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Non-US individuals will need to be vaccinated to enter country at borders
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:35 pm
Beginning Jan. 22, the Department of Homeland Security will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the U.S. via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and provide related proof of vaccination. These new restrictions will apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for both essential and nonessential reasons. They will not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or U.S. nationals.
PSC cuts National Grid rate hike request
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:15 pm
The New York State Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a three-year rate plan for National Grid customers living in upstate New York that is significantly lower than what the company initially requested.
ECDOH updates schools & school districts on state guidance related to COVID-19 case investigations
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health offered another update to school district superintendents and non-public school administrators on Thursday.
Catholic Charities Appeal 2022 launches; continues with theme of 'HOPE'
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
Appeal officials and co-chairs on Wednesday launched Appeal 2022, in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the diocesan "Fund for the Faith," with a goal of raising $9.5 million by June 30. This year's theme is once again "HOPE."
Gear up for spring semester with these educational tools
Tue, Jan 18th 2022 11:10 am
The spring semester represents the academic home stretch, that time of the school year when students can see the finish line. But that doesn't mean they should coast their way to the end of the year. Be sure that they're properly equipped to put in their best effort.
Snow-covered areas can compound winter problems
Tue, Jan 18th 2022 10:45 am
With most of Western New York still digging out from Monday's record snowfall, NOCO is reminding homeowners to also make sure they are clearing their home's furnace vents. These vents are typically white PVC pipes located on the side of a house, which allow the furnace to properly exhaust.
Big Lots supports heart & brain health through American Heart Association's 'Life Is Why' campaign
Tue, Jan 18th 2022 10:25 am
Big Lots is supporting the American Heart Association, the world's leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, through "Life Is Why," a cause marketing campaign benefitting the American Heart Association. "Life Is Why" aims to inspire consumers to celebrate their reasons to live healthier, longer lives - by giving.
Winter is here: Severe cold advice, prep tips
Sat, Jan 15th 2022 10:35 am
Extremely cold temperatures and negative wind chills are expected this weekend, along with significant snowfall. Winter storm watches and wind chill advisories/warnings are in effect in many areas. AAA Western and Central New York wants to ensure drivers are prepared for what lies ahead.
'Hope Takes Flight' with Relay For Life
Sat, Jan 15th 2022 07:00 am
The snow glittered under the bright sunlight on Jan. 8, and the temperature sat at a frozen 10 degrees. At Veterans Park, the weather did not deter Relay For Life's first lap.
NCCC COVID testing site reopens
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 05:05 pm
Beginning the week of Jan. 18, the Niagara County Community College site will reopen at Building G, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Daily hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Poloncarz signs local law establishing office of health equity
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 04:20 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Friday by Erie County Legislature Chair April N.M. Baskin (2nd district) and legislators Howard Johnson (1st district) and Lisa Chimera (3rd district) as he signed the Erie County Health Equity Act of 2021 into law. Local Law Intro. No. 3-1-2021 creates an office of health equity within the Erie County Health Department.
A dream realized; a partnership formed
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 04:20 pm
For Natalie Barnhard and her dream of opening a recovery center for people who have a spinal cord injury, all the right puzzle pieces fell into place at the right time. The Natalie Barnhard Center for Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Recovery opened in Buffalo this fall, welcoming clients who would otherwise have to travel hundreds of miles to find a similar place to work out and, perhaps just as important, bond with other spinal cord injured clients.
Counting down to Lewiston's bicentennial: Smith Home has ties to Lewiston founders
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 11:00 am
Situated in the heart of the village at the southwest corner of South Fifth and Plain streets, the house consists of two wings. The first wing, or north section (along Plain), is a large rectangular wing with a center chimney built in 1817 by David Smith. He was the minister for the first Religious Society in Lewiston, first minister of the Presbyterian Church, and also a founder for the first Episcopal congregation.
Town of Niagara plans ahead for 2022
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 11:00 am
The Town of Niagara opened 2022 with its organizational session earlier this month. There, a number of procedural matters, including meeting schedules, town designations, members and personnel appointments, were approved for the year ahead.
DiNapoli: School district tax levy cap at 2%
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 01:50 pm
For the first time since 2019, property tax levy growth for school districts will be capped at 2%, up from 1.23% last year, according to data released Wednesday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Educational Conference Board recommends universal school meals program in New York
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 01:35 pm
The New York State Educational Conference Board, a consortium of seven statewide educational organizations, is calling on lawmakers to launch a statewide universal school meals program.
KeyBank survey: Pandemic drives Americans to pursue financial mobility & personal priorities
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 09:30 am
The KeyBank 2022 Financial Mobility Survey, released Wednesday, finds many Americans are reconsidering their work and financial priorities, with two-thirds (62%) of respondents indicating that work-life balance is more important to them than a high-paying salary (22%).
Reported COVID cases skyrocket in Erie County - but MAY have peaked
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 07:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health provided coronavirus case data for the week ending Jan. 8.
Red Cross: National blood crisis may put patients at risk
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 09:55 am
The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis - its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Dangerously low blood supply levels are posing a concerning risk to patient care and forcing doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available.
Cycle the Erie Canal this summer
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 04:20 pm
Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York's 24th annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, an opportunity to bike across New York on part of the Empire State Trail and "take in the rich history of the legendary canal that transformed America." The eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled for July 10-17.
New Yorkers urged to prepare for extreme cold weather
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 02:35 pm
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Acting Commissioner Jackie Bray on Monday urged all New Yorkers to prepare for extreme cold weather as temperatures across the state are forecast to drop well below freezing over the coming days.
Broadband in NYS: Hochul announces up to $30/month discount with federal Affordable Connectivity Program
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 02:05 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced a multiagency initiative led by the New York State Department of Public Service to encourage eligible New Yorkers to sign up for the federal government's Affordable Connectivity Program, a newly launched program that provides discounts of up to $30 a month toward internet service for low-income families.
COVID-19 booster now recommended for children 12-15, required for health care workers
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 06:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced new guidance recommending booster doses for all New Yorkers ages 12 and older. The guidance, following action by the CDC, recommends that people, including the newly authorized 12-15-year-old age group, who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, should receive a booster dose at least five months after their second dose.
With omicron spreading, UB expert says best protection is afforded by N95/KN95/KF94 masks
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 04:00 pm
The significant increase in local COVID-19 cases means that proper, consistent mask use is even more important as a protective measure for the University at Buffalo and Western New York communities, regardless of vaccination status.
ECDOH sends nearly 40,000 COVID-19 test kits to village, town & city emergency managers
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 12:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is coordinating a distribution of nearly 40,000 COVID-19 at-home antigen test kits to Erie County village, town and city emergency managers. Each test kit box includes two antigen tests, for a total of about 80,000 tests.
COVID cases up exponentially in Erie, Niagara counties
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 01:20 pm
Both counties report large jumps over holiday week.
UB: Omicron cases in Western New York climb - with increasing case rates still to come
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 07:45 pm
University at Buffalo scientists who do the genomic sequencing of the SARS-CoV2 virus in Erie County are seeing omicron cases increase, an indication that the region is exhibiting a similar trajectory to national trends.
Erie, Niagara counties receive state matching funds through shared services initiative
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 04:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced Cayuga, Chemung, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Erie, Madison and Niagara counties together received a total of more than $2.7 million in state matching funds via the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative.
ICYMI: Statewide ban on polystyrene foam containers & loose fill
Tue, Jan 4th 2022 09:40 am
Before the new year, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers the state's ban on expanded polystyrene foam containers and "packing peanuts" was to begin Jan. 1.
Students offer vocal greetings to area residents
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 01:15 pm
The Wilson High School vocal ensemble spent a day performing at area assisted living facilities.
Erie County Department of Health explains best practices for mask use
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 08:55 am
The significant increase in recent COVID-19 cases means that proper, consistent mask use is even more important as a protective measure for Erie County residents, regardless of vaccination status.
NYS tribute to legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to air on New York PBS stations
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York state's annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be presented as a statewide broadcast event, "New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Opportunity and Promise," airing on PBS stations throughout New York beginning MLK weekend and streaming at empirestateplaza.ny.gov/nyking.
Here's to you in 2022
Sat, Jan 1st 2022 12:40 pm
2021 was a busy year for us here at Niagara Frontier Publications, as well, as we continued to expand and grow - with your help.
Hochul announces 'Winter Surge Plan 2.0' to stem COVID cases
Sat, Jan 1st 2022 12:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced "Winter Surge Plan 2.0," a new targeted effort to bolster New York's fight against the winter surge.
Spring semester guidance issued for SUNY & CUNY campuses 'to safely reopen'
Sat, Jan 1st 2022 12:15 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced issuance of spring semester reopening guidance for SUNY and CUNY campuses, which includes the continuation of the student vaccine mandate as well as requiring all students regularly accessing campus to receive the COVID-19 booster for the spring semester.
A great man has gone: Lewiston mourns Bruce Sutherland
Wed, Dec 29th 2021 01:30 pm
Bruce Sutherland was a treasure and a friend and a pillar of the Lewiston community.
Niagara Region State Parks welcomes 2022
Mon, Dec 27th 2021 07:00 pm
The Niagara Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has released the winter program schedule. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is highly encouraged, as programs tend to fill.
Leaders join Buffalo Museum of Science in push for accessible trail at Tifft Nature Preserve
Mon, Dec 27th 2021 11:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins recently joined Buffalo Museum of Science President and CEO Marisa Wigglesworth to suggest construction of a new, Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible trail at Tifft Nature Preserve be incorporated into ongoing Buffalo waterfront development plans.
Buffalo City Mission's 'Hambone Express' provides Christmas meal to those in need
Mon, Dec 27th 2021 10:55 am
On Christmas day, the Buffalo City Mission launched its annual "Hambone Express" event to deliver hot meals to the poor and homeless across Western New York.
Celebrate 2022 outdoors with 'First Day Hikes' at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas & public lands
Mon, Dec 27th 2021 07:00 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently encouraged New Yorkers to spend time in the outdoors this holiday season and celebrate the new year at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails and public lands across the Empire State on Jan. 1, 2022. The variety of hikes offered includes seal walks, fire tower treks, lakefront trails, boardwalks, towpaths, walks along waterfalls, historic estates and military forts.
 

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