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Cantor Calls For Economic Reform, School Choice in Lecture

Cantor Calls For Economic Reform, School Choice in Lecture

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a leading proponent of school choice, addressed education, health care and other pressing national issues in the House Republican Party’s four-point policy agenda as featured speaker at the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series held March 10.

Introduced by Congressman Chris Collins, Cantor emphasized an “American That Works” plan in response to major challenges being faced today largely by the middle class.

“Many have lost faith in our nation and in the American dream. The American people deserve better and that’s why the House Republican leadership’s number one issue is to restore an America that works,” said Cantor, a six-term Virginia congressman.

Cantor pointed to the “middle-class squeeze” brought on by minimal wage growth and rising costs in making it harder for middle-class families to make ends meet. “Three out of four Americans are living paycheck to paycheck,” he said.

Frank’s Sunny Italy Hosts Traditional St. Joseph Table to Benefit Catholic Charities of Buffalo

Frank’s Sunny Italy Hosts Traditional St. Joseph Table to Benefit Catholic Charities of Buffalo

The Frank Sclafani family, owners of Frank’s Sunny Italy restaurant in North Buffalo, will host its three-generation annual St. Joseph Table and asks only a free will contribution to take part in the feast; there is no other charge. All are invited to the traditional meal, celebrated on the Feast of St. Joseph, which will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at the restaurant, 2491 Delaware Ave.

The restaurant has designated Catholic Charities of Buffalo as the recipient of all of the contributions this year.

Each year, the Sclafanis choose a local charity to benefit.

The St. Joseph Table is an Italian (more specifically Sicilian) event celebrating the principal Feast Day of St. Joseph, spouse of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Sclafani family donates the food for the meal, their family and employees volunteer their time to prepare and serve the meal. Catholic Charities’ staff also will be on hand to greet and thank participants.

Niagara Wheatfield's Edward Town Middle School Students Add Sparkle To Gliding Stars

Niagara Wheatfield's Edward Town Middle School Students Add Sparkle To Gliding Stars

The Gliding Stars is a unique organization that teaches people with physical, mental, emotional or multiple challenges to ice skate.  The students at Edward Town Middle School are lending their artistic talents for decorations for their annual skating show.    Teachers Jill Hessinger and Karen Culligan say that all their students enjoy helping out this worthy cause.  Student Peter Buffone says he had a great time painting his project.  “I was really glad I could help out.  They have a rainbow theme and it was fun to make the colors to match up to their colors.”

Errick Road Elementary Students Learn About Water Crisis in Sierra Leone

Errick Road Elementary Students Learn About Water Crisis in Sierra Leone

The Errick Road Elementary students who are part of the before school club Go Global love learning and hearing about different cultures around the world.  “The students meet twice a month and we even have email pals in Finland,” says teacher Brooke Harris, who runs the program.

Recently a Niagara Wheatfield alumna stopped into the club to talk about her experience in Sierra Leone located in Western Africa.  Katie Brooks graduated in 2007 and also attended Errick Road.  She is a graphic designer who volunteers for a humanitarian group in Buffalo called Let Them Laugh Out Loud.  The organization drills clean water wells in Sierra Leone and is also working to improve the lives of children by providing resources and shelter. 

Quit Horsing Around and Get to London’s All Equine Show

Quit Horsing Around and Get to London’s All Equine Show

Horse enthusiasts from near and far will be riding into nearby London, Ontario, for the All Equine Show taking place March 14-16 at the Western Fair District Agriplex.

The second annual All Equine Show is dedicated to anyone in the equine industry. With clinics, live entertainment and educational workshops, there are plenty of activities planned. The interactive nature of the show encourages attendees to actively participate by getting close to the animals, speak with breeders and product experts, and watch live competitions and demonstrations. The show runs from noon to 9 p.m. Frday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

The Buffalo Zoo Wants You to Power Down for Polar Bears

The Buffalo Zoo is launching a new initiative called “Power Down for Polar Bears” to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

The initiative was developed to encourage the Western New York community to participate in the global “Earth Hour” movement. Earth Hour will take place on March 29 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Zoo’s “Power Down for Polar Bears” event will run for a full week from March 23 – March 29 to encourage maximum participation.

Participation is easy! Schools and classrooms, local businesses, and individuals or families can get involved. During “Power Down for Polar Bears” week, participants should shut off any non-essential lights, appliances, or electronics for at least one hour. Consuming less energy is one easy way to reduce carbon emissions, and slow the melting of sea ice. Polar bears in the wild depend on sea ice to survive.