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Celebrating seniors: YMCA hosts SilverSneakers anniversary week
Fri, Sep 21st 2012 10:00 pm
YMCA Buffalo Niagara is celebrating its "sensational seniors" the week of Sept. 23 to 29. Seniors can take part in a variety of activities such as senior socials, blood pressure screenings, potluck lunches, massage therapy and more at the Ken-Ton (535 Belmont Ave.), Delaware (2564 Delaware Ave., Buffalo), Southtowns (1620 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca), and Northeast (4433 Main St., Amherst) branches.

Activities vary per branch. Contact the YMCA facility directly for details or visit

Village of Youngstown: New basketball court added
Fri, Sep 21st 2012 09:50 pm
The Youngstown Recreation Commission and community wish to thank Ken Young Paving and Mark Fox, of Fox Fence, for the assistance in making the children's dream of a new basketball court a reality.
O.G. Cruisers, Memorial to go 'Cruisin' for a Cure'
Thu, Sep 20th 2012 10:30 am
The importance of screening for prostate cancer will be the focus Saturday when the Niagara Falls O.G. Cruisers and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center go "Cruisin' for a Cure."

The Roswell Park Lancer Institute and MAN UP - Minorities Allied for the Need to Understand Prostate Cancer - also will join the annual classic car cruise from the Cataract City to Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Castellani Art Museum presents 'Western New York Collects: Arnold Mesches'
Tue, Sep 18th 2012 03:50 pm
Through Jan. 27, 2013, the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University features "Western New York Collects: Arnold Mesches" This exhibition features works in varied media from four decades, the 1960s to 1990s, highlighting two important bodies of work: the echoes and anomie series.
Lockport: seventh annual Erie Canal Art Contest
Tue, Sep 18th 2012 03:35 pm
The Erie Canal Discovery Center is sponsoring the seventh annual Erie Canal Art Contest to celebrate the 187th anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. The poster contest is open to students residing in Niagara County and enrolled in high school.
Niagara Falls: NCCC Culinary Institute opens
Fri, Sep 14th 2012 11:30 pm
Fifty years ago, Niagara County Community College was founded and, a year later, the college opened its doors to 343 students in downtown Niagara Falls. On Sept. 4, NCCC opened doors to the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, just four blocks from the original site of NCCC.
Buffalo Sabres, past and present, visit Island for Miracle League game
Fri, Sep 14th 2012 11:10 pm
Marcus Foligno of the Buffalo Sabres signs an autograph on the shirt of Miracle League ballplayer Ian Cameron during a night game at the Miracle League Field in Veterans Park Wednesday. (photo by Larry Austin)
Grammy winner Jon Secada to headline Memorial's 2013 Premier
Thu, Sep 13th 2012 12:30 pm
The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel will present three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Jon Secada as the headline entertainment at the 2013 Premier.

The Premier, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's annual black-tie dinner and entertainment gala, will be held Jan. 19. Proceeds from the event will benefit Memorial's cardiac and stroke care services.

Peace project benefits Roswell
Wed, Sep 12th 2012 01:35 pm
An 1812 peace project, which took place this summer with great success in the Lewiston Peace Garden, has taken on a new dimension.
Youngstown: Old Fort Niagara hosts special evening tour
Tue, Sep 11th 2012 04:35 pm
On Saturday evening, Sept. 22, Old Fort Niagara will present a special evening tour focusing on the construction of the 286-year-old French Castle. The tour will include live demonstrations of the woodworking, stonecutting and blacksmithing skills needed to erect the oldest building in the Great Lakes basin.
Niagara Celtic Festival kicks off Saturday in Olcott
Tue, Sep 11th 2012 03:50 pm
The 12th annual Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games will take place in Olcott on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, at Krull Park in historic Olcott Beach.

Recently, Krull Park was honored with a second-place finish in Coca-Cola's "America's Favorite Park Contest," and took home a $50,000 prize after receiving more than 21 million votes. The Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival has been held at Krull Park each year since 2002.

This year, the festival grounds have been split into eight regions so that festivalgoers have an easier time finding the events and attractions they want to attend.

Village of Lewiston Board asks wine store owner for new proposal
Sat, Sep 8th 2012 12:35 pm
Seeing is believing for the Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees, which voted Thursday in favor of a new plan for 700 Center St., after meeting at the location and viewing exterior alterations made in contrast to a pre-approved remodel proposal.
OUN receives grant
Sat, Sep 8th 2012 10:15 am
Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara is the proud recipient of a $2,000 Guillemont Memorial Grant from the Niagara Falls Episcopal Urban Ministry. The funds will be used to purchase vital stand-up lifts that are critical to many of the 700 people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities served by the agency.
Two Niagara County credit unions plan merger
Sat, Sep 8th 2012 09:45 am
The boards of directors of two Niagara-area credit unions have announced that Niagara County's Federal Credit Union will merge with Niagara's Choice Federal Credit Union, effective Dec. 1.
Peach Queen contest winner
Sat, Sep 8th 2012 09:15 am
Congratulations to Cecelia Byrne, who won Niagara Frontier Publications' recent "Name the Peach Queen" contest. Byrne visited and successfully named the past five Peach Queen winners.
Castellani Gala set for Oct. 13
Fri, Sep 7th 2012 07:00 am
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is holding its annual gala on Saturday, Oct. 13. This year's event, "Thank You for 10 Years of Support," is the 10th annual dinner and auction to benefit art education programs at the CAM.
Wheatfield resident co-hosts 'The Fred Jackson Show'
Fri, Sep 7th 2012 12:05 am
WBBZ-TV will introduce "The Fred Jackson Show" to the local program roster beginning Monday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Jackson, star running back for the Buffalo Bills, has been a member of the team since 2007.
Aquarium's 'Winds, Waves & Wines' fundraiser returns Sept. 20
Thu, Sep 6th 2012 07:00 am
M&T Bank will once again be the grand marquee sponsor for the Aquarium of Niagara's annual "Winds, Waves & Wines" celebration of the area's grape harvest. "WWW III" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.
U.S. Navy Band to present free concert at Old Fort Niagara
Tue, Sep 4th 2012 01:40 pm
On Friday evening, Sept. 14, The United States Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble will be joined onstage at Old Fort Niagara by members of the Marine Forces Reserve Band, The Royal Canadian Navy Band and the U.S. Coast Guard Band for a special concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the upcoming bicentennial of the "Star-Spangled Banner."
Accomplished Dunkin' Donuts franchisee launches plan for growth in WNY with opening of new Tonawanda location
Mon, Sep 3rd 2012 07:00 am
Dunkin' Donuts has announced plans for sustained growth and expansion in Western New York during the grand opening of a new restaurant in Tonawanda.
Buffalo Society of Artists presents 116th annual Catalogue Exhibition
Mon, Sep 3rd 2012 07:00 am
The Buffalo Society of Artists 116th annual Catalogue Exhibition opens Sept. 21 at the NACC.
Christmann named honorary CROP Walk chairperson
Sat, Sep 1st 2012 07:00 am
Robert Christmann, Grand Island superintendent of schools, will serve as the honorary chairperson of this year's Grand Island CROP Walk. The Sunday, Oct. 14, event aims to help stop hunger and poverty on Grand Island and around the world.
Proposed wine store begrudgingly gets initial green light for vinyl
Sat, Sep 1st 2012 07:00 am
Residents and passersby have wondered what is going on with 700 Center St., the former Amy K's Mystick Korner in Lewiston. A new addition was added to the historic building's east side in the spring, and construction appeared to be moving right along. But recently, the project has been noticeably delayed.
Norris releases statement from GOP convention
Thu, Aug 30th 2012 10:45 pm
Niagara County Republican Chairman Michael J. Norris released the following statement Thursday evening from the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, where he was awaiting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's acceptance speech:
Niagara Falls base helps 'Feed Families'
Thu, Aug 30th 2012 04:20 pm
Aug. 1 marked the kickoff to a national effort called "Feds Feed Families." The 914th Airlift Wing made it a personal challenge to raise more than 1,000 pounds of food to support families struggling with the economic downturn.
Free 'Carrousel Chat' on Sept. 24
Wed, Aug 29th 2012 12:45 pm
Though there were many carrousel companies during the "Golden Age" of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, only a handful are considered to have been major manufacturers. One of these was undoubtedly the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, or PTC.
Louise Hines awarded Ruth and William O. Sass Nursing Scholarship
Tue, Aug 28th 2012 09:15 am
Louise Hines, R.N., center, of Niagara Falls, has been awarded the Ruth and William O. Sass Nursing Scholarship for 2012-13.
Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association hosts 16th annual Buddy Walk of Buffalo Niagara
Mon, Aug 27th 2012 07:00 am
The Family & Friends Down Syndrome Association Niagara Inc. announces the 16th annual Buddy Walk of Buffalo Niagara, a benefit for people with Down syndrome, will be held Saturday, Sept. 8.
Niagara County Department of Health announces first Diabetes Screening Day
Mon, Aug 27th 2012 07:00 am
"The plans are finally in place for our first county-wide Diabetes Screening Day," announced Claudia Kurtzworth, regarding the diabetes prevention initiative spearheaded by the Niagara County Department of Health and the Niagara County Diabetes Coalition.
Wilson, Youngstown Lewiston Lions combine for success
Fri, Aug 24th 2012 08:20 am
Members of the Lions Club in Wilson, Youngstown and Lewiston Lions held their annual golf tournament fundraiser for the blind on June 8 at the Willow Brook Golf Course.
Wallenda returns
Thu, Aug 23rd 2012 10:00 pm
Highwire artist Nik Wallenda returned to Niagara Falls on Thursday, Aug. 23, to update the media about his plans to open a daredevil museum. It was Wallenda's first trip back to the area since he crossed over the falls to Canada on June 15.
SPCA of Niagara celebrates Dog Days of Summer
Thu, Aug 23rd 2012 08:45 am
The SPCA is usually all about the animals - like Gabby, shown in the photo at right, taking a cooling dip in a plastic pool.
Youngstown: Old Fort Niagara hosts War of 1812 Encampment
Thu, Aug 23rd 2012 08:35 am
The War of 1812 comes alive at Old Fort Niagara over Labor Day weekend as the historic site presents its annual War of 1812 Encampment.
Eternal Brothers do it again
Thu, Aug 23rd 2012 08:35 am
The third time is certainly a charm for the Eternal Brothers Motorcycle Club. The club recently hosted the third annual Elizabeth Bondi Memorial Bike Run in support of the programs and services of Niagara Hospice.
USDA begins 2012 oral rabies vaccine efforts in eastern U.S.
Mon, Aug 20th 2012 04:30 pm
To foster its goal of preventing the further spread of wildlife rabies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's wildlife services program has begun its 2012 distribution of oral rabies vaccine baits in select areas along the East Coast. This effort seeks to prevent the spread of raccoon rabies.
Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival is Aug. 24-25
Mon, Aug 20th 2012 07:00 am
This year's Lewiston Jazz Festival will take place on Friday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 25, from noon to 10 p.m. on Center Street. Admission, parking, and shuttles to the festival from Artpark's lower level parking lot are all free.
Pictorial postmark event set for Aug. 24 at Old Fort Niagara
Sat, Aug 18th 2012 07:00 am
Stamp enthusiasts will have a chance to add a piece of history to their collections when the U.S. Postal Service, in cooperation with Old Fort Niagara, hosts a special pictorial postmark event at the fort's Visitor Center.
'Like' us, follow us, and enter to win Peach Festival tickets
Sat, Aug 18th 2012 07:00 am
One of Niagara County's biggest events of the year, the Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival takes place Sept. 7-9 at Academy Park. A highlight of the festival is the grand midway featuring rides fit for all ages.

Niagara Frontier Publications is giving away three booklets of Peach Festival ride tickets.

Mike & Nate biked the states for Wounded Warrior Project
Thu, Aug 16th 2012 12:00 pm
Mike & Nate give new meaning to the phrase, "God works in mysterious ways."

Over 50 days, the two churchgoing college buddies - Mike Buonaiuto, 22, and Nate Frankoski, 26 - biked 2,500 miles to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Wheatfield Picnic is something to cheer about
Thu, Aug 16th 2012 08:55 am
Church services, a rock climbing wall, live animals, games, music, demonstrations and plenty of food - the 34th annual Wheatfield Family Picnic at Fairmount Park this Sunday, Aug. 19, has it all.