Weekly Feature

2017-12-07 / Editorials

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SAVE THE DATE — There’s less than a month left in 2017. Where did the time go? I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and lots of laughter. As always,

East Aurora and Elma are going big for the holiday season with a few events you won’t want to miss.

Perhaps the most wonderful event of the year is Carolcade. Join your neighbors and people from across Western New York on Main Street as you sing and make memories, all while drinking hot chocolate. Carol- cade will be hosted by the master of Carolcade ceremonies, Town Historian Rob Goller. The event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

But before you indulge in hot chocolate, why not take a leisurely 3-mile run around the village? The Caroler 5K starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, with registration from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. at 11th Frame Lanes, 206 Main St., East Aurora. If you want to pick up your packet or register prior to race day, you can do so from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Robert Basil GMC Showroom, 3475 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

After your run, head down to the corner of Main and Elm Street for the the Elm Street Holiday Market, hosted by MUSEjar Art Supply Shop. This festive outdoor artisan-focused market has a collection of handmade gifts for everyone on your list. The market will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and will be go on even if it’s raining or snowing — or both.

Once you have all your shopping done, mosey on over to Rowandale Farms and Artisan Centre, 650 Main St., East Aurora, and wrap your gifts for free in the center’s classroom. This self-service gift wrapping station will be opened from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 16 and 23. The shop will supply all the wrapping material, but donations will be accepted for Empire Animal Rescue Society.

The Made in America Store will host its annual All-American Christmas event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1000 W. Maple Court, Elma. This free, family-friendly event will feature a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music and food vendors. The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 1 p.m.

Let’s not forget about New Year’s Eve. Why travel all the way downtown when you can spend the last night of 2017 at 42 North? For the second year, the brewing company, located at 25 Pine St., East Aurora, will hold a keg drop at midnight, where it will literally drop a keg in the brew house. The party starts at 9 p.m. with live music and of course, plenty of food and beer. Check out its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/42northbrewing for more details.

VILLAGE FACEBOOK — During Monday’s Village Board meeting, several board members discussed the possibility of creating a Facebook page for the village. This way, they could send out alerts about construction projects, public hearings and even events.

Most recently, the Elma Water Department started using a Facebook page and seems to have some success with it, as it was able to notify people of a recent water main break. Other municipalities across our area have been using social media as a tool to keep people informed about what’s going on.

Technology can be a great asset for communities, as long as it’s used in the right way. It’s definitely something the village should look into using.

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