to go the rounds of the employment offices. I had no umbrella, for my old one had fallen apart, and I could not afford another one. I sat down in the streetcar, and there against the seat was a beautiful silk umbrella with a silver handle inlaid with gold and flecks of bright enamel. I had never seen anything so lovely.

   I examined the handle and saw a name engraved among the golden scrolls.

Santa Brings Amherst Senior Center Cheer to Buffalo School 30 Kindergarteners

Santa Brings Amherst Senior Center Cheer to Buffalo School 30 Kindergarteners

Santa Claus paid a visit to 75 kindergarteners at Buffalo School 30 last Friday, bringing his sack of toys, hand-knitted hats and loving Christmas wishes from the Amherst Senior Center. 

Santa’s “helper” Phil Wiggle and a crew of Amherst Senior Center “elves” gave out gifts donated by Center members and volunteers, plus hats knitted by the Center's Wednesday Community Service Group. 

The Amherst Senior Center has brought gifts and holiday cheer to Buffalo schoolchildren for more than 10 years.

Bishop McLaughlin celebrates 75 years as a priest

Bishop McLaughlin celebrates 75 years as a priest

On the date of his ordination to the priesthood, Dec. 21, 1935, Bernard J. McLaughlin was about to embark on a journey of faithful service that has continued for more than three quarters of a century. From student in Rome to his ordination in the Eternal City, from assistant pastor at St. Joseph New Cathedral to the founding pastor of Visitation Parish, from his appointment as auxiliary bishop of Buffalo to his episcopal ordination at the hands of Pope Paul VI, Bishop McLaughlin’s service to the Church has been hallmarked by grace and a special devotion to our Blessed Mother.

Dec. 21, 2010 marked the 75th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, the eighth bishop of Buffalo that Bishop McLaughlin has served under, paid a visit to Bishop McLaughlin’s Town of Tonawanda residence to meet with him and offer a blessing. He also celebrated with a family dinner.

Amherst Senior Center Swings into Christmas at Annual Lunch

Amherst Senior Center Swings into Christmas at Annual Lunch

The Amherst Senior Center welcomed Christmas Dec. 15 with a delicious pork chop dinner and the music of local entertainer Jack Civiletto. Nearly 200 seniors enjoyed the annual event, which featured a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Local High School Coaches Become Certified in Concussion Reduction Training

Local High School Coaches Become Certified in Concussion Reduction Training

Coaches from West Seneca East Senior High School are the first from a Western New York school to become certified in Primordial Strength Inc.’s Concussion Reduction Basic Neck Training as part of their football strength training certification, according to Primordial President Steven Helmicki. Concussion certification and explosive power endurance certification is available for all sports and can be taught in your school.

Amherst Senior Center's "One Stop Services" Include Lunch Program For All Erie County Seniors

The Amherst Senior Center welcomes all adults age 60 and up, residing anywhere in Erie County, to enjoy tasty, economical hot lunches in the Nutrition Lunch Program, serving Monday through Friday at noon. 

The Lunch Program, part of Erie County’s Stay Fit Dining Program for seniors, offers “food for body, mind and soul,” including delicious meals, companionship in a bright, cheerful dining room, and weekly pre-lunch exercise with an instructor. Diners share the company of other friendly and interesting lunch-goers, and helpful Center staff and volunteers serve lunch at the table and cafeteria-style. 

For a suggested donation of just $2.50, seniors enjoy restaurant-quality hot meals prepared fresh in the Senior Center kitchen facility each day. Lunches include a variety of nutritious food, including seasonal meals, special occasion and holiday parties, and picnics. 

Reservations are required 24 hours in advance by calling 636-3059. 

Local Fitness Expert to Celebrate a Decade of Writing for International Strength Magazine

Primordial Strength Inc. President Steven Helmicki, a resident of East Aurora, will celebrate his 10th year of writing for MILO: A Journal For Serious Strength Athletes, in December. Published by IronMind, MILO is the pre-eminent international strength magazine.