hamlet of Cowlesville, 25 miles east of Buffalo,
were facing in the aftermath of a daunting
winter storm that dumped from 4 to 7 feet of
snow across a swath of Erie and Wyoming
counties the week before Thanksgiving.
students, employees and alumni and headed
north on three trips Nov. 21-23 to West
Seneca and Cowlesville.
teers pitched in -- and broke seven shovels
hauling the sodden snow as weekend temper-
atures climbed into the 50s.
Bonaventure and BonaResponds, joined cur-
rent Bona students in West Seneca to lend a
everyone else overlooks," Ryer said. "That is
find that road in a suburb of Buffalo that hadn't been
touched yet. That is why we went (to West Seneca)
and chose those houses. Their driveways had not
been touched, and they were far too old to be able to
accomplish the task on their own.
thing to be a part of," Ryer said.
cold) for BonaReponds
rugby team made the trek to
the Cowlesville area Nov. 23
to help dig out coach Dr.
Tracy Schrems, a lecturer in
SBU's English department,
more than 100 disasters in
the region and across the
Brian Mikewicz, '12; Phil Penepent, '11; and Steve
Gearhart, '11, are pictured with a West Seneca
homeowner. RIGHT: A common scene across the Buf-
rison Valley, Pa., is a perfect example of a family who has learned the value
of a Bonaventure education and has emulated The Power of a Bonnie.
Kathryn Kibbe, class of '79, was a German and French double major who
earned her teaching certification.
sophomore journalism and mass communication (J/MC) major; and fresh-
man twins Ethan (left) and Ellen. Ethan is a J/MC major, while Ellen is an
English major. Learn more about their story at
Bonnie seen generation to generation