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Daemen and Mongolian Government Finalize Agreement

Daemen and Mongolian Government Finalize Agreement

In a formal ceremony held Dec. 9 at Daemen House, the presidential residence, college officials signed a memorandum of agreement with a high-level delegation of governmental officials from Mongolia that will lead to exchanges of faculty and students between Mongolia and the U.S.

“Daemen College has a longstanding relationship with the Mongolian government and its people, and we are delighted that this agreement will enable many students and faculty from Mongolia to come to our college as well as our faculty to visit Mongolia,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.

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Local couple has unique wedding date: 12-13-14


HAMBURG, NY – In case you hadn't noticed, Saturday was a prominent sequential date of the 21st century: 12-13-14. You can bet there were plenty of couples tying the knot, including one from right here in Western New York.

Maggie Keef and James Philips exchanged vows outside at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Festival of Lights. The couple met on an online gaming site and say they planned today's unique wedding date well in advance.

"We knew this day was coming up and we thought, you know, that's a perfect day for us," says Maggie. "We're both into numerology and we thought it was great – plus, he will never forget!"

The next sequential date is two decades away on January 2, 2034, or, 1-2-34.


AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge produces community focused mobile apps

Western New Yorkers will be able to turn to their smartphones for information on child care, Thruway conditions, rental properties, landlords and other topics, thanks to creativity and innovation that emerged from the 2014 AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge.

The winners of the two-month “virtual hackathon” were announced Dec. 4 by AT&T, along with community partners including the University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs Technology Incubator, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo and Hack Upstate.

The contest challenged local developers, entrepreneurs, designers and technologists to leverage open data to build smartphone apps that serve community needs. The competition aimed to connect and engage citizens with government and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment.  

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Daemen College’s newly completed $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility was formally opened Dec. 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying a major step forward in a Buffalo Billion initiative focused on growing Buffalo Niagara’s film and post-production industry.

“Western New York is poised for success in developing a thriving regional post-production industry and this new, state-of-the-art visual effects facility is a key investment in making that happen,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud to be a part of such a dynamic venture with great potential for economic growth and job creation.”

A year in the making, the nearly 16,000-square-foot visual effects facility evolved from a collaboration between Daemen and Empire Visual Effects, a post-production and animation company. A $4.5 million Buffalo Billion grant jump-started the endeavor, which included $1.9 million to Daemen to create and equip the high-tech facility.

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Canadian Celtic Choir Plans Christmas Event in London

Canadian Celtic Choir Plans Christmas Event in London

 

Nearby London, Ontario, will host the Canadian Celtic Choir for “An English Christmas” for two shows on Saturday, Dec. 20! Performances are scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. in London’s Aeolian Hall, located at 795 Dundas St. E.

The Canadian Celtic Choir will perform under the direction of William W. Zadorsky, accompanied by Jean Willadsen and special emcee Paul Grambo. The choir features more than 50 voices and was founded in 1996 to sing and promote Celtic choral music and culture in Southwestern Ontario. The choir has performed at numerous summer festivals, black tie benefits, special celebrations and its own self-produced concerts. 

BJ's Club extending memberships after storm damage


HAMBURG, N.Y.- BJ's Club is extending memberships for customers who normally shop at its location in Hamburg.

The store is expected to be closed until March, as it repairs damage caused by last month's snow storm.

A company spokesperson says the company is extending memberships by four months for those customers. Customers can still go to the BJ's Club locations in Amherst and Clarence.

The Hamburg store also donated 17,000 pounds of food from its freezers to local food pantries.


Sonwil Vice President Jim Manno Presents at Ontario Business Summit

Sonwil Vice President Jim Manno Presents at Ontario Business Summit

BUFFALO, NY – Today Sonwil Distribution Center announced that vice president of sales and marketing Jim Manno recently presented at the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Ontario Business Summit. Manno participated in a panel discussion entitled “Growth Through Export – How to leverage skills, marketing, transportation and innovation to get your product to a global audience,” and discussed various regional trade and logistics issues, as well as his role as the board president of the newly formed Buffalo Niagara International Trade Gateway Organization (ITGO).