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Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (May 1, 2017) – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts welcomes two new instructors! Patrick Becker (Voice) and Sheridan Smith (Awareness Theater).

Patrick Becker- Vocal Instructor

Patrick Philip Becker, Tenor, is an alumnus from Mercyhurst University. He recently performed Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte and Pedrillo in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL with the D’Angelo Opera Theater as well as Cosmic Ray in Thompson Street Opera Company’s production of COSMIC RAY AND THE AMAZING CHRIS.

In past seasons, he was a young artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as the cover for Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI.

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Daemen Earns National Best Value School Designation

Daemen Earns National Best Value School Designation

Daemen College has been selected by University Research and Review as a 2017 Best Value School award recipient, making it one of fewer than 100 institutions across the country selected to receive this prestigious national designation.

“We are honored to be chosen for this distinguished award and to be recognized for our exceptional educational value,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “With college costs currently at the forefront of New York State higher education, this distinction attests to the affordability, high quality, and academic excellence of private colleges like Daemen and is indicative of our rising national status.”

One of only three colleges in New York State named among this year’s honorees, Daemen joins other notable institutions such as Ohio Northern University, Mercyhurst University, Benedictine College, and Mount Aloysius College.

Erie County Parks, Land Conservancy Collaborate to Create New Natural Habitat Park Along Lakeshore

Erie County Parks, Land Conservancy Collaborate to Create New Natural Habitat Park Along Lakeshore

Last spring, a generous landowner donated a beautiful eight-acre forest on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie in Derby to the Western New York Land Conservancy. The Land Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust that protects forests, farms and scenic vistas forever; including places like the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston and The Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora.  

There is very little natural land like this left along the Lake Erie shoreline. The forest has trees that are more than 100 years old. Many birds find food and shelter in these trees during their long spring and fall migrations. Scattered wetlands provide habitat for frogs, toads and salamanders. It will be a great place to take a walk, enjoy nature and marvel at the spectacular sunsets over Lake Erie.

Experience Terrific Turtles at Audubon, Saturday, May 13

Experience Terrific Turtles at Audubon, Saturday, May 13

Jamestown, NY – Ever wonder what a turtle’s shell is really called? Or why they stick their heads inside? Why some turtles live on land and others live in water? And what turtles we have in our area?

For answers to your questions, come to the Audubon Community Nature Center between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, for Terrific Turtles.

In an open house style, meet turtles, pet some, and learn some of the facts and folklore surrounding these reptiles.

At least ten turtle species call this region home. You can learn more about each species as well as other non-native turtles.

You can touch some of the turtles and find out why others are protected. Learn how to create turtle-friendly habitat in your yard and what to do if you find a turtle crossing the road.

There will also be crafts, artifacts, and games.

For an additional $3, Scouts -- and anyone who wants to join the fun -- can earn a Terrific Turtles fun patch.

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Commentary: Let’s Start a Community Discussion About Mental Illness

Commentary: Let’s Start a Community Discussion About Mental Illness

While we may not like to talk about it at the dinner table, mental illnesses are real and prevalent in our nation, and approximately half of us will have a mental health diagnosis at some point in our lives. And what better time to talk about it than during May, which is also known nationally as Mental Health Month.

It’s no secret that all Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives, and you and I are not exempt from the problems of daily life. When our troubles begin to overtake our mental health, we should all feel comfortable in seeking help and support to manage these times in a compassionate, judgement-free way. 

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every day problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every day problem for all

Spring is the season of life, a time of renewed energy and growth. It is a time when more people take to the roads and sidewalks and revel in warmer weather.  Despite the vibrant colors of the flowers, the sound of children playing outdoors, April is also Distracted Driving Awareness Month – a month in which we also face the grim reminder that distracted driving is as dangerous as ever.

Audubon Opportunity Friday, May 12: Witness the Unusual Woodcocks

Audubon Opportunity Friday, May 12: Witness the Unusual Woodcocks

Jamestown, NY – It’s spring and time to think about finding a mate, at least if you are a woodcock! 

These bizarre looking birds attract mates every spring by making incredible whistling flights hundreds of feet up into the air above local fields, at dusk and at dawn.

You can learn about and observe the American Woodcock on Friday evening, May 12, in a Woodcock Walk presented by the Audubon Community Nature Center. The event will begin in the Warren County Conservation District at the corner of Hatch Run Road and Conewango Avenue in Warren.

At 7:30 p.m., a short presentation will showcase the unusual habits of American Woodcocks and their spring mating flights. Afterward, the group will travel to the Hatch Run Conservation Area to look for woodcocks.