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McGuire takes command of 107th Mission Support Group
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 07:00 am
Col. Donald V. McGuire, a Lewiston resident, assumed command of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Mission Support Group during an assumption of command ceremony held at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Feb. 8.
Proposals for Wheatfield veterans memorial unveiled
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 07:00 am
Early proposals for a new memorial honoring veterans were presented to the Wheatfield Town Board by its Veterans Memorial Focus Group on Monday.
Bomb threat investigation continues
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 07:00 am
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Bureau is working on tracing the 7:55 a.m. 911 call on Monday reporting bombs at Niagara-Wheatfield and Niagara Falls high schools.
Kinetic Kitchen and Bath celebrates 10th anniversary
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 07:00 am
Every time I get a few dollars ahead and think I will have a vacation someplace other than Veranda Beach, a silent alarm must go off at my house.
Wheatfield musician does well
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 07:00 am
Town of Wheatfield musician Jay Moynihan, well known for his mastering of the sax, guitar and piano for more than 20 years, entertained the pregame crowd at the Chicago Bulls-Atlanta Hawks NBA contest Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the United Center in Chicago.
Catching up with K-Kids
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 07:00 am
The recently established K-Kids (Kiwanis Kids) at Errick Road Elementary School hosted an assembly in the school's gymnasium back on Dec. 10. The assembly for 595 students centered on caring, was administered by gym teacher Anthony Vekich, school counselors Jenn Henry and Liz Antonelli.
Wanted: A loving, safe home for DeeDee
Thu, Feb 13th 2014 07:00 am
Some stories are told in words. DeeDee's story is told in her scars.

DeeDee, a chocolate brown pit bull mix with white markings, was rescued Dec. 2 by Lauren Zaninovich, SPCA supervisor for adoptions/admissions, who also works as the cruelty dispatcher and a rescue driver.

Heart of Niagara fundraiser draws a crowd
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:20 pm
Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue held its second annual "Heart to Heart" fundraising event, "A Taste of The Niagara Region," Feb. 8, at the Lewiston First Presbyterian Church Social Hall. The event featured sample tastes from more than 20 area restaurants, plus a basket auction with row upon row of donated baskets.
U2 to perform Oscar-nominated 'Ordinary Love' at the Academy Awards
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:15 pm
World-renowned rock band U2 will perform their Oscar-nominated song "Ordinary Love" for a global audience at the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Wednesday. U2's exclusive Oscar show performance will be the first time the band will perform the song live.
Niagara Falls Bridge Commission announces appointment
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:15 pm
The commissioners of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission have announced the appointment of Linda McAusland to the board of commissioners, effective immediately. The addition of McAusland fills a vacant seat on the eight-person board, which is made up of four residents of the U.S., and four residents of Canada.
Collins honors victims, commends families on 5th anniversary of Flight 3407 crash
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:10 pm
Congressman Chris Collins spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about the fifth anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407 and to honor the victims and their families.
National Fuels warns extreme cold to impact heating costs
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:10 pm
An early start to the winter heating season, coupled with sustained cold weather in January, has National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. urging consumers to consider budget billing to spread out heating bill balances over 12 months and to check to see if they qualify for available payment assistance programs.

Without question, this winter has been cold. The month of November was 11. 7 percent colder than normal, December was 5.4 percent colder, and January was 11.7 percent colder than normal. When compared to last year, January 2014 was a staggering 29 percent colder than 2013.

American Legion New York state commander and auxiliary president visit Niagara County
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:10 pm
The Niagara County American Legion Organization will host a joint visitation by State Commander Kenneth Governor, Auxiliary President Barbara Corker and Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander John P. Chang on Saturday, March 1.
Meet Kanan, the cowboy Jedi in 'Star Wars Rebels'
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:05 pm
Not every guardian of peace and justice was lost to the tragedy of Order 66. Introducing Kanan, a survivor of the Emperor's Jedi purge and one of the main characters of "Star Wars Rebels."
'Late Night with Seth Meyers' announces guests for premiere week
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:05 pm
"Late Night with Seth Meyers," launching Feb. 24 from Studio 8G in Rockefeller Center, has set its premiere week guests. The lineup includes:
Maziarz and Grisanti release joint letter in support of keeping St. Francis of Assisi open
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 09:00 pm
On Wednesday, State Sen. George Maziarz and State Sen. Mark Grisanti released a joint letter to The Most Rev. Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., in support of keeping St. Francis of Assisi open.
Higgins recognizes work of families of Flight 3407 on anniversary of crash
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 01:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the House Floor Tuesday to honor the contributions of the families of Flight 3407 in enacting landmark safety reforms in the wake of the tragic crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Western New York on Feb. 12, 2009.

Higgins, and the entire Western New York congressional delegation, has fought along with the families of Flight 3407 since 2009 to secure passage of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, and ensure the release and enactment of final rules on pilot qualifications and flight and duty times.

Learn about 'Pontiac's War on the Niagara Frontier'
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 01:35 pm
"Pontiac's War on the Niagara Frontier" is an illustrated presentation that explores the little-known conflict of 1763-64, when Native American nations rose up against English forts and settlements throughout the Great Lakes.
Congressman Higgins, Buffalo History Museum announce homecoming for Tim Russert exhibit
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 01:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and The Buffalo History Museum Executive Director Melissa Brown have announced plans to relocate the "Inside Tim Russert's Office: If It's Sunday, It's 'Meet the Press' " exhibit currently at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to The Buffalo History Museum in Western New York.

"I am honored to be a part of the effort to bring a very personal piece of Tim Russert's life and work home to Buffalo," Higgins said. "We are thankful to the Russert family and commend the great cooperation between The Buffalo History Museum and Newseum to make this all happen. Tim and the Buffalo community always shared a unique love and respect for one another, and with this move that bond lives on."

'American Idol XIII': Next week is 'Rush Week,' as Randy Jackson returns to lead intense workshops
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 01:30 pm
With the "Hollywood" round ending this week on "American Idol XIII," fans can expect even more surprises, as the show prepares for "Rush Week" and the first live shows of the season.
'The Sing-Off Live Tour' visits UB
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 01:25 pm
The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, and Funtime Presents welcome "The Sing-Off Live Tour" to town Sunday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the UB show are $51, $37 and $32.
'Think Fair Thoughts!' campaign to countdown 175 days until 175th Erie County Fair
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 01:25 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society has created a countdown until the gates open for the 175th Erie County Fair, Aug. 6-17, with a "Think Fair Thoughts" marketing campaign.

"Only 175 days will separate Western New York from the food, rides, shows, blue ribbons and livestock the fair brings," said Jessica Underberg, assistant fair manager. "Although snow covers the grounds and temperatures hover in the single digits, we invite fairgoers to think of hot August days filled with friends, family and fun at the fair."

Daemen lecture series to launch with Higgins, Cantor
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 01:25 pm
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Congressman Brian Higgins will be the first featured speakers in the newly established Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, which will bring top government and public officials to campus to share their unique perspective on critical state, national and international issues.
Ceretto meets with North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 01:25 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto met with North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt at the Capitol on the New York Conference of Mayor's annual Winter Legislative Meeting. Ceretto and Ortt talked about local issues in North Tonawanda that affect their constituents and actions the state can take to help North Tonawanda lower its costs and deliver better services.
Chamber to host 'Business Blender' networking event Feb. 20
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 12:40 pm
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will host a "Business Blender" Thursday, Feb. 20, at Bistro at the Old Fort Inn - also known as Jaguar at the Bistro - located at 110 Main St., Youngstown.
Allstate offers tips for stranded motorists
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 12:40 pm
Many hazards come with winter driving, but the possibility of being stranded may be one of the worst. If you get stranded while driving, here are some tips from Allstate geared at helping you survive:
2014 WNY Boat Show to be held at Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 07:00 am
The Marine Trades Association of WNY has announced the 2014 WNY Boat Show will once again be held at The Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse. Buffalo's premier boat dealers will present brand-new product, from cruisers and pontoon boats to wakeboarding and fishing boats, personal watercraft and much more.
Grand Island Town Board: Cell tower law amended
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
Locating a new cell tower got a little easier with the passage of an amendment to town code.

The Grand Island Town Board changed its regulations on setbacks required for towers, reducing the minimum radius needed within the tower's fall zone.

The move followed a public hearing on the matter that took place last month.

Section 407-169 (C) of town code was amended to read: "The tower must be set back a minimum from any residentially zoned property or any front yard line, and from any residential dwelling, school or historic structure, by a minimum of the lesser of one and a half times its height and any antenna attached thereto, or one and a half times the tower's highest pre-engineered breaking point, as certified by a licensed engineer in a manner acceptable to the town engineer."

Hardwick announces Island Dispatch named official newspaper of Erie County
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick has announced the Island Dispatch was named an official newspaper of the Erie County Legislature for the year 2014. The designation was confirmed at the Jan. 23 session of the legislature.
Obit: George H. Rowe
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
George H. Rowe, 84, of Grand Island entered into rest Feb. 1, 2014.
Grand Island Fire Co. Call Summary for Feb. 7, 2014
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
The following incidents occurred from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, as reported by the Grand Island Fire Co. A total of 30 calls were answered by the department during this period. The GIFC has now responded to 140 calls so far this year, including 140 in January. For further information, visit the GIFC website at www.grandislandfire.us.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Report for Feb. 7, 2014
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to 162 calls from Jan. 25 to 31. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents on Grand Island.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Business, Food Expo slated for March
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:30 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business & Food Expo at Byblos Niagara, 100 Whitehaven Road, on March 22 and 23.
None injured in car, school bus collision
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
Shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a car and school bus on East River Road and Edgewater Drive.
Village Inn, SATO win awards at Soup-Fest 2014
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
The Village Inn and SATO, Serene Gardens' new restaurant in Buffalo, were winners again this past Sunday at the fourth annual Buffalo Soup-Fest, held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Grand Island Fire Co. Call Summary for Jan. 31, 2014
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
The following incidents occurred from Jan. 20 to 26, as reported by the Grand Island Fire Co. A total of 30 calls were answered by the department during this period. The GIFC has now responded to 110 calls so far this year.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Report for Jan. 31, 2014
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to 144 calls from Jan. 18 to 24. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents on Grand Island.
Grand Island Board of Education: School delayed for safety, flow of school year
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
The Grand Island Central School District took the uncommon step Wednesday of delaying the start of the school day two hours to deal with a spell of frigid weather.
 


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