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Actress Mary Kate O’Connell to Emcee Style Show Fundraiser Sept. 26 for Ladies of Charity

Actress Mary Kate O’Connell to Emcee Style Show Fundraiser Sept. 26 for Ladies of Charity

Mary Kate O’Connell, award-winning Buffalo actress and founder of O’Connell & Company theater company, will provide commentary for the annual style show fundraiser for The Diocese of Buffalo Ladies of Charity, an affiliate organization of Catholic Charities on Sept. 26.

The Dress for Less Style Show and Theme Basket Auction will be held at The Columns Banquets, 2221 Transit Road, Elma starting at 11 a.m. with opportunities to browse the clothing and accessories for sale during the event. A luncheon featuring Almond Chicken Dijon is included.

Tickets are $35 if purchased by Sept. 11 or $38 by Sept. 18. For more information or to make a reservation please call (716) 895-4001.

The event is one of two primary fundraisers conducted yearly by the Ladies of Charity to benefit their programs.

WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition


The Western New York Land Conservancy has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“The Land Conservancy’s accreditation demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” says Nancy Smith, executive director. “Many people have helped shape the organization over the past decades. Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through this rigorous accreditation program.”

Third-annual K.I.A. Memorial Road March

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The third-annual K.I.A. Memorial Road March took off from Chestnut Ridge Park Saturday. It's truly a unique 10K, unlike any other in Western New York.

The participants don't run; they march with 50 or more pounds on their backs.

It's to remember local soldiers who were killed in action, and to help surviving veterans. Many of the marchers carry canned donations that go toward three local veteran food pantries.

Founder Jason Jaskula said there were more people this year, and that led to him coordinating with Erie County Parks.

"We have an awesome ceremony in the beginning, it still gives me chills. They start off, and it's just a motivational thing," Jaskula said. "They see the signs for each one of the fallen on their route, and it just motivates you. You never lose sight of those signs. You just go sign after sign."

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: National Crackdown on Impaired Driving is Underway

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: National Crackdown on Impaired Driving is Underway


As summer winds down, law enforcement organizations across the country are ramping up enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. This high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives. 

From Aug. 21 through Sept. 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving. 

Daemen Earns National Honor As College of Distinction

Daemen Earns National Honor As College of Distinction

Daemen College has been selected for the eighth consecutive year as a College of Distinction as one of the best colleges in the nation for students to learn, grow and succeed.

“We are pleased to receive this prestigious national distinction again this year,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This award underscores that Daemen is among the best colleges in the country in its dedication to students’ success and to providing an engaging, active college environment at an affordable price.”

As a 2015-16 College of Distinction, Daemen has been honored for its exemplary commitment to student engagement, great teaching, creating a vibrant campus community, and successful outcomes.

Erie County brings back park ranger program

ORCHARD PARK, NY - Erie County is adding a new layer of safety to its parks. Officials are bringing back a park ranger program that used to be around more than a decade ago.

The Erie County park ranger program had been around more than a decade ago, but was cut during the 2004-2005 budget crisis.

"We were blessed enough to be able to bring the ranger program back," said Troy Schinzel, the commissioner of Erie County Parks. "We were able to higher three rangers -- a supervising park ranger, two rangers this summer."

The rangers will work full time. They will be stationed at Chestnut Ridge Park and patrol other county parks as well.

"The park ranger program will just bring us to another level," Schinzel said. "It will provide us with more eyes. They'll be trained peace officers -- trained, but they also have environmental backgrounds, forestry backgrounds,"

New Canonical Administrator Assigned to Mary Queen of Angels School

New Canonical Administrator Assigned to Mary Queen of Angels School


Most Reverend Richard Malone, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, has appointed Father Jeffrey Nowak to the position of canonical administrator at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga. Father Nowak takes over for Msgr. Kevin O’Neill, who retired as canonical administrator following the 2014-15 school year.

Father Nowak was also recently appointed parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Niagara Falls, and continues to celebrate the Tridentine Latin Mass for the Diocese of Buffalo at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Cheektowaga. He previously served as parochial vicar at St. John Vianney parish in Orchard Park.