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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."

'RiffTrax Live: Godzilla' brings monstrous laughs to cinemas nationwide this August
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 pm
"Here, lizard, lizard, lizard!" Size does matter as the stars of Rifftrax are set to bring larger-than-life laughs nationwide as they riff on one of the most frequently requested titles in RiffTrax history: "Godzilla."
30th annual soccer tournament expected to draw thousands
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 09:15 am
The World Cup is heating up near its end, but for young athletes in Niagara County, the real soccer excitement is only just beginning.

This weekend marks the 30th annual Niagara Pioneer Soccer Tournament, billed as the county's largest and longest-running youth sporting event. It is hosted by the Niagara Pioneer Soccer League and held at Fort Niagara.

Village of Youngstown: Niagara Jet Adventures debuts the spinners
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 09:05 am
You can say one thing about the folks at Niagara Jet Adventures: They always seem to come up with the unexpected.

Thursday evening, NJA co-owners Mike Fox, and Chris Bohnenkamp of Bohnenkamp's Whitewater Customs of Meridian, Idaho, introduced NJA's latest series of boats - called spinners - to a small gathering at the NJA docks in Youngstown.

Feline-friendly Village Vet of Lewiston wins $20,000 makeover
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 09:00 am
The Village Vet of Lewiston, was recently awarded a $20,000 "clinic makeover," courtesy of Novartis and Onsior. Funds went toward reconfiguring her year-and-a-half-old office so that its feline patients - and their owners - could have a more positive experience.
RRG, officials urge attendance at July 16 DEC CWM hearings
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 am
Friday morning, before a scenic backdrop of the Youngstown waterfront at Falkner Park, members of Residents for Responsible Government teamed up with a bipartisan element of the area's elected officials to discuss a not-so-attractive scenario - the potential for continued hazardous waste landfilling operations in northern Niagara, and to vent their opposition.
Village of Lewiston officials sworn-in
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 am
The Hon. Town of Lewiston Judge Hugh Gee officiated the swearing-in Monday of Mayor Terry Collesano and trustees Vic Eydt and Dan Gibson. All three, and Deputy Mayor Bruce Sutherland, won their respective elections last month.
Megadeth takes over Artpark
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 am
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has toured the world. He's been everywhere from India to Argentina, Thailand to Estonia and Russia to Switzerland.
Good times for all
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce presented its annual summer "Business Blender" Thursday at Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours and Water Street Landing in the Village of Lewiston. (photo by K&D Action Photography)
Mark Daul: Turning down a great jet adventure
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 07:00 am
Yes, that is what I did recently. Last week, my wife and I pulled into Fox Boyz Marina in Youngstown just to look around, and we watched the Village of Youngstown guys repairing a part of the launch ramp that appeared to be breaking off into the river.
'The Voice Live' tour is a blast
Sat, Jul 12th 2014 01:55 am
We've all watched "The Voice" on television and rooted for its singers. But few of us have had the opportunity to experience the show live.

Realizing this, the powers that be behind America's favorite singing competition have arranged it so that "The Voice" could come to "the venue" in each fan's backyard.

Yin and yang
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:30 pm
Artpark & Company hosted two very different acts:'70s-'80s classic pop-prog rockers Boston on Tuesday, and '90s-'00s alt-ska punk rockers Sublime with Rome.
Motorcycle ride honors Jonathan Cote
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:25 pm
Jonathon Cote was a U.S. Army veteran from Western New York who was taken hostage, along with four others, while working as a private security contractor in Iraq on Nov. 16, 2006. He was held captive/missing for 523 days before his body was found and flown home to Buffalo on April 28, 2008.
Town of Niagara: Outdoor movies, band concerts - free!
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:15 pm
Remember the old Starlite drive-in movie on Military Road? The Town of Niagara can't bring back the joys of sitting in or on the hood of your car to watch the latest movies in the summertime in what is now Wegmans Plaza. However, local residents can bring the family and spread a blanket or bring a lawn chair to Veterans Park on Lockport Road (across from Town Hall) this summer to watch outdoor movies on a giant screen.
New business helps mobile presence
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:10 pm
Puzzling Pixel LLC is a new company based out of Niagara Falls that helps business owners and organizations develop mobile ready websites and mobile apps.
Sabo re-elected N-W board president
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:10 pm
Steven Sabo was re-elected as president of the Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education last week at the board's annual reorganization meeting.
Toni Braxton, Dr. Oz, Howie Mandel, Jon Hamm, Vanessa Williams visit 'The Chew'
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:00 pm
It's a star-studded week of encore broadcasts on ABC's "The Chew" when Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Howie Mandel, Jon Hamm and Vanessa Williams (visit.
Old Falls Street adds free weekly cooking demonstrations with Niagara Falls chef Bobby Anderson
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:00 pm
Chef Bobby Anderson, a Niagara Falls native and competitor on the fourth season of FOX's "Hell's Kitchen," is bringing "F-Bites" youth nutritional cooking program to Old Falls Street each Thursday, from noon until 1 p.m.
N-W students talk money with Maziarz
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:00 pm
A group of students at Niagara-Wheatfield High School have had a lot of questions about why more funding can't be obtained for their district.
Scouting air show in NT
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:00 pm
The fourth annual North Tonawanda Scouting Air Show is from 12:45 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Gratwick Park on River Road in North Tonawanda.
Bergholz chowder on sale
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:00 pm
The Bergholz Volunteer Fire Co. and Ladies Auxiliary's monthly chowder and baked goods sale begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at the truck hall, 2470 Niagara Road in Bergholz.
Northgate carnival open to public
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:00 pm
Members of the community are invited to attend a summer carnival hosted by the McGuire Group's Northgate Health Care Facility from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at 7264 Nash Road, Wheatfield.
Health info at Sandra Lane
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 06:00 pm
A wellness fair, open to the public, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Sandra Lane Senior Apartments, 705 Sandra Lane, North Tonawanda. Receive health information and enjoy giveaways, discounts and mini massages.
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.

Obit: Raymond W. Killian
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 04:05 pm
Raymond W. Killian, age 97, a retired president of Kittenger Furniture Company, died May 7, 2014, in Bradenton, Florida. Family and friends are invited to a memorial Mass on July 19 at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, with brunch to follow in the church community room.
Tiny insects put Island trees at risk
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 04:00 pm
The week of July 6 through 12 has been declared Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York state.
Obit: Marie Amato
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 04:00 pm
Marie Amato entered into rest Saturday, July 5, 2014.
The Woods at Bear Creek celebrates grand opening July 18-19
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 07:05 am
The Woods at Bear Creek will celebrate the grand opening of its "glamping" resort Friday, July 18, from 2 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, July 19, from noon until 10 p.m. at 3510 Bear Creek Road, Franklinville (just 15 minutes from the Village of Ellicottville).
Niagara Catholic to hold annual alumni weekend
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 07:00 am
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School will host its annual alumni weekend July 18-21. The weekend includes a variety of events, many open to the public, as well as alumni.
Only four chefs remain on 'Hell's Kitchen'
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:55 pm
Tonight, four chefs moved one step closer to becoming the winner of "Hell's Kitchen," after a dramatic dinner service during which Joy Parham-Thomas, a kitchen supervisor from Philadelphia, stormed out of the kitchen, ending her chances of moving forward in the competition.
'Stand Up To Cancer' returns to primetime Friday, Sept. 5, for its fourth star-studded broadcast
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:55 pm
Building on three historic fundraising telecasts in 2008, 2010 and 2012, the groundbreaking grassroots movement "Stand Up To Cancer," a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, will return to primetime television Friday, Sept. 5 (8 p.m.).
WNY Affiliate of Susan G. Komen announces new board members
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:55 pm
The Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has named Gina Fedele, Janet Owczarczak and Kathryn Gill as new members of its board of directors.
Street HockeyFest returns Aug. 24
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:55 pm
The Buffalo Sabres have announced registration is open for Street HockeyFest 2014. The popular street hockey tournament is scheduled this year on Sunday, Aug. 24.
'Extant' delivers summer's largest audience for a scripted series premiere
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 11:50 pm
The premiere of "Extant" delivered the summer's largest audience for a scripted series premiere and opened as the top new scripted series of the summer in viewers and key demos, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Wednesday, July 9.
24th annual Olde Sanborn Days is a great family event
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 07:00 am
As we begin the month of July and with summer now in full swing, the Rotary Club of Niagara County-Central is busy preparing for its 24th annual Olde Sanborn Days festival, featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts and food vendors.
DEC reminds New Yorkers of state law restricting use of lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 07:00 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus.
Malene Ostergaard, Nick Garcia first finalists eliminated on 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 12:00 am
Wednesday night, after America's vote was revealed on "So You Think You Can Dance," Jourdan Epstein, Brooklyn Fullmer, Malene Ostergaard, Casey Askew, Nick Garcia and Serge Onik were the three girls and three guys who received the fewest votes. After deliberating, the judges - Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Misty Copeland - determined Ostergaard and Garcia would be sent home at the end of the show.
Tops Friendly Markets to purchase Budwey's Market in Newfane
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 11:50 pm
Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, announced the company has entered into an agreement with Budwey's Market and, upon closing, will assume operation of the grocery store located at 2555 N. Main St., Newfane.

There are approximately 74 total employees at the Newfane location; each of whom has the option of applying for continued employment with Tops Markets.

"Budwey's has been an important part of the Newfane community for many years, and we plan to continue the tradition of providing shoppers with an outstanding shopping experience," said Frank Curci, Tops Markets president and CEO.

'Kids Cook-Off' returns for second go-round with Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri as coach and mentors
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 11:25 pm
Food Network icons and best-selling cookbook authors Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri return for season two of "Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off," premiering Sunday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m.
 


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