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Daemen Opens Alumni House, Adds Campus Parking Lot and Footbridge

Daemen Opens Alumni House, Adds Campus Parking Lot and Footbridge

Daemen College has opened the doors to its newest addition to campus, Alumni House, which will serve as a central hub for the Office of Institutional Advancement’s fundraising, alumni relations, and publications operations.

Once Daemen’s presidential residence, Alumni House sits in a wooded area on campus directly adjacent to the college’s recently opened Honors House. The two-story facility has been reconfigured to include nine offices, meeting and event space for small gatherings, and a reception area.

“For the first time, our institutional advancement team will be centralized in the same building, which will provide for better access and greater collaboration among these key offices,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Alumni House is a welcoming place where we can engage with our graduates, donors, visitors, and the campus community throughout the year.”

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Rural Outreach Center Collecting New and Gently Used Winter Clothing

Rural Outreach Center Collecting New and Gently Used Winter Clothing

New and gently used coats, boots, scarves, gloves and mittens, and new socks and hats, are now being collected by the Rural Outreach Center (ROC). Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the ROC is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas.

“Items collected will be donated to families living in poverty throughout the southern rural region of Western New York,” said Pastor Frank Cerny, ROC executive director. “With the cooler months now upon us, this need is immediate. We urge everyone to go through their closets and donate winter clothing items that you no longer use but still have a lot of life left in them.”

‘Bites Around Buffalo’ Coloring Book Highlights WNY’s Famous Cuisine

‘Bites Around Buffalo’ Coloring Book Highlights WNY’s Famous Cuisine

Mitchell Grosofsky, who earlier this year released the popular “Welcome to Buffalo” adult coloring book featuring his artistic renditions of Buffalo’s famous architectural and historical landmarks, is at it again! Grosofsky recently released “Bites Around Buffalo,” an adult coloring book highlighting Buffalo’s classic cuisine and famous food establishments. 

Additionally, Grosofsky will take part in a book-signing event from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 26, Small Business Saturday, at The Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Buffalo. Designed for shoppers looking for personalized gifts this holiday season, the event will feature a meet-and-greet with more than 65 local authors! Museum admission is free during event hours.

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Gift Cards to Purchase Thanksgiving Meals

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Gift Cards to Purchase Thanksgiving Meals

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is turning to the community for assistance this holiday season as they seek to make Thanksgiving a much happier time for individuals and families living in poverty in rural Erie County and beyond.

The nonprofit organization is now accepting gift cards in any denomination from grocery stores such as Tops and Wegmans to help provide delicious and nutritious Thanksgiving meals. Gift cards can be sent or delivered to the Rural Outreach Center located at 730 Olean Drive, East Aurora, N.Y. 14052.

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Land Conservancy Plans Voice & Viola: A Celebration of Autumn Color in Music, Poetry and Nature

Land Conservancy Plans Voice & Viola: A Celebration of Autumn Color in Music, Poetry and Nature

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the public to join them for an enchanting fall afternoon of exquisite music, poetry and locally sourced wine and hors d'oeuvres at the iconic Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will feature viola music from folk and classical traditions paired with original poetry in an engaging program specially created to honor Kenneglenn’s lovely autumn setting. If weather permits, this event will take place outside overlooking a colorful meadow and fall foliage.

Explore Buffalo to Offer Speaker Series Event on October 20

Explore Buffalo to Offer Speaker Series Event on October 20

“The Afterlife” and “A Grave Discussion” are topics to be discussed at Explore Buffalo’s Fall Speaker Series event from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.

The Afterlife
While visiting a cemetery, have you ever wondered what the draped urn on a headstone means or what a broken column symbolizes? The next Fall Speakers series of Explore Buffalo will provide you with some answers. Cemeteries offer a variety of monuments and headstones, which convey an impression or memory of the person who has departed. However, when we look closer, we find deeper messages to be read. In this talk we will look at a variety of symbols found on headstones and memorials and learn their meanings – some of which date back to ancient Egyptian times. As we will see, beyond the simple flowers and crosses, the details of a person’s life lurk hidden beneath the symbols.

Improvements Underway at the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

Improvements Underway at the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

If you’ve driven down Mill Road recently, you may have noticed construction is underway at the Mill Road Scenic Overlook. The Western New York Land Conservancy has hired Johnson’s Nursery to improve the area around the benches that overlook the permanently protected 60-acre property. These improvements will include adding gravel and topsoil to stabilize and level the ground, and planting grass atop the new soil.

The Land Conservancy and the Friends of Mill Road ask that visitors to the Overlook respect the roped off areas around the benches to ensure that this repair work is successful. Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs over the next month or so until the work is complete and the vegetation has come in.