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Clarence native wins $1 million global teacher prize


CLARENCE, NY - Although she moved away from Western New York years ago, Nancie Atwell has said in interviews that it was those first couple of years teaching in the Buffalo area that cemented her love of teaching.

An English teacher who now lives and teaches in Maine, Atwell won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize in Dubai earlier this month after 42 years of work teaching literature. Atwell plans to donate the full amount to the Center for Teaching and Learning which she founded in 1990.


Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve announced that they received a $200,000 challenge gift from a local couple, Pamela and Joe Priest, to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new nature preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. When this $200,000 challenge gift is matched by the Buffalo-Niagara community, the project’s fundraising goal will have been met. The Land Conservancy is now asking residents, businesses and foundations to donate and match this challenge gift by June 1, 2015, in order to complete the project on time and open the preserve to the public later this year. 

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised Toward $10.9 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised  Toward $10.9 Million Goal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced Tuesday, March 24, Catholic Charities’ 91st annual Appeal has raised $7,432,587.16 to date, representing 68 percent of the $10.9 million goal. The total includes monies collected and reported by parish volunteers during the opening weekend (March 21-22) of Appeal Week 2015, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations.

The total reported is more than $500,000 short of where Catholic Charities’ officials and the Appeal leadership team hoped to be after the first Sunday.

Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo.
    

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

The artistic talents of puppeteers from across the United States will be showcased in the second annual Geppetto Festival, named after the beloved woodcarver from the children’s classic “Pinocchio,” scheduled for April 15 as part of the Daemen College Academic Festival.

“The Geppetto Festival is intended to share enriching presentations and performances to help bring new life to puppetry,” said Cameron Garrity, festival director. “Whether young or young at heart, the festival will give audiences the chance to explore new avenues of puppetry beyond Sesame Street and other well-known shows.”

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director

 

Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan Mountain Retreat located in scenic Western New York, seeks an Executive Director (ED) to act as chief operating officer and provide vision and strategic planning for this organization with a rich 30-year history. Working within our collaborative management model, the ED will supervise the day-to-day operations of “the Mountain,” working closely with the president/ animator, resident friar community, the board of trustees, staff and students from nearby St. Bonaventure University.    

Key responsibilities include:

Clarence Wind Turbine Decision Tabled


Clarence, NY - The debate over whether the owners of Thompson Brothers Greenhouse in Clarence will be allowed to build a 133 ½ foot high wind turbine will continue for at least another month.

The business sits on nearly twenty acres of farmland on Clarence Center Road. It is next to a housing development.

The town's planning and zoning board tabled a decision on whether to grant the greenhouse a zoning variance Tuesday night. The turbine's proposed height is greater than the 60 foot tower limit in Clarence.

Dawn Trippie, a co-owner of the greenhouse, requested the board table the decision after more than an hour of public comment. While she says she is getting a lot of emails and facebook messages of support, the majority of neighbors who spoke Tuesday evening are against the turbine because they believe it will lower the property values of their $300,000-$500,000 homes.

Hochul Reviews State’s Campus Sexual Assault Policy With Daemen Community

Hochul Reviews State’s Campus Sexual Assault Policy With Daemen Community

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discussed a new Cuomo administration effort related to campus sexual assault prevention and policies at New York State’s private colleges at a March 5 meeting with members of the Daemen College community.

Hochul’s visit to Daemen was the first to take place at a Western New York private college as part of a statewide tour to talk about elements of the proposed legislation. With this, a new state policy implemented in December at SUNY campuses would be extended to include private colleges statewide so that uniform procedures and guidelines are in place at both private and public institutions.