Grand marshal named for Pulaski Day parade
Jola Simon, a director of the General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier for more than 30 years, has been named grand marshal of the annual Pulaski Day Parade on July 22.
The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Thruway Mall in Cheektowaga and proceed north on Harlem Road to Cheektowaga Town Park.
Simon, a native of Poland, came to the U.S. at the age of 14. He is a graduate of Kensington High School and the University at Buffalo.
For the past 12 years, he has been emcee of the parade with Ken Graber on Time Warner Cable.
He also has co-chaired the parade's annual fundraising banquet for many years with Gruber and association president Brian D. Rusk.
Walmart gives $20,000 to fly veterans to D.C.
LOCKPORT – Walmart presented $20,000 to Western New York Heroes Wednesday to pay to fly 30 veterans from Niagara and Orleans counties to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The presentation was held at Walmart's Lockport store.
State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, said the Oct. 17 trip will be the fourth flight of World War II veterans from Niagara and Orleans counties.
"We couldn't do it without Walmart's help and support. It does not cost a veteran one penny," Maziarz said.
All expenses connected with the one-day trip will be covered by the donation.
"This project was thought up by Sen. Maziarz," said John Smith, Walmart market manager for the Buffalo area.
"We're just glad at Walmart that we could be part of it," Smith said.
Summer programs available to promote engineering
The Buffalo area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) will host summer enrichment programs.
BEAM is a program for students who recently graduated from grades seven through 11 that combines hands-on projects with current curriculum to teach math, science, engineering, technology literacy, architecture and robotics.
The programs offered at no cost to students.
Space is available for post seventh-grade students at Daemen College. The program runs from July 7-27.
Space also is available in the one-week girls-only program at Erie Community College, North Campus for post seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders. Dates are July 23-27.
Application deadline is today.
Applications must be accompanied by current report card. For applications or for more information call 645-3066, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or log onto www.eng.buffalo.edu/beam or write to BEAM 416 Bonner Hall University at Buffalo , Buffalo, NY 14260.
BEAM is a nonprofit organization consisting of teachers and volunteer representatives from industry, education, government, professional and community groups.
BEAM is open to all students with an emphasis on minorities, females and other under-represented students.