Brad Costa

Brad Costa, a 2011 graduate of Allegany-Limestone, has earned a Veterans of Foreign Wars-sponsored distinction as teacher of the year.

We have received word that a 2011 graduate of Allegany-Limestone has made quite the mark as an American history, civics and world history teacher in North Carolina, earning a Veterans of Foreign Wars-sponsored distinction as teacher of the year.

Brad Costa earned the award while teaching at Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, N.C., having been selected by Burlington VFW Post 10607. He will be presented with the award by the Burlington VFW on May 4.

In addition, Costa earned the VFW District 6 Teacher of the Year Award and is now in the running for the VFW’s statewide award, which honors an outstanding educator in civics and American history.

Costa, a 2015 graduate of Fredonia State University, is the son of Ted and Dianne Costa of Chipmonk Road.


MEANWHILE, THE UPCOMING Trashion Fashion Show at St. Bonaventure University will mark its fifth showcase this year with the addition of a panel discussion on globalization and our fragile forests.

The annual runway show, dubbed “Bona’s Gets Trashy,” will feature outfits designed from 90 percent post-consumer materials and will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 19 in Rigas Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus.

The environmental fashions will be created and modeled by St. Bonaventure students along with a number of students from area high schools. The students are challenged to combine high fashion with environmental awareness.

When the first Runway Show opened five years ago and the third floor Loft space was filled to capacity, “I knew we had stumbled onto something amazing,” said Sean Conklin, assistant curator at the Quick Center. “Five years later, my expectations are still shattered and something happens in each and every show that still surprises me. That, to me, is the highest form of success an awareness program can achieve.”

He believes the success and growth of the annual event is a testament to the importance university students, faculty and staff place in sustainable practices and demonstrate how St. Bonaventure is leading the way for the area in terms of upcycling and recycling efforts.

“Trashion Fashion takes something common like recycling, something that people are more or less assumed to be doing, and gives it renewed purpose — makes it fun again. We are a highly creative and socially conscious community and the complex, jaw-dropping designs that step onto our stage every year prove that,” Conklin said.

Students interested in participating should contact Conklin at 375-2494 or by Monday for more information or to register.

A Plenary Discussion Panel will take place before the fashion show starting at 6 p.m. in the Loft, third floor of the Quick Center. “Fragile Forests: Globalization, Our Changing Planet, and the Future of Our Wooded Spaces” will feature panelists from the surrounding areas of New York and Pennsylvania.

The event is in collaboration with the celebration of Earth Day on April 22. The panel and fashion show are free and open to the public.