Niagara Gazette


October 21, 2013

IN BUSINESS: Dyster, Falls students joining Dream It, Do It opening ceremony

Niagara Gazette — Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, as well as City Administrator Donna Owens and students from Niagara Falls High School, will help open Thursday’s Dream It, Do It event at Erie Community College’s north campus.

The event is put on by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Dream It, Do It WNY to bring manufacturers and school districts together.

With many local manufacturers reporting a ‘moderate to severe’ shortage of qualified talent, the Dream It, Do It WNY organization is addressing the skills gap by collaborating manufacturers with schools to educate, engage, and employ the next generation of manufacturing talent.

At Thursday’s event, area manufacturers will bring creative, interactive displays as students from many Western New York school districts learn more about the companies, their products, people, and careers.  

Niagara Falls High School students will participate, and arrive at 10:30 a.m. and participate with Dyster and Owens in the ribbon cutting ceremony that takes place at 11:30 a.m.


Preservation Buffalo Niagara adds four trustees

Barbara Marchelos, Patrick Brown and Bob Drozdowski of Niagara Falls and Ramona Whitaker of Buffalo were recently added to the board of Preservation Buffalo Niagara.  

They were officially added to the board by a unanimous vote of the trustees at their August meeting.

Marchelos, a resident of Niagara Falls, is an active environmentalist and a retired teacher.  Over the last 30 years or so, she been involved with preservation projects in Niagara Falls including the attempt to save the Wintergarden and the Falls Chimney (an original built before the War of 1812). Previous society memberships include the UB Hayes Society and Brockport’s Gloria Matera Heritage Society.   

Brown is a certified public accountant and partner with Brown & Company of Niagara Falls. He most recently served as commissioner and chairman of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and is an active member of the community through service to many organizations. 

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