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National Guard soldiers honored at the Ralph


ORCHARD PARK, NY - During halftime at Sunday's Bills- Chiefs game, the New York Army National Guard received a warm ovation from the fans.

One of those soldiers is from Buffalo.

A total of 150 National Guard soldiers took the field at halftime for Military Appreciation Day at the Ralph. They were also on the field before the game to help with the unveiling of a massive American flag.

Major General Patrick Murphy reaffirmed the troops' oath of enlistment during a halftime ceremony.

There was one particular soldier to keep an eye on. Specialist Tanika Mack was honored with special recognition for her efforts during Superstorm Sandy.

"I still think I'm just doing my job, trying to be the best person and soldier that I can be," said Mack, "and that doesn't take anything away from any other soldier, because everyone's trying to do what's best."

Daemen Flag Installation, Appreciation Event to Honor Veterans

Daemen Flag Installation, Appreciation Event to Honor Veterans

Daemen College will honor Western New York veterans at its annual appreciation breakfast and a special Veterans Day installation ceremony that will include nearly 100 small flags being placed on campus on Nov. 11.

“On Veterans Day, all of us at Daemen will thank the men and women who have served in our armed forces and reflect on the many sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “These events also symbolize Daemen’s ongoing commitment to our student veterans, who are a vital part of our college community.”

The day will start with a continental breakfast for veterans and their families at 8 a.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. President Olson will speak at the event, which is free and open to local veterans and student veterans in the college community. It is being hosted by the Daemen Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services.

Jim Kelly update: MRSA infections are treatable


BUFFALO, NY - There is now another health challenge for Jim Kelly as he continues his recovery from surgery and treatment for cancer of the jaw. The Bills Hall of Famer, who was declared cancer free in September, told the Miami Herald newspaper that he has a form of staph infection called MRSA in his bones.

Kelly was at his alma mater, the University of Miami, as an honorary captain for their game against North Carolina.

Fundraising Event to Celebrate Matt Urban Hope Center’s Service to Those in Extreme Poverty

Fundraising Event to Celebrate Matt Urban Hope Center’s Service to Those in Extreme Poverty

 

The Matt Urban Hope Center, a nonprofit organization that assists the homeless as well as East Side residents who suffer from extreme poverty, will host a fifth anniversary celebration and fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Pearl Street Grill, 76 Pearl St., Buffalo. 

Catholic Charities Children’s Services to Host Free Session on Foster Parent Process Nov. 18

Catholic Charities of Buffalo invites parents, families and individuals residing in Erie County who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent to attend an introductory information session Nov. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. at 525 Washington St., Buffalo.

Catholic Charities provides foster care services to children of all ages, racial and ethnic groups who cannot live safely in their own homes or need to be placed in the permanent care of a loving family. The children under foster care may have special physical, emotional or psychological needs, and may include siblings who should be placed together. There is currently a specific need for homes to foster adolescent children ages 12-18.

Financial support, a clothing allowance and medical coverage are provided to families.

The final information session for 2014 will take place on Dec. 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen College will begin offering courses next spring for a new master of social work (MSW) degree, which will include a concentration in the high-demand practice area of children and families, making it the first MSW program offered at a private college in Western New York.

The New York State Department of Education has granted approval for Daemen to offer the MSW degree that’s designed to provide advanced training for experienced professionals and students with a background in liberal arts who are looking to further or begin their education in the field.

Health Care Infrastructure, Global Response Needed to Fight Ebola, Daemen Expert Panel Says

Health Care Infrastructure, Global Response Needed to Fight Ebola, Daemen Expert Panel Says

A strong public health infrastructure and international aid are crucial to containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a panel of experts said at a discussion held last week at Daemen College.

“The appropriate infrastructure and control strategy to contain this disease is not in place where the outbreak is at its worst in West Africa,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. “The level of global response will determine how quickly the disease can be kept from spreading or stopped and we must make sure the intensive medical care required reaches these patients.”

A capacity crowd turned out for Daemen’s timely Ebola panel discussion, which also included Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science and African affairs, and Anthony Saysay, a native Liberian.