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USAN, State Parks announce completion of Third Street connector between City of Niagara Falls & Niagara Falls State Park
Thu, May 27th 2021 08:35 pm
USA Niagara Development Corp. and The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on Thursday announced the completion of a new pedestrian entry connecting Niagara Falls State Park and the City of Niagara Falls.
Niagara County Fair plans to return in August
Thu, May 27th 2021 08:55 am
On Monday, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County's (CCE) board of directors voted to move forward with planning and execution of the 2021 Niagara County Fair. A detailed safety plan has been submitted to Niagara County officials for approval.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University reopens June 12
Tue, May 25th 2021 10:20 am
After being closed to the public for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will reopen to the public Saturday, June 12. Patrons may visit the museum on weekends - from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
'Swim For Sight' takes plunge in Olcott
Mon, May 24th 2021 07:05 pm
The 52nd Olcott Lions "Polar Bear Swim For Sight" was staged Sunday at Olcott Beach.
Town of Niagara announces return of 'Music Mania Mondays'
Mon, May 24th 2021 12:45 pm
On Monday, Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace said, "It is with great pleasure and anticipation that the Town of Niagara is pleased to announce the return of our 'Music Mania Mondays' concert series."
Visitors Center of the Tonawandas opens in Gateway Harbor Park
Fri, May 21st 2021 10:50 am
On May 15, the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas, the Gateway Cities Promotions committee and city officials from both Tonawanda and North Tonawanda took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the new Visitors Center of the Tonawandas located in Gateway Harbor Park.
Discover Niagara Shuttle season begins with new route to Lockport
Fri, May 21st 2021 10:10 am
The Discover Niagara Shuttle, the complimentary hop-on/hop-off service that connects visitors and residents to more than a dozen stops between Niagara Falls and Fort Niagara, is set to kick off its sixth season. This year promises to be its most exciting yet, with new routes, new stops, and new places to see along the way.
Erie County Fair returning Aug. 11-22
Fri, May 21st 2021 09:25 am
Earlier this week, the Erie County Agricultural Society board of directors announced it would move forward with the 2021 edition of the Erie County Fair - scheduled for Aug. 11-22 - following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement New York is abiding by the CDC's new mask rule changes.
DEC announces 2021 'I BIRD NY' challenges
Wed, May 19th 2021 03:15 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of the 2021 "I BIRD NY" challenges for beginning and experienced birders. Two levels of challenges provide the opportunity to identify birds and learn about birdlife and offer a chance to win birding equipment.
Cuomo announces additional guidance for county fairs & local festivals
Mon, May 17th 2021 03:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced additional guidance for county fairs and local festivals throughout New York. Local governments must permit county fairs and local festivals and consider COVID-19 health guidelines this year.
Cuomo: New York to adopt new CDC guidance on mask use & social distancing for fully vaccinated individuals
Mon, May 17th 2021 02:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning May 19, New York state will adopt the CDC's "Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People" for most business and public settings.
'FLOATmingos' have returned for summer fun on Hoyt Lake
Fri, May 14th 2021 04:50 pm
The "FLOtilla" of "FLOATmingos" on Hoyt Lake continues to grow with the arrival of additional bright pink flamingo paddle boats, making it a true "Flam-bouyance" with nine total floats. Available for rent through Hoyt Lake Rowboats, the "FLOATmingos" offer summer fun for the whole family.
Cuomo: 10 transformational projects for Niagara Falls as part of $10 million DRI award
Fri, May 14th 2021 04:45 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced 10 transformational projects for Niagara Falls as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. His camp stated, "The strategic investments will strengthen small business, support private investment in underutilized buildings, and bring new residential units, commercial space, and a hotel to the historic Bridge District. The investments are part of the governor's ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create more opportunities for the Western Region."
Jacobs commemorates National Police Week
Fri, May 14th 2021 04:30 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs commemorated National Police Week by delivering a House floor speech honoring Western New York officers. In addition, Jacobs participated in the "Back the Blue" Bike Tour this week, honored fallen Western New York officers at the National Police Memorial, and cosponsored legislation to protect officers.
Ortt, Morinello, Norris, Filicetti promote pro-law enforcement legislation
Fri, May 14th 2021 04:30 pm
On Friday, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt joined Assembly members Angelo Morinello and Mike Norris and Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti to promote a package of pro-law enforcement legislation introduced earlier this week in Albany.
Grand Island's Fantasy Island may rise again
Fri, May 14th 2021 11:40 am
Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney has confirmed reports Fantasy Island - closed since February 2020 - is the subject of negotiations designed to reopen the park under new management.
Buffalo Zoo calls on Western New York to help name new African lion cubs
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:55 pm
The Buffalo Zoo's two African lion cubs - born to mother Lusaka and father Tiberius on March 7 - have been growing quickly the past two months - and now it's time to give them names.
Made in America Store plans to 'Salute Our Heroes' on Armed Forces Day
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Mark Andol, founder and owner of Made in America Store and General Welding & Fabricating, announced the store's 11th anniversary celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, at the flagship location, 1000 W. Maple Court, Elma.
DEC urges New York drivers to 'give turtles a brake'
Wed, May 12th 2021 07:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers that turtles are on the move in the months of May and June, and asked drivers to "give turtles a brake."
Wheelchair lift installed at One-Stop Center at Trott Access Center
Tue, May 11th 2021 05:25 pm
Niagara County Employment & Training Director Donald J. Jablonski announced the completion of the installation of a state-of-the-art wheelchair lift at the One-Stop Center located in the Trott Access Center in Niagara Falls.
Blue Jays shift ticket on-sales by one week following updated NYS protocols
Tue, May 11th 2021 05:20 pm
Following New York state's announcement last week updating protocols for large-scale outdoor event venues, the Toronto Blue Jays and Buffalo Bisons are working with local officials, including the state's Department of Health, to safely increase capacity by introducing fully vaccinated seating sections at Sahlen Field, in line with the latest guidelines.
Everything you need to know about the May 17 tax filing deadline
Mon, May 10th 2021 03:35 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on Monday reminded taxpayers who have yet to file their tax returns that the deadline to do so is Monday, May 17. To date, the department has processed more than 9 million returns and issued 4.7 million refunds. Eligible taxpayers who still need to prepare and submit their returns can do so for free at www.tax.ny.gov.
Cardinal O'Hara celebrates teachers
Fri, May 7th 2021 03:55 pm
Cardinal O'Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda decided to show its appreciation of its teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week with thank you sign put up at the entry to the school on Monday. The tribute was put up to show teachers how much they mean to the students and to honor all the hard work they accomplished in the pandemic.
Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo: Major League Baseball returns - this time with fans in stands
Fri, May 7th 2021 12:15 pm
The Toronto Blue Jays confirmed Wednesday what the Island Dispatch speculated in its April 23 Island-wide issue: Major League Baseball games will be played in downtown Buffalo's Sahlen Field for the second straight year.
Niagara County Peach Festival to return
Fri, May 7th 2021 11:20 am
As announcements continue on the state level with regard to COVID-19 reopening plans and protocol changes, there's some upbeat news on the local level: The annual Niagara County (aka Lewiston Kiwanis) Peach festival is a go for this year.
During Tourism Week, WNY leaders highlight importance of welcoming back Canadian visitor
Fri, May 7th 2021 09:15 am
Congressman Brian Higgins was joined Thursday by Visit Buffalo Niagara members and other community partners to observe National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs May 2-8. He highlighted the importance of safely reopening the border between the U.S. and Canada to support tourism jobs and economic growth.
Seneca Gaming Corp., Seneca Nation celebrate opening of Lounge 101 inside Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Wed, May 5th 2021 04:20 pm
Niagara County's leading entertainment resort unveiled a new destination with a familiar name that pays homage to a seminal moment in its history.
PLAY/GROUND festival calls for artists
Wed, May 5th 2021 02:20 pm
The annual summer art event PLAY/GROUND will be held Aug. 6-15 at four locations in Buffalo. PLAY/GROUND is calling for artists for its annual event, which is sponsored by M&T Bank and organized by BICA (The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art) and Resource:Art.
Destination Niagara: New Yorkers choosing to vacation in state will make a difference in 2021
Wed, May 5th 2021 11:50 am
In a statewide collaboration coordinated by the New York State Tourism Industry Association, New York state residents are being asked to "Roam the Empire" in 2021.
Historic Palace Theatre reopens in downtown Lockport
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 05:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the reopening of the Historic Palace Theatre on Saturday, May 1, following a $3.5 million renovation that received $600,000 through Lockport's Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. Work on the nearly century-old structure included installing new seating, floors and a larger orchestra pit, as well as other interior improvements aimed at ensuring the future vibrancy of this community cornerstone.
The Riverline: First look at design drafts
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 01:50 pm
The Riverline is coming into focus with a design concept now emerging.
Debate continues on Buffalo Skyway: Local opposition grows to plans for removal
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 11:00 am
"What to do with the Buffalo Skyway?"
A conversation with Niagara Falls Police Department Chief Faso
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 11:00 am
On March 1, John Faso was sworn in as the superintendent of police for the Niagara Falls Police Department. He had been acting as the interim chief for the department since December, after the retirement of the former police chief, Thomas Licata.
Modern Disposal provides Earth Day cleanup in Lewiston
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 07:00 am
On Saturday, April 17, Modern Disposal Services employees and their family members celebrated Earth Day by helping to make sure the surrounding community looked its best heading into spring.
Maid of the Mist announces launch of 2021 season
Thu, Apr 22nd 2021 05:00 pm
Electricity will be in the air 9 a.m. Thursday, April 29, when the James V. Glynn and Nikola Tesla set sail to commence the Maid of the Mist's 2021 season - the company's 136th consecutive year of operation. The all-electric, emission-free vessels - the only ones of their kind in the U.S. - will ferry guests to the base of the American and Horseshoe falls, providing them with an iconic experience unlike any other.
On Earth Day, Higgins continues push for federal investments in Great Lakes protection & cleanup
Thu, Apr 22nd 2021 10:45 am
As the country recognizes Earth Day, Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for the federal government to take action to protect the planet by increasing its investment in the Great Lakes - the largest source of fresh water in the world.
New York Power Authority announces completion of lighting upgrades at Niagara Falls Housing Authority
Wed, Apr 21st 2021 07:35 pm
The New York Power Authority on Wednesday announced the completion of new energy-efficient LED lighting fixtures at four Niagara Falls Housing Authority facilities, and an energy audit to identify additional energy saving opportunities.
12 new murals planned for Niagara County this summer
Wed, Apr 21st 2021 07:00 am
Lockport artist Mike Weber of Niagara County Entertainment is partnering with Natalie Brown, program coordinator of the Carnegie Art Center, to create an interactive mural trail in Niagara County. This project will be a series of 12 new murals installed across the county (one per municipality) and painted by 12 different artists.
Niagara Falls residents came out in masses for 'Walk With Us'
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 05:20 pm
Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative (CHNFC) and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area partnered Sunday to host a 5K wellness walk at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. The event offered an opportunity for community members to restore the connection with nature and each other while improving their physical and mental health.
'Reimagined' Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival to return in 2021
Mon, Apr 19th 2021 01:50 pm
Due to state, county and city COVID-19 restrictions on public events and the need for social distancing, the 2021 Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival will be reimagined into a "digital blooming."
 

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