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Rural Outreach Center Seeks Volunteers During National Volunteer Month

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Volunteers During National Volunteer Month

Located in East Aurora, the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) provides numerous programs that help people help themselves. These programs include support groups for adults, children’s initiatives such as the successful snack pack and school reading readiness programs, and much more.

“Our outreach is expanding every day to enable us to meet the needs of more participants,” said ROC Program Director Sue Giovino. “This could not be possible without the myriad of volunteers that already offer their time, talents and hearts to the ROC, but we’re requesting more volunteer support so we can do even more in Western New York’s rural communities.”

Rural Outreach Center Receives Donation From United Capital

Rural Outreach Center Receives Donation From United Capital

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) recently received a $2,750 donation from United Capital, a national wealth management firm with an office in Western New York.  

Through United Capital's national “Help4Hearts” program, local offices generate $250 to donate toward a charity of their choice for every client referral they receive and meet with. The program is designed to help regional offices improve lives in their communities while growing their local practices.

The ROC provides wrap-around services to rural communities in southern Western New York, helping individuals and families move toward independence. In 2016, the ROC served over 1,500 people, working to empower them toward their personal goals.

SUNY Fredonia and AT&T Stem Exploration Program’s Student Expo

SUNY Fredonia and AT&T Stem Exploration Program’s Student Expo

More than 30 high school students from Chautauqua County celebrated the completion of the Fredonia and AT&T STEM Exploration Program with an expo and demo event where they demonstrated some of their STEM projects, including virtual reality, mathematical posters, sealed seeded petri dishes with bacteria, gliders and Theremins, an electrical musical instrument that they learned to assemble, and other projects. The students that participated in the inaugural three week program also received recognition certificates from representatives from Rep. Tom Reed’s, New York State Senator Catharine Young’s and New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell’s offices.

Former Buffalo Bill Ray Bentley Coming to Walden Galleria this Saturday

Former Buffalo Bill Ray Bentley Coming to Walden Galleria this Saturday

Author and former Buffalo Bills linebacker Ray Bentley will be signing autographs at the Walden Galleria from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Bentley will be stationed on the first floor near Sears and the Apple Store and is teaming up with BB&G Charities to help raise money to support Western New York’s underprivileged youth. Bentley recently joined BB&G as a spokesperson.

Bentley’s books will be available for purchase and all autographs are free. However, he will be collecting donations for BB&G and donating a portion of all sales to the charity. Bentley is the author of a football novel based in Buffalo titled Driftwood, as well as the Darby the Dinosaur and Bubba Gator children’s books series. These books along with other memorabilia will be available at the signing. BB&G will also be selling candy bars as part of the fundraiser.

Cardinal O’Hara High School to Host Annual Catholic Men’s Conference

Cardinal O’Hara High School to Host Annual Catholic Men’s Conference

The 15th annual Catholic Men’s Conference will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Road, Tonawanda.

Titled “Courage to Believe,” the goal of the conference is to help men grow in faith. Speakers for the conference will include Robert Rogers, who experienced a family tragedy of biblical proportions when he lost his family in a flash flood; Simon Peter, Jesus’ right hand man as portrayed by actor Mark Price; and Deacon Mike Ficorilli, president-elect of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship. 

For more information or to register, please visit www.spiritiscalling.org. A registration fee of $30 includes the conference and lunch. Student admission is available for just $10.

 

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teachers and Educators to Develop Literacy Programs

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teachers and Educators to Develop Literacy Programs

Want to be part of the Dog Ears Bookstore family and improve literacy in our community? The nonprofit community bookstore is looking for current and retired teachers and educators to help out with current programs, design and implement their own and be part of the bookstore’s mission.

Dog Ears will host an informative and exploratory gathering at the bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 to discuss how to serve all members of our community in a positive, educational and imaginative way. All ideas are welcome!

“Some ideas we are looking to fill our schedule with are kids programs, book clubs, story telling, computers for all ages, book-based meetings and any literacy or literature ideas you may have,” said Dog Ears Director Thomas McDonnell. “Come be part of something big, positive and exciting!”

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author of Book About South Buffalo

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author of Book About South Buffalo

Roger Roberge Rainville, author of “South Buffalo – The Way It Was,” will visit the nonprofit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café for a book-signing event from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1. The community bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.     

This book is full of nostalgia, interesting facts, names and stories about people, places and events from neighborhoods including the Old First Ward, the Valley, Seneca-Babcock, Seneca Street, Abbott Road, McKinley Parkway and South Park Avenue, going back to the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. It should appeal to people of all ages, especially those connected to the Baby Boomer generation.