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'Bigger, better' Jazz Festival takes stage in Lewiston
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 07:00 am
Jazz buffs will again flock to Lewiston this weekend for the 13th annual Lewiston Jazz Festival, where more than 150 musicians will gather in a celebration of jazz music and culture.
Members of Daughters of Charity to be honored at Mount St. Mary's Good Works Gala, 'Casino Royale'
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 07:00 am
Members of the Daughters of Charity, the sponsoring religious organization of Mount St. Mary's Hospital since 1997, will be the featured honorees at the 15th annual Good Works Gala "Casino Royale."
Wildlife Festival returns to NYPA's Niagara Power Vista
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 07:00 am
The New York Power Authority will host its 29th annual Wildlife Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Power Vista, the Niagara Power Project's visitors center, located at 5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston.
Cuomo announces recipients of $340 million in pre-kindergarten funding
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 03:05 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the recipients of $340 million in full-day pre-kindergarten funding for 81 school districts and community-based organizations statewide, opening full-day classroom slots to nearly 37,000 children.

The funding, included in the 2014-15 state budget, is the first installment as part of the state's commitment to invest $1.5 billion over five years to build a statewide universal full-day pre-kindergarten program.

Assemblyman John Ceretto announced the Niagara Falls City School District is receiving a $289,131 grant to fund pre-kindergarten. This grant comes in addition to the millions in pre-k funding Ceretto helped secure during budget negotiations this year.

Elks bring children to Artpark
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 02:10 pm
Elks Lodge No. 346 Niagara Falls assisted Artpark & Company in presenting the fourth annual Fairy House Festival this summer at Artpark. The Elks have been the presenting sponsor of the annual event, which draws families and visitors each spring.
Village of Lewiston reverses course on residential pop-up parking lots
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:35 am
Patrons driving to Artpark Tuesday for the Styx concert may have noticed more cars parked off South Fourth Street. Vehicles were on residential lawns - parked both parallel and perpendicular - on the road and in driveways. Some homes had more than a half-dozen parked on site.

If this appeared in contrast to previous Village of Lewiston Board rulings, it was - and it wasn't.

Buffalo to host NHL Combine in 2015 and 2016
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 03:35 pm
The National Hockey League and the Buffalo Sabres announced the NHL Combine will move to Buffalo in 2015 and 2016, with the event being held at First Niagara Center and the soon-to-be-completed HARBORCENTER complex across from the arena.
NCCC Culinary Institute sponsors Peach Festival taste-off
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 03:00 pm
Niagara County Community College has long supported the Lewiston Kiwanis Club and the Niagara County Peach Festival. Now that NCCC's Culinary Institute is up and running - and garnering praise for its offerings - the timing was right for the downtown Niagara Falls campus to sponsor the annual Peach Festival peach recipe contest taste-off.
Tweedie named interim director at Niagara Cerebral Palsy
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:20 pm
Rita Tweedie, chief fiscal officer of Niagara Cerebral Palsy, will serve as the interim CEO/executive director for the organization. This comes after current CEO John Reardon's mid-August departure to relocate out of the area.
Grand Island: Miracle League playground open for play
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 01:30 pm
The new disability-friendly playground in Veterans Park, part of the Miracle League complex, is now complete and open for play "for the whole Western New York community," said R.J. Wynne, president of the Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York.
DEC extends CWM public comment period again
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 01:00 pm
The state Department of Environmental Conservation Facility Siting Board and DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced this week the DEC would extend, yet again, the public commentary period on the CWM Chemical Services expansion/new hazardous waste proposal application before the agency.
Sevenson drivers honored for safety behind the wheel
Thu, Aug 14th 2014 10:35 am
Sevenson Environmental Services Inc. of Niagara Falls has honored four of its tractor-trailer drivers for a combined 1.2 million miles of safe driving.
Peach Queen court prepares for pageant
Wed, Aug 13th 2014 01:35 pm
The Peach Queen contestants have been busy attending events and volunteering, and recently participated in two new events.
Old Fort Niagara: 'War of 1812 Encampment' features night battle
Tue, Aug 12th 2014 07:00 am
Old Fort Niagara's final summer event will take place Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend as the historic site presents its annual "War of 1812 Encampment." The highlight of the event is a Saturday night battle, which recreates the British capture of Fort Niagara in December 1813.
ECHDC announces plans to light connecting terminal grain elevator
Mon, Aug 11th 2014 04:00 pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. met and approved two contracts that will move forward and start construction on a permanent lighting installation at the Connecting Terminal grain elevator in Buffalo.
Mixed response to petition to dissolve LPD
Sat, Aug 9th 2014 08:00 am
A petition to dissolve the Lewiston Police Department into the Niagara County Sheriff's Office has received mixed reactions from residents, police and town officials.
Village of Lewiston has big plans for waterfront
Sat, Aug 9th 2014 08:00 am
The mayor recently met with business leaders and members of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce and revealed plans to bolster Lewiston's waterfront. Collesano envisions additional parking, a recreation area, and a museum highlighting the village's transportation history.
Great Contraption Race an enjoyable success
Sat, Aug 9th 2014 07:55 am
The first-ever Great Contraption Race, held to benefit the It Happened to Alexa Foundation of Lewiston, went off without a hitch last Saturday morning in the lower Niagara River waters between Lewiston and Youngstown.
'Wonder Falls': Cuomo announces transformation of Rainbow Centre Mall in Niagara Falls
Fri, Aug 8th 2014 05:35 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo traveled to Niagara Falls Friday to announce Uniland Development Co., a Western New York-based development company, has been selected as the preferred developer to rebuild and transform the former Rainbow Centre Shopping Mall in Niagara Falls.
'Celebrate Lockport': Connecting people through faith and service
Thu, Aug 7th 2014 12:00 pm
Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope, or NOAH, a faith-based community organizing effort, will team with four congregations in Lockport to produce the first "Celebrate Lockport" event on Aug. 23.
Niagara County Fair: Rockwood wins Grace Herr Award
Thu, Aug 7th 2014 11:55 am
The Niagara County Fair announces the 2014 Grace Herr Award recipient is Paul Rockwood, a fulltime farmer in Lockport who enjoys volunteering his time and expertise for the fair.
We love Heart
Wed, Aug 6th 2014 02:05 pm
VIDEO, PICTURES: Performing Tuesday at Artpark, Ann and Nancy Wilson proved, once again, they are the world's premier female-fronted rock back.
New English summer camp exposes international students to Niagara University, Western New York and American culture
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 10:20 pm
Twelve students and two chaperones from eastern Asia are taking part in a new summer camp at Niagara University intended to offer English language instruction along with immersion into American culture.
Niagara University president reads children's story to literacy program participants
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 10:20 pm
The Niagara Falls City School District students participating in Niagara University's primary enhancement program got a special treat Monday when the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president, read them "Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids."
'Raise a Hot Dog to Joan'
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 12:55 pm
Joseph Pillittere Jr. honored his late mother Monday by giving away free Silo Restaurant hot dogs. Pillittere's late mother, Joan, was an ardent fan of the popular summer food.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens: Meet Morty, the 'corpse flower'
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 10:25 am
In July, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens acquired three Amorphophallus titanum tubers. One of these "corpse flowers," as they're known, is set to bloom this week.
'Grand Gardens of the Niagara Portage' to be showcased Aug. 9
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 07:00 am
Parks and gardens along the historic Niagara Portage will be the featured destinations Saturday, Aug. 9, as four city institutions present a series of outdoor activities for people of all ages.
'Practically Perfect' 'Mary Poppins' is coolest Artpark musical yet
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:50 am
George and Winifred Banks have lost that loving feeling, while their not-so-precious children, Jane and Michael, have run amok - and run many nannies into early retirement. In their hour of need, Mary Poppins (Emilie Renier) appears - out of nowhere - and delivers a spoonful of ... tough love, insight, life lessons ... and, yes, sugar.
Favorite for a reason
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:45 am
I don't have to tell you Favorite's Pizzeria is, well, Lewiston's favorite.

The steady line of customers standing in front of the restaurant counter daily is proof Favorite's has mastered pizza, wings and fingers.

Peach Queen contestants gather
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:35 am
Peach Queen contestants met for the first time this week in preparation for the Niagara County/Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival, to be held Sept. 5-7 at Academy Park in Lewiston. Contestants will attend events and complete community service projects in the next month leading up to the on-stage portion of the program.
Lewiston: Hibbard's announces contest winner, new custard flavors
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:25 am
As part of its 75th anniversary celebration last weekend, Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard invited patrons to enter a contest and come up with a new custard flavor.
'Deposits for Food' raises money for local charities
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 08:15 pm
Last year, Lewiston resident Angelo Sarkees began the "Deposits for Food" initiative, collecting bottles, cans and scrap to raise funds for a pair of Niagara Falls charities. In year two, the program's impact more than tripled, and Sarkees presented checks of $1,000 each to Community Missions and Heart, Love and Soul on Thursday.
Dog days of summer
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 08:05 pm
Recently, a grumble of 24 pugs and their owners came together for a "dawg on" summer pug party in Youngstown. Dog owners from Lewiston, Youngstown, Clarence, Lancaster and Amherst attended the event.
Firefighters rule in Wheatfield
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 04:30 pm
The 115th annual Western New York Volunteer Fireman's Association Convention, hosted by the St. Johnsburg Volunteer Fire Co., was held July 23-26 in Wheatfield.
Preparing for 'Sing Sisters Sing'
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 02:10 pm
Members of the Schoellkopf Auxiliary Garden Club are readying the park for their upcoming Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary Fundraiser, "Sing Sisters Sing," scheduled to take place Thursday, Aug. 7, from 6-9 p.m.
Unyts, DeGraff to host 2nd annual 'Brandon Kupiec Memorial' community blood drive and raffle
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 10:05 pm
After their son's sudden passing at the age of 20 in 2013, Paul and Mary Beth Kupiec were compelled to keep Brandon's legacy going in a way they knew would reflect his caring and giving life. He was avid blood donor from the age of 16. Now, those in the community can mirror Brandon's action and give at a Unyts blood drive named in his memory.
Niagara County Fair a summer highlight with food, rides, music, special events
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 07:00 am
Niagara County Legislature Chairman Bill Ross has a full load of events listed on his calendar for July.

The Wheatfield resident has one event double-circled on that calendar, however - Wednesday, July 30.

Get ready for first Great Contraption Race in Youngstown
Mon, Jul 28th 2014 06:55 am
The days are drawing ever so closer to an all-new event taking place in the lower Niagara River. Called the Great Contraption Race, it's a unique on-water competition presented by the It Happened to Alexa Foundation of Lewiston. To run Saturday, Aug. 2, this rather unusual happening continues to catch the interest of would-be participants, almost as soon as they hear of it.
Hibbard's celebrates milestone
Sat, Jul 26th 2014 05:00 am
From the clothes we wear, to the music we listen to, our means of transportation and our preferred forms of entertainment, many things have changed since 1939.

You know one thing that hasn't changed in 75 years? People still confuse ice cream and custard.

'Mary Poppins' brings magic to Artpark (or is it the other way around?)
Sat, Jul 26th 2014 04:05 am
To successfully present "Mary Poppins" in 2014 - to bravely take on Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, the song and dance numbers - let alone the flying - would take real magic.
 


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