HARBORCENTER, Canalside announce fall festival

HARBORCENTER President John R. Koelmel and Global Spectrum's Ryan Coate, general manager of Canalside, have announced plans for the inaugural HARBORCENTER Fall Festival @ Canalside, Saturday, Oct. 11, through Monday, Oct. 13. The three-day festival provides family-friendly fun, with many free events for children.

"Our special events team has combined with our partners at Canalside to provide a range of activities over the three-day holiday weekend that continues to establish the district as a year-round destination for all to enjoy," Koelmel said. "On the heels of a very successful summer season, this festival will give families more reason to enjoy the waterfront and downtown in advance of HARBORCENTER's opening at the end of October."

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Author Catherine McClure Gildiner to make special appearance in Lewiston

Catherine McClure Gildiner will appear to promote her new book, "Coming Ashore," Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., at the Historic Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St.

Event sponsor the Lewiston Council on the Arts said readers who met Gildiner in her memoirs "Too Close to the Falls" and "After the Falls" will be thrilled to have another opportunity to follow her life in the third and final installment, "Coming Ashore."

To round out the evening, refreshments will be served, and there will be live music from the 1960s and '70s while Gildiner is autographing her book, which will be available in hard cover.

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Higgins: $1 million-plus in federal grants for schools in Cheektowaga and Buffalo

Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $1 million in grant funding for the Buffalo Board of Education, the Cleveland Hill Union Free School District and the Cheektowaga Central School District. The grants, awarded through the Department of Education, aim to make schools safer and improve mental health and supportive services for students.

"Young Americans deserve access to a quality education," he said. "Many students struggle academically, because they have do not have the necessary social, emotional and behavioral support. These grants will help schools implement and improve programs to provide this support to students."

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National Grid offers tips for emergency preparedness

The northeast U.S. has experienced unprecedented severe weather over the past several years and National Grid wants to remind customers to plan ahead, be prepared and stay safe in the event of an emergency.

During National Emergency Preparedness Month in September, National Grid is continuing its efforts to improve emergency preparedness plans and encourages customers to do the same. Taking action now, before an emergency strikes, will help customers efficiently and safely manage crises that can upset their daily routines.

In addition to emergency preparedness efforts and working around the clock to restore power during an emergency, National Grid works closely with the American Red Cross to prepare its communities. National Grid offers the following tips to help customers prepare for emergencies:

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Surprise: Your pet is welcome

It's common knowledge pets are welcome at dog parks, most people parks, and most pet stores. Beyond that, however, the world can sometimes seem a little unfriendly to pet parents who would like to bring their furry best friends along everywhere possible. What many pet parents don't realize is that their pets are welcome in more places than they might think.

We've come up with a list of surprising places that have been known to welcome pets. Keep in mind that every company and venue has different rules and regulations, so it's important to call ahead to ascertain you can bring your pet before you show up to any specific place. It's also important to remember that, no matter where you go with your pet, he must be happy, friendly, leashed and under your control at all times.

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Hard Rock Café, Niagara Falls USA, fights breast cancer through Pinktober

Annual event to benefit American and Canadian cancer societies, ECMC Lifeline Foundation

Hard Rock Café, Niagara Falls USA, is uniting fans, musicians and survivors in honor of the brand's 15th annual Pinktober campaign.

On Friday, Oct. 10, Hard Rock Café, Niagara Falls USA, will host the fifth annual "International Living Ribbon" across the Rainbow Bridge. Hard Rock invites guests and cancer survivors to gather across the Rainbow Bridge connecting the U.S. and Canada to symbolically join the fight against breast cancer (register at 5:30 p.m.). Together with the Buffalo Bills "Billieve," the café also will turn the falls pink.

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