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Town of Lewiston public hearing spurs complaints
Fri, Aug 26th 2022 12:20 pm
Lewiston Town Board members heard residents' comments on two pending applications before the town for projects above and below the hill at their Monday session. However, the board opted to table both measures due to a number of concerns heard from the public.
Higgins welcomes historic action to address student debt
Wed, Aug 24th 2022 05:25 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, welcomed actions announced by President Joe Biden to cut student debt and lessen the financial burden on Americans pursuing higher education.
BBB tip: Be safe when sharing back-to-school photos of your kids
Wed, Aug 24th 2022 01:10 pm
With the school year starting again, social media is full of adorable back-to-school photos. Often, these pictures feature a child holding a "first day of school" sign with basic information, such as their name and grade. But before you jump on the trend and snap a similar picture of your little one, read Better Business Bureau's tips and be cautious about what you share.
DiNapoli: Despite challenges, agriculture among most resilient state industries during the pandemic
Wed, Aug 24th 2022 01:10 pm
Agriculture in New York state paid close to $1 billion in wages and produced roughly $3.3 billion in gross domestic product in 2021, according to a report by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
NYS: $20 million for addiction services providers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic
Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced up to $20 million is available to support addiction services providers in New York state that have been impacted by the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
All Wegmans pharmacies now offering vaccine for upcoming flu season
Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 11:20 am
The most important step to protecting yourself during the upcoming 2022-23 flu season is getting the influenza vaccine, which is now available at all Wegmans pharmacy locations. Getting your family ready for flu season is easy - just stop by your Wegmans pharmacy during normal business hours, or schedule an appointment online. There is no need for a prescription, and in most cases, the fee is covered in full by insurance.
Fatal boating accident in Wilson
Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 11:20 am
At 6:11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a boating accident in Lake Ontario at the rear of 4581 E. Lake Road in the Town of Wilson.
Town of Wheatfield's annual 'Service Club Steak Night' set for Sept. 22
Mon, Aug 22nd 2022 07:00 am
The Town of Wheatfield Lions Club will host its seventh annual "Service Club Steak Night" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Five Senses Park, 6535 Ward Road, near the American Legion Post 1451. Attending service clubs, besides the Wheatfield Lions Club, will include the Niagara Wheatfield Kiwanis Club, Niagara County Rotary Club, Town of Niagara Lions Club, Wheatfield Business Association, and the Sanborn Business and Professional Association.
Higgins calls for 'unreasonable' NEXUS backlog to be addressed
Fri, Aug 19th 2022 05:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing to end what his team called the "unreasonably long wait time" for new NEXUS cards commonly used by Western New Yorkers crossing into Canada. Higgins, who hears weekly from residents on this issue, said NEXUS card applicants are currently being made to wait nine months for an appointment at the Niagara Falls enrollment center.
Ortt calls on Hochul to update CDC guidance and drop remaining COVID restrictions
Wed, Aug 17th 2022 06:45 pm
Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt on Wednesday sent a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul urging her administration to update the state's guidance and emergency regulations to reflect recent changes made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Catholic Charities seeking backpack recipients & school supply donations
Tue, Aug 16th 2022 12:35 pm
With the start of a new school year only weeks away, Catholic Charities is again collecting school supplies for its annual backpack program, which helps students in need throughout Western New York with a backpack and school supplies.
Hochul announces $234 million in additional food assistance for August
Mon, Aug 15th 2022 04:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for August. All households participating in SNAP - including those already at the maximum level of benefits - will receive a supplemental allotment this month, resulting in a roughly $234 million infusion of federal funding into the New York state economy.
Hochul: $10 million partnership to assist direct support professionals
Mon, Aug 15th 2022 02:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities has entered into a $10 million partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals to expand opportunities for professional credentialing for direct support professionals in the developmental disabilities field throughout the state. Her team said the three-year agreement will help professionalize the direct support professional workforce and address worker shortages.
Statewide effort to prevent speeding
Sat, Aug 13th 2022 02:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced law enforcement agencies throughout New York state will be increasing patrols to target speeding from Aug. 14-21. Speed Awareness Week is a high-visibility enforcement campaign supported by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee to stop speeding and prevent avoidable crashes caused by unsafe speed.
Future plans for Radisson discussed
Sat, Aug 13th 2022 07:00 am
Grand Island residents learned more on the future of the Radisson at a community gathering Tuesday in the hotel, during a meeting outlining adaptive reuse plans by developers.
Hochul: $44.4 million in assistance for struggling families with children
Thu, Aug 11th 2022 08:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the distribution of $44.4 million in federal pandemic funding to help struggling New Yorkers with children to cover back-to-school and early life nutritional expenses. Administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund will provide New Yorkers on Public Assistance with one-time payments of $214 for each child ages 3 to 17, and $150 for each child younger than 3 in their household.
National Grid reminds customers to call 811 before digging
Wed, Aug 10th 2022 05:10 pm
Nationally, every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone did not contact 811 before digging. Aug. 11 marks National 811 Safe Digging Day.
AAA to aid motorists at Erie County Fair
Wed, Aug 10th 2022 04:50 pm
The Erie County Fair is officially underway, and AAA is ready to assist motorists who need some help from Aug. 10-21.
Hochul signs legislation providing access to benefit information for National Guard members
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 04:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday signed legislation (S.666-A/A.5832-A) that requires information on the benefits and services available to National Guard members in both written form and on the Division of Military and Naval Affairs website.
Pump prices continue to drop; gas demand tapers off in some parts of country
Mon, Aug 8th 2022 10:55 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.06, down 15 cents from one week ago. One year ago, the price was $3.19. The New York state average is $4.43, down 9 cents since last Monday. A year ago, the NYS average was $3.22.
Niagara County DMH email account compromised
Fri, Aug 5th 2022 04:35 pm
Statement from Niagara County Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services:
Niagara County Legislature allocates funds for Purple Heart Monument
Fri, Aug 5th 2022 11:20 am
The Niagara County Legislature voted Tuesday to allocate up to $100,000 for the construction of a new Purple Heart monument on the grounds of the Niagara County Courthouse in Lockport. The vote endorsed the recommendations of an ad hoc committee that was formed earlier this year to come up with a design and a location to honor Niagara County's Purple Heart recipients.
Rapids Bowling Center sponsors fundraiser for Help and Hope for Homeless
Fri, Aug 5th 2022 10:40 am
The Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls will sponsor a "no-tap" bowling event for the charity Help and Hope for Homeless on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9524 Niagara Falls Blvd.
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.
Hochul launches health care worker bonus program
Wed, Aug 3rd 2022 01:50 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of the health care and mental hygiene worker bonus program. Enacted in the fiscal year 2023 New York state budget, the program includes $1.3 billion allocated for the payment of recruitment and retention bonuses to certain health care and mental hygiene workers, a key initiative in the governor's aim to increase the state's health care workforce by 20% over the next five years.
Work for the DPW
Tue, Aug 2nd 2022 11:25 am
The New York State Department of Civil Service (DCS) and the Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday announced the online civil service exam period is open for motor vehicle representatives. The exam, which is being offered as an online exam for the first time, is used to fill positions across the DMV. Qualified candidates can take the exam online until 11:59 P.M. Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Higgins joins families of Flight 3407 for plaque dedication at FAA headquarters
Tue, Aug 2nd 2022 11:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Monday joined the families of Flight 3407 for events in Washington, D.C., marking the 12th anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2010. Higgins and the families met with House of Representatives Transportation Committee and Aviation Subcommittee staff members, and participated in a special plaque dedication at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) headquarters.
$1.64 million+ in FEMA funding for ECMC
Tue, Aug 2nd 2022 11:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal funding totaling $1,640,522 for Erie County Medical Center. Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the award reimburses the medical center for personal protective equipment and supplies needed to treat and prevent the spread of coronavirus, as well as contract services used to support hospital functions during the pandemic.
Memorial's 'Guardian Angels' project holds successful donation drive
Mon, Aug 1st 2022 11:00 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's "Guardian Angels" project, a Mother Cabrini Health Foundation grant-funded initiative aimed at protecting and watching over high-risk patients with severe mental illness (SMI), kicked off a collection drive for personal care items to benefit and support program participants.
DEC: Nearly $1 million in first round of community forest conservation grants; one for Lewiston
Mon, Aug 1st 2022 11:00 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced more than $956,000 in awards to four towns in Western and Central New York and Long Island to establish community forests.
Lewiston Town Board session upbeat
Fri, Jul 29th 2022 11:00 am
Lewiston Town Board members had a relatively light session Monday. The meeting was marked by recognition of the bicentennial committee for a job well done at the recent commemoration, as well as a positive town audit received for 2021-22.
DeGlopper Memorial still in need of funds
Fri, Jul 29th 2022 07:00 am
Since the Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial site was dedicated last summer, visitors have come to admire the life-sized statue of the World War II hero from Grand Island, and the plaques of Islanders killed in action while serving our country.
Hochul announces rollout of electric and gas utility bill credits for low-income families
Thu, Jul 28th 2022 08:30 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the vast majority of $567 million dedicated to help low-income electric and gas utility customers pay off past utility bills will be reflected on customers' August bills. The financial assistance program includes an estimated $557 million statewide COVID-19 bill credit program for low-income customers adopted by the New York State Public Service Commission.
NCDOH joins cooperative effort to wipe out terrestrial rabies
Thu, Jul 28th 2022 09:00 am
The Niagara County Department of Health environmental division is part of a collaborative effort to prevent the spread of rabies in the Western New York region through dissemination of oral rabies vaccine. The ORV project is led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Eight Days of Hope completes third annual outreach in Buffalo
Thu, Jul 28th 2022 08:55 am
Eight Days of Hope wrapped up its third annual outreach in the Buffalo community on July 23. Hundreds of locals and out-of-towners came together over an eight-day period for one goal - to love and serve the Fillmore District of Buffalo.
Monkeypox detected in Niagara County resident
Mon, Jul 25th 2022 04:20 pm
On July 25, Niagara County Department of Health was notified by the New York State Wadsworth Center Laboratory that the first case of orthopoxvirus/monkeypox was detected in a Niagara County resident.
Niagara County to hold outdoor career fair in City of Lockport
Mon, Jul 25th 2022 01:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Employment and Training will hold an outdoor career fair for those seeking employment on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Ida Fritz Park. More than 50 companies with open positions have signed up to take part.
The heat is on! AAA warns of extreme heat & dangers of hot vehicles
Fri, Jul 22nd 2022 03:30 pm
The heat of summer is here, and this weekend is expected to be another hot one. AAA Western and Central New York is reminding motorists to be aware of the dangers of hot cars. Since 1998, 917 children have died from pediatric vehicular heatstroke, including at least 10 deaths already reported this year in the U.S. While an overwhelming majority of these deaths are accidental, such tragedies are often preventable.
Still no consensus on Amazon benefits, even as town approves project
Fri, Jul 22nd 2022 09:15 am
While Town of Niagara officials put their stamp of approval on the Amazon warehouse proposed for 8995 Lockport Road, questions still lingered Tuesday.
Russ Piper, Anthony DiMino, bicentennial committee thanked for Lewiston celebration
Tue, Jul 19th 2022 12:55 pm
Lewiston's bicentennial weekend drew rave reviews from residents for its combination of special events - including a parade, a performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and an extended display of fireworks on the Fourth of July - as well as a series of articles on historical sites that ran in this publication in the months leading up to the special occasion.
 

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