Transit advocate Doug Funke will be with us on Sunday

miki soos logoThis Sunday, Oct. 16, Douglas Funke will present an overview of current and emerging issues associated with public transit in Buffalo-Niagara, including its importance to food access, the environment, and economic development.

Doug Funke is a long-time transit advocate and user. He joined the Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT) Executive Board in 2010 and became its President in 2013. As a CRT board member, Doug has supported a wide range of transit promotional and educational efforts including briefings to government legislative bodies and agencies. He also operates a part-time consulting business, Human First Ergonomics. Before becoming a CRT board member and starting his consulting business, Doug worked for over 30 years as a research engineer at Calspan, Veridian, and General Dynamics. Most recently he managed the design, development, and deployment of numerous Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Doug has an MS in Industrial Engineering and certifications in project management and ergonomics. He and his wife, Dolores, have three grown children, Carolyn, Christopher, and Adam.

Join us at our usual 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) time at Riverside-Salem Environmental Sanctuary, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

Prepare To Be Liberated!

michaael-mooremiki sos smallSo says the cover of Michael Moore’s DVD, “Where To Invade Next,” “one of the most genuinely and valuably patriotic films any American has ever made” (Godfrey Cheshire,  “Invade” is described as “an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy/documentary . . . an eye-opening call to arms to recapture the American Dream and restore it to, of all places, America.”

This seems like a delightfully appropriate Sunday “cap” to our World On Your Plate conference on food & sustainable living happening Friday night and all day Saturday at Daemen (see, please,  Please consider checking it out!

And come relax and cheer for Moore’s DVD this Sunday, October 9th, 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck &, likely, popcorn) at our Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

— June Licence

Sunday, 25Sept.16 — Report from a trip to Cuba

miki soos logoNicole Gerber and Dave Reilly, who led a Niagara University field-based faculty-led intensive field study to Havana, will talk about the experience of introducing 22 students to Cuba and its people at the Environmental Cottage at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.  They will discuss the resilience of a cohesive community that thrives in a revolutionary setting.  And they will explain the three pillars of the revolution—health, education, and economics—and how they exemplify the successes of the Cuban society.

At our Environmental Sanctuary/Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.  All Welcome! Potluck every Sunday.

And now we return to regular Sunday programming

sos-smallr01x60Sep. 11 — Peace/Nonviolence Festival & Walk, Canalside (2:30-dusk)

[4-6 p.m.: Business – Informal discussion of plans/visions for the coming year, including this from the WNY Land Conservancy:

For the Riverside Sanctuary, we are preparing letters of inquiry for all 82 property owners of the 169 parcels that comprise approximately 266 acres of undeveloped land in this area. The letter will introduce the potential for conservation, either through sale or donation of the land or through sale          or donation of the land’s development rights by way of conservation easements. The letter will ask interested property owners to respond to us. Our goal is to have a draft of the letter to you by mid-September, then mail the letter by the end of September. With responses in hand by late October, we will know how many people are interested and where their properties are located. We will prepare a few maps of interested property owners and their land. Based on the level of interest, we would then have to strategize next steps.

Sep. 18 — Business, including two presentations:  Proposal re “Practical Play/Knowledge Fire” from Dave Harter; Fundraiser for The Bihari Relief Fund – report from David Johnson

Sep. 25 — [Cuba Report by Dave Reilly’s NU students?  Still awaiting “final confirmation” of date]


Sep. 27            [Tuesday] Monthly Administrivia Gathering

Sing along with Nan Hoffman and Joe Tumino

nan and joe this junex

Nan and Joe sing at Music in the Woods on June (jphoto by Jon Rieley-Goddard).

Join us as we Sing-Along with Nan Hoffman & Joe Tumino this Wednesday, August miki soos logo10th, 6:30 p.m. (+ 6:00 p.m. potluck for those who wish) at our Environmental Sanctuary, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island.

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