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NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
NOCO customers and employees generously donated $21,173 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter.

 

“This is the fourth year NOCO has helped to raise both funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Michael Bradley, chief financial officer and senior vice president, NOCO. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers and our employees, a total of more than $80,000 has been raised to date to support the Society’s ongoing research and programs for those impacted by blood cancers here in Western New York.”

 

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NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
NOCO customers and employees generously donated $21,173 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter.

 

“This is the fourth year NOCO has helped to raise both funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Michael Bradley, chief financial officer and senior vice president, NOCO. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers and our employees, a total of more than $80,000 has been raised to date to support the Society’s ongoing research and programs for those impacted by blood cancers here in Western New York.”

 

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Releases New Novel From Steve Banko

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Releases New Novel From Steve Banko

“For No Good Reason,” a novel from decorated combat veteran Steve Banko, is the latest release from No Frills Buffalo publishing.

Banko served 16 months in combat in Vietnam where he was wounded six times. His awards for heroism included the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest decoration for valor, and four Purple Hearts. He has spent more than two decades as a speechwriter and professional communicator and has also spoken to audiences across the country on the issues of war and peace. His nonfiction work has been included in several anthologies and periodicals. “For No Good Reason” is his first novel.

Banko’s speech focusing on post-traumatic stress among combat veterans received the Grand Prize Award from the Cicero Foundation for the best speech of 2010. He currently resides with his wife, Shirley, in South Buffalo and North Ft. Myers, Fla.

Rural Outreach Center Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

Rural Outreach Center Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting, empowering and elevating the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas, has made several new appointments to its board of directors.

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Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora hopes to spread some holiday spirit this Christmas season by asking local individuals, families, businesses and organizations to “adopt” a deserving family and help make their holidays a little brighter. 

“This Christmas season we anticipate assisting 12 to 15 families who are actively pursuing their goals toward self-sufficiency,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Those receiving gifts this holiday season will be asked to make a contribution of some sort back to their community as part of the empowerment process. Virtually all participants in the program readily agree to do this as they too want to help others in some way. We call it the ‘pay-it-forward’ portion of the program.”

One Million Lives Not Forgotten ... and the 100 That Will Die Tonight

One Million Lives Not Forgotten ... and the 100 That Will Die Tonight

By Peter Gold

Entering or exiting a vehicle by opening a vehicle door and not having another driver see you in the path of traffic has resulted in an estimated one million deaths since the inception of the motor vehicle. We are all guilty of being exposed. In memory of those one million who have died and the 100 men, woman and children who will die tonight, I beg every vehicle owner and every vehicle manufacturer to apply what I have invented to help prevent the needless loss of life.

Two Family Farms Protected by Western New York Land Conservancy

Two Family Farms Protected by Western New York Land Conservancy

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $4.9 million has been awarded to help farmers protect 2,843 acres of at-risk farmland in Upstate New York, preserving the land for agricultural purposes and protecting it from development. These grants will help the Western New York Land Conservancy protect two farms — D&J Brawdy Farms and Triple Oak Farms — both located in the Town of Eden.

While Eden is a small, rural, agricultural community, Triple Oak Farms and D&J Brawdy Farms face development pressure that threatens many farms in Erie County. This is something that worried the Brawdy and the Kappus families every day. “We can see a housing subdivision from our office window,” said Dennis Brawdy. “We are relieved that this land, which has been farmed since the 1800s, will always available to meet the agricultural needs of our community.”