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Välkommen till Lewiston
Sat, Feb 22nd 2014 11:00 am
The Village of Lewiston welcomed two unique visitors last weekend: Christel Jönsson and Lennart Persson of Höganas, Sweden.
Congressman Collins seeks to block federal dollars for criminal college program
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 02:15 pm
Congressman Chris Collins will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of federal taxpayer dollars to provide a college education to convicted criminals. The pending legislation is in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announced plan to use taxpayer dollars to fund college degree programs for convicted criminals in New York state prisons.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons provides states with funding for educational and other programs at state prisons and correctional facilities. Collins' legislation would ban states from using the federal taxpayer dollars to fund college degree programs for convicted criminals.

NIMAC vice chair meets with top Air Force leaders at 2014 civic leaders conference in Washington
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 12:10 pm
Merrell Lane, vice chairman of the Niagara Military Affairs Council and a member of the Air Force chief of staff's civic leaders program, recently met with top leaders of the U.S. Air Force at the 2014 Air Force Civic Leader Program Conference in Washington, D.C.
Tully's Restaurants presents 'Special Thursdays' to benefit Special Olympics
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 12:05 pm
Tully's Good Times Restaurants in Amherst, Clarence and Cheektowaga have joined forces with the Special Olympics NY Western Region to raise money for the upcoming Special Olympics New York State Summer Games, taking place June 6-8.
Artpark announces Arctic Monkeys as a 'Coors Light Wednesday' concert
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 12:35 pm
Artpark & Company announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that English indie band Arctic Monkeys will perform June 18 as part of the "Coors Light Wednesdays" concert series in the Outdoor Amphitheater.
Niagara County first in state to oppose Cuomo's college for criminals idea
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 11:00 am
Niagara County lawmakers were outraged Tuesday night at plans by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to give taxpayer-funded college degrees to hardened criminals doing time in New York's prisons - and became the first county in the state to go on the record opposing the prison perk.

In a rare show of bipartisan anger at the Democratic governor, county legislators unanimously passed a resolution that opposed Cuomo's college-for-criminals scheme and called on the New York State Legislature to block it. The resolution was sponsored by every single member of the County Legislature's Republican and Democratic caucuses.

Grisanti launches petition against free college for prisoners
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 03:10 pm
New York State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, announced Tuesday he has launched an online petition to gather public opposition to a recent proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to give taxpayer-subsidized college classes to inmates at 10 state prisons.

The petition, "Say 'NO' To Free College For Prisoners," went live Tuesday.

"I have received numerous phone calls, emails and Facebook messages related to this initiative, and the overwhelming percentage of them are negative," Grisanti said.

"I support rehabilitation and reduced recidivism, but not on the taxpayer's dime, when so many individuals and families in New York are struggling to meet the ever-rising costs of higher education," he added.

Grisanti will back Compassionate Care Act
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 08:25 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, announced Monday he will support the Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana to treat certain diseases.

Under the legislation, licensed health care professionals would strictly supervise any use of medical marijuana. This stands to be the toughest and most regulated legislation in the nation.

"To a great extent, my decision to support this legislation resulted from my conversations with the Conte family, who are constituents of mine," Grisanti explained. "Anna Conte, who is 8 years old, suffers from Dravet syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy."

Dr. Gary Praetzel stepping aside after 35 years at Niagara University
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:45 am
Dr. Gary D. Praetzel, the man responsible for establishing Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and forging NU's reputation as a worldwide leader in hospitality training, will retire at the conclusion of the academic year.
'GRoW House' lands UB a spot in national Solar Decathlon
Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:10 am
University at Buffalo students and professors will build a 1,400-square-foot solar-powered home as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy's elite Solar Decathlon competition.
NTCC names winner in 'Love Letters' contest
Sat, Feb 15th 2014 07:00 am
Many "Love Letters" to Niagara touched the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. staff, but none more so than the one submitted by Beverly Weigel of Niagara Falls.
Artpark welcomes Morrissey
Fri, Feb 14th 2014 01:10 pm
Artpark & Company and Funtime Presents welcome Morrissey to Lewiston for a concert Monday, June 16. Kristeen Young is the opening act. It's a 7 p.m. gate.
National Fuels warns extreme cold to impact heating costs
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:10 pm
An early start to the winter heating season, coupled with sustained cold weather in January, has National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. urging consumers to consider budget billing to spread out heating bill balances over 12 months and to check to see if they qualify for available payment assistance programs.

Without question, this winter has been cold. The month of November was 11. 7 percent colder than normal, December was 5.4 percent colder, and January was 11.7 percent colder than normal. When compared to last year, January 2014 was a staggering 29 percent colder than 2013.

2014 WNY Boat Show to be held at Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 07:00 am
The Marine Trades Association of WNY has announced the 2014 WNY Boat Show will once again be held at The Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse. Buffalo's premier boat dealers will present brand-new product, from cruisers and pontoon boats to wakeboarding and fishing boats, personal watercraft and much more.
Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops now accepting scholarship applications
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 03:00 pm
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program, which supports local high school seniors in pursuit of higher education in the foodservice and hospitality industries. The scholarship awards up to five winners with $1,000 each to be applied toward college education.
Ceretto meets with Village of Lewiston Mayor Terry Collesano
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 07:00 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, met Monday with Village of Lewiston Mayor Terry Collesano in his Albany office. Collesano was in Albany for the New York Conference of Mayor's annual Winter Legislative Meeting.
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. board moving forward on South Aud Block Plans
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 11:15 am
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. board of directors met Monday and moved forward on plans to redevelop the South Aud Block at Canalside in Buffalo by entering into contracts with Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn, a Perkins Eastman Company, and Fontanese Folts Aurbrecht Ernst for architectural and engineering services.
4th annual E-Scrap 4 Camp fundraiser to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 09:50 am
Sunnking Inc., in partnership with Camp Good Days and Special Times, has created a program called "E-Scrap 4 Camp." This program facilitates the recycling of old electronics from participating local businesses to generate funds for Camp Good Days and Special Times.
State Board of Regents candidate Polka has main focus on students
Sat, Feb 8th 2014 07:00 am
On Thursday, Feb. 13, Niagara Falls High School will host a rescheduling of an education summit to discuss the impact of the Common Core Standards on New York state schools. One of the summit's key speakers will be Dr. Walter Polka, a Niagara University professor and former superintendent of the Lewiston-Porter Central School District.
Yes, it has been that cold
Sat, Feb 8th 2014 12:00 am
Though temperatures in the area warmed up a bit at the start of the month, ice fishing continued at Wilson Harbor.
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce names gala honorees
Thu, Feb 6th 2014 12:50 pm
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will honor 10 businesses and individuals at its annual Chamber Awards Gala Friday, May 16, at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston.
Cuomo announces launch of America's largest business plan competition
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 12:45 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the largest business competition in the U.S. Details for the Buffalo competition, as well as its new brand, 43North (www.43North.org), were revealed at a press conference at One Canalside, a newly rehabbed building overlooking the transformative new construction along Buffalo's waterfront.
CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco at all CVS/pharmacy locations
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 12:40 pm
CVS Caremark announced today it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the U.S. by Oct. 1, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step in support of the health and well-being of its patients and customers.

"Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark. "Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."

NTCC encourages visitors, residents to write 'Love Letters to Niagara USA'
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 09:20 am
"Love Letters to Niagara USA" is an anthology of reflections on places and people in Niagara County, by local residents or visitors to the region.
NIMAC recognizes graduates of 2013 Niagara Commanders program
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 01:25 pm
The Niagara Military Affairs Council recently recognized nine regional leaders for successful completion of the organization's Niagara Commanders program.
Village of Lewiston puts kibosh on food trucks
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 07:00 am
Food truck owners will have to park their mobile eateries someplace else.

After receiving feedback from local business owners opposed to food trucks, trustees let it be known they will not allow such an operation in the village.

"I think our minds are pretty much made up," Mayor Terry Collesano told members of the River Region Chamber of Commerce prior to the trustees' monthly work session Monday.

NBCUniversal surrounds 2014 Olympic Winter Games with unprecedented promotion, expanded editorial coverage
Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 12:00 pm
NBCUniversal will surround the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, with the most extensive multi-platform coverage and promotion in Winter Games history. The 2014 Olympic Winter Games are an "NBCUniversal Gold Symphony" initiative, which leverages the company's promotional resources to drive awareness to key events.
Village of Lewiston: Paladino lays out plaza plan
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 09:00 am
William Paladino met with the Village of Lewiston Planning Board Wednesday to update members on the status of his development plan. The Ellicott Development CEO intends to create a U-shaped plaza with three main units: 1) two restaurants (one fast food) and a retail store; 2) a two-story retail/bank/commercial building; and 3) a drug store. He may build condos on the lot's west end, too.

"It's taken us long to get to this point, because every time we move or tweak anything, it has to go back to the engineers and they've got to redo everything because of the site grades and slopes and things of that nature," Paladino said.

NU Family Business Center honors NFP publisher Mazenauer
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 07:00 am
Niagara Frontier Publications Publisher Skip Mazenauer was presented the Niagara University Family Business Center Vision Award on Jan. 29. The award recognizes businesspeople who are successful, lead a family- or privately owned Western New York business, are committed to benefiting the community, and who have created something when others did not foresee an opportunity.
Niagara Falls Memorial dedicates The Niagara Wellness Connection Center
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 06:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center inaugurated a revolutionary new coordinated care program Thursday that will integrate behavioral health, primary care, wellness services, and community and social support services under one roof.

Named the Niagara Wellness Connection Center, the outpatient program will be housed in a newly constructed, $1.98 million facility on the sixth floor of Memorial's Schoellkopf Building (S-6). It will enhance accessibility, improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care by reducing emergency room visits and hospital admissions.

Artpark books Ringo Starr
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:00 am
Earlier this week, Niagara Frontier Publications learned Beatles drummer Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band were booked to play this summer at Artpark in Lewiston. The group will perform in the outdoor amphitheater Tuesday, June 24.
Oishei Foundation gives $5 million to UB for School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences' new building
Thu, Jan 30th 2014 07:00 am
The John R. Oishei Foundation has made a gift of $5 million to the University at Buffalo to support construction of the new UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital provides 'Pathways to Careers'
Thu, Jan 30th 2014 06:55 am
This year's "Pathways to Careers" internship partnership involving Mount St. Mary's, Niagara Catholic and Niagara University featured students Mackenzie Lozina and Ryan Prawel, both of NC. The pair is shown with the displays they created and exhibited in the hospital lobby as the final component of their project.
NYPA trustees approve up to $2 million in funding for preliminary engineering for removal of section of Robert Moses Parkway
Tue, Jan 28th 2014 06:05 pm
The New York Power Authority board of trustees approved funding Tuesday of up to $2 million for preliminary engineering and environmental review for the first phase of the Niagara Gorge Corridor Project, which is intended to facilitate unimpeded pedestrian and bicycle access to the gorge rim from City of Niagara Falls neighborhoods abutting the Robert Moses Parkway while making possible the restoration of natural landscapes along the gorge.

"The Power Authority is happy to be able to help kick-start the initial phase of the Niagara Gorge Corridor Project," said John R. Koelmel, NYPA chairman.

Higgins applauds NYPA action on Robert Moses Parkway project
Tue, Jan 28th 2014 01:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, applauded action by the New York Power Authority board of trustees to approve $2 million toward a project to remove portions of the Robert Moses Parkway in Niagara Falls.

NYPA funding will pay for engineering and environmental clearance for phase one of the Robert Moses Parkway project, officially called the Niagara Gorge Corridor Project, which extends from NYS Route 104 (Main Street) to Findlay Drive in Niagara Falls. According to the agreement, NYPA will pay for:

Niagara USA Chamber reveals Chamber Honors award recipients
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 05:35 pm
The Niagara USA Chamber proudly presents the Chamber Honors 2014 annual dinner Friday, March 14, at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Event Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. This year's honorees are:
Forget that snowy stuff
Mon, Jan 27th 2014 03:55 pm
Niagara Falls was thinking spring over the weekend as The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo took place inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.
Goo Goo Dolls to perform at Bear's Den inside Seneca Niagara Casino
Fri, Jan 24th 2014 03:25 pm
The Goo Goo Dolls will hit the road in April for a spring acoustic tour, called The Otis Midnight Sessions. The shows will be performed in a "Story Tellers" format that enables the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band to dig deep into an extensive song catalog spanning its nearly 30-year history.
OUN recipient of $6,000 grant
Fri, Jan 24th 2014 03:20 pm
Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, the Niagara County chapter of NYSARC Inc., has announced receipt of a $6,000 grant from the trustees of the NYSARC Trusts to support recreational opportunities for more than 150 individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities served by the agency who live in the community.
'Love on the Rocks' at Aquarium of Niagara
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 03:00 pm
They're not related to the colorful lovebirds of Africa, but the Aquarium of Niagara's Humboldt penguins could be called "lovebirds." So as Valentine's Day approaches, the nine penguins will be featured in a special program from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.