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Local Mom Turned Autism Advocate Hopes to Share Her Message With the WNY Community

Local Mom Turned Autism Advocate Hopes to Share Her Message With the WNY Community

Love without words. If your family has experienced the impact of autism, you already know the pain behind that brief statement.

Clarence residents Molly and Matthew Pitman are the very fortunate parents of two beautiful children, Donovan and Charlotte. Now 14, Donovan was diagnosed with autism at 23 months old … and their lives were changed forever.

“When our daughter Charlotte was about three years old, she asked me why Donovan did not respond when she said, ‘I love you.’ While I was caught off guard, I used her bond with our family dog, Makeo, as a teachable moment,” said Molly. “Makeo plays with you. He gets excited when you come home and he even lets you cuddle with him. Makeo shows you his love without saying a word. Charlotte seemed to have a better understanding, and so did I.”

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Founders Bell Ringing Ceremony to Kick-Off Daemen Celebration

Founders Bell Ringing Ceremony to Kick-Off Daemen Celebration

Daemen College’s inaugural Founders Celebration, a new annual tradition to commemorate the college’s rich history and origins, will kick off with a dedication and ringing ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 7 to officially unveil the institution’s Founders Bell.

In honor of the college’s 70th anniversary being marked this year, the ceremony will include one symbolic ring for each decade since the college was founded in 1947. Official ringers at the ceremony will include Daemen President Gary A. Olson; Dr. Thomas Stewart, ’74, chair of the Daemen Board of Trustees; Sister Edith Wyss, ’66, of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, the college’s founding congregation; Nancy Haberman Gacioch, ’62, alumna; Dr. Matthew Ward, president of the Faculty Senate; Dr. Ned Cuddy, faculty emeriti representative; and Hugo Juarez, president of the Student Association.

Dr. Franco Vigna Opens reVive Spine Center in Niagara Falls, Former Spine Surgery of Buffalo Niagara

Dr. Franco Vigna Opens reVive Spine Center in Niagara Falls, Former Spine Surgery of Buffalo Niagara

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y., September 1, 2017 —  Spine Surgery of Buffalo Niagara, a clinical practice led by Franco Vigna M.D., M.P.H. which specializes in high quality, personalized spine

treatments for patients all over the Buffalo Niagara region, moved and expanded into a new, stand-alone facility in Niagara Falls. Reflecting the practice’s commitment to restoring patient health, the comprehensive spinal care center located at 6941 Williams Road opened in the spring of 2017 under a new name – reVive Spine Center.

The only one of its kind in Niagara County, reVive Spine Center offers a comprehensive line of treatments options all under one roof. At 5,000 square feet, the 1,500-square foot expansion helps to accommodate the practice’s growing staff and service lines including integrity spinal decompression, in-house x-ray capabilities, pain management, psychology and massage therapy.

Collectors’ Expo to Benefit Three Local Organizations

Collectors’ Expo to Benefit Three Local Organizations

Three local organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds from a first-time event to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

One hundred percent of admission collected at the door for the Collectors’ Expo will be donated to Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, South Buffalo Alive and the Buffalo Irish Center. Additionally, all money raised through antique appraisals during the event will also be donated to the three South Buffalo organizations. Admission will be $2 per person while antique appraisals will cost $2 each (maximum three items per person).

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Niagara Frontier Doll Club to Host 30th Annual Doll Show & Sale

Niagara Frontier Doll Club to Host 30th Annual Doll Show & Sale

The Niagara Frontier Doll Club will mark a significant milestone when it hosts its 30th annual Doll Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in the University at Buffalo Center for Tomorrow on Flint Road in Amherst.

The event will feature antique and collectible dolls and bears, handmade dolls, doll clothing, supplies, furniture and accessories, miniatures and a special historical display of Girl Scout dolls! Other highlights will include door prizes and a freebie table, and the theme of the event is “Local women empowering local women.” Admission is just $5, with children under 12 free.

Explore Buffalo Lists September Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Lists September Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo’s popular tours are still going strong through September! Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for tours, and walk-ups are welcome! 

TURN OF THE CENTURY TREASURES
9:30 a.m. Sept. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Free

Author Daniel Bentivogli to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore in October

Author Daniel Bentivogli to Visit Dog Ears Bookstore in October

Daniel Bentivogli, author of The Adventures of Sticky McGooey and Friends: Vexed With an X, will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café for a book-signing event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. The nonprofit community bookstore is located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Bentivogli is a retired water quality professional who has delighted children for years with science-based fanciful tales. He knows science is stranger than fiction and that fiction is very strange, and the result is this fascinating book.

In this whimsical adventure, Sticky McGooey is so tall and thin he looks like a zipper, while his best friend Beef Palumbo is so big and wide he resembles a wall. They always have each other's back and they are always ready for fun and adventure!