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On 'Snowshoe Patrol' at Old Fort Niagara
Mon, Jan 16th 2012 11:50 am
There wasn't enough snow to use snowshoes on Old Fort Niagara's annual "Snowshoe Patrol" Saturday, but the cold and small amount of snow on the ground was much better than muddy grounds.
Grand Island High School: Vikings conquer Tech Wars again
Fri, Jan 13th 2012 05:55 pm
Grand Island High School completed a three-peat of the Tech Wars competition Wednesday, winning for the third year in a row in the battle of school technology programs held at Niagara County Community College.
New group formed to promote marketing at Niagara Falls International Airport
Thu, Jan 12th 2012 08:35 pm
The Niagara Falls International Airport Stakeholders Group Inc. will promote further development and utilization of the airport.
Catholic Charities announces $10.6 million goal for 2012 appeal
Thu, Jan 12th 2012 11:30 am
Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, announced Wednesday a $10.6 million goal for the 2012 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo.
Aquarium of Niagara program all about penguin love
Thu, Jan 12th 2012 07:00 am
Looking for something special for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? The Aquarium of Niagara has just the thing: A special program on "Penguin Romance: Love on the Rocks."
Ceretto delivers 'Empower Niagara' petitions to governor's office
Tue, Jan 10th 2012 05:05 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto delivered his and State Sen. George Maziarz's "Empower Niagara" petitions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Tuesday.
Wheatfield issues statement regarding SPCA
Tue, Jan 10th 2012 01:00 pm
The first action of the January Wheatfield Town Board meeting was to issue a statement regarding the SPCA investigation. With more than 60 people filling the meeting room, Supervisor Bob Cliffe explained that this is a Niagara County-wide issue affecting all 12 towns and three cities.
YMCA 2012 'Strong Kids Campaign' begins this week
Tue, Jan 10th 2012 07:00 am
The Niagara Falls branch of YMCA Buffalo Niagara has begun its fundraising effort for the 2012 "Strong Kids Campaign" under the leadership of co-chairs Donald E. Burns and Albert Parker.
Lewiston residents at forum overwhelmingly support rec center
Mon, Jan 9th 2012 09:00 pm
In stark contrast to the previous two Village of Lewiston Board meetings, residents Monday overwhelmingly voiced their support for a new indoor sports complex.
Village of Lewiston recreation center proposal shelved
Sat, Jan 7th 2012 12:50 pm
In a surprising turnabout Saturday, the Village of Lewiston has shelved the recreation center proposal. Gary Hall, who was to spearhead project financing, has withdrawn himself from the project.
Ceretto delivers goods collected during health product drive
Fri, Jan 6th 2012 04:30 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto completed his health product drive for the Heart, Love & Soul Food Pantry by delivering thousands of collected goods to the site.
Local pharmacist lauds new prescription drug law
Fri, Jan 6th 2012 07:00 am
A new prescription drug law is being praised by New York's pharmacists.
DeSales donates to Niagara Hospice
Thu, Jan 5th 2012 01:25 pm
Jessie Miller, a seventh-grader at DeSales Catholic School in Lockport, organized a dress down day at her school to raise money for Niagara Hospice.
County Chairman Ross: Albany must provide mandate relief
Wed, Jan 4th 2012 11:50 am
State of County address calls on state to fund own programs.
Supermarket Liquors and Wines shares success with local charities
Wed, Jan 4th 2012 07:00 am
Chris Castellani, president of Supermarket Liquors and Wines, recently completed a fundraising effort to benefit the Toys for Tots fund.
Freshman legislators inaugurated
Tue, Jan 3rd 2012 09:50 am
As representatives in the 15-member Niagara County Legislature were sworn in around Niagara County this past weekend, several were taking oaths for the first time as elected officials.
Wojtaszek-Gariano takes oath as family court judge
Mon, Jan 2nd 2012 11:20 am
Surrounded by family, friends, top county elected officials and judges, Niagara County's new family court judge was sworn in Sunday.
Advanced Dental re-enlists Operation Whiter-Brighter to support Niagara Falls Air Base
Mon, Jan 2nd 2012 11:15 am
New year, new fund-raising campaign for the Niagara Falls Air Base.
2011: A year of impacting news
Sat, Dec 31st 2011 07:00 am
The year 2011 is now fading into memory.

As we eagerly anticipate what's to come in 2012, we now look back at what was 2011. It was certainly memorable, with changes, countless ones, on a global, national, local, and even a personal scale.

For some it was a year of high expectations, some achieved. For others it might have been frustrations, possibly loss. You can say one thing though - we were all impacted by the events that occurred in the last year in some form or another.

What follows is a brief look at some of the major news reported on in the Sentinel coverage area over the past year. News, which will likely continue to impact area residents in 2012 and beyond.

10 stories impacting the Village of Lewiston as 2012 begins
Fri, Dec 30th 2011 03:55 pm
As the countdown to the new year begins, the Sentinel takes a look back at 10 Village of Lewiston topics covered in 2011, all of which will impact residents in 2012.
Wheatfield controls finances in 2011; Town of Niagara set to party in 2012
Fri, Dec 30th 2011 05:45 am
As another year ticks down this weekend, it's time to reflect on 2011 and look ahead to 2012.
Woodlands, Forestview team up with Niagara Charter School
Thu, Dec 29th 2011 07:00 am
Residents of The Woodlands and Forestview teamed up with students from Niagara Charter School to spread the Christmas spirit through "The Giving Tree."
Ceretto: What's the truth on Unifrax?
Wed, Dec 28th 2011 11:10 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-Lewiston, on Tuesday wrote Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams to discuss new information regarding Unifrax, a manufacturing company that received $700,000 in Empire State Development funding to relocate from Niagara Falls to the Town of Tonawanda in Erie County.

Empire State Development claimed the $700,000 payment was used to ensure that Unifrax did not relocate to Indiana. However, Ceretto's recent FOIL request to the state of Indiana shows no proof that the Hoosier State was trying to entice the company to move.

Mount St. Mary's Foundation receives donation from Fenton Café
Tue, Dec 27th 2011 07:05 am
More than $1,500 was designated for the Mount St. Mary's Foundation thanks to the generosity of Izzy and Francine Ahmed, owners of Fenton's Café.
Ready to roll
Mon, Dec 26th 2011 07:00 am
Every year, the Haseley family on Lockport Road, right across from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station entrance, puts up a holiday display. (photo by Marc Carpenter)
A Christmas tradition!
Sun, Dec 25th 2011 08:00 am
One of the largest Christmas displays in the area is done by the Greinert family over three acres at 6962 Errick Road, Wheatfield. Paul Greinert carries on the tradition started 26 years ago by his dad, Ed Greinert, former town supervisor.

Visitors are welcome, but asked to stay in their cars due to the vast amount of wiring involved for the many different scenes, showing elves, snowmen, a nativity scene, shooting stars, snowflakes, candy canes, wreaths, Christmas trees, carolers, Santa's sleigh, and much more, including the toy-filled choo-choo train shown above right.

'Al, will you cover Christmas?'
Sun, Dec 25th 2011 07:30 am
To this technician, said Hooker Lab Supervisor Art Bartlett, "Al, will you cover Christmas?"

To this, you say "Of course," for not just recently you came back from New York City after waiting for a berth on an Esso Standard tanker with your tail between your legs, with your eyes sunken in from insufficient rations. Therefore, working on Christmas Day would be more of a joy than an annoyance. Besides, there was pay.

Right off the bat it was pleasant. A little more than a mile from home, 17th and Ferry, large snowflakes in the mild winter darkness hitting you in the face, Christmas carols in your mind, you walk to work. You say "Hi" to the guard Bill Oliver, who drives in from Wilson, punch in, and walk the 150 feet to your lab building, where you analyze poison gas for the U.S. government. Wow, all those stars.

Happy holidays
Sun, Dec 25th 2011 07:00 am
The recent Tour of Homes drew nearly 1,900 to the Village of Lewiston to see five beautifully decorated homes by some of Western New York's most talented designers.
NWHS welcomes Santa
Fri, Dec 23rd 2011 07:20 am
The holiday spirit is alive and well at Niagara-Wheatfield High School.
Islanders increase support for Neighbors Foundation this holiday
Fri, Dec 23rd 2011 06:55 am
Grand Island Neighbors Foundation: need to assist Islanders down on their luck this holiday greater than last year; donations have risen even faster.
Air National Guard lands additional Toys for Tots
Thu, Dec 22nd 2011 07:00 am
Commanders from the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing met with local Marine Corps reps for a Toys for Tots drop-off for bags of donated toys by members of the 107th Airlift Wing.
914th Air Wing receives donation from American Legion Riders
Wed, Dec 21st 2011 11:15 pm
The American Legion Riders from Wheatfield Post 1451 donated $500 to the Airman and Family Readiness Center of the 914th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Reserve Center.
Niagara USA welcomes back Joshua Revolution conference
Wed, Dec 21st 2011 11:00 am
Post-holiday youth spiritual event returns for the fifth year in a row.
Niagara County adopts $316.5 million spending plan
Wed, Dec 21st 2011 10:50 am
Budget comes in under county tax cap despite state mandates

Niagara County lawmakers approved a $316.5 million spending plan Tuesday night in Lockport, with a slight 1.8 percent property tax increase that is below the county's legally required 2 percent tax cap.

The 2012 county budget was approved by a 16-3 vote.

The approved budget sets a full value tax rate of $7.63 per $1,000 of assessed value, a 13-cent shift from the 2011 spending plan. Taxes remain sharply lower than the $8.78 per $1,000 in 2004. The Legislature has, despite this year's minor tax increase, managed to preserve a 13 percent tax reduction accomplished since then.

Village of Lewiston votes to accept Gary Hall's recreation center
Tue, Dec 20th 2011 07:00 am
The Village of Lewiston accepted Gary Hall's gift of a new, $2 million recreation center at Monday's monthly board meeting. ... Now the question is where to put it.
Mount St. Mary's marks completion of more than $10 million in enhancements
Mon, Dec 19th 2011 10:05 am
Mount St. Mary's Hospital is celebrating the nearing of completion of more than $10 million in diagnostic equipment and infrastructure improvements made at the facility over the past three years.

And starting this month, Mount St. Mary's is beginning an investment that will total more than $2.4 million for the implementation of an electronic medical record that will be needed to meet the requirements of the federal Healthcare Reform's Affordable Care Act, while enhancing patient care.

Hospital President and CEO Judith Maness said the investments would add to the overall life of the hospital building and enhance comfort for patients and employees.

"These investments in our hospital's infrastructure and building systems are critical to our sustainability and efficiency," she said.

Sandi's Family Restaurant is tops in NFP customer service Web poll
Sat, Dec 17th 2011 07:10 am
It's easy to see what customers like about Sandi's Family Restaurant.
Lewiston's Lloyd Draper has holiday ornaments on display at Orange Cat
Sat, Dec 17th 2011 07:05 am
Uniquely crafted woodworkings are now on display.
Seneca Hickory Stick named a Golfweek 'Best Casino Course'
Fri, Dec 16th 2011 07:00 am
In only its second season in existence, Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course has received another impressive honor.
Town of Niagara hopes for payback on Army property
Thu, Dec 15th 2011 07:00 am
A four-star hotel and extra airport parking have been added to the possibilities for future use.