Weekly Feature

2017-08-10 / Editorial

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Orchard Park Editor
CHRIS GRAHAM

STADIUM EVENTS — Having been dormant for the past several months, New Era Field will kick into gear this month with a concert and two preseason games for the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills will host the Minnesota Vikings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. Police Chief Mark Pacholec said around 59,000 tickets have been distributed but only around 35,000 to 40,000 attendees are anticipated.

Following the preseason game, there will be a concert by Guns N Roses at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. Pacholec expects 25,000 to 30,000 attendees.

The final preseason game will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, when the Bills take on the Detroit Lions.

Pacholec said the Code Red system would be used for all three events to notify residents in the area of which roads will be closed for stadium traffic.

Uber will also be set up outside the stadium for those who wish to take advantage of the ride-sharing opportunity. Cars driving for Uber will be stationed at the former Rogers Communications lot at the corner of Route 20A and Abbott Road, across the road from Danny’s South.

Previously, Pacholec said the area could fit around 100 cars.

For more information on the traffic situations for the events, visit the town’s website, www.orchardparkny.org.

TURKEY TROT — Summer has been flying by. Looking ahead, there may be events you may have always wanted to try.

Registration is now open for the 122nd annual YMCA Turkey Trot. Runners can register at www.YMCABN. org until race capacity is reached.

Presented by ADPRO Sports, the YMCA Turkey Trot is a time-honored Thanksgiving Day tradition. Race organizers recommend that interested participants register early to secure their spot.

According to a prepared statement, the YMCA Turkey Trot is an 8K race that attracts 14,000 runners and walkers annually. Proceeds raised from the event benefit children and families who would otherwise be unable to afford vital YMCA programs and services.

For more information on this year’s race, visit www.YMCABN. org or contact the Turkey Trot call line at 875-1283.

GOLF TOURNAMENT — The People Inc. Foundation will host its 16th annual Drive Fore Disabilities Golf Tournament and Auction on Monday, Aug. 21, at the Orchard Park Country Club, 4777 S. Buffalo St.

Participants will receive lunch, a golfer gift, round of golf, cocktail hour, silent auction and gourmet dinner.

Tee time for the morning round is 7:30 a.m., with 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon round. The silent auction and cocktails start at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and program, with an awards presentation at 6 p.m.

For more information about registering for golf, sponsorship opportunities or to make an auction donation, contact Jennifer Robinson at jrobinson@people-inc.org or at 817-7269.

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