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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.
Community giving spreads from California to Lewiston at Mount St. Mary's Hospital
Sat, Apr 25th 2020 07:00 am
After seeing a post on Facebook about a donation to Mount St. Mary's from Brickyard Pub & BBQ, Californian Rosemary Miklitsch reached out to the Lewiston restaurant to match the previous donation of 250 meals. As it turns out, Rosemary grew up in Lewiston, and her grandfather, Dr. George Berry, was a doctor at MSM many years ago. Rosemary's parents also received care at Mount St. Mary's.
Artpark has new update on summer concerts & events
Thu, Apr 23rd 2020 11:35 am
As the summer draws nearer, I am sure you are wondering about the status of Artpark's season and I would like to share some updates with you.
Hibbard's planning to open May 1
Tue, Apr 21st 2020 07:00 pm
Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard is anticipating opening for the 2020 season next week.
Lewiston Tops adds to delivery service program, provides update on commodities
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Lewiston Tops owner Anthony DiMino is adding an email option to the store's home delivery and pickup services. Customers can now email an order to [email protected]
Niagara County golf courses, campgrounds & boat launches open
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 01:25 pm
John Syracuse, vice chairman of the Niagara County Legislature, on Monday said golf courses, campgrounds and boat launches in Niagara County are open in full accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive orders, as well as guidance from the Niagara County Department of Health.
Lewiston GardenFest canceled for 2020
Mon, Apr 20th 2020 11:45 am
The Lewiston Garden Club's GardenFest is the latest large event canceled in the River Region.
PHOTOS: A salute to medical workers, as first responders stage parade at Mount St. Mary's
Sat, Apr 18th 2020 08:30 pm
Personnel from Upper Mountain Fire Co., Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1, Youngstown Fire Co., Tri Community Ambulance, Ransomville Fire Co., Cambria Fire Co., Lewiston Police Department and the Niagara County Sheriff's Department held an "Appreciation Parade" Saturday evening for Mount St. Mary's health care workers. Lights were flashing with cheers and sirens sounding for hospital staff as the procession moved through the main parking lot as a sign of gratitude for those keeping the community safe and healthy.
Easter: NOT CANCELED! Area photos
Sat, Apr 11th 2020 03:00 pm
With "New York State on PAUSE," and its residents staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19, families will be apart. Churches will be closed. Stores are shut. ... But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate.
Summer events/seasonal eats update
Fri, Apr 10th 2020 07:00 am
On Wednesday, The Silo Restaurant owner Alan Hastings and GM Lexi Alfiere said, "We are eager to open for the 2020 season and have already started to assemble our team. We wish that we could take advantage of the great spring weather to begin our training, but will keep things on hold for a little while. We are watching the situation closely and anticipate a delayed opening."
Elected leaders working to reduce crowd sizes
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 12:35 pm
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order extending limitations he placed on social gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. His mandate, "which closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, and which required postponement or cancellation of all nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, games, meetings or other social events) ... shall be continued ... until 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2020, unless later extended by a future executive order."
Lewiston's Memorial Day parade canceled
Wed, Apr 8th 2020 07:00 am
It is with a heavy heart that Lewiston's Memorial Day Remembrance Committee voted during a conference call on Saturday, the 4th of April, to cancel the remaining portion of our Memorial Day observance.
Easter parading
Mon, Apr 6th 2020 09:50 am
Since families couldn't visit the Easter Bunny this spring, the Easter Bunny decided to visit them - in grand fashion, nonetheless.
'Heroes Rock!' at Mount St. Mary's
Sat, Apr 4th 2020 07:00 am
With limitations in place regarding hospital visitation, Mount St. Mary's was looking for a way to bolster the spirits of both patients and medical personnel.
Summer events in limbo, as pandemic has no end date
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 09:00 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said there's no immediate end date to social distancing or brick and mortar restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, though he said there is likely a way to have businesses reopen as people are still taking precautionary measures, he acknowledged the coronavirus would still pose a public danger into the summer months.
There's bears out there: Community group creates stuffed animal scavenger hunt
Thu, Apr 2nd 2020 09:55 am
Elizabeth Corey Coffey and Jen Heinze recently invited community members to place bears and other stuffed animals in their windows, thus providing families an opportunity to get in the car and scavenger hunt.
DiMino: Lewiston Tops has 'plenty of stuff for everybody'
Mon, Mar 30th 2020 01:10 pm
Lewiston Tops will continue to meet the needs of River Region residents, even as demand for food and supplies increases amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lew-Port updates, resources for families; encourages students to virtually take part in 'Spirit Week'
Sat, Mar 28th 2020 08:20 am
As we head into the third week of this school closure, we hope you are doing well - physically, mentally, spiritually. In these challenging and uncertain times, I am very grateful for the dedication, leadership and unity of our administrators, faculty, staff and families. I am inspired by the incredible outpouring of support and kindness throughout our community, coming together in such creative and thoughtful ways. While we wait for the worst to arrive, we find strength knowing we will get through it together.
Facebook Journalism Project awards grant to Niagara Frontier Publications
Thu, Mar 26th 2020 08:00 pm
Six local newsrooms in New York were selected to receive almost $30,000 in funding - CNY Latino, Examiner Media, Niagara Frontier Publications, Spotlight Newspapers, Wallkill Valley Publications Inc., and Watertown Daily Times, with each of these recipients getting $5,000. In this first round, 50 local newsrooms across the U.S. and Canada are receiving $5,000 grants to help cover unexpected costs associated with covering the crisis in their communities. Additional recipients will be announced in the coming weeks.
Chamber, LPD look to start community watch program
Tue, Mar 24th 2020 10:05 am
Local leaders are working to establish a community watch program within the River Region as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and businesses are working with reduced staff.
3 more COVID-19 cases identified in Niagara County
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 03:35 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Monday said the county has received three new positive test results from the New York State Department of Health. As of this morning, Niagara County now has 12 positive results, 64 people quarantined, 12 in isolation and still four pending test results from last week.
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce: Conference call reveals additional safety measures, update for businesses
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Pauly organized a conference call Thursday morning with Lewiston Police Department Chief Frank Previte, Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Les Myers, Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Broderick, Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch, chamber staff and board members.
River Region still open for business
Sat, Mar 21st 2020 07:00 am
In the interest of public safety, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has severely curtailed the ways in which people can gather together. Restaurants and bars are limited to takeout and delivery; movie theaters, bowling alleys, shopping malls and hair salons are temporarily closed; events are cancelled; and nonessential businesses have to reduce workforce 100%.
Lewiston-Porter working to help students, families affected by school closure
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 02:50 pm
Things have escalated very quickly since I last wrote this column, and much more may change by the time you read this.
Fish fry tradition continues at Tin Pan Alley
Fri, Mar 20th 2020 02:45 pm
The Lenten fish fry has become increasingly popular in the past decade, as more and more eateries have added haddock or cod to their menus. While some are still learning how to perfect that beer batter or the keys to quality coleslaw, Lewiston's Tin Pan Alley has long since mastered the fish fry. In fact, its dish has been a spring staple in the River Region for a quarter-century.
Niagara County offers update on COVID-19 cases
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 05:15 pm
Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Thursday afternoon released the following statement regarding the three positive COVID-19 test results the Niagara County Department of Health received from the New York State Health Department. These three individuals live in western Niagara County, which includes Niagara Falls and the towns of Niagara, Lewiston and Porter.
Wydysh: Woman who tested positive for COVID-19 'did not have any community contact'; 3 new cases confirmed
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 08:25 am
"Our communicable disease investigation team immediately began their investigation and now, after one full day of work, they believe they have an accurate picture of the affected individual's community contact."
River Region continues to adjust to COVID-19 virus
Thu, Mar 19th 2020 08:15 am
With news of the coronavirus dominating the headlines, announcements of states of emergency, cancellations, postponements and business adjustments have been continuing nonstop. The following were announced this past week.
Village of Lewiston encourages residents to be smart, stay home
Tue, Mar 17th 2020 09:05 am
"We just want everybody to be smart, and stay healthy, and stay safe," she told a room where the three audience members were seated at a distance from one another, as part of the Centers for Disease Control coronavirus guidelines.
Village of Lewiston scaling back
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 04:00 pm
Yesterday, Niagara County Legislator Becky Wydysh declared a state of emergency for Niagara County as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across New York state. The Village of Lewiston, in consultation with Niagara County, continues to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our employees, residents and the public.
Numerous River Region activities postponed or cancelled; WNY listings
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 12:50 pm
As the coronavirus has taken hold, all schools, bars and restaurants, and many business and community organizations throughout New York state have been forced to take drastic measures with extended closings.
Youngstown celebrates St. Patrick's Day
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 04:55 pm
Despite the coronavirus causing numerous cancellations throughout the area, the ninth annual O'Riordan St. Patrick's Day Parade took place Saturday on Youngstown's Main Street - much to the delight of the dozens of residents who attended.
'Jeopardy Beer and Pizza Night' fundraiser for HAL POSTPONED
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
It's Lewiston's epic battle of wits - part II.
Lewiston GardenFest now accepting applications for vendors & open gardens
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
With spring right around the corner, organizers are preparing for the 15th annual Lewiston GardenFest, set for Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, and presented by Lewiston Garden Club. Applications are now being accepted for both vendors and Lewiston residents who may be interested in showcasing their own gardens during the weekend event.
Lewiston Town Board honors 7th-grader
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
With a scheduled presentation by Buffalo real estate and consulting firm Emminger Newton Pigeon & Magyar removed from the agenda, Monday's Lewiston Town Board work session took a lighter tone.
Lewiston: Ellicott Development plaza nearing opening
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
Ellicott Development's three-building mixed-use plaza is almost ready for its public.
Gather by Gallo opens on Center Street
Sat, Mar 14th 2020 07:00 am
Sure enough, not long after the "open" sign lit up at Gather American Eatery, savvy Lewiston residents made their way into owner Michael Hibbard's second Gallo restaurant.
Artpark: Earth, Wind & Fire return to Artpark for a special concert event July 18
Tue, Mar 10th 2020 12:20 pm
Music legends Earth, Wind & Fire will return to the Artpark Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, for a special concert event presented by Artpark. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13.
World-class: Lewiston's Griffon House part of acclaimed restaurant group
Sat, Mar 7th 2020 07:00 am
The Griffon and its owners are sort of like Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik.
Let the St. Patrick's Day celebrations begin!
Sat, Mar 7th 2020 06:55 am
As written here before, for its size, residents in the Buffalo-Niagara area really get into St. Patrick's Day celebrations. For 2020, our little metro area ranks an impressive No. 8 nationally among the top 200 cities in the U.S. when it comes to "Best St. Patrick's Day Celebrations," according to the latest Wallet Hub findings. Among the rating criteria, Buffalo-Niagara scored a nice No. 10 ranking for St. Patrick's Day traditions, a No. 29 rank for our weather, and No. 30 for the safety and accessibility of our many celebrations.
 

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