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Ken Newton Studios Enters Partnership with Sea Turtle Conservancy

Ken Newton Studios Enters Partnership with Sea Turtle Conservancy

Cheektowaga artist Ken Newton, owner of Ken Newton Studios, has entered into a partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) located in Gainesville, Florida. As part of the partnership agreement, Newton will provide original artwork to be auctioned off at three Conservancy fundraisers each year. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Newton’s sea turtle art will also benefit sea turtle conservation by contributing to the activities of the Conservancy, the world’s oldest and most accomplished sea turtle research and conservation organization.

“I am very excited to begin contributing to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, a cause that’s near and dear to my heart. I cannot wait to play a role in conserving wildlife,” said the self-taught artist.

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Lessons at WILD All-Star Cheerleading Go Far Beyond the Mat

Lessons at WILD All-Star Cheerleading Go Far Beyond the Mat

While some families register their children for classes at WILD All-Star Cheerleading in Orchard Park to learn the latest cheerleading, gymnastic and dance techniques, it’s the underlying lessons in self-confidence, teamwork, personal responsibility, respect, discipline, social responsibility and family that are providing skills that will last a lifetime.

“While we do our best to offer opportunities to meet the needs of every student that comes through our door, we also get to know each individual and help them set and reach goals, learn the value of commitment and teamwork, and ultimately see their dreams become a reality,” said Rebekah Stiller, WILD co-owner and co-founder. “Our ultimate goal is to create champions both on and off the mat!”

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

Start a Conversation During National Suicide Prevention Week

This week, Sept. 10-16, is National Suicide Prevention Week. For some of us, it’s a time to reflect and mourn those we have lost. And for all of us, it should also be a week filled with starting conversations, taking an active role in suicide prevention, and seeking immediate help for those suffering from depression or carrying the burden of suicidal thoughts.

“Suicidal thoughts and depression can impact anyone of any age, race or gender. It does not discriminate,” said Monica A. Farrar, a licensed mental health counselor and private clinician in Williamsville. “Far too often I meet individuals and families who feel embarrassed or ashamed to openly discuss mental illness and suicide, and that needs to end. Help is available, and it may be a simple conversation that opens the door to treatment and a far better life.”

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Funding Needed to Turn a 140-acre Forest on Grand Island Into an Iconic New Nature Preserve

Funding Needed to Turn a 140-acre Forest on Grand Island Into an Iconic New Nature Preserve

The Western New York Land Conservancy and residents of Grand Island hope to create a new 140-acre forested nature preserve along the Niagara River. That dream came closer to reality this month when funding was committed by the Niagara River Greenway Ecological Standing Committee and the Gallogly Family Foundation totaling more than $700,000. This funding will be just enough for the Land Conservancy to purchase the property and open it to the public. The Land Conservancy is hoping to raise at least another $600,000 to create an even better walking trail system, restore wildlife habitat and help maintain the preserve in the long run. 

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Annunciation to Offer Free Opioid Awareness and Narcan Training Class

Annunciation to Offer Free Opioid Awareness and Narcan Training Class

A free opioid awareness and Narcan training workshop will be offered at noon Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

The workshop is approximately two hours long and will focus on the opioid epidemic in Erie County today, signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, the Good Samaritan Law, the use of Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an overdose and more. It is open to all, and those over 16 are eligible to receive a Narcan kit dependent on NYSDOH supply availability. All participants will also receive instructions on how to get Narcan at a pharmacy.

Water and coffee will be provided, and participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch.

Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles Plans Beckett Card-grading Event

Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles Plans Beckett Card-grading Event

Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles will host Charles Stabile, Northeast Regional Sales Manager from Beckett Grading Services, for a card and memorabilia grading event from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in the store located at 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.

M&T Bank to Host Local Not-for-Profits at Bills’ Games

M&T Bank to Host Local Not-for-Profits at Bills’ Games

‘The Comfort Zone’ by M&T Provides One-of-a-Kind Game-Day Experience

Eight local not-for-profit organizations will experience an exciting and exclusive game-day experience during the 2017-18 Buffalo Bills season thanks to M&T Bank.

M&T Bank is again donating eight gameday tickets in ‘The Comfort Zone,’ a private section within the M&T Club, to eight local not-for-profit organizations as a ‘thank you’ for their service to the Western New York community. The Comfort Zone features a private club entrance, comfortable lounge seating and complimentary food and beverages.