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Grand Island Town Board: Contractors complain about draft law
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
Island contractors showed up at Town Hall Monday to criticize a proposed local law that one called "blue collar vs. white collar."

A public hearing at the monthly Town Board meeting was attended by many of Grand Island's contractors, who gave input on Local Law Intro No. 13 of 2014 that would amend chapter 407 of the town code to allow contractor maintenance yards as a special use in certain residential districts, subject to certain conditions.

Just before taking public comments, Town Supervisor Mary Cooke said, "What's currently going on in town right now may not all be legal, and we're trying to figure out a way to allow someone who has a small operation to be able to work in their property that they have without disrupting their entire neighborhood so that we don't get complaints from people who say, 'I live in a residential neighborhood. I didn't sign up for this.' "

Town of Grand Island calls results of new recycling program 'fantastic'
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
The Grand Island Town Board has called the results of the first month of use with the new 95-gallon wheeled recycling carts "fantastic."

In a press release to the media this week, the board said the amount of recycling by Grand Islanders in the first month of using the carts that were delivered in May by Republic Services has increased.

Buffalo Division Manager Terry Schweitzer and Municipal Services Manager Terry Grady of Republic Services met recently with the Town Board to review the recycling numbers and the overall program, the statement said. According to the town, when compared to the same time period last year, the Grand Island recycling rate has increased by more than 30 percent.

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.
2014 Lewiston Art Festival winners
Sat, Aug 9th 2014 11:20 pm
The Lewiston Council on the Arts has revealed its 2014 Lewiston Art Festival winners.
Sun-protective clothing: Why it's worth it
Sat, Aug 9th 2014 02:10 pm
The Skin Cancer Foundation encourages people to enjoy the outdoors while still protecting themselves from the sun. One way to protect yourself is with clothing, which is the single most effective form of sun protection for the body. It's a great way to shield your skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, which account for 86 percent of melanomas and about 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers.
Holy Ghost Lutheran School teacher Poreda attends Space Academy
Sat, Aug 9th 2014 09:00 am
"Summer vacation" and "teacher" - when used in the same sentence these words typically produce responses varying from eye-rolling and head-shaking to exclamations of "Boy, it would be nice to have a job that gave me summers off."
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.
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.
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.
Hibbard's launches new location
Fri, Aug 8th 2014 07:00 pm
Jim and Julie Hibbard have opened a new Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard location at the sweet shop located next to Clancy's (formerly Page's Whistle Pig) at the corner of Packard and Military roads, in Niagara Falls.
'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.
Art Festival Chalk Walk boasts modern theme
Fri, Aug 8th 2014 02:35 pm
A highlight of the 48th annual Lewiston Art Festival is most certainly the Chalk Walk sponsored by KeyBank.
Alan Dikcis: Honoring a fallen soldier
Fri, Aug 8th 2014 07:00 am
The grief, the pride and the memories are still alive for the family of Army Spc. Alan N. Dikcis.

The 21-year-old Wheatfield resident was killed on March 5, 2010, in Afghanistan while on a mission to recover another vehicle that had been blown up on the roadway in Kandahar. Dikcis had been deployed to Afghanistan the previous July.

Thanks to the cooperative efforts of State Sen. George Maziarz, County Legislature Chairman Bill Ross and Wheatfield Supervisor Bob Cliffe, signs designating a portion of Walmore Road in Wheatfield as the Spc. Alan N. Dikcis Memorial Highway will be put in place. One sign will be at Walmore Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard, near the Dikcis home; the other at the corner of Walmore and Lockport roads, not far from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station where Dikcis' body was brought home.

Paddles Up brings hundreds to Island
Thu, Aug 7th 2014 06:15 pm
This year's Paddles Up, hosted by the Niagara Greenway Commission, drew tourists and locals alike to Beaver Island State Park to experience the area's largest paddlesports event.
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.
'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.
Interview: Heart returns to Lewiston ready to rock Artpark
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:55 am
2012 was the year Heart offered one of the best "Tuesday in the Park" concerts in the Artpark series' storied history.

The Wilson sisters and their bandmates will look to equal or better that performance when Heart returns to Lewiston Tuesday to perform in the outdoor amphitheater.

'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.

Good and not-so-good news in Lewiston
Sat, Aug 2nd 2014 10:35 am
There was good and some not-so-good news on the Town of Lewiston front this week.
Wheatfield approves biosolids law
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 04:30 pm
The Wheatfield Town Board on Monday decided it had done enough homework and heard enough protests by residents to go ahead and pass a biosolids law for the town.
Grab your chainsaw: 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' debuts on Syfy
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 10:35 am
The Syfy Network has made a name for itself over the years with fun, campy B-movies. Most of the time, these movies exist in a moment, they're enjoyed by a specific group of fans, and that's the end of it.

That wasn't the case with "Sharknado." Not by a long shot.

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.
Toasting 10 years at Marjim Manor
Sat, Jul 26th 2014 04:00 am
Next weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the Winery at Marjim Manor, the family-owned Appleton winery known for its fruit wines, as well as its ghost stories.
New regatta comes to Youngstown
Sat, Jul 26th 2014 04:00 am
The Youngstown Yacht Club hosts the inaugural CanAm Challenge regatta this weekend on Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27 on Lake Ontario.
Artpark: Emilie Renier and John Barsoian preview 'Mary Poppins'
Sat, Jul 26th 2014 04:00 am
Artpark & Company will present the popular Disney musical "Mary Poppins" July 31 through Aug. 8 inside the Mainstage Theater.

Leads Emilie Renier and John Barsoian recently met last at The Orange Cat in Lewiston to drink coffee and preview the show.

'Saddle up' for Paddles Up
Sat, Jul 26th 2014 04:00 am
Paddles Up Niagara, the Niagara River Greenway Commission's annual paddle sports event, returns to Grand Island for its ninth year of operation.

The main attraction of Paddles Up is its 4.8-mile paddle from the Little Beaver Launch Site to the East River Marsh Site and back.

Islander Kara Dudley finds moment in Internet spotlight
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:00 am
A Grand Islander stole the spotlight from a famous Victoria's Secret model Monday and ended up on the front page of various international news websites.

Island native Kara Dudley is the anonymous woman seen upstaging supermodel Karlie Kloss in several Internet photos posted July 21 on celebrity websites. Dudley was photographed coming out of a New York City shop after searching for Taylor Swift, who had appeared to have gone into it earlier. She saw the paparazzi, but was oblivious to the statuesque Kloss, who was standing directly behind her.

'Food Fighters' pits home cooks vs. celebrity pro chefs
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 05:00 pm
Host Adam Richman ("Man v. Food") previews new NBC reality series; "Food Fighters" will pit home cooks against some of the country's most famous professional chefs in a battle to determine who can make select dishes best.
Village of Lewiston outlaws 'pop-up' parking lots, food vending, ticket scalping
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 08:55 pm
Starting tomorrow, the Village of Lewiston will start enforcing its law concerning so-called "pop-up" businesses on residential and municipal property. Trustees will especially crack down on homeowners on South Fourth Street who charge for parking on Artpark concert nights.

"Pop-up" food vending and ticket scalping will not be allowed, either. The board voted 4-0 to prohibit such business ventures.

"I think we all agree that now is the time to do something," Mayor Terry Collesano said.

Artpark heats up
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 01:00 pm
Last week was an eventful one at Artpark. Find links to our interviews, photos, reviews and previews.
Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum Festival mixes food, fun and farming
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 07:00 am
During the summer months, people crave juicy homegrown fruits and vegetables. Purchasing these goods locally rather than at your corporate grocer is a simple "feel good" way to give back to your community.
Peach Queen Ali Casale holds fundraiser for Bella's Tea Party
Sat, Jul 19th 2014 11:00 am
Working with children is a big part of Ali Casale's life. And because her brother spent part of his childhood in the Ronald McDonald House, she knows the value of bringing a smile to a sick child.
Planning Board, neighbors receive update on Fairchild
Sat, Jul 19th 2014 10:00 am
Orchard Park developer James Jerge, his architect, David Giusiana, and his project consultant, Robert Savarino, provided an update on 765 Fairchild Place - the former Fairchild Manor Nursing Home - at Monday's Village of Lewiston Planning Board meeting.
Fire service convention coming to Wheatfield
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 11:10 pm
Some 1,000 volunteer firefighters, fire police and emergency medical services personnel are expected to arrive in Wheatfield for the 115th annual Western New York Volunteer Fireman's Association Convention.
3 Doors Down brings hit songs, new songs to Artpark
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 03:40 pm
3 Doors Down has been an absolute hit machine since 2000, with a dozen songs cracking top 10 music charts, and four albums hitting No. 1.

But the band behind "Kryptonite," "Loser," "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You" will be the first to say there's no magic formula or absolute path to success when crafting music.