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Niagara County starting to see coronavirus spike
Thu, Dec 10th 2020 09:15 pm
Though Erie County has made statewide headlines over the past month for its high number of coronavirus cases, more attention is starting to shift to neighboring Niagara County - where 11.5% of people tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday were positive. The seven-day average at that point was 8.6%, which was second in New York (only trailing Allegany County's 9.1%).
Tonawandas Chamber welcomes Sign Gypsies WNY
Wed, Dec 9th 2020 02:50 pm
The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Sign Gypsies WNY on Tuesday. Director of Marketing and Membership Sarah Nelson welcomed in the newest member.
NCCC unveils new EOP office, collaboration with Niagara Falls High School
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 01:30 pm
While the educational opportunity program (EOP) has been around since former New York State Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve started it in 1967, it is relatively new to Niagara County Community College. The program started at NCCC in August of 2016 with the goal of providing academic workshops, tutoring, counseling, advisement and financial assistance to historically under-served students who require additional academic support.
Local officials hand out free meals to Wheatfield seniors
Fri, Nov 27th 2020 07:00 am
Last Friday, officials from Niagara County and the Town of Wheatfield were on hand at the Wheatfield Senior Center to hand out over 100 Thanksgiving dinners to local seniors. The event was part of Niagara County Legislator Jesse Gooch's "Meals With Heart From Six Feet Apart" program that he created in March to offer affordable meals to seniors in the community amid the ongoing pandemic.
PHOTOS: Town of Niagara Lions honor nation's veterans
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 04:30 pm
Veterans Day in the Town of Niagara was one of honor, appreciation and remembrance for the dedication to service of all the nation's servicemen and women.
NT Halloween celebration benefits Niagara County SPCA
Fri, Nov 6th 2020 07:30 am
The Niagara County SPCA is the recipient of funds from a Halloween celebration in North Tonawanda.
Hochul explains live music delay, why fans can't attend Buffalo Bills games
Fri, Nov 6th 2020 07:10 am
As Western New Yorkers know, not every industry reemerged from "New York State on PAUSE" when Gov. Andrew Cuomo placed the region in phase four reopening.
Town of Niagara Lions Club holding Veterans Day ceremony
Tue, Nov 3rd 2020 10:30 am
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Town of Niagara Lions and Lioness Clubs are proud to again honor this nation's veterans with a very special ceremony at the newly constructed memorial in Veterans Memorial Community Park, 7000 Lockport Road.
COVID-19: Niagara County health director offers guidance for residents as winter approaches
Tue, Nov 3rd 2020 07:00 am
It's been said there was no playbook for the coronavirus. Instead, health experts and elected leaders had to come up with better practices on the fly, test those ideas with research, and see what worked best to limit the viral spread and keep people healthy.
Niagara Falls nonprofits rewarded
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 07:00 am
On Wednesday, Congressman Brian Higgins and City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino joined Pinnacle Community Services, Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, the Homeless Alliance of Western New York and other community partners to announce over $1.22 million toward the coordinated community effort to address youth homelessness in Niagara County.
Local officials call on residents to demand state protect theater industry
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 09:20 am
Earlier this week, New York state's movie theater industry breathed a collective sigh of relief as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced theaters across the state (except for NYC) could finally begin to reopen. Per state safety guidelines, theaters can only maintain a 25% capacity; with no more than 50 people in front of each movie screen.
Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm open & welcoming families for fall fun
Wed, Oct 21st 2020 12:50 pm
Meet "Josh Allen," the Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm's 2,000-pound steer. Farmer Jim DeVantier, who has owned and operated the farm for over 30 years, affectionately named him after Josh Allen, quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. The steer is the star of the daytime hayride at the farm, which runs daily from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Niagara Wheatfield's new athletic field stirs Falcon pride for a pair of alumni
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:30 am
Recently, Niagara Wheatfield High School celebrated the completion of its new multipurpose athletic field. The project, which was estimated to cost $7.6 million, included an all-new synthetic turf field and is able to accommodate football, baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer and field hockey. The project also included new bleachers (able to seat 2,000 home and 500 away fans), scoreboards, lights, fencing and backstops.
Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame announces induction Class of 2020
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 07:00 am
On Tuesday, the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame announced its 2020 inductees at a small, private event at the Evening Star Concert Hall. This year's inductees are Marsha McWilson, Seven Day Faith, Thom Rotella, Michael Hatalak, D'Amico Music, Thomas Nelson and Charles Chiarenza. Additionally, a Niagara Falls Music Support Award in honor of the late Dr. Samuel "Saxman" Morreale was presented to Thomas Proctor IV (aka Thomas Loop).
Fostering communities is all fun and games at new card game store in NT
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:45 pm
City officials were on hand Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of the Mana Bar, a retail establishment specializing in hobby and collectible trading card games with a primary focus on the ever popular "Magic: The Gathering" (MtG). The store is located at 287 Oliver St.
Bills alumni help animals in need at Niagara County SPCA
Fri, Oct 2nd 2020 05:40 pm
On Thursday, Buffalo Bills alumni Booker Edgerson, Ken Jones and Lou Piccone visited the Niagara County SPCA to sponsor the cage of a shelter dog on behalf of Cure the Blue, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of prostate cancer.
Wheatfield Town Board: Tom Kontak honored for work on veteran's memorial; outrage at Ward Road delays
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:30 pm
It was an eventful session at Monday's Town Board meeting in the Town of Wheatfield. Tom Kontak, a member of a local veterans group, was recognized for his efforts in the restoration of a helicopter located at the Town Hall, which now stands as a monument for veterans.
Senior shelter cats being helped by local attorney
Fri, Sep 18th 2020 12:20 pm
Kittens are always the first pets to be adopted at an animal shelter, but what about the elderly? Unfortunately for senior cats, their stay at animal shelters is much longer. That's why a local attorney has stepped up to help.
NT Neighbourhood Watch resumes
Fri, Sep 11th 2020 09:15 am
On Thursday, the NT Neighbourhood Watch tentatively resumed its monthly meetings with its first in-person gathering since the COVID-19 outbreak began. The group met under a pavilion at Pinewoods Park after the Common Council voted Tuesday to waive the pavilion fee.
North Tonawanda Fire Department receives grant for $174,600 to replace aging fire hoses
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 11:00 am
On Wednesday, Congressman Brian Higgins, North Tonawanda city officials and Fire Chief Joseph Sikora announced the North Tonawanda Fire Department was receiving a federal grant for $174,600 to replace its aging fire hoses and nozzles, as well as other critical equipment used in responding to mutual aid calls in neighboring districts.
Imagination Station keeps kids inspired & active during pandemic
Fri, Sep 4th 2020 11:00 am
With few activities and programs available to kids these days, parents know that it's all too easy for them to become glued to phones, TV's and video games. Fortunately for those in one North Tonawanda neighborhood, a brightly colored wooden box is helping to get kids away from the screens and foster their creativity.
After 500 days, local shelter dog finds his forever home
Fri, Aug 28th 2020 11:55 am
Joey the shelter dog called Niagara County SPCA his home for the past 500 days but, on Wednesday, he finally got his happily ever after.
NT: World War II veteran William Gosch sworn-in as interim 2nd Ward Alderman
Thu, Aug 20th 2020 03:50 pm
Officials from North Tonawanda and Niagara County gathered on the steps of City Hall Wednesday for a swearing-in ceremony for 97-year-old William Gosch, who will serve as a temporary replacement for 2nd Ward Alderwoman Donna Braun.
Old Editions bookstore reopens (and a world of treasures awaits)
Fri, Aug 14th 2020 12:35 pm
Old Editions Book Shop & Gallery, one of Western New York's largest and most renowned bookstores, is ready to begin a fresh, new chapter in its storied history. Last week, the store reopened its doors for the first time since closing in April due to the pandemic.
NCCC launches new website
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 06:10 pm
Niagara County Community College is busy preparing for the fall semester, which will include enhanced online offerings for students who prefer to stay at home to continue their studies.
Alderman-at-Large Austin Tylec joins North Tonawanda Police for midnight shift ride-along
Mon, Jul 27th 2020 11:35 am
In a showing of commitment during uncertain times, Alderman-at-Large Austin Tylec of the City of North Tonawanda joined the NT Police Department for a ride-along during a midnight shift.
Town of Niagara historian, Lions Club work to honor a local civil war veteran
Fri, Jul 24th 2020 10:10 am
The Town of Niagara Lions Club recently completed the restoration and renovation of African American Civil War veteran Private George Martin's head stone at the Witmer Cemetery.
Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas receives Heritage Award
Fri, Jul 24th 2020 07:00 am
On Tuesday, local officials from North Tonawanda and Tonawanda, along with representatives from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, came together to unveil a bronze plaque in recognition of the Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas winning the 2020 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence.
NT officials honor high schoolers who stopped assault on school field
Fri, Jul 24th 2020 07:00 am
A pair of North Tonawanda high school students were honored Monday by local officials for doing the right thing when it mattered the most.
Gooch bringing fairground flavors to NT
Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 04:40 pm
Normally around this time of year, the banks of the historic Erie Barge Canal between the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda are bustling with the sights and sounds of Canal Fest - the eight-day summer festival that the Twin Cities cosponsor together every year.
Niagara SPCA breaks ground on $1.5 million surgical suite
Mon, Jul 20th 2020 01:00 pm
Donning hard hats and shovels, local officials joined administrators from the Niagara County SPCA for a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, as the organization gets set to begin construction on a $1.5 million state-of-the-art surgical suite. The end result will be a 2,000-square-foot facility complete with an X-ray room, which the SPCA said it's never had before.
Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls reopens
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 05:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is allowing shopping malls in "New York Forward" phase four regions to reopen to the general public.
Beat the heat: Ways to stay cool in Niagara County
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 12:20 pm
With temperatures exceeding 90 degrees this week, Western New York finds itself in the midst of a sweltering summer heat wave. It's so hot that in Buffalo, records are being broken. The Queen City is expected to break a 30-year-record for consecutive days with 90-degree temps, while Wednesday's high of 94 degrees tied a record set in 1988.
Community rallies to support NT girl attacked on video
Fri, Jul 10th 2020 12:20 pm
The violent attack of Amelia, a 14-year-old North Tonawanda High School student, has galvanized a local community to come together in support, and to help put an end to bullying altogether.
NCCC announces plans for fall semester
Wed, Jul 8th 2020 05:45 pm
Niagara County Community College has announced plans for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 31. The college will offer in-person, online and hybrid classes, as well as face-to-face labs that require hands-on instruction such as culinary, CADD, health sciences and other related courses. The announcement was made in conjunction with SUNY approving the "Fall 2020 Reopening Plan for NCCC."
Rock Burger: 4 years of great tastes - and a delicious-looking future
Fri, Jul 3rd 2020 07:00 am
Four years ago this week, Rock Burger made its debut in Niagara Falls - and waistbands throughout the area are still yet to recover.
Niagara-Wheatfield graduate awakens to a unique surprise from parents
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 10:55 am
If you've driven through the Niagara-Wheatfield School District in the last few weeks, you've certainly noticed the myriad black and red lawn signs honoring recent high school graduates. They're generally about the standard size of the campaign signs you see around election time, roughly 24-by-18-inches or so. They make for a nice, quaint, school-spirited way for a parent to show pride in their child's accomplishments.
New stores, safety procedures in works as Fashion Outlets looks forward to reopening
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 10:40 am
Although initially thought to be included in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's phase four reopening plans, this week malls across the state learned they would have to remain closed for now. During the governor's press briefing on Wednesday, Cuomo said state health officials would continue to "study malls, movie theaters and gyms," as concerns rise that air conditioning systems could propel a resurgence of the coronavirus.
Niagara-Wheatfield graduation: Student government helps give Class of 2020 a proper send-off
Fri, Jun 19th 2020 09:45 am
Graduating seniors from Niagara-Wheatfield High School are set to get a send-off to remember on Saturday, June 20. Co-developed by school administrators as well as students, the three-part graduation ceremony will include a virtual ceremony, drive-up commencement and a community parade.
Have a seat: Local hair salons, barbershops welcome reopening, customers
Fri, Jun 12th 2020 09:40 am
Time to kiss that quarantine haircut goodbye. On June 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo named Western New York as one of the five regions in the state to allow barbershops and salons to reopen, albeit with some noteworthy restrictions.
 

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