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Patriotic
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 03:35 pm
The annual Patriots' Weekend at Old Fort Niagara had good weather and a good crowd as people came out to learn about the events leading up to the American Revolution.
Island wartime encampment - 'spot of desolation'?
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 03:25 pm
While Grand Island soldiers served their country stateside and overseas during World War II, other soldiers were stationed right here on Grand Island.
Grand Island's war effort on the home front
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 03:25 pm
In this excerpt from a 1981 speech to the Grand Island Historical Society, Shirley Kreger Luther recalls "Life on the Home Front" during World War II. She recounts events that led to publishing the Islander newspaper, which was sent to Island servicemen and women from 1943-45.
Fort Niagara State Park goes green with solar photovoltaic system
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 03:15 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation flipped the switch Friday on a 50-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed by State Parks employees at Fort Niagara State Park.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to hold 'Celebration of Music Education'
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 03:00 pm
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present the annual "Celebration of Music Education" tonight at Kleinhans Music Hall. A reception and awards ceremony open to honorees, music educators, administrators and supporters of music education, will take place at 6:30 p.m.
O'Hara Pep Band selected for USA-Russia sled hockey game
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 02:50 pm
The Cardinal O'Hara High School Pep Band, led by Scott Bean, has been chosen to play at the HARBORCENTER in Buffalo Sunday for the IPC world championship sled hockey game featuring the U.S. vs. Russia.
Casa Antica hosts 'Blender,' getting ready for summer
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 02:45 pm
Casa Antica, Lewiston's Italian restaurant at 490 Center St., will host the next Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce "Blender." The business mixer runs from 5-7 p.m. Monday.
Afterglow celebrates first year in Lewiston
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 02:30 pm
Lewiston's Afterglow Spa & Hair Studio specializes in relaxation.
Erie County Fair concert tickets on sale now
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 11:40 am
After some time waiting, fans are now able to purchase their Erie County Fair Concert tickets.
Village of Lewiston to re-evaluate kayak fees
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 11:40 am
At Monday's Village of Lewiston government meeting, resident Diana Lewandowski asked trustees to reconsider the municipality's kayak docking fee - and she brought backup. In just about two weeks, more than 300 people have signed her online petition.
Lewiston/Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary marks 77th anniversary
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 11:40 am
The Lewiston/Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club celebrated its 77th anniversary on April 20.
Baia honored as Porter Citizen of the Year
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 11:35 am
Councilman Thomas Baia has been chosen by Town of Porter Supervisor Merton Wiepert as the 2015 Town of Porter Citizen of the Year.
Share the (Buffa)Love, help those in need
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 11:00 am
Jim Sheehan, a local husband, father and self-professed "artistic tech nerd," saw an opportunity to put his skills and passion to use locally and has formed a nonprofit organization called "theBuffaLoveshirt." He is shown with one of the T-shirts.
Ceretto looks to keep volunteer fire departments thriving
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 07:00 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto is encouraging community members to visit their local volunteer fire departments this weekend to learn about the benefits and responsibilities of being a volunteer firefighter through "RecruitNY," which is sponsored by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York.
Deputy in Errick Road shooting will not be charged
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:55 pm
The deputy who responded to a 911 hang-up call that later turned into a gunfight on Errick Road last week will not be charged, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour announced Friday.
NU's program for undeclared students receives national advising award
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 04:55 pm
Niagara University's innovative program that helps undeclared students find a major that best suits their needs and talents - while making sure they graduate on time - is being honored by the National Academic Advising Association.
Hospice at Jeanne's House staff 'Bake for Blossoms'
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 04:55 pm
Staff from Hospice at Jeanne's House - a Northgate health care facility and Niagara Hospice collaboration - hosted a bake sale April 7 thanks to a generous number of donated baked goods.
The little newspaper that traveled around the world
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:35 am
Even before the Island Dispatch published its first edition in April 1944, a little paper from Grand Island was being sent all over the world.
St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church: Groundbreaking celebrated for Legacy Project
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:25 am
The first shovels went into the ground Wednesday at a ceremony heralding the expansion of the St. Timothy Lutheran Church Child Care Center.
Island fundraiser nets $13K for Hospice Buffalo
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:15 am
Organizers of the Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk presented their fifth donation to Hospice Buffalo Monday from money raised at the annual fundraiser.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Dana's Stylin' Pets holds ribbon-cutting for new home
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:00 am
Moving south on Grand Island Boulevard is a step up for pet grooming business Dana's Stylin' Pets.
Caring4Ken benefit April 25
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:00 am
On Aug. 24, 2012, Ken Kalinowski, a lifelong Western New Yorker and Grand Island resident, was diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church: Zumbathon to raise money for Family Justice Center
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:00 am
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, will host a Zumbathon, open to the public, from 11 to 12:30 p.m., April 25.
Relay For Life ready to paint GI purple
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:00 am
Grand Island Relay For Life supporters are hoping a little color will go a long way to support the fight against cancer.
Niagara-Wheatfield: Fusco acknowledges first responders
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:45 am
In an emotional statement to members of the Niagara-Wheatfield School District, Superintendent Lynn Fusco thanked the first responders, especially Niagara County Deputy Sheriff Joe Tortorella, and the staff for the way they kept students at Errick Road Elementary School safe during Friday's shooting incident.
Master Teacher Awards given at Starpoint
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:45 am
The Starpoint Board of Education held its regular meeting on Monday, April 20.
Local government talks paving, grants in North Tonawanda
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:40 am
It was a rough winter, but thanks to extra state funding, some of the harder-hit roads in North Tonawanda will see repaving this summer, Mayor Art Pappas announced at a town hall-style meeting last Thursday at Rescue Fire Co. on Strad Avenue.
Wheatfield plans vets memorial
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:30 am
Monday's Wheatfield Town Board meeting began on a somber note as Supervisor Bob Cliffe took a moment to offer his condolences to the victims of Friday's shooting on Errick Road and praise the deputy who first responded to the incident.
Town of Niagara OKs road paving plan
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:30 am
The Town of Niagara held a board meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall on Lockport Road.
Canal Clean Sweep a success
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:30 am
North Tonawanda's Common Council praised city residents for their efforts in the 10th annual statewide Canal Clean Sweep Saturday. Volunteers throughout the city gathered to clean the parks and greenway surrounding the Erie Canal.
Canalside looking for summer food vendors
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:20 am
With summer quickly approaching, Buffalo-area residents and visitors are ready to dig in at Canalside, and there is a need for food vendors to satisfy their taste buds.
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue at Walden Galleria Mall Saturday
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:15 am
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will be present with adoptable dogs Ellie and Phil from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 25, at the Walden Galleria Mall (lower level in front of Williams Sonoma/Sears side), Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.
7th annual 'Run with the Rapids' 5K race scheduled for May 16
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 10:05 am
The seventh annual "Run with the Rapids" 5K race will be held Saturday, May 16, in downtown Niagara Falls. This annual race benefits the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association.
Arts Services Initiative of Western New York awards Artpark program grant
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 09:55 am
Two Niagara County artists will have the opportunity to create installation projects at Artpark thanks to grants funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature as administered by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.
Ceretto announces free electronics recycling day
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 09:50 am
After recently celebrating Earth Day, assemblyman John Ceretto is encouraging Town and Village of Lewiston residents to recycle their old electronic devices at the highway garage at 1445 Swann Road from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Blake Shelton, Matt McAndrew set to perform on 'The Voice'
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 09:50 am
Country music superstar and coach Blake Shelton will perform his newest hit single "Sangria" on Monday's telecast of NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical-competition series "The Voice."
Niagara University, New York Power Authority celebrate new main campus entrance
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 09:50 am
Niagara University and the New York Power Authority held an event today to celebrate the official grand opening of Campus Parkway, the university's reconfigured entrance from Witmer Road.
National Grid urges caution during 'National Safe Digging Month'
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 09:50 am
Spring weather brings more outdoor work by individuals, contractors and excavators. It also brings an important safety message from National Grid: Call before you dig!
Ceretto looks to improve parks in Western New York
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 09:45 am
Assemblyman John Ceretto has announced Western New York will be receiving more than $14 million to revitalize state parks and various historic sites in the region. Ceretto said this investment is a great way to continue the recent influx of capital to ensure the region remains a viable tourist destination in the state.
Land Conservancy awarded $59,600 from Conservation Partnership Program grants
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 09:45 am
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state.