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Buffalo News: Trying to determine the best pierogi is more difficult – and even more delicious – than it sounds

(By Samantha Christmann | News Staff Reporter) Reporters get to experience all kinds of awe-inspiring events. Meeting the president? Yawn. Interviewing celebrities? Pshaw.


The opportunity to sample a bevy of sumptuous pierogi and help decide which one is best? Nothing could be a greater honor for this Polish girl from North Tonawanda.

And nothing could be more difficult.

After three years serving as a judge at Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest at Corpus Christi Church’s Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival, you’d think it would get easier. It doesn’t.

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Photos: Day of Caring at Response to Love Center

Day of Caring
(click here to see photo album)

These are photos of the Day of Caring at the Response to Love Center earlier this week. A crew of people from Wegmans and did a large amount of work at the center. Photos are courtesy of the center’s Mike Gilhooly.

This is from Mike:

It was amazing how much got done in a span of 6 hours on-site. The prep work and organization of such a monumental project took months and was orchestrated by Sandi Falsone and Joan Bruce and a team of Wegmans leaders.
The building and grounds look great and we are ready to open for fall session 2014 with a new bright look and optimism.

For more information on the Response to Love Center, visit

Solemn celebration for Our Lady of Częstochowa on August 24 at Corpus Christi


From Corpus Christi’s website—

Please join the Corpus Christi parish community for a solemn celebration for Our Lady of Częstochowa on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at our 10:00am Mass.

As the Pauline Fathers do at the Jasna Góra santuary to the Black Madonna in Częstochowa, Poland, the Our Lady of Częstochowa icon in our church is also unveiled for special religious celebrations. After Mass, we will renew our vows to the nation.

Wszystkich serdecznie zapraszamy na uroczystą celebrację z okazji Święta Matki Bożej Częstochowskiej.

Eucharystia rozpocznie się o godz. 10 rano odsłonięciem jasnogórskiej Ikony jak w sanktuarium na Jasnej Górze, a po Mszy sw. odnowimy jasnogórskie Przyżeczenia Narodu.

We invite the Western New York community to come pray and worship with us.

For more info on Corpus Christi Church, visit

The Winners of the 7th Annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest

From Corpus Christi’s website:

Corpus Christi Church is pleased to announce the winners for the 7th Annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 during our annual Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival. First place winners were awarded the Golden Rolling Pin to celebrate their titles as Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Makers.

Traditional Category

  • 1st: Paula Sepanik – Sauerkraut and Kielbasa
  • 2nd: Luci Buell – Potato and Cheese
  • 3rd: Pat Cwudzinski – Sauerkraut

Dessert Category

  • 1st: Deborah Wisholek – Sweet Potato Surpize
  • 2nd: Brian Marek - Apple Cinnamon Cheerio
  • 3rd: Karen McCarthur – Almond Ring

Non Traditional Category

  • 1st: Bobby Sikorski – NY Deli Pierogi
  • 2nd: KathyKalwicki – Oggie Doggie (Hot Dog)
  • 3rd: Sophia Wagner – Buffalo Chicken Wing

Thank you to all the contestants…without you, the contest would not be the success it is.

Here are some photos from the contest–click on images for full view.

Dożynki Festival Weekend at Corpus Christi Church


The 35th annual Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival at Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo, New York will take place this weekend on August 15, 16 and 17. The word Dożynki means a celebration of harvest and is a centuries old tradition by farmers in rural Poland.

The weekend long celebration will include traditional Polish food, music and drink. Festival highlights include music by the Melody Lane, Special Delivery, The Buffalo Touch and Phocus, the 7th Annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest on Saturday, August 16 at 4:30pm and the Harvest Mass on Sunday, August 17 at 11:30am.

The festival opens on Friday, August 15 at 6:30pm and closes on Sunday, August 17 at 8:00pm.

Corpus Christi Church was founded in 1898 and is located in the heart of East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia. It is on the state and national lists of historic places.

For more information about the festival, visit