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NYPA to bury time capsule at Niagara Power Vista
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 01:40 pm
The New York Power Authority will conclude its Niagara Power Vista 50th anniversary celebration with the burial of a time capsule on Saturday, July 19.
Good News Gospel Festival will cruise intersection of faith and health
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 01:40 pm
Popular gospel musicians from across Western New York will come together Saturday, July 19, to celebrate faith and good health at the eighth annual Good News Gospel Festival and Health Fair.
Legendary Latin rock band Santana to perform at Seneca Niagara Casino
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 12:40 pm
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is excited to announce Santana will perform at Seneca Niagara Events Center on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Latin rock band, led by guitar legend Carlos Santana, typically plays at large stadium arenas, but will offer fans in Niagara Falls an up-close-and-personal show with just 2,400 seats and views no further than 100 feet from the stage.
Ortt endorsed for Senate
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 12:35 pm
The Republican Party chairmen of the three counties in the 62nd Senate District - Scott Kiedrowski of Niagara County, Ed Morgan of Orleans County and Bill Reilich of Monroe County - issued the following statement Wednesday:

"Following the recommendation of the committee to fill vacancies, we are proud to announce North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt as the endorsed Republican candidate for the 62nd Senate District."

Sen. George Maziarz announced Sunday he would not seek re-election.

Sarah McLachlan makes herself at home at Artpark
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 03:55 pm
Sarah McLachlan performed Monday in Lewiston.

Take a moment to let that sink in.

McLachlan's appearance at Artpark was no insignificant happening. In fact, I'd liken it to Pope Francis giving Mass at St. Peter's, or President Obama presiding over a Village Board meeting.

'Ferocious Fridays' offer extended hours at Buffalo Zoo
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 01:15 pm
The Buffalo Zoo will offer extended hours every Friday in July and August for its "Ferocious Fridays" series.
National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tournament arrives in Buffalo
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 01:15 pm
It's a ringer for the local economy: The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tournament is expected to bring a few thousand visitors to Buffalo this week.
Artpark welcomes Greater Niagara Ballet Co.'s production of 'Peter and the Wolf' to 'Free Family Saturdays'
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 01:15 pm
Families attending this week's "Free Family Saturdays" at Artpark (July 19, noon-4 p.m.), will be treated to two performances of "Peter and The Wolf" (1 and 3 p.m.). The Greater Niagara Ballet Co. will present the show on the amphitheater stage under the direction of GNBC artistic director and founder Beverley Feder and assistant director Julie Traver.
Dog beach outing tips, dos and don'ts
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 12:55 pm
With the weather heating up, it's time to start checking out some dog-friendly beaches with your four-legged friend.
Higgins applauds FAA rule requiring more realistic, hands-on training for pilots
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 12:40 pm
Last week, Congressman Brian Higgins welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration's proposed new rule requiring more vigorous training standards, including advanced simulator training for airline pilots.
Paralympic champion visits Buffalo
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 12:40 pm
Paralympic sled hockey champion and Lancaster resident Adam Page will talk about his journey and what it's like to be a gold medal winner, Saturday, July 19, inside the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Buffalo. The free event begins at 1 p.m.
Erie County Fair begins search for 'Ultimate Fairgoer 2014'
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 12:35 pm
Every year since 2005, the Erie County Fair has searched for an individual who lives and breathes the Erie County Fair. The person organizers are looking for is not only passionate and enthusiastic about the fair, but actively promotes and shares that love with family and friends.
What if Buffalo/Niagara imagined its future differently?
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 12:30 pm
Citizens in Erie and Niagara counties will have an opportunity next week to contribute to a continuing dialogue about how the Buffalo/Niagara region can grow more sustainably through the first half of the 21st century.

Last fall and throughout the winter, nearly 800 citizens participated in a creative mapping exercise to consider where Buffalo/Niagara should grow - and how - over the next 40 years.

Now the results are in and the regional planning effort known as One Region Forward is asking citizens back to consider the comparative costs and benefits of a range of alternative regional scenarios and to refine their advice on which way Buffalo/Niagara should grow.

Land Conservancy receives $300,000 federal grant for Stella Niagara Preserve
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 12:20 pm
The Western New York Land Conservancy has been awarded $300,000 to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. The grant is from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the Joint Venture Habitat Protection and Restoration Program.
Castellani Art Museum presents 'Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer'
Mon, Jul 14th 2014 07:00 am
The Japan Culture Center of Western New York, in partnership with the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, is proud to announce a new exhibition showcasing the work of Sarah Brayer, a Rochester-born artist living in Kyoto.
Surf safely this summer; BBB offers help to protect your kids online
Mon, Jul 14th 2014 07:00 am
Depending on the ages of your children, they are spending anywhere from two to nearly eight hours a day on the Internet, and perhaps even more during summer months. While the Internet world offers children experiences that can be both educational and rewarding, it can also pose a risk.
Local music and dancing at Niagara County Fair
Mon, Jul 14th 2014 07:00 am
This year's Niagara County Fair is offering a slew of live music - from Indie and rock bands to country and swing. Acts include Bendix with Deanna Civilette, Jonesie, Serendipity Swing, Craig Wilkins, Lockport Community Band, Celtic Cross, Cue the Sun, 90 West, Billy "D", Rock Angels and Cock Robin.
Aquarium of Niagara celebrating Christmas in July with membership special
Mon, Jul 14th 2014 07:00 am
Beat the heat, come inside and celebrate Christmas in July with the Aquarium of Niagara. From July 14-31 purchase a few family or grandparent membership and receive $10 off.
Antique and classic car show at Buffalo History Museum
Mon, Jul 14th 2014 07:00 am
The Buffalo History Museum announces its second annual antique and classic car show will take place Sunday, Aug. 3, from noon until 4 p.m., at One Museum Court (Elmwood avenue and Nottingham Terrace). The rain or shine festivities will showcase prized autos and feature free admission to the museum, free mini-tours, grilled food, award presentations, prize give-a-aways, and an "oldies hit parade."
Maziarz to retire from State Senate: Declines nomination to run this November
Sun, Jul 13th 2014 11:15 pm
State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-C-I-Newfane, will not run for re-election this November. He issued the following statement Sunday night about his decision to decline nomination for another term in the New York State Senate:

"It is no secret to my family and close friends that I have been considering retirement from the State Legislature for the last five years. And as I geared up for another long campaign season, I realized I just did not have the passion and commitment that I have had in the past to see it through."

The GOP is expected to nominate North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt for the State Senate position.

Reinhart signs NHL contract with Buffalo Sabres
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team signed forward Sam Reinhart to a three-year, entry-level contract.
North Tonawanda rink operators purchase, will reopen Skateland
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 pm
The owners of Western New York's most enduring and successful roller skating venue have purchased the Skateland Family Fun Center and will reopen the popular Lincoln Avenue venue this fall.

Maurice D. Cooper Jr. and his wife, Barbara Hamilton Cooper, own­­­­­­ers of the Rainbow Rink in North Tonawanda, said they will spend the summer updating the popular family entertainment venue and preparing for what they are confident will be its long-term successful future.

"The City of Lockport and the surrounding communities deserve to continue to have a safe, well-run, family-oriented fun center," Maurice Cooper said. "Skateland has a proud history and we are convinced that its best years are still ahead."

30th annual soccer tournament expected to draw thousands
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 09:15 am
The World Cup is heating up near its end, but for young athletes in Niagara County, the real soccer excitement is only just beginning.

This weekend marks the 30th annual Niagara Pioneer Soccer Tournament, billed as the county's largest and longest-running youth sporting event. It is hosted by the Niagara Pioneer Soccer League and held at Fort Niagara.

Village of Youngstown: Niagara Jet Adventures debuts the spinners
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 09:05 am
You can say one thing about the folks at Niagara Jet Adventures: They always seem to come up with the unexpected.

Thursday evening, NJA co-owners Mike Fox, and Chris Bohnenkamp of Bohnenkamp's Whitewater Customs of Meridian, Idaho, introduced NJA's latest series of boats - called spinners - to a small gathering at the NJA docks in Youngstown.

Feline-friendly Village Vet of Lewiston wins $20,000 makeover
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 09:00 am
The Village Vet of Lewiston, was recently awarded a $20,000 "clinic makeover," courtesy of Novartis and Onsior. Funds went toward reconfiguring her year-and-a-half-old office so that its feline patients - and their owners - could have a more positive experience.
RRG, officials urge attendance at July 16 DEC CWM hearings
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 am
Friday morning, before a scenic backdrop of the Youngstown waterfront at Falkner Park, members of Residents for Responsible Government teamed up with a bipartisan element of the area's elected officials to discuss a not-so-attractive scenario - the potential for continued hazardous waste landfilling operations in northern Niagara, and to vent their opposition.
Village of Lewiston officials sworn-in
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 am
The Hon. Town of Lewiston Judge Hugh Gee officiated the swearing-in Monday of Mayor Terry Collesano and trustees Vic Eydt and Dan Gibson. All three, and Deputy Mayor Bruce Sutherland, won their respective elections last month.
Motorcycle ride honors Jonathan Cote
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:25 pm
Jonathon Cote was a U.S. Army veteran from Western New York who was taken hostage, along with four others, while working as a private security contractor in Iraq on Nov. 16, 2006. He was held captive/missing for 523 days before his body was found and flown home to Buffalo on April 28, 2008.
Town of Niagara: Outdoor movies, band concerts - free!
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:15 pm
Remember the old Starlite drive-in movie on Military Road? The Town of Niagara can't bring back the joys of sitting in or on the hood of your car to watch the latest movies in the summertime in what is now Wegmans Plaza. However, local residents can bring the family and spread a blanket or bring a lawn chair to Veterans Park on Lockport Road (across from Town Hall) this summer to watch outdoor movies on a giant screen.
Old Falls Street adds free weekly cooking demonstrations with Niagara Falls chef Bobby Anderson
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:00 pm
Chef Bobby Anderson, a Niagara Falls native and competitor on the fourth season of FOX's "Hell's Kitchen," is bringing "F-Bites" youth nutritional cooking program to Old Falls Street each Thursday, from noon until 1 p.m.
Scouting air show in NT
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:00 pm
The fourth annual North Tonawanda Scouting Air Show is from 12:45 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Gratwick Park on River Road in North Tonawanda.
First Niagara helps Habitat for Humanity change lives with homes
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 05:55 pm
The First Niagara Foundation and Habitat for Humanity will work together to build a new home at 118 Fox St., Buffalo. Employees of the bank will work at the house this month to help a local single mom and her children make their dream of home ownership a reality.

Habitat for Humanity ensures everyone has a decent place to live by providing affordable housing to families that might not otherwise be able to own a home. The houses are sold to pre-qualified families at no profit and with no interest charged while Habitat holds the mortgage.

The home on Fox Street is expected to be complete in late 2014. The First Niagara Foundation is providing $15,000 in funding for Habitat for Humanity to complete the project.

The Woods at Bear Creek celebrates grand opening July 18-19
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 07:05 am
The Woods at Bear Creek will celebrate the grand opening of its "glamping" resort Friday, July 18, from 2 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, July 19, from noon until 10 p.m. at 3510 Bear Creek Road, Franklinville (just 15 minutes from the Village of Ellicottville).
Niagara Catholic to hold annual alumni weekend
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 07:00 am
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School will host its annual alumni weekend July 18-21. The weekend includes a variety of events, many open to the public, as well as alumni.
'Stand Up To Cancer' returns to primetime Friday, Sept. 5, for its fourth star-studded broadcast
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:55 pm
Building on three historic fundraising telecasts in 2008, 2010 and 2012, the groundbreaking grassroots movement "Stand Up To Cancer," a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, will return to primetime television Friday, Sept. 5 (8 p.m.).
WNY Affiliate of Susan G. Komen announces new board members
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:55 pm
The Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has named Gina Fedele, Janet Owczarczak and Kathryn Gill as new members of its board of directors.
Street HockeyFest returns Aug. 24
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:55 pm
The Buffalo Sabres have announced registration is open for Street HockeyFest 2014. The popular street hockey tournament is scheduled this year on Sunday, Aug. 24.
24th annual Olde Sanborn Days is a great family event
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 07:00 am
As we begin the month of July and with summer now in full swing, the Rotary Club of Niagara County-Central is busy preparing for its 24th annual Olde Sanborn Days festival, featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts and food vendors.
DEC reminds New Yorkers of state law restricting use of lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 07:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus.