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Mother's Day: The personal touch
Sat, May 10th 2014 05:30 am
Mother's Day is a perfect time to ask yourself how much you really know about your mother. It's a time to get to know the person that she is outside of her role as mother or wife.
Firehouse Subs celebrates opening
Sat, May 10th 2014 05:25 am
Firehouse Subs, a member of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, held a grand opening ribbon-cutting with members of the chamber, elected officials, Fashion Outlets of Niagara staff and Niagara Active House Fire Co.
Niagara Sausage celebrates first anniversary
Sat, May 10th 2014 05:25 am
Bryan Lozinsky of Lewiston and Norm Schneider of Getzville met while working together over the years as meat cutters for area grocery stores.

About five years ago, the two friends started making their own sausage out of their homes for family, friends and for sale.

Lions serve breakfast and more
Sat, May 10th 2014 05:25 am
The Town of Niagara Lions Club held a pancake breakfast last Sunday at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish St. Leo's site in the Town of Niagara. Senior citizens ate for free.
Town of Niagara Police Blotter for May 8, 2014
Sat, May 10th 2014 05:00 am
The following is a sampling of the 73 calls received by the Town of Niagara Police Department between May 2 and May 6.
Richards accepts reduced charge, interim supervisor to be appointed
Sat, May 10th 2014 05:00 am
Town of Niagara Supervisor Steve Richards submitted his official resignation and retirement to the town last Friday and on Monday pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of official misconduct before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns in Lockport.
Alex Preston, Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene are 1 week closer to having their dreams become reality on 'American Idol'
Sat, May 10th 2014 04:35 am
The hopefuls have been narrowed down to three amazing singers - Alex Preston, Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene - on "American Idol XIII." Their countless hours of practice, singing and dreaming will come to a head when the next "American Idol" is finally crowned May 21, but not before all three travel back to their hometowns, to see family, friends and fans.
Watch Michael Jackson make television history at 2014 Billboard Music Awards
Sat, May 10th 2014 04:25 am
Michael Jackson is music's greatest innovator and among the most beloved performers and influential artists of all-time. In this spirit, the Estate of Michael Jackson has created a Michael Jackson world premiere experience, live at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, on ABC May 18.
'American Idol XIV' announces auditions in 15 cities across America
Sat, May 10th 2014 04:25 am
"American Idol" begins its 14th season nationwide search for the best undiscovered talent in the country in Minneapolis on Wednesday, June 18. The search for the next singing superstar continues in New Orleans on Wednesday, June 25; Uniondale on Wednesday, July 23; Nashville on Wednesday, July 30; and San Francisco on Monday, Sept. 29.
Terry Crews named new host of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'
Sat, May 10th 2014 04:00 am
Actor, author, fitness enthusiast, Old Spice pitchman and former NFL player Terry Crews will soon be adding "game show host" to his resume as he has been named the new host of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." The multi-talented Crews will join the show beginning with its 13th season in national syndication in fall of 2014.
Grand Island High School: Capital project work in auditorium progresses
Fri, May 9th 2014 03:10 pm
PHOTOS: The auditorium at Grand Island High School has been gutted as part of the ongoing capital project in the Grand Island Central School District. Work on the ceiling went on high above the aud floor on the platform.
Canalside: Summer 2014 concert schedule announced
Thu, May 8th 2014 07:50 pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has announced a diverse lineup on Buffalo's waterfront. Thirty concerts will rock the park, including 10 free Thursday concerts and four ticketed concerts.

Canalside is bringing the likes of Buffalo favorite and lead singer of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie & The Sadies; reggae fusion artist Shaggy; neo soul/indie pop group Fitz and the Tantrums; and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring the music of Earth, Wind and Fire and Michael Jackson.

Town of Tonawanda, Wilson among 17 WNY projects earmarked for $85 million in NYS clean water infrastructure
Thu, May 8th 2014 07:50 pm
New York state's clean water state revolving loan fund, the nation's premier loan program for local wastewater systems, is marking its 25th year of operation with a low-cost financing program available to virtually any local government in the state.
Dirty Smile moves on to represent Western New York in final round of 'Hard Rock Rising'
Thu, May 8th 2014 12:55 pm
Western New York's Dirty Smile has made it to the top 25 in the "Hard Rock Rising" global battle of the bands. Competing against other Hard Rock's worldwide, they finished with the third-highest number of votes received in the competition. It is now in the hands of industry judges to pick the top three winners.
Sunnking first in NYS to upgrade to new e-waste recycling standards
Thu, May 8th 2014 11:35 am
Sunnking Inc., an electronics recycling and data destruction company with facilities in Brockport and Buffalo, has successfully completed the updated R2/RIOS:2013 certification process. It is among one of the first electronics recyclers in New York to upgrade to the new standards.

R2/RIOS is a combination of the responsible recycling (R2) practices and the recycling industry operating standard, or RIOS. The R2/RIOS:2013 Standard establishes responsible recycling practices for the recycling of electronics globally. By certifying to this standard, electronics recyclers help customers make more informed decisions and have increased confidence that used and end-of-life electronics are managed in an environmentally responsible manner.

Maid of the Mist to launch for 129th consecutive season on May 10
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:55 am
Celebrities, world leaders and tourists from Canada and around the world will once again have a chance to ride the iconic Maid of the Mist when the boats are launched in Niagara Falls, New York, beginning Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m.
'Celebration of Music Education' held at Kleinhans honors leaders in the field
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:55 am
Saturday, May 10, will mark the annual "Celebration of Music Education" at Kleinhans Music Hall, presented by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and sponsored by BOCES of Western New York.
Higgins recognizes Teacher Appreciation Week on House Floor
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the House Floor to recognize Teacher Appreciation Week, which is observed each year from May 5-9. Higgins encouraged his colleagues to recommit to adequately fund education programs and ensure teachers have access to necessary resources.
Grisanti-sponsored bill would award diplomas to all veterans
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:50 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-60, announced the passage of legislation (S6292) he sponsored that would make all veterans eligible for "Operation Recognition," which allows veterans to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in the military.
Buffalo Sabres announce 2014-15 season-ticket prices
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:50 am
The Buffalo Sabres announced the prices for season-ticket packages for the 2014-15 season. The prices for season tickets have increased by 4 percent from 2013-14, which amounts to roughly $1 to $4 more per game, depending on seat location, but will remain among the most affordable in the NHL, officials said.

"We are grateful to our fans for their incredible loyalty and patience through a challenging season," said Sabres president Ted Black. "It's important to us to balance the affordability of our tickets against the opportunity to qualify for league revenue sharing."

Accordingly, as an added benefit this year, season ticket holders can earn up to a 6.5 percent rebate, which is added to their SabreBucks card, if their account is renewed by June 23.

Public comment on CWM expansion underway; state lawmakers call for 60-day extension
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:50 am
State Sen. George Maziarz, Assemblyman John Ceretto and Assemblywoman Jane Corwin have sent a letter to the commissioner of the New York State Department of Conservation urging the 60-day public comment period on the CWM hazardous waste landfill expansion that began Wednesday be extended to 120 days.
Niagara Hospice program illustrates how hospice patients live longer and better
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:50 am
Niagara Hospice will hold several programs throughout Niagara County beginning next week where the public is invited to learn the benefits of early hospice referrals.
State Parks Standing Committee to meet for project approval
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:45 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Niagara River Greenway Fund Standing Committee (State Parks Standing Committee) will hold a meeting at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 12, to vote on funding for projects proposed to the Standing Committee by State Parks.
Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce mixer
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:45 am
The Niagara Falls (New York) Chamber of Commerce invites readers to attend a business and social mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Wine on Third, 501 Third St. Niagara Falls.
Higgins announces winners of Congressional Art Competition
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins has announced the winners of the annual Congressional Art Competition. Aniyah Brown took first prize. The top piece from each congressional district is displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the Capitol Building.
Lemke awarded books for students
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:45 am
Jessica Lemke, pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Peter R.C. School, was one of 20-plus grantees of the national "BE INSPIRED" Disney/ABC Television Group and First Book Literacy Campaign selected to receive free books for every student in his or her school.
Niagara University appoints Kevin Creagh VP for university mission and ministry
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:45 am
The Rev. Kevin G. Creagh, C.M., has been named vice president for university mission and ministry at Niagara University, effective immediately. The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of the university, announced the appointment.
Medical Center Auxiliary to hold chicken and rib fundraising event
Thu, May 8th 2014 08:45 am
The Auxiliary of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will hold a dinnertime fundraising event at The Bakery Restaurant on Monday, May 19, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Montreal: 'The City, the game and its team'
Thu, May 8th 2014 07:35 am
In a city where there is always something happening, this time of year has something different to offer.
Ceretto announces sponsorship of Animal Abuser Registration Act
Tue, May 6th 2014 04:50 pm
Assemblyman John Ceretto today announced he is cosponsoring the Animal Abuser Registration Act (A.2905), legislation that would require convicted animal abusers to register with the sheriff of the county in which they are located.
ZZ Top with Jeff Beck outdoor concert headlines additions to Seneca Casinos' 'Summer Rush Series'
Tue, May 6th 2014 04:15 pm
Survivor, Air Supply, Scott Stapp, Los Lobos also join the entertainment lineup; Brian Regan and Kellie Pickler booked for September.
AllSportsWNY: Prospective Bills owner needs 3 'trustee' votes for winning bid
Tue, May 6th 2014 12:15 pm, a website created and administered by WBBZ-TV Vice President and General Manager Bob Koshinski, reported a four-member voting trust was created by Ralph Wilson before his passing. That group will ultimately decide who has submitted the winning bid to purchase the Buffalo Bills.
CBS Cares, National Stroke Association create PSA campaign to help identify risk factors for strokes and highlight susceptible demographics
Tue, May 6th 2014 12:15 pm
CBS Cares and National Stroke Association have partnered to create three PSA messages to raise awareness on the risk factors commonly associated with strokes and to highlight the groups most susceptible to strokes overall.
Dr. Tim Downs named provost and chief academic officer of Niagara University
Tue, May 6th 2014 12:15 pm
Timothy M. Downs, Ph.D., has been named provost and chief academic officer at Niagara University. The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of the university, announced the appointment.
Niagara 1812 Legacy Council wins Bi-National Beacon Award
Tue, May 6th 2014 12:15 pm
The Niagara 1812 Legacy Council received the Bi-National Beacon Award at Monday's Travel & Tourism Beacon Awards presented by Visit Buffalo Niagara. The awards ceremony took place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 3 to 11.
Western New York Regional Economic Development Council to hold consolidated funding application workshops
Tue, May 6th 2014 12:10 pm
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council will hold two consolidated funding application workshops for potential applicants to learn more about the fourth round of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's initiative to stimulate job creation and economic growth through the Regional Economic Development Councils. The workshops will be held May 13 in Amherst and May 29 in Fredonia.

In 2014, up to $750 million in economic development resources from 33 state agency funding programs will be available to applicants through the CFA.

Register by visiting or by calling 716-846-8206.

Annual 'Run with the Rapids' 5K race scheduled for May 17
Tue, May 6th 2014 12:10 pm
The sixth annual "Run with the Rapids" 5K race will be held Saturday, May 17, in downtown Niagara Falls. This USA Track & Field-sanctioned race benefits the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association. Race registration and the post-race party will be held on Old Falls Street, USA.
Free 'Safety and Health in the Art Studio' workshop at Castellani Art Museum
Tue, May 6th 2014 12:10 pm
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is hosting a free workshop for artists and art teachers, "Safety and Health in the Art Studio," from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 31.
Roxanne Cardone named Outstanding Employee of the Quarter at NU
Tue, May 6th 2014 12:10 pm
Roxanne Cardone, office coordinator for the Center for Events & Management Development at Niagara University, was named NU's Outstanding Employee of the Quarter. Cardone, a Lewiston resident, was presented with the award by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara president (as pictured).
A.G. Schneiderman applauds assembly passage of first-in-the-nation ban on plastic microbeads in commonly used cosmetics
Tue, May 6th 2014 12:10 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman praised the State Assembly Monday for passing first-in-the-nation legislation banning a form of plastic pollution he said is an emerging threat to New York's Great Lakes and other bodies of water.

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