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Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Cellular Connection to host 2nd annual backpack giveaway
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:10 pm
Residents in Grand Island are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign.

The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless retailer in the U.S., in a joint effort with its customers, has announced that it will donate 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Last year, the company donated 60,000 backpacks.

More than 350 participating TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families to bring their children to the store between noon and 2 p.m. on Aug. 2 to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more.

Obit: Dorothy Mae Bull Maier Killian
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Dorothy Mae Bull Maier Killian, age 93, of Oxford, Florida, peacefully passed away on June 9, 2014.
Obit: Frank O. Eldridge
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Frank O. Eldridge, entered into rest July 20, 2014. He was a resident of Grand Island.
Obit: Jerry Richard Livingston Sr.
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Jerry Richard Livingston Sr. of Canaseraga, N.Y., passed away at home July 3, 2014, after a difficult battle with cancer. He was born April 6, 1941, in Buffalo to Martin Luther and Esther (Jepson) Livingston.
Obit: Arthur Lawrence Bascomb
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Arthur "Artie" Lawrence Bascomb, age 65, of Brookfield, Connecticut, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Erie County Sheriff's Office Report for July 18, 2014
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 07:50 pm
The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to 197 calls from July 5 to 11. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents on Grand Island.
Second state record fish established for 2014
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 07:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced James VanArsdall of West Henrietta caught a record-breaking freshwater drum from Irondequoit Bay (Lake Ontario) in Monroe County.
Grand Island Fire Co. Call Summary for July 18, 2014
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 07:40 pm
The following incidents occurred from July 7 to 13, as reported by the Grand Island Fire Co. A total of 41 calls were answered by the department during this period. The GIFC has now responded to 788 calls so far this year.
Hold on to your taste buds: Local residents launch Lewiston Culinary Tours
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 07:35 pm
Come and discover the delicious cuisine the Village of Lewiston has to offer in a new and fun way with Lewiston Culinary Tours presented by The Roaming Table.
Comedian Lewis Black, singer Sheena Easton coming to Seneca Casinos this fall
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 07:35 pm
Two additional renowned entertainers will appear at the Seneca Resorts & Casinos this fall. Comedian and social critic Lewis Black will take the stage at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca on Saturday, Oct. 18, and singer/actress Sheena Easton will perform at the Bear's Den Showroom in Niagara Falls on Saturday, Sept. 27.
New Christmas special, 'Toy Story That Time Forgot,' to air Dec. 2 on ABC
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 07:35 pm
ABC announced its second Pixar Animation Studios special for television, "Toy Story That Time Forgot," a new Christmas special featuring your favorite characters from the "Toy Story" films, will air Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. The special comes on the heels of the success of "Toy Story OF TERROR!," which premiered to stellar ratings last October.
Zoe Saldana, James Franco and Vin Diesel headline guest lineup on 'LIVE with Kelly and Michael'
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 07:35 pm
Nationally syndicated morning talk show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" announces the lineup of guests appearing on the show the week of July 28.
Scott Commings named 'Hell's Kitchen' season 12 winner
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 07:35 pm
The 12th season of "Hell's Kitchen" came to an exciting close as host and head chef Gordon Ramsay announced Scott Commings the winner during Thursday's season finale on FOX.
Old Fort Niagara recalls 18th century war and diplomacy
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 07:35 pm
From Aug. 1-3, Old Fort Niagara will offer a series of special programs recreating important events that took place between 1764 and 1783 that had a profound impact on the history of the U.S. and Canada.
Dangers of leaving your pet in a hot, parked car
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 07:30 pm
With the summer months upon us, pet travel is at its height, and it's time for a reminder about the dangers of leaving your pet in a parked car. Whether you're parking in the shade, just running into the store, or leaving the windows cracked, it is still not OK to leave your pet in a parked car.
Department of Health awards $376,000 grant to Memorial for innovative post-hospital care program
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 02:40 pm
The New York State Department of Health has awarded a $376,000 grant to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to support the launch of an innovative program to support family members caring for Medicaid beneficiaries at home and in the community.

The program, called "Building Bridges to Home and Community Care," will restructure the hospital discharge process to ensure better post-hospital care and reduce hospital readmissions and nursing home stays, thereby generating more than $2.3 million in Medicaid savings between now and September 2015.

Grisanti names Kelly Carrigg 'Veteran of the Month'
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 02:40 pm
New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti recently named Kelly Carrigg as the seventh recipient of his "Veteran of the Month" recognition program.

A resident of the Town of Hamburg who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, Carrigg is the seventh recipient of the monthly honor presented by Grisanti. She was awarded following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members in Grisanti's veterans liaison office.

'America's Got Talent' reveals top 47 acts competing for your vote
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 02:40 pm
Get ready to vote America: NBC's top-rated summer series "America's Got Talent" has selected the Top 47 acts to vie for the coveted $1 million grand prize beginning Tuesday, July 29 (9 p.m.). The 48th act, chosen by "Today" viewers in the "Today's Got Talent" contest, will be revealed live during the "America's Got Talent" results show July 30 (9 p.m.).
'Saturday on Old Falls Street' features live music by four local performers
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 02:40 pm
Old Falls Street is hosting a free, day-long celebration of live music on Saturday, from noon until 10 p.m., on the middle block.
Local leaders hail volunteer firefighters
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 02:40 pm
Local leaders came out in force Wednesday night to thank volunteer firefighters and EMS workers as the Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association kicked off its 115th annual convention at the St. Johnsburg Firehall in Wheatfield.
Brooklyn Fullmer and Marcquet Hill next finalists to depart 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 02:35 pm
Wednesday, after America's vote was revealed on "So You Think You Can Dance," Tanisha Belnap, Brooklyn Fullmer, Bridget Whitman, Zack Everhart, Marcquet Hill and Serge Onik were the three girls and three guys who received the fewest votes. The judges - Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Misty Copeland - determined at the end of the show that Fullmer and Hill would be sent home.
Another first in Western New York: Gates Vascular Institute performs first cardiac cryoablations
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 02:35 pm
Electrophysiologist Chee Kim, M.D., FACC, has performed the first cardiac cryoablations in Western New York at the Gates Vascular Institute.
American Lung Association report: Affordable Care Act offers opportunities to save lives, money by helping smokers quit
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 02:35 pm
With more than 8 million Americans now accessing health insurance through new options in the Affordable Care Act, there has never been a more crucial time for policymakers and insurance plans to act to save lives - and public dollars - by expanding and easing access to tools and treatments to help smokers quit, according to the American Lung Association's "Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014" report.
'World's Largest Disco' returns
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 02:35 pm
Conesus Fest for Charity is proud to announce the 21st anniversary of "The World's Largest Disco," presented by Univera Healthcare, to be held Saturday, Nov. 29, beginning at 9 p.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center.
Sarah McLachlan talks to 'CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood'
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 02:35 pm
Grammy winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan couldn't write songs during a difficult period in her life where she went through a divorce, the death of her adoptive father, and the breakup with a manager, she tells Anthony Mason in an interview for "CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood."
Buffalo Sabres sign Benoit to one-year contract
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:55 pm
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year contract.
Higgins pledges continued support to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:55 pm
On the same day he met with the Niagara Military Affairs Council in his Washington, D.C., office, Congressman Brian Higgins spoke from the House Floor to issue his continued support for preserving the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station's place in Western New York.
NIMAC makes advocacy visit to Washington, D.C.
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:55 pm
A delegation of officials from the Niagara Military Affairs Council visited Washington, D.C., July 22-23 to meet with some of the top leaders from the U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense and New York Congressional Delegation to advocate on behalf of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
Town of Lewiston: Marra resigns
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 01:45 pm
Town of Lewiston Councilman Mike Marra is resigning.
More performers announced for 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock'
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:45 am
Just when you think it can't get any hotter, more superstar performers have been announced for "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" airing Tuesday, Aug. 5 (8 p.m.), on ABC.
Librarian of Congress names Billy Joel next recipient of Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:45 am
James H. Billington of the Librarian of Congress has announced Billy Joel as the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Niagara Catholic honors alums
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:45 am
Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School honored notable alums the weekend of July 18-21.
Ceretto: Deputy DEC commissioner must recuse himself from CWM landfill proceedings
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:40 am
Republican Assemblyman John Ceretto called for Deputy DEC Commissioner Eugene Leff to recuse himself from proceedings on the proposed expansion of the CWM Landfill on Tuesday.
Ortt signs SAFE Act repeal pledge
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:40 am
North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, the endorsed Republican candidate in the 62nd Senate District, met with the local leader of an activist group that has grown by leaps and bounds since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the nation's most restrictive gun control act into law last January.
New York Power Authority brings solar installation to Orchard Park Fire District
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:40 am
Workers from Solar Liberty, a solar panel installation company headquartered in Buffalo, put the finishing touches on a solar photovoltaic system situated atop the Orchard Park Fire District's Central Station on July 14.
Islander Kara Dudley finds moment in Internet spotlight
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:00 am
A Grand Islander stole the spotlight from a famous Victoria's Secret model Monday and ended up on the front page of various international news websites.

Island native Kara Dudley is the anonymous woman seen upstaging supermodel Karlie Kloss in several Internet photos posted July 21 on celebrity websites. Dudley was photographed coming out of a New York City shop after searching for Taylor Swift, who had appeared to have gone into it earlier. She saw the paparazzi, but was oblivious to the statuesque Kloss, who was standing directly behind her.

'Food Fighters' pits home cooks vs. celebrity pro chefs
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 05:00 pm
Host Adam Richman ("Man v. Food") previews new NBC reality series; "Food Fighters" will pit home cooks against some of the country's most famous professional chefs in a battle to determine who can make select dishes best.
Tickets on sale for 'Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure' show in Buffalo
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 02:00 pm
Feld Entertainment Inc., producers of "Disney On Ice" and "Disney Live!," is bringing top performing cable TV series for preschoolers to the stage in "Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure" presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt.
Outdoor entertainment to continue through August at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 01:40 pm
Fire Magick and Cyr Wheel Man from Las Vegas-based Farrington Entertainment & Productions will continue to perform free to the public between 6 p.m. and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as between 1 and 5 p.m. on Sundays, weather permitting. The final performance, which was originally slated for Aug. 10, will now be Aug. 31.
 


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