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Local Americorps Members and Services on National Chopping Block

Local Americorps Members and Services on National Chopping Block

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Hundreds of local AmeriCorps members, and their service in Western New York, risk being eliminated if the Continuing Resolution budget bill introduced by the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee is passed. The Resolution, which would also cut funding for NPR and PBS, would eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service, the parent agency for AmeriCorps programs, in the midst of the 2011 program year.

If left unchanged, the current language presented in the Resolution, recently passed by the House of Representatives, would mean an immediate, mid-year elimination of all AmeriCorps programs in the nation. Local AmeriCorps members serve through programs run by WNY AmeriCorps, Buffalo AmeriCorps from The Belle Center, and Self Advocacy AmeriCorps, in team-based crews or placed in supportive roles in local schools and non-profits.

Last year, over 800 people served as AmeriCorps members in WNY:

Journey of Kilimanjaro Climb to be Shared by Hilbert Alum, Ed Kilgore

Journey of Kilimanjaro Climb to be Shared by Hilbert Alum, Ed Kilgore

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Kilimanjaro Klimb for Kids, last summer’s climbing excursion of the highest free standing peak in the world as a way to help raise awareness and support for Kids Escaping Drugs, will be discussed March 2 by Hilbert College alumnus and climb participant Brian Kruszka.

Kruszka and fellow climber Ed Kilgore, WGRZ-TV sports director, will talk about their remarkable experience and the challenge of climbing Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro an 11 a.m. presentation in Hilbert’s William E. Swan Auditorium.

A 2009 Hilbert graduate, Kruszka will also discuss his affiliation with Kids Escaping Drugs and his personal motivation for participating in the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, which stands 19,340 feet above sea level.

Grace Stumberg: Music is Art Graduate: 6 City Tour

Grace Stumberg: Music is Art Graduate: 6 City Tour

Dreams need wheels and a rising local musical talent is putting that advice into action by leaving Buffalo in early February for a first tour.
 
A graduate of Robby Takac's Music is Art NYS-certified Music in Action career skills training program, acoustic rock singer songwriter Grace Stumberg will be touring in support of NYC-based duo Left on Red who headlined last summer's Elmwood Festival of the Arts and is well known for building a career "busking" in NYC subways.

The tour mixes music with a message.
 

3 Michigan Poets at Big Orbit Gallery for R E F E R Reading Series

3 Michigan Poets at Big Orbit Gallery for R E F E R Reading Series

R E F E R: Three Poets from Michigan, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Big Orbit Gallery, 30d Essex Street, Buffalo. Featuring Gina Myers, Sarah Jeanne Peters, & JodiAnn Stevenson. Free admission.

Gina Myers currently lives in Saginaw, MI where she edits Lame House Press and works as the Book Review Editor for NewPages. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009), and several chapbooks, including most recently September Requiem (Binge Press, 2010) and Heartbreaking Machines (Lazy Frog, 2010), a collaboration with Nate Pritts.

Buffalo Native, Broadway Actor Stephen McKinley Henderson to Visit WNY

Buffalo Native, Broadway Actor Stephen McKinley Henderson to Visit WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo native, Broadway actor, and film star Stephen McKinley Henderson will be the guest of honor at a Saturday, April 30, 2011 special event hosted by Road Less Traveled Productions (RLTP). The April 30th event, An Evening with Stephen McKinley Henderson, will feature an intimate look into Henderson’s life and work. The event will be held in the Albright-Knox Auditorium in Buffalo, NY and is open to RLTP subscribers as well as the public.

ECMC Lifeline Foundation Board Elects New Officers

ECMC Lifeline Foundation Board Elects New Officers

BUFFALO, NEW YORK— The ECMC Lifeline Foundation Board recently re-elected Todd W. Brason as Board Chair.  Brason previously served as Vice Chair of the Foundation and as a Board member.  Additional officers include: Jonathan A. Dandes, James F. Dentinger, and Robert P. Holliday, Vice-Chairs; David R. DiMatteo, Treasurer; Penny J. Morgante, Secretary; Patrick Casilio, Jr., Immediate Past Chair; and Gia Alessandra Coone, Executive Director.  

Foundation Chair Todd W. Brason is Chief Executive Officer at WILLCARE.  Todd is an active member and a former Chairperson of the New York State Association of Health Care Providers (HCP), and has served as Executive Board Member of the American Association for Home Care.  Brason is actively involved in community organizations in the Buffalo region.  He has served as Chair of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross, and is a member of the Buffalo State College Foundation Board.  He is a past recipient of the Richard Z. Steinhaus Award given by HCP in recognition of outstanding contributions to the home care community.  Brason is a distinguished alumnus and a graduate of the State University College at Buffalo and lives in Buffalo

Just Buffalo Literary Center: BIG NIGHT tribute to Millie Niss with poet Kazim Ali & more, 2/19 @ 8!

Just Buffalo Literary Center: BIG NIGHT tribute to Millie Niss with poet Kazim Ali & more, 2/19 @ 8!

Just Buffalo Literary Center is pleased to announce February’s BIG NIGHT:  TRIBUTE TO MILLIE NISS featuring KAZIM ALI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 19th at Just Buffalo @ WNYBAC, Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. at Mohawk, Buffalo. $5, FREE for UB Students & members of Just Buffalo, WNYBAC, CEPA & Big Orbit galleries.

Celebrate the posthumous publication of City Bird: Selected Poems 1991-2009 (BlazeVOX, 2010), by Millie Niss with Poetry by Kazim Ali, Video by Millie Niss and other artists, Poems by Millie Niss read by friends, & Food by Geoffrey Gatza!