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Local Powerlifter is Training Other Athletes to Win

In his early teens, Steve Helmicki considered himself a bit of an undersized football player, which led him to begin training in his parents’ attic with a DP vinyl and sand weight set and a Bill Grant fitness manual. While countless other young athletes might have a similar story to tell, very few — if any — have ever taken it quite as far as Helmicki.

His passion for fitness and weightlifting would eventually lead him to national and world powerlifting titles and even some world records. In fact, he’s built a weightlifting resume that goes beyond being impressive. Statistically, he is among the all-time greats in a sport that doesn’t get a tremendous amount of exposure. If it did, he’d almost certainly be a household name by now.   

Pursuing Enlightenment: Evening Lecture and Retreat

Buffalo Mindfulness Community

Location: Daemen College • 4380 Main Street, Amherst, New York

Business Building (Getzville Rd - From Main St, take 2nd Getzville Rd entrance)

Friday, November 19

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) – Shinzen will offer a public talk on how enlightenment is pursued in the 3 major forms of Buddhist meditation: Vipassana (also known as mindfulness or insight meditation), Zen and Vajrayana.

Saturday, November 20

Dr. Lewis First from University of Vermont Presents Annual Richard T. Sarkin Grand Rounds Lecture

Lewis First, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital, and Editor -in-Chief of Pediatrics, is the guest speaker for the annual Grand Rounds Lecture sponsored by the Richard T. Sarkin, M.D., Foundation for Medical Education.

Dr. First presented, "Thoughts on Humanistic Pediatric Leadership: some first impressions after 16 fun-filled years as a Pediatric Department Chair".

Experience Holiday Magic at the Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees presents a magical wonderland for all of Western New York to enjoy with decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo 14202 from November 19- December 3. 

Sponsored by CGF Anesthesiology, Mark IV Industries Foundation and TOPS Friendly Markets, the Festival of Trees is Western New York’s premier holiday event, featuring decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts.

Dr. Jerrold Lerman Reviews and Provides Commentary for Article Published in The Lancet

Jerrold Lerman, MD, FRCPC, Attending Anesthesiologist at Women & Children’s Hospital, was a reviewer and requested to provide a commentary for an article recently published in The Lancet, entitled, “Risk Assessment Questionnaire Identifies Likelihood of Anesthetic Complications in Children Prior to Surgery.”

The Lancet is the world's leading general medical journal and specialty journals in Oncology, Neurology and Infectious Diseases.

As one of four reviewers for this article, Dr. Lerman was then requested to provide an objective comment on the clinical relevance of this study and implications for children under anesthesia.

Mount St. Mary's Hospital Plans Annual Healthcare Conference for Women

“A Conference on Healthcare for Women” will be held on Saturday, October 30 at the Conference Center of Niagara Falls.

This day-long conference will feature entertaining speakers, a luncheon, the videotaping of a live cooking show, informational displays and a wide array of health information.  Registration is just $15 for the entire conference.  Advance registration is encouraged.

Early Childhood Direction Center of WNY Awarded 5-year Contract to Continue Services

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) of WNY, administered by Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, received a five year contract from the New York State Education Department to continue providing services for families and professionals serving children birth to five with diagnosed or suspected special needs.

The ECDC was established in 1979 and the mission of ECDC is to ensure that children, birth to five years, with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities, are linked to appropriate services that will enable them to reach their potential.

ECDC provides free training and technical assistance for families and professionals working with children less than five years of age with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities.