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Volunteers Needed for Audubon Water Chestnut Pull on Saturday Morning, June 24

Volunteers Needed for Audubon Water Chestnut Pull on Saturday Morning, June 24

Jamestown, NY – Much of Audubon Community Nature Center’s 600-acre wetland preserve is covered by a series of ponds, making it dangerously vulnerable to what has become the annual arrival of the European Water Chestnut.

Accidentally released into waters of the Northeast in the late 1800s, this invasive species is native to Europe, Asia and Africa, where it has natural predators.  A different species from the edible water chestnut, this plant is capable of spreading rapidly. It forms a thick layer on top of ponds, lakes and streams, blocking sunlight from other plants and animals and making boating, fishing, and other water recreation very difficult.  

Since 2013 Audubon has worked hard every summer to control its infestation and prevent it from spreading to other waterways in the region, including Conewango Creek and Chautauqua Lake.

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Grant Supports Audubon Programs

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Grant Supports Audubon Programs

Jamestown, NY – After supporting a successful outreach last year, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) is again aiding Audubon Community Nature Center in extending their programming into northern Chautauqua County.

With help from a Community Grant from the NCCF, a number of Audubon events are planned in their area. This grant was made possible through generous community-minded donors who have established community benefit funds at the NCCF.

Earlier this month, retired SUNY Fredonia professor Terry Mosher gave a workshop at the College Lodge in Brocton. He taught participants how to identify bird songs then led them on the trails of the lovely College Lodge woods where they could listen for those songs and others.

On Saturday afternoon, June 24, beadwork artist and teacher Anne Jackson will lead a Dragonfly Pendant Workshop at the Fredonia Technology Incubator in Dunkirk.

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Grant Supports Field Trips to Audubon

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Grant Supports Field Trips to Audubon

Jamestown, NY – Playing outdoors has many benefits for children that help them in school, from enhancing their cognitive abilities to improving their academic performance to reducing attention deficit disorder. But not all children are at ease outside.

Audubon Community Nature Center’s outdoor programs help children become more comfortable in outdoor settings, and each year hundreds of school children take field trips to Audubon. But the schools alone don’t have the resources to fund all the related costs.

That’s where the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF) comes in.

The Community Foundation awarded Audubon a major grant to cover the gap between what the schools can afford to pay and the actual cost of offering the programs.

“Thanks to CRCF’s Fund for the Region and Thomas H. Brown Fund we are able to provide this wonderful experience for Chautauqua County children,” said Audubon Program Director Jennifer Schlick.

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts to hold Tag Days Fundraiser

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts to hold Tag Days Fundraiser

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts to hold Tag Days Fundraiser

JAMESTOWN (May 10, 2017) – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will be holding their annual Tag Days fundraiser on two Saturdays in May! As a non-profit organization, Infinity relies on the support of our wonderful community to help uphold our mission of providing a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for Chautauqua County young people!

Infinity music students will be performing and handing out information about Infinity’s programming on Saturday, May 13 from 10am-6pm at Sam’s Club in Lakewood. Infinity will also be holding Tag Days on Saturday, May 20 at Walmart in Lakewood between 10am and 6pm.

Making a donation to Infinity during tag days helps provide quality arts education opportunities at the Infinity Center including classes, group experiences, workshops, ensembles, performances, and more!

Get a Match for Your Audubon Community Nature Center Donation

Get a Match for Your Audubon Community Nature Center Donation

Jamestown, NY – Thanks to the Community Foundation of Warren County, you have an opportunity to get a match for your gift to Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC).

With its “Warren Gives” program, the Community Foundation will be accepting and tracking donations, strictly online, and contributions will be matched. All contributions made at warrengives.org between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, will receive a match in proportion to the amounts received by each participating organization.

The 2017 $40,000 Matching Funds Sponsors are: Community Foundation, Betts Foundation, Blair Corporation, DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, Northwest Charitable Trust, Sara Sokolski Family Fund, and United Refining Company.

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO-FM 88.7 and AT&T will present a Facebook Live panel event on cyberbullying on Tuesday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley, this online event is not simply to raise awareness of cyberbullying.  This program is about developing strategies that students, teachers and parents can use to minimize cyberbullying. The program will also provide online tools and resources to help facilitate conversations and make a cultural shift around this dangerous behavior.

The panel:

·       Tracy Rodemeyer, the mother of Jamey Rodemeyer, the Williamsville teen who was driven to suicide by cyberbullying in 2011.

·       Amanda Nickerson, Ph.d, Director of UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse prevention.

·       Daniela Wolfe, a social worker for the Amherst School District and serves as a Dignity Act Coordinator.

Middle and High School Students Are Invited to Student Open House on Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Middle and High School Students Are Invited to  Student Open House on Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Event Provides Opportunities to Tour the Medical Campus, Explore Professions in Science, Technology & Medicine, and Participate in Hand-On Activities

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC) and the University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (UB CBLS), in collaboration with AT&T, will host the third annual Student Open House on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, powered by AT&T. This half-day event is designed to introduce future careers opportunities to area students in grades seven through twelve along with their parents or other adults. The event, held on Saturday, May 6 from 9 AM until noon, is designed to expose area students to the many and varied career options offered here, and to provide “hands-on” opportunities to imagine working on the Medical Campus or in similar settings.