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Tips: If you must go out during a snow or ice storm ...
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 07:00 am
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the greatest snowfall in 24 hours in the U.S. was in Silver Lake, Colo., on April 15-16, 1921 - 75.8 inches. While most of us won't experience that much snow, any significant snowfall or ice can create hazardous conditions.
Top 5 pet New Year's resolutions for 2014
Sat, Jan 4th 2014 07:00 am
The new year is upon us. It's time to reflect upon the past year and determine what we want to achieve, change or do better in 2014. This applies to all aspects of our lives - including our pets.
Protect the vulnerable in extreme cold
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:10 pm
At some point in the progression of Alzheimer's disease, most people with dementia will inexplicably leave familiar surroundings and potentially endanger themselves. Extremely cold temperatures can be deadly for vulnerable people who venture outdoors unprepared for the conditions, but there are steps that can be taken to lessen the danger for the person, and avoid anxiety for family members.
Stimulating brain cells stops binge drinking, animal study finds
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:10 pm
Researchers at the University at Buffalo have found a way to change alcohol drinking behavior in rodents, using the emerging technique of optogenetics, which uses light to stimulate neurons.
Winter storm: A.G. Schneiderman warns against price gouging of necessary goods and services
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:10 pm
In response to the statewide emergency declared by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in anticipation of Winter Storm Hercules, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued an open letter to vendors warning against price gouging, the inflation of the price of necessary goods and services. General Business Law prohibits such increase in costs of essential items like food, water, gas, generators, batteries and flashlights, and services like tree trimming/removal, emergency structure repairs, or snowplowing, during natural disasters or other events that disrupt the market.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital welcomes first baby of 2014
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:05 pm
The Center for Women at Mount St. Mary's Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2014 at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, with the arrival of Charles James Arthur Farrell. Charles is the son of Ellen Gromoll and Kevin Farrell of Niagara Falls.
Seneca Gaming Corp. lauded as one of Western New York's 'Most Admired Companies'
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:00 pm
Buffalo Business First, a leading weekly business news publication in Western New York, has chosen Seneca Gaming Corp. as one of the region's "Most Admired Companies" for 2013.
2014 NHL Winter Classic ties for best rating for regular-season game in 39 years
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:00 pm
The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC, in which the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout on New Year's Day, tied as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game in nearly four decades, became the second-most watched such game in 39 years, and is up nearly 20 percent in both household rating and viewership as compared to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic.
People in poor neighborhoods are twice as likely to have gambling problems, study finds
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 06:00 pm
The poorer the neighborhood, the higher the risk for problem gambling, according to a study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions.
Lighting up Town of Niagara
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 07:00 am
The Town of Niagara Beautification Committee has recognized outstanding efforts in Christmas decorating by town residents.
Niagara Falls Memorial greets first newborn of 2014
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 05:55 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center greeted its first baby of 2014 at 9:13 a.m. Jan. 2, when Linnea DuFour, left, of the Town of Niagara gave birth to a daughter, Nora Lin DuFour.
National Fuel reminds customers to stay safe in cold weather
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 05:50 pm
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. is advising customers to take particular care while Western New York is experiencing this extremely cold weather. Though temperatures have been colder than usual, the company is prepared to deliver the gas needed for customers to keep warm on these cold days.
Toys for Tots Program beneficiary of donation by Supermarket Liquors & Wines
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 04:00 pm
Chris Castellani, owner of Supermarket Liquors & Wines, and patrons of his store, located at 8438 Niagara Falls Blvd., made a major donation to the Toys for Tots Program just before the holidays.
Army and Air Guard provide military funeral services
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 03:50 pm
The New York Army and Air National Guard expected to have provided military funeral services to more than 11,560 families in 2013 by the time New Year's Eve revelers welcomed the start of 2014.
Cold weather warning brings potential dangers
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 11:45 am
With dangerously cold temperatures in the forecast, Home Instead Senior Care says now is the time for seniors and their loved ones to brush up on cold weather safety tips.
Lawmakers inaugurated around Niagara County
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 11:15 am
Several Niagara County lawmakers took their oaths of office Wednesday as a new Legislature with three new faces began to take place around a core of veterans, including an 11-member supermajority that will continue to lead the deliberative body after 10 years in charge.
Steps to keep safe and warm during cold winter weather
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 11:10 am
With extremely cold winter weather on its way, New Yorkers need to be prepared for the frigid temperatures. If your home or business uses propane to generate heat or run appliances, the New York Propane Gas Association provides these tips to keep your family safe and warm.
Brochey takes over in Town of Lewiston
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 11:10 am
Town of Lewiston Justice Hugh Gee administers the oath to Dennis Brochey as the new supervisor's wife, Cathy, holds the Bible. The ceremony was held New Year's Day at the Lewiston Senior Center.
Blizzard to reach from NYC to Boston Thursday night
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 11:00 am reports a major snowstorm will reach from across part of the Midwest to the upper part of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England Thursday into Friday. A blizzard will evolve from the storm in parts of the Northeast.
Tops offers wellness tips to kick-off a healthy new year
Wed, Jan 1st 2014 07:00 am
It's that time of the year when people look back on years past and identify goals they want to achieve in the year ahead. According to, nearly half of the most popular New Year's resolutions each year are health-related.

"Despite good intentions, the majority of Americans give up on their New Year's resolutions within the first few weeks of the new year," said Gail Marchese, wellness coordinator at Tops. "For those making health-related resolutions, there are simple ways to make smarter food and lifestyle choices that can be easily incorporated into your daily lives."

Here are a few wellness, smart eating, and food shopping tips from Tops to ease the transition to a healthier lifestyle in 2014 and beyond.

More than 70 million to be hit by snowstorm Thursday
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 10:55 pm reports two storms will merge quickly enough to produce a major snowstorm from the upper part of the mid-Atlantic to southern New England Thursday into Friday.
Red Cross blood drives for January
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 10:40 pm
The Red Cross has announced the first blood drives of 2014. Every donor who comes in to donate will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.
George Eastman House hosts 'Wish You Were Here' lecture Jan. 9 with NASA astronaut Donald Pettit
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 10:40 pm
The George Eastman House has announced it will extend its "Wish You Were Here" lecture series into the new year with chemical engineer, NASA astronaut, and photographer Donald Pettit, Ph.D. Pettit will present his lecture, "An Astronaut's Guide to Photography in Space," on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m., in the Dryden Theatre.
Birding in winter? Great Lakes Seaway Trail offers avian diversity
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 07:00 am
Winter along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway offers birdwatchers unique opportunities to espy feathered fliers along the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania.
Intense Milk launches 'Winter of Fun' ski resort discount program
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 07:00 am
Intense Milk continues its "Winter of Fun" program this season by offering deep discounts at New York state ski resorts from Western New York to the Capital Region.
Grand Island: Inauguration Day Jan. 1
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 07:00 am
On Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, Grand Island's inaugural ceremony for all newly elected town officials will take place. Officials to be inaugurated are: town councilmen Christopher K. Aronica and Raymond A. Billica, Town Justice Mark K. Frentzel and Highway Superintendent James B Tomkins.
Hardwick to hold HEAP outreach date to assist residents in need
Tue, Dec 31st 2013 07:00 am
The Erie County Legislature has announced that Home Energy Assistance Program outreaches will be held throughout the county to assistance residents in need this year. Attendees do not have to live in the specific town/village/city hosting the outreach to attend.
Mount St. Mary's board of associates names 2014 officers
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 02:20 pm
Pictured are the Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center board of associates officers for 2014. Shown from left: President Steve Broderick, Secretary Alfred Frosolone, Past President Ron Villani, Treasurer Don Thurman and Vice President Robert Fagiani.
Tuesday is STAR registration deadline
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 02:15 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today issued a final reminder: Homeowners must register for the Basic STAR property tax exemption by tomorrow.
Two die in Walmore Road accident
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 02:15 pm
Two residents of the Tuscarora Nation died early Monday after a one-car accident in the 5500 block of Walmore Road.
Ball drop in Village of Lewiston
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 02:15 pm
The Village of Lewiston will usher in 2014 with its third annual New Year's Eve ball drop.
Check your tickets: Clock ticking for missing New York Lottery Powerball winner
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 02:15 pm
The clock is ticking for a mystery New York Powerball winner who now has just one week left to claim a $1,000,000 lottery prize. The winning ticket was from the Jan. 5, 2013, Powerball drawing and was sold at Star Wines and Liquors, 475 Route 17M, in Monroe, Orange County.
Major snowstorm may affect the northeast Thursday
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 02:10 pm reports two storms will converge on the Northeast on Thursday with the potential for snow. How quickly they get together and strengthen will determine which areas are hit with heavy snow and which areas will have a near-miss.
Editorial: A good thing for Niagara Falls community
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 11:55 am
Niagara Falls hosts 22 million visitors per year, and with arguably limited quality places to stay on the American side - that is, until Mark Hamister's hotel project is complete.
Celebrate New Year's Eve at First Night Buffalo
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 09:55 am
Join the Independent Health Foundation as it presents First Night Buffalo, the ultimate Western New York drug- and alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration. The event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
National Fuel announces management change
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 09:55 am
National Fuel Gas Co. has announced David F. Smith, executive chairman of the board, indicated his intention to retire, effective April 1, 2014. Smith will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors.

"National Fuel is today a better company for its employees, its investors, and the customers we serve because of Dave's leadership and dedication," said Ronald J. Tanski, president and CEO. "During his five years as CEO, Dave established the current course of the company, focusing attention and significant resources on development in the Marcellus Shale as Seneca Resources Corporation's total production nearly tripled and the company's pipeline business commenced an historic, transformational realignment. Under his direction, the company continued to prioritize and invest in pipeline safety, system reliability and all levels of customer service."

NFL playoff schedule announced
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 09:50 am
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Monday the schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs on Jan. 4-5, and Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 11-12 (all times Eastern):
NFL Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly to guest on 'The Fred Jackson Show'
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 09:50 am
Monday night at 7:30 p.m., Buffalo Bills NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will appear live on "The Fred Jackson Show" inside the WBBZ-TV studio at the Eastern Hills Mall. Hosts Jackson and Bob Koshinski will welcome Kelly for his first visit to the show.
NBC hosts 'New Year's Eve with Carson Daly'
Mon, Dec 30th 2013 09:50 am
NBC's "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" will ring in the new year with some of the year's best musical performances, including songs from Blake Shelton and Mariah Carey. The two-hour special will air live Tuesday, Dec. 31, beginning in primetime from 10-11 p.m.
IJC board announces Lake Ontario water level adjustments for winter
Sat, Dec 28th 2013 07:00 am
The International Joint Commission, which regulates levels in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system has announced water level adjustments for the winter season.

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