Military Place plans change again

by Susan Mikula Campbell

Changes in Benderson Development's plans for Military Place brought a crowd of concerned residents to the Town of Niagara Town Board meeting on Tuesday.

Benderson wants the town to OK its construction of a LongHorn Steakhouse near the front of the proposed plaza at the site of the old John's Flaming Hearth restaurant on Military Road. Meanwhile, it wants to delay finishing the back portion of the plaza where a large anchor store was to be sited, because the tenant for that space has opted out of its contract.

A planned strip plaza also would be delayed. Construction of a Five Guys Burgers and Fries and a TCBY in the former Perkins Restaurant building is nearing completion.

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College is in session: National Grid offers lessons in saving energy and money

If your class schedule has replaced summer novels, and you're packing the family car, it can mean only one thing: it's back to school time.

National Grid urges students and their families to consider energy efficiency and safety as a way to better improve one's living space. Whether living in a dormitory or apartment, applying energy conservation and safety measures can be both simple and cost effective.

If you are shopping for a new computer, make sure to select one with an Energy Star rating to save both energy and money in the long term. Energy Star computers are up to 70 percent more efficient than their un-rated counterparts.

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Peach Festival recipe contest, parade offer great prizes to applicants

by Allison Deutschman

The Niagara County Peach Festival, Sept. 5-7, is only three weeks away. Make sure you are prepared for one of the area's most highly anticipated events of the year.

Niagara County Community College Culinary Institute's Peach Recipe Taste-Off is accepting recipe submissions until Friday, Aug. 25. Original recipes can be sent to: Peach Festival Taste-Off/ 310 Niagara St./Niagara Falls, New York 14303.

Please specify whether the recipe is for the "cake/pie" category or "all other desserts."

On Friday at 6 p.m. finalists will display their desserts in the Peach Tent on the festival grounds in Academy Park.

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Walk to raise Alzheimer's awareness

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research programs. Across Western New York, there are six such walks scheduled, including Sept. 27 in Lewiston with the first steps leaving from Artpark.

"We are both proud and pleased that the Niagara County Walk to End Alzheimer's has seen such wonderful growth over the past few years. Residents and businesses have been kind, generous, welcoming and supportive, showing they care about those who have been touched by this disease," said Lynn Westcott, the development director for the Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter. For the second consecutive year, the Harvest Festival is happening on the same day, so participants can enjoy the entire day in beautiful Lewiston.

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Memorial Medical Center to hold community health care conversation

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center wants to hear your ideas for getting the community engaged in health care.

The medical center will host a community conversation on the topic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in its first floor auditorium.

Comments received at the forum will be included in community needs assessment being prepared by Memorial in connection with its application to participate in the state's delivery system reform incentive payment program. The medical center recently received a $499,000 state planning grant to pursue a partnership of providers and community agencies that will serve Niagara and Orleans counties.

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Schumer, Gillibrand, Higgins, Collins secure $1.3-million for NFTA projects at airport

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand joined Congressmembers Brian Higgins and Chris Collins in announcing two separate grants awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for improvements to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport totaling $1,347,732 million.

NFTA Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel said, "This is great news. Nothing is more important than the safety of our airport operations. A new ARFF facility, which will be strategically located on the airfield, will allow for faster response times to potential aviation emergencies, and the installation of a new, larger waterline will further increase our firefighting capabilities."

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