Star lineup set for MDA 'Show of Strength' Telethon Labor Day weekend

The entertainment industry has once again joined together to lend support to the MDA "Show of Strength" Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The 49th broadcast of the television fundraising event will air in primetime, Sunday, Aug. 31 (9-11 p.m.) on ABC.

Delivering one-of-a-kind performances of new, hit or classic songs are Grammy winners Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes, plus Aloe Blacc, American Authors, Bret Michaels, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, R5 and Sara Evans. The long-standing Labor Day tradition combines performances and celebrity presenters to engage viewers with "stories of strength" and moving calls-to-action to help families affected by muscle diseases.

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NTCC welcomes student tour operators with an 'Up Close & Powerful' look at Niagara USA

Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. will host a "Post-SYTA (Student and Youth Travel Association) FAM tour" for tour operators attending the SYTA annual conference in Toronto this week. Immediately following the annual conference, Niagara USA will become the classroom for SYTA student tour operators from around the country Aug. 26-28.

The operators will gain a world of practical experience with numerous Niagara USA attractions including, but not limited to, the Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours and Old Fort Niagara.

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Lockport: Newly remodeled retail store will shine spotlight on Goodwill brand

Goodwill Industries of Western New York announced remodeling is underway on its Lockport retail store located in the Lockport Plaza at 282 S. Transit Road. The store is temporarily closed as Goodwill staffers complete the project in preparation for a grand re-opening on Thursday. The day will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

The remodeled retail store will feature a new layout that includes updated signage and displays that better represent the Goodwill brand. It also includes a DIY station where customers can get tips on giving new life to Goodwill clothing, furniture and home décor finds.

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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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World culinary expert Wolf joins Seneca Resorts & Casinos as executive chef

A dash of world flavor is coming to the culinary offerings at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo. Oliver Wolf, a recognized chef in the industry with more than 25 years of experience around the globe, joins Western New York's award-winning casino resorts as executive chef.

Wolf describes his cooking style as light cuisine that utilizes classical techniques.

"My cooking philosophy is to prepare fresh, simple food that is instantly appealing," he said. "What inspires me is seeing a food product at the market and envisioning the final outcome on the plate."

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Higgins not pleased about Buffalo Bills blackout

Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement in response to the news the Buffalo Bills preseason game will be blacked out this Thursday and instead will be aired Friday:

"Once again, Western New York television screens go dark at kickoff," he said. "This is unacceptable. Buffalo Bills' fans contribute financial support to Ralph Wilson Stadium and deserve to watch their hometown team. It is time for the FCC and NFL to eliminate this unfair policy."

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai recently visited Buffalo to speak on this issue. He stood with Higgins and announced his support to eliminate the FCC's "outdated" television blackout rules.

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