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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.
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.
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.
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.
Peregrine's Landing Senior Community celebrates 'Blue 4 Ben'
Fri, May 2nd 2014 04:20 pm
Peregrine's Landing Senior Community of Cheektowaga has collected a generous donation for Ben Sauer. The staff, residents and guests held a basket raffle throughout the month of April, sold candy bars, and collected pop can refunds. The staff celebrated weekly with "Blue" surprises in its life enrichment program and dining services to support his cause.
Op-ed: Taking a regional approach to Niagara County tourism
Mon, Apr 28th 2014 11:20 am
Becker Farms has been in the local tourism business for more than 30 years. As a fully operational farm, we offer a family-friendly experience, including a petting zoo, strawberry and apple picking and various other hands-on activities throughout the year. But for a good majority of the time we've been in business, our visitors are primarily members of the local community.

However, in the last decade, we have seen an emergence in visitors who are coming to see Niagara Falls and have added a side trip to Becker Farms and eastern Niagara County to their itinerary.

This is the result of the hard work of the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. as it continues to promote all of Niagara County, including eastern Niagara County.

Higgins presents family of Montford Point Marine William H. Givens with Congressional Gold Medal
Mon, Apr 28th 2014 10:55 am
In a special ceremony, Congressman Brian Higgins and members of the United States Marine Corps presented the family of Montford Point Marine William H. Givens Jr. with the Congressional Gold Medal for his service during World War II.
River otter pups go on exhibit at Buffalo Zoo
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 08:50 pm
The North American River Otter pups announced last month are now on exhibit in the Buffalo Zoo's Otter Creek exhibit.

North American river otters have to be taught how to swim by their mothers.

Higgins, Gillibrand, Community Action Organization: Millions awarded in grant money for educational programs
Wed, Apr 23rd 2014 11:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced a federal grant totaling $21,029,578 for Community Action Organization of Erie County Inc. to support early childhood education programs in Erie County.
Historic Bond-Hawley House open two pre-season weekends
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 04:10 pm
The Niagara History Center's circa-1823 Col. William Bond-Jesse Hawley House will be open for two event weekends in advance of its 2014 season.
Grisanti's bill designates pedestrian bridge in Buffalo as 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:35 pm
New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti has announced the passage of a bill that amends the highway law to designate the bridge that crosses Route 198 into Delaware Park (connecting Nottingham Terrace with Hoyt Lake in the City of Buffalo) as "Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge." The designation of the bridge was spearheaded by community activists who have been working on this project for more than three years. They seek a memorial in the city to honor those who were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Higgins, Caruana present WWII vet Carlton Small with Bronze Star
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 04:40 pm
Seventy years after serving in World War II, U.S. Army veteran and Kenmore resident Carlton Small received the military medals he earned, including a Bronze Star, in a special presentation by Congressman Brian Higgins, Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana, and Village of Kenmore Deputy Mayor Tim McCarthy.
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. announces staff promotions
Fri, Apr 11th 2014 06:30 pm
The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. recently announced the promotion of two staff members. Lana Perlman was appointed director of visitor services, while Lindsey Bowman was named tourism sales coordinator.
Catholic Charities: Appeal Week 2014 opens with $7.9 million raised toward $10.8 million goal
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 03:10 pm
The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced earlier this week Catholic Charities' 90th annual appeal has raised $7,941,945.04 to date, representing 73.5 percent of the $10.8 million goal.
Buffalo's Outer Harbor redevelopment moving forward
Wed, Apr 9th 2014 02:00 pm
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. announced this week the state is moving ahead on plans to redevelop and dramatically transform the soon-to-be-acquired state land holdings on Buffalo's Outer Harbor into a vibrant and accessible waterfront for residents and tourists alike.

On Tuesday, a request for proposals was distributed to consultants to develop a master "blueprint" of land use and development recommendations for 171 acres on the city's waterfront. The selected consultant team will work with the public to plan Buffalo's future on the waterfront.

Buffalo Sabres Foundation approves 18 charitable grant requests in 2013-14
Wed, Apr 9th 2014 01:30 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team's foundation, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, has approved 18 requests for charitable grants throughout the 2013-14 season.

The money disbursed in the grants was raised from Buffalo Sabres Foundation events throughout the year, including the team's annual golf tournament, corporate challenge, 50/50 raffle, "UnPucked" event, pre-game autograph surprise sales, and various online auctions of team memorabilia.

"We are very proud to be able to provide funding to these worthwhile organizations," said Cliff Benson, president of the Buffalo Sabres Foundation. "These groups serve many deserving individuals throughout our community and they help make Buffalo a better place to live and work."

Niagara County Fair logo contest has its winner
Mon, Apr 7th 2014 11:55 am
Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara County has announced the winner of the 2014 Niagara County Fair logo contest is Matthew McAuley of Lockport. The contest was open to Niagara County youth age 5 to 19 years. He will be awarded a $100 prize during the Farm-City Breakfast, the kick-off event for the Niagara County Fair each year.