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Details sought on Rivertown plans
Sat, Jul 24th 2021 07:00 am
Councilman Thomas Digati asked a question at Monday's Town Board workshop meeting that seemed to resonate with members of the public who spoke later that same night.
Fantasy Island: Splash World gets ready to reopen
Sat, Jul 24th 2021 07:00 am
Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World, formerly Fantasy Island, is busy getting the "Splash World" portion of the park ready to reopen this month, according to parent company IB Parks & Entertainment.
Paddles Up Niagara a 'legacy outdoor recreation event'
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 05:30 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission was signed into legislation in 2004, with the responsibility for developing a plan for a linear system of parks and conservation areas that would redefine the Niagara River in terms of its history, economic vitality and ecological significance.
Erie County 'spokesgnome' headlines 'Roaming Gnome Festival' at Central Library
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 05:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning's "Healthy Lawns" program will be introducing its new "spokesgnome," "Frederick Lawn Gnomested," to the public from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at a special Roaming Gnome Festival at the Central Library Reading Park.
Ryan joins Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council, community stakeholders to provide update on Scajaquada corridor planning
Thu, Jul 22nd 2021 09:15 am
On Wednesday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan joined representatives from the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC), Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, and GObike Buffalo to provide an update on GBNRTC's "region-central" initiative.
Erie County bicentennial celebration continues with 'Trailblazing Women of WNY'
Thu, Jul 22nd 2021 09:10 am
The EC200 committee has announced the second event in the EC200 Heritage Commemoration Series will take place Wednesday, July 28, at the historic Roycroft Campus in East Aurora with "Trailblazing Women of WNY," a free event featuring musical performances by Buffalo Girlchoir, Newtown Women Singers and Daughters of Creative Sound along with speakers discussing the impact women have made on social change.
Strates Shows midway returns to Erie County Fair
Tue, Jul 20th 2021 04:30 pm
The Erie County Fair and Strates Shows continue to build on their exclusive relationship, now in its 96th year. Strates Shows is offering weekday one-price ride days at the Erie County Fair. The cost is $30 per wristband.
Statement from Sen. Sean Ryan on house explosion in Lackawanna
Tue, Jul 20th 2021 04:15 pm
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan released the following statement Tuesday regarding a house explosion that occurred at 91 Bedford Ave., Lackawanna:
Poloncarz declares gun violence in Erie County as a public health crisis; Ortt seeks answers
Tue, Jul 20th 2021 04:10 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Tuesday by Erie County Legislature Chair April Baskin, members of the majority caucus and the Erie County District Attorney's Office, and several Erie County Commissioners as he issued his 22nd executive order, declaring gun violence as a public health crisis.
Albright-Knox hires Dr. Callie Johnson as director of communications and community engagement
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 12:05 pm
The Albright-Knox announced the appointment of Dr. Callie Johnson as the museum's first director of communications and community engagement, "a new department that will play a key role in shaping the museum's identity locally, nationally and globally." Johnson is an award-winning marketing, communications and nonprofit leadership executive with more than 15 years of experience.
Relay For Life to hold two-day event on Grand Island
Fri, Jul 16th 2021 07:00 am
Relay For Life is back after a one-year hiatus as a two-day event. From 3-7 p.m. Saturday, a hybrid Relay event will be held at the Fuccillo Toyota dealership parking lot. The traditional luminaria ceremony will be offered at 9:15 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Park. In addition to the luminaria ceremony, a newly installed memorial garden at Veterans Park will be dedicated to the late Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, who, for many years, served as co-chair of Relay For Life.
National Association of Counties broadband task force report spotlights nationwide need for high-speed internet
Thu, Jul 15th 2021 07:40 pm
The National Association of Counties (NACo) broadband task force recently released its report on the need for high-speed broadband infrastructure nationwide, urging a national focus to drive investment and innovation in order to promote equity and inclusivity while overcoming limitations and barriers to broadband access.
Students organize waterfront event to raise awareness about clean water access & water pollution
Thu, Jul 15th 2021 07:35 pm
Three Buffalo Public School students are partnering with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, charity: water, Water with Blessings, and ReNV Fitness to host a water awareness event at Buffalo's Canalside from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24.
Graycliff summer fundraiser to feature French wine tasting
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:15 pm
This August, Graycliff will present an evening fundraising event in collaboration with Buffalo-based boutique wine store Paradise Wine. Erica Sigler of Rosenthal Wine Merchant is coming to town for the occasion of presenting five wines to the guests of this special tasting event.
Erie County Fair: Nominations for 2021 'Ultimate Fairgoer' now being accepted
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 07:15 pm
Are you or someone you know deserving of the title of the greatest "Fair Fan" in Western New York? The Erie County Fair is now accepting nominations for someone to be named the 2021 "Ultimate Fairgoer."
Erie County Youth Bureau awarded $130,000 to participate in 'Safe Summer NY'
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 05:20 pm
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has allocated $130,000 to the Erie County Youth Bureau to participate in "Safe Summer NY 2021," part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent multipronged statewide response to gun violence.
State leaders announce $219,000 in state funding for Stop the Violence Coalition & peacemakers to address gun violence in Buffalo
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 02:25 pm
On Tuesday, New York State Sen. Tim Kennedy, New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Sen. Sean Ryan and Assembly member Jon Rivera gathered to announce $65,000 in state funding for the Stop The Violence Coalition, and $154,000 for the Buffalo Peacemakers to address the rise of gun violence in the City of Buffalo.
National health survey coming to Erie County
Mon, Jul 12th 2021 05:30 pm
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive survey of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population, is coming to Erie County beginning Aug. 16.
Vandalism at Erie County's Emery Park causes event cancellations, leaves $31,000 in damages
Fri, Jul 9th 2021 11:55 am
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry on Wednesday reported an incident of vandalism that took place at Emery Park early in the week of June 28 and resulted in "considerable damage" to the park's ski lodge and fieldhouse, each of which was broken into after outside security doors were kicked in and forced open. In addition to the doors of each building being damaged beyond repair, vandals gathered up all the fire extinguishers from the two buildings and discharged them in the ski lodge, causing further damage.
Ryan, McMahon present Daniel Barry with resolution celebrating career with Legal Aid Bureau
Fri, Jul 9th 2021 11:55 am
On Wednesday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan and Assembly member Karen McMahon presented Daniel E. Barry Jr. with a resolution passed unanimously by the New York State Legislature, honoring him on the occasion of his retirement from the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo Inc. after a career of 58 years.
Food drive to benefit FeedMore WNY
Thu, Jul 8th 2021 10:00 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society announced an initiative to help combat childhood hunger in the area. In a partnership with Tops Friendly Markets and Student Transportation of America, a "Meals On The Bus" food drive is planned for three area Tops Markets locations from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Proceeds will benefit FeedMore WNY.
Erie County Department of Health Narcan training schedule
Thu, Jul 8th 2021 09:55 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force announced the next three months of trainings to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and use Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an opioid overdose.
Meeting on West River landscape plan set
Thu, Jul 8th 2021 01:35 pm
The Niagara Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced a second public information meeting to review the landscape plan along the West River Greenway Trail on Grand Island. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road. A presentation about the landscape plan will begin promptly and be followed by discussion.
Dion Dawkins & Dion's Dreamers Foundation to host 'Christmas in July' in Buffalo
Tue, Jul 6th 2021 01:55 pm
Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins and his foundation, Dion's Dreamers, will host "Christmas in July" from 4-10 p.m. Buffalo, Friday, July 16. This is a free, outside event in celebration of 716 Day.
Erie County Department of Health vaccine clinics scheduled for community events on Saturday
Tue, Jul 6th 2021 11:15 am
The Erie County Department of Health will be set up two community sites in Buffalo on Saturday, July 10, to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. These clinics will offer single-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine for ages 18 and older, and the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine series for youth ages 12-17.
Poloncarz statement on passing of former Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski
Tue, Jul 6th 2021 10:20 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday issued the following statement after the passing of former Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski:
Paddles Up is back on the Niagara
Tue, Jul 6th 2021 07:00 am
Bright and early Saturday, July 31, the public once again has an opportunity to come and enjoy the Niagara River, the great beach at Beaver Island and a chance to paddle a kayak.
Ecotourism on the rise on Grand Island
Mon, Jul 5th 2021 10:50 am
The Niagara River Greenway Commission says Paddles Up Niagara is a family-friendly and safe way to experience the natural areas and unique habitats of the Niagara River. Whether you are a novice or an experienced paddler, you will enjoy spending the morning with an enthusiastic paddling community. Guides and safety paddlers will be on hand to assist and answer your paddling questions.
Cioppa wins Zarbo Scholarship
Mon, Jul 5th 2021 07:00 am
The Zachary R. Zarbo scholarship committee has chosen Ian Cioppa as the scholarship recipient for the Zachary R. Zarbo 2021 Spotlighters Memorial Scholarship award.
Poloncarz delivers 2021 State of the County address
Thu, Jul 1st 2021 08:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released his 2021 State of the County address, for the first time ever using a videotaped release to highlight Erie County's multifaceted response to the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss both completed county operations from 2020 and plans for the future. Poloncarz, who did not present a State of the County address in 2020 while Erie County confronted the pandemic, devoted much of the 2021 address to praising the lifesaving work of local health care heroes throughout the public health crisis.
Fourth of July fireworks and events
Thu, Jul 1st 2021 08:35 pm
The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate America's independence and reflect upon the freedoms we so often take for granted. It's also a time for watching stuff explode.
'Erie County Free Week' begins July 5
Wed, Jun 30th 2021 02:50 pm
The Albright-Knox, in conjunction with the County of Erie, announced the return of "Erie County Free Week," beginning Monday, July 5, and continuing through Sunday, July 11.
FJC opens on Grand Island
Mon, Jun 28th 2021 02:15 pm
A ceremony was held Saturday, June 12, on the Trinity United Methodist Church campus, to open the Family Justice Center's satellite location on Grand Island. The site is sponsored by the George and Penny Panepinto Family. Read Mike Billoni's feature article now at
Generosity spurs Grand Island Ladies of Charity Book Bag Project
Mon, Jun 28th 2021 02:10 pm
Thanks to the generosity of the many people who contributed, this year's Ladies of Charity Book Bag Project was a great success. This ecumenical project will provide hundreds of book bags for children in need.
Miracle League, DeGlopper Memorial in line for new federal funding
Mon, Jun 28th 2021 02:10 pm
Two Grand Island organizations are expected to get an influx of federal funds to help achieve their mission in the community.
Acquest told to go back to the drawing board
Mon, Jun 28th 2021 02:10 pm
A positive declaration was issued calling for Acquest to prepare a supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on its proposed 1.1-million-square-foot distribution facility at 2780 Long Road. The town voted to redesignate itself as lead agency for review of a revised version of the project. The site is where Amazon had wanted to build a similar facility until it withdrew last August.
Western New York mourns popular auto dealer, TV commercial star and philanthropist Billy Fuccillo
Mon, Jun 28th 2021 02:05 pm
William Bruce "Billy" Fuccillo Sr., age 65, passed away peacefully at home in Sarasota, Florida, on June 17, 2021.
Data from past 5 months show 'breakthrough' COVID-19 disease in just .17% of fully vaccinated Erie County residents
Fri, Jun 25th 2021 02:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is announcing the demobilization of its larger COVID-19 vaccination clinics at KeyBank Center, Erie Community College (ECC) North and ECC South.
Highmark Stadium to host fireworks show July 4
Fri, Jun 25th 2021 02:15 pm
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York is presenting a Fourth of July fireworks show on Independence Day at Highmark Stadium. All members of the community are invited to the Highmark Stadium parking lots to enjoy the celebration, with lots opening at 8 p.m. July 4.
ESD: Buffalo's Torn Space Theater interior renovations completed at its performance space
Fri, Jun 25th 2021 10:10 am
Empire State Development on Thursday announced the completion of Torn Space Theater's $1.2 million interior and exterior renovation project.

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