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2018-01-11 / Editorial

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Orchard Park Editor
CHRIS GRAHAM

AUTO TECH COMPETITION — Area students will get a chance to show their automotive skills this weekend in an annual competition.

The Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers

Association and Erie Community College will host the NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition on Saturday, Jan. 13.

The competition features teams of two high school automotive seniors who will go through a series of diagnostic, workstation and performance tests to measure their automotive technical skills and abilities.

Ford Motor Company is the vehicle sponsor and will be providing six 2018 Ford Escapes for the students to compete on.

Also during the event, high school juniors will compete against a stopwatch in an Olympic-style format to dismount and mount tires using a tire-changing machine.

The competition will be held at Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center at 5885 Big Tree Road. The event will be open to the public at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 3 p.m.

Competitors hail from the following schools: Burgard High School, Ellicottville Career and Technical Education Center, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, Harkness Career & Technical Center, Hewes Educational Center, Ken-Ton Career & Technical Center, LoGuidice Educational Center, Niagara Career & Technical

Center, Potter Career & Technical Center, and W.D. Ormsby Educational Center.

First-place finishers will represent their schools and the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in March.

For more information on the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, visit www.nfada.com.

OBSERVANCE — The Buffalo Catholic Diocese observance of the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at St. Bernadette Parish, 5930 S. Abbott Road. Bishop Richard Malone will be the main celebrant.

During the Mass, Cheryl Calire, director of the diocesan office of pro-life activities, will present the annual Pro-Vita Awards.

These awards recognize people who have worked tirelessly for the pro-life cause.

This year’s recipients include Sarah Molitor, coordinator of the Mother Teresa Home; Catholic Women of Buffalo – Amy Blair, Annie Esposito and Valerie Zafuto; Siobhan O’Connor, executive assistant to Bishop Malone; Deacon Steve and Mary Schumer, clergy at the Mother Teresa Home; Aimee Gomlak, Catholic Health; and James Grubka, Knights of Columbus.

Catholics are also encouraged to participate in a solemn observance of the Roe v. Wade anniversary by placing a candle — electric, wax or battery-operated — in their window at sundown on the evening of Monday, Jan. 22.

For more information about any of the events recognizing the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade case, contact the office of pro-life activities at 847-2205.

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