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Medina's Downtown Historic District receives interpretive signs

Medina's Downtown Historic District receives interpretive signs

Medina, NY- Almost one year after the idea was hatched, Medina's efforts to install interpretive signage throughout the Downtown Historic District are complete. 

Jimmy Swain of The Print Shop in Medina installed the finished panels today, and the results are remarkable. 

"This is one of the best projects I have ever been associated with", said Chris Busch who headed up the project with the help of Ken Daluisio, owner of The Print Shop. 

Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $10.3 Million; Less than $500,000 Remaining to Reach Goal

With only six weeks remaining before the close of the 2014 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the annual campaign has raised $10,313,211 in cash and pledges, representing 95 percent of its $10.8 million goal. Appeal leaders are asking the community for their help in raising the remaining $486,789 still needed in order to reach the final goal by June 30.

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, said the Appeal team is grateful for all the support Western New Yorkers have shown so far. He also encouraged those who have not yet donated – or are in a position to give a little more – to please do so.

Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $9.8 Million Mark

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 12, 2014 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo today reported the 2014 Appeal has reached $9.8 million in cash and pledges, representing 91 percent of this year’s goal. As a result, volunteers and campaign leadership must raise an additional $1 million between now and June 30 in order to reach $10.8 million.

The Appeal is now at $9,806,141.

Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said the Appeal team remains cautiously optimistic the 90th annual Appeal will be able to close the gap and ensure a successful conclusion over the next several weeks. “On the plus side, we have raised nearly $1 million since the close of Appeal Week 2014 (April 6-13) which is incredibly encouraging,” said Sister Mary.

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for 90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2014 Culminates with $8.88 Million Raised for  90th Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 15, 2014 – 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 today, revealing $8,886,816.65 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2014.

Today’s total represents 82.3 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly ahead of last year at this time when 80.2 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2014 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight-county region. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.8 million.

During Appeal Week, which ran from April 6-13, parish volunteers and pastors across Western New York led a concerted effort to gather donations, and participated in fundraising activities in order to bring the Appeal closer to its final goal.

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.

NIMAC Vice Chair Meets with Top Leaders of U.S. Airforce

NIMAC Vice Chair Meets with Top Leaders of U.S. Airforce

Merrell Lane, Vice Chairman of the Niagara Military Affairs Council (NIMAC) and a member of the Air Force Chief of Staff’s Civic Leaders Program, recently met with top leaders of the United States Air Force at the 2014 Air Force Civic Leader Program (AFCLP) Conference in Washington, D.C., on February 5-6, 2014.

The two-day conference involved discussions, briefings and input from members of the program with the highest ranking officials of the Air Force, including the newly appointed Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. One of the many issues discussed was the recently released commission report about future strategies for the Air Force, including the Guard and Reserve.