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Catholic Charities Volunteers from Erie County Gather for First 2015 Appeal Workshop

About 50 parish and community volunteers, local clergy and lay leaders, and staff of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gathered Wednesday, Jan. 15 for a  volunteer training workshop to help kick off the 2015 Appeal for Catholic Charities in Erie County.

The event was held at Christ the King Seminary on Knox Road in East Aurora in preparation for the 91st annual campaign, which carries a goal of $10.9 million and officially began Jan. 7. The patron saint for the 2015 Appeal is Saint Francis of Assisi.

Working under the theme “Find Good Within,” Appeal volunteers from Erie County will begin reaching out to individuals and businesses in the community to encourage their support of the 2015 Appeal, which helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 myriad programs across 61 sites in Western New York, along with a number of ministries through the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.

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Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen College’s economic impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in 2013 reached nearly $132 million, representing a $17 million increase for the Amherst-based institution, according to a new study released today, Jan. 15, by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

“This substantial figure illustrates Daemen plays a key role in the region’s economic vitality and has emerged as a significant contributor to Western New York’s long-term economic well-being,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “For almost 70 years, Daemen has been actively engaged in this area and we will continue our commitment to growing and thriving with the community.”

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer New Writers’ Club

Dog Ears Bookstore to Offer New Writers’ Club

 

A Writers’ Club for wordsmiths interested in all genres will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Dog Ears Bookstore and continue through March 3. Sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. each week, and the cost for the six-week session is $75.

Leading the club will be John Schreier, a retired English instructor who taught for over 35 years in the West Seneca School District and at Trocaire College. He is an accomplished author with many published pieces including several 3M Writer’s Group Anthologies and short stories in national and local publications.

Beckett Card Grading Events Coming to Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

Beckett Card Grading Events Coming to Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles

 

Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles will host Charles Stabile, regional sales manager from Beckett Grading Services, from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the store, located at 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.

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Hamburg Interim Superintendent Signs Contract Extension


Hamburg, NY - Hamburg's Interim Superintendent will be with the school district a little longer than expected.

Vince Coppola thought he would be leaving next month, but after the Cleveland Hill Superintendent decided to stay with his district, Coppola is staying on as the interim for now.

If the district finds someone for the job before that, he will step down. Coppola stepped in after Dr. Richard Jetter resigned last September. Jetter admitted lying to police about a car accident he was in.

Hamburg Warns Residents Not to Travel in Snow


HAMBURG, N.Y. - There is now a travel ban and state of emergency in the Town of Hamburg. Leaders say it's not safe to go on the roads because of the snowy conditions.

The Town of Hamburg issued the following statement on the travel conditions tonight:

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As the evening progresses, the lake effect snow band will again visit Hamburg. According to our latest report from the National Weather Service, the band will intensify, and oscillate as far north as Blasdell between 7pm and 12am. While here, the band's heaviest snowfall rates are expected to be 2-3" per hour, depositing another 12-18" of snow. This snowfall combined with sustained winds in the 15-20mph range, gusting to 30 mph will bring extremely hazardous driving conditions. After midnight, the snowfall rates slow to 1-2" per hour as the band settles back into ski country.

Local Author David Brown to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

Local Author David Brown to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore

 

A book-signing event with local author David Brown will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Brown has written two mystery novels set in Western New York, “The Elusive Chauffeur” and “Who is Alpha?” The author has lived his entire life in Western New York, earning a a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He taught mathematics at Niagara County Community College for 33 years.