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150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FENIAN INVASION 1866 - 2016

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FENIAN INVASION 1866 - 2016

THE BLACK ROCK HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS THE FOLLWING EVENTS:

· Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m. – Panel Discussion, The Free Ireland Perspective on the Fenian Invasion, Buffalo History Museum – Timothy Bohen (Historian/Author), James Hill (Niagara Parks Commission), Dr. Timothy Madigan (St. John Fisher College), James O’Brien (Ancient Order of Hibernians, AOH), William Patterson (AOH), Dr. Bridgette Slavin (Medaille College) - Moderators: Douglas Kohler (Erie County Historian), Edward Patton (Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society, BIGS)

· Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m. – Lecture, Fenianism and the Centennial of the Easter Uprising, Buffalo History Museum – Edward Patton (BIGS) and Craig Speers (AOH)

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Dog Ears Bookstore Plans Annual Gala

Dog Ears Bookstore Plans Annual Gala

The eighth annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. The theme for the event is “Buffalo Beats & Eats,” a celebration of local music and cuisine.

Providing musical entertainment will be the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club and Gimme Buffett. Additionally, more than 20 local restaurants will participate in a “Taste of the City” event during the gala. Beer and wine will be included in the ticket price, including a special beer-tasting event by Certo Brothers Distributing.

Gala tickets are $50 and are available in advance at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door. This is a 21 and older event.

Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo 17 Slated for April 10

Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo 17 Slated for April 10

WNY Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo 17, the area’s largest biannual sports card and memorabilia show featuring over 100 tables of merchandise, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Former Buffalo Bills star Ray Bentley will be providing free autographs, with purchase, at his table during the event. He will have copies of his novel, “Driftwood,” along with copies of his popular children’s books, photos, cards and other items. 

Vendor tables will feature new and vintage sports cards, non-sports cards, packs, autographs, game programs, yearbooks, pennants, videos, vintage photos and much more. The event will feature local and out-of-state vendors, as well as dealers who are new to this show. 

Lit Fit Participants at Lorraine Elementary Receive Reading Awards

Lit Fit Participants at Lorraine Elementary Receive Reading Awards

Several students at Lorraine Elementary School in South Buffalo recently received awards for their participation in the Lit Fit reading program sponsored by Dog Ears Bookstore & Café and Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke.

“Students participating in the program earn colored bracelets based on the total number of minutes spent reading both in school and at home,” said Thomas McDonnell, director of the nonprofit Dog Ears Bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road. Students earn their first bracelet (yellow) by reaching 1,000 minutes of reading, and there are nine other levels with corresponding colors. Students who reach 10,000 reading minutes earn a black bracelet to signify the highest level of achievement. This is the second year of the innovative program.

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NIOGA Library System Launching Campaign Aimed at Engaging Young Adults

NIOGA Library System Launching Campaign Aimed at Engaging Young Adults

NIOGA, a nonprofit cooperative library system, is launching a new campaign aimed at young adults in Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties to call their attention to the vast resources available at their local library, including free Wi-Fi, video games, music and video streaming, and eBook downloads.

“Libraries nationally are facing tough competition as on-demand technology becomes more and more accessible,” said Tom Bindeman, executive director of NIOGA Library System. “But the advantage that libraries have is that we offer the same content for free. We just need to make more people aware of that.”

NIOGA will launch its "There’s More to Check Out at Your Local Library" campaign on April 11, just in time for National Library Week. Twenty libraries will participate in the campaign that features a series of posters, social media and web content, and a contest.

Q & A with Janna Willoughby-Lohr of Papercraft Miracles

Q & A with Janna Willoughby-Lohr of Papercraft Miracles

 

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to a multifaceted artist I have the pleasure of knowing personally and professionally, Janna Willoughby-Lohr. Instead of focusing on her numerous talents, I chose to focus on her main passion, paper.

Being both a supporter of her work, and a loyal customer, our conversation turned into a Q & A.  Janna can create whatever your heart desires. I own and have gifted several journals created by Janna and my son had his first art publication in her teacup book series.

Janna is unstoppable, dedicated, knows her work and continues to educate herself in all aspects of the art of paper. Look no further for paper, journal, bookbinding and photo album needs because Papercraft Miracles is beyond impeccable.

Below is our Q & A, along with links to where you can find Janna, her work and events she will be appearing and teaching:

 

Graphcon Launches Artisan Printing Company The Pickle Ship

Graphcon Launches Artisan Printing Company The Pickle Ship

The Pickle Ship, an artisan printing and stamping company specializing in high-quality letterpress printing, foil stamping, embossing and die cutting, was launched today by Graphcon, Inc., an Orchard Park-based printing services company.

The Pickle Ship and Graphcon are owned and operated by brothers DJ and Matt Schutt.

“In this digital age where media is often produced at the push of a button, we are resurrecting the craftsmanship associated with printing,” said Matt Schutt. “Being a third-generation artisan print shop and having learned the business from our father, we respect the time-honored printing techniques handed down from generation to generation.”