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Cheektowaga Native Wins Songwriting Award

A Cheektowaga Central High School graduate has sung her way to the top of an international songwriting competition.

Lisa Racki Barrett, who graduated in 1986, was voted Female Artist of the Year in the 2013 Clays Country Music Awards, which was sponsored by Clays Country Radio, after her music was featured for several months and listeners casted their votes online.

While her music continues to be aired by the station, Barrett also will receive a trophy for her accomplishment. She also has been asked by Clays' newly crowned Songwriter of the Year, JT Hollis, to record a duet with him in the near future. 

Health Foundation for Western & Central New York Awards Grant to Catholic Charities Senior Programs

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $52,466 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (HFWCNY) Ready or Not Initiative to support its older adult programs serving seniors in Erie, Genesee and Orleans counties.

The HFWCNY is a nonprofit, private foundation whose mission is to improve the health and health care of the people of Western and Central New York.

The funding will allow Catholic Charities to create and implement a plan to respond to current economic and legislative changes impacting access to care for the senior population, including Medicaid redesign and the Affordable Care Act.  

Local Country Singer Hopes to Earn National Titles

Local Country Singer Hopes to Earn National Titles

A Cheektowaga native is hoping to add another songwriting accomplishment to her resume as she crafts music to honor her family and help others.

Lisa Barrett, a 1986 graduate of Cheektowaga Central High School, is a nominee for Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in the 2013 Clays Country Music Awards, sponsored by Clays Country Radio.

“I’m honored to be nominated right alongside some incredibly talented artists and songwriters from around the globe,” she said. “Thanks to Clays Country Radio, my original music is being played in approximately 80-plus countries internationally. It’s an awesome feeling to hear your song right after Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn or Garth Brooks.”

The Belle Center Appoints Lucy A. Candelario As Executive Director

The Belle Center Appoints Lucy A. Candelario As Executive Director
The Belle Center Appoints Lucy A. Candelario As Executive Director

After a year without a permanent Executive Director, The Belle Center looks to a familiar face to steer the community agency into new phases of growth.

Catholic Charities Exceeds 2013 Appeal Goal

Catholic Charities Exceeds 2013 Appeal Goal

BUFFALO, N.Y., June 28, 2013 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials announced today the 2013 Appeal exceeded its $10.7 million goal, with cash and pledges received to date totaling $10,819,043.65.

Completing his first Appeal since being installed as Bishop of Buffalo last August, Bishop Richard J. Malone addressed donors and supporters of Catholic Charities at the organization’s headquarters regarding the final report of the 2013 campaign. “As a result of the incredible generosity of the Western New York community, I have the great joy of announcing we have met, and surpassed, our goal again this year,” Bishop Malone said.  

Joined by Catholic Charities’ leaders, staff, and the Appeal leadership team and volunteers, Bishop Malone thanked donors and supporters for their dedication and commitment toward achieving this year’s Appeal goal.

Land Conservancy Celebrates Outstanding Contributions From Members at Annual Meeting and Reception

Land Conservancy Celebrates Outstanding Contributions From Members at Annual Meeting and Reception

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy held its 22nd annual Membership Meeting and Reception on Friday, June 7, at the Main House on the grounds of the beautiful Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. With more than 150 people from throughout Western New York attending, it was one of the most successful events in the history of the Land Conservancy. 

The event began by honoring the outstanding contributions of two Land Conservancy members, Michael B. Powers and Edward Fuchs. 

Canal-side Bike Shop Owner Sees Lots of Potential in Orleans County

Canal-side Bike Shop Owner Sees Lots of Potential in Orleans County

 

By Tom Rivers, editor

Orleans Hub http://www.orleanshub.com

HULBERTON – Chris VanDusen has pedaled his bike through Germany, Quebec, France, the Adirondacks and the Finger Lakes. They all have great bike trails with interesting towns to explore.