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DEC: Hunting & trapping licenses are now on sale
Wed, Aug 3rd 2022 01:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced hunting and trapping licenses and deer management permits (DMPs) for the 2022-23 seasons are now on sale. Expanded hunting opportunities offered last year are also available to hunters this year.
Racing heats up at 'Big R'
Wed, Aug 3rd 2022 10:00 am
Ransomville Speedway's 2022 season is continuing to roll right into the month of August, as VanDeMark Chemicals and JAGG Electrical and Control will be presenting the racing program on Friday, Aug. 5. The racing program will feature a full card of Krown Undercoating Modifieds, Investors Service Sportsman, KiPo Motors Street Stocks, Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks, and Kevin's Carpet Cleaning Novice Sportsman.
Making her mark: Dr. Stacey Schroeder-Watt works to level playing field for women in sports, STEM careers
Sat, Jul 30th 2022 07:00 am
A phenomenal track star at Grand Island High School, Dr. Stacey Schroeder-Watt got a boost on her career path in medicine through sports. "Because I had a scholarship as a result of Title IX," she explained.
'Big R': Richard Wilkinson Mini Stock Memorial, kids rides this Friday Night
Mon, Jul 25th 2022 03:20 pm
The Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks will be featured this Friday night for the annual Richard Wilkinson Memorial. Jetport Restaurant, Niagara Metals and Tim Hortons will present the program, which will also feature the Krown Undercoating Modifieds, Investors Service Sportsman, Ki Po Motors Street Stocks, and Kevin's Carpet Cleaning Novice Sportsman. The popular kids rides will also be part of the show.
Youngstown Yacht Club's Can Am Challenge has boating, music & more
Fri, Jul 22nd 2022 09:10 am
The Youngstown Yacht Club invites you to check out 2022 Can Am Challenge weekend, taking place July 23-24 on the Lake Ontario waters and throughout the village.
Roller Rink at Canalside opening Aug. 12
Tue, Jul 19th 2022 05:10 pm
Buffalo Waterfront Management Group announced the return of Roller Skating at Canalside starting Aug. 12, made possible in partnership with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation.
Legislator Hill says new disc golf course in Royalton Ravine Park a 'huge hit'
Mon, Jul 18th 2022 12:30 pm
The new disc golf course that opened at the beginning of summer in Royalton Ravine Park appears to be a huge hit with Niagara County residents, according to Niagara County Legislator Mike Hill. This is the second disc course opened by Niagara County Parks, with the original located in Burmaster Park at Bond Lake.
$5.7 million in federal COVID-19 relief to New York's marine fishing industries
Mon, Jul 11th 2022 02:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $5.7 million in federal aid provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act is being distributed to New York's seafood, marine commercial, and for-hire fishing industries.
AAA Insurance shares pool safety tips
Thu, Jul 7th 2022 09:30 pm
Drowning kills nearly 4,000 people each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Drowning is also the leading cause of injury for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Many of these fatalities occur even with supervision.
DEC announces release of draft Lake Ontario Atlantic salmon fisheries management plan
Tue, Jul 5th 2022 11:15 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the release of a draft Lake Ontario Atlantic salmon fisheries management plan and is seeking public comment through Aug. 14.
All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars return to 'Big R'
Tue, Jul 5th 2022 11:05 am
This coming Friday night, July 8, will be the highly anticipated return of the Tezos All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars presented by Mobil 1 to the "Big R." Busch Beer will be presenting the racing program that will also feature the Krown Undercoating 358 Modifieds and the Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks.
MAYDAY! Hundreds of thousands of new boat owners need safety training to stay safe on waterways
Tue, Jul 5th 2022 11:00 am
COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 and 2021 led consumers to seek safe, socially distanced family fun in a boat, and the rising tide of buyers lifted the U.S. recreational boating industry to historic sales levels. The resulting spike in first-time boat buyers and overall boating participation led to increased incidents, injuries and fatalities as per the latest U.S. Coast Guard data. Fortunately, these findings also revealed a key solution to this problem: boater education and training.
NYS joins 'Operation Dry Water' to deter boating under the influence
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 10:20 pm
As boaters look forward to the Fourth of July holiday, thousands of law enforcement officers across the U.S. will be on heightened alert for those violating boating under the influence (BUI) laws.
DEC joins Great Lakes, northeast states & Canadian provinces aquatic invasive species landing blitz
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 01:35 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with seven Great Lakes states, six northeast states, and six Canadian provinces, announced the newly expanded annual aquatic invasive species landing blitz. This international campaign informs boaters and the general public about the risks of introducing and spreading aquatic invasive species (AIS).
DCP & State Parks remind people about importance of water safety
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 01:00 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation remind parents and guardians of the importance of year-round water safety. As the hot weather sets in, many families head to swimming pools, beaches and lakes, but it is imperative to pay special attention to these safety tips to prevent accidents.
New York state record for smallmouth bass broken by 8.6-pound catch on Cayuga Lake
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 12:35 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced a new state record for smallmouth bass was set June 15, opening day for bass harvest season. Thomas Russell Jr. of Albion reeled in an 8-pound, 6-ounce smallmouth bass from Cayuga Lake, Seneca County. Russell's bass surpassed the previous record by two ounces, a tie between fish caught on Lake Erie in 1995, and in the St. Lawrence River in 2016.
'Big R': Fireworks & twin 20s highlight holiday weekend show at Ransomville
Thu, Jun 30th 2022 07:00 am
Fireworks, modified twin 20s, and the Chris Moore Sportsman Memorial highlight the holiday weekend festivities this coming Friday night at the Ransomville Speedway. Parkhill Tree & Land Management, Niagara Hardwood Center, Hy-Tech Concrete, Sunset Bar & Grille, and JW Swanson & Associates will be presenting the program.
Hundreds of thousands of new boaters & paddlers expected Fourth of July weekend
Wed, Jun 29th 2022 07:00 am
Millions of boaters are expected to head out on the water this Fourth of July weekend, including more than 830,000 first-time boat buyers who purchased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase in crowds coupled with the number of inexperienced new boaters has caught the attention of the Water Sports Foundation.
Buffalo Mayor Brown & PAL: Slots available for summer youth sports camps
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 10:45 am
City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the Police Athletic League of Buffalo (PAL) announced there is still space available for PAL's summer youth golf and tennis camps, which begin in July.
'Free Fishing Weekend' June 25-26 in New York state
Fri, Jun 24th 2022 03:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a "Free Fishing Weekend" in New York June 25-26. This event marks two of the state's six "Free Fishing Days" offered every year to increase fishing participation and awareness of the fishing opportunities in New York, and introduce new anglers to the sport of fishing.
Pay increases for state lifeguards to address shortage
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed a pay increase for state lifeguards to help address a staffing shortage at New York State Park beaches and pools, and Department of Environmental Conservation campgrounds and day use areas beaches. Starting pay rates for lifeguards at upstate facilities will increase 34%, from $14.95 per hour to $20 per hour, and 21% for lifeguards at downstate facilities, from $18.15 per hour to $22 per hour.
DEC announces implementation of new federal requirements for recreational fishing of black sea bass and scup
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:00 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced new recreational saltwater fishing regulations for black sea bass and scup that take effect immediately in New York's marine and coastal district. These regulatory changes are necessary for New York state to remain in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) by reducing recreational harvest of scup and black sea bass.
'Big R': BRP Modified Tour invades Ransomville
Mon, Jun 20th 2022 03:05 pm
The BRP Modified Tour will be making their second-ever visit to the Ransomville Speedway this coming Friday night, June 24. A full Ransomville program will also be in action, featuring the Investors Service Sportsman, KiPo Motors Street Stocks, Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks, and the Kevin's Carpet Cleaning Novice Sportsman.
Presti Karate's Master John Presti teams up with Grand Master Chuck Norris
Tue, Jun 14th 2022 12:25 pm
Master John Presti, owner of Presti Karate Centers in Niagara Falls and Lewiston, is once again teaming with his friend of 47 years - his teacher and grand master of UFAF - Chuck Norris.
DEC announces opening of 2022 black bass season
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 03:05 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the open (harvest) season for largemouth and smallmouth bass, collectively known as black bass, begins Wednesday, June 15, and runs through Nov. 30.
Schultz wraps high school career with a smile
Fri, Jun 10th 2022 09:20 am
Rebecca Schultz thought, "Yeah, a trip to states would have been great"; but then again, it falls the same weekend as senior prom. And, well, her dress is paid for.
Over 500 free classes at locations throughout WNY, as 'Fitness in the Parks' returns for 11th season
Wed, Jun 1st 2022 12:50 pm
Are you ready for some fitness? Independent Health is kicking off the 11th season of "Fitness in the Parks," the largest and longest running outdoor fitness program in Western New York, on June 1. Presented in partnership with the YMCA Buffalo Niagara and the Jamestown YMCA, this free outdoor fitness program includes yoga, Pilates, Zumba, kickboxing, cardio dance and several other fitness classes.
'Big R': Rudolph, Kerwin, Pangrazio, Mancuso & Mamo win at Ransomville
Tue, May 31st 2022 10:30 am
Third-generation driver Erick Rudolph from Ransomville took the lead away on lap eight and drove away to his first Krown Undercoating Modified feature win of the season as Evergreen Lawn & Tree Service presented the racing action at the Ransomville Speedway Friday night.
DEC reminds visitors to focus on safety as summer hiking season begins
Tue, May 31st 2022 10:05 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminds visitors to New York's outdoor spaces to focus on safety before they head out to their outdoor adventures in the state's wild and beautiful destinations. Ahead of this summer's recreational season, DEC continues to advance actions to promote public safety and improve visitor experience.
Sheriff Garcia urges safe boating; details Brianna's Law
Fri, May 27th 2022 01:55 pm
Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia encourages everyone to have a good time on the local waterways but warns boaters to be prepared and safe.
NYS Division of Consumer Protection reminds New Yorkers to wear their bike helmets
Thu, May 26th 2022 09:00 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) and the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) alert New Yorkers, of all ages, the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike.
DEC reminds recreationists to clean, drain and dry watercraft & equipment to protect waters from invasive species
Thu, May 26th 2022 08:10 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminds everyone to clean, drain and dry boats and trailers, and disinfect fishing gear before recreating in New York's waters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).
AAA offers bike safety tips
Wed, May 25th 2022 04:05 pm
Spring is a time to dust off bicycles and get out and about! May is Bike Safety Month in the United States. With more people taking advantage of cycling, there's no better time for a refresher on safety. AAA Western and Central New York has tips for bicyclists and motorists to share the road and keep everyone safe.
DEC: 'Monster' channel catfish breaks state record
Mon, May 23rd 2022 07:25 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the state record for channel catfish was broken on May 8. Using cut bait while bottom fishing, Bailey Williams of Watertown reeled in a 35-pound, 12-ounce channel catfish from the Black River in Jefferson County. Bailey's record-breaking catch surpassed the previous state record catfish, caught from Lake Ontario in 2017, by 9 ounces.
AAA Insurance shares boating safety tips
Fri, May 20th 2022 04:50 pm
National Safe Boating Week runs May 21-27, 2022, and with the recent heat wave, many Western and Central New Yorkers are looking to hit area waterways. AAA Western and Central New York urges safety on the water. Just like driving a car, operating a boat is a big responsibility and should be done with the utmost caution.
Special Olympics New York hosts spring games
Fri, May 20th 2022 04:45 pm
With the Summer sports season in full swing, Special Olympics New York's western region is set to host track and field competition Saturday at Tonawanda High School, 600 Fletcher St. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:45 a.m., with the competition beginning at 9:30 a.m.
DEC: Muskellunge fishing season starts June 1 in inland waters, June 15 in Great Lakes waters
Fri, May 20th 2022 10:15 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced fishing seasons for muskellunge begin June 1 in inland waters and June 15 in Great Lakes waters (Lake Erie, Upper Niagara River, Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River).
National Safe Boating Week is May 21-27: 3 safety changes you need to know
Fri, May 20th 2022 07:00 am
National Safe Boating Week arrives May 21-27 with an annual reminder for boaters to champion recreational boating safety all summer long. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water suggests that boat owners need to know about three recent U.S. Coast Guard regulations that have changed, what's needed to be carried aboard, and how a vessel is to be operated at higher speeds.
Matching the power of Niagara: Hydroplanes take to the water for first run of season
Sat, May 14th 2022 07:00 am
Ladies and gentlemen, please start your engines, as the 2022 season for hydroplanes kicks off at Gratwick Riverside Park in Tonawanda.
'The Best of Doug Smith': Son compiles treasure trove of dad's writings
Sat, May 14th 2022 07:00 am
The writings of journalist and longtime Grand Island resident the late Doug Smith are presented in a newly published book edited by his son, Joseph W. Smith III. Compiling "The Best of Doug Smith" was a labor of love for his son, whose appreciation for his dad's life's 68-year journalism career grew as the collection, itself, grew.
 

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