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Daemen Flag Installation, Appreciation Event to Honor Veterans

Daemen Flag Installation, Appreciation Event to Honor Veterans

Daemen College will honor Western New York veterans at its annual appreciation breakfast and a special Veterans Day installation ceremony that will include nearly 100 small flags being placed on campus on Nov. 11.

“On Veterans Day, all of us at Daemen will thank the men and women who have served in our armed forces and reflect on the many sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “These events also symbolize Daemen’s ongoing commitment to our student veterans, who are a vital part of our college community.”

The day will start with a continental breakfast for veterans and their families at 8 a.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. President Olson will speak at the event, which is free and open to local veterans and student veterans in the college community. It is being hosted by the Daemen Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services.

Musical, Kickstarter Campaign Aim to Fight Bullying

Musical, Kickstarter Campaign Aim to Fight Bullying

A Genesee County resident and 1986 Cheektowaga graduate is using her past experiences with bullying to raise awareness.

Lisa Barrett, singer-songwriter and prevention educator for the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, remembers what it was like to be teased as a child, some 30 years ago. 

Girls would laugh at her hand-me-down clothes and hairstyles. 

She also was always the last one standing in gym class, when classmates had to pick teams. 

“Bullying in any form hurts your self-esteem,” she said. “It can leave you feeling like you’re not good enough and that nobody likes you.  Sometimes it can make you downright afraid to go to school. “

Memories of those days came crashing back when a member of Barrett’s family was violently bullied.  He was held down by a few boys on a school bus seat and punched, all because they wanted to take his slice of pizza.

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen College will begin offering courses next spring for a new master of social work (MSW) degree, which will include a concentration in the high-demand practice area of children and families, making it the first MSW program offered at a private college in Western New York.

The New York State Department of Education has granted approval for Daemen to offer the MSW degree that’s designed to provide advanced training for experienced professionals and students with a background in liberal arts who are looking to further or begin their education in the field.

6 rescued from burning home

MEDINA, NY-- Two adults and four children had to be rescued from their burning home early Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to 413 Prospect Avenue in Medina around 3:30 a.m. They found two adults and four children on the roof. Police officers were able to help get the family down safely.

Two more people who lived downstairs were able to get out of the house on their own.

The cause is still under investigation, however, firefighters believe the fire was suspicious nature. The landlord of the building said, "I think this was a terrible crime. I hope whoever did it gets caught and brought to justice."

Health Care Infrastructure, Global Response Needed to Fight Ebola, Daemen Expert Panel Says

Health Care Infrastructure, Global Response Needed to Fight Ebola, Daemen Expert Panel Says

A strong public health infrastructure and international aid are crucial to containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a panel of experts said at a discussion held last week at Daemen College.

“The appropriate infrastructure and control strategy to contain this disease is not in place where the outbreak is at its worst in West Africa,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. “The level of global response will determine how quickly the disease can be kept from spreading or stopped and we must make sure the intensive medical care required reaches these patients.”

A capacity crowd turned out for Daemen’s timely Ebola panel discussion, which also included Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science and African affairs, and Anthony Saysay, a native Liberian.

East Aurora Native Launches New Lifestyle Website for Men

East Aurora Native Launches New Lifestyle Website for Men


Steven Helmicki, an anti-concussion advocate and president of Primordial Strength Inc., a private gym located in Elma, announces the launch of his latest project, a lifestyle website for men — primordialman.com.  

Primordialman.com is an affiliate of Schott NYC, a premier USA-based manufacturer of leather goods. The website also features high-quality products such as Chanel Platinum, Omega Watches, Boston Whaler, Gustin Jeans and others.  

Orleans County teen dead of apparent gunshot wound

SHELBY, NY – A 15-year-old teenager died at home of a gunshot wound on Friday afternoon, apparently resulting from the careless handling of a loaded firearm.

Orleans County Sheriff's deputies say that Jacob A. Stahl and a teenage friend were in an upstairs bedroom at Stahl's home on Salt Works Road when the accident happened.

The incident was reported at about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Deputies say the victim's father was also at home when the incident occurred, but he was in another part of the house.

We're told deputies have no reason to suspect foul play, and the other teen who was with the boy when he was killed is cooperating with investigators.

Stahl was a 10th grade student at Medina High School. Deputies contacted Medina Central School District officials so they can make preparations for grief counseling when students return to school on Monday.