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Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve announced that they received a $200,000 challenge gift from a local couple, Pamela and Joe Priest, to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new nature preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. When this $200,000 challenge gift is matched by the Buffalo-Niagara community, the project’s fundraising goal will have been met. The Land Conservancy is now asking residents, businesses and foundations to donate and match this challenge gift by June 1, 2015, in order to complete the project on time and open the preserve to the public later this year. 

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised Toward $10.9 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised  Toward $10.9 Million Goal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced Tuesday, March 24, Catholic Charities’ 91st annual Appeal has raised $7,432,587.16 to date, representing 68 percent of the $10.9 million goal. The total includes monies collected and reported by parish volunteers during the opening weekend (March 21-22) of Appeal Week 2015, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations.

The total reported is more than $500,000 short of where Catholic Charities’ officials and the Appeal leadership team hoped to be after the first Sunday.

Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo.
    

Thruway projects start next week


WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – The arrival of spring can mean only one thing: road construction season is about to begin. And there are quite a few local projects that the Thruway Authority will be starting in the next few days.

That includes the replacement of the Cleveland Drive overpass in Cheektowaga, where work will begin on Monday.

Overnight work starts next Tuesday on the bridge from Niagara Falls to Grand Island.

And we learned about another project on Friday.

Emerald Ash Borer takes hold of Williamsville trees


WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- Williamsville officials are warning residents: Get your trees checked now. The emerald ash borer has moved into the Village.

Deputy mayor Christopher Duquin made the announcement Friday at Glen Park. "It's a little less beautiful today because we lost one of our ash trees to the emerald ash borer," he said.

Perhaps you've heard of it before: Its larvae live in and feed on ash trees, and when they hatch, they're capable flyers, so they spread quickly. The emerald ash borer is affecting a lot New York State, and about half the country for that matter.

It first showed up in Western New York in 2009, and now, the invasive species is confirmed in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Erie, and Niagara Counties.

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

The artistic talents of puppeteers from across the United States will be showcased in the second annual Geppetto Festival, named after the beloved woodcarver from the children’s classic “Pinocchio,” scheduled for April 15 as part of the Daemen College Academic Festival.

“The Geppetto Festival is intended to share enriching presentations and performances to help bring new life to puppetry,” said Cameron Garrity, festival director. “Whether young or young at heart, the festival will give audiences the chance to explore new avenues of puppetry beyond Sesame Street and other well-known shows.”

Fundraiser in honor of Nolan Burch


WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - It's been four months since the death of Nolan Burch. The 18-year-old died Williamsville native died in November after he was found unconscious at a fraternity at West Virgnia University.

On Saturday, his family and friends held their first fundraiser in his honor. The event was held at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville and featured a performance by the West Virginia University Choir.

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director

 

Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan Mountain Retreat located in scenic Western New York, seeks an Executive Director (ED) to act as chief operating officer and provide vision and strategic planning for this organization with a rich 30-year history. Working within our collaborative management model, the ED will supervise the day-to-day operations of “the Mountain,” working closely with the president/ animator, resident friar community, the board of trustees, staff and students from nearby St. Bonaventure University.    

Key responsibilities include: