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March of Dimes Partners with Statewide Health Agencies to Address Late Preterm Birth

In an effort to reduce the number of late preterm births, the March of Dimes New York Chapter announced today it will partner with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG District II) to help educate health care providers and the public on the importance of the last weeks of pregnancy and the risk of early deliveries.  A healthy, full term-pregnancy lasts 39-40 weeks, yet there has been a rise in births scheduled prior to that time through inductions and C-sections that are not medically necessary - a practice once thought to be safe.  Research shows that scheduling births, even a few weeks too early, may result in babies having feeding, breathing and learning problems.  They are also more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 

Videos Allow WNY Travelers to Discover the Spirit of London Before Crossing the Border

Shops, restaurants, theater, cultural institutions, wineries, museums, markets, comfortable hotels, sports and recreation, slot machines, special events ... sounds like a fun and accurate description of Western New York, right?

Actually, the exciting and equally inviting city of London, Ontario, boasts many similarities to the Buffalo region. Maybe that’s why more and more Buffalonians are traveling to London for a quick getaway.

Buffalo Zoo Offers New Animal Encounters This Winter!

In support of the Buffalo Zoo’s mission to educate the public about the world’s wildlife, the Zoo is now offering a new holiday sea lion encounter.                                                             

Sea Lion Encounter

Enrichment Day at the Buffalo Zoo (Saturday, November 27)

If you’re searching for something to do with your visiting friends and relatives over the holiday weekend, stop by the Buffalo Zoo for Enrichment Day on Saturday, November 27!

From 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the Zoo’s animal residents will receive special enrichment in a variety of ways to stimulate their senses. Keepers will incorporate new food items, toys, smells and sounds to keep the animals mentally and physically healthy. Keepers will also be on hand to explain the particular enrichment their animals are receiving, as well as its significance to that species.

To help support the WNY Food Bank, visitors can bring something extra—a canned food item—to receive $1 off admission. (Please note that while no more than $1 will be discounted off each admission, bringing more than one can per person is certainly appreciated!)

The enrichment schedule is as follows:

10:30 a.m.         Sea Lions/River Otters

50% Off Sale at the Buffalo Zoo's Zootique Gift Shop!

Enjoy the good kind of “wild” shopping experience on Black Friday, and shop at the Buffalo Zoo’s Zootique Gift Shop!

Beginning Friday, November 26 through the end of the year, all items for sale in the Zootique (excluding elephant-painted merchandise and the Women’s Board note cards and calendars) will be 50% off. Zootique carries wildlife-themed gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, house-warming, baby showers and many other special occasions!

It is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and can be accessed without paying a Zoo admission fee. In addition to being able to find unique items, shoppers are also supporting the Buffalo Zoo as revenue generated is used for the care and maintenance of the Zoo’s animal collection.

Please note that all sales are final and no other discounts will apply.

Pet Connection Announces Holiday Season Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc. is counting on support from the generous residents of Western New York to make this a happy holiday season. Volunteers from the nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla will be at several locations throughout Erie County in an effort to raise funds for the care of dozens of dogs and cats in need of loving homes.

Turkeys Leave Country, Will Spend Holiday Overseas!

    There are 68 more days until Thanksgiving, and you can do your worrying about that turkey during the last 41. The first 27 days, or until October 15th, you can spend being thankful that the turkey you might not get will go to our boys overseas. This about sizes up the situation. Some time ago the government slapped a two-way freeze order on the national turkey crop.  It froze the sale of the birds until it can buy up 15,000,000 to 20,000,000 pounds needed by the armed forces, and it is now freezing the birds for shipment overseas. 

Turkeys remaining after Uncle Sam has his share will be allocated to civilian use.