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Parks seek partners: State Parks seeks private sector partners
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 09:40 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has extended the deadline to March 14 for those interested in responding to a request for proposals for a camp store operator at Four Mile Creek State Park in Youngstown, and for a food and beverage concession at Wilson-Tuscarora in Wilson.
Grisanti sponsors and passes Amanda Lynn's Law in New York State Senate
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 09:40 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-60, has announced the New York State Senate passed Senate Bill S.1590. The legislation would makes it a crime to conceal a death by knowingly moving or otherwise hiding a human corpse so that discovery of the death would be hindered.
Ceretto, Maziarz to rally support for restoring education cuts
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 09:40 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-I-Newfane, and the Partnership for Smarter Schools are holding a rally at Niagara Square in Buffalo Friday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. The rally is in support of the restoration of education funding that was eliminated by cuts in 2011. Ceretto and Maziarz will also support a two-year moratorium on Common Core exams.
Ceretto, Maziarz fight for voting rights in Niagara Falls
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 09:40 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, and State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-I-Newfane, are calling on the Niagara Falls School Board to improve voting access for Niagara Falls residents by restoring polling sites in the city.
Ceretto votes to roll back Common Core
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 09:40 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, voted Wednesday to roll back several parts of the Common Core standards he said have detrimental effects in New York classrooms.
World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is March 24
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 09:40 am
World Tuberculosis Day is March 24. It is a time to promote awareness about the disease. Tuberculosis (TB) is spread through the air by people who are sick with TB disease. Each year, about 9 million people become sick with TB disease and more than 1 million die from it. TB continues to present challenges.
Heart of Niagara receives Petco grant
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 09:40 am
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue has been awarded an $899 grant from the Petco Foundation to be used for rescue dogs and foster behavioral training. The grant will enable the organization to obtain behavior and obedience training, which ultimately helps in the adoption process.
Higgins, Collins oppose TSA proposal to pull Buffalo-Niagara International Airport status as a hub
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 03:45 pm
Western New York congressmen Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and Chris Collins, R-NY-27, are calling for a reversal on a plan by the Transportation Security Administration to remove Buffalo-Niagara International Airport's status as a hub airport.
Niagara County Genealogical Society March programs
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 03:25 pm
The Niagara County Genealogical Society will host two free programs on March 15 at 215 Niagara St., Lockport.
FASNY reminds New Yorkers: Spring into safety at home and at work
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 03:15 pm
With daylight savings time beginning on Sunday, March 9, at 2 a.m., New Yorkers move their clocks forward one hour (to 3 a.m. local daylight time). It is the ideal time to safeguard the home and workplace from preventable tragedy, says the Firemen's Association of the State of New York.
National Grid offers upstate New York customers tips to manage energy usage and winter bills
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 03:15 pm
One of the coldest winters on record continues its grip across New York, and this has had a direct impact on energy bills. National Grid wants to do everything it can to help upstate New York customers through this tough winter.
Higgins votes no on flood insurance bill
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 03:15 pm
Saying, "Enough is enough," Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, opposed a bill he said perpetuates a broken Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance program. Under the bill, residents whose homes fall into designated flood zones would see a significant rate increase in addition to a new $25 annual fee.
Bills skipping Toronto; Grisanti welcomes decision
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 03:15 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti offered these comments Wednesday:
First phase of UB downtown medical school construction is awarded to LP Ciminelli
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 03:15 pm
The SUNY Construction Fund has awarded LP Ciminelli the bid for the first phase of construction for the University at Buffalo's new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building at Main and High streets on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The eight-story, 540,000-square-foot building is the first project to have received NYSUNY Challenge Grant funding provided by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo when he signed the NYSUNY 2020 bill into law in 2011. Construction of the $375 million medical school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, will be funded by private philanthropy and state support.

First weekend of 2014 Buffalo Home Show kicks off 70th anniversary with star of 'This Old House'
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 03:15 pm
The 2014 Buffalo Home Show is back to celebrate its 70th anniversary with hundreds of exhibitors that will inspire visitors with innovative ways to transform any space in and around the home.
Dunkin' Donuts welcomes spring with sale of bouquets and special flower donut to benefit Hospice Buffalo
Wed, Mar 5th 2014 03:15 pm
Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, every-day stop for coffee and baked goods, will look ahead to spring through a special partnership with Hospice Buffalo in support of the 28th annual Hospice Buffalo Spring Bouquet Sale.
UB lecture series will introduce Buffalo's $5 million business plan competition, 43North
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 05:10 pm
The University at Buffalo will host a Commercialization Lecture Series event on March 6 to introduce startups and entrepreneurs to Buffalo's $5 million business plan competition, 43North.
Youngstown: Historic marker to honor 1812 heroine
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 04:30 pm
A new historic marker, placed in honor of a famous War of 1812 heroine, will soon appear in the Village of Youngstown.
New York American Legion commander honors North Tonawanda-area vet
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 04:15 pm
New York State American Legion Commander Kenneth Governor brought a message of "service first" to the legion family in Niagara County Saturday, and honored a North Tonawanda-area Legionnaire.
AAA advises drivers and pedestrians as daylight saving time begins
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 04:15 pm
With daylight saving time beginning Sunday, March 9, at 2 a.m., Americans will "spring forward" and set their clocks ahead one hour. Losing an hour of sleep and the change in daylight hours means motorists may potentially experience drowsy driving and added distractions on the road.
Schneiderman, Serrano and Bratton announce introduction of Smartphone Theft Prevention Act in U.S. House of Representatives
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 04:15 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman joined Bronx Congressman José E. Serrano and NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton Monday in announcing new legislation, introduced by Serrano in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would require a kill switch on smartphones to deter thieves and help end the violent epidemic of smartphone thefts.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital releases updated free mobile smartphone app
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 04:15 pm
Mount St. Mary's Hospital has released an updated version of its free mobile smartphone app. Available for both iPhone and Android systems, the mobile app contains listings of hospital facilities, services and a directory of affiliated physicians.
NYPA announces first BuildSmart NY annual progress report
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 04:15 pm
The New York Power Authority announced Tuesday the issuance of an energy efficiency progress report that shows the energy performance of New York state government buildings improved by nearly 5 percent in the first year of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's BuildSmart NY Initiative.

The initiative, which is being administered by NYPA, is intended to reduce energy consumption at state facilities by 20 percent by 2020.

The BuildSmart NY progress report, which was released today, reveals the agencies that operate the state's universities, prisons, hospitals, offices and other facilities are well on their way to meeting the governor's statewide mandate.

National park tourism in New York state creates $446.4 million in economic benefit
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 04:10 pm
A new National Park Service report shows 12,627,820 visitors to national parks in New York state spent $446.4 million and supported 4,885jobs in the state in 2012.
Free college courses for prisoners makes good financial and social sense, says UB Law School expert on prison life
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to grant college degrees to prisoners behind bars is a good bet to break the cycle of a broken system with out-of-control costs and far-too-many repeat offenders, said Teresa A. Miller, a professor in the University at Buffalo Law School.
'Women's Lenten Breakfast' in Lewiston
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 01:45 pm
The women of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, corner of Fifth and Cayuga streets, will host their annual "Women's Lenten Breakfast and Communion Worship Service" Saturday, March 29, at 9 a.m. The Rev. Elizabeth Morgan, pastor of First Presbyterian, will lead worship.
Host families needed at Niagara Catholic
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 01:45 pm
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School is seeking host families for foreign exchange students from Vietnam through a program with Niagara University.
Legacy Council and Niagara Parks present 'Trivia Night' at Old Fort Erie
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 01:45 pm
The Niagara 1812 Legacy Council, in partnership with The Niagara Parks Commission, presents "Trivia Night" at Old Fort Erie from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22.
Grisanti celebrates Women's History Month by recognizing dynamic women in Western New York's history
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 09:00 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti is celebrating Women's History Month by recognizing women who have had a profound impact on Western New York. Over the next month, the senator's Facebook page will feature a short biography on women whose contributions to art, community and technology have proved invaluable to society.
Artpark and Funtime Presents welcome Sarah McLachlan to Lewiston
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 09:00 am
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan will perform Monday, July 14, at 8 p.m. inside the Artpark Mainstage Theater in Lewiston.
Island Dispatch celebrates 70th anniversary
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 07:00 am
On Thursday, March 6, Niagara Frontier Publications will proudly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Island Dispatch, one its four weekly community newspapers.
Niagara University to host 270 high school students for day of workshops, 'Stock Market Challenge'
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 10:55 am
More than 270 local high school students will convene at Niagara University on March 4 to take part in workshops on business leadership and etiquette, and compete in a new stock market challenge that's based on real-world results.
Higgins reports progress on efforts to change the way addictive painkillers are prescribed
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 10:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, is reporting progress on efforts to reclassify extremely addictive painkillers and address the increasing prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Plantasia brings spring to WNY
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 10:55 am
The Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association - now known as Plant Western New York - has declared its annual garden and landscape show, Plantasia, as the "official sponsor of spring." Plantasia kicks off as spring arrives, March 20-23, at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg.
Experience magic at annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 10:55 am
Is cabin fever setting in? One event sure to cure your winter doldrums is the Buffalo Geological Society's 46th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. The event takes place at the Grange Market Building on the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday March 23.
Academy Awards: '12 Years a Slave' takes Best Picture Oscar
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 09:50 am
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 were presented "Oscar Sunday, March 2," at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.
Ash Wednesday services in Youngstown
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 07:00 am
St. John's Episcopal Church, Main and Chestnut streets in Youngstown, invites the community to observe Ash Wednesday with them this year.
Red Cross blood drives
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 07:00 am
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, March 5, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, 505 Cayuga St., in the village, and on Tuesday, March 11, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Ransomville Baptist Church, 2578 Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville.
NCBA 2014 Parade of Homes show approaches
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara County Builders Association reports planning is underway for the 2014 Parade of Homes show, to take place on three weekends in May and June in Niagara and Erie counties. The show will open the weekend of May 24-25, and continue May 31-June 1 and June 7-8.
Pat LaFontaine resigns position with Buffalo Sabres
Sat, Mar 1st 2014 07:50 pm
The Buffalo Sabres announced late Saturday Pat LaFontaine resigned his position with the team to resume his previous role with the National Hockey League.

"I would like to thank Pat for all he has done for the organization," said Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. "Pat joined us at a very difficult time and helped transition the organization down a new path. Tim Murray will continue as general manager and Craig Patrick will continue as a senior hockey adviser. As has been the case since I bought the team, we'll continue to do whatever is needed to rebuild the organization and keep it on path towards our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup."

 


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