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Local Mom Turned Autism Advocate Hopes to Share Her Message With the WNY Community

Local Mom Turned Autism Advocate Hopes to Share Her Message With the WNY Community

Love without words. If your family has experienced the impact of autism, you already know the pain behind that brief statement.

Clarence residents Molly and Matthew Pitman are the very fortunate parents of two beautiful children, Donovan and Charlotte. Now 14, Donovan was diagnosed with autism at 23 months old … and their lives were changed forever.

“When our daughter Charlotte was about three years old, she asked me why Donovan did not respond when she said, ‘I love you.’ While I was caught off guard, I used her bond with our family dog, Makeo, as a teachable moment,” said Molly. “Makeo plays with you. He gets excited when you come home and he even lets you cuddle with him. Makeo shows you his love without saying a word. Charlotte seemed to have a better understanding, and so did I.”

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Founders Bell Ringing Ceremony to Kick-Off Daemen Celebration

Founders Bell Ringing Ceremony to Kick-Off Daemen Celebration

Daemen College’s inaugural Founders Celebration, a new annual tradition to commemorate the college’s rich history and origins, will kick off with a dedication and ringing ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 7 to officially unveil the institution’s Founders Bell.

In honor of the college’s 70th anniversary being marked this year, the ceremony will include one symbolic ring for each decade since the college was founded in 1947. Official ringers at the ceremony will include Daemen President Gary A. Olson; Dr. Thomas Stewart, ’74, chair of the Daemen Board of Trustees; Sister Edith Wyss, ’66, of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, the college’s founding congregation; Nancy Haberman Gacioch, ’62, alumna; Dr. Matthew Ward, president of the Faculty Senate; Dr. Ned Cuddy, faculty emeriti representative; and Hugo Juarez, president of the Student Association.

Community Comes Together to Complete New Classroom at the Rural Outreach Center

Community Comes Together to Complete New Classroom at the Rural Outreach Center

The Kiwanis Club of East Aurora has completed construction of a multi-purpose classroom addition at the Rural Outreach Center (ROC), located at 730 Olean in East Aurora. The new facility will enable the ROC to provide programs — including healthy living, financial literacy, self-care and other classes — to help people living in the rural areas of southern Western New York become self-sufficient. 

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Members of the Kiwanis Club as well as individuals and businesses who assisted with the project will be recognized at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to visit the new facility at 6:30 p.m.

Collectors’ Expo to Benefit Three Local Organizations

Collectors’ Expo to Benefit Three Local Organizations

Three local organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds from a first-time event to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

One hundred percent of admission collected at the door for the Collectors’ Expo will be donated to Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, South Buffalo Alive and the Buffalo Irish Center. Additionally, all money raised through antique appraisals during the event will also be donated to the three South Buffalo organizations. Admission will be $2 per person while antique appraisals will cost $2 each (maximum three items per person).

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Niagara Frontier Doll Club to Host 30th Annual Doll Show & Sale

Niagara Frontier Doll Club to Host 30th Annual Doll Show & Sale

The Niagara Frontier Doll Club will mark a significant milestone when it hosts its 30th annual Doll Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in the University at Buffalo Center for Tomorrow on Flint Road in Amherst.

The event will feature antique and collectible dolls and bears, handmade dolls, doll clothing, supplies, furniture and accessories, miniatures and a special historical display of Girl Scout dolls! Other highlights will include door prizes and a freebie table, and the theme of the event is “Local women empowering local women.” Admission is just $5, with children under 12 free.

Explore Buffalo Lists September Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Lists September Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo’s popular tours are still going strong through September! Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for tours, and walk-ups are welcome! 

TURN OF THE CENTURY TREASURES
9:30 a.m. Sept. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Free

Dog Ears Bookstore Reschedules Visit by Author Daniel Bentivogli

Dog Ears Bookstore Reschedules Visit by Author Daniel Bentivogli

Due to production delays, author Daniel Bentivogli’s visit to Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12, has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Bentivogli is the author of The Adventures of Sticky McGooey and Friends: Vexed With an X. The nonprofit community bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Bentivogli is a retired water quality professional who has delighted children for years with science-based fanciful tales. He knows science is stranger than fiction and that fiction is very strange, and the result is this fascinating book.

In this whimsical adventure, Sticky McGooey is so tall and thin he looks like a zipper, while his best friend Beef Palumbo is so big and wide he resembles a wall. They always have each other's back and they are always ready for fun and adventure!