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Higgins: HHS consideration of Grand Island hotel for unaccompanied minors is off the table
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 08:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced Monday the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has withdrawn consideration for the Byblos Niagara Resort in Grand Island for its unaccompanied children effort.
Higgins, Kulpa announce plan to maintain Social Security services in Williamsville
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 08:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Village of Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa announced a plan to preserve access to Social Security services for residents in northern Erie County. Under an agreement with the Village of Williamsville, residents will be able to connect with Social Security Administration caseworkers directly from Village Hall.
Marnie LaVigne named CEO of Launch NY
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 05:15 pm
Marnie LaVigne, who has guided University at Buffalo economic development efforts since 2005, including helping UB and its partners establish Buffalo's life sciences sector, has been named CEO of Launch NY.

LaVigne, Ph.D., associate vice president for economic development at UB, will end her tenure at UB and assume leadership of Launch NY in July. One of the founders of Launch NY and a member of its board, LaVigne will focus her efforts in the CEO role on repositioning the young nonprofit organization to coordinate with evolving economic development efforts that target entrepreneurship as a key to the region's economic future and job market.

Reminder: Canalside hosts meeting for micro-enterprises and minority, women-owned businesses and organizations
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 05:15 pm
Global Spectrum, the management company operating Canalside, is hosting a meeting to better acquaint micro-enterprises, as well as minority and women-owned corporations, organizations and vendors, with opportunities to do business at Buffalo's waterfront destination.
Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board recommends $625,000 in funding for WNY projects
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 05:00 pm
The Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board today recommended $625,000 in funding to two Western New York enterprises: Praxair Inc. and the Niagara Falls International Airport Stakeholders Group Inc. In total, the latest projects recommended for funding awards are expected to create 22 jobs, result in investments by project applicants of nearly $39 million, and ensure the long-term economic success of entities in Niagara County.
Schneiderman announces Election Day hotline to help ensure access for voters across state during 2014 election cycle
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 04:50 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced an Election Day hotline to help ensure minority-language voters, people with disabilities and all eligible voters are able to cast an effective ballot during the June 24 federal primary election.
Sarah Darling wins America's hearts on 'Rising Star'
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 03:50 pm
Sarah Darling is becoming "America's Darling," earning 89 percent positive votes Sunday on ABC's new competition series, "Rising Star" - including the three experts, Ludacris, Kesha and Brad Paisley.
Dunkin' Donuts donates $7,000 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute from 'Iced Coffee Day'
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 03:45 pm
Dunkin' Donuts has announced the results of its "Iced Coffee Day" initiative in the greater Buffalo area by presenting Roswell Park Cancer Institute with a donation of $7,000.
Sabres announce 2014-15 regular-season schedule
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 03:00 pm
The Buffalo Sabres and the National Hockey League announced the team's 2014-15 regular-season schedule. The variable ticket pricing designations for individual games will be released at a later date.

Buffalo opens its season at home on Thursday, Oct. 9, against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and then embarks on one of the season's busiest stretches, with 11 games scheduled over 22 days in October, and a four-game road trip from Oct. 22-28.

Special tribute in honor of nation's heroes
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 11:40 am
Many Americans celebrate Memorial Day by attending parades and enjoying cookouts. Starting in 2013, Brandon Hall, Lewiston police officer and second lieutenant in the New York Army National Guard, decided to "honor our heroes in a not so traditional way" by participating in The Murph.
Lewiston Community Lions Club celebrates fifth anniversary
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 11:40 am
The Lewiston Community Lions Club celebrated its fifth anniversary with a dinner, awards ceremony and installation of officers on June 3.
Sanger Farms makes improvements, encourages locals and visitors to stop by
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 11:40 am
Sanger Farms of Youngstown, located at 852 Lockport Road, wants locals to consider them for all of their produce, baked goods needs, and family fun!
Enchanted Florist receives national award
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 11:40 am
Lewiston's Enchanted Florist recently was recognized by Teleflora as one of the Top 2,000 florists in the country. Enchanted Florist was recognized for its service and product quality.
Paddling for a good cause
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 11:40 am
The third annual Wilson Dog Paddle, a fundraiser for Buffalo Humane, Diamonds in the Ruff, and Dog Tags Niagara, was held in the Wilson harbor, Saturday, June 7. Starting from the Island Yacht Club, 86 paddlers set out into the harbor and 12-Mile Creek on a delightful summer day.
Get ready for Street Dance in Youngstown
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 11:20 am
The Youngstown Business and Professional Association has held its annual "Beginning of Summer Street Dance" on the last Thursday of June since 2010.

The number of local participants who gather on Youngstown's Main Street to celebrate the completion of school and official beginning of summer has more than tripled over the last four years. Look for that interest to continue to build for 2014.

Mark Daul: Mute swans are considered invasive waterfowl
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 11:20 am
The New York State Department of Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing to kill the state's entire population of free-ranging mute swans.
Play Golf WNY events to be held locally
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 07:00 am
Play Golf Western New York announces tournaments at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston on July 14 and the Niagara Frontier Country Club in the Town of Porter on July 26, with 1 p.m. shotguns starts.
Village of Lewiston Planning Board: Slaugenhoupt stepping down, Giusiana resigns
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 10:00 am
Ken Slaugenhoupt and David Giusiana, two prominent Village of Lewiston Planning Board members, are stepping down.

"I notified the mayor a couple weeks ago that I didn't want to be re-considered when they re-organize the Planning Board in July," Chairman Slaugenhoupt said Thursday. "I did not resign, but I am not going to be continuing at the transition in July."

Past Chairman Giusiana resigned Wednesday, following Mayor Terry Collesano's re-election Tuesday.

Lewiston: Bailey O'Riley's takes over Village Pub
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 10:00 am
A new local restaurant is set to open next month in a familiar spot, at 840 Center St., in Lewiston.

Bailey O'Riley's Village Pub, owned by Chris Sean MacKenzie, will be located at the former site of The Lewiston Village Pub.

Lewiston: Alan Hastings offers update on Frontier House
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 10:00 am
In a pre-election interview, Village of Lewiston Mayor Terry Collesano was quoted as saying he was disappointed in what he termed "lack of movement" at the historic Frontier House on Center Street.
'Best Breakfast USA': Tracy Gillick's Hill-Vue Café & Catering
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 09:00 am
GardenFest is this weekend in Lewiston. The annual event is a time for residents and visitors to get out and explore different gardens and to take notice of the Garden Club's work in beautifying the village. In keeping with that idea, why not venture out a little further this weekend when in search of breakfast? You might find a new morning favorite food.
Top golf play highlights Women's Porter Cup
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 09:00 am
The Niagara Falls Country Club hosted the second Women's Porter Cup tournament June 11-13. Following the deep tradition established by the 55 years of the men's Porter Cup, it was decided the world of female golfers deserved "A Cup of Their Own."
Good work, Goodman
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 07:05 am
Village of Lewiston Deputy Clerk Karen Goodman was recognized for her 31 years of service. Mayor Terry Collesano presented her with a plaque of appreciation at Monday's Village Board meeting.
'The Chew' features breakfast, BBQ and a berry bonanza
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 07:00 am
"The Chew" is celebrating summer with a week of sweet and savory inspirations. On Wednesday, it's a berry bonanza with "berrylicious" recipes for the whole family to enjoy. On Thursday, chef Curtis Stone and actress Yvette Nicole Brown join as guest-co-hosts. HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse and actor Michael Ealy are guests.
Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops offers 'fun by the forkful' July 12-13
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 07:00 am
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is officially rocking and rolling, marking its 31st year showcasing local food and restaurants. The country's largest annual two-day food festival returns to Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo Saturday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Memory tree planted at Hennepin Park Gazebo for 'Harmonica' Dean
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 07:00 am
A tree was planted in Hennepin Park this week in memory of longtime bluesman "Harmonica" Dean Germele, who passed away earlier this year.
Artpark: Ringo All Starr Todd Rundgren Q&A
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 07:00 am
Sophia Smith recently had the opportunity to interview Todd Rundgren, the musical genius who will visit Artpark Tuesday as part of Ringo Starr's All Starr band concert (6:30 p.m.)
Enjoy movie musicals at Riviera
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 07:00 am
The Historic Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda announces its 2014 Summer Film Series of movie musicals.
Niagara County Legislature passes resolution in opposition to CWM
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 07:00 am
In a show of ongoing opposition in the area, the Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution against CWM Chemical Services LLC and its proposal to build a new hazardous waste Residuals Management Unit-2 landfill at its Town of Porter facility.
Area Red Cross blood drives
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 07:00 am
The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make and keep donation appointments to maintain the summer blood supply and help prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with type O negative, B negative and A negative.
A busy week at Artpark
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 07:00 am
The past week was a busy one for the Artpark outdoor amphitheater. Events at the concert venue ranged from the all-new Latitude 43 Music Festival to benefit the Variety Club, to Tuesday's rain-shortened performance of Widespread Panic, to Wednesday's sold-out Coors Light concert featuring the Arctic Monkeys.
Lewiston Police Blotter for June 21, 2014
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 01:10 am
The following activity occurred Monday, June 9, to Sunday, June 15, as reported by the Lewiston Police Department. LPD logged a total of 127 response calls during this period.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Report for June 13, 2014
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:40 am
The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to 202 calls from May 31 to June 6. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents on Grand Island.
Grand Island Fire Co. Call Summary for June 13, 2014
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:40 am
The following incidents occurred from June 2 to 8, as reported by the Grand Island Fire Co. A total of 19 calls were answered by the department during this period.
1812 Legacy Council to host First Nations performance at Fort Niagara
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:40 am
Watch history come to life with the site-specific multi-disciplinary performance that honors First Nations warriors of the War of 1812, featuring Onkwehonwe families who sacrificed to protect Haudenosaunee sovereignty, culture and land.
Identify tree species
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:40 am
The Arbor Day Foundation offers a book that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. "What Tree Is That?" is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.
Martin's Fantasy Island debuts new thrill ride
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:35 am
A new ride at Martin's Fantasy Island provides a view of Canada, Buffalo and the mist from Niagara Falls, and an 80-foot spinning freefall.
Tournament benefits New Directions
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:30 am
New Directions Youth and Family Services will host "A Day on the Links" on Monday, June 23, at the Lockport Town & Country Club to benefit local youth and families in Niagara County supported by New Directions' community-based programs and foster care/adoption services.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Shear Paradise holds ribbon-cutting
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:30 am
A lifelong dream to open a salon has culminated in Shear Paradise.

About two-dozen supporters watched Lisa and Kevin Dilliot cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the Shear Paradise salon.