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Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen College has received an unprecedented $1 million gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation to support the institution’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, making it the largest private gift in the college’s nearly 70-year history.

In honor of this historic gift to the college, the center has officially been renamed the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement.

“Robust civic engagement contributes to many positive social outcomes, so it is my honor and privilege to support Daemen College as it prepares students to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in society,” said Saffrin.

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You Are Invited to Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

You Are Invited to Audubon’s Thanksgiving with the Birds

Jamestown, NY – You are invited to bring your family for a potluck dinner and fun outdoor activities at the Audubon Community Nature Center’s Thanksgiving with the Birds on Saturday, November 19.

Dating to 1965, Thanksgiving with the Birds is Audubon’s oldest continuing tradition.

At 11:30 a.m. you can gather to mix broth-based soup contributions into a big pot over an outdoor fire. The flavor of the resulting appetizer is interesting and unpredictable, and usually delicious.

Audubon provides the roasted turkeys and beverages for the indoor buffet dinner that begins about 12:30. Participants are asked to bring a side dish (dressing, vegetables, potatoes, salad or dessert) and their own table service, including a mug for soup.

After-dinner activities include a talk by nature educator Teresa Corrigan, an elementary school teacher and popular presenter at the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage.

Explore Buffalo Offering Docent Training for the 2017 Season

Explore Buffalo Offering Docent Training for the 2017 Season

What do Explore Buffalo docents do? Volunteer docents lead all Explore Buffalo’s walking tours, including regularly scheduled and private group tours for the general public, and school tours for thousands of students from elementary to high school. With hundreds of tours given each year, there are many opportunities to participate!

Why become a docent for Explore Buffalo? Being a docent for Explore Buffalo is fun! What could be more thrilling than showing people from around the world Buffalo’s incredible architecture and history?

Being a docent is also a great way to meet new people within Explore Buffalo and among the organization’s many community partners. Explore Buffalo organizes regular social events for docents and volunteers.

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing. 

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Audubon Community Nature Center Unveils New Sign and New Name

Audubon Community Nature Center Unveils New Sign and New Name

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) began its 60th anniversary year with all things new: a new name, newly defined mission, vision, and belief statements, and new slogan, graphics, and website.

The change was celebrated with the recent unveiling of a new sign at its entrance on Riverside Road, one-quarter miles east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

President Ruth Lundin addressed the assembled group. She noted that for the last ten years, the Nature Center staff and Board of Directors have been thinking that the name and the logo did not do justice to its wide range of exhibits, events, and programming. Despite focus groups, surveys, and questionnaires, including both members and strangers, “The crystal ball remained murky. We were not interested in taking a new direction but in clarifying the essence of what we provide.”

Come to Audubon for Birds! Birds! Birds!

Come to Audubon for Birds! Birds! Birds!

Jamestown, NY – On Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016, the Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting a day of bird activities and lessons.

From 1 to 3 p.m. several stations will be set up throughout the Nature Center for self-guided learning about birds.

Use binoculars, you can spot birds from the Windows on Wildlife. Or take the Bird Scavenger Hunt challenge.

You will be able to examine bird feathers and nests, make a pine cone bird feeder (free or donation), and make a wooden bird feeder (for an extra fee).

A limited number of bird fun Scout patches will be available. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and other interested children can request an activities sheet at the welcome desk. After completing at least four of the activities, a fun patch can be purchased on a first-come first-served basis for $3.

“360 Degree Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

“360 Degree Photography” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting

Jamestown, NY – Bruce Isaacson will be the presenter at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 10.  His subject will be 360 degree photography, virtual tours, and the tools used to create these images

“Fog” and “Fall Colors” are the topics for the image review that opens the meeting at 6:15 p.m. Fog is about seeing what fog can bring to enhance or hinder an image. Fall colors is an overview of the spectacular colors autumn brings to this region of northwest Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York 

An illustrated presentation on adjusting your color to create better black & white photos will be in the 15-minute tech portion of the meeting.

There will also be a show and tell time when members can show off some of their best pictures.

A social time follows the program.