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Outdoors in Niagara: Fishing near Johnson's Fudge, Boat House
Fri, Dec 30th 2011 10:00 am
Johnson's Fudge stand stood just a few feet back on Lower River Road between Lewiston and Youngstown, but how many knew Johnson's Boat House was on the river below?

I never knew that, and when asking around not too many of the surviving old-timers didn't know it either. Several years ago, river man and commercial fisherman Art King gave me a manila folder with some old stuff in it before he passed away, and I kept it as a treasure from Art. It had some old papers, old New York and Ontario fishing licenses, a 1950 New York state fishing syllabus, and an old, undated, Johnson's Fudge Company/Boat House six-page booklet. In there was even an old Ontario beer rationing coupon book with eight coupons left and it is dated "valid until Oct. 31, 1944," but that is another Niagara story for later.

Martial arts studio aids New Year's resolutions
Mon, Dec 26th 2011 06:55 am
The YI-DAN-CHA-GI Martial Arts Center is bustling on evenings with karate classes led by Grand Master Jim Wood, Krav Maga close combat self-defense and Kid Safe Network classes.
Borkenhagen bros set for Big R street stocks
Thu, Dec 22nd 2011 08:50 pm
With nearly a dozen family race teams in the Ransomville Speedway pit area, you can add another to the list when the facility opens for its 55th year of operation in May of 2012.

Darrell Borkenhagen, who has competed in the Ransomville Speedway Thursday night go-kart program, will join his brother Derrick, a two-time track Street Stock champion. It will be the first time that Darrell will be in a stock car on a competitive basis.

Darrell recently purchased the Billy Coleman Street Stock, which finished second in 2011 Street Stock points behind Derrick. Both Derrick and Darrell have their cars inside the family garage with preparations being made for the upcoming season. Their father Rick, who has overseen the maintenance of Derrick's car, will work on Darrell's car as well.

Ransomville Speedway welcomes Brittany Catchpole as Miss Ransomville 2012
Wed, Dec 21st 2011 11:40 am
Ransomville Speedway is proud to announce and welcome Brittany Catchpole as Miss Ransomville Speedway 2012.
Gilbert Perreault helps celebrate KeyBank's Pine Avenue branch grand opening
Wed, Dec 21st 2011 07:00 am
Hall of Fame Buffalo Sabres "French Connection" legend hosts meet-and-greet.
Big R teaming up sponsors for 2012
Fri, Dec 16th 2011 01:55 pm
With the ink barely dry on the 2011 season, all focus has turned to the 12th annual Hangover 150 and the upcoming 2012 season at Ransomville Speedway. Tentative scheduling is beginning to take place with an announcement slated for early into the New Year. In addition to scheduling, Marketing Director Tana Robinson has been working with sponsors regarding the upcoming season.
Grand Island, Lewiston dancers at NF Firemen's Telethon
Fri, Dec 16th 2011 01:45 pm
Members of the Dance Ensemble from the Lewiston/Grand Island Dance Centers performed at the Niagara Falls Fire Department's annual Firemen's Fund Telethon.
Festival of Lights Hockey Tournament winners
Fri, Dec 9th 2011 01:00 pm
The Niagara Junior Purple Eagles Squirt Tier 3 Travel Hockey Team won all tournament games.
Are there bobcats in Niagara?
Sat, Dec 3rd 2011 07:35 am
I recently wrote an article about coyotes. I met a friend in Youngstown at Melloni's Market Place, and he told me he had read the article and asked if I heard anything about bobcats in the Niagara area.
'Thanksgiving Takedown Hunger Food Drive' huge success
Sat, Dec 3rd 2011 07:00 am
More than 160 items were collected in the Lewiston-Porter wrestling's "Thanksgiving Takedown Hunger Food Drive."
Bills' Stevie Johnson helps open KeyBank's Pine Avenue branch
Fri, Dec 2nd 2011 08:00 pm
WHAT: Celebration of the grand opening of the new KeyBank Pine Avenue branch. The 2,356-square-foot branch is one of 40 new KeyBank branches projected to open in 2011; four new branches and six ATM kiosks to open in the Western New York market.
Young Vikings open at Starpoint
Fri, Dec 2nd 2011 01:00 pm
Grand Island began its boys basketball season Wednesday with a host of new faces in a scrimmage against visiting Newfane.
Caitlin Attfield signs with UAB
Thu, Dec 1st 2011 07:00 am
An official signing ceremony was held at Niagara-Wheatfield High School for senior Caitlin Attfield, who will attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Lewiston-Porter to induct four into Athletic Hall of Fame
Tue, Nov 29th 2011 04:00 pm
The Lewiston-Porter School District announces its annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner will take place Friday, Dec. 2, at Antonio's Banquet and Conference Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls.

The event opens at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and are available by contacting Lewiston-Porter Athletic Director Scott Townsend at 754-8281, ext. 2160.

The highlight of the evening will be the honoring of four individuals - three Lew-Port gradates and one coach - for their unique contributions to the district and the community.

Largest 5K running series in the world opens registration
Tue, Nov 29th 2011 01:35 pm
The Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has opened registration for the 2012 Susan G. Komen Western New York Race for the Cure. The race, which is chaired by Shelly Kubala and Meri G. Notaro, will take place on Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. in the Delaware Park Rose Garden.

The race is an opportunity for the Western New York community to raise critical funds for programs for the medically underserved and for breast cancer awareness; to celebrate survivors; and honor those who have lost their battle. Participation is open to all who would like to run, walk, volunteer or donate.

Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tourney returns in February
Mon, Nov 28th 2011 02:00 pm
Labatt Blue USA has announced details for the fifth annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament.

Taking place Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10, 11 and 12, the tournament will feature night pond hockey under the lights on Lake Erie at downtown Buffalo's Erie Basin Marina. The evening play takes advantage of the colder temperatures and will allow more teams to play.
Games on!
Wed, Nov 23rd 2011 09:00 pm
Orleans/Niagara BOCES classes from the Royalton-Hartland Learning Center, the North Tonawanda Learning Center, Newfane Learning Center and the Lockport Learning Center recently took part in a day of special games at the Kenan Center in Lockport.
Jacobs to compete in Queen of Diamonds
Wed, Nov 23rd 2011 09:15 am
Nicolette Jacobs, a sophomore from Niagara-Wheatfield High School, has been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds North at Kent State University on Jan. 7 and 8, 2012. Currently in its 18th season, the QDSN is part of the Queen of Diamond's Showcase events, which are the largest fastpitch softball showcases of their kind in the U.S.

This event continues to attract athletes from more than 30 states and two Canadian provinces. Its sister showcase, the Queen of Diamonds South, is in its fifth season. Each of these events has more than 2,400 applicants from which only 264 athletes are selected as participants.

Sno-chiefs to hold snowmobile safety course
Tue, Nov 22nd 2011 07:00 am
Shawnee Sno-Chiefs Snowmobile Club, in cooperation with the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Co., will be offering a New York state snowmobile safety course, Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Co., 3747 Lockport Road, Sanborn. Course time is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The course is available to children ages 10 and up. Parents are required to accompany the child at registration to sign the state required permission slip and provide a signed note for their child to take the course. Parents are also encouraged to attend the course with their child.

Students are advised to bring a pencil and/or pen and a snack. Soft drinks will be provided courtesy of Shawnee Sno-Chiefs.

Ransomville Speedway: Big R announces purse increases
Fri, Nov 18th 2011 05:40 pm
With the ink barely dry on the 2011 season, the management of Ransomville Speedway has immediately turned its focus on the 2012 year. The successes of both 2010 and 2011 with solid car counts and a great fan base has prompted a purse increase in the Mighty Taco Modifieds, Original Pizza Logs Sportsman, and Ki-Po Chevrolet Streetstocks.

"In light of the recent successful seasons, we feel it's time to help out the drivers with their costs by increasing the purse in our three weekly divisions," commented co-promoter Jamie Friesen. "The full 2012 purses will be released along with the Ransomville rules structure for next year by Dec. 5," continued Friesen. "I do not foresee any major changes."

For the 2012 season - the Mighty Taco Modified feature winner will now earn $1,500, an increase from $1,200 in 2011.

Coyotes that roam Niagara County
Fri, Nov 18th 2011 05:40 pm
Niagara coyotes are described as the Eastern coyote (canis latrans), and the theory is they migrated to New York state in the late 1930s and early '40s. In the 1970s they became very abundant across the state, and in some pockets they over-populated.
Grisanti to meet with UFC executive team to discuss MMA in New York
Tue, Nov 15th 2011 02:10 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti will have a meeting to discuss the regulation of mixed martial arts in New York in order to discuss the growing economic development potential the sport has brought to regions around the world. MMA was banned in New York in the 1990s when the sport was known as a no-holds barred exhibition without rules or regulations.
Coleman moves to Sportsman Division following successful 2011 at Big R
Fri, Nov 11th 2011 08:05 pm
Like many of the young stars that run on a weekly basis at Ransomville Speedway, Billy Coleman has stepped up to the plate and seen success.

Coleman, 24 years of age and another Ransomville-based driver, turned some heads during the 2011 season and hopes that this is the start of something big. Coleman finished second in 2011 points in the very competitive Ransomville Speedway Streetstock class. He was in the hunt for the title right down to the final points night.

"I was very pleased with the way this season has turned out," said Coleman at last Friday night's 2011 Ransomville Speedway banquet. "We were right in the middle of the title up to the end of the season. It was an exciting season."

Lew-Port Middle School PTSA networking at Brickyard
Fri, Nov 11th 2011 07:40 pm
The second annual Lewiston-Porter Middle School PTSA fall mixer, a networking event for the Lew-Port community and a fundraiser for PTSA, took place recently.
Porter boat/trailer storage reminder
Fri, Nov 11th 2011 07:00 pm
The Town of Porter reminds boaters that its new boat/trailer storage ordinance, specifying seasonal restrictions for medium density residential areas is now in effect. This is taken from Article V, paragraph 80, of the town's boat storage ordinance covering storage and seasonal dates in medium density residential areas:
Hole-in-one at Hickory Stick
Fri, Nov 11th 2011 07:00 pm
The 2011 golf season may be just about over, but there's still news coming from the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club on Creek Road.
Motor racing fan club history celebrated at Salisa's
Thu, Nov 10th 2011 04:10 pm
Members of FOAR SCORE, the oldest race fan club in America, presented a plaque to Salisa's All American Diner in Wheatfield.
Teaming up to fight cancer
Mon, Nov 7th 2011 07:00 am
Sabres, ECMC, First Niagara join forces to purchase breast cancer prevention and education bus.
Champions, many others honored at Big R annual awards
Fri, Nov 4th 2011 05:15 pm
Close to 300 guests gathered recently to celebrate the 2011 season of Ransomville Speedway and the accomplishments of many. The night started out with a delicious buffet dinner catered by Johnston's Restaurant and was followed by an awards ceremony and music by Jonesie and the Cruisers. And the celebration lasted well into the night as guests enjoyed the festivities.
Lew-Port Travel Football sets fundraiser
Fri, Nov 4th 2011 05:05 pm
Lewiston-Porter Youth Travel Football will hold a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue fundraiser.
Presti names black belt recipients
Fri, Nov 4th 2011 05:00 pm
Presti Karate Centers hosted international black belt testing on Saturday, Oct. 8, conducted by an international board. Eight students were promoted to the rank of black belt or higher.

First-degree black belt recipients included: Lewiston's Robert Blakelock, 13; Rory McGuire, 13; and Jordan D'Angelo, 12; and Niagara Falls' Chris Smith, 15; Amanda Mrzygut, 16; Chris Drake, 13; and Philip D'Angelo, 15.

Carly Presti, 10, of Wilson ranked as the youngest-ever promoted to black belt. Presti has compiled more than five years of training.

Third-degree black belt recipients included Greg Bullock of Niagara-Wheatfield and Doug Boje of Pendleton.

Grand Island's season ends on high note with bowl championship win
Fri, Nov 4th 2011 02:00 pm
Grand Island put together its most dominating performance of the football season last Thursday to win the Chuck Funke Memorial Classic, 28-0 over Hamburg.
YMCA Turkey Trot seeking 'Trot Gobblers'
Mon, Oct 31st 2011 07:05 am
YMCA Buffalo Niagara is inviting Western New Yorkers to cheer on the participants for the 116th annual YMCA Turkey Trot as "Trot Gobblers." Held every Thanksgiving morning, the race welcomes more than 12,500 participants to the 8K course on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
Get in the game
Fri, Oct 28th 2011 04:00 pm
The Village of Lewiston Recreation has announced its sponsorship of the following activities and programs for November. All take place at the Lewiston Red Brick Municipal Building gym, 145 N. Fourth St.

•A craft class utilizing sand art will be offered on Monday, Nov. 7, at 4 or 6 p.m. The class is for children age 5 and older. The cost for the class is free and all supplies are included. To register for this class, call 754-1990.

•Fleece pillowmaking workshop classes for children will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 4 or 6 p.m. The class is for children 5 and older. Participants will be tying knots. The class is free and all supplies are included. To register for this class, call 754-1990.

An education on E-10 gasoline additives: Solving phase separation with K100
Fri, Oct 21st 2011 02:55 pm
by Mark Daul
Outdoors in Niagara
On Oct. 8, I wrote an article on E-10 gasoline and cautioned about using it in your boat, motorcycle, car or whatever kind of gasoline-powered engine you have because of "phase separation." I warned about using E-10 (10 percent ethanol) fuels (and E-15), and what to watch for and the real danger of mixing non-ethanol fuels with ethanol fuels.

I advised that you keep your gas tank full and vents closed to help prevent air moisture (humidity) entering your tank. I also mentioned that if there was an additive for this problem the fuel companies would already have an answer, and it would be included in every gallon of fuel you bought, but it doesn't.
Caution about E-10 in recreational vehicle gas tank
Fri, Oct 7th 2011 10:00 pm

Outdoors in Niagara


Use caution. Seems the Environmental Protection Agency wasn't happy with imposing 10 percent ethanol (E-10) in our fuel for the sake of eliminating greenhouse gases. Now they are ready to impose a 15 percent (E-15) ethanol/alcohol requirement in our fuel. Even your lawnmower, motorcycle, car, and whatever other toy you have uses gasoline with E-10, and now coming soon the new E-15 is being pushed on us. And you can thank the American Coalition for Ethanol and other allied groups for pushing for it.
Muzzleloader course offered
Fri, Oct 7th 2011 09:00 am
The Firearms Permit Review Board of Wheatfield will offer its annual muzzleloader course from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Wheatfield Community Center, next to Town Hall.

Instructor will be Don MacSwan. A certificate will be issued to those completing the course as a requirement for their muzzleloader discharge permit. There is no course fee. The class is open to anyone age 14 and older. Those ages 14 to 17 should be accompanied by an adult.
Welcoming 8 into Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame
Tue, Oct 4th 2011 07:00 am
The Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame board announced its 2011 inductees.
Protect your hunting, fishing rights
Fri, Sep 30th 2011 07:15 pm
Concerned? If you are a hunter or fisher or both, you should be concerned. Our rights are slowly eroding away. As we go along, hunting land is disappearing with posted signs, fishing access is becoming less and less, and the antis keep pulling their tricks. Take a look at the radical People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for example - vegans that would rather wear cabbage leaves than wool, and no leather, just plastic shoes. Just think: no dairy products, no meat, and no hunting or fishing, and not even seeing-eye dogs.
 


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