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Historic recognition sought for Barge Canal

Historic recognition sought for Barge Canal

Lift bridges, guard gates, waste weirs would get elevated historical status.

Tom Rivers, Editor, Orleans Hub   www.orleanshub.com

The Erie Canal gets a lot of attention from preservationists and heritage-minded New Yorkers. But the Barge Canal, which opened in 1918 as an enlarged and deeper Erie Canal, may soon get some recognition.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor wants the Barge Canal to be recognized on the state and national registers of historic places. The New York State Board for Historic Preservation is scheduled to vote on the Barge Canal application on June 12.

“We want to elevate its importance,” said Jean Mackay, director of communications and outreach for the Corridor. “This would be another layer of recognition.”

Congress in 2000 declared the canal as a National Heritage Corridor, one of 49 such areas in the country.

Having an Immigration Lawyer Handle Your Case is a Good Idea

Having an Immigration Lawyer Handle Your Case is a Good Idea


At Berardi Immigration Law, our phone rings a lot with callers wanting to “ask a simple question.” Unfortunately, when it comes to immigration law, very little is “simple.” There are many reasons for hiring an immigration attorney to handle your case. Aside from saving you time with research and form filing, lawyers can provide you with the peace of mind that your application is submitted properly.  

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Refugees to Share Personal Journeys at Daemen Celebration

Refugees to Share Personal Journeys at Daemen Celebration

Refugees who have resettled in Buffalo after fleeing violence, war and persecution in their native countries will share their inspiring stories at a World Refugee Day event scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. June 17 in the Daemen College Wick Campus Center’s Alumni Lounge.

The event, “One Family Torn Apart by War is Too Many,” will include refugee speakers from Somalia, Burma and Iraq who will talk about their experiences of overcoming tremendous hardship to rebuild their lives in Western New York.

Paratrooper from Medina dies at Fort Bragg

MEDINA, NY – An Army paratrooper from Medina died Friday when she was found unresponsive after a night-time training jump at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The news was first reported by OrleansHub.com on Sunday.

Shaina Schmigel, 21, was was an intelligence analyst with the 37th Engineer Battalion, Second Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. The cause of death is still under investigation by the Army.

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.

Daemen is First Recipient of New Arts Award

Daemen is First Recipient of New Arts Award

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College has been selected as the first recipient of the Business Supporter Award presented as part of the Town of Amherst Arts and Culture in Public Places Board’s newly created program to celebrate contributions to the arts in the community.

The honor was presented at the inaugural Amherst Awards for the Arts event held May 13 in MusicalFare Theatre on the college’s campus. The awards program recognizes organizations and individuals who provide outstanding service to local art and display excellence within the arts discipline.

“Daemen has a longstanding dedication to fostering visual and performing arts as well as in nurturing the artistic, creative and intellectual potential of our students in an array of programs,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud to receive this honor and be recognized as a vital center of arts and cultural development in Amherst and throughout the region.”

Wasserman Schultz Gives View of Political Landscape

Wasserman Schultz Gives View of Political Landscape

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida shed light on the national political scene and her personal path to public service at the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series event held May 13.

In an engaging and conversational style, Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, started off speaking before the overflow crowd about her introduction to politics in 1992 when she ran for the Florida State Legislature.

“The opportunity to work in public service was inspiring and presented an opportunity for me to help people, particularly young families, improve education and work on making quality, affordable health care available to everyone,” she said. “However, most of all, I knew my voice could speak for other women like me who are not represented in a political capacity.”