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New English summer camp exposes international students to Niagara University, Western New York and American culture
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 10:20 pm
Twelve students and two chaperones from eastern Asia are taking part in a new summer camp at Niagara University intended to offer English language instruction along with immersion into American culture.
Niagara University president reads children's story to literacy program participants
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 10:20 pm
The Niagara Falls City School District students participating in Niagara University's primary enhancement program got a special treat Monday when the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president, read them "Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids."
Cabela's prepares for grand opening of Cheektowaga store
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 10:20 pm
Cabela's, the "World's Foremost Outfitter" of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the grand opening of its new Cheektowaga store Thursday with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Cabela's executives.
ECHDC holding presentation of alternative concepts for Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 10:20 pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. Chairman Robert Gioia recently announced the agency plans to hold a community open house to seek public scoring of three possible blueprints for the Buffalo Outer Harbor. The goal is to turn the long-neglected industrial property into a world-class mixed-use waterfront development that will combine open spaces and public waterfront access with well-needed economic activity and private investment.

ECHDC officials are working with Empire State Development and Perkins+Will's San Francisco and New York-based planning and architecture team. They want Western New Yorkers to review the three plans that were designed using input from the nearly 600 people who participated in three interactive meetings last month.

Cuomo announces latest round of ReCharge NY power allocations
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 10:15 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York Power Authority board of trustees has approved another round of low-cost power allocations under the governor's statewide ReCharge NY program, resulting in capital investments and new jobs across New York.
Hospice volunteer training slated
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 10:00 pm
Niagara Hospice will hold a new volunteer training Tuesday, Aug. 19, and continuing Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5-9 p.m. Niagara Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Mandy Raff said the organization is looking for compassionate individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of Niagara County residents as they make their final journey.
'Raise a Hot Dog to Joan'
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 12:55 pm
Joseph Pillittere Jr. honored his late mother Monday by giving away free Silo Restaurant hot dogs. Pillittere's late mother, Joan, was an ardent fan of the popular summer food.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens: Meet Morty, the 'corpse flower'
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 10:25 am
In July, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens acquired three Amorphophallus titanum tubers. One of these "corpse flowers," as they're known, is set to bloom this week.
'Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage' to be showcased Aug. 9
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 07:00 am
Parks and gardens along the historic Niagara Portage will be the featured destinations Saturday, Aug. 9, as four city institutions present a series of outdoor activities for people of all ages.
Interview: Heart returns to Lewiston ready to rock Artpark
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:55 am
2012 was the year Heart offered one of the best "Tuesday in the Park" concerts in the Artpark series' storied history.

The Wilson sisters and their bandmates will look to equal or better that performance when Heart returns to Lewiston Tuesday to perform in the outdoor amphitheater.

'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.