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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.

Peace Corps Adventure Leads Former Volunteers to the WNY Land Conservancy

Peace Corps Adventure Leads Former Volunteers to the WNY Land Conservancy

To say that the newest additions to the staff at the Western New York Land Conservancy — Jajean Rose-Burney and his wife Ana Hernández Balzac — have interesting resumes would be a dramatic understatement. While volunteers in the Peace Corps, Jajean and Ana spent 27 months in Puebla, Mexico, successfully tackling problems that often seemed insurmountable. 

Among other things, Jajean helped protect a globally important wetland twice the size of the city of Buffalo from rapid and unplanned urban development, while Ana enabled nearly 100 schools throughout the state of Puebla to become certified “Green Schools.”

Catholic Charities Service Corps Offers Grads Try at Job Force, Chance to Help Others

Catholic Charities Service Corps Offers  Grads Try at Job Force, Chance to Help Others

Are you, or do you know, a young adult searching for an exciting, meaningful way to jump into the job force? Perhaps post-graduation plans are still unclear or a current career is unfulfilling. Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) offers college graduates a year-long chance to develop and share their gifts, education and faith in a unique manner.

CCSC is now accepting applications from graduates of all faiths who are at least 21 years old and willing to challenge themselves by committing to service/social justice, community living, simplicity and spiritual growth for one year, beginning in August.

Service Corps members work full-time with marginalized populations in various non-profit agencies in Buffalo and surrounding areas involving education, legal aid, advocacy, social services, medical field and counseling, while living together in community with other volunteers.