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De Dee's Dairy serving up smiles to go
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 06:55 pm
In Niagara Falls, there are few images more iconic to locals than the giant cow that sits perched atop of De Dee's Dairy. Around this time of year, the beloved bovine is usually overlooking scores of sticky-faced patrons and pineapple-sized ice cream cones at the picnic table below. The sight is something of an official announcement that spring is here.
State conducting drive-thru coronavirus testing at NCCC
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 06:40 pm
As part of her weekday afternoon community update Thursday on LCTV, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said, "That site is being run by the state Department of Health, and they are requiring that you preregister to be tested at that site. Again, you can call 1-888-364-3065, or head to the website (covid19screening.health.ny.gov).
Coronavirus county update for April 30
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 12:25 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report one new death of a Niagara County resident, a 70-year-old female with underlying health conditions. We send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
Convent tower bells to ring during collective moment of daily prayer for COVID-19
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:10 am
The Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, located at Stella Niagara near Lewiston, invite the community to join in a collective moment of prayer beginning on Friday, May 1.
Niagara SBDC receives grant as part of Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation's COVID-19 small business relief fund
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:10 am
On Monday, the Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center was awarded a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The grant award total was for $36,300.00, part of the foundation's COVID-19 small business relief fund. Thanks to this timely funding award, the Niagara SBDC will be able to offer Niagara County businesses emergency relief services. These services include expert consultation on e-commerce development, free participation in a multiple-part small business crisis management webinar series, and individual advisement on enhanced marketing sales techniques.
United Way of Greater Niagara providing community agencies with critical funding during COVID-19 crisis
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:10 am
United Way of Greater Niagara has continued to ramp up funding to support its 29 partner agencies within Niagara County. UWGN recently received grants from National Grid, General Motors and Hypertherm, which will be used to support COVID-19 response efforts related to child care services in the Niagara Region. These grants, along with funding from the Beeman Foundation, will provide funding to Youth Mentoring Services in Lockport and the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, two organizations in the county currently providing day care services for essential workers.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates exceptional music educators, young musicians & leadership in music education
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:10 am
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, along with the Erie County Music Educators Association, the Niagara County Music Educators Association and the Friends of the BPO, announced the 2020 recipients of the following prestigious annual awards:
WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund awards additional $1 million to support nonprofits addressing immediate needs
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:05 am
The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund, coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The John R. Oishei Foundation and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, has awarded $1 million to an additional 35 nonprofit organizations, bringing the total grant amount from the fund to $5.5 million, supporting a total of 109 nonprofit organizations.
Kaleida Health labs expand testing hours for east side site
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
Kaleida Health has expanded hours for its COVID-19 testing site on the East Side of Buffalo.
'Good Neighbors Against COVID-19': Win dinner with Thurman & Patti Thomas in online raffle fundraiser for Child Care Resource Network
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
The Giving Project has launched a fundraising campaign called, "Good Neighbors Against COVID-19," which will benefit the Child Care Resource Network. CCRN is an essential resource for the Western New York community during the pandemic as it is connecting essential workers such as doctors, nurses and grocery store workers with child care services. The organization teamed up with Thurman and Patti Thomas to put together a special raffle prize: Dinner with them at Mullberry Italian Ristorante.
Joint statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin & Administrator Jovita Carranza on review procedure for Paycheck Protection Program loans
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 11:00 am
Earlier this week, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
Best Fish Fry 2020: Apple Granny wins 3rd title
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 10:30 am
Everything about this year's Best Fish Fry contest was different - except the winner. For the third year in a row, Apple Granny Restaurant battered, I mean bested, the competition. The Village of Lewiston restaurant once again garnered the most votes (and the most voters) to take the title.
Niagara County plans to 'ReStart, ReThink, ReConfigure'
Thu, Apr 30th 2020 10:10 am
Niagara County Legislature Vice Chairman John Syracuse on Thursday announced the formation of three working groups charged with preparing Niagara County for post-pandemic operations. Syracuse said the effort will involve members of the legislature as well as other county leaders, department heads and community partners.
F-E-I-N: NYS Labor Commissioner Reardon announces directive requiring employers to provide information New Yorkers need to apply for unemployment benefits
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:25 pm
New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon on Wednesday announced the New York State Department of Labor has directed all New York-based employers to proactively provide New Yorkers with the information they need to file for unemployment benefits. In a directive sent to over 320,000 businesses, the DOL reminded employers of their legal obligation to provide employees with their employer's New York state employer registration number, federal employer identification number (FEIN), and full employer name and address.
Higgins announces federal grants available to support local fire department response to COVID-19
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins encouraged local professional and volunteer fire departments to apply for new federal fire grants made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress on March 27.
New UB app could help with COVID-19 contact tracing
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
To slow the spread of COVID-19, individuals who test positive are asked to retrace the people and places they recently interacted with.
Speaker Heastie, members of Assembly majority call on NY congressional delegation to support federal aid for state & local governments facing 'devastating' budget cuts due to COVID-19
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
Speaker Carl Heastie and members of the Assembly majority sent a letter to the New York state congressional delegation calling on members to support unrestricted aid to state and local governments that have borne the financial burden of confronting the COVID-19 crisis.
Hotels & airlines assure travelers of cleanliness
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 09:20 pm
With pent-up demand for travel expected once the pandemic passes, many travelers will be anxious to vacation and check destinations off their bucket lists. Yet it's only natural to wonder if hotels and airlines are safe and clean before venturing out on a trip.
Bored in the house and you're in the house bored? 3 ways to shake up your everyday quarantine routine
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 01:25 pm
Are you getting bored out of your mind? If so, I know exactly how you feel! So, I've decided to come together with my sisters to bring you a few ideas that have given us something fun to do and have shaken up our quarantine routine.
Coronavirus county update for April 29
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 01:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health issued the following update Wednesday on positive COVID-19 cases in Niagara County: "We regretfully report one new death of a Niagara County resident, an 80-year-old male with underlying health conditions. We send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."
Watch: Cuomo outlines additional guidelines for phased plan to reopen New York
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 11:30 am
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday outlined additional guidelines for the phased plan to reopen New York on a regional basis. Each region of the state - Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Long Island, Southern Tier and Western New York - must follow these guidelines as part of the reopening plan.
Island Dispatch for April 24, 2020
Wed, Apr 29th 2020 02:00 am
The Grand Island Dispatch for April 24, 2020
Ransomville Speedway puts 2020 season 'on pause' due to COVID-19
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 08:15 pm
All racing events at Ransomville Speedway have been postponed indefinitely due to continued restrictions put in place by New York state to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
6 new physicians to join medical staff at NFMMC
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 03:40 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is adding six physicians, including three orthopaedic surgeons, to its medical staff. The additions were announced by President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo.
Wydysh offers update on NCCC drive-thru testing site, antibody test at Wegmans; county offering face masks to all businesses
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 03:35 pm
"One thing that we can offer right now is the cloth masks. Last week, we offered those free cloth masks through Niagara County Department of Emergency Management to businesses who needed to give them to their essential workers. We would now like to open that up to all of our area businesses. We gave out over 15,000 masks in the last week through that program. And we now want to offer this to businesses who are starting about their reopening process, and will need them for all of their employees most likely when that occurs."
NFMMC primary care sites offering video visits
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 02:20 pm
Patients at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's six primary care sites can now go online to quickly and conveniently meet with their care providers.
Coronavirus county update for April 28
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 12:00 pm
Coronavirus county update for April 28
Josh Mertzlufft to run for New York State Senate
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 11:55 am
Local attorney Josh Mertzlufft announced the official launch of his campaign for the New York State Senate, 60th District.
NY nonprofits join Cuomo's call for federal hazard pay for essential public workers
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 10:00 am
Twenty-two coalitions and organizations representing thousands of nonprofit organizations across New York are joining Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call this week for the federal government to provide hazard pay for essential public workers on the front lines.
Faced with unprecedented 50% cut in state reimbursement, counties urge Congress to provide direct aid in stimulus 4
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 10:00 am
Following an announcement from the New York State Division of Budget that budget shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could result in cuts of up to 50% in aid to local governments, the New York State Association of Counties called on President Trump, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, the New York congressional delegation and leaders McConnell, Pelosi, Schumer and McCarthy to provide direct support to counties as congressional leaders begin negotiations for a fourth stimulus package.
Law enforcement agencies in Niagara County partner on resident checks
Tue, Apr 28th 2020 09:55 am
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the Lewiston Police Department are partnering with one another to use an existing system to conduct welfare checks on residents.
State to open 5 new drive-thru COVID-19 testing facilities, including one in Niagara County
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 07:25 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced the state is opening five new drive-through testing facilities in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties. On Saturday, the state expanded diagnostic testing criteria to include all first responders, health care workers and essential employees, even if they aren't symptomatic. These individuals will be able to get tested for COVID-19 at these new drive-thru facilities. Residents who would like to be tested at these facilities must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065 or online at covid19screening.health.ny.gov.
ECMC celebrates COVID-19 discharges with 'Here Comes the Sun'
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 06:25 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp. on Monday announced the 50th COVID-19 patient has been discharged and the institution celebrated the positive milestone by playing The Beatles' much-loved song, "Here Comes the Sun."
WNY Lions partner with WNY restaurants, purchasing 850 meals for frontline medical staff at 9 medical facilities
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:05 pm
It was announced Monday that 850 purchased meals for medical staff would be delivered to nine local medical facilities over the next two weeks. The first of 17 deliveries arrived at ECMC this morning. The scheduled deliveries will continue through May 8 at various other facilities.
Higgins: $71.87 million-plus in initial payments sent to hospitals in Erie & Niagara counties
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins on Monday announced more than $71.87 million in federal funding has made its way to Erie and Niagara counties to help hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Erie County: Supporting local business during COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:40 pm
On Monday, the Erie County COVID-19 Business Task Force announced several new initiatives aimed at helping local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including the hard-hit agribusiness sector. In partnership with the Task Force, the Erie County Office of Agriculture has developed an "Erie Grown" website to promote the purchase of local and regional farm products by linking consumers with available local food products, support farmers navigating the pandemic and provide a resource hub for consumers and growers.
Light therapy expert: Light has power to heal, but wrong type or dosage can be dangerous
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
Ultraviolet light has the ability to improve immune responses and promote health, but don't rush out to sunbathe or purchase UV lamps, warns UB light therapy expert Praveen Arany.
NY Farm Bureau statement on Gov. Cuomo's 'Nourish NY' announcement
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher on Monday said, "Gov. Cuomo provided some much-needed good news today for the state's farmers and our partners looking to feed fellow New Yorkers in need. Our organization has been advocating for food purchase programs at the state and national levels to address the surging demand for food assistance as well as to help alleviate oversupply issues that are burdening our farms because of the loss of markets in the food service industry.
Great Lakes shoreline owners: NY Sea Grant virtual site visit offers expert erosion management help
Mon, Apr 27th 2020 02:20 pm
Need help with shoreline erosion? Water pooling in your yard or basement? Are waves impacting your breakwall or rock rip-rap? Check out the new virtual shoreline visit website of New York Sea Grant's Great Lakes program at www.nyseagrant.org/glcoastalvirtualsitevisit.
 

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