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Pier event celebrates book on ‘Canadaway’

Submitted photo The cover of “Canadaway Creek-Western New York” is pictured.

State University of New York at Fredonia faculty, students, alumni, emeriti and other community members have been working together on an extensive survey of Canadaway Creek. The fruits of this survey have manifested as a soft-cover book to present the information entitled “Canadaway Creek-Western New York.”

A second reception has scheduled for Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at 64 on the Pier, 64 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. A free book will be made available to each attendee while supplies last.

“It was an honor working with such a committed group of individuals who realized the importance of Canadaway Creek. Education is the key to conservation and this publication provides a thoughtful analysis of some of its riches and challenges,” said SUNY Distinguished Professor Alberto Rey, organizer and contributor.

The publication, done in full-color, uses photographs, hand-painted maps, illustrations, paintings, graphs, and charts to examine the plants, animals and history of settlements of the Canadaway Creek, as well as the geology of the stream itself.

The book itself came to fruition in part because of the Costello Interplay Award for Science and the Arts, because of the Costello Interplay Award Fund established by Dennis Costello in 2016. Costello was a Fredonia graduate in 1972. The purpose of Costello’s award is to provide grants to both faculty members and students at SUNY Fredonia for projects that explore a meeting of visual and performing arts, with the natural and mathematical sciences. Copies of the book are limited.

There is a long list of both students and recent graduates who contributed to this book, including: Ashley Gadzo, Biology major, Chemistry minor; Elijah Farley, Biology; Sudi Wang, Biology, Visual Arts and New Media minor; Julia Haley, Childhood Inclusive Education; Alyssa Edstrom, Childhood Education; Jamie Perrin, B.F.A. Graphic Design, Visual Arts and New Media; Alison Gugino, B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting, Visual Arts and New Media; Erin Ruffino, B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting, Visual Arts and New Media; Alexis M. Mele, B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting, Visual Arts and New Media; and Olivia Connor, Biology, and Visual Arts and New Media.

The faculty and staff who helped contribute also included Drs. William Brown and Jonathan H. Titus, Biology; Diane Everett, World Languages and Cultures; Janice M. Laurito, Mathematical Sciences; Dr. Jesse Norris, Sociocultural and Justice Sciences; Drs. Janeil Rey and Michael Jabot, Education; Jason O. Dilworth, Visual Arts and New Media; Dr. Mira Berkley, Emeritus, Education; Dr. John L Berkley, Emeritus, Geosciences; and Rey, Visual Arts and New Media.

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