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Lewiston Knit-Wits make mark at Lewiston Opera Hall
Tue, Jun 18th 2013 12:40 pm
The Lewiston Knitwits (20 knitters and growing) gathered this fall, winter and spring to enjoy knitting and companionship twice a month at the Lewiston Opera Hall on Center Street. What began on a whim, based on a shared interest in knitting and crocheting, has happily culminated in an uplifting, shared beautification project.
Niagara Falls State Park reopens restored islands, cave and kicks off Prospect Point project
Sat, Jun 15th 2013 06:00 am
The first phase of the multi-year plan features a $1.8 million restoration at Three Sisters Islands that includes a new trolley shelter, expanded parking area, new pedestrian walkways and overlooks, enhanced landscaping, as well as new railings.
Tour of Kitchens winners announced
Sat, Jun 15th 2013 03:25 am
The White Linen Tea House of Wheatfield was the winner of the People's Choice Awards for Best Culinary Samples at the Lewiston Region Tour of Kitchens held June 8 and 9. The home of Bob and Marian Granfield of Youngstown (The French Country Cottage) was the winner of the People's Choice - Best in Show for Décor and Tablescapes.
Memory Lane Café a treat for Alzheimer's families
Fri, Jun 14th 2013 07:00 am
According to the American Alzheimer's Association, more than 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease, including an estimated 55,000 in the Western New York region and close to 7,500 in Niagara County.
Cuomo, Seneca Nation of Indians announce landmark agreement
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 05:45 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced an agreement between New York state and the Seneca Nation of Indians that resolves a multi-year dispute between the state and the nation. With this agreement, the state of New York recognizes and reconfirms the exclusivity of Seneca casino operations in the Western New York region, and the Seneca Nation agrees to resume payments and to make pro-rated repayments for past amounts that were in dispute.
First Niagara supports Community Missions of Niagara Frontier
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 12:30 pm
The First Niagara Foundation is providing financial support for Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. and its community soup kitchen as staff work to provide food for local families in need. Representatives made a $1,000 donation on Thursday.
Mount St. Mary's promotes artistic abilities with new collection from Opportunities Unlimited
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 12:00 pm
A collection created by Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara artists was dedicated and blessed at a reception inside Mount St. Mary's Hospital. The works were created by people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities during fine arts classes offered through "Artisans Unlimited" at three OUN locations.
Ceretto votes to dissolve Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 09:15 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, voted Wednesday to dissolve the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, which is the subject of a dispute between the state of New York and the Canadian authorities. Ceretto voted in favor of dissolution in order to speed up needed improvements to the Peace Bridge on the American side, improvements which his camp said are being held up by the Bridge Authority.

Ceretto said he still believes a resolution between New York and the Canadian authorities can be reached.

Video: Artpark loves Joan Jett's rock 'n' roll
Wed, Jun 12th 2013 10:15 am
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts performed "Bad Reputation," "Cherry Bomb," "I Love Rock-N-Roll" and a slew of new songs at Artpark, June 11, as part of the "Tuesday in the Park" concert series.
Kiwanis clubs promote peace
Tue, Jun 11th 2013 12:55 pm
The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Stamford, Ontario, held a ceremony Monday to rededicate a peace plaque that was established by the two clubs 50 years ago on the Lewiston Queenston International Bridge.
ReNU Niagara moves downtown, Institute for Civic Engagement named after Levesque
Mon, Jun 10th 2013 11:15 pm
ReNU Niagara is moving its offices downtown - and the institute that oversees the community-minded program has a new name.
Long-term dedication to Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS honored
Mon, Jun 10th 2013 02:45 pm
The Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS Inc. presented a special award from the National Association of Realtors to 19 members for 40 years of service to the real estate industry as well as the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
'Road Bros' vlogger, foodie Mike Shubic returns to Lewiston
Sat, Jun 8th 2013 09:00 am
Mike Shubic, one half of the Rand McNally/USA Today "Best of the Road" "Best for Food" team the "Road Bros," returned to Lewiston this week - but not to judge its culinary offerings.
Diachun is senior of year
Fri, Jun 7th 2013 03:40 pm
Betsy Diachun of Lewiston's years of volunteerism in her community have paid off, with the active senior being named the 2013 Senior of the Year by the Niagara County Office for the Aging.
More than 120 Niagara University employees participate in 2013 Day of Service
Thu, Jun 6th 2013 05:00 pm
MaryAnne Brown has worked at Niagara University since 1996. During that time, she has participated in the university's employee Day of Service every year that it's been offered.
John Koelmel hired as president of HARBORcenter
Thu, Jun 6th 2013 04:15 pm
The Buffalo Sabres have announced the hiring of John Koelmel as president of HARBORcenter, the mixed-use hockey and entertainment facility currently under construction on the Webster Block in downtown Buffalo.
Niagara Falls Memorial receives award for excellence in surgical care
Thu, Jun 6th 2013 04:10 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been awarded a certificate of excellence by Univera Healthcare for the highest overall performance in Surgical Care Improvement Project measures.
22nd Annual Niagara Cup Classic benefits cardiac, stroke care at Memorial
Thu, Jun 6th 2013 10:25 am
One hundred sixty-five golfers took to the links Tuesday at the Niagara Falls Country Club for the 22nd annual Niagara Cup Classic golf tournament. The event raised $40,000, which will support health care programming at the hospital, particularly cardiac and stroke services.
Castellani Art Museum presents volunteer awards
Thu, Jun 6th 2013 10:25 am
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University held a volunteer awards luncheon at the Como Restaurant. The awards are in memory of the CAM's long-time volunteer coordinator and museum shop manager Anne LaBarbera.
Billy Idol rocks 'Tuesday in the Park' at Artpark
Wed, Jun 5th 2013 12:40 pm
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Billy Idol kicked off the 2013 "Tuesday in the Park" concert series at Artpark. The rebel rocker performed songs including "White Wedding," "Eyes Without a Face" and "Dancing with Myself."
'Homerun for Hospice' raises more than $2,000 for Niagara Hospice
Tue, Jun 4th 2013 12:05 pm
Amid drenching rain and unseasonably cold temperatures, baseball teams from Depew, Lewiston-Porter, Starpoint and Wilson followed through on their commitment and played in the "Homerun for Hospice" tournament. The event raised an impressive $2,137.80 for Niagara Hospice.
HART Interfaith to celebrate 30 years of service to community
Mon, Jun 3rd 2013 07:00 am
HART Interfaith will mark 30 years of providing a valuable home care service to the Niagara County community when it holds its dinner and recognition affair Wednesday, June 12, at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston.
Niagara River Region Chamber to host fourth golf classic June 24
Sat, Jun 1st 2013 11:10 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will present the River Region Chamber Golf Classic on Monday, June 24, at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course.
Artpark: It begins ...
Sat, Jun 1st 2013 07:00 am
While the Avett Brothers technically kicked off Artpark's 40th anniversary on May 24, many will consider the upcoming week as the official start of the summer season.
Cuomo announces opening of new recreation space on Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Fri, May 31st 2013 05:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a new recreation space on Buffalo's Outer Harbor is now open to the public. Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy, local officials and students from City Honors cut the ribbon and unveiled the site's new name, "Wilkeson Pointe."

The state invited middle school classrooms from Buffalo Public Schools to name the site, which was formerly called "Parcel OH." The winning submission came from the eighth grade classroom of Michael A. Serotte, a U.S. history teacher at City Honors.

Wilkeson Pointe is now open to the public from dawn to dusk seven days a week.

NIMAC: Local officials lobby for Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Fri, May 31st 2013 07:00 am
A delegation of local officials and community leaders, organized by the Niagara Military Affairs Council, returned last week from a two-day visit to Washington, D.C., where the group met with federal elected officials and Air Force leadership.
Amberleigh's 'Cutest Cupcake' event benefits Alzheimer's Association
Thu, May 30th 2013 01:20 pm
Amberleigh Retirement Community in Williamsville recently hosted a "Cutest Cupcake" bake-off among its residents and staff to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of WNY.
Get hooked on Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo
Thu, May 30th 2013 01:10 pm
Calling all fishing and outdoor sports vendors: "Get hooked" on the first-ever Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo, to be held at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, on Jan. 24-26, 2014. The expo promises to be the largest event of its kind in Niagara County, with more than 125 regional vendors from the U.S. and Canada, live fish, animal displays and larger outdoor retailers expected.
Higgins joins discussion on Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan
Tue, May 28th 2013 05:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, NY-26, joined Cameron Davis (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency senior adviser on Great Lakes issues) and Western New York leaders and community members for discussions on the future of the Great Lakes.
Congressman Chris Collins honors late WWII veteran John Chase
Tue, May 28th 2013 08:55 am
Congressman Chris Collins honored the late John Chase, a WWII veteran from Batavia, by presenting his family members with the medals he earned in service.
Memorial Day in Lewiston
Mon, May 27th 2013 05:40 pm
VIDEO: Memorial Day was observed in the Village of Lewiston with a parade down Center Street, a remembrance ceremony in Academy Park, and a luncheon at the newly remodeled Lewiston No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co. firehall.
Pubfest bigger, better
Mon, May 27th 2013 07:00 am
The Lewiston Village Pub and Restaurant's annual fundraiser, Pubfest, returns to the village's Academy Park next weekend with some big changes. Out are the kiddie rides and carnival atmosphere. In are two national bands, The Trews and USS, and an increased emphasis on raising money for the Variety Kids Telethon.
Schneiderman releases tips to protect consumers from summer scams
Mon, May 27th 2013 07:00 am
With Memorial Day here, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has released a guide listing some of the most common summer frauds targeting the state, and offered tips to protect New Yorkers from abuse.

A growing problem during warm-weather months, unscrupulous scam artists prey on New Yorkers as they embark on home improvement projects and plan family vacations. Schneiderman urged New Yorkers to notify his office of any summer scams designed to dupe unsuspecting consumers.

Firefighters Challenge, Hound Walk benefit Niagara County SPCA
Sat, May 25th 2013 02:05 pm
Two first-time events are scheduled this June to assist the Niagara County SPCA. One involves taking a walk in Hyde Park in Niagara Falls. The other is a firefighter competition, part of a five-day Jamboree set for the old Summit Park Mall in Wheatfield.
NOAA confirms active Atlantic hurricane season
Sat, May 25th 2013 02:00 pm reports the tropics are already heating up and Atlantic hurricane season will begin in a few days. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Thursday, predicting another active season.
Local leaders, organizers urge residents effected by Tonawanda Coke to tell their story
Fri, May 24th 2013 07:25 pm
Elected, community and business leaders are reminding local residents and companies of the opportunity to share their story with the judge considering the sentence in the federal case against Tonawanda Coke.
Grisanti, Ryan announce legislation to reform Niagara River Greenway
Fri, May 24th 2013 07:10 pm
On Friday, New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-WF-Buffalo, announced legislation to reform the Niagara River Greenway.
National grid's commitment to re-energize Gill Creek Park comes into full bloom
Thu, May 23rd 2013 02:10 pm
In what has become something of a rite of spring, more than 50 National Grid employees returned to Gill Creek Park in Niagara Falls Wednesday to continue efforts to beautify and transform this popular public park and community asset into one of Niagara County's most picturesque and useful green spaces.
Cuomo unveils economic development initiative to transform university communities into magnets for new businesses, investment
Thu, May 23rd 2013 12:35 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday unveiled "Tax-Free NY," a game-changing initiative that will transform SUNY campuses and university communities across the state into tax-free communities that attract start-ups, venture capital, new business, and investments from across the world.

Cuomo said Tax-Free NY will entice companies to bring their ventures to upstate New York by offering new businesses the opportunity to operate completely tax-free - including no income tax for employees, no sales, property or business tax - while also partnering with the world-class higher education institutions in the SUNY system.

ASPCA commends New York legislators for passing law to protect police animals
Wed, May 22nd 2013 11:30 am
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals commends New York legislators for passing A.2596/S.1079, to increase criminal penalties for the intentional killing or injuring of a police animal, including both police dogs and horses. Sponsored by Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-Rockland, and Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, A.2596/S.1079 passed unanimously and now heads to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature.

"Police dogs are on the front lines detecting dangers, apprehending criminals, and rescuing victims every day," said Bill Ketzer, senior state director of ASPCA government relations for the northeast region. "The loss of a police animal is a loss to the entire community, and we applaud New York legislators for passing this bill."