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Village of Lewiston accident triggers power outage
Fri, May 16th 2014 03:30 pm
Lewiston police responded with Lewiston No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co. late Thursday night to a one-vehicle accident at Center and North Fifth streets. Upon investigation, patrol reported a 21-year-old male operator struck an electrical pole.
Niagara Cerebral Palsy golf tournament honors James Catanese
Thu, May 15th 2014 03:55 pm
Niagara Cerebral Palsy is holding its 22nd annual "Matthew J. Murphy Jr. On the Tee fore NCP" golf tournament, June 13 at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course, 4560 Creek Road, Lewiston. Registration and lunch are at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit NCP's adult vocational program.

The event will celebrate the agency's 60th anniversary, in addition to unveiling a new award, "The Chairman's Award." This year's recipient is James Catanese.

Niagara Catholic presents donation to Bishop Richard Malone
Thu, May 15th 2014 03:45 pm
During a recent visit to Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School, the Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Buffalo Diocese, was presented with a sizable donation to benefit Catholic Charities.
Cancer survivor Wasserman Schultz joins Higgins, Roswell Park to highlight progress, next steps in cancer prevention, treatment
Wed, May 14th 2014 12:30 pm
Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and WNY Congressman Brian Higgins recognized National Women's Health Week with a tour of Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Center for Personalized Medicine and a discussion about the future of cancer treatment and prevention.
'Vines & Wines' to benefit OUN
Wed, May 14th 2014 12:25 pm
Tickets are now on sale for the May 21 event "Vines & Wines" to benefit the horticulture program and its participants with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara.
Gov. Cuomo announces nearly $9 million in funding awards for Niagara Falls State Parks projects
Tue, May 13th 2014 02:40 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $9 million in funding awards for two restoration projects at Niagara Falls State Park that underscore the progress being made in support of the Niagara River Greenway as well as the continuing revitalization of the New York state park system.
Mount St. Mary's Neighborhood Health Center recognized by Niagara River Lodge Masons
Tue, May 13th 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara River Lodge Masons recently presented the Mount St. Mary's Neighborhood Health Center with a Community Award of $500.
NU Theatre presents free children's stories this summer at Leary Theatre and Artpark
Mon, May 12th 2014 09:15 am
This summer, Niagara University Theatre's 38-year tradition of entertaining children and families with its N.U.R.T. storytelling troupe continues. Here comes Lily with her purple plastic purse. And Alexander, as usual is having a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." Pierre just doesn't care!
Explore & More's fifth annual 'Touch-A-Truck' expected to draw thousands
Mon, May 12th 2014 09:15 am
Explore & More once again invites children and families to put their imaginations in gear and go to the fifth annual "Touch-A-Truck."
Is Lewiston at risk?
Sat, May 10th 2014 11:00 am
Lewiston business owners fear their prime season could be in jeopardy this year.

As spring turns to summer and warm weather takes hold, Lewiston turns on its tourist magnet, with weekly concerts, monthly festivals and outdoor events. This year, however, the thruway to and from the village is under construction, which will delay visitors from coming and going - and could persuade them not to make a trip in the first place.

Niagara University, Niagara Catholic, Buffalo Diocese sign memorandum of understanding
Sat, May 10th 2014 07:00 am
Niagara University, Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo held a signing ceremony Friday to enter into a formal memorandum of understanding.
Niagara Sunset Cruises bringing dining and sightseeing cruises to Lower Niagara River
Sat, May 10th 2014 06:00 am
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours announces a new offering on the Lower Niagara River. Niagara Sunset Cruises will run dining and sightseeing cruises aboard the Niagara Belle beginning July 1. The Niagara Queen will join the fleet in the spring of 2015.
Grand Island High School: Capital project work in auditorium progresses
Fri, May 9th 2014 03:10 pm
PHOTOS: The auditorium at Grand Island High School has been gutted as part of the ongoing capital project in the Grand Island Central School District. Work on the ceiling went on high above the aud floor on the platform.
Canalside: Summer 2014 concert schedule announced
Thu, May 8th 2014 07:50 pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has announced a diverse lineup on Buffalo's waterfront. Thirty concerts will rock the park, including 10 free Thursday concerts and four ticketed concerts.

Canalside is bringing the likes of Buffalo favorite and lead singer of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie & The Sadies; reggae fusion artist Shaggy; neo soul/indie pop group Fitz and the Tantrums; and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring the music of Earth, Wind and Fire and Michael Jackson.

Dirty Smile moves on to represent Western New York in final round of 'Hard Rock Rising'
Thu, May 8th 2014 12:55 pm
Western New York's Dirty Smile has made it to the top 25 in the "Hard Rock Rising" global battle of the bands. Competing against other Hard Rock's worldwide, they finished with the third-highest number of votes received in the competition. It is now in the hands of industry judges to pick the top three winners.
Maid of the Mist to launch for 129th consecutive season on May 10
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:55 am
Celebrities, world leaders and tourists from Canada and around the world will once again have a chance to ride the iconic Maid of the Mist when the boats are launched in Niagara Falls, New York, beginning Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m.
Lemke awarded books for students
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:45 am
Jessica Lemke, pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Peter R.C. School, was one of 20-plus grantees of the national "BE INSPIRED" Disney/ABC Television Group and First Book Literacy Campaign selected to receive free books for every student in his or her school.
ZZ Top with Jeff Beck outdoor concert headlines additions to Seneca Casinos' 'Summer Rush Series'
Tue, May 6th 2014 04:15 pm
Survivor, Air Supply, Scott Stapp, Los Lobos also join the entertainment lineup; Brian Regan and Kellie Pickler booked for September.
Cinco de Mayo: You could've had a free taco
Tue, May 6th 2014 07:10 am
Cinco de Mayo translates to May 5. ... Unless you're in Lewiston. In the village Monday, Cinco de Mayo meant a free taco at The Spicey Pickle. Photos, video.
Make history at 'Hands Across Buffalo'
Mon, May 5th 2014 01:25 pm
They are lines that often divide, but on May 17 at 11 a.m., Western New Yorkers will cross the lines of race, ethnicity and poverty to show that Buffalo stands for a more united future.
OUN nature trail project a finalist for national grant
Mon, May 5th 2014 09:00 am
Enhancements to the nature trail at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara's Wheatfield site have been selected as a finalist project in the "Green America Awards" competition.
It Smelt good
Fri, May 2nd 2014 09:00 pm
You'd never know it by the cloud cover, but Friday marked the start of summer in Lewiston. The annual Smelt Festival drew in crowds from across Western New York, with each person hungry for a free sample of the tiny, deep-fried fish.

The Niagara River Anglers were set to batter and fry 400 pounds of smelt, which would be distributed inside white paper boats to festivalgoers.

Niagara County, NTCC reach agreement in principle on contract extension
Fri, May 2nd 2014 05:30 pm
The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. and Niagara County today announced an agreement in principle that would extend the tourism agency's contract with the county for three years, effective June 1, 2014, until June 1, 2017.
Roswell Park receives $1.5 million competitive contract for tobacco cessation program
Fri, May 2nd 2014 04:20 pm
Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million contract to operate the Western New York Tobacco Health System Change Center. It is funded by the New York State Tobacco Control Program and will promote systems changes supporting expanded tobacco-cessation services throughout Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
NU commencement honorees include two Pulitzer winners, hospitality leader
Tue, Apr 29th 2014 05:20 pm
A pair of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters and a hospitality magnate will address Niagara University graduates during commencement ceremonies taking place in the Gallagher Center May 8 and 10.
Aretha Franklin, Heart, Styx, Michael McDonald, Sara Bareilles: Artpark reveals final outdoor acts
Mon, Apr 28th 2014 10:05 am
Artpark announced the final performers in the "First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park" and "Coors Light Wednesdays" outdoor concert series 2014 season lineups Monday morning. The list includes:
Momentum builds for 'Great Contraption Race'
Sat, Apr 26th 2014 07:00 am
This first-of-its-kind happening will take place rain or shine at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in the lower Niagara River between Lewiston and Youngstown. Briefly put, it's a new type of on-river competition/social experience to benefit the It Happened to Alexa Foundation.
Community Missions to host Walk for Niagara May 3
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 08:40 pm
Though much of next week's forecast shows rain, it looks like the sun will shine Saturday, May 3, when Community Missions Inc. hosts its annual Walk for Niagara at Whirlpool State Park.

Around 200 walkers are expected to attend the event, rain or shine, to raise awareness and funds for Niagara County's underserved population.

The wondrous world of Aladdin comes to the Artpark stage
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 08:40 pm
Artpark welcomes Philadelphia's Enchantment Theatre Company as it presents two Mainstage Theater performances of "Aladdin & Other Enchanting Tales" Thursday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Niagara University unveils Family Literacy Center
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 08:55 am
Niagara University's College of Education held an event Wednesday to officially unveil the Family Literacy Center.

The FLC, which is housed in the university's Academic Complex, is an on-campus educational opportunity for graduate students to demonstrate teaching while enhancing the literacy performance of at-risk readers and their families.

Niagara University student-vets plan second annual Memorial Day disc golf fundraiser
Thu, Apr 24th 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara University Student Veterans Organization will hold its second annual Memorial Day disc golf tournament at Joseph Davis State Park Saturday, May 24.
The Machine, Kelley Hunt, Eric Paslay among headliners at Latitude 43 Music Festival
Mon, Apr 21st 2014 09:50 pm
The Latitude 43 Music Festival will settle into its new home in the Outdoor Amphitheater at Artpark in Lewiston this June. The event, formerly known as PubFest, will continue its tradition of raising money for the Variety Kids Telethon.
Theatre in the Mist presents scholarships, honors founding members
Mon, Apr 21st 2014 09:00 pm
Theatre in the Mist, a local community theater group, recently presented the Lisa Gravel Memorial Performing Arts Scholarship to two students: Sabrina Kahwaty, a theatre performance major at Niagara University; and Magdalyn Chauby, a senior at Grand Island High School with aspirations to attend college for vocal performance.
Rivershore hosts inaugural 5K May 3 in Lewiston
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 10:15 pm
Rivershore Inc. has announced a new and unique 5K running event to be held in the Village of Lewiston Saturday, May 3. The Rivershore 5K will be held annually on the first Saturday of May to coincide with the Lewiston Smelt Festival, and will be the first of 10 runs in the DiMino Lower Niagara Running Series.

The event, professionally managed by Race Management Solution, seeks to support Rivershore programs while promoting the historic Village of Lewiston.

This one-of-a-kind running experience will start and finish on Lewiston Landing in front of the Barton Hill Hotel (start time 11 a.m.). Runners will experience the most challenging incline in Lewiston.

Extreme winter leads to increased demand at Community Missions
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:05 am
During a winter season with record snowfalls, demand rose considerably in the crisis and community services division at Community Missions, located in downtown Niagara Falls.

The organization saw a 24 percent increase in demand for its crisis housing, including a sobering 156 percent increase in nights of shelter given to children during the first three months of 2014, as compared to the first quarter of 2013. CMI provided 3,091 nights of shelter within its crisis housing programs during the first quarter of 2014, compared to 2,502 over the same time period in 2013. When considering those under the age of 12, the Mission provided a total of 420 nights of shelter during the first three months of 2014, compared to just 164 in 2013.

The increased demand for nights of shelter to children has been a yearlong trend.

15th annual golf raffle fundraiser to benefit people with developmental disabilities
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
The Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation's 15th annual golf raffle is taking place Sunday, April 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. The event offers golf enthusiasts the chance to win more than $20,000 in men's and women's golf-related equipment and trips.
Niagara University poster garners Silver Award in national competition
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 11:00 am
A Niagara University recruitment poster earned a Silver Award as part of the 29th annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

The poster, bearing the university's trademark "Education That Makes a Difference" tagline, was designed by TWG Plus.

Lewiston: Big Guys Pizzeria and More moving in next to Hibbard's
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 12:50 pm
Speaking of his new restaurant, chef Michael Clark promises, "We're not going to be your everyday pizzeria."

Business partners Clark, of Niagara Falls, and Lewiston's Tony Vescio plan to open Big Guys Pizzeria and More early next month in the addition next to Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard on Portage Road. The eatery's name comes from its signature pie, a 28-inch pizza affectionately called "The Big Guy."

Catholic Charities holds Harley-Davidson raffle
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 09:30 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo will give away a generously donated 1999 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King motorcycle. Only 200 tickets will be sold at $100 each and the drawing will be held at noon May 9 at Catholic Charities Montante Administrative Center.
3 Doors Down added to Artpark 'Wednesdays' series
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 04:00 pm
3 Doors Down has announced summer tour plans, including a July 23 Artpark date in the Outdoor Amphitheater as part of the venue's "Coors Light Wednesdays" series.

Brad Arnold, Chris Henderson and the members of 3 Doors Down have assembled in a Nashville studio writing songs for their sixth studio album, to be released in 2015.