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Local Amherst students showcase fashion ingenuity for the runway

Local Amherst students showcase fashion ingenuity for the runway

CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK (March 2, 2016) -- Fashion design has opened doors for Amherst Central High School students Katie Fickhesen, Kyle Taylor and Jacob Vokes, aspiring clothes designers.  

The Amherst Central students will be exhibiting their designs, along with other students representing a total of eight local school districts, at the “Limitless” fashion show. Students of the Erie 1 BOCES Fashion Design and Merchandising program will be modeling their creations on March 10 at Walden Galleria.

Through classes offered at Erie 1 BOCES, students learned how to turn their inspiration into tangible creativity. The students explored the fashion industry from color complements, to illustration and, finally, the resulting merchandise.

“I have learned how to create the garments that appear in my head into reality,” said Kyle. “I’ve also learned how to organize my creativity into things like ‘mood boards’ and sketches.”

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

A petty thief, local mobsters and a parish priest who’s more sinner than saint come together in the gritty black-comedy crime novel “Stay Away from Lions,” the latest release from No Frills Buffalo. 

Written by Buffalo natives and St. Bonaventure University graduates J. Matthew Smith and Patrick Reynolds, “Stay Away from Lions” follows the poorly led life of Tommy Patton, a small-time South Buffalo crook who upon being sprung from his latest stint in the Erie County Jail learns he’s in debt to a ruthless mob boss as a result of a robbery gone wrong.

With the payback deadline looming, a two-faced henchman charged with collecting the debt goes behind his boss’s back and hatches a scheme designed to benefit all involved. But when that scheme unravels, unholy secrets are exposed costing people their lives.

Daemen Ranked Among Nation’s Top ‘Best Value’ Colleges

Daemen Ranked Among Nation’s Top ‘Best Value’ Colleges

AMHERST, N.Y. – Best Value Schools has named Daemen College as one of the “50 Best Value Small Colleges,” a distinction that places it in the top 15 small institutions in the nation.

Daemen, which is the only college in the Buffalo Niagara region included on the list, ranks No. 14 in the 2016 roster from Best Value Schools, an online guide to the best values in college education across the U.S. Selected top institutions have 4,000 or fewer students and rankings are based on net price, retention rate, graduation rate, and class size.

“We are pleased to have Daemen ranked fourteenth among the best small colleges in the country for overall value,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This national distinction speaks to our steadfast commitment to provide a high-quality education that is affordable and to offer our students an exceptional value for their investment.”

FUNraiser Aims to Fight Brain Cancer

FUNraiser Aims to Fight Brain Cancer

The C4 Foundation – Colin’s Crusade against Childhood Cancer – will hold a FUNraiser with Paint & Sip Drinkable Arts from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2692 Club, 4569 Broadway, Depew.


Admission will be $50 per person presale, which includes a choice of glassware to paint and take home, one sheet of basket raffle tickets, wine, beer, coffee, soft drinks and food. Admission for those not planning to paint a glass will be $25.

New Owner Brings Friendly, Professional Atmosphere to Sink or Swim Tattoo

New Owner Brings Friendly, Professional Atmosphere to Sink or Swim Tattoo

Sink or Swim Tattoo, located on the second floor of a commercial building at 1040 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, is under new ownership, with a familiar face now running the operation.

Former Sink or Swim tattoo artist Keith Kuzara took ownership of the business on Oct. 1, 2015, after working at the shop for nearly four years. Kuzara is a self-taught and award-winning tattoo artist with six years of industry experience.

“I was planning on opening my own shop eventually, when this opportunity suddenly popped up,” said Kuzara. “With the previous owner moving out of state, the timing and situation was right to take over the business.”

Sink or Swim now employs five tattoo artists, including the multi-tattooed owner.

Hochul to Address Sexual Assault Prevention Law at Daemen

Hochul to Address Sexual Assault Prevention Law at Daemen

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will address New York State’s “Enough is Enough” sexual assault prevention law and learn the latest in Daemen College’s comprehensive efforts at a meeting with the campus community at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The discussion follows Hochul’s visit last year to talk about the proposed sexual assault policy legislation at a roundtable meeting with Daemen students, faculty and staff. Since being signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, Hochul has been conducting a tour of colleges and universities across the state to discuss the new policy.

“Enough is Enough, championed by Gov. Cuomo, is the nation's most aggressive policy to fight against sexual assault on college campuses,” said Hochul. “I look forward to hearing more about Daemen’s proactive initiatives that support this policy.”

Early morning apartment fire in Amherst

AMHERST, NY - Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of an early morning apartment fire in Amherst.

The fire started around 4:00 a.m. in a four unit apartment building on Hedge Ct., off Campus Dr.

All units had some smoke damage, but the fire was contained to the bedroom where it started.

The Snyder fire chief says the cause appears to be electrical in nature.

Damage is estimated at $225,000.

Everyone made it out safely, but one person was treated for smoke inhalation.