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3 Michigan Poets at Big Orbit Gallery for R E F E R Reading Series

3 Michigan Poets at Big Orbit Gallery for R E F E R Reading Series

R E F E R: Three Poets from Michigan, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Big Orbit Gallery, 30d Essex Street, Buffalo. Featuring Gina Myers, Sarah Jeanne Peters, & JodiAnn Stevenson. Free admission.

Gina Myers currently lives in Saginaw, MI where she edits Lame House Press and works as the Book Review Editor for NewPages. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009), and several chapbooks, including most recently September Requiem (Binge Press, 2010) and Heartbreaking Machines (Lazy Frog, 2010), a collaboration with Nate Pritts.

Fire Fighting in The Horse Drawn Era: Buffalo Engine House 26

Fire Fighting in The Horse Drawn Era: Buffalo Engine House 26

BRAVE CAPTAIN MACK AND HIS DARING BOYS GUARD THE LUMBER YARDS

   The company is located at the corner of Tonawanda and Martin Streets. (now Progressive Ave.) It is surrounded by several large lumber yards. Outside the danger from the lumber yards along the riverfront, the district is entirely free from inflammable material. The section is purely residential.  The firehouse itself is a brick structure, two and one-half stories high, with a large tower in the rear for the purpose of drying hose after returning from fires.  The building was built in 1894 and went into service in 1895. It is one of the best firehouses in the city and also one of the newest.

Just Buffalo Literary Center: BIG NIGHT tribute to Millie Niss with poet Kazim Ali & more, 2/19 @ 8!

Just Buffalo Literary Center: BIG NIGHT tribute to Millie Niss with poet Kazim Ali & more, 2/19 @ 8!

Just Buffalo Literary Center is pleased to announce February’s BIG NIGHT:  TRIBUTE TO MILLIE NISS featuring KAZIM ALI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 19th at Just Buffalo @ WNYBAC, Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. at Mohawk, Buffalo. $5, FREE for UB Students & members of Just Buffalo, WNYBAC, CEPA & Big Orbit galleries.

Celebrate the posthumous publication of City Bird: Selected Poems 1991-2009 (BlazeVOX, 2010), by Millie Niss with Poetry by Kazim Ali, Video by Millie Niss and other artists, Poems by Millie Niss read by friends, & Food by Geoffrey Gatza!

Kenmore Amputee Making Strides at AthletiCare

Kenmore Amputee Making Strides at AthletiCare

When Kevin Degnan was hit by a car in 1986, the avid runner’s world as he knew it stood still.  His lower left leg was severely injured, putting the Canisius College track star’s passion on hold long term. After enduring fourteen surgeries, years of rehabilitation, and constant fights with infection, Degnan and his doctor made the mutual decision this past fall to amputate. Only three months after his surgery, he’s started running again and owes his recovery to AthletiCare at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Tonawanda Limb & Brace Inc. who fitted him with a prosthesis below his knee.

"Buffalo Airport" Main & Bailey 1910

"Buffalo Airport" Main & Bailey 1910

For First Time In HIstory Buffalo Beholds an Airship In Flight

 For the first time in history man has flown in Buffalo in a heavier than air machine. Albert L. Pfitzner of Hammondsport New York made three short flights over the golf links of the Country Club yesterday; two of them entirely successful and the third marred only by a slight accident in which the tires were ripped off the monoplane's wheels, and one of the wooden shafts of the forward steering gear was broken in landing. This is the aeroplane of Mr. Pfitzner's invention and make, which attracted so much attention at the recent Sportsman Show.

"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.)

T-shirt Quilt Memorializes Emphysema Patient

T-shirt Quilt Memorializes Emphysema Patient

As Linda Page cut up her husband’s “colorful” T-shirts, she cried her eyes out. Today, they hang in the form of a quilt in Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s pulmonary rehabilitation gym, where Phil Page spent much of his recent years as a patient before passing away from a pulmonary embolism in the summer of 2010.

“It’s unique to the people here because it’s what Phil wore all the time,” said Connie Denneny, one the many patients who meet at the gym three times a week for pulmonary therapy.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program provides structured exercise and education to help patients increase stamina and manage their lung disease. It has also become a place where patients can talk to each other, sharing ideas and experiences – the unofficial information that is so valuable in day-to-day living.

“He was very angry when he was first diagnosed with his disease,” said Mrs. Page.