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Land Conservancy to Host Talk About the Salamanders’ Big Night

Land Conservancy to Host Talk About the Salamanders’ Big Night

The Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a special talk with Twan Leenders, president of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and expert herpetologist, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Grand Island Town Hall. 

Each spring, salamanders have a “big night” where they all — that’s right, all of them at once — come out of their forest homes and migrate back to the seasonal woodland pools where they were born. They breed at these same pools. The public is invited to come find out more about these quiet but amazing amphibians and how we can help with their survival.

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Sports Collectors Expo to Visit Batavia Downs This Weekend

Sports Collectors Expo to Visit Batavia Downs This Weekend

A huge lineup of professional athletes — including several Hall of Famers and members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 18 and 19 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 18, are:
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Denny McLain, Ray Bentley
• 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Don Luce, Craig Ramsay
• 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Gerry Meehan, Phil Myre, Don Edwards
• 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Clint Malarchuk
• 12 to 1 p.m.: Adrian Dantley, Gar Heard, Dave Schultz, Bob Weiss, Bob Sauve
• 1 to 2 p.m.: Lawrence Taylor, James Harris, Herman Boone
• 2 to 3 p.m.: Vinny Pazienza, Clark Gilles, Grant Ledyard, Kevin Mitchell

Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Jamestown, NY – Entries have begun to arrive for Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images for consideration.

“The Photo Contest helps us fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature in two ways,” said Audubon Photo Contest Coordinator Ruby Miller. “The photographer experiences nature while shooting pictures and the viewer becomes inspired to connect with nature when looking at the often stunning results.”

Prizes are awarded in four categories and two divisions. The Youth Division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school; Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.

M&T Free Farmstead Thursdays Coming to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

M&T Free Farmstead Thursdays Coming to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, is honored to announce Free Farmstead Thursdays made possible through funding by M&T Bank. Free Farmstead Thursdays will begin in May of 2017. 

Admission is free for all to enjoy and offers visitors access to:
• Family-friendly educational programming
• Demonstrations by costumed historic interpreters
• Guided tours of the historic village and farmstead 
• 20,000 square feet of curated exhibit space

M&T Bank’s financial support of Free Farmstead Thursdays has made this initiative the first of its kind at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. It will ensure that quality, immersive history is accessible to visitors of all ages.   

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Daemen Establishes Historic Partnership With The Park School

Daemen Establishes Historic Partnership With The Park School

Daemen College has established an historic new partnership with The Park School of Buffalo designed to develop collaborative initiatives that will enhance academic, athletic, and community outreach programs at both institutions. This is the first agreement of its kind established between Daemen and a private school in the Buffalo Niagara region in recent history.

A memorandum of understanding for the collaborative agreement was formally signed Feb. 8 by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, Head of School Christopher J. Lauricella of The Park School, and Dr. Michael Brogan, Daemen’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls USA to Host Inaugural Winter Wellness Walk

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Feb. 7, 2017) ­ - In celebration of American Heart Month, Macerich's Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls USA is hosting the inaugural One Heart One Mile Winter Wellness Walk on Saturday, Feb. 25. With proceeds benefitting the Western New York American Heart Association (WNY AHA), walkers will start at 9:15 a.m. and follow a one-mile path around the mall before enjoying post-event refreshments and entertainment from health-focused vendors.

“Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls USA is proud to support the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association to raise funds and awareness for our community’s health,” said John Doran, Senior Manager of Macerich’s Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls. “The last Niagara County Heart Walk was in 2005. We’re very excited to bring the tradition back to the County after more than 10 years and rally the community together for a great cause.”

 

Daemen Athletic Training Program Granted Continued Accreditation

Daemen Athletic Training Program Granted Continued Accreditation

Daemen College’s Professional Master’s Athletic Training Program, one of only two accredited programs in New York State, has received continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The 10-year accreditation is the maximum term available to institutions.

Established in 2008, Daemen’s athletic training program previously received an initial five-year accreditation, which is also the maximum granted for a first-time accredited program.

“Receiving this national accreditation is a testament to our program’s level of excellence and our commitment to the high standards that CAATE represents,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “Our committed faculty provide students an exceptional education and advanced professional preparation that is essential to pursuing a career in the athletic training field.”