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NYSEG, RG&E preparing for thunderstorms & winds across state
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of AVANGRID Inc., are preparing for high winds and rain associated with incoming storms expected to hit their service areas Friday afternoon and into the evening. As a result of the storm, customers may experience service disruptions. The storm is expected to impact most of the NYSEG and RG&E footprint, which includes the Western New York, Rochester, Southern Tier, Capital Region and Hudson Valley.
National Grid reminds customers to be safe with storms in forecast
Fri, May 29th 2020 02:20 pm
With the continuing warm temperatures across upstate New York this week, strong, scattered thunderstorms in portions of the region are possible. National Grid has a full contingent of crews ready to respond to any damage caused by severe weather.
Higgins: Over $20 million in federal emergency funding for WNY nursing homes
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced skilled nursing facilities in Western New York will receive more than $20 million in federal emergency funding to address increased expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 Paddles Up canceled; solo paddle & online prize giveaway to replace popular summer event
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:45 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission announced the 2020 Paddles Up at Beaver Island State Park has been canceled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the concern for participants' health.
State Parks releases final scoping document for Draft Historic Preservation Plan, GEIS
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:40 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic Preservation announced the release of the final scoping document for the Draft New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-25) and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
NY Farm Bureau encourages farms to implement new COVID-19 guidance
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
New York State has issued comprehensive guidance to help farms manage and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and New York Farm Bureau is asking farms across the state to review the information and put it to practice.
COVID-19 antibody test scheduling resumes with Erie County Department of Health
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:30 pm
Scheduling for COVID-19 antibody test appointments has resumed for Erie County Department of Health clinics taking place in June.
AAA to offer free online Medicare sessions
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
Medicare can be confusing and complex, yet most of us will have to navigate it someday.
Erie County Social Services Department announces pandemic EBT benefit
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS) announced the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will be issuing a pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer food benefit to all New York state households with school-aged children who receive free or reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch Act. This action was taken as part of the Families First Corona Virus Response Act of 2020.
Higgins announces passage of legislation extending death and disability benefits to public safety officers contracting COVID-19
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6509, the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act of 2020. The bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide public safety officer death and disability benefits for certain first responders who contract COVID-19.
Morinello focused on future of New York
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:05 pm
Whether it be behind masks, screens or phones, the legislature has reconvened in Albany, focused and motivated. The coronavirus epidemic has put a tremendous strain on our communities, our livelihoods, and the very things that make us human. Interactions at work, in social settings, or in passing have ceased to brief greetings and informal salutations. The legislature returns this week frustrated but with a heavy heart, knowing the pain, suffering, stress and anxiety the members of our community have faced over the last few incredibly trying months.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America to hold free virtual educational conference to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's during pandemic
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:00 pm
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) will host a free virtual educational conference as part of its national Educating America Tour to help New Yorkers affected by Alzheimer's disease during the COVID-19 crisis. This event is slated for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. The conference will provide information and advice from health, legal and caregiving experts, as well as special guest speaker Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show." It is free and open to all. To register, go to www.alzfdn.org/tour.
DEC announces statewide muskellunge fishing season opens May 30
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the statewide fishing season for muskellunge opens Saturday, May 30, in most locations. The muskellunge season for New York's Lake Erie, Upper Niagara River, Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River opens on the third Saturday in June - June 20 this year.
AAA: 20.2 people die in NYS crashes involving teen drivers every summer during '100 Deadliest Days'
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:50 pm
In New York state, 222 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the "100 Deadliest Days" from 2008 to 2018. The "100 Deadliest Days" is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when fatal teen crashes increase dramatically. The number of people killed in crashes involving teen drivers, in New York, during rest of the year is 382 (for a total of 604 from 2008 to 2018). 222 people killed in summer months compared to 382 killed during non-summer months, over the 10 years, is an increase of more than 70%. Moreover, 222 people killed in the summertime equates to a yearly average of 20.2 deaths.
Higgins & Niagara County Clerk Jastrzemski announce VA accreditation to better serve veterans in WNY
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski announced the accreditation of Jeffrey M. Glatz, director of the Niagara County Veterans Service Agency. As a fully accredited representative of the American Legion, he can now work on the preparation and presentation of claims for veteran benefits.
DEC urges New Yorkers: If you care, leave it there
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently reminded New Yorkers to appreciate wildlife from a safe distance and resist the urge to touch or pick up newborn fawns and other young wildlife. Human contact with wildlife can carry unintended consequences detrimental to the creatures people intend to help.
Higgins announces federal affordable housing assistance for people with disabilities
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $34,561 to Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) and $65,073 to the City of Buffalo in federal funding to assist in providing affordable housing to non-elderly people living with disabilities through the Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. This brings total affordable housing federal emergency relief supporting Buffalo residents to over $16 million: $3,044,512 for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and $13,120,017 for the City of Buffalo.
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame launches 2020 student scholarship project with all-star music collaboration
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:45 pm
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame President Anthony Casuccio posted an idea on Facebook, which evolved into a virtual creation of artists coming together for a good cause: The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame student scholarship program.
Coronavirus stats for May 29
Fri, May 29th 2020 11:30 am
Coronavirus stats for May 29
Niagara-Wheatfield BOE gets set for budget vote; outlines graduation plans
Fri, May 29th 2020 10:35 am
On May 20, the Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education held its last budget discussions before this week's upcoming public budget hearing and board elections. Amid funding shortfalls from the state, the board is set to propose a $77,119,627 budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, a 3.66% increase from last year. Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich and Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Management Allison Davis outlined strategies the district will use to cover the budget, including a 1.49% increase on the tax levy.
A message from Wheatfield Supervisor Don MacSwan
Fri, May 29th 2020 10:30 am
The following message was issued by Wheatfield Town Supervisor Don MacSwan earlier this week:
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for May 29, 2020
Fri, May 29th 2020 10:10 am
Full edition: The Tribune and The Sentinel for May 29, 2020 Click for a larger version (PDF)
Island Dispatch for May 29, 2020
Fri, May 29th 2020 10:10 am
Island Dispatch for May 29, 2020
Community responds to Brickyard/BBC fire: #Brickbybrick GoFundMe assistance effort launched
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:55 am
"Words cannot begin to express the pain we feel for our neighbors at Brickyard Pub and BBQ and Brickyard Brewing Company. Ken, Eric, Steve and the entire Brickyard family, we love you guys and will be with you every step of the way. Take care and God bless. #brickbybrick #lewistonstrong."
NYS issues details on phase two of reopening: More retail, no restaurant changes
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:55 am
Details are now available for phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "New York Forward" reopening process.
Safety first at Silo, as Lewiston restaurant opens for summer season
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:40 am
The Silo Restaurant in Lewiston has implemented an impressive slate of safety measures.
10 Mile Garage and Sidewalk Sale postponed
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:25 am
Niagara Frontier Publications is postponing the annual 10 Mile Garage and Sidewalk Sale.
Lewiston-Porter proposes $49.092 million budget for 2020-21
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:20 am
With the budget vote and Board of Education election approaching on Tuesday, June 9, Lewiston-Porter has been working to give you as much detail as possible prior to mailing in your ballot.
Food drive for Care-N-Share Food Pantry
Fri, May 29th 2020 09:20 am
The Town of Lewiston Senior Center will hold a food drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, to benefit the Care-N-Share Food Pantry in Ransomville. The donation drop-off will take place at the Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 Lower River Road, to assist the pantry in restocking its shelves.
Following Higgins' push, administration extends federal orders for National Guard
Thu, May 28th 2020 09:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, welcomed news that the Trump administration is extending federal orders assigning National Guard members to COVID-19 response through mid-August. The president had previously indicated plans to end the current order when it expires on June 24, leaving National Guard members serving on the frontlines of the pandemic response ineligible for federal benefits.
Cuomo issues executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings
Thu, May 28th 2020 09:45 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday issued an executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals who do not wear masks or face-coverings. The mandate builds on the state's ongoing efforts to protect New Yorkers and slow the spread.
Coronavirus stats for May 28
Thu, May 28th 2020 11:45 am
Coronavirus stats for May 28
Brickyard Brewing Company fire: Praise for first responders & thanks blaze didn't spread
Thu, May 28th 2020 08:55 am
Village of Lewiston officials applauded those who helped fight a late Tuesday night fire that damaged the Brickyard Brewing Company and part of the Brickyard Pub & BBQ.
Erie County Fair postponed until 2021
Wed, May 27th 2020 10:25 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, announced Wednesday that it has decided to postpone the 2020 Erie County Fair (originally scheduled to be held Aug. 12-23).
Coronavirus stats for May 27
Wed, May 27th 2020 12:20 pm
Coronavirus stats for May 27
Academy Park bleachers demo'd
Wed, May 27th 2020 11:10 am
The green bleachers were torn down on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lewiston Event Center co-owner Harold Hibbard donated manpower to have the seating area demolished.
Brickyard Brewing Co., Pub & BBQ involved in late-night Center Street blaze
Wed, May 27th 2020 02:40 am
A staple of Center Street in the Village of Lewiston endured a tough hit late Tuesday night. Brickyard Brewing Co., in addition to the Pub and BBQ, erupted in flames that resulted in a partial roof collapse.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to perform COVID-19 testing at residential sites
Tue, May 26th 2020 08:15 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is expanding its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Niagara Falls.
NHL plans 'Return to Play'
Tue, May 26th 2020 08:05 pm
The National Hockey League on Tuesday announced a "Return to Play" plan, which will see 24 teams compete in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Participating squads will begin in "hub cities." The top four teams in each conference will have a round-robin tournament, while the remaining field of 16 enters a best-of-five-games elimination tournament.
NCCC hosts virtual commencement celebration for grads
Tue, May 26th 2020 04:30 pm
On Saturday, May 23, Niagara County Community College hosted a virtual commencement celebration for the Class of 2020, recognizing over 900 graduates. The prerecorded video allowed graduates to submit a photo of themselves, future plans, and messages of appreciation to friends and family. Additionally, the video included remarks from SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson, and NCCC President William Murabito.
 

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