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Lewiston homes have holiday cheer
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 07:00 am
Several homes in the Village of Lewiston have big, bright, colorful Christmas displays on their front lawns.
Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops invites restaurants, food trucks, wineries to apply for 2014 festival
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 07:00 am
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is accepting online applications year-round from Western New York restaurants, food trucks and wineries interested in participating in Buffalo's premier summertime food festival.
Home Free named champs in NBC's 'The Sing-Off'
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 07:00 am
Home Free were declared the season four winners of NBC's a-capella musical competition series "The Sing-Off."
New Directions Youth and Family Services has Angel Tree
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:25 am
Staff at New Directions Youth and Family Services reveled in the holiday spirit as they wrapped gifts the agency collected for children enrolled in the agency's preventative services through its social media Angel Tree program.
'Tis the season
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:20 am
Members of the Interact Club of Grand Island High School are volunteering to support the Salvation Army's red kettle Christmas drive.
St. Stephen School: Mission Club makes cards for elderly
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:15 am
St. Stephen's Mission Club students were busily preparing Christmas greeting cards for the elderly. These cards, made with loving care, are being delivered to the residents at Our Lady of Peace Skilled Nursing Facility.
Grand Island Board of Education: Marston tabbed for board vacancy
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:15 am
At the regular meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education Monday evening at Veronica E. Connor Middle School, board President Tak Nobumoto announced the appointment of Susan Anstett Marston to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of trustee Joan Droit on Oct. 5.
Neighbors Foundation helping 68 families
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:10 am
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island is assisting a record 68 families in temporary distress this holiday season.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Report for Dec. 20, 2013
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:10 am
The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to 160 calls from Dec. 7 to 13. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents on Grand Island.
Grand Island Fire Co. Call Summary for Dec. 20, 2013
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:10 am
The following incidents occurred from Dec. 9 to 15, as reported by the Grand Island Fire Co. A total of 29 calls were answered by the department during this period. The GIFC has now responded to 1,361 calls so far this year. (The GIFC responded to 1,391 calls in 2012.)
From the Desk of the Supervisor: Keep in mind these weather-related tips
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:10 am
Happy holidays, Grand Islanders!
Grand Island Town Board agrees to a 2014 contract with GIFC
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 12:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board approved a $1 million service contract with the Grand Island Fire Co. at its meeting Dec. 16.

During a public hearing on the contract, Greg Butcher, chairman of the board of the GIFC, said the contract with the town "has been longstanding and the fire company provides an incredible amount of services to the residents of Grand Island, and I would challenge any other community in Erie County to provide as many services as we do to this community."

Adequate hydration is important during winter months, IBWA says
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:55 pm
The International Bottled Water Association reminds consumers that maintaining proper hydration throughout the winter months is important. The main reason is that, in the winter, people tend not to notice they are dehydrated because they aren't sweating as much.
State senators advocating to keep WNY Children's Psychiatric Center open
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:55 pm
Republican state senators from Western New York - George Maziarz, Patrick Gallivan, Mark Grisanti and Mike Ranzenhofer - today wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to urge him to personally intervene to help save the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca.
AAA: Year-end holiday travel expected to increase for fifth consecutive year
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:45 pm
AAA projects 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 0.6 percent from the 94 million people who traveled last year. This upward trend marks the fifth consecutive year of increases and the highest travel volume recorded for the season.
New state law will require recycling of mercury thermostats
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:45 pm
A new law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will require manufacturers to collect and recycle mercury-containing thermostats at no cost to consumers, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced.
WBBZ-TV to air 'Yule Log'
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:45 pm
Bob Koshinski, vice president and general manager of WBBZ-TV, has announced the station will air a holiday "Yule Log" starting at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, through 1 p.m. Christmas. The "Yule Log" shows HD video of a real fireplace set to holiday music.
Eastern Air Defense sector to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:45 pm
New York Air National Guardsmen from the Eastern Air Defense Sector will play a key role Tuesday night as the North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa Claus and his reindeer.
Statement by A.G. Schneiderman on Target's agreement to provide free credit monitoring to potential New York victims of data breach
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:45 pm
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement regarding Target's decision to provide free credit monitoring services to all potential New York victims of this week's announced data breach, at the urging of the attorney general's office.
National Grid working to restore Western New York electric service before Christmas Day
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:40 pm
National Grid has restored electric service to more than 40,000 homes and business in Western and Northern New York, and has deployed approximately 2,300 field workers today across the two regions to address remaining issues.
Thoughts about Christmas
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 07:00 pm
As a reader of this column, I'm sure you know it pretty much sticks to things of interest relating to the outdoors, and outdoor activities. When I sat down I put my thinking cap on and thought, holy cow, it soon will be Christmas.
Buffalo Sabres recall Pysyk, Larsson
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 12:10 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team today recalled defenseman Mark Pysyk and forward Johan Larsson from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. The team also announced it assigned defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to Rochester.
Mount St. Mary's surgery department makes holiday donation
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:35 am
The perioperative services (surgery, recovery, endoscopy, central supply, anesthesia) department at Mount St. Mary's Hospital gathered personal care items throughout the Christmas season and donated the items to the Heart, Love & Soul in Niagara Falls.
2014 Premier prepares for silent auction
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:35 am
Anne and Dr. Richard Sawicki display an autographed Patrick Kane hockey jersey and other distinctive and luxury items that will be offered during the silent auction at The 2014 Premier, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's annual black tie dinner and entertainment gala.
Old Falls Street hosts 'Kids' Club' activities to complement Hard Rock's annual New Year's Eve Guitar Drop
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:35 am
Old Falls Street, USA, the three-block thoroughfare connecting Niagara Falls State Park with the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in downtown Niagara Falls, is inviting families to ring in the New Year with a host of "Kids' Club" activities from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31 inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.
Billy Joel to give special live performance from Brooklyn on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014'
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 11:35 am
Billy Joel will appear in a special live performance from Barclay's Center in Brooklyn on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014." He will perform one of his classic hits as the first new song of the year.
Keep track of Santa
Mon, Dec 23rd 2013 07:00 am
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is ready to track Santa around the world on Dec. 24.
'LIVE with Kelly and Michael' welcomes Steve Carell, Ben Stiller, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
Nationally syndicated morning talk show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" announces the lineup of guests who will join hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan during the week of Dec. 23-27.
St. Francis Guild donates to Mount St. Mary's Hospital
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
The St. Francis Guild volunteer organization of Mount St. Mary's Hospital conducts numerous fundraising efforts with all proceeds used to benefit the hospital.
Porter discusses Harrison Lane
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
An update on the status of a limited town acquisition of Harrison Lane from a private owner to allow for improved access for nearby neighbors was a discussion item at an otherwise very low-key Porter Town Board regular meeting earlier this month.
Town to close bulk of JDP access road to vehicular traffic this winter
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
With the Town of Lewiston operating for the most part in holiday mode, limited news of note gleaned from the recent Lewiston Town Board work session of Dec. 9 includes the following:
Wine on Third auction benefits NACC
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
Wine on Third held an art auction to benefit the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center. Local artists, including Mary Grace Ohrum, Danielle DePalma, Jeffrey Bagneschi, Kathy Schifano, Jonathan Rogers, Andrea Galyn donated the art.
Niagara Jet Adventures jetboat impresses in trials
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
It's been a busy couple of days for Mike Fox of Niagara Jet Adventures in Youngstown. Fox reports the first in his fleet of custom-built, advanced-tech Gatling series jetboats, manufactured by Bohnenkamp's Whitewater Customs of Meridian, Idaho, arrived in Youngstown this week following a 2,233-mile cross-country trip via trailer.
Coloring contest winners
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
Winners of the 2013 DiMino Tops Lewiston-Niagara Frontier Publications holiday coloring contest were recently announced.
Lew-Port teachers highlighted at BOE meeting
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
The Lewiston-Porter Board of Education recognized Ashli Dreher for being named the 2014 New York State Teacher of the Year. Dreher is a special education teacher at Lew-Port, and the first special education teacher to receive the state designation.
Interview: Seneca Niagara Casino concert a homecoming for talented Vanessa Williams
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
Vanessa Williams will perform hit songs "Dreamin," "Colors of the Wind," and, of course, "Save the Best for Last" Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls.
Village of Lewiston hammering out new sign laws
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 09:50 pm
For the better part of two years, the Village of Lewiston Planning Board has faced a significant challenge: new businesses with new signage. Business owners new to the village are unaware of the sign laws and often times either ignore the Planning Board or purchase and post signs that don't conform with the municipality's code (let alone its historic nature) in size, shape or position.
Lewiston Police Blotter for Dec. 21, 2013
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 08:50 pm
The following activity occurred Monday, Dec. 9, to Sunday, Dec. 15, as reported by the Lewiston Police Department. LPD logged a total of 85 response calls during this period.
National Fuel offers flooding precautions
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 08:35 pm
National Fuel offers customers the following information should they experience flooding in their basements:

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