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Obit: Sally Trietley Mergel
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 03:00 pm
Sally Trietley Mergel, 83, of Grand Island was called to heaven at home Aug. 17, 2014, surrounded by family and comforted by her devoted husband of 24 years, Philip Mergel.
Gia is back in the race
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 02:20 pm
The following was submitted Friday on behalf of Gia Arnold:
Peach Festival 5K run applications available
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 02:10 pm
Applications are now available for the 36th annual Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival 5K run, sponsored by Niagara First Choice Federal Credit Union and DiMino's Tops Lewiston, taking place Saturday, Sept. 6, at 9 a.m.
Sacred Heart Villa School to hold open house
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 02:05 pm
Sacred Heart Villa School's motto is "Where Learning Begins."
Grand Island farmhouse celebrates sesquicentennial
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:50 pm
Grand Island Historical Society officers Carolyn Doebert, Sharon Nichols and Maggie Gushue presented a framed copy of the original 1864 deed of the fifth-oldest house on Grand Island to current owners Robin and Bryce Shipman at their recent festive sesquicentennial birthday celebration.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Report for Aug. 15, 2014
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:50 pm
The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to 205 calls from Aug. 2 to 8. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents on Grand Island.
Picnic puts cap on Wheatfield summer
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
The Wheatfield Family Picnic is back again on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the town's Fairmount Park with its usual abundance of food, activities, animals, cars, community services and music.
Grand Island Planning Board OKs rezoning for $1.3 million maintenance building
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
Construction of a $1.3 million parks maintenance building and Recreation Department offices passed review by the town Planning Board Monday night.
Annual Pepper-Off heats things up
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
What started out three years ago as a combination of Mike Geblein's retirement party and friends really like to cook peppers so let's have a cook-off has evolved into an annual event at the Geblein compound.
NRTG announces season schedule
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild has announced its 92nd season of community theater on the Niagara Frontier.
Grand Island Fire Co. Call Summary for Aug. 15, 2014
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
The following incidents occurred from Aug. 4 to 10, as reported by the Grand Island Fire Co. A total of 37 calls were answered by the department during this period. The GIFC has now responded to 913 calls so far this year. Last year at this date, the GIFC had responded to 871 calls.
Ceretto advocates for new multi-use arena in Niagara Falls
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 12:05 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto is advocating for the construction of a new convention center in downtown Niagara Falls. As ranking minority member of the Assembly Tourism Committee, Ceretto sees this convention center as crucial to bringing construction jobs to the region, and enhancing Niagara Falls' long-term status as a tourism hub in New York.

"Since becoming an assemblyman in 2010, continuing Niagara Falls' legacy as a tourist hotspot in our state has been a top priority of mine," Ceretto said. "Currently, our downtown lacks the type of major draw that would bring tourists and tourism dollars into the city during the cold-weather months. Building a convention center and multi-use arena in Niagara Falls would fill that void."

Residents concerned development could cause flooding
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 12:05 pm
The State Environmental Quality Review for the proposed Cobblestone Creek development is expected to be on the agenda for the Wheatfield Town Board at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.
Walk to raise Alzheimer's awareness
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 12:00 pm
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research programs. Across Western New York, there are six such walks scheduled, including Sept. 27 in Lewiston with the first steps leaving from Artpark.
NCCC, faculty association reach tentative agreement
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 12:00 pm
Niagara County Community College President James P. Klyczek announced Wednesday that a tentative agreement has been approved by the NCCC board of trustees, which was ratified by the college faculty association membership on Aug. 19.
Go for the dogs at SPCA
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 12:00 pm
The Niagara County SPCA invites local residents to attend its third annual onsite Dog Days of Summer fundraiser, Aug. 23 and 24, and even stay overnight.
Military Place plans change again
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 12:00 pm
Changes in Benderson Development's plans for Military Place brought a crowd of concerned residents to the Town of Niagara Town Board meeting on Tuesday.
Town of Niagara: Schildhauer to run for town supervisor
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 12:00 pm
With the support of his family and friends, Don Schildhauer has formally announced his candidacy for Town of Niagara supervisor.
Merrell A. Lane, community leader, dies
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 11:55 am
Merrell A. Lane, 67, of Wheatfield, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, after a lengthy illness in Strong Memorial Hospital Palliative Care, Rochester.
Erie Otters to host OHL game in Buffalo
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 02:00 pm
The Buffalo Sabres and the Erie Otters today announced plans for the Otters to host the Niagara IceDogs in an Ontario Hockey League game at First Niagara Center on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.
ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' announces new fourth judge Julianne Hough
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 11:30 am
Two-time "Dancing" champion, actress, musician and choreographer Julianne Hough returns to the ballroom as a fourth judge on this season of "Dancing with the Stars," premiering Monday, Sept. 15, on ABC. Hough will judge alongside resident judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
'So You Think You Can Dance': Zack Everhart, Jessica Richens, Valerie Rockey, Ricky Ubeda named top four
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 11:25 am
Zack Everhart, Jessica Richens, Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda are the top four finalists on "So You Think You Can Dance," and move one step closer to becoming America's favorite dancer.
OUN deadline extended: Talent show applications accepted through Sept. 10
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 11:25 am
All individuals ages 14 and older with a developmental disability living in or attending school/program in Niagara County are invited to pre-register and try-out for the upcoming Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara talent show.
'Bigger, better' Jazz Festival takes stage in Lewiston
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 07:00 am
Jazz buffs will again flock to Lewiston this weekend for the 13th annual Lewiston Jazz Festival, where more than 150 musicians will gather in a celebration of jazz music and culture.
Members of Daughters of Charity to be honored at Mount St. Mary's Good Works Gala, 'Casino Royale'
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 07:00 am
Members of the Daughters of Charity, the sponsoring religious organization of Mount St. Mary's Hospital since 1997, will be the featured honorees at the 15th annual Good Works Gala "Casino Royale."
Carrie Underwood, 11 NFL players star in 'Waiting All Day for Sunday Night' debuting Sept. 7 on 'Sunday Night Football'
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:45 pm
Eleven NFL players will join six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood for her performance of "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the opening theme for primetime television's No. 1 program, "Sunday Night Football" on NBC.
Hollywood stars align for 'Stand Up To Cancer' Friday, Sept. 5
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:45 pm
The Hollywood community is once again uniting to support "Stand Up To Cancer" ("SU2C"), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which will stage its fourth biennial fundraising telecast Friday, Sept. 5 (8 p.m.).
Buffalo Sabres: Cunneyworth, Forton, Devine take on new roles
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:45 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced Randy Cunneyworth, Jerry Forton and Kevin Devine have taken on new roles within the organization.
Larry Fitzgerald and Arizona Cardinals host Andy Dalton and Cincinnati Bengals on 'Sunday Night Football'
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:45 pm
Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals host Andy Dalton and the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals for an NFL preseason game Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC's "Sunday Night Football," television's No. 1 primetime program.
Cuomo announces recipients of $340 million in pre-kindergarten funding
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 03:05 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the recipients of $340 million in full-day pre-kindergarten funding for 81 school districts and community-based organizations statewide, opening full-day classroom slots to nearly 37,000 children.

The funding, included in the 2014-15 state budget, is the first installment as part of the state's commitment to invest $1.5 billion over five years to build a statewide universal full-day pre-kindergarten program.

Assemblyman John Ceretto announced the Niagara Falls City School District is receiving a $289,131 grant to fund pre-kindergarten. This grant comes in addition to the millions in pre-k funding Ceretto helped secure during budget negotiations this year.

Elks bring children to Artpark
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 02:10 pm
Elks Lodge No. 346 Niagara Falls assisted Artpark & Company in presenting the fourth annual Fairy House Festival this summer at Artpark. The Elks have been the presenting sponsor of the annual event, which draws families and visitors each spring.
Memorial Medical Center to hold community health care conversation
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:50 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center wants to hear your ideas for getting the community engaged in health care.
Grisanti introduces legislation to expand radius for low-cost power
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:50 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti introduced legislation today (S.7935) that would expand the boundaries of the Power Proceeds Allocation Act funding program to include all of Erie County. This expansion would allow eligible businesses and not-for-profits in all of Erie County to apply for power at a reduced cost.
Lewiston Arts Cafe' returns
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:50 am
The Lewiston Council on the Arts and Just Buffalo Literary Center will present the fourth program in the Lewiston Arts Cafe' series, which features presentations by poets and musicians.
Village of Lewiston reverses course on residential pop-up parking lots
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:35 am
Patrons driving to Artpark Tuesday for the Styx concert may have noticed more cars parked off South Fourth Street. Vehicles were on residential lawns - parked both parallel and perpendicular - on the road and in driveways. Some homes had more than a half-dozen parked on site.

If this appeared in contrast to previous Village of Lewiston Board rulings, it was - and it wasn't.

Buffalo Zoo saddened by death of sea lion
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 05:10 pm
The Buffalo Zoo is saddened to report the loss of Jester, a 12-year-old male California sea lion, who passed away over the weekend.
Castellani Art Museum: 'TopSpin' series exhibition opportunity
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 05:00 pm
The Castellani Art Museum is currently taking submissions for the 2015-16 exhibition season. The museum's Tops Gallery - dedicated to the exhibition of work by local and regional artists - presents the "TopSpin" series. "TopSpin" features a broad range of visual expressions, varied in media as well as message, and focuses mainly on new and emerging artists.
Jason Taylor, Kevin Gilbride, Paul Burmeister join Mike Florio on 'Pro Football Talk' for 2014 NFL season
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 05:00 pm
Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Jason Taylor and longtime NFL coach Kevin Gilbride will join Mike Florio and new co-host and veteran NFL commentator Paul Burmeister to discuss the hottest NFL topics this season on "Pro Football Talk," NBCSN's weekday NFL news program.
Springfield celebrates 'The Simpsons' 25th anniversary with a special mural
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 05:00 pm
The City of Springfield, Oregon, is partnering with "The Simpsons" to bring the first family of television to its downtown walk of murals.

Sanctioned by "The Simpsons" creator and Oregonian Matt Groening, the mural will be painted on the side of the Emerald Arts Center in the heart of downtown Springfield.