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Buffalo’s Economic Resurgence Focus of Mayor’s Daemen Lecture

Buffalo’s Economic Resurgence Focus of Mayor’s Daemen Lecture

Mayor Byron W. Brown, a staunch advocate for economic development in Buffalo, will discuss the city’s economic resurgence and revitalization efforts as featured speaker in the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series that will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

Currently serving a third term as mayor of New York State’s second largest city, Brown’s talk, “Buffalo on the Move: For Our Region, Our State,” will focus on the city’s economic development initiatives over the past decade and the positive impact this growth has had both regionally and statewide.

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Taste of East Aurora to Showcase Village’s Culinary Creations

Taste of East Aurora to Showcase Village’s Culinary Creations

 

The third annual Taste of East Aurora, featuring numerous restaurants with ties to the Greater East Aurora community, returns from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, on Main Street, from Olean Road to Riley Street.

“Last year’s event attracted approximately 10,000 visitors, and we expect a large crowd again this year,” said Gary Grote, executive director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce. “Our goal is to focus on the food and restaurants that help make East Aurora a popular destination.”

WNY Sports Card Expo Features Impressive Lineup of Athletes and Actors

WNY Sports Card Expo Features Impressive Lineup of Athletes and Actors

 

Baseball, football and basketball legends — including several Hall of Fame members — will take part in the Western New York Sports Card Expo Sept. 20-21 at Batavia Downs Gaming, 8315 Park Road, Batavia. Also taking part in this unique event, presented by The Sports Corner, will be professional wrestling great Ric Flair and four actors from the HBO hit series “The Sopranos.” 

Kicking off the autograph lineup from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, will be NBA Hall of Famer and former Syracuse University star Dave Bing, along with former Syracuse standouts John Wallace, Roosevelt Bouie, Lawrence Moten and Pearl Washington. 

Heed Immigration Rules When Hiring Foreign Employees

Heed Immigration Rules When Hiring Foreign Employees

 

A recent influx of jobs into the Western New York marketplace has left Buffalo area businesses in an interesting position — trying to find enough qualified employees to fill those openings. As a result, a number of companies, especially those needing to fill high-tech positions, may expand their search beyond U.S. borders.

That, however, can create unanticipated problems for companies not familiar with the process for filling positions with foreign nationals. In a nutshell, the process can be both complicated and expensive.

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Niagara Wheatfield Transportation Department Prepares Kindergartners for First Day

Niagara Wheatfield Transportation Department Prepares Kindergartners for First Day

For many of the kindergarten students in the district, the first day of school can be pretty traumatic.  The Niagara Wheatfield CSD Transportation Director Leslie Buczowski and her transportation personnel recently held two sessions at Colonial Village Elementary to help prepare them for their big day.

 

Mrs. Buczowski and the bus drivers went over safety procedures with the students and their families.  “We like to do this every year because it makes it so much easier on the students when they know what to expect when they get on the bus.  It also allows us to give their parents tips on how to make it a safer school year for everyone.” 

 

The session concludes with students and families taking a bus ride so the students get over that fear and get to share their first experience with their parents.  “We find it really helps them not be so overwhelmed and frightened on that first day and everyone has a great time.” 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Welding Program Bike Racks Unveiled in Medina

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Welding Program Bike Racks Unveiled in Medina

Last year students in Eric Farrell’s Welding Program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center made some creative welding sculptures at the request of the Village of Medina Tourism Committee.  “We wanted some bike racks in downtown Medina,” says James Hancock, who is on the committee.  “The apple is Medina’s symbol because of all the fruit we produce and the students decided to make that their theme and made some gorgeous pieces.  We were all impressed how beautiful they are.” 

Mr. Farrell’s class designed the bike racks made each individual part in AutoCAD and then used a CNC machine and a plasma cutter to bend the material and then weld and grind it.   They were then delivered to F&H Metal Finishing Company who painted them and then the Department of Public Works placed two of them on Main Street and the third by the canal. 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES LPN students first in country to receive new certification

Orleans/Niagara BOCES LPN students first in country to receive new certification

The Orleans/Niagara BOCES LPN program is a trendsetter in practical nursing schools across the country.  They are the first program in the country to offer a new curriculum for their students to be certified as Facilitators for Advanced Care Planning, through Respective Choices which is an advance care planning program.  “What these means,” says teacher Marilyn Fleischman, “Is that the students are taking an extra course as part of our curriculum to talk to clients about planning for care if the physicians says there is little hope that they will ever recover the ability to know  who they are or who they are with.  We are very excited about this addition to curriculum and the opportunities it will present to our students.”