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Catholic Charities Volunteers from Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties Gather for Appeal Workshop

Catholic Charities Volunteers from Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties Gather for Appeal Workshop

About 50 parish and community volunteers, local clergy and lay leaders, and staff of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gathered Jan. 9 for a Tri-County volunteer training workshop and luncheon to help kick off the 2016 Appeal for Catholic Charities in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

The event was held at Bohn’s Restaurant in Batavia in preparation for the 92nd annual campaign, which carries a goal of $11 million and officially began Jan. 6. The patron saint for the 2016 Appeal is St. Nicholas.

During the luncheon, two individuals were honored with “Hero of Hope” awards.

Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials and volunteer leaders announced an $11 million goal for the 2016 Appeal Jan. 6. Monsignor David S. Slubecky, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Buffalo, representing The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo who was unable to attend, made the announcement at a kick-off event held at the new Catholic Charities Health Care Center for refugee clients and the community, located in the former Nativity Roman Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side. The theme for the 2016 Appeal is “Find Good Within” and the patron saint of the 92nd annual Appeal is St. Nicholas.

The Appeal helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York along with Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.  

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College President Gary A. Olson conferred a bachelor’s degree in nursing to student Paula Williams, who is seriously ill with breast cancer, at a private on-campus ceremony held Dec. 16 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. She completed the academic requirements in the fall semester to receive her nursing degree, which was presented in advance of the college’s annual commencement ceremony in May.

“We are all very proud of Paula for persevering through her illness to receive her degree,” said Olson. “She is courageous, tenacious, and an inspiration to everyone at Daemen.”

A graduate of the former Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing, Williams held various staff and leadership positions at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. In recognition of her professional excellence, she was awarded a scholarship from the Kaleida Health Foundation.

Area Leaders Address Race and Higher Education

Area Leaders Address Race and Higher Education

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Several leaders from the Buffalo Niagara region engaged in an insightful dialogue on race and higher education at a panel discussion held Jan. 8 as part of the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series.

The discussion, which was moderated by Dr. Isiah Marshall, Jr., Daemen associate professor of social work and master of social work program director, included panelists Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown; Dr. Catherine Fisher Collins of the New York State Education Department Board of Regents; Dr. Gary A. Olson, president of Daemen; Dr. Katherine S. Conway-Turner, president of SUNY Buffalo State; and Dr. Cynthia Zane, president of Hilbert College. As noted in the discussion, creating a safe and inclusive environment for all members of a campus community is key to promoting diversity at colleges and universities.

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

The Pregnancy & Cancer Registry is a growing database of women from around the world who have been diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. The database was developed by Dr. Elyce Cardonick, a nationally recognized expert in maternal-fetal medicine. 

Dr. Cardonick has been helping pregnant women diagnosed with cancer have healthy babies for 17 years. These women are very brave, and at first want to deny themselves cancer treatment during pregnancy because they are afraid it will hurt their fetus. 

Police Officer charged with stalking


ALBION, N.Y. - New York State Police have arrested a Village of Holley Police Officer. 

54-year-old Lloyd H. Christ III of Hamlin, NY is charged with official misconduct (A Misdemeanor), stalking 4th (B Misdemeanor) and aggravated harassment 2nd (A Misdemeanor) for harassing and stalking two victims over a period of time.

Christ is currently employed as an officer in the Village of Holley, located in Orleans County.

He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.


No Stoppin’ This Boppin’ Takes a Look Back at the Buffalo Music Scene; Book-signing Event Planned

No Stoppin’ This Boppin’ Takes a Look Back at the Buffalo Music Scene; Book-signing Event Planned

Visible Imagination Press is proud to announce the re-release of Bob and Terri Skurzewski’s book, “No Stoppin’ This Boppin’ – Let The Good Times Roll.” To kick off the re-release, a book-signing event with the Elma, N.Y., authors will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

No Stoppin’ This Boppin’ looks back at the music scene in Buffalo from 1950 through 1964, when AM radio was king! Buffalo was home to many great DJs, and each interview in this book takes readers behind the scenes and shows how the broadcast industry worked, and how these DJs entertained with their on-air antics.