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Lend Your Talents to Research, at the Historical Society

Lend Your Talents to Research, at the Historical Society

Genealogy research is a hot topic these days, and the Research Library at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society is one of the busiest resources in the area. We are looking for various volunteers, with various skill-sets, to help computerize our obituary card index for online access. We are undertaking this project so that we can keep up with the volume of requests we get for obituaries and death notices.

We are seeking those with an interest in genealogy, skill in research, data entry, microfilm and/or administrative work, to volunteer on this project. There are three specific "jobs" that we need volunteers to do.

1. Data Entry

Duties include entering names, death dates, newspaper citations, and other information into a computerized database.

Skills include:

Nichols Students Named Squash City Champions

Nichols Students Named Squash City Champions
Recently, an historic moment occurred in the 100-year history of squash in Buffalo. For the first time, both Buffalo Squash Racquets Championships were won by junior players, both from Nichols School.   Nichols seniors, Michael Che and Pamicka Marinello, became the City Champions on Saturday, March 5. This win implies their positions as the best male and female players in the city.   Che thrashed a veteran of five city championships and Marinello triumphed over a former collegiate squash player at St. Lawrence University. Nichols freshman, Caroline Hogan, came in fourth in the women’s tournament. They all exhibited great sportsmanship and graciousness in victory.

Nichols School Prep A Hockey Team Earns Championship Title

Nichols School Prep A Hockey Team Earns Championship Title

On Monday, March 7, the Nichols School Boys Prep A Hockey team became Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Champions! Nichols student, Andrew Poturalski ’12, scored 43 seconds into overtime to clinch the 6-5 win over Ridley College of Ontario.

It was an exciting game two in the best-of-three series. The entire team put forth an incredible effort to secure the coveted championship title.

Nichols School Student Composer Wins Honorable Mention at Competition

Nichols School Student Composer Wins Honorable Mention at Competition

Nichols School freshman, Jason Zhou, won an Honorable Mention in the First Annual Persis Vehar Competition for Excellence in Composition. Corinne Damerau-Best, Nichols' Director of Choral and General Music for the Middle School, encouraged Jason to submit the sonata he wrote in her composition class as an eighth grader last year.

An event will be held at Canisius College on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. and includes a program at the Montante Cultural Center. Jason will have the opportunity to share information about his piano composition and himself. In addition, a CD recording of his work will be made at the Montante Cultural Center and provided to him following the performance.

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:

Lee Meets Williamsville Student Who Received Congressional Award

Williamsville North High School Student Receives National Award

WILLIAMSVILLE – Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) congratulated Williamsville North High School student Luka Jankovic of Getzville for receiving the Congressional Award Bronze Medal. Jankovic was presented with the award in a recent ceremony in Lee’s Williamsville congressional office.

“Luka should be very proud of this significant achievement and recognition for his service and dedication to our community,” Lee said. “Luka developed a greater appreciation of others throughout his volunteer work and professional development efforts. I congratulate him on receiving this award and thank him for his commitment to bettering Western New York.”

"They Kept Their Word": An Exhibit on Historical African American Women's Literary Societies

"They Kept Their Word": An Exhibit on Historical African American Women's Literary Societies

The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society presents an exhibit delving into the rich and influential history of African American Women’s Literary Societies in the Buffalo region. “They Kept Their Word: African American Women's Literary Societies and Their Legacy” opens with a reception on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at 2 p.m.

This opening reception coincides with a Martin Luther King program at the Historical Society, sponsored by the Afro American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, which will take place at 3 p.m. on the same day. ("African Americans, the Civil War & Martin Luther King's Legacy" is the theme of the MLK program; speaker Harry Matthews Bradshaw will offer a talk on the subject.)