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WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state. Representatives of the DEC and the Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event in Skaneateles, in Onondaga County, in recognition of Earth Week, a weeklong celebration of New York's commitment to protecting our environment, conserving open space, and increasing access to the state's vast and magnificent natural resources. The grants are funded through NYS’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and the Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with DEC.

Stand Out From the ‘Selfie’ Crowd with a Professional Headshot

Stand Out From the ‘Selfie’ Crowd with a Professional Headshot

There are countless reasons why an individual may require a professional headshot —  applying for a new position, a recent promotion at your current place of employment or being appointed to the board of a nonprofit organization are among the top reasons. But whatever the reason, it’s always best to be prepared with both knowledge and the name and number of an experienced headshot photographer.

“A professional headshot is often your first opportunity to make a positive impression,” said Elizabeth Snyder, owner of Elizabeth Snyder Photography, LLC of Grand Island. “Some companies are now requiring a profile image along with a resume at an in-person interview, so planning in advance is key. And in today’s ‘selfie’ world, you will really stand out and show your professionalism.

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turns Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turns Attendees in to Presenters

 

Free Self-organizing conference returns to provide for an opportunity for the collision of ideas and collaboration; hundreds of Western New Yorker to spend April 16th teaching each other new innovative skills

 

NIOGA Library System Launching Campaign Aimed at Engaging Young Adults

NIOGA Library System Launching Campaign Aimed at Engaging Young Adults

NIOGA, a nonprofit cooperative library system, is launching a new campaign aimed at young adults in Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties to call their attention to the vast resources available at their local library, including free Wi-Fi, video games, music and video streaming, and eBook downloads.

“Libraries nationally are facing tough competition as on-demand technology becomes more and more accessible,” said Tom Bindeman, executive director of NIOGA Library System. “But the advantage that libraries have is that we offer the same content for free. We just need to make more people aware of that.”

NIOGA will launch its "There’s More to Check Out at Your Local Library" campaign on April 11, just in time for National Library Week. Twenty libraries will participate in the campaign that features a series of posters, social media and web content, and a contest.

Graphcon Launches Artisan Printing Company The Pickle Ship

Graphcon Launches Artisan Printing Company The Pickle Ship

The Pickle Ship, an artisan printing and stamping company specializing in high-quality letterpress printing, foil stamping, embossing and die cutting, was launched today by Graphcon, Inc., an Orchard Park-based printing services company.

The Pickle Ship and Graphcon are owned and operated by brothers DJ and Matt Schutt.

“In this digital age where media is often produced at the push of a button, we are resurrecting the craftsmanship associated with printing,” said Matt Schutt. “Being a third-generation artisan print shop and having learned the business from our father, we respect the time-honored printing techniques handed down from generation to generation.” 

Decorated Veteran is First to Receive New Daemen Scholarship

Decorated Veteran is First to Receive New Daemen Scholarship

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College student veteran Nicholas Pilozzi has been selected as the first recipient of the new Karamanoukian Scholarship established with a generous gift from board trustee Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian and his wife, Karen Karalus Karamanoukian.

“As a strong supporter of our veterans and our country’s military, I’m pleased to award this scholarship to a veteran as inspiring as Nick and to offer him financial assistance so he may achieve his educational goal at Daemen,” said Karamanoukian, a vein specialist and director of the Vein Treatment Center. “This gift will also add to Daemen’s commitment to provide student veterans the resources and support they need at the college, which has been a key focus of President Gary Olson and Vice President Michael Brogan.”

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

A petty thief, local mobsters and a parish priest who’s more sinner than saint come together in the gritty black-comedy crime novel “Stay Away from Lions,” the latest release from No Frills Buffalo. 

Written by Buffalo natives and St. Bonaventure University graduates J. Matthew Smith and Patrick Reynolds, “Stay Away from Lions” follows the poorly led life of Tommy Patton, a small-time South Buffalo crook who upon being sprung from his latest stint in the Erie County Jail learns he’s in debt to a ruthless mob boss as a result of a robbery gone wrong.

With the payback deadline looming, a two-faced henchman charged with collecting the debt goes behind his boss’s back and hatches a scheme designed to benefit all involved. But when that scheme unravels, unholy secrets are exposed costing people their lives.