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WNY Sports Card Expo Features Impressive Lineup of Athletes and Actors

WNY Sports Card Expo Features Impressive Lineup of Athletes and Actors

 

Baseball, football and basketball legends — including several Hall of Fame members — will take part in the Western New York Sports Card Expo Sept. 20-21 at Batavia Downs Gaming, 8315 Park Road, Batavia. Also taking part in this unique event, presented by The Sports Corner, will be professional wrestling great Ric Flair and four actors from the HBO hit series “The Sopranos.” 

Kicking off the autograph lineup from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, will be NBA Hall of Famer and former Syracuse University star Dave Bing, along with former Syracuse standouts John Wallace, Roosevelt Bouie, Lawrence Moten and Pearl Washington. 

Heed Immigration Rules When Hiring Foreign Employees

Heed Immigration Rules When Hiring Foreign Employees

 

A recent influx of jobs into the Western New York marketplace has left Buffalo area businesses in an interesting position — trying to find enough qualified employees to fill those openings. As a result, a number of companies, especially those needing to fill high-tech positions, may expand their search beyond U.S. borders.

That, however, can create unanticipated problems for companies not familiar with the process for filling positions with foreign nationals. In a nutshell, the process can be both complicated and expensive.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Aug. 23 Highlights

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Aug. 23 Highlights

 

The popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues its 15th season on Aug. 23. A program of the Elmwood Village Association, the market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine, through Nov. 29. 

Providing musical entertainment on Aug. 23 (weather permitting) will be Acousticopia from 9:30 to 11 a.m, followed by the Kathy Moriarty Trio from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The market will also feature this season’s second Wellness Lane sponsored by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo.

Black Rock Lock: 100 years of connecting lake to Erie Canal


Western New York's transportation and industrial heritage celebrated a milestone event on Saturday, at least when it comes to area waterways.

The Black Rock Lock, which is the key connection between the Niagara River as it flows out of Lake Erie and into the old Erie Canal, is now 100 years old.

Local officials, the Army Corps of Engineers and neighbors threw a centennial celebration Saturday.

The channel is still actively providing a smooth form of passage for recreational boaters and occasional commercial boat traffic between the swift movement of the river and the much calmer canal. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen of the Army Corps of Engineers told us the lock is very well preserved for its age.

U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs Releases Information Regarding CCD Performance Issues

U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs Releases Information Regarding CCD Performance Issues

 

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs has recently answered some questions regarding the worldwide Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) problems that have delayed many from receiving their U.S. passports and visas. Consular Affairs is reporting that significant progress has been made in addressing the problem and most of the backlogged nonimmigrant visas have been issued. 

However, efforts are still being made to bring the CCD back up to its full operational capacity. Visa applicants are advised that they might still experience delays of up to one week in additional processing times and should take this into consideration when making travel plans. 

Daemen Grant to Establish Fitness Program for Individuals With Disabilities, Educate Trainers

Daemen Grant to Establish Fitness Program for Individuals With Disabilities, Educate Trainers

A fitness initiative for individuals with disabilities and specialized instruction for trainers will be offered at Daemen College through a $50,000 Inclusive Fitness Field-Related Grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). Daemen is one of only three organizations statewide to receive the grant, which is renewable for an additional two years based on the program’s success.

“We are very excited about this project and grateful to the DDPC for providing the funding for such an important endeavor,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, Daemen vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “With this grant, Daemen can have a real impact on promoting regular exercise as a key element to a healthy lifestyle among individuals with disabilities.”

DOS and CBP May Waive Nonimmigrant Visa Requirements for Those Affected by CCD Outages

DOS and CBP May Waive Nonimmigrant Visa Requirements for Those Affected by CCD Outages

 

The U.S. Department of State’s Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), a system critical to visa issuance, is experiencing technical problems. This has limited the State Department’s visa processing capacity. In turn, there have been worldwide delays in nonimmigrant visa issuance all across the globe. 

In order to assist individuals affected by these problems, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will work in conjunction with the Department of State to exercise legal authority that will waive nonimmigrant visa requirements for admission on a case by case basis.