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'Practically Perfect' 'Mary Poppins' is coolest Artpark musical yet
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:50 am
George and Winifred Banks have lost that loving feeling, while their not-so-precious children, Jane and Michael, have run amok - and run many nannies into early retirement. In their hour of need, Mary Poppins (Emilie Renier) appears - out of nowhere - and delivers a spoonful of ... tough love, insight, life lessons ... and, yes, sugar.
Favorite for a reason
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:45 am
I don't have to tell you Favorite's Pizzeria is, well, Lewiston's favorite.

The steady line of customers standing in front of the restaurant counter daily is proof Favorite's has mastered pizza, wings and fingers.

Good and not-so-good news in Lewiston
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:35 am
There was good and some not-so-good news on the Town of Lewiston front this week.
Peach Queen contestants gather
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:35 am
Peach Queen contestants met for the first time this week in preparation for the Niagara County/Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival, to be held Sept. 5-7 at Academy Park in Lewiston. Contestants will attend events and complete community service projects in the next month leading up to the on-stage portion of the program.
Kiwanis Club of Lewiston names Barber Peach Festival chair
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:25 am
The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston has announced a chairman for the 57th annual Niagara County Peach Festival, the three-day event to be held from Friday, Sept. 5, to Sunday, Sept. 7, at Academy Park.
Lewiston: Hibbard's announces contest winner, new custard flavors
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:25 am
As part of its 75th anniversary celebration last weekend, Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard invited patrons to enter a contest and come up with a new custard flavor.
Barrett honored with designation in Youngstown
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:25 am
Michael P. Barrett, born in Niagara Falls and raised in Youngstown, holds the prestigious title of 17th sergeant major in the United States Marine Corps.
Diabetes self-management workshop
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:25 am
The Niagara County Department of Health, in partnership with the Niagara County Office for the Aging, is providing a free diabetes self-management workshop for individuals who have diabetes at the Tuscarora Nation Clinic. The workshop will be held at the clinic, which is located at 5226 Walmore Road, Lewiston, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 5.
'Spirit of the 80's' returns Aug. 8, 9
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:25 am
The third annual "Spirit of the 80's" - for all those who lived through and loved the music of the '80s - returns as a two-night event Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9, at Academy Park in Lewiston. Doors open both nights at 4 p.m.
Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station hosts Cooperative Extension Military Kids Camp
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 07:00 am
Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, home to the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve's 914th Airlift Wing, will host a day camp for area military kids from Aug. 4-8.
'Deposits for Food' raises money for local charities
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 08:15 pm
Last year, Lewiston resident Angelo Sarkees began the "Deposits for Food" initiative, collecting bottles, cans and scrap to raise funds for a pair of Niagara Falls charities. In year two, the program's impact more than tripled, and Sarkees presented checks of $1,000 each to Community Missions and Heart, Love and Soul on Thursday.
Niagara County public health director advises of flooding health risks and prevention
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 08:05 pm
Following recent rainstorms, the Niagara County Department of Health public health director advises communities of a number of steps they can take to prevent health risks associated with home flooding.
Save appetite for seventh annual 'Buffalo's Best Pierogi Contest'
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 08:05 pm
Corpus Christi Church is once again looking for Buffalo's best pierogi. This historic east side church is hosting its seventh annual "Buffalo's Best Pierogi" contest Saturday, Aug. 16, at 4:30 p.m. The contest is open to all amateur cooks and businesses.
Dog days of summer
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 08:05 pm
Recently, a grumble of 24 pugs and their owners came together for a "dawg on" summer pug party in Youngstown. Dog owners from Lewiston, Youngstown, Clarence, Lancaster and Amherst attended the event.
Ceretto announces State Parks trolley to stop at Italian Heritage Festival
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 08:00 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto announced the trolley that connects Niagara Falls State Park with the hotels in Niagara Falls will be making an additional stop this weekend at the Italian Heritage Festival on Pine Avenue between Portage Avenue and Fifth Street.
First Niagara provides grant funding for Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 08:00 pm
The First Niagara Foundation and Housing Opportunities Made Equal Inc. are partnering to ensure the people of Western New York have access to housing in the communities of their choice through education, advocacy, enforcement of fair housing laws and the creation of housing opportunities.
Ceretto supports Pegula, opposes Bon Jovi purchase of Bills
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 08:00 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto announced his support for Terry Pegula's bid to buy the Buffalo Bills instead of the group featuring Jon Bon Jovi. Ceretto cited the need to keep the Bills in Western New York as reason for the announcement. He is calling on those responsible for the sale to ensure the team is sold to an owner committed to keeping the Bills here.
Niagara GOP rank and file back Ortt
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 08:00 pm
Niagara County Republicans unanimously backed Rob Ortt, the decorated veteran and two-term North Tonawanda mayor vying to replace retiring Sen. George D. Maziarz as the party's standard-bearer in November.
Higgins sacks efforts to take Buffalo Bills away from loyal Western New York fans
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 07:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins stood up to play defense for Buffalo Bills fans this week. In remarks on the House Floor, he cited new ownership and blackout rules as threats that could take the team away from loyal, local fans.
Cuomo announces low-cost hydropower to help WNY companies create more than 80 new jobs
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 07:00 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees approved new allocations of low-cost hydropower to three firms in Western New York. The governor also announced Western New York Power Proceeds Awards for two other firms in the region. Together, the hydropower allocations and funding awards support the creation of more than 80 jobs and more than $50 million in capital investments.

"Access to clean, low-cost hydropower continues to be an important asset for Western New York, and today we are tapping into that potential to grow the regional economy and create jobs for New Yorkers," Cuomo said.

Firefighters rule in Wheatfield
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 04:30 pm
The 115th annual Western New York Volunteer Fireman's Association Convention, hosted by the St. Johnsburg Volunteer Fire Co., was held July 23-26 in Wheatfield.
Wheatfield approves biosolids law
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 04:30 pm
The Wheatfield Town Board on Monday decided it had done enough homework and heard enough protests by residents to go ahead and pass a biosolids law for the town.
Shoe Carnival opens on Military Road
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 04:30 pm
Footwear retailer Shoe Carnival plans grand openings at its new Niagara Falls and Hamburg stores beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.
Higgins urges action on VA reforms
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 02:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, spoke on the House Floor in support of proposed legislation to implement necessary reforms at the VA to address the backlogs for veterans in need of medical care.
Bills, Giants kick off preseason in NFL/Hall of Fame Game on 'Sunday Night Football'
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 02:15 pm
"Sunday Night Football," television's No. 1 primetime program, kicks off the NFL's 2014 preseason schedule with the NFL/Hall of Fame Game Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC, as two-time Super Bowl-winning QB Eli Manning and the New York Giants face pick Sammy Watkins and the Buffalo Bills.
Niagara USA to host 2014 Association of Teacher Educators Conference
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 02:10 pm
The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. has announced Niagara USA will host the Association of Teacher Educators 2014 Conference from July 31-Aug. 5 at the Sheraton at the Falls Hotel and Conference & Event Center. The theme for this year's conference is "Advocating for the Silenced: The Educators' Vocation," based on the vision of ATE president Dr. Emma Savage-Davis.
Preparing for 'Sing Sisters Sing'
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 02:10 pm
Members of the Schoellkopf Auxiliary Garden Club are readying the park for their upcoming Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary Fundraiser, "Sing Sisters Sing," scheduled to take place Thursday, Aug. 7, from 6-9 p.m.
St. Francis Guild presents celebrity bartender night at Honey's
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 02:00 pm
The St. Francis Guild women's auxiliary of Mount St. Mary's Hospital will host a "Battle of the Banks and Credit Unions: Celebrity Bartender Night" at Honey's (6560 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls) on Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Maher, NU alumni attend Mets game, meet Terry Collins
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 02:00 pm
In the rare instances when the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., isn't consumed with fulfilling his demanding duties as president of Niagara University, he enjoys cheering on the New York Mets.
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue at Budwey's Supermarket
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 11:55 am
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will be present with adoptable dogs this Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Budwey's Supermarket, 535 Division St., North Tonawanda. Dogs Samson, Red, Toby, Kayla and Skipper will be there this Saturday; photos and information on these and all their animals are available online at www.heartofniagara.org.
Grandpaws hosts grand opening
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 10:20 am
Grandpaws Pet Emporium hosted a grand-opening celebration over the weekend. The popular pet store moved to the corner of Center and North Fourth streets in Lewiston.
Buffalo Zoo celebrates World Elephant Day with 'Elephantastic' event
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 07:00 am
The Buffalo Zoo will hold an "Elephantastic" "Zooper Saturday" event Aug. 2.
'A Night Under the Stars' at Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 07:00 am
Have you seen the new Kiddieland at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum? Wish you were a kid again? The museum has planned a special evening in Kiddieland for adults only.
Niagara County Sheriff's Office statement on James Drive standoff
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 10:25 pm
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office released the following information following a standoff at James Drive in Lewiston:
Unyts, DeGraff to host 2nd annual 'Brandon Kupiec Memorial' community blood drive and raffle
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 10:05 pm
After their son's sudden passing at the age of 20 in 2013, Paul and Mary Beth Kupiec were compelled to keep Brandon's legacy going in a way they knew would reflect his caring and giving life. He was avid blood donor from the age of 16. Now, those in the community can mirror Brandon's action and give at a Unyts blood drive named in his memory.
BBB warning: Fun run organizers canceling races; runners left without entry fee refunds
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 10:00 pm
Back in May, Better Business Bureau serving Upstate New York reminded consumers to do their homework before participating in any 5K race or other event. Now, Better Business Bureau locations across the country have been receiving many complaints about various fun runs that have been canceled with short notice, often with no refunds.
First Niagara and People & Possibilities Inc. partner to provide educational, social and cultural programs for families in need
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 10:00 pm
The First Niagara Foundation and People & Possibilities Inc., a Niagara Falls Housing Authority organization, are providing educational, cultural, social and recreational "quality of life" programs for people of all ages living in and around Niagara Falls Housing Authority communities.
Grisanti sends letter to Cuomo asking for emergency amendments to medical marijuana law
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 10:00 pm
New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-60, sent a letter Sunday along with two other state lawmakers urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make amendments to the medical marijuana law as quickly as possible.
Time Warner Cable open house interview event
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 10:00 pm
Join Time Warner Cable's growing business class team at an open house interview event. Candidates will meet with recruiters and hiring leaders, while learning about technical support positions. The event will take place from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Time Warner Cable, 425 Michigan Ave., Buffalo.
UB 'Joining Forces' collaboration aims to improve the lives of veterans, military families
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 10:00 pm
A collaboration between the University at Buffalo's School of Social Work and School of Nursing will serve local veterans and families by teaching social workers and nurses how they can better care for and respond to veterans' needs.