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Daemen Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Daemen Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Daemen College has been designated a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite, the highest level awarded, by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the college’s efforts to help employees eat better and be more physically active.

This is the second consecutive AHA distinction received by Daemen, which last year was named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program is intended as a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping workplaces make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

Winterfest brightens Chestnut Ridge Park


ORCHARD PARK, NY - The fifth year of the Erie County Winterfest was a big success on Sunday with perfect conditions at Chestnut Ridge Park.

This joint venture between the Erie County Parks Department and Orchard Park Parks and Recreation is a family-friendly event featuring hay rides, snow sculpture contests, sledding, tobogganing and much more.

Said Ed Leak of OP's parks department: "People love the variety of activities that take place both inside the beautiful casino and outside. And now, especially because the conditions are so great, the toboggan run is open, the sled hill is open, and people love coming out and using this beautiful jewel in Chestnut Ridge Park."

It's estimated that between 3,000 and 4,000 people enjoyed this event which was free and open to all Erie County residents.


Explore Buffalo Plans Social Event to Celebrate First Anniversary

Explore Buffalo Plans Social Event to Celebrate First Anniversary

Explore Buffalo has completed one full year of tours, events and programs that celebrate all things Buffalo – which means it’s time for a party! 

Join Explore Buffalo from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at historic First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle in Buffalo for their Landmark Social Event. Guests will celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and look forward to the many exciting new ways to experience Buffalo in the works for 2015.

Winterfest returns to Chestnut Ridge on Sunday


ORCHARD PARK, NY - A lot of people will be making the most of winter this coming Sunday when Winterfest returns to Chestnut Ridge Park.

It's a free event featuring sledding, skiing, snowshoeing and tobogganing, along with some warmer activities like roasting marshmallows and heating up by the fireplaces.

There will also be magic shows, snow painting and a snow sculpture contest.

"That's what we want to do is to continue the tradition," Eroe County Executive Mark Poloncarz told us. "People came here when they were kids. People that now have grandkids from the back in the '60s and '70s and even '50s. Now we are able to continue that tradition here in 2015, and one of the nice things about it is that is free."

Winterfest runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The magic shows are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the snow sculpture judging is at 2 p.m.


Plow driver charged with sixth DWI


ORCHARD PARK, NY - A private plow contractor from Orchard Park is facing his sixth Driving While Intoxicated offense.

Police say they found 51-year-old Fred Darstein in his plow earlier this month after it ran out of gas along Ellicott Road.

His license had already been revoked because of the previous drunk driving convictions, and now he's facing new felony charges including DWI and driving without a license.

He'll be back in court next month.


South Buffalo Charter School to Host Open House

South Buffalo Charter School to Host Open House

                                    New sections being added in grades 5-8 for 2015-16 school year

   Parents and families from across Western New York will get a close-up look at the area’s newest K-8 school, when South Buffalo Charter School hosts an open house on Thursday, January 29 from 5-6:30pm. The event will give prospective students and their families an opportunity to tour the school and learn about the unique educational experience that students enjoy at South Buffalo Charter School.

Catholic Charities Volunteers from Erie County Gather for First 2015 Appeal Workshop

About 50 parish and community volunteers, local clergy and lay leaders, and staff of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gathered Wednesday, Jan. 15 for a  volunteer training workshop to help kick off the 2015 Appeal for Catholic Charities in Erie County.

The event was held at Christ the King Seminary on Knox Road in East Aurora in preparation for the 91st annual campaign, which carries a goal of $10.9 million and officially began Jan. 7. The patron saint for the 2015 Appeal is Saint Francis of Assisi.

Working under the theme “Find Good Within,” Appeal volunteers from Erie County will begin reaching out to individuals and businesses in the community to encourage their support of the 2015 Appeal, which helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 myriad programs across 61 sites in Western New York, along with a number of ministries through the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.