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Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

 

Thanks to the efforts of Quinn Schwab and members of Boy Scout Troop #238, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook has had a cleanup. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Schwab led the cleanup of debris that was the last remnant of a long-ago farm dump that had been hidden in a ravine on the property. 

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Company Releases Autobiography by Figure Skating Champion Gary Visconti

No Frills Buffalo Publishing Company Releases Autobiography by Figure Skating Champion Gary Visconti

 

“Falling for the Win,” the autobiography of World Professional Figure Skating Champion, Olympian and skating coach Gary Visconti, has been released by No Frill Buffalo publishing company. Visconti, currently a resident of Sun City West, Arizona, is a native of East Detroit, Michigan.

Daemen Awarded Highest National Recognition in Community Service

Daemen Awarded Highest National Recognition in Community Service

Daemen College has for the seventh consecutive year been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service learning and civic engagement.

Daemen is one only five institutions in Western New York and among 35 colleges and universities in New York State to receive this national designation in the 2014 general community service category, which is awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

“This prestigious national distinction is a great tribute to our students’ exceptional dedication and hard work to a range of community service activities that have a positive, meaningful impact in our local, regional and international communities,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are immensely honored to be recognized for all of the college’s outstanding civic engagement efforts.”

Daemen and Mongolian Government Finalize Agreement

Daemen and Mongolian Government Finalize Agreement

In a formal ceremony held Dec. 9 at Daemen House, the presidential residence, college officials signed a memorandum of agreement with a high-level delegation of governmental officials from Mongolia that will lead to exchanges of faculty and students between Mongolia and the U.S.

“Daemen College has a longstanding relationship with the Mongolian government and its people, and we are delighted that this agreement will enable many students and faculty from Mongolia to come to our college as well as our faculty to visit Mongolia,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Opening of Daemen Visual Effects Facility Marks Major Step in Growing Industry

Daemen College’s newly completed $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility was formally opened Dec. 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying a major step forward in a Buffalo Billion initiative focused on growing Buffalo Niagara’s film and post-production industry.

“Western New York is poised for success in developing a thriving regional post-production industry and this new, state-of-the-art visual effects facility is a key investment in making that happen,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud to be a part of such a dynamic venture with great potential for economic growth and job creation.”

A year in the making, the nearly 16,000-square-foot visual effects facility evolved from a collaboration between Daemen and Empire Visual Effects, a post-production and animation company. A $4.5 million Buffalo Billion grant jump-started the endeavor, which included $1.9 million to Daemen to create and equip the high-tech facility.

FEMA in WNY, Reviewing Storm Damage Costs


ORCHARD PARK, NY - This week, the process of learning whether Western New York can get federal reimbursement aid to cover costs from last month's storm, kicked into gear.

FEMA officials spent the day in Orchard Park and elsewhere, surveying damage estimates from the Lake Effect snow storm. Teams from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) have been traveling from cities to towns to villages, pouring over expense reports and damage costs.

"We've been trying to pinpoint the places that had the most structural damage, buildings with roof collapses, things of that nature, so we could document them with photos," said Lauren Lefebvre, the external affairs officer for FEMA.

Fundraiser For Single Mom With Inoperable Brain Cancer


ORCHARD PARK, NY - Friends will gather this weekend to try to raise money for a single mom, diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

Elizabeth Diamond was a successful author and motivational speaker before her diagnosis in August, for which she has undergone numerous treatments including radiation.

Since then, she has had to move, with her four young daughters, into her mother's home, because she can no longer care for them by herself.

She says –for someone, whose career was to guide others in methods of self-help, -- it's been hard to admit that she needs help herself

"It's been a very big lesson for me," said Diamond, "to say that, hey, you aren't this indestructible one person who can do it all. And it's really the first time in my life I've had to really let go and surrender."