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'Festival of Trees' continues at Power Authority
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 04:20 pm
Festive trees are lining the overpass bridge and other areas within the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Vista at the Niagara Power Project. Area nonprofit organizations provided decorations for the energy-efficient "Festival of Trees" showpieces.
Quick thinking students and staff at NCCC save life
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 03:10 pm
On the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 8, Niagara County Community College Public Safety received a radio transmission regarding a male down in one of the academic buildings on campus.  Upon responding to the call, campus security officers Linda Haner-Mele and Ryan Newton discovered multiple people already on scene assisting with the unresponsive individual. 
Niagara County Sheriff's Office Receives COPS Grant
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 01:00 pm
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $215,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The grant will assist area schools and the sheriff's office in their efforts to prevent school violence.
7th annual Shop With A Cop event held by NCSO
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 01:00 pm
On Dec. 8, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with Walmart on South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport hosted the seventh annual Shop with a Cop event.
Farm structure property tax exemption extended
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 12:55 pm
Recently, the New York State Legislature extended the state's real property tax exemption for structures and buildings essential to agriculture and horticultural use. Previously set to expire at the end of December, the exemption for necessary farming structures has been extended for another decade, until January of 2029.
Sanborn-Lewiston Farm museum hosts Christmas event
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 12:45 pm
This past weekend, the Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, hosted Christmas at the Farm.
NCSO K-9 Chief to get donation of body armor
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 12:45 pm
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office K-9 Chief will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc. K-9 Chief's vest is sponsored by Pam, Corey and Todd Harmon of Lockport and will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of Chief Craig C. Harmon." Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.
ECMC clinic directed by UB professor chosen to receive New York State World AIDS Day award
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 07:00 am
The Hepatology Clinic at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), under the direction of a faculty member in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, has been awarded a New York State Department of Health Commissioner's Special Recognition Award.
H&R Block helping local communities nationwide during 'One Team Day of Giving'
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 07:00 am
H&R Block associates in all 50 states and Puerto Rico will unite on Monday, Dec. 17, to give back to the communities where they live and work. Understanding there is strength in numbers, H&R Block is holding its first "One Team Day of Giving" event, a single day where associates from all over the country will serve each of their communities, ranging from feeding the homeless and delivering toys to underprivileged children to revitalizing animal shelters and collecting snacks for military care packages.
Erie County Department of Health confirms local case of measles
Wed, Dec 12th 2018 05:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed a recent émigré treated at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital has been diagnosed with measles. This individual had visited multiple venues in Erie County, potentially exposing others to measles from Dec. 4-11.
Niagara County adopts $359M spending plan
Wed, Dec 12th 2018 03:45 pm
Niagara County lawmakers approved a $359 million budget plan Tuesday night, reducing taxes to their lowest level in decades, at $7.01 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That represents a 1.3 percent cut over last year's tax rate. In addition, the 2019 budget is $628,000 below the state-mandated tax cap. This is the eighth consecutive year the county's budget has been under the New York State property tax cap limit.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet Dec. 14
Wed, Dec 12th 2018 03:45 pm
The next meeting of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 726 Exchange St., Suite 525, Buffalo.
NYPA announces $250 million commitment to accelerate flexibility of electric grid to combat climate change
Wed, Dec 12th 2018 03:45 pm
The New York Power Authority announced a new, nation-leading commitment to invest $250 million between now and 2025 to accelerate the flexibility of the electric grid to give New Yorkers greater access to renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power.
Local businesses support Community Missions' 'Dining for Dollars' campaign
Wed, Dec 12th 2018 02:55 pm
For the sixth year, Community Missions' annual event, #GivingTuesday, inspired people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities by providing an enjoyable holiday season to those in need. To help with the initiative this year, more than 100 students and nine local restaurants partnered with Community Missions, including American Niagara Hospitality.
N-W boys basketball gets first NFL win
Wed, Dec 12th 2018 11:15 am
On Tuesday night, the Falcons used every second to close out its first NFL win versus Kenmore West. N-W defeated the Blue Devils, 61-59, after being down by 7 points at halftime.
NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services announces new actions to increase availability, awareness of problem gambling services
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 06:45 pm
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) on Monday announced new actions to increase the availability and awareness of problem gambling services in New York.
Jacobs sponsors legislation to tackle cell phone scam calls
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 06:45 pm
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced he will sponsor legislation that will enable telecommunication providers to pre-emptively block phone numbers that are the source of unsolicited automated phone calls. Commonly known as "robocalls," these pre-recorded messages are rising "at an alarming rate," the senator's camp said, as scammers continue to use new technologies to evade "do not call" registries.
Poloncarz enacts 2019 Erie County budget, joins legislators to present highlights
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 06:45 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined Tuesday by Erie County Legislature Chairman Peter Savage (3rd District), Legislature Majority Leader April Baskin (2nd District) and Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (1st District) to present highlights of the recently adopted 2019 Erie County budget, which was passed by the legislature last week in an 8-3 vote.
Nickelodeon's 'JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M The Tour' to Artpark Mainstage Theater on July 28
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 06:45 pm
Nickelodeon's "JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M The Tour" will make a stop at the Artpark Mainstage Theater at 7 p.m. July 28, 2019. This concert event is co-presented by Funtime Presents and AEG Presents.
IMPACT, Buffalo Sabres host public workout at KeyBank Center
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 06:45 pm
IMPACT and the Buffalo Sabres present "The Sweat Before Christmas," a high-intensity workout from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at KeyBank Center. Members of the public will have the unique opportunity to experience a professional IMPACT workout inside the arena on Christmas Eve, and attend the Sabres game on Feb. 15.
Higgins: Almost $7 million for WNY health care centers
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 06:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding totaling $6,939,646 for Federally Qualified Health Centers in Western New York. The Community Health Center of Buffalo and Neighborhood Health Center will each receive over $3 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services toward services provided at eight local clinics.
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino unveils first phase of $40 million 'Seneca Arrival Experience'
Tue, Dec 11th 2018 06:45 pm
In April, Seneca Gaming Corp. announced plans for a $40 million multi-phase beautification and renovation project slated for Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, its flagship property in Niagara Falls. On Tuesday, officials celebrated phase one completion of this project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the hotel front desk area, as well as a performance by R&B/soul vocal group The Drifters.
ECHDC issues RFP for North Aud Block redevelopment at Canalside
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 04:40 pm
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. board of directors met and gave an update on plans for the redevelopment of the North Aud Block, a two-acre parcel at Canalside. A request for proposals (RFP) was issued recently seeking design, bid and construction administrative services related to the development of infrastructure facilities on the northern portion of the former Memorial Auditorium Block, also known as the North Aud Block.
NYSEG offers holiday safety & efficiency tips
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 04:40 pm
New York State Electric & Gas Corp., a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc., urges customers to follow some these electrical safety and energy-saving tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season. In addition to testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and planning emergency fire escape routes for your family, people should keep the following safety tips in mind for safety and energy efficiency:
Protect personal information during holiday bustle
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 04:40 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today encouraged New Yorkers to be wary of "cyber grinches" while shopping online or donating to charities during the holiday season.
Lew-Port students to sing Tuscarora praises
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 03:45 pm
Dozens of Lewiston-Porter Elementary School students are rehearsing for the first public performance of the new Tuscarora Heroes song, which will be featured at this year's annual remembrance ceremony. The event is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the monument, located at Portage Road and Center Street in Lewiston.
Empire State Development: Amanda Mays joining Western New York leadership team as regional director
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 12:15 pm
Empire State Development announced Amanda M. Mays will join ESD's Western New York regional leadership team. Mays, who previously served as senior project manager, was named regional director and will serve alongside Stephen Gawlik, vice president, poly and capital projects and senior counsel; Steven Ranalli, VP of development at Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.; and Paul Tronolone, VP of policy and planning.
WNY Chapter of Compassionate Friends to hold candlelight remembrance
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 12:15 pm
The Western New York Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will hold a public candlelight remembrance service Tuesday, Dec. 11. The service will begin at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Lutheran Church, located at 5125 Main St., Williamsville.
Scientists brew lava, blow it up to better understand volcanoes
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 12:15 pm
What happens when lava and water meet?
GNBC scores with 'Nutcracker'
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 11:15 am
The Greater Niagara Ballet Company staged another successful production of "The Nutcracker" - the company's 51st and counting - on Friday and Saturday. Once again, talented and spirited youth from Niagara County, Western New York and Southern Ontario teamed to bring to life Clara, Uncle Drosselmier, the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker Prince, family, friends and foes.
Donations sought by Royal Threads Thrift Shop
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 10:00 am
Donations of clothing in adult sizes are being sought by the Royal Threads Thrift Shop, operated by the Friends of Buffalo Psychiatric Center for the benefit of recipients of center services.
Donations accepted via bottle, can deposit for Response to Love Center in Buffalo
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 10:00 am
Readers can support Response to Love Center in Buffalo one nickel at a time.
FASNY urges residents to exercise caution when decorating
Mon, Dec 10th 2018 07:00 am
The holiday season is officially underway, and New Yorkers are decorating trees, lighting candles, stringing lights, and getting into the spirit of things. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York urges everyone to exercise caution and keep fire safety in mind when decorating for the holidays. When holiday lights and other decorations are not used properly, they can cause fires, injuries, and even death.
Lindsey Stirling returns to WNY for Ronald McDonald House fundraiser
Sat, Dec 8th 2018 10:00 am
Lindsey Stirling's summer performance at Artpark was the best show this writer has seen in 12 years of covering Mainstage Theater events.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Light Up the Boulevard a 'level higher'
Sat, Dec 8th 2018 07:00 am
Organizers of Saturday's seventh annual Light Up the Boulevard Parade and Festival were praised for their efforts by the town government Monday. At the monthly Grand Island Town Board meeting, Deputy Supervisor Jim Sharpe complimented Jennifer Pusatier, chair of the event, and the organizing committee for a job well done at this year's festival.
Above and Beyond: Osinski chosen 2019 Grand Island fire chief
Sat, Dec 8th 2018 07:00 am
Grand Island firefighters chose 2019 firematic and administrative officers during annual elections held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at fire headquarters.
Grand Island: Council members say town supervisor 'not coming to work'
Sat, Dec 8th 2018 07:00 am
Nearly a month after the end of Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray's failed campaign for Congress, Town Council members complained they haven't seen him return to Town Hall to work.
Grand Island Town Board: Town earns Clean Energy Community designation
Sat, Dec 8th 2018 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island announced it has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, recognizing its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.
Delaware North, M&T Bank gift $200,000 to African American Veterans Monument
Fri, Dec 7th 2018 04:10 pm
The African American Veterans Monument committee is one step closer to its fundraising goal thanks to a $200,000 joint grant from Delaware North and M&T Bank. Lou Jacobs (co-CEO of Delaware North), René Jones (chairman and CEO of M&T Bank) and several African American veterans, who now work at both companies, visited the monument site this morning for the donation.
Buffalo Sabres to sell autographed holiday ornaments for charity
Fri, Dec 7th 2018 04:05 pm
The Buffalo Sabres announced the team will once again provide fans a chance to do some holiday shopping while supporting the Buffalo Sabres Foundation with the return of the annual autographed ornament surprise this Saturday, Dec. 8, before and during the team's game against the Philadelphia Flyers at 1 p.m. With a $20 donation to the Sabres Foundation, fans will receive a holiday ornament autographed by a Buffalo Sabres player.

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