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Niagara Hospice Alliance introduces 'The Hospice Gran Fondo Bike Ride' featuring Niagara Wine Trail wineries
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:15 pm
If you are not familiar with a "gran fondo," you are not alone. A "gran fondo" is a type of bicycle ride that originated in Italy and is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. The name translates to "big ride" and is known as a "party on wheels," with scenic routes, open country roads, and fun pit stops to enjoy along the way.
Allstate offers tips from Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety to prevent winter roof problems and ice dams
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:15 pm
It's that time of year again. With a relentless winter season underway, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety is offering guidance on how homeowners can protect their property from winter weather-related damage. As always, know your limitations and seek a professional when necessary.
'Fostering Hope: A Gala for Every Child' foster care program at The Rapids Theatre
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
The Rapids Theatre will host "Fostering Hope: A Gala for Every Child," a foster care program, Saturday, March 1. Proceeds will go to Every Child to help children within the foster care systems in Erie and Niagara counties.
Grisanti launches petition against free college for prisoners
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
New York State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, announced Tuesday he has launched an online petition to gather public opposition to a recent proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to give taxpayer-subsidized college classes to inmates at 10 state prisons.

The petition, "Say 'NO' To Free College For Prisoners," went live Tuesday.

"I have received numerous phone calls, emails and Facebook messages related to this initiative, and the overwhelming percentage of them are negative," Grisanti said.

"I support rehabilitation and reduced recidivism, but not on the taxpayer's dime, when so many individuals and families in New York are struggling to meet the ever-rising costs of higher education," he added.

Catholic Academy to host basket auction fundraising event
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls will host its annual basket raffle Saturday, March 8, at the school, 1055 Military Road. Doors open at 10 a.m. Drawings for the baskets begin at 7 p.m.
Maziarz criticizes Cuomo's prison-to-college 'scheme'
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:05 pm
State Sen. George Maziarz released the following statement Tuesday:
NU: Faculty-student research findings accepted for presentation at international writing conference
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:00 pm
A study conducted by a Niagara University professor and five of his students has been accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Writing Research, one of the foremost writing conferences in Europe.
Grand Island Relay For Life: 'Rock-Out' Kickoff Feb. 26
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:05 am
Cancer has been a part of Casey Dahlstrom's life since he was 3 years old, but rather than run from the memory, he embraces it.

Dahlstrom will describe his life with cancer at the Grand Island Relay For Life Kickoff Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Connor Middle School cafeteria. The event was postponed exactly three weeks due to bad weather. Relay For Life itself, the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will have its 12th edition on the Island at 2 p.m. May 31 and runs to 2 a.m. June 1.

March 1 deadline for tax exemptions
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
March 1 is the deadline for all Basic STAR, Enhanced/Senior STAR and veterans property tax exemptions to be added to the assessment roll for school tax year 2014-15 and town/county tax year 2015.
Islanders raising money at Pasta Sauce Off
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
The LaSalle Yacht Club has turned its Pasta Sauce Off benefit over to two successful fundraisers who are all of 11 years old.
Grisanti will back Compassionate Care Act
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 08:25 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, announced Monday he will support the Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana to treat certain diseases.

Under the legislation, licensed health care professionals would strictly supervise any use of medical marijuana. This stands to be the toughest and most regulated legislation in the nation.

"To a great extent, my decision to support this legislation resulted from my conversations with the Conte family, who are constituents of mine," Grisanti explained. "Anna Conte, who is 8 years old, suffers from Dravet syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy."

NBC Sunday primetime viewership tops '06 Torino Games for 9th time in 10 nights
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 04:20 pm
Sunday night's primetime Olympics on NBC (7-11 p.m. ET) averaged 21.3 million viewers and a 12.1 household rating/19 share - more than doubling the combined primetime viewership and household rating of ABC, CBS and FOX (9.9 million viewers and 6.0 household rating), according to live plus same day fast national data released today by The Nielsen Company.
Assemblyman John Ceretto visits Lewiston Senior Center
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 12:40 pm
John Ceretto, 145th district state assemblyman, delivered Valentines made by Niagara County school children to the Lewiston Senior Center.
Lewiston Art Festival applications now available
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 11:45 am
Applications are now available for the 48th annual Lewiston Art Festival, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10, in the Village of Lewiston. More than 175 professional artists will display and sell their work and compete for $5,000 in prizes in the juried show.
Dr. Gary Praetzel stepping aside after 35 years at Niagara University
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:45 am
Dr. Gary D. Praetzel, the man responsible for establishing Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and forging NU's reputation as a worldwide leader in hospitality training, will retire at the conclusion of the academic year.
Buffalo Zoo to break ground for polar bear exhibit
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:20 am
The Buffalo Zoo will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Arctic Edge exhibit Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m., at 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo.
Niagara Catholic's drama club presents 'Annie'
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:15 am
The Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School drama club presents "Annie." The beloved musical highlights the struggles of an orphaned girl and her quest to find a family.
'GRoW House' lands UB a spot in national Solar Decathlon
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:10 am
University at Buffalo students and professors will build a 1,400-square-foot solar-powered home as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy's elite Solar Decathlon competition.
Lenten fish fry in LaSalle
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:10 am
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church's annual Lenten fish fry dinners will be served from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Friday from March 7 to April 11 in the church social hall, 616 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls.
It's Girl Scout Cookie time
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:10 am
Girl Scout Cookie fans in Western New York can tame their cookie cravings and help local girls gain important skills by supporting the Girl Scout Cookie program, a the premier entrepreneurship opportunity for girls.
Grisanti will oppose plan to fund college classes for prisoners
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:10 am
New York State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, has said he is opposed to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to use tax dollars to pay for college tuition for inmates at state prisons.
Buffalo Realtor James Knight appointed NYSAR Western Region vice president
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:05 am
Buffalo's James Knight, ITI, took the oath of office Feb. 10 as the 2014 Western Region vice president of the New York State Association of REALTORS during the association's inauguration ceremony.
NU's 24th annual Business Appreciation and Accounting Banquet slated for Feb. 19
Sat, Feb 15th 2014 07:00 am
Niagara University's College of Business Administration will present awards to four area business leaders and alumni during its 24th annual Business Appreciation and Accounting Banquet Feb. 19.
Tickets available for Niagara County Farm Bureau's 'Taste Niagara 2014' event
Sat, Feb 15th 2014 07:00 am
"Taste Niagara 2014," a celebration of local foods and beverages, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the state-of-the-art Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. The culinary institute is home to Niagara County Community College's culinary arts, baking and pastry arts program.

Hosted by the Niagara County Farm Bureau, in association with the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, the event is open to the public. It will feature multiple food stations.

Child Care Center, Village Bake Shoppe team to provide Valentine's Day love
Sat, Feb 15th 2014 07:00 am
On Friday, the occupants of Our Lady of Peace Nursing Residence received special Valentine's Day treats courtesy of the children at Mount St. Mary's Child Care Center, and Village Bake Shoppe owners Mike and Lindsay Fiore.
NTCC names winner in 'Love Letters' contest
Sat, Feb 15th 2014 07:00 am
Many "Love Letters" to Niagara touched the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. staff, but none more so than the one submitted by Beverly Weigel of Niagara Falls.
LPD Coat of Arms supports WNY Military
Sat, Feb 15th 2014 07:00 am
Officer Vanik Aloian of the Lewiston Police Coat of Arms Benevolent Association recently visited with Town of Lewiston Supervisor Dennis Brochey.
SIMA's 8 tips for safe snow shoveling
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 08:05 pm
A 2011 study published in the Clinical Research in Cardiology revealed shoveling snow actually does increase the risk of a having a heart attack.
IBHS provides consumer information to deal with winter storm power outages
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:55 pm
As freezing weather continues to paralyze the eastern U.S., the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety urges residents to remain cautious and prepare for the harsh conditions that are likely to last into the weekend.
151 million viewers - more than half of all American TV viewers - have watched Sochi Winter Olympics
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:55 pm
More than half of all American television viewers have watched the 2014 Sochi Winter Games on the networks of NBCUniversal, according to fast cumulative data provided by The Nielsen Company.
'60 Minutes gets inside look at what makes $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter the most expensive weapons system in history
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:50 pm
With plans to buy 2400 F-35s already seven years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget, the head of the program vows, "Long gone is the time when we will continue to pay for mistake after mistake after mistake"
New York's Powerball jackpot jumps to $330 million for Saturday
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:45 pm
The New York Lottery has announced the jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing has been increased to $330,000,000. The $43,900,000 jump from Wednesday's advertised jackpot is due to brisk sales across all 43 participating Mega Millions states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Obot to direct community health worker program
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:40 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has appointed Sarah Obot coordinator of its Niagara Falls community health worker program.
STIR opens at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:40 pm
With a thumping bass, bright lights, energetic dancers, hot music - oh, and, a 20-by-40-foot, high-definition video wall, one thing became perfectly clear Thursday: There is a new energy growing inside Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.
Grants boost Erie Canal education and preservation
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:40 pm
Ten innovative education and preservation projects will get off the ground this year with funding support from Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Congressman Brian Higgins joined representatives from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to announce $65,630 in grants, which will be matched by an additional $478,000 in private and public project funding raised by grant recipients.

The grants are aimed at inspiring people to learn more about New York's legendary canals and further explore the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Ruffolo thanks staff for making Memorial Medical Center a great place to work
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo lauded the health network's 1,100-member staff after learning Memorial was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Business First's "Best Places to Work."
Niagara Catholic's Mardi Gras auction is a huge success
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:35 pm
The Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School's 2014 Mardi Gras dinner and auction recently held at Antonio's Banquet Center was a huge success, raising more than $60,000 for the school. The event included a basket auction (pictured), silent auction, live auction and a dinner.
Ceretto calls on Assembly Majority to pass Public Assistance Integrity Act
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:35 pm
On Thursday, Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, called on the Assembly Majority to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act to protect taxpayers and prevent the state from losing $120 million in federal funding.
Ernie Palmer stepping down in Lewiston
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 02:50 pm
Town of Lewiston Councilman Ernest C. Palmer announced Friday he will give up his seat on the Town Board effective next Friday, Feb. 21.

Palmer, a Republican councilman since 2007, said he has new projects he would like to pursue, and looks forward to traveling and spending time with his family. A tax accountant, Palmer said he wishes to spend more time growing his business.

"It is time to give someone else an opportunity to bring fresh ideas and energy to the board," he said.

 


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