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Daemen Earns Two National Military Friendly Distinctions

Daemen Earns Two National Military Friendly Distinctions

Daemen College has been recognized as one of the top military friendly and veteran supportive institutions in the country in two newly released national rankings.

For the eighth consecutive year, Daemen has been selected by Victory Media as a Military Friendly School, which is awarded to top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country for doing the most to embrace student veterans and have dedicated resources to ensure their success in the classroom and beyond graduation.

Daemen has also been named a top school in the 2017 Military Advanced Education and Transition Guide to Colleges and Universities that measures best practices in military and veteran education.

Legislator Lorigo Announces $7,000 for the Rural Outreach Center

Legislator Lorigo Announces $7,000 for the Rural Outreach Center

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announced that the Legislature has supported his request to allocate $7,000 for the Rural Outreach Center in the 2017 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved the request at their annual budget meeting to support the center’s efforts to combat rural poverty and help residents through various services.  

“I thought it was critical that the county continued to fund the Rural Outreach Center as it does so much for families in rural Erie County. I am pleased that my colleagues supported this request and I know the funding will benefit many families who are working to get back on their own two feet,” said Legislator Lorigo. 

Assistant Pre-K Teacher Position Available at Annunciation

Assistant Pre-K Teacher Position Available at Annunciation

The Strong Start Early Learning Academy pre-kindergarten program at the Church of the Annunciation in Elma has an immediate opening for a part-time assistant pre-kindergarten teacher. 

Applicants should possess a degree in early childhood education or be working toward a degree in the education field. Experience working in a Pre-K or school setting is preferred. Applicants must pass a background check and drug testing.

Applicants must also be organized and efficient; communicate well and have developed “people skills” in order to interact with a variety of people in all kinds of life event situations; have compassion, confidence and a sense of humor; have the ability to solve practical problems; and be professional in appearance and attitude.

Western New York Land Conservancy to Restore the Niagara Gorge

Western New York Land Conservancy to Restore the Niagara Gorge

The Western New York Land Conservancy has just secured almost $1 million for the new “Restore the Gorge” project from the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee to begin ecological restoration work in one of the most important natural places in the world – the Niagara Gorge. 

The Niagara Gorge is comprised of unique ecological communities and is one of the most biologically diverse places in the Great Lakes. According to Nancy Smith, executive director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, “The Niagara Gorge is home to the majority of the plant species found in the Niagara Frontier, many of them very rare. It is also part of a globally significant Important Bird Area, and the lower Niagara River rapids are important spawning grounds for freshwater fish, including the threatened Lake Sturgeon.” 

New Book Release From No Frills Buffalo Focuses On St. Bonaventure Basketball

New Book Release From No Frills Buffalo Focuses On St. Bonaventure Basketball

“SNUBBED: A Basketball Season of Triumph, Crisis and Despair at St. Bonaventure University,” written by veteran journalist Brian Toolan, is the latest release from the No Frills Buffalo publishing company.

Toolan is a veteran journalist who worked for 43 years as a reporter and a ranking editor in the newspaper industry. Positions he has held include sports editor and managing editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, business editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, editor and senior vice president of the Hartford Courant and national editor of the Associated Press. He was editor of the Courant when it won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a murderous rampage at the headquarters of the Connecticut Lottery. Toolan also directed coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings and the Minneapolis bridge collapse while at the Associated Press. He currently resides in New Hope, Pa.

The Land Conservancy Purchases The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Protecting It In Perpetuity

The Land Conservancy Purchases The Owens Falls Sanctuary, Protecting It In Perpetuity

Through the generosity of many donors, the Western New York Land Conservancy has now purchased The Owens Falls Sanctuary in the Town of Aurora. The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Jackson Falls raised more than $700,000 over the last nine months to create this permanently protected nature sanctuary. The Land Conservancy will open the sanctuary’s walking trails to the public later next year. 

As the name suggests, the highlight of The Owens Falls Sanctuary are two magnificent waterfalls. But there is more to the land than these waterfalls. Its beautiful hemlock and beech forest are home to migrating birds, breeding frogs and salamanders, and dense patches of stunning wildflowers. The property also includes wetlands and mature headwater forests which are vital to maintaining water quality in the Buffalo River and Niagara River watersheds.

Region’s First Prescribed Burn a Success for the Land Conservancy

Region’s First Prescribed Burn a Success for the Land Conservancy

The Western New York Land Conservancy conducted a prescribed burn on Nov. 7 at the Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. The preserve contains a beautiful 10-acre grassland — one of the most threatened natural communities in New York State. This grassland is very healthy and brimming with tall native grasses, giving wildlife a place to hide, eat, rest and nest. One of the best ways to keep a grassland healthy is to burn it periodically.