Soprano Jena Abati, who has sung in the Lewiston Arts Festival, is a division winner in the Music Teachers National Association Senior Voice Eastern Division Competition. She'll compete as a national finalist in the Senior Voice National Competition on March 27 in Milwaukee.
The association is a nonprofit organization composed of 24,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music-making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, it's the oldest professional music association in the nation.
Nine finalists competed in The Buffalo News Spelling Bee at Wilson Middle School earlier this month. They are: Kevin Brown, John Carney, Austin Daul, Brianne Hain, Sloan Mackin, Aidan McGill, Marguerite Mosher, Marina Muth and Thomas Schwarzmueller.
Before the final round, a pretest provided by The News was given to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders last November. Sixth-grade winner Sloan Mackin correctly spelled the word "pestilence" to become champion. He will now go on to take a written test that will be downloaded from The News on Wednesday. If Sloan is one out of 20 qualifying spellers, he will go on to the Western New York oral finals on March 6.
District spelling bee coordinator Erin Forsyth offered her special thanks to Janelle Salen for helping her judge the spelling bee and for providing the funds for the bee through Student Council.
The LaSalle Yacht Club recently celebrated its 75th Installation Dinner.
Officers are Commodore Joe Ventura, Vice Commodore Jim Swanson, Rear Commodore Rob Downs, Fleet Captain Frances Galdon, Treasurer Chris Bystrzak and Secretary Walter Garrow.
This year's LaSalle Yacht Club board of directors members are Past Commodore Tony Rodgers, Dave Ricigliano, Pat Driscoll, Gene Swanson, Tim Phillips and Charles Frantz.
The yacht club initially was organized in 1936 by a small group of residents in the LaSalle area of Niagara Falls.
Niagara County Community College will host the Combat Paper Project, a collaborative arts organization that utilizes traditional hand papermaking techniques to work with populations that have survived trauma due to conflict. Combat Paper will facilitate a weeklong workshop using military uniforms that were once worn in service and transforming them into handmade paper.
The second week of residency will involve using the paper made during the Combat Paper residency for the printmaking processes. Local artists Hyeyoung Shin and Anne Muntges will be involved. Community members will be invited to learn about the process of traditional relief printmaking as a medium for expression.
Barbara Rowe, an NCCC faculty member and project coordinator, said the school is thrilled to have support from the National Endowment for the Arts on the project.