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Explore & More receives support from local foundations for planning new museum at Canalside
Sat, Jul 19th 2014 12:40 am
Explore & More Children's Museum has received a large anonymous donation through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, another gift from The John R. Oishei Foundation, and a grant from the Peter C. Cornell Trust, all toward the growth and planning of the new museum set to open at Canalside on the Buffalo waterfront in 2016.
Martin Horanburg is statewide winner of FASNY Fire Service Community Achievement Award
Sat, Jul 19th 2014 12:00 am
Newfane resident and Miller Hose Volunteer Fire Department member Martin (Marty) Horanburg is the recipient of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York Fire Service Community Achievement Award for his tireless efforts to give back to his community.

For nearly 50 years, Horanburg has dedicated himself to the residents of the Town of Newfane as a member of Miller Hose. He has had a long and distinguished career as a firefighter, holding various offices, including second assistant chief, assistant chief, fire chief, assistant treasurer and vice president. In addition, he was named Miller Hose Firefighter of the Year in 1981.

What if Buffalo/Niagara imagined its future differently?
Tue, Jul 15th 2014 12:30 pm
Citizens in Erie and Niagara counties will have an opportunity next week to contribute to a continuing dialogue about how the Buffalo/Niagara region can grow more sustainably through the first half of the 21st century.

Last fall and throughout the winter, nearly 800 citizens participated in a creative mapping exercise to consider where Buffalo/Niagara should grow - and how - over the next 40 years.

Now the results are in and the regional planning effort known as One Region Forward is asking citizens back to consider the comparative costs and benefits of a range of alternative regional scenarios and to refine their advice on which way Buffalo/Niagara should grow.

North Tonawanda rink operators purchase, will reopen Skateland
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 pm
The owners of Western New York's most enduring and successful roller skating venue have purchased the Skateland Family Fun Center and will reopen the popular Lincoln Avenue venue this fall.

Maurice D. Cooper Jr. and his wife, Barbara Hamilton Cooper, own­­­­­­ers of the Rainbow Rink in North Tonawanda, said they will spend the summer updating the popular family entertainment venue and preparing for what they are confident will be its long-term successful future.

"The City of Lockport and the surrounding communities deserve to continue to have a safe, well-run, family-oriented fun center," Maurice Cooper said. "Skateland has a proud history and we are convinced that its best years are still ahead."

First Niagara helps Habitat for Humanity change lives with homes
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 05:55 pm
The First Niagara Foundation and Habitat for Humanity will work together to build a new home at 118 Fox St., Buffalo. Employees of the bank will work at the house this month to help a local single mom and her children make their dream of home ownership a reality.

Habitat for Humanity ensures everyone has a decent place to live by providing affordable housing to families that might not otherwise be able to own a home. The houses are sold to pre-qualified families at no profit and with no interest charged while Habitat holds the mortgage.

The home on Fox Street is expected to be complete in late 2014. The First Niagara Foundation is providing $15,000 in funding for Habitat for Humanity to complete the project.

Niagara USA nail polish line launching at 'Mini Mani's' on Old Falls Street
Tue, Jul 8th 2014 04:55 pm
The first-ever Niagara USA nail polish line will launch at "Mini Mani's." The Old Falls Street event takes place Saturday, July 12, in downtown Niagara Falls. The public is invited to join NTCC and Gridlock Lacquer for the unveiling of new nail polish products showcasing the iconic heritage, natural beauty and romantic ambience of Niagara USA.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Bluhm presented Purple Heart
Tue, Jul 8th 2014 11:15 am
In a formal ceremony at the Niagara Falls Veterans Memorial in Hyde Park Monday, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Bluhm was presented with the Purple Heart military service medal awarded for wounds sustained in action while serving in Afghanistan.
Nik Wallenda honored in Niagara Falls with high wire plaque
Mon, Jul 7th 2014 03:55 pm
A plaque honoring Nik Wallenda, "King of the High Wire," was installed Monday in Niagara Falls, New York. The monument sits near the spot where Wallenda mounted his tightrope to cross the falls into Canada June 15, 2012.
'City of Light' proves popular
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
Thousands visited the Buffalo waterfront to experience "City of Light," a multidisciplinary arts happening at Silo City. Now in its fourth year, the event was coordinated by Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo.
Rotary Shaw Festival Garden Party a success
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 03:00 am
On Sunday, May 25, the Lewiston/Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club held its 32nd annual Shaw Festival Garden Party and Theater event. The Rotary members' affair featured beer and wine tastings, food and live music followed by the Shaw performance.
Grisanti, Ryan: State construction grant for Hamburg Public Library
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 11:25 pm
New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced the Hamburg Public Library will receive a New York State Library Construction Grant of $449,399. Funding for this grant was included in the state budget passed earlier this year.

Libraries across the state applied for competitive construction grants that could fund up to 75 percent of the cost for a project. The minimum grant award was $2,500. The funding is awarded by the New York State Department of Education, Division of Library Development.

NTCC: Tour bus traveling nationwide this summer features images of iconic Niagara USA attractions
Mon, Jun 30th 2014 06:45 pm
The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. and AAA Western and Central New York unveiled a brand new "Niagara USA wrapped" motor coach tour bus on Monday outside of the Niagara USA Visitor Center on Rainbow Boulevard.
Gillibrand, Higgins announce legislation to reauthorize Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 05:05 pm
Standing along the western terminus of the Erie Canal, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Brian Higgins announced introduction of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act (HR 4641), a bill to extend the canalway's authorization for the next 15 years.
Buffalo's National Garden Festival: Open gardens return to Niagara County
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 05:00 pm
Buffalo's National Garden Festival is now in its fifth year and once again features a group of outstanding private gardens to visit on your own on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the month of July.
Take a wedding plunge
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 04:55 pm
Adventurous couples seeking a unique wedding photo location need not look any further. Imagine starring down Class VI rapids as you and your wedding party have the big day captured like no one ever has.

The new Niagara Jet Adventure and Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. are looking for a couple to "take the plunge" this summer.

First Niagara, Isaiah 61 Project providing job training for home rehabilitation
Thu, Jun 26th 2014 09:35 am
The First Niagara Foundation and the Isaiah 61 Project Inc. are providing the resources necessary for job training and housing rehabilitation services for residents in the City of Niagara Falls.

The Isaiah 61 Project will target a section of the community the organization has identified for redevelopment and revitalization. Job training and education will be provided in the construction trades for residents who qualify for the program. Those receiving the training will then work to rehabilitate abandoned homes and turn them into safe, affordable housing.

The First Niagara Foundation is providing a $10,000 grant to fund the program and purchase building materials.

Baby monkey from Buffalo Zoo is hand-raised in Des Moines
Thu, Jun 26th 2014 09:20 am
A baby Japanese macaque who was abandoned by his mother at the Buffalo Zoo is being hand-raised by keepers at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

The baby, named Nikko, was born June 5 at the Buffalo Zoo. Shortly after his birth, keepers noticed that his mother, 6-year-old Yuki, was not holding him. This indicated the first-time mom may not be caring for her newborn properly. Keeper staff retrieved the baby to warm him and give him fluids, and make sure he was healthy. After multiple attempts to reunite mother and baby, zoo staff determined the baby's best chance at survival was to be hand-raised.

Daemen to celebrate Rosary Hall's 'Historic Landmark' designation
Thu, Jun 26th 2014 09:00 am
Daemen College's Rosary Hall, recognized for its Italian Renaissance Revival architecture, and designed by one of most prominent Buffalo architects of the early 20th century, will be officially designated a "Historic Landmark" at 3 p.m. July 1.

The college will host a celebration in Rosary Hall in honor of this distinguished designation by the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission. Daemen President Gary A. Olson, Amherst Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette, commission representatives, and members of the college community are expected to be in attendance.

"We are honored to have Rosary Hall receive 'Historic Landmark' status in Amherst, which has been home to the Daemen campus since it was founded," Olson said.

Thousands enjoy Niagara Falls Music & Art Festival
Tue, Jun 24th 2014 01:50 pm
The Niagara Falls Music & Art Festival, featuring a diverse collection of WNY artists, musicians, vendors and happenings, with the purpose of promoting the city and fostering economic growth.
Buffalo Museum of Science to open 'Mysteries of The Unseen World'
Tue, Jun 24th 2014 10:15 am
A new 3D film adventure takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible.
Higgins, Kulpa announce plan to maintain Social Security services in Williamsville
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 08:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa announced a plan to preserve access to Social Security services for residents in northern Erie County. Under an agreement with the Village of Williamsville, residents will be able to connect with Social Security Administration caseworkers directly from Village Hall.
Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops offers 'fun by the forkful' July 12-13
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 07:00 am
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is officially rocking and rolling, marking its 31st year showcasing local food and restaurants. The country's largest annual two-day food festival returns to Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo Saturday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Buffalo Zoo welcomes Indian rhino calf
Fri, Jun 13th 2014 08:30 pm
The Buffalo Zoo is celebrating the birth of a female Indian rhino calf produced by artificial insemination.

The baby rhino, weighing in at 144 pounds, was born to mother Tashi on June 5 at the Buffalo Zoo.

WNY Regional Economic Development Council, DePaul Properties announce opening of Riverside Apartments in Buffalo
Thu, Jun 12th 2014 05:15 pm
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council has joined DePaul Properties to celebrate the opening of Riverside Apartments in Buffalo. The 68-unit affordable housing development is completed on the strength of a $3.25 million award it received as part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Regional Council initiative. The project created more than 350 local construction jobs and 40 new, permanent jobs. Funds awarded by the WNYREDC will help generate more than $21 million in economic activity for the region.
Patrick P. Lee Foundation provides support to Community Missions' soup kitchen
Wed, Jun 11th 2014 07:35 am
In 2013, Community Missions provided 75,980 meals to those in need in Niagara County. With demand again increasing in 2014, the Patrick P. Lee Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant, covering a year's worth of food purchases within agency's soup kitchen.
David's Path: New hospice unit dedicated in Niagara Falls
Thu, May 29th 2014 11:35 am
Niagara Hospice and the Schoellkopf Health Center held a dedication celebration Wednesday at David's Path, a dedicated hospice unit on the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center campus.
Buffalo to host two world championships in 2015
Wed, May 28th 2014 01:35 pm
USA Hockey announced it would bring two major world championships to Buffalo in 2015, with both being staged at the soon-to-be-completed HARBORCENTER.
ASPCA recognizes Grisanti
Mon, May 26th 2014 04:20 pm
New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti recently received a Humane Leadership Award from the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Niagara County, NTCC ink 3-year tourism promotion deal
Wed, May 21st 2014 11:05 am
Niagara County lawmakers approved a three-year pact Tuesday with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., the publicly funded tourism promotion agency operated under a joint agreement between the county and the cities of Lockport and Niagara Falls.
Zamir Gotta visits Niagara Falls
Mon, May 19th 2014 03:50 pm
Russian producer, broadcaster and creative thinker Zamir Gotta visited Niagara Falls last weekend. Zamir, head of Gotta Media LLC, sampled local cuisine and toured world-famous attractions.
Schneiderman releases report outlining urgent need to pass microbeads ban
Sat, May 17th 2014 04:45 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has released a new report prepared by his environmental protection bureau detailing the dangers microbeads - tiny plastic beads that are included in many commercial cosmetic products - pose to New York's waterways. The report, titled "Unseen Threat: How Microbeads Harm New York Waters, Wildlife, Health And Environment," highlights the need to pass the attorney general's Microbead-Free Waters Act, proposed earlier this year. This bill would make New York the first in the nation to ban the sale of products containing microbeads.
Higgins, Weinstein present Amherst WWII veteran with Bronze Star
Thu, May 15th 2014 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Town of Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein recently presented the Bronze Star and additional military commendations to World War II veteran Bruno Yetto.
Arts Services Initiative of WNY announces inaugural 'Spark' cultural awards
Tue, May 13th 2014 03:05 pm
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York has announced details of its inaugural "Spark" Cultural Awards. The awards party, "Celebrating Those Who Ignite Arts & Culture," will take place Wednesday, June 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hotel@The Lafayette.
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.
UB Dental cuts the ribbon as partner in Erie County Health Mall
Mon, May 12th 2014 09:15 am
Residents of an East Side Buffalo neighborhood who have been without a local source for primary or dental care since 2009 now have both, thanks to services being provided in the new Erie County Health Mall.
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.
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.

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.
Niagara 1812 Legacy Council wins Bi-National Beacon Award
Tue, May 6th 2014 12:15 pm
The Niagara 1812 Legacy Council received the Bi-National Beacon Award at Monday's Travel & Tourism Beacon Awards presented by Visit Buffalo Niagara. The awards ceremony took place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 3 to 11.
 


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