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Artpark's Native American-themed Strawberry Moon Festival serves to unite community
Mon, Jun 24th 2019 08:10 pm
Artpark & Company's first Strawberry Moon Festival served as a means to educate the community on the Tuscarora and Cayuga nations through Native American singing, dancing, crafts, fare and even a parade. Culture and customs were defined, explained and then presented to hundreds of onlookers - onlookers who were invited to become participants.
Sign of the times? Lee Simonson issues report calling for less clutter in Lewiston
Sat, Jun 22nd 2019 07:05 am
In a recently compiled report, the former Niagara County legislator said Lewiston is choking on a hodgepodge of signs, utility poles and wires, and it needs to be saved.
ALL ABOARD: Discovering Niagara's shuttle
Sat, Jun 22nd 2019 07:00 am
The Discover Niagara Shuttle kicked off its fourth season last month, connecting riders to 17 destination sites along a 14-mile route from Niagara Falls to Fort Niagara. Overseen by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (NFNHA), the free hop-on, hop-off service has serviced over 105,000 riders from across the globe since its inception in 2016.
Lewiston Library presentation sheds light on Frontier House's past, offers hope for building's future
Sat, Jun 22nd 2019 07:00 am
Why was the Frontier House built almost 200 years ago, and what will it look like a year from now?
Maid of the Mist summer season preview
Fri, Jun 21st 2019 07:25 pm
Put on your ponchos and sandals - the Maid of the Mist season is officially underway. Adventure-lovers and thrill-seekers from all over the world are lining up to get an up-close look at one of the greatest (and wettest) marvels in the natural world.
Tourism: Ortt, Morinello & Norris pass bills to fund Discover Niagara Shuttle
Thu, Jun 20th 2019 09:30 am
Republican state leaders Sen. Rob Ortt and Assembly members Angelo J. Morinello and Mike Norris passed bills that authorize Niagara County to collect hotel room taxes in order to generate revenue for the Discover Niagara Shuttle.
Artpark: The O'Jays, Average White Band give the people what they want
Wed, Jun 19th 2019 01:45 pm
There is a line - a chorus, in fact - in The O'Jays' hit 1975 song that says, "Got to give the people/Well, well/Give the people what they want."
Buffalo State students digging up history at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown
Fri, Jun 14th 2019 06:20 pm
Anthropology students from SUNY Buffalo State College are spending time at Old Fort Niagara this month. They are participating in an archaeological field school that is actively excavating Building 428, a barracks spanning the years 1756-1813 near the North Redoubt. Built by the French in 1756, it disappears from maps and plans in 1814 without records of why or how. The barracks housed soldiers while they were garrisoned at the fort.
Niagara County holds flag-raising ceremony to honor veterans
Fri, Jun 14th 2019 04:40 pm
In honor of National Flag Day, Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski presented a flag-raising ceremony on Friday, unveiling three new flagpoles in which U.S. military veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East raised the American, state and county flags in front of the county courthouse.
West Canal Marina receives significant upgrades
Wed, Jun 12th 2019 02:40 pm
Niagara County Legislator Tony Nemi met with Pendleton officials Saturday to announce the completion of several restoration projects at West Canal Park and Marina.
New York state helping communities impacted by Lake Ontario flooding
Tue, Jun 11th 2019 02:10 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday hosted the first meeting of community leaders and the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Commission, where he announced up to $300 million in funding available for communities impacted by Lake Ontario flooding. Local governments will match 15% for every dollar the state spends.
Something for everyone - no, really! - at Artpark's Fairy House Festival
Tue, Jun 11th 2019 12:05 pm
Artpark & Company's annual "Fairy House Festival" offered a flurry of activities designed for all age groups. In fact, in each corner of the lower park area - where the event returned this year - one could find some new activity or sight. Throughout the afternoon, children and families dressed up, made fairy houses, concocted potions, visited the tea house, listened to music - made music in the interactive instrument garden - danced with costumed characters, picnicked and played games.
ECHDC approves contract with Albright-Knox to ensure 'Shark Girl' remains at Canalside
Mon, Jun 10th 2019 01:10 pm
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. board of directors met and approved a measure for the repair and maintenance of "Shark Girl," to ensure the popular sculpture remains at Canalside for the foreseeable future.
Artpark: Sammy Hagar presents donation to local food programs
Mon, Jun 10th 2019 08:45 am
Before his concert at Artpark on Tuesday, June 4, musician Sammy Hagar presented a check of $2,500 to Heart, Love & Soul and Community Missions Inc. in support of their food services for the less-fortunate. The donation was made by the Hagar Family Foundation, as it is done at every stop Hagar makes on his current Sammy Hagar and The Circle Tour.
Monument for 'The Mayor': Park named in honor of Richard Soluri; video & photos
Sat, Jun 8th 2019 07:10 am
Though he's been out of office for almost a decade, people still call Richard Soluri the "Mayor."
Lewiston: Artpark & Company introduces master plan team, collects public input
Sat, Jun 8th 2019 07:05 am
Having toured the grounds, analyzed the topography - and even watched Sammy Hagar in concert - Artpark & Company's master plan team took the next step in creating a map of the venue's future when it hosted a public listening session on Wednesday.
Grand Island: D-Day Medal of Honor recipients honored with bell tolling
Sat, Jun 8th 2019 07:00 am
Grand Island's Charles DeGlopper and the 12 other men who received the Medal of Honor for their heroism during the D-Day invasion 75 years ago this week were remembered with a bell tolling ceremony.
Lewiston celebrates 765 Fairchild Place opening
Wed, Jun 5th 2019 04:30 pm
With construction now complete on 765 Fairchild Place, and people moving into the extravagant apartment complex, there was just one box left to check-off before the project was officially finished: a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Towne Automotive Group celebrates 50th anniversary with special promotion to benefit FeedMore WNY
Wed, Jun 5th 2019 11:45 am
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Towne Automotive Group announced it is holding a special sales promotion during the month of June to benefit FeedMore WNY. Towne Automotive Group will donate a portion of the proceeds from every vehicle sold during the promotion to the new nonprofit organization formed when Meals on Wheels for WNY and the Food Bank of WNY joined forces earlier this year.
Artpark kicks season off with sizzlin' Sammy Hagar, rockin' Night Ranger performances
Wed, Jun 5th 2019 10:50 am
The 2019 "Tuesdays in the Park" summer concert series began this week with a pair of crowd-pleasing performances by rock 'n' roll legends Sammy Hagar and Night Ranger. The "super" show - named that way for its unique pricing and seating configurations - lived up to billing, as the acts enthusiastically ran through five decades of hit songs, paired with a generous sampling of deep cuts.
Village of Wilson is open for business
Sat, Jun 1st 2019 07:00 am
Village of Wilson Mayor Arthur Lawson announced this week that, despite high water levels in the lake, summer fun, recreation and tourist-related activities are indeed alive and well in the Wilson community and harbor areas.
Community Missions honors partners & volunteers at 27th annual awards brunch
Thu, May 30th 2019 02:45 pm
Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. (CMI) held its 27th annual Compassion in Action Awards Brunch on Wednesday afternoon at the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls.
Discover Niagara Shuttle rolls into fourth season
Wed, May 29th 2019 01:15 pm
Local leaders gathered Tuesday to kick-off a new season for the Discover Niagara Shuttle. The free, hop-on/hop-off shuttle service first launched in 2016. Today, it takes passengers to 17 destinations along a 14-mile route, which stretches from Niagara Falls to Old Fort Niagara.
'Dedicated to the men and women of this community who served our country in time of war'
Mon, May 27th 2019 03:25 pm
Memorial Day was observed Monday in the Village of Lewiston with a parade, remembrance ceremony and luncheon.
VIDEO: St. Peter's dedicates shrine to Madonna
Sun, May 26th 2019 02:45 pm
A statue of the Madonna that once stood in front of Niagara Catholic High School has found a new home at the foot of St. Peter R.C. Church in Lewiston. On Sunday, the Rev. Monsignor David LiPuma led a Mass of thanksgiving and dedication as he stood next to the monument of Mary.
'King of the Highwire' Nik Wallenda & sister, Lijana, to attempt most death-defying walk yet: 25 stories above New York City's Times Square
Sat, May 25th 2019 09:50 am
ABC announced "King of the Highwire" Nik Wallenda and his sister, Lijana, seventh-generation members of the Wallenda family circus troupe, will return to the highwire for a never-before-attempted walk of approximately 1,300 feet long and 25 stories above street level, across New York City's iconic Times Square, live on Sunday, June 23 (8 p.m. EDT). "Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda" will air as a live two-hour televised event.
Preview: Artpark's summer season focusing on 'Great next thing'
Sat, May 18th 2019 07:00 am
When the lights dim on the final Artpark Amphitheater show of the season, and the band is walking off stage, patrons take a moment to reflect; they savor the experience; and, about five minutes later, they ask, "Who's coming next summer?"
Lewiston: Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard celebrates 80 years with a (big) bang: New flavor, partnership with Barenaked Ladies
Fri, May 17th 2019 03:15 pm
In celebration of Hibbard's 80th anniversary this summer, the iconic original frozen custard stand is unveiling a new flavor, appropriately named "Big Barenaked Bang." The custard features a Hibbard's original recipe made with a coffee base, espresso beans, and pieces of dark chocolate.
Buffalo Cool Roof Project wins top prize in Mayor Byron W. Brown's Annual Civic Innovation Eco Challenge - Powered by AT&T
Thu, May 16th 2019 04:20 pm
Mayor Byron W. Brown awarded the top prize in his Civic Innovation Eco Challenge - Powered by AT&T, to the Buffalo Cool Roof Project, created by Agnes Wilewicz and Jesse Farinacci of Buffalo.
Artpark & Company announces selection of master plan design team
Tue, May 14th 2019 01:45 pm
The Artpark & Company board of directors has confirmed selection of the lead design team for its master plan: Internationally recognized architecture and design firm SO - IL; landscape architects West 8; and theater, acoustics and digital design consultancy Charcoalblue. They are tasked with the development of a strategy to revitalize the Artpark grounds, while improving connectivity, facilities and programs.
$2.5M donation from KeyBank gives boost to ECMCC's trauma & emergency department capital campaign
Tue, May 14th 2019 09:50 am
KeyBank is making a $2.5 million donation to Erie County Medical Center Corp.'s (ECMCC) trauma and emergency department capital campaign. This grant is being made by KeyBank in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, and has put the campaign close to its goal of $15 million.
Lewiston hit by wave of construction
Mon, May 13th 2019 04:35 pm
The normally picturesque Village of Lewiston was anything but on Monday, as new construction was underway at three different sites.
Community supports Nancy Price 5K
Mon, May 13th 2019 09:30 am
The Nancy Price Memorial 5K race had 68 runners signed up, along with a large number of folks who walked the course and 10 kids who ran in the half-mile "fun run."
PHOTOS: Celebration of community at Niagara River Region Chamber Gala awards
Fri, May 10th 2019 04:45 pm
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce celebrated the community at the annual Chamber Gala awards dinner. Its board of directors partnered with elected leaders and business associations to recognize the following (click to read the profile):
Niagara County Opioid Task Force, Niagara Falls School District team up to help others battle addiction
Thu, May 9th 2019 04:45 pm
Earlier today, the Niagara County Opioid Task Force (OASIS) joined school administrators and art students from Niagara Falls High School to unveil the "Bus Bench Project."
Ortt honors Lockport business owner with 2019 'Women of Distinction' Award
Wed, May 8th 2019 02:15 pm
On Tuesday, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt welcomed Lockport businesswoman Jennifer D'Andrea to Albany to receive a 2019 "Women of Distinction" Award. Each year, women from each Senate district across New York are recognized for their outstanding contributions to their respective communities. D'Andrea was chosen for her work in providing housing for homeless and disabled veterans and their families.
Higgins & local advocates detail bipartisan bill to help individuals with severe medical needs
Tue, May 7th 2019 10:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins was joined Monday by representatives from People Inc., Western New York Independent Living and the National Coalition for Assistive & Rehab Technology to announce federal legislation to make it easier for individuals with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions to access specialized wheelchairs and adaptive equipment technology. Reps. Higgins and Jim Sensenbrenner have introduced H.R. 2408, the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act. The bipartisan bill creates a separate benefit category under Medicare to cover complex wheelchair and other adaptive equipment for people with severe medical needs.
CreateAthon: WNY children's organizations invited to apply for free marketing services
Tue, May 7th 2019 10:00 am
J. Fitzgerald Group (JFG) is gearing up once again for its annual 24-hour advertising and marketing services blitz to benefit area nonprofit organizations during Western New York's only CreateAthon event.
Frontier House grounds receive some TLC
Sat, May 4th 2019 07:00 am
Efforts to rehabilitate and reopen the historic Frontier House began last weekend, when a team of five men from Blooms Relax Landscaping manicured the green space in front of and around the 195-year-old building, and cleaned up the children's' play area once used by McDonald's Restaurant.
Maid of the Mist leads way with first all-electric vessels built in US
Fri, May 3rd 2019 08:15 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced the Maid of the Mist, which has been navigating the waters of the Lower Niagara River since 1846, is preparing to launch the first two, new, all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels constructed in the U.S.
 

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