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Local Artist Matt Schreiner Painting His Way Into the Hearts of Many

Local Artist Matt Schreiner Painting His Way Into the Hearts of Many

 

It’s quite an accomplishment when you can take a hobby and turn it into a career. It becomes a remarkable achievement when you can expand upon that career so that it will benefit countless others in your community and across the country.

But that’s exactly what 26-year-old Orchard Park resident Matt Schreiner has been able to accomplish, with amazing results. After graduating from Niagara Falls High School and Buffalo State College, where he majored in education, Schreiner decided to follow a different career path. This path focused on his artistic abilities and his love of sports and especially his hometown teams, the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills.

Father Maher to be Inaugurated as Niagara University’s 26th President on April 4

Father Maher to be Inaugurated as Niagara University’s 26th President on April 4

Niagara University will formally inaugurate its 26th president, the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., during a ceremony scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2014.

The event, which takes place at 3:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Center, will serve as the centerpiece of a full week of activities intended to celebrate the university’s rich heritage of academic excellence and community service.

Father Maher commenced his term as president of Niagara University on Aug. 1, 2013. He succeeded the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., who stepped down after 13 years in the university’s President’s Office.

Father Maher joined Niagara by way of St. John’s, where he served for 23 years, including the last two as executive vice president for mission and student services. He had served as a Niagara Trustee for nearly three years at the time he was named president.

Inauguration Ceremony

Autographs with Andre Reed at Seneca Niagara Casino on March 22

Autographs with Andre Reed at Seneca Niagara Casino on March 22

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel has quite the catch of an event for football fans on Saturday, Mar. 22, as it hosts #83 Andre Reed for a free autograph session. The Hall of Fame inductee and former Buffalo Bills wide receiver will be available to the public at the Seneca Niagara Events Center from noon to 3 p.m. with fellow Bills alumni.

Fans are invited to visit Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and bring up to two items for signatures. Reed, who will be inducted to the Hall of Fame this August, will be at Seneca Niagara Events Center with fellow Bills greats Joe DeLamielleure and Mark Kelso. The first 100 fans in line will receive a Buffalo Bills tumbler, and drawings will take place throughout the afternoon for memorabilia and other prizes. Autographs will take place on a first-come, first-served basis, and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Second Annual Poverty Conference Brings Community Together To Advocate For The Poor

Second Annual Poverty Conference Brings Community Together To Advocate For The Poor

The statistics are alarming.

According to a community report released by the John R. Oishei Foundation’s Mobile Safety-Net Team, poverty in Niagara Falls is growing, while the city’s population is shrinking. The number of Niagara Falls residents living in poverty has grown 2 percent since 2000, a significant change when put in context of the city’s overall population decline of 9 percent since 2000.

What Is Your Purpose?

What Is Your Purpose?

 

What is divine intervention? Why are we here? What is your purpose? Does God exist?

These are questions many of us ask ourselves and others every day. Such dilemmas exist because we have diverse lives that lead us to further investigation. Such questions may bring one to personal growth, overcoming obstacles, settling on or away from a belief system, deciding what path is correct to follow and most importantly, the value of self.

Scholars, seers, religious leaders, scientists, peace makers, activists and those that have come before us, our forefathers, have asked themselves the same questions. Did they arrive at a conclusion? We shall never truly know the answer, all we are able to do is keep searching, keep meeting new people, strive to improve and do our very best to simply be good people.

Daemen Students Help Impoverished Families

Daemen Students Help Impoverished Families

Poverty-stricken residents in several rural Dominican Republic communities received life-changing assistance from Daemen College students who journeyed to the developing country on a two-week service learning trip in January.

This marked the seventh time Daemen students have participated in a service learning endeavor in the Dominican Republic. The group engaged in several hands-on projects, from providing clean drinking water to addressing public health issues, to help improve the daily lives of the local people.

In the months leading up to the overseas excursion, participants prepared with Justine Tutuska, department chair and assistant professor of health care studies and campus advisor for the service learning opportunity. The group met regularly to discuss cultural expectations and relevant health-care issues, and developed education materials to distribute on the trip.

Dr. Gary Praetzel Stepping Aside After 35 Years at Niagara University

Dr. Gary Praetzel Stepping Aside After 35 Years at Niagara University

Dr. Gary D. Praetzel, the man responsible for establishing Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and forging NU’s reputation as a worldwide leader in hospitality training, will retire at the conclusion of the academic year.

Dr. Praetzel will continue serving the university as a special assistant to the president and academic vice president. He will also remain a board member of Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Darwin Martin House, and the Niagara Experience Center.