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Local high school coaches become certified in concussion reduction training

Local high school coaches become certified in concussion reduction training

Coaches from West Seneca East Senior High School are the first from a Western New York school to become certified in Primordial Strength Inc.’s Concussion Reduction Basic Neck Training as part of their football strength training certification, according to Primordial President Steven Helmicki. Concussion certification and explosive power endurance certification is available for all sports and can be taught in your school.

Helmicki, a resident of East Aurora, founded Primordial Strength in 2007 and is focused on training coaches, athletes and teams across Western New York on all levels, teaching them what he has learned over the course of a lifetime. Primordial Strength is a leader in the anti-concussion movement, specializing in neck and trapezius training.

Maria M. Love and The Fitch Crèche of Buffalo

Maria M. Love and The Fitch Crèche of Buffalo
  •   The Fitch Crèche, nationally recognized as the first day care center for the children of working women in the United States, one which would serve as a model to be emulated by other American cities.  It was the first to implement a Froebel kindergarten in the U.S.  
  •   Maria M. Love was a prominent Buffalonian and social services pioneer.  In 1881, she established the Fitch Crèche, at 159 Swan Street in Buffalo, near the corner of Michigan Avenue. Ms. Love founded the Fitch Crèche, after a trip to France where she became aware of the plight of children of working mothers.  The building was a dry goods store that was owned by Benjamin Fitch, a native Buffalonian who donated this building for use by the Crèche which formally opened January 6, 1881. By 1881, Mr.

Girls' Varsity Hockey Comes to Western New York

Girls' Varsity Hockey Comes to Western New York

The organizers of the brand new Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation would like to thank everybody in the community who supported the league for their tireless hard work over the last few years. They expressed special thanks to the school boards, superintendents and athletic directors of the participating schools for their contributions.

The puck was dropped for the league's inaugural game between Williamsville and Monsignor Martin on Wednesday.

The participating districts are: Williamsville, Monsignor Martin, Kenmore, Amherst/Sweet Home, Orchard Park/Frontier, West Seneca and Lancaster.

For a complete game schedule, visit the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation website.

Winchester Elementary Celebrates School's History

As part of an ongoing class history project, Winchester Elementary students celebrated the 71st anniversary of their school’s opening on Monday, Nov. 29 with a parade and assembly that included several alumni and the school's first principal.

In researching the school’s history, fifth-graders discovered the Winchester School was opened the Monday after Thanksgiving in 1939 with a parade from the old Aurora Street School to the then-new building at 650 Harlem Road.  The present-day students recreated the parade that opened the school, complete with the alumnus who led the parade in 1939. Hugh Neeson, a first-grader at the time and the first student to enter the new school, led the parade with present-day first-grader, Elizabeth.

West Seneca Academy of Finance Students Place at Stock Market Challenge

West Seneca Academy of Finance students strongly represented the school district, emerging among the top performers at the 2010 Stock Market Challenge sponsored by Junior Achievement of WNY on Nov. 9, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo. Four out of six West Seneca teams placed in the top five at the competition.

The Stock Market Challenge is an unpredictable ride through the highs and lows of the stock market.  All the energy and excitement of the stock trading floor is simulated in this innovative and high-tech event. More than 200 area high school students competed in teams of four as they race to accumulate the highest portfolio.  Adrenaline was pumping as students shouted out for floor traders trying to outwit their opponents by making the smartest, most lucrative stock investments.

Notre Dame Academy Junior High Students Vote for Governor

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Notre Dame Academy's campus of South Buffalo Catholic School held their own school election today to see who would win the Governor title. Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade learned about the voting process during their Social Studies classes.  The students also researched the candidates' platforms for governor to help them make an informed decision.

Aaron Podolefsky Formally Installed as Buffalo State’s Eighth President

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Aaron Podolefsky was formally installed as the eighth president of Buffalo State College on Friday, Oct. 29.  The historic rite, which was held on campus in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, was attended by more than 800 guests, including former presidents Muriel Howard and Bruce Johnstone, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, area leaders, students, faculty and staff.

For his inaugural theme, Podolefsky selected, “Celebrate, Serve, Imagine: The Promise of Buffalo State College” to honor Buffalo State’s legacy and his commitment to affordable, accessible higher education, the role of Buffalo State as the “college that serves the city,” and the importance of transcending current economic challenges.