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WVU President Calls for Culture Change Following WNY Student's Death

Buffalo, NY - Nearly two weeks ago, police found Williamsville native and Canisius High School graduate Nolan Burch unresponsive on the floor of a fraternity house in West Virginia.

The 18-year-old never recovered and died two days later. Now, the president of his university is calling for change.

West Virginia University chartered buses to allow students to attend the funeral of Burch, a WVU freshman, in Williamsville. Last week's storm cancelled that trip.

Instead, the university says a bell-ringing ceremony in remembrance of Burch is scheduled for after Thanksgiving Recess.

Out-of-town crews support local emergency workers, prepare to do more

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY -- "Some people use that term 'hurry up and wait.,'" Ranger John Kennedy said as he stood in parking lot at Erie Community College North Campus. "I see it as our guys are ready so when we do get the call, we're ready to go."

Kennedy and other members of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) prepared gear and airboats Monday in case flooding in the area got bad. He said the crew of a single boat can rescue eight people at a time.

"These airboats are wonderful machines," Kennedy explained. "They'll go on very little water. They don't need to be in any type of lake or anything like that. Streams, obviously, are very good."

The team from DEC is one of many supporting local emergency workers.

Candlelight vigil for Nolan Burch

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – A candlight vigil was held Saturday evening in honor of

a local teenager whose life was cut short following an incident

at a College in West Virginia.

Nolan Burch, a Williamsville native just 18 years old, graduated from Canisius High School in the spring. On Friday, he was taken off of life support. That was just days after he was found unconscious at a West Virginia University frat house.

While many questions remain regarding the circumstances of his death, the vigil on Saturday was a time of grieving and remembrance.

WVU Freshman from Williamsville dies after incident at fraternity house

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – A West Virginia University freshman from Williamsville has died following what the University is calling a "catastrophic medical emergency" at a fraternity house.

WVU president announced Canisius High grad and Western New York native Nolan Burch, 18, passed away Friday following a Wednesday night incident at a fraternity house.

Daemen Flag Installation, Appreciation Event to Honor Veterans

Daemen Flag Installation, Appreciation Event to Honor Veterans

Daemen College will honor Western New York veterans at its annual appreciation breakfast and a special Veterans Day installation ceremony that will include nearly 100 small flags being placed on campus on Nov. 11.

“On Veterans Day, all of us at Daemen will thank the men and women who have served in our armed forces and reflect on the many sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “These events also symbolize Daemen’s ongoing commitment to our student veterans, who are a vital part of our college community.”

The day will start with a continental breakfast for veterans and their families at 8 a.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. President Olson will speak at the event, which is free and open to local veterans and student veterans in the college community. It is being hosted by the Daemen Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services.

Fundraising Event to Celebrate Matt Urban Hope Center’s Service to Those in Extreme Poverty

Fundraising Event to Celebrate Matt Urban Hope Center’s Service to Those in Extreme Poverty


The Matt Urban Hope Center, a nonprofit organization that assists the homeless as well as East Side residents who suffer from extreme poverty, will host a fifth anniversary celebration and fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Pearl Street Grill, 76 Pearl St., Buffalo. 

Catholic Charities Children’s Services to Host Free Session on Foster Parent Process Nov. 18

Catholic Charities of Buffalo invites parents, families and individuals residing in Erie County who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent to attend an introductory information session Nov. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. at 525 Washington St., Buffalo.

Catholic Charities provides foster care services to children of all ages, racial and ethnic groups who cannot live safely in their own homes or need to be placed in the permanent care of a loving family. The children under foster care may have special physical, emotional or psychological needs, and may include siblings who should be placed together. There is currently a specific need for homes to foster adolescent children ages 12-18.

Financial support, a clothing allowance and medical coverage are provided to families.

The final information session for 2014 will take place on Dec. 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.