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Garlic Mustard Challenge Volunteers Successfully Battle Invaders

Garlic Mustard Challenge Volunteers Successfully Battle Invaders

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, Friends of Reinstein Woods and the Buffalo Audubon Society are pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Garlic Mustard Challenge, a competition designed to improve habitats in three Western New York nature preserves. 

 

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $35,000 From Local Foundations

Stella Niagara Preserve Receives $35,000 From Local Foundations

 

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has just approved a grant in the amount of $25,000 for the Western New York Land Conservancy for the creation of the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new, publicly-accessible nature preserve along the Niagara River in Lewiston. This news comes just days after the announcement that the M&T Charitable Foundation will contribute $10,000 toward the project! The Land Conservancy has now received more than $2.9 million of the more than $3.2 million needed to create the Stella Niagara Preserve. 

Catholic Charities to Host Domestic Violence Training Focusing on New York Model for Batterers

Catholic Charities to Host Domestic Violence Training  Focusing on New York Model for Batterers

The National Training Institute on the New York Model for Batterer Programs will host “Domestic Violence Offender Accountability ~ What, Why and How to Get it Done” May 4 and 5 at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Catholic Charities of Buffalo Domestic Violence Program for Men and VCS, Inc. Domestic Violence Program for Men of New City, the two-day training will discuss essential elements and requirements needed to achieve offender accountability, as well as how and why New York Model programs support the work of local, state and national battered women’s advocates. Social workers, advocate representatives, batterer program staff, and judiciary and domestic violence court personnel are urged to attend. This is the fifth New York Model conference held in Orchard Park.

ROC ’n to Spring to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

ROC ’n to Spring to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

 

ROC ’n to Spring, an event to benefit the nonprofit Rural Outreach Center (ROC), will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora. The ROC serves the rural poor in southern Erie County, working with individuals and families to help them become self-sustaining.

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, and the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board cosponsored a Farmland Protection Roundtable on April 8 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in East Aurora. Nearly 100 people from five counties in Western New York came to investigate the different tools that can be used to protect farmland. 

Aubrey McLaughlin Ready to Run for a Cause

Aubrey McLaughlin Ready to Run for a Cause

 

Just about every week you can find a 5K race somewhere in Western New York to raise funds for local organizations. Real running enthusiasts might even try something more challenging, like a 26-mile marathon, to raise funds and attention for a worthy cause. 

But on May 9, East Aurora native Aubrey McLaughlin will run the Gnaw Bone 50-mile race in Gnaw Bone, Indiana, all to raise funds and awareness for the Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization based in South Wales.

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for 91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for  91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal Tuesday, March 31, revealing $8,546,086.80  has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2015.
    
Today’s total represents 78.4 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly behind last year at this time when 82.3 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61sites throughout the eight-county region, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.9 million.