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Medina celebrates Christmas with A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Medina celebrates Christmas with A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

MEDINA, NY

The traditional “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” will cap off the holiday season in Medina’s historic St. Mary Church (Holy Trinity Parish) on Saturday, Dec 20. A spectacular community tradition for six years, the concert brings the best loved songs of Christmas along with the splendor of the ceremony. The Festival Choir, with members from many WNY area Christian congregations, will be accompanied by pipe organ, brass, strings and fife.  Community readers offer Scripture readings of the Christmas story and related choral selections as the audience lifts their voices in the congregational singing of familiar carols.


“It’s beautiful,” said Aaron Grabowski, Music Director and Principal Organist at Holy Trinity Parish.  “Every year, people come not quite knowing what to expect. However, once they’ve experienced it, they love it. They can’t believe how beautifully inspiring it is.” 


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Medina FFA Chapter’s Model Farm Teaches Students Agriculture and Life Skills

Medina FFA Chapter’s Model Farm Teaches Students Agriculture and Life Skills

The FFA is drawing all sorts of Medina students who are interested in agricultural science.  The FFA was formerly known as the Future Farmers of America and even though a large number of the 120 students enrolled in the program did not grow up on a farm, they are interested in farming, livestock and food. 

 

Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Niagara Career and Tech Ed Students Hold Food Drive for Local Food Pantry

Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Niagara Career and Tech Ed Students Hold Food Drive for Local Food Pantry

For the month of November, the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center SkillsUSA students sponsored a food drive to benefit the Heart, Love and Soul Food Pantry in Niagara Falls.  SkillsUSA encourages community service along with leadership skills.

 

 Students and staff at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ center donated over 450 non-perishable food items along with $300 that was used to purchase additional food items for the pantry.  Two of the Junior Class SkillsUSA officers, Keira Fletcher from Wilson and Emily Knibbs from Starpoint, donated their time to do the shopping for the additional items.   

 

Daemen Opening State-of-the-Art Visual Effects Facility

Daemen Opening State-of-the-Art Visual Effects Facility

Marking an important milestone in a Buffalo Billion project targeting Western New York’s emerging film and television post-production industry, a newly completed nearly $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility will be officially unveiled by Daemen College at a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Dec. 5.

The celebration will take place at 10 a.m. in the Daemen International Center for Excellence in Animation located in the Tri Main Center at 2495 Main St. in Buffalo. Daemen President Gary A. Olson, members of the Daemen community and dignitaries are expected to be in attendance. An open house for the community is also planned from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6.

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Go Art! Grant Allows Lyndonville Students to Explore Pottery with Local Artisan

Go Art! Grant Allows Lyndonville Students to Explore Pottery with Local Artisan

Mrs. Amanda LeClair’s Studio Art and Photography students recently had the privilege of working with Waterport Clay artisan Deborah Wilson.  The students were beneficiaries of a Go Art! Grant that provides funding to nonprofit organizations and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new arts and cultural programming throughout Genesee and Orleans Counties. 

The students and Mrs. LeClair took a field trip to Nazareth College to work closely with Ms. Wilson, who makes her pottery by hand from stoneware clay.  She says she likes her pieces to be functional, fun and vibrant and gets her inspiration from nature.  She talked with the students about her career, her artwork and gave them tips and tricks for creating their own clay sculptures. 

LYNDONVILLE CSD LEADS THE WAY WITH PROMOTING STEM PROGRAM

LYNDONVILLE CSD LEADS THE WAY WITH PROMOTING STEM PROGRAM

With U.S. Department statistics estimating that jobs in science, technology, engineering and math will grow by 17 percent by 2018, Lyndonville Central School District has been encouraging their students to participate in their Project Lead the Way program.  The class, which started in 2007, is run by Jeff Gress, Aaron Bennett and Todd Wolford, whose curriculum encompasses science, technology, engineering and math with architectural projects being a key focus.  The students have designed everything from a toy train set, a gardening shed, Habitat for Humanity Home and a commercial building. 

 

Medina Students Help MAAC Fill Their Christmas Baskets

Medina Students Help MAAC Fill Their Christmas Baskets

Students from the Medina High School have turned helping out the needy in the community into a competition at their schools.  Every year the students collect canned and boxed food items for the Medina Area Association of Churches (MAAC).  Although many of the students raid their home pantries or go shopping for the charity to make someone’s holiday brighter, having a stiff competition has helped to generate even more donations.