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BlueCross BlueShield to Offer Free Healthcare Marketplace Sessions at the ROC

BlueCross BlueShield to Offer Free Healthcare Marketplace Sessions at the ROC

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) are teaming up to offer free informational sessions on Medicaid and Child Health Plus, which are now being offered on the New York State of Health. These enrollment-assistance sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, until further notice, at the ROC, 730 Olean Road, East Aurora.

“BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is pleased to announce that we are offering Medicaid and Child Health Plus effective immediately,” said Community Relations Representative Anna Michotek. “As always, BlueCross BlueShield offers a provider network of over 90 percent of physicians, including specialists. In addition, we offer coverage for all Western New York hospitals, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Trained Facilitated Enrollers will be available at the ROC to assist those in need of health insurance.”

The Land Conservancy Purchases The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Protecting It In Perpetuity

The Land Conservancy Purchases The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Protecting It In Perpetuity

Through the generosity of many donors, the Western New York Land Conservancy has now purchased The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Jackson Falls raised more than $700,000 over the last nine months to create this permanently protected nature sanctuary. The Land Conservancy will open the sanctuary’s walking trails to the public later next year. 

As the name suggests, the highlight of The Owens Falls Sanctuary are two magnificent waterfalls. But there is more to the land than these waterfalls. Its beautiful hemlock and beech forest are home to migrating birds, breeding frogs and salamanders, and dense patches of stunning wildflowers. The property also includes wetlands and mature headwater forests which are vital to maintaining water quality in the Buffalo River and Niagara River watersheds.

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Local Artisans Inspire Holiday Shopping at 22nd Annual Yuletide in the Country

Western New Yorkers can complete their holiday shopping and buy local on Dec. 3 and 4 as the 22nd annual Yuletide in the Country Holiday Artisan Market returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State to Return on December 3

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State to Return on December 3

The Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, will return to Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 3. The market will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid April 2017.

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, entertainment will be offered from approximately 10 to 11:30 a.m., and one community group will be invited to host an informational table each week. One group or organization from Buffalo State will also host a weekly informational table, and the market will be equipped to accept EBT customers as well.

Enjoy Handcrafted Holiday Shopping with Meaning at Christmas in the Country Erie

Enjoy Handcrafted Holiday Shopping with Meaning at Christmas in the Country Erie

Erie, Pennsylvania’s most popular artisan market, Christmas in the Country Erie, returns to the Bayfront Convention Center (1 Sassafras Pier, Erie) Nov. 19 and 20. The holiday market welcomes 150 artisans and artists from the Erie area and across the country. The event features unique handcrafted creations including home décor, gourmet foods, trendsetting jewelry, hand-poured candles, children’s clothing, stylish pottery, original wall art, gifts for pets and holiday gift items galore.  

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora hopes to spread some holiday spirit this Christmas season by asking local individuals, families, businesses and organizations to “adopt” a deserving family and help make their holidays a little brighter. 

“This Christmas season we anticipate assisting 12 to 15 families who are actively pursuing their goals toward self-sufficiency,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Those receiving gifts this holiday season will be asked to make a contribution of some sort back to their community as part of the empowerment process. Virtually all participants in the program readily agree to do this as they too want to help others in some way. We call it the ‘pay-it-forward’ portion of the program.”

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing.