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Rural Outreach Center Serves Multiple Families During Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Serves Multiple Families During Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), an East Aurora-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending rural poverty in southern Erie County and surrounding areas and assisting, empowering and elevating individuals to self-sufficiency, assisted numerous local families throughout the holiday season.

“The Rural Outreach Center invited 51 families and over 90 children to receive donated gifts for Christmas,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Families were selected primarily on their work in setting and working toward personal goals toward self-sufficiency as this is part of the ROC’s model of assisting, empowering and elevating participants.”

More than 70 individuals and organizations helped make this happen by purchasing thousands of dollars in gifts, gift cards and non-food items for distribution. “The community response was overwhelming,” Cerny added.

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Daemen’s Sustainability Program Ranked No. 1 Among Small Colleges

Daemen’s Sustainability Program Ranked No. 1 Among Small Colleges

Daemen College’s unique Global and Local Sustainability Program has earned the top ranking in the nation among the “Best Value Small Colleges for an Environmental Science Degree,” making it the only Western New York college to be named to the list.

The 2017 ranking has been announced by Best Value Small Colleges, an online guide to the best values in college education in the country.

“We are proud to have this exceptional degree program ranked the best in the nation and to be recognized for offering a high-quality education at an affordable cost to our students,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This top honor truly reflects the program’s academic excellence in preparing students to foster the social, environmental, and economic well-being of our communities.”

Audubon Community Nature Center Planning 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival

Audubon Community Nature Center Planning 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is planning for its 35th Annual Snowflake Sustainable Living Festival to be the best yet.

Magic Moments horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Wild Spirit Education programs with owls and hawks, alpacas from Dun Roving Farms, Chautauqua County Humane Society, and Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue are some of the animal experiences being lined up.

The Festival’s emphasis on sustainability means visitors can learn about and experience ways to live a bit lighter on the planet. Opportunities are being planned for bird nest box and feeder building, butter making, soap making, wool spinning, knitting, leather working, wheat grinding, maple tapping and syrup making.

Also indoors will be children’s crafts, a basket raffle, door prizes, great shopping at the Blue Heron Gift Shop, and the opportunity to win a handmade 100% repurposed braided wool rug in the feature raffle.

Land Donation Protects Lakeshore Forest; Land Conservancy Seeks Community’s Help to Cover Costs

Land Donation Protects Lakeshore Forest; Land Conservancy Seeks Community’s Help to Cover Costs

Last spring, a generous landowner donated a beautiful eight-acre forest on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in Derby to the Western New York Land Conservancy. The Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust that protects forests, farms and scenic vistas forever, including places like the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston and The Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora.  

The Lakeshore Forest is the Land Conservancy’s first preserve directly on Lake Erie. There is very little natural land like this left along the shoreline. The forest has trees that are more than 100 years old. Many birds find food and shelter in these trees during their long spring and fall migrations. Scattered wetlands provide habitat for frogs, toads and salamanders. 

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Explore Buffalo Announces Grain Alley Gala Event

Explore Buffalo Announces Grain Alley Gala Event

Explore Buffalo’s annual fundraising event will take place in Buffalo’s historic First Ward in 2017! Come see what the excitement is all about from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, during the Grain Alley Gala at the newly renovated Barrel Factory at 65 Vandalia St., and support the continued growth of Explore Buffalo’s educational programs.

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Part-time Program & Volunteer Coordinator

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Part-time Program & Volunteer Coordinator

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, has an immediate opening for a part-time Program & Volunteer Coordinator. The position will require approximately 25 to 30 hours per week and will report to the organization’s executive director.

Daemen Ranked in Top 10 Nationally for Biology Degree

Daemen Ranked in Top 10 Nationally for Biology Degree

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College has been ranked among the top 10 in the nation on the “35 Best Value Small Colleges for a Biology Degree” list released by Best Value Schools, an online guide to the best values in college education in the country.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top institutions in the nation for a degree in the field of biology,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Our academic excellence, educational value, and many learning opportunities truly make a Daemen education an outstanding experience for our students.”

On the 2017 list, Daemen is ranked No. 7 among small schools in the U.S. that offer a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related area. The college was specifically cited for its unique bachelor’s degree in biology/master’s degree in cytotechnology program offered in partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute.