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New York State Thruway Authority: Cashless tolling customer assistance sessions to continue at WNY Welcome Center
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Thruway Authority has announced cashless tolling customer assistance sessions will continue in 2020 at the Western New York Welcome Center on the first Tuesday of each month.
Lew-Port Community Education is back strong
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 07:00 am
Community Ed is alive and well at Lewiston-Porter.
Lewiston Town Board holds annual reorganization meeting
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 07:00 am
The Lewiston Town Board held its annual reorganization meeting this week, setting the stage for town operations in 2020. This marked the first official meeting by newly elected board member Jason Myers.
Brewed and Bottled, Sgt. Peppers headed to new Bax property
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 07:00 am
Two Lewiston businesses originally slated to become part of the renovated Fourth and Center streets complex are moving. The owners of Brewed and Bottled Craft Beer Shop and Sgt. Peppers Hot Sauces said the corner's concept just wasn't the right fit for them. As such, they're headed to 442-444 Center, a property developed by attorney and Town of Lewiston Councilman Alfonso Marra Bax.
Driscoll: With cashless tolling, don't wait to sign up for E-ZPass
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 06:55 am
The Thruway Authority is moving ahead with a proposal to adjust tolls on the Thruway beginning Jan. 1, 2021 -- the first since 2010 -- after we have converted to cashless tolling system-wide by the end of 2020. I want to further clarify what this means for motorists in Western New York, and how the proposed changes will impact our customers.
Island Dispatch named official Erie County newspaper
Sat, Jan 11th 2020 06:55 am
Legislator Kevin Hardwick has announced that the Island Dispatch will again serve as one of the official newspapers of Erie County for the 2020 legislative year.
Sweet Buffalo Rocks goes from game to giving
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 07:20 pm
The concept was simple. Find a rock, decorate it, then hide it again. Soon, someone else will find it and take a picture, then hide it, too. A fun game in cities across the U.S. hit WNY in 2017 when Kimberly LaRussa, a local blogger of a website called Sweet Buffalo, was introduced to it by a friend in Florida. She said it seemed like a fun activity for the long winter, but couldn't have imagined what it would become.
Stray cats a problem in Niagara Falls
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 07:15 pm
It's getting pretty cold out and, with the harsh weather, comes several charitable organizations looking to serve those who have the least. There is one group that is undeniably at risk and it's not even our species. In a word: Cats.
Shelter animal group sees bias in Niagara SPCA review; investigator denies claim
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 07:15 pm
Animal welfare advocates from the Voices for Shelter Animals group spoke out recently in regard to an investigation conducted at the Niagara SPCA by former Erie County SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr, and Libby Post, executive director of New York State Animal Protection Federation. They called it a conflict of interest.
Former alderman honored at NT meeting
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 07:15 pm
At the City of North Tonawanda reorganization meeting, board members paused to ask Mark Berube to come forward and accept a plaque for his service.
Erie County: Cervical cancer prevention starts with screening and vaccination
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 05:05 pm
January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Erie County Department of Health is reminding women that screening and vaccination are important tools to detect and prevent cervical cancer.
Businesses and schools needed for Hospice Buffalo's spring bouquet sale
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 05:05 pm
Local businesses, organizations and schools are invited to participate in Hospice Buffalo's 34th annual Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale for the pre-sale phase held in January and February. Participants simply assign a coordinator from their organization to take their employees' bouquet orders. Bouquets will be delivered right to one's door for distribution.
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo accepting letters of intent for 2020 competitive grant process
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 05:05 pm
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is now accepting letters of intent for its 2020 competitive grant process through 4 p.m. Feb. 3. Interested organizations should read the detailed guidelines/additional information before submitting a letter of intent. A link to the guidelines can be found at
Visit WilsonNY elects new officers
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 05:05 pm
Visit WilsonNY (formerly known as Wilson Community Tourism), serving the Town and Village of Wilson, elected a new slate of officers with their terms beginning on Jan. 1.
Explore & More Children's Museum, BankOnBuffalo partner to collect winter clothing items for children in need
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 05:05 pm
In recognition of the National Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20, which also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum and BankOnBuffalo have partnered to collect winter clothing items (new hats, mittens and socks) for the children residing at Gerard Place.
Girl Scouts of Western New York hosts a 12-hour 'Join-a-Thon'
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 05:05 pm
Girl Scouts of Western New York will host a 12-hour membership drive called the Girl Scout "Join-a-Thon," and offer unique incentives to both adults and girls who register from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. Throughout the day, GSWNY will take on-the-spot registrations over the phone and in-person registrations during normal business hours.
3rd candidate in 27th District supports term limits on Congress
Thu, Jan 9th 2020 05:25 pm
U.S. Term Limits (USTL), a leader in the nonpartisan national movement to limit terms for elected officials, praised 2020 U.S. House candidate for New York (District 27), Robert Ortt, for signing the pledge for an amendment to term limit Congress. Previously, candidates Beth Parlato and Chris Jacobs also signed the pledge. The primary election is scheduled for June 23.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra & EarShot present brand-new orchestral works by emerging composers SiHyun Uhm, Vincent Calianno, Sid Richardson, Sakari Vanderveer
Thu, Jan 9th 2020 02:45 pm
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, present readings of new works by four emerging composers at Kleinhans Music Hall.
Graycliff hires new executive director: Western New York native Anna Kaplan tapped to manage historic Frank Lloyd Wright property
Thu, Jan 9th 2020 02:45 pm
The Graycliff Conservancy announced the appointment of local arts and culture authority Anna Kaplan as new executive director of Graycliff.
UB: Weber named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs
Thu, Jan 9th 2020 02:40 pm
A. Scott Weber has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University at Buffalo following an international search launched in September.
Red Cross: Help tackle critical need for blood and get a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl
Thu, Jan 9th 2020 02:35 pm
The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types - especially type O - and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
Buffalo native serves aboard USS John C. Stennis
Thu, Jan 9th 2020 11:40 am
U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate Seaman Daniel Cordner of Buffalo heaves around a bale of line in the fo'c'sle aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in Norfolk, Virginia. The John C. Stennis is conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.
Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo opens Jan. 17 at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls
Thu, Jan 9th 2020 11:30 am
Just days into a new year and decade, thoughts of area fishers and outdoors aficionados are already turning to warmer weather. We have to admit that winter 2019-20 is already getting on our nerves; the holidays are thankfully over and the Bills short run at the playoffs is now history.
Lewiston-Porter names Rowles high school principal
Wed, Jan 8th 2020 02:35 pm
The Lewiston-Porter School District Board of Education on Monday announced the appointment of Bradley Rowles as the new principal of Lewiston-Porter High School.
Memorial Medical Center awarded accreditation
Wed, Jan 8th 2020 02:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been awarded a Comprehensive Center accreditation by Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. A MBSAQIP accreditation formally acknowledges NFMMC's commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients.
Jacobs School professor to receive prestigious award for his work in diabetes research
Wed, Jan 8th 2020 12:05 pm
SUNY Distinguished Professor Paresh Dandona, M.D., Ph.D., one of the world's leading experts in the treatment of diabetes and vascular disease, will be honored with the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation's 2020 Life Time Contribution Award in Chennai, India, in July. He is the eighth scientist to receive the award.
FeedMore WNY expanding into Niagara County
Wed, Jan 8th 2020 10:05 am
FeedMore WNY kicked off the new year with notable developments, as the nonprofit continues to grow and enhance its services and partnerships that fight hunger and nourish vulnerable community members of all ages.
'Jazz on 2nd Sundays' winter & spring 2019 concert lineup at Buffalo History Museum
Wed, Jan 8th 2020 07:00 am
The Buffalo History Museum and the Buffalo Jazz Collective present the winter/spring season of "Jazz on 2nd Sundays." The concert series showcases many of the most esteemed jazz musicians of the area, and celebrates the jazz heritage of Buffalo. Concerts will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. the second Sundays of January, February and March.
History Center of Niagara: 'Achieving the Dream: Women of Color in Science, Business and the Arts'
Wed, Jan 8th 2020 07:00 am
Join the History Center of Niagara for children's program about women of African American decent who made their mark on U.S. history. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at 215 Niagara St., Lockport.
Planning underway for Lewiston Art Festival
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 06:20 pm
The Lewiston Council on the Arts is already at work on this summer's Lewiston Art Festival. Two items of interest were announced Tuesday:
State Parks to provide seasonal dock permits along West River Shoreline Trail
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 06:15 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will issue temporary seasonal dock permits for up to 50 docks along the West River Shoreline Trail on a first-come, first-served basis for the 2020 season.
Aquarium of Niagara to celebrate WNY community with discounted admission during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 10:55 am
The Aquarium of Niagara is offering its lowest admission rates of the year to local families during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Members of the Western New York community can pay just $7.16 to meet more than 120 species of aquatic life and participate in the daily schedule of penguin feedings, sea lion shows and seal presentations.
Lake Shore Savings Bank awards $14,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 10:40 am
Lake Shore Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Lake Shore Savings Bank, recently announced the bank awarded $14,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations throughout Erie and Chautauqua counties.
Girl Scouts of Western New York launches cookie season with new Girl Scout Cookie packaging
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 10:20 am
Girl Scouts of Western New York and Girl Scouts of the USA officially launch the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie season, when Girl Scouts across the U.S. become entrepreneurs as they earn money to power their own leadership opportunities and adventures. This season, Girl Scouts is announcing a sweet new way to celebrate young female leaders: refreshed packaging reflecting the experiences cookie earnings make possible for girls.
Free Alzheimer's seminar at Stella Niagara's Center of Renewal
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 10:20 am
The Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara are having a craft show on June 26 weekend. All the items are handmade by the sisters. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of WNY.
Cuomo: $300 million plan to reimagine Erie Canal
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 10:20 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday unveiled the 29th proposal of his 2020 State of the State: a $300 million plan to reimagine the Erie Canal by creating recreational activities on the Canal to boost tourism, mitigating flooding, enhancing irrigation and recreational fishing and restoring wetlands. Cuomo is recommending the New York Power Authority board, which now oversees the Canal Corp. as a subsidiary, approve the $300 million investment over the next five years at the board's January meeting.
Niagara Falls City Council seeks board candidates
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 10:20 am
The Niagara Falls City Council is seeking candidates for various boards and commissions. It seeks people for immediate opportunities as well as openings that may arise in the near future.
Jacobs, Ortt calls for immediate repeal of criminal justice reforms
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 10:20 am
Sen. Chris Jacobs is calling on the leadership of the State Senate to immediately repeal the so-called "Criminal Justice Reforms" on the first day of legislative session, this Wednesday, Jan. 8. The new laws, which went into effect Jan. 1, mandate the release of most criminal defendants without bail.
Western New York Farm Show to celebrate 10 years of bringing region's agricultural community & industry together
Tue, Jan 7th 2020 10:20 am
Bringing together the region's farming community and the services necessary for daily operations is the goal of the 10th annual Western New York Farm Show, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The exposition is sponsored by the Erie County Agricultural Society.
'Share Your Happiness': Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island sends thanks
Mon, Jan 6th 2020 03:05 pm
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island thanks the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contributed to our successful 2019 holiday distribution. Fifty-three of your neighbor families were helped with food baskets and, where appropriate, gift cards for their children.

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