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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."

Aquarium of Niagara launches new sea lion show
Sat, Mar 1st 2014 07:00 am
A new redesigned sea lion show will premier at the Aquarium of Niagara during its annual fundraising event, "SEAsonings: The Original Taste of Niagara," on Thursday, March 6.
Basketball, going bald and baskets
Sat, Mar 1st 2014 07:00 am
On Monday, March 10, the Niagara-Wheatfield High School Business Department and Student Council are teaming up for the fifth biannual Buffalo Sabres Alumni vs. Faculty Basketball Game fundraiser, with Bald For Buck$ being held at halftime, plus a basket auction by the girls varsity softball team.
Lew-Port: Roser announces retirement
Sat, Mar 1st 2014 07:00 am
Lewiston-Porter Superintendent of Schools Christopher R. Roser will retire at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.
Lewiston advertising for Palmer's replacement
Sat, Mar 1st 2014 07:00 am
Despite some rumors to the contrary heard over the past week around Lewiston, the Lewiston Town Board acted in a spirit of cooperation and uniformity Monday when they moved to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of member Ernest Palmer. It was announced the Lewiston Town Clerk's office would be taking letters of interest and applications from town residents for the position up to March 5.
$3,000 'Super Bingo' at Niagara Catholic
Sat, Mar 1st 2014 06:55 am
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School will host "Super Bingo" Saturday, March 15, at the school, 520 66th St., Niagara Falls. Admission is $3. Doors will open at noon, and the cash prize games will begin at 2 p.m.
Sabres trade Ryan Miller, Steve Ott to Blues; acquire Halak, Stewart, draft picks
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 07:40 pm
The Buffalo Sabres have announced the team acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forwards Chris Stewart and William Carrier, a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and another conditional draft pick from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott.
45th annual Olcott Lions Club Polar Bear Swim for Sight is Sunday
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 06:20 pm
Brrr! Talk about timing.

The Lake Ontario shores are chocked with far-stretching ice fields, temperatures are in the single digits, and guess what's here? The 45th annual Olcott Lions Club Polar Bear Swim for Sight.

Niagara County Fair logo contest deadline extended to March 7
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 06:05 pm
After receiving feedback from the community, Cornell Cooperative Extension-Niagara County has decided to extend the due date for the Niagara County Fair logo contest until Friday, March 7.
Higgins, New York colleagues call on Social Security Administration to reconsider New York field office closings
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 05:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and his New York colleagues in Congress, congressmen Dan Maffei and José Serrano, wrote a letter to the Social Security Administration opposing the proposed closure of four New York Social Security field offices in Amherst, Bronx Hub, Kingston and Williamsburg.
Higgins refutes claim aviation safety reforms lead to pilot shortages
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 05:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins spoke out Friday against claims new aviation safety requirements have led to pilot shortages and flight cancellations.
Castellani Art Museum spring art history series debuts with sculptor Susan Geissler
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 05:50 pm
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University's popular "Meet Me at the CAM" programs are back this spring with a diverse lineup of presentations. Sculptor Susan Geissler will open the season Wednesday, March 26.
Col. Steven Parker to take command of Niagara Falls ARS
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 05:40 pm
Air Force Reserve Col. Steven B. Parker will assume command of the 914th Airlift Wing from Col. Walter Gordon tomorrow, March 1, at 9 a.m.
Dunkin' Donuts Buffalo-area franchisees donate 250 pounds of coffee to American Red Cross to spur blood donations
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 05:40 pm
In response to a challenging winter that has severely impacted blood donations across the Northeast, Dunkin' Donuts franchisees in Buffalo Thursday announced an extension of the annual "Give a Pint, Get a Pound" campaign by donating 250 pounds of coffee to the American Red Cross Blood Services - New York-Penn Region.
Maziarz honored by WNY builders
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 05:40 pm
State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-Newfane, was recently presented with the 2013 Industry Appreciation Award from the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association. The award was presented to Maziarz "in recognition of industry excellence."
Second annual Poverty Conference coming to Niagara University
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 05:40 pm
The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement will hold the second annual Poverty Conference at Niagara University from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 7.
Higgins applauds approval of phase two of Peace Bridge widening project
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 05:40 pm
On Friday, the Peace Bridge Authority approved a contract to begin phase two of a project to widen the approach to the Peace Bridge plaza in Buffalo.
'Zooper Saturday' features big cats this weekend
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 07:00 am
The Buffalo Zoo will hold a "Zooper Saturday" event this weekend, featuring the big cats.
'Sensational Saturday' March 8 at Niagara Power Vista
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 07:00 am
It's fun for kids of all ages Saturday, March 8, at the Power Vista, the admission-free visitors center at the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Plant in Lewiston.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce plans Business & Food Expo
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business & Food Expo at Byblos Niagara, 100 Whitehaven Road, on March 22 and 23.
Get hearing screening
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 07:00 am
The Dale Association will offer free hearing screenings from noon to 2:30 p.m. March 12 and 26 at 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Schedule an appointment by calling 716-433-1886.
Pittman recognized in annual football awards
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 05:40 pm
The Joel Holka Insurance Agency, 8575 Niagara Falls Blvd., has announced its awards local high school football winners.
Town of Niagara: Richards hearing, court date delayed
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 05:35 pm
Town of Niagara Supervisor Steve Richards' scheduled hearing before the Hon. Christopher J. Burns in Buffalo's State Supreme Court was delayed until March 18 at the request of the court on Wednesday.
Town of Wheatfield residents argue against equate storage
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 05:10 pm
Representatives of Quasar Energy Group explained to the Wheatfield Town Board on Monday a plan to build a cement storage tank next to the company's existing anaerobic digestion facility on Liberty Drive.
Bills and Giants to kick off preseason in 2014 NFL/Hall of Fame Game on NBC
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:25 pm
The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will kick off the 2014 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game Sunday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The game will be played at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, one day after the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 is formally enshrined.
Higgins hails transfer of Outer Harbor property
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:25 pm
On Thursday, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority took action to officially transfer its Buffalo Outer Harbor property to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.
Niagara University ROTC named top program with MacArthur Award selection
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:10 pm
Niagara University's ROTC program will be presented with the prestigious MacArthur Award at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 10, in recognition of its cadets' performance during the 2012-13 school year. The presentation will take place in St. Vincent's Hall (Room 407) on the university's campus.

Only eight schools are chosen from among the 273 senior ROTC units nationwide for the MacArthur Award, which is based on a combination of the achievement of the school's commissioning mission and its cadets' performance and standing on the Cadet Command's National Order of Merit List, and its cadet retention rate.

Nominate a recipient for 9th annual 'Key to the Locks' award
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:05 pm
Do you know someone who deserves the "Key to the Locks" award? Once again, a Niagara County citizen will receive this honor as one who "best promotes and exemplifies the community spirit, heritage and integrity of the historic Erie Canal." This year's "Key to the Locks" award will be presented Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m., at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., Lockport.

If you'd like to recommend a recipient, visit the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., or Niagara County Historian's Office, 139 Niagara St., for a nomination form. You can also visit Niagara History Center's website at http://niagarahistory.org/9th-annual-key-to-locks-award/ for a copy of the form.

Schneiderman issues report on charity telemarketers: Bulk of donations goes into pockets of fundraisers, not those in need
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:00 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has released his annual "Pennies for Charity" fundraising report showing that for-profit telemarketers operating in New York in 2012 retained the lion's share of donations they raised on behalf of charities - more than $154 million that was intended to help those in need.

Telemarketers registered in New York reported raising more than $249 million in contributions in 2012, the most ever in the history of "Pennies for Charity." The 2013 "Pennies for Charity, Where Your Money Goes: Telemarketing by Professional Fundraisers" report found telemarketers kept an average of 62 cents of every charitable dollar they raised as their fees and expenses, with just 38 percent of the funds actually going to charitable organizations.

DiNapoli: Local sales tax collections up $739 million in 2013
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:00 pm
Local sales tax collections of $14.9 billion grew by $739 million in 2013, an increase of 5.2 percent from 2012, according to a report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The increase outpaced annual growth rates of 3.3 percent in 2012 and 5 percent in 2011, as well as the 15-year annual average growth of 4.5 percent.

"This is welcome news for our municipalities, and comes at a time when local revenues have been experiencing little to no growth," DiNapoli said. "The majority of the increase appears to stem from storm clean up, which gives these communities a short-term boost. As the economy continues its tenuous recovery, sales tax collections could vary either way for local governments, and is generally a more volatile source of revenue."

Wheatfield: New life possible for Summit Park Mall
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 04:00 pm
There was joy in Wheatfield Town Hall this week at the "coming soon" possibility of a new, active Summit Park Mall.

Zoran Cocov, a Toronto developer, said Tuesday that his attorneys may have the purchase finalized by the end of the week, ending almost two years of negotiations with current owner Oberlin Plaza One LLC.

Bon-Ton, Save-A-Lot and Sears, all with exterior entrances, have continued to operate and draw customers to the Williams Road mall. However, the deteriorating interior has been closed for years and has been plagued with thefts, weather damage and broken pipes. The mall was built in 1972 and used to be a busy and active part of the community.

Roswell Park: Secondhand smoke exposure linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:30 pm
Secondhand smoking is linked with pregnancy loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth and tubal ectopic pregnancy, according to new research from scientists at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo. The study findings, published online by the journal Tobacco Control, mark a significant step toward clarifying the risks of secondhand smoke exposure.
Cuomo launches 'No Excuses' push to cut property taxes
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 03:30 pm
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo launched the "No Excuses" push, designed to help pass proposed property tax cuts for millions of New Yorkers. The initiative includes a new website, www.CutPropertyTaxes.ny.gov, featuring information on the governor's plan to cut property taxes, statements of support from elected officials and advocacy groups across the state, and resources for visitors to contact their state legislators to make their voices heard.

In January, at both the State of the State Address and executive budget presentation, the governor outlined his plan to freeze property taxes for two years and create a "circuit breaker" that will provide tax relief based on an individual's or family's ability to pay.

 


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