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Olear Realty Group, Inc. Announces Promotion, New Hire

Olear Realty Group, Inc. Announces Promotion, New Hire

The Olear Realty Group, Inc., a residential real estate sales support company in Buffalo, has announced that Laura Nightingale, SRES, has been promoted to the role of director of operations. Kerry Jones Waring has also been hired as marketing director. 

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The Resource Training Center and S.E.R.V. Niagara Offer Scholarship Program for Veterans

The Resource Training Center and S.E.R.V. Niagara Offer Scholarship Program for Veterans

The Resource Training Center of Amherst and S.E.R.V. Niagara are teaming up to offer a unique scholarship for veterans of the United States armed forces. Through the Gary L. Valeri Scholarship Program, veterans will be trained to work as Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC). The scholarship is named after the former husband of S.E.R.V. Niagara’s founder, who lost his long battle with addiction.

The training program, offered two nights per week over an 11-month period, will qualify veterans to work with other veterans in a wide variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, veterans facilities, halfway houses and the court system.

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

Land Conservancy to Present Draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a presentation to unveil the draft Concept Plan for the Stella Niagara Preserve on Thursday, Jan. 21. The Concept Plan is a landscape design for the entire property. The keynote speaker is Darrel Morrison, the nationally-renowned landscape designer known for his ecological approach who is guiding the Land Conservancy’s restoration efforts at Stella. The public is welcome to attend and provide feedback. The presentation will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lewiston Senior Center at 4361 Lower River Road.

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.  

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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.

Niagara University Students Build Home For Impoverished Family In Nicaragua

Niagara University Students Build Home For Impoverished Family In Nicaragua

Six Niagara University students recently returned from El Sauce, Nicaragua, where they spent a week during winter recess constructing a home for an impoverished family.