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United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, General Mills Foundation funding 13 organizations to strengthen community's food system
Thu, Apr 12th 2018 12:40 pm
The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County has announced 13 organizations will receive grant funding from a $1 million commitment from the General Mills Foundation. The partnership aims to improve local community food security. It will support projects that address food access and affordability, and that help to increase employment, ownership and entrepreneurship opportunities related to food in high-need neighborhoods.
Niagara Falls: National Grid to distribute 1,000 LED light bulbs as part of housing initiative
Thu, Apr 12th 2018 12:40 pm
To celebrate Earth Day on April 20, National Grid will distribute 1,000 LED light bulbs to individuals who live in the south end of Niagara Falls. Residents of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th streets, from Pine Avenue to Niagara Street, are eligible for National Grid's "Light Up the Neighborhood" program, which offers new LED lighting in exchange for old light bulbs.
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center: 3 days of celebration featuring Wycliffe Gordon, Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo, Drea d'Nur, Buffalo Brass Machine
Thu, Apr 12th 2018 12:35 pm
To mark the grand opening of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, the board of directors and staff will host three events to introduce the community to the location. The debut weekend will include an opening night celebration on Friday, May 4 (4-9 p.m.), an opening gala on Saturday, May 5 (starting at 5:30 p.m.), and a free community day on Sunday, May 6 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Erie County: National Public Safety Telecommunications Week recognizes vital work of 911 call takers
Thu, Apr 12th 2018 12:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Central Police Services is joining counterparts nationwide this week to participate in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, an annual event held in the second week of April to honor and recognize 911 call takers - the "first" first responders - for their dedication and service to the public during some of the most difficult moments in a person's life.
Best way to help on Earth Day: Quit smoking
Thu, Apr 12th 2018 12:35 pm
On Sunday, April 22, countless numbers of New York state residents will participate in Earth Day activities to better the environment. While there are many ways to beautify and protect the earth, the New York State Smokers' Quitline suggests the following as one of the most effective ways to "go green": Quit smoking.
Higgins announces SAFER Fire Grant application period
Thu, Apr 12th 2018 12:35 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the opportunity for local fire departments to apply for a federal fire grant through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The SAFER initiative, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency, is aimed at bolstering the nation's ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards.
Sabres Foundation helps break ground at Perkins Park
Thu, Apr 12th 2018 12:35 pm
The Buffalo Sabres Foundation joined representatives from Saving Grace Ministries to officially break ground Wednesday on the construction of a ball hockey rink and youth football field that will be part of a new, one-of-a-kind sport complex at Perkins Park in Buffalo.
Memorial Auxiliary to stage 17th annual 'Rock-a-thon'
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 11:25 am
The Auxiliary of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will hold its Helen M. Smith "Memorial Rock-a-thon" from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the hospital's upper lobby.
TEDxBuffalo: Applications for speakers & performers extended
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 07:00 am
TEDxBuffalo is giving potential speakers and performers two more weeks to pitch their ideas and talents for its eighth annual event. The deadline, originally April 15, is now 11:59 p.m. April 30.
New York State Parks to hire 1,000 lifeguards
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 07:00 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is hiring more than 1,000 new and returning lifeguards for the summer season at its swimming beaches and pools.
Kenan Center to present 33rd annual Storrs All High Photo Show
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 07:00 am
For the 33rd year, the Kenan Center in Lockport will present the Storrs All High Photo Show, featuring photos by students from 19 high schools from across Western New York.
Elder Law Day 2018 brings free legal advice, information on aging for seniors, caregivers
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 07:00 am
The Erie County Department of Senior Services and the Center for Elder Law and Justice have announced Elder Law Day 2018 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., Buffalo.
May 1 deadline to apply for Great Lakes grants: Recreation & tourism new focus areas
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 07:00 am
May 1 is the deadline to apply for the new round of grants available for Great Lakes ecosystem-based management projects through the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program. A total of $200,000 is available - up to $25,000 is available per project.
All-star Erie County Fair Marching Band recruits new members
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 07:00 am
The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, invites brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, as well as color guard members in grades 7 through 12, to join the Erie County Fair Marching Band this summer. The band is an "all-star" county ensemble representing schools across Western New York. The band performs at parades and events across the region during July and is featured daily at the Erie County Fair.
Schumer, Tomlin, Aykroyd, original 'SNL' cast headline National Comedy Center grand opening
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:50 pm
The National Comedy Center will celebrate its grand opening with appearances by Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, "Saturday Night Live" original season alumni - including Dan Aykroyd - and coincide with annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.
Andres selected chairman of Niagara County GOP committee
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:50 pm
The Niagara County Republican Committee elected Legislator Rich Andres, a North Tonawanda resident, as the party's new chairman at an executive committee meeting on Tuesday night. Andres will take over leadership of the county's committee from Adam VanDeMark, who stepped down at the meeting while citing professional and family obligations.
Chief joins NCSO
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:50 pm
Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour has announced the new addition to the sheriff's office canine team has been named in honor of Chief Craig C. Harmon, who was the chief of the Niagara County Drug Task Force when he passed away in 2004. The new canine, Chief, is currently in training with handler Deputy Richard Bull. He was purchased through many generous donations and funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Niagara University receives $1 million gift to enhance academic, athletic programs
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:45 pm
Niagara University has received a $1 million gift from a 1966 alumnus to transform the experience at its athletic contests and other university events, while presenting a plethora of academic, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for students.
Empire State Development announces launch of Larkin Express Logistics in Buffalo
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:40 pm
Empire State Development announced Larkin Express Logistics opened the doors on its full-scale, freight brokerage that offers transportation and logistics services across a wide range of industries in North America.
Old Fort Niagara's re-enactment season begins with 'Patriots Day Weekend'
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:35 pm
The Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, launched the American Revolution. This history will be retold and re-enacted on April 21 and 22 at Old Fort Niagara.
Empire State Development: First round of applications available for New York Fund for Innovation in Research & Scientific Talent
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:35 pm
Empire State Development on Tuesday announced applications are now available for the New York Fund for Innovation in Research and Scientific Talent (NY FIRST), a $15 million medical school capital funding program to encourage recruitment and retention of exceptional life science researchers focused on translational research by supporting the establishment or upgrading of their laboratories.
DA Flynn reminds community about resources available to victims during National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:35 pm
In observance of National Crime Victims' Week (April 8-14), Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced his office will continue to be a leading resource for victims of all crimes.
Give 'em a brake: Motorists reminded road crews are back at work
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:30 pm
Niagara County Public Works officials are asking motorists to be extra-vigilant as county, state and municipal road crews get to work repairing local highways and roads following a blistering winter.
Seneca-Babcock Community Association receives a $18,500 grant from General Mills Foundation
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 07:15 am
The Seneca-Babcock Community Association has received a $18,500 grant through a competitive application and review process from the General Mills Foundation. The SBCA will use these funds to support "Healthy Choices Healthy Kids," a program that helps promote healthy eating, increased physical activity, a positive outlook and awareness of good nutrition among youth.
Goo Goo Dolls announce 20th anniversary tour for iconic album 'Dizzy Up The Girl'
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 07:15 am
This fall, multi-Platinum-selling Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will embark on the "SiriusXM Presents: Goo Goo Dolls - Dizzy Up The Girl 20th Anniversary Tour," in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their iconic album, "Dizzy Up The Girl." The band will perform the record in its entirety at each show, followed by an additional set packed with surprises and more of their hits.
Celebrate Earth Day at Buffalo Museum of Science
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 07:10 am
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning and its environmental partners are inviting residents to celebrate Earth Day at the Buffalo Museum of Science on Sunday, April 22. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will be able to participate in hands-on Earth Day activities throughout the museum, as well as view a student-inspired rain barrel display and artwork created from single-use plastic bags and developed by students from across Western New York.
Jacobs, Ortt & Co. announce heroin & opioid funding
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 07:10 am
Sens. Chris Jacobs, Rob Ortt and the Western New York delegation to the New York State Senate announced a major funding commitment to a regional service provider on the front lines of the battle against heroin and opioid addiction. Save the Michaels of the World Inc. will receive $425,000 in the recently approved state budget to support their efforts to reduce drug overdoses and addiction across Western New York.
Erie County auto bureaus will process record number of transactions in 2018
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 07:10 am
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles renewal schedule, Erie County auto bureaus will hit a record number of transactions in 2018. The main cause of this substantial uptick in transactions is due to New York state license renewals. Because of this, Erie County Auto Bureaus are experiencing a significant increase in volume, leading to lengthy wait times of up to two hours.
Lake Ontario: 5th annual Hospice Gran Fondo gears up for May 19 ride
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 07:05 am
The Hospice Gran Fondo to benefit Niagara Hospice is back for its fifth year, bringing its "party on wheels" to Niagara County. The ride has become popular among local riders of all abilities.
Memorial Medical Center to host free vascular screenings
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 07:00 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will host a free vascular screening and education event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in The Heart Center of Niagara, 571 10th St.
HAL explores OFN colors
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 07:00 am
The Historical Association of Lewiston's April program it titled "Re-Capturing the Flag." The event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St.
At UB, new medical simulation center gives students, physicians fresh perspectives on human body
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 05:45 pm
The study of the human body is undergoing a major change at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.
American Sign Language performer Patricia 'Trix' Bruce headed to Niagara University
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 05:45 pm
There are words and then there is Patricia "Trix" Bruce. She can tell her life's story without uttering a syllable.
Chamber Gala 2018: Kiwanis Club of Lewiston recipient of Chairman's Partnership Award
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 12:15 pm
The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston has been chosen as the 2018 Chairman's Partnership Award recipient by the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce board of directors and Chairwoman Christine O'Hara.
Driscoll: EZ-Pass is cost-effective way to travel Grand Island
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 12:15 pm
Shortly after midnight Friday morning, March 30, at the direction of Gov. Cuomo, the Thruway Authority successfully flipped the switch on cashless tolling at the Grand Island Bridges. It was a historic occasion, as Grand Island successfully became the Thruway Authority's second cashless tolling location across its 570-mile system, the first in upstate New York.
Youngstown Fire Co. Independence Festival set to debut
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 12:10 pm
Over past weeks, the Village of Youngstown has certainly seen its share of it, with recent news of the Melloni's Market Place closing - coming on the heels of the village's KeyBank branch consolidation. Now, comes word of another change on the horizon in the village - but a refreshing one. How about a new summertime happening the River Region can really forward to?
Lewiston: Memorial Day committee meets, sponsors re-up
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 12:10 pm
Lewiston's Memorial Day Remembrance Committee met Thursday at the Veterans Memorial in Academy Park, the site of the upcoming Memorial Day Ceremony. Members brought the honors banner from the 2017 event and said they were very pleased to note last year's great sponsors have all signed up again to support this community event again in 2018.
Lewiston Lions taking 'Strides' on April 29
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 12:10 pm
Looking for a new activity this spring? The Lewiston Community Lions Club will host a "Strides" 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 29, starting at the Lewiston No. 1 Fire Co. firehall on North Sixth Street. Race registration begins at 8 a.m., with the race commencing at 9 a.m.
Lewiston Democrats to honor John Jacoby
Mon, Apr 9th 2018 12:10 pm
The Lewiston Democratic Committee is recognizing Town Board member John Jacoby as its Democrat of the Year. Jacoby took office Jan. 1. He is a retired battalion chief with the Niagara Falls Fire Department.
Niagara University unveils new baseball field
Sat, Apr 7th 2018 08:15 pm
On Saturday morning, elected officials, Niagara University faculty and baseball fans alike stormed to NU for the official unveiling of renovations made to John P. Bobo field.

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