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.

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Youngstown Garden Club event

The Youngstown Garden Club will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the civic gardens at the Red Brick School, 240 Lockport St.

Club members will be involved in cleaning up Youngstown's civic beds and Gardens. This will be followed at 7 p.m. by a chili supper and business meeting at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St.

The public is invited to join members in the cleanup and the chili supper.

NCSO sets 'First Nighter' program

The Niagara County Sheriff Office will hold a "First Nighter" program at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, for young adults interested in joining its Law Enforcement Explorers Post. The meeting will take place in the Patrol Room at the sheriff's office located at 5526 Niagara St. Ext., Lockport.

The program is designed to allow young adults who are interested in a career in law enforcement to view the sheriff's office operations. Young adults ages 14 to 20 from all over Niagara County are eligible to attend. Meetings will include presentations from the various departments of the sheriff's office. Young adults over the age of 16 are eligible for "ride-alongs" with the deputies.

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Author 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."

Gildiner depicts herself as a hardheaded, risk-taking young woman who spoke her mind and fully embraced life.

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YBPA meeting informative, predominantly positive

by Heath Mazenauer

The Youngstown Business and Professional Association met Tuesday evening in the Officer's Club at Old Fort Niagara. YBPA President Cheryl Butera and Secretary and Standing Treasurer Mark Butera ran the well-attended gathering of business owners.

The Mug & Musket, formerly Brennan's, is now open from 4-11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon until 8 p.m. on Sundays. VP of Niagara Jet Adventures Aaron Day shared news his business will bring thousands of tourists to Youngstown and will make improvements to the docks, parking and build a restroom/changing facility to accommodate the influx of tourists. Dey said Mike Fox has sold his interest in Niagara Jet Adventures to Chris Bohnenkamp.

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Mark Daul: Sounds of the house cricket

by Mark Daul

I have an interest in all things crickets. Ridiculous? Yes.

I had already formed a different story for the Sentinel in my head on Monday of this week, and it was (is) a good one. But, I poked my head outside the back door and all I could hear was the serenade of crickets.

The temperature was at 66 degrees at 9:30 p.m.; almost a full moon and no wind. It was a beautiful evening.

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