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John K. Hall: "Wanders Through the Town of Lockport"

John K. Hall: "Wanders Through the Town of Lockport"

The Niagara County  History Center is proud to recognize award-winning agriculturist and cherished fellow historian, John K Hall, through the printing of his latest book entitled, “Wandering through the Town of Lockport.”  This 100+ page book retells many of John’s “best” stories that he has collected about life in the Town.

John Hall is the living patriarch of the Hall Apple Farm and one could say that farming is in John’s blood. He graduated from Lockport High School (the old-school that is) and went on to attend Cornell University.  He was a charter member of the Lockport Volunteer Fire Company and served on the school board for ten years.  Add into the mix the Kiwanis Club, the Red Jacket Lodge Masons, Niagara County History Center, and a leader in every field of 4-H. 

A Packet Boat Partnership

A Packet Boat Partnership

They say collaboration leads to the best of solutions.  We achieve very little on our own.  It could not be truer than in Lockport, NY, where engineer Mike Weekes is teaming up with a whole community to build a genuine replica of a 19th century Erie Canal packet boat. This Buffalo businessman-turned-boat-builder,  found some new friends in Lockport, New York to help him make his dream come true.

Question: Mike, why did you consider Lockport when looking for a home for your Packet Boat building project?

Honoring Harvey Milk

Honoring Harvey Milk

"Burst down those closets doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight."

Those are the words of Harvey Milk, a man who lived and breathed LGBT rights and equality. Milk was a pioneer.  To read further, go to Honoring Harvey Milk.

 

Trick or Treat! Have a Scary Good Time with the American Red Cross!

Trick or Treat! Have a Scary Good Time with the American Red Cross!

Ghosts and goblins will be roaming the halls of “Eerie” Community College’s North Campus for “Safe & Seen Halloween” this Saturday, October 29th between 11a.m.-3p.m. at 6205 Main Street in Williamsville.

“Safe & Seen Halloween,” presented by First Niagara, provides a fun, warm and safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.  Children under 12 and their parents will receive great safety tips while trick-or-treating indoors for ghoulish goodies through the Haunted Hallway of Treats.  Admission is $2.00 per child, with proceeds benefitting the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties.

Bullied Vietnamese Man Receives Donated Surgery at Kenmore Mercy

Bullied Vietnamese Man Receives Donated Surgery at Kenmore Mercy

Kenmore Mercy Hospital is helping to make a difference in the life of a young Vietnamese man who was bullied for years because of a facial deformity. The surgery which took place the morning of October 3, is also made possible by Jeffrey Meilman, MD, and the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation.  

Ngon Trung Ngo traveled from Ho Chi Minh City to Buffalo to have a donated excision of a large, dark area covering and disfiguring his face with the grafting of areas with new skin with a value of $40,000. This congenital, hairy nevi from birth covers one-third of Ngo’s face.

Ngo was picked on at a young age at school because of this facial deformity, was made fun of and called "two faces" and "masked face.” He was discriminated upon by Vietnamese society and even contemplated suicide. Ngo often wears a mask to hide his birth defect when he is out in public.
 

Daybreak Television Productions, Catholic Charities Earn Bronze Telly Award

Daybreak Television Productions, Catholic Charities Earn Bronze Telly Award

Daybreak Television Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo recently was awarded a bronze in the 32nd annual Telly Awards for its creation of Catholic Charities’ 10-minute video called “Real lives. Real help. Real hope.”

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world. More than 11,000 entries are received from 50 states and many foreign countries. Winners receive either a Bronze or Silver Telly Award.

Student Boosts Job Skills, Gains Work Experience at Ladies of Charity Summer Program

Student Boosts Job Skills, Gains Work Experience at Ladies of Charity Summer Program

While most students spent their summer vacation soaking up the sun and enjoying a break from school, 20-year-old Matt* came to Buffalo from upstate New York to gain work experience and job-readiness skills at Ladies of Charity, an affiliate organization of Catholic Charities of Buffalo.

Matt came to Catholic Charities through the Summer Employment Experience (SEE) program at the Olmsted Center for Sight, 1170 Main St., Buffalo. Matt, who has special needs and is visually impaired, can read large print and travel independently using public transportation and a cane.

As a SEE participant, Matt gained valuable technological, employment and independent living skills in a supervised job setting from June 26 to July 29, with his career goal focused on working in retail. The SEE program provides blind and/or visually impaired high school students the opportunity to learn about the world of work over a five-week period.