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Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Audubon Accepting 2017 Nature Photo Contest Entries

Jamestown, NY – Entries have begun to arrive for Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images for consideration.

“The Photo Contest helps us fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature in two ways,” said Audubon Photo Contest Coordinator Ruby Miller. “The photographer experiences nature while shooting pictures and the viewer becomes inspired to connect with nature when looking at the often stunning results.”

Prizes are awarded in four categories and two divisions. The Youth Division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school; Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.

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M&T Free Farmstead Thursdays Coming to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

M&T Free Farmstead Thursdays Coming to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, is honored to announce Free Farmstead Thursdays made possible through funding by M&T Bank. Free Farmstead Thursdays will begin in May of 2017. 

Admission is free for all to enjoy and offers visitors access to:
• Family-friendly educational programming
• Demonstrations by costumed historic interpreters
• Guided tours of the historic village and farmstead 
• 20,000 square feet of curated exhibit space

M&T Bank’s financial support of Free Farmstead Thursdays has made this initiative the first of its kind at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. It will ensure that quality, immersive history is accessible to visitors of all ages.   

Explore Buffalo Plans Unique Buffalo Harbor Museum Tour

Explore Buffalo Plans Unique Buffalo Harbor Museum Tour

Join Explore Buffalo for a behind-the-scenes look at the Buffalo Harbor Museum's archives and storage. This area of the museum has never been open to the public, with the first floor containing a vast display of objects of historic, artistic and scientific interest!

The event will take place beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Buffalo Harbor Museum, 66 Erie St., Buffalo. Twenty- to 30-minute mini tours of storage areas, led by knowledgeable museum personnel, will also be included.

This is an "inside parka tour" as these storage areas are not heated. Please be sure to dress warmly — boots, gloves and a hat are recommended. The first tour will start at 1:15 p.m. and the last will start at 3:15 p.m. Allow at least 60 minutes in total to enjoy this unique collection of models, maps, ship artifacts, personal gear, logbooks and more. 

Daemen Establishes Historic Partnership With The Park School

Daemen Establishes Historic Partnership With The Park School

Daemen College has established an historic new partnership with The Park School of Buffalo designed to develop collaborative initiatives that will enhance academic, athletic, and community outreach programs at both institutions. This is the first agreement of its kind established between Daemen and a private school in the Buffalo Niagara region in recent history.

A memorandum of understanding for the collaborative agreement was formally signed Feb. 8 by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, Head of School Christopher J. Lauricella of The Park School, and Dr. Michael Brogan, Daemen’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

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Daemen Athletic Training Program Granted Continued Accreditation

Daemen Athletic Training Program Granted Continued Accreditation

Daemen College’s Professional Master’s Athletic Training Program, one of only two accredited programs in New York State, has received continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The 10-year accreditation is the maximum term available to institutions.

Established in 2008, Daemen’s athletic training program previously received an initial five-year accreditation, which is also the maximum granted for a first-time accredited program.

“Receiving this national accreditation is a testament to our program’s level of excellence and our commitment to the high standards that CAATE represents,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “Our committed faculty provide students an exceptional education and advanced professional preparation that is essential to pursuing a career in the athletic training field.”

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host First-time Author Joe DiNardo

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host First-time Author Joe DiNardo

Author Joe DiNardo has released his first book, “A Letter to My Wife,” a 55-page dedication that follows his journey with his late wife, Marcia, from cancer diagnosis through death. A funny, sad and hopeful look at the beauty of love found and lost, DiNardo uses anecdotes, practical wisdom and a unique approach to storytelling to create shared experiences with his readers — many of whom have gone through or know someone who has gone through a battle with cancer.

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, will host DiNardo for a book-signing event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.

DiNardo is the CEO, director and founder of Counsel Financial, a highly specialized commercial lender offering loans and credit lines to law firms. In these roles he oversees all business transactions and provides long-term strategy for the company.

Homeowners Can Reap the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy

Homeowners Can Reap the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy

Whether you’re putting an addition on your house or simply giving the interior a fresh coat of paint, there’s nothing like the feeling of achievement that comes with the completion of a home improvement project. Now imagine if that completed project also resulted in significant energy savings, putting more cash into your pocket and less pollution into the environment. 

Does that sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Welcome to the world of solar energy.