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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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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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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