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"They Kept Their Word": An Exhibit on Historical African American Women's Literary Societies

"They Kept Their Word": An Exhibit on Historical African American Women's Literary Societies

The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society presents an exhibit delving into the rich and influential history of African American Women’s Literary Societies in the Buffalo region. “They Kept Their Word: African American Women's Literary Societies and Their Legacy” opens with a reception on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at 2 p.m.

This opening reception coincides with a Martin Luther King program at the Historical Society, sponsored by the Afro American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, which will take place at 3 p.m. on the same day. ("African Americans, the Civil War & Martin Luther King's Legacy" is the theme of the MLK program; speaker Harry Matthews Bradshaw will offer a talk on the subject.)

President and CEO of Tourism Agency Named Chair of ABA Event

President and CEO of Tourism Agency Named Chair of ABA Event

John Percy, president and CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation (NTCC), will be chairman of the 2011 American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace in Philadelphia, January 8-12.

As chairman, Percy will head ABA’s Marketplace, a business event for the group travel industry, which allows group travel buyers and sellers to meet face-to-face in pre-scheduled appointments. In addition to the in-person appointments, Marketplace offers professional education seminars and numerous networking opportunities.

“It is an honor and privilege to have been selected by ABA to serve in this capacity and I look forward to being a part of the premier event for the tourism industry,” said Percy, who has been a member of the organization for 22 years.

The Niagara Portage Railway

The Niagara Portage Railway

The British Built a Railway Up the Escarpment at Lewiston in 1764--Often Called the First Railway on the North American Continent

   Before the English captured  Fort Niagara from the French in 1759, all shipments of furs, munitions and trade goods were packed over the Lewiston escarpment by Indians hired by the French. About 200 Indians from the local Seneca tribe were employed. At the top of the escarpment ran the portage, then only an Indian trail. The English under practical Sir William Johnson built the first portage road in 1763, widening the indian trail into a wagon road.  A railway was designed and built by British Captain John Montresor. It ran up the face of the cliff, so boats could come up the river to the head of navigation at Lewiston.

Swiss Junior Hockey Team Takes on Niagara Falls

Swiss Junior Hockey Team Takes on Niagara Falls

Approximately 40 junior hockey players from Switzerland and their coaching staff toured the Niagara Falls State Park on Wednesday, giving them some much needed relaxation and an icy view of a world renowned attraction.

The players visited the observation tower, caught an up-close view of Niagara Falls from Prospect Point, and were able to tour the park at their leisure.

The Swiss junior hockey team is in the Buffalo and Niagara areas until Tuesday for the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Colonel Jim McCready Named Next Commander of 107th Airlift Wing

Colonel Jim McCready Named Next Commander of 107th Airlift Wing

NIAGARA FALLS, NY- Colonel Jim McCready will take command of the 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard in January, Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York, announced today.

McCready, a combat veteran and East Aurora resident, is currently serving as the wing's vice commander, responsible for equipping and training the wing's 900 Airmen. He will replace Col. Patrick Ginavan, who will be retiring after 34 years of service in the Air Force and Air National Guard as both an enlisted Airman and an officer.

"I am really excited because there are some challenging times we are getting ready to go through," McCready said.

The 107th transitioned from flying KC-135 tanker aircraft to flying C-130 cargo planes in 2008 and will deploy to the Middle East for combat operations in its new role in the summer of 2011, McCready explained.

"Col.

Local High School Coaches Become Certified in Concussion Reduction Training

Local High School Coaches Become Certified in Concussion Reduction Training

Coaches from West Seneca East Senior High School are the first from a Western New York school to become certified in Primordial Strength Inc.’s Concussion Reduction Basic Neck Training as part of their football strength training certification, according to Primordial President Steven Helmicki. Concussion certification and explosive power endurance certification is available for all sports and can be taught in your school.

Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls Announces Executive Board Appointments

Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls Announces Executive Board Appointments

Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls announces the appointment of Fred Heuer and Jeannine Brown Miller to its Executive Board. 

Fred Heuer of Lewiston, NY is the Assistant Vice President for Marketing at Niagara University.  Previous to that, he held the position of Assistant Director for Graduate Recruitment. Mr. Heuer serves as a Board Member at the Stella Niagara Center of Renewal, is a Committee Member with the Service Organizations of Lewiston and is a former Board Member of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation.  He was previously employed at Graphic Controls Corporation as Pricing Administration Manager and Associate Product Manager, and Customer Service Manager at The Carborundum Company in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Heuer received a BS in Marketing from Niagara University and MBA from George Williams College in Chicago, Illinois.