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Youth fellowship offers mentorship, literary experience to aspiring young writers
Wed, May 26th 2021 08:50 am
Just Buffalo Literary Center announced the 2021 Just Buffalo Writing Center youth fellowship, a six-week summer opportunity for two Western New York-based young writers to develop their craft and explore professional avenues within the literary arts.
AAA Insurance boating safety tips
Mon, May 24th 2021 06:35 pm
National Safe Boating Week runs May 22-28, 2021, and with the recent heat wave, many Western and Central New Yorkers are looking to hit area waterways. AAA Western and Central New York urges safety on the water. Just like driving a car, operating a boat is a big responsibility and should be done with the utmost caution.
New York State announces new online resources to combat human trafficking, raise awareness
Mon, May 24th 2021 06:00 pm
The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) announced a pair of online resources aimed at facilitating human trafficking referrals to New York state. These resources include a new digital handbook to assist service providers and victim advocates with making human trafficking referrals, and an e-reporting system that allows them and law enforcement to submit these referrals electronically.
Niagara County conducting survey on rural transportation program
Mon, May 24th 2021 05:50 pm
The Niagara County Department of Public Works is conducting an online survey related to the county's rural transportation program in an effort to evaluate riders' needs, potentially develop new routes and look for ways to increase usage. The survey is currently available at:
Niagara Wine Trail hosting wine & cheese event
Mon, May 24th 2021 05:50 pm
The Niagara Wine Trail members announced the return of a wine and cheese event. Wineries will feature a different cheese paired with a special wine from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, and noon until 5 p.m. Sunday, June 6. Tickets are $30 per person per day and include the cheese sample and three tastes of wine at each participating winery.
Dunkin' provides gift cards to Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination program
Mon, May 24th 2021 02:05 pm
Erie County and the Erie County Department of Health announced Dunkin' will provide 2,000 gift cards (valued at $5 each) for distribution at county-run COVID-19 vaccine clinics starting Tuesday, May 25. These cards will be given to youth ages 12 and older as they complete the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, with a second dose at ECDOH clinics.
New sponsor for Iroquois Market at Lewiston Art Festival
Mon, May 24th 2021 07:00 am
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of AMD Environmental Consultants Inc., the Hennepin Park Gazebo area will once again be transformed into an Iroquois Market during the Lewiston Art Festival on Aug. 14-15.
Say hello to Khari & Zahra: Buffalo Zoo's lion cubs make public debut
Fri, May 21st 2021 12:35 pm
The Buffalo Zoo's two African lion cubs - born to Lusaka and Tiberius on March 7 - finally have names. Members of the Buffalo Zoo community selected Khari for the boy and Zahra for the girl via an online poll. Both cubs and mother Lusaka were set to make their public debut Thursday.
Lewiston Stone House, Carmelo's look to add outdoor seating
Fri, May 21st 2021 10:40 am
Lewiston Stone House owner Emery Simon intends to build a patio in front of his bar and restaurant at 755 Center St. Plans call for seating of about 20 guests inside of a gated rectangle atop the existing sidewalk. Simon will add a new, larger walkway behind the seating area, replacing what is now a small section of grass.
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.
Higgins, Jacobs disappointed with continued US-Canada border shutdown
Thu, May 20th 2021 11:40 am
Congressman Brian Higgins on Thursday expressed great disappointment following the announcement the United States and Canada have continued to keep the northern border closed to nonessential travel for another full month.
Blues Traveler to perform at Artpark on Aug. 29
Thu, May 20th 2021 09:50 am
Blues Traveler will perform on the Artpark Amphitheater stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, as part of the "Coors Light Concerts Series."
COVID-19: Vaccination opportunities abound in Erie County
Wed, May 19th 2021 04:30 pm
This Saturday, May 22, the Erie County Department of Health has a schedule that can only be described as intense, with five separate COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled to cover ages 12 and older.
JCOPE posts 2020 financial disclosure statements for statewide elected officials
Tue, May 18th 2021 01:25 pm
The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics announced it has posted the 2020 annual statements of financial disclosure of the statewide elected officials who were in office as of the statutory May 15 filing deadline.
Erie County Fair will return Aug. 11-22
Tue, May 18th 2021 10:15 am
The Erie County Agricultural Society board of directors and staff are "excited to move forward with the 2021 edition of the Erie County Fair, scheduled for Aug. 11-22, 2021."
Catholic Charities: HOPE Day 2021 nets $317,228 for annual Appeal
Mon, May 17th 2021 03:00 pm
HOPE Day, the annual 24-hour match challenge day of giving to benefit Appeal 2021, brought in $260,016 on May 14. Matching funds of $57,212 added to this total increase HOPE Day's grand total to $317,228, toward the annual Appeal's $10 million goal in support of Catholic Charities and the "Fund for the Faith."
Youngstown: Virtual concert at Niagara Post Theater
Mon, May 17th 2021 07:00 am
The Niagara Post Theater is hosting a virtual concert to support its ongoing renovation of the former U.S. military post theater at Fort Niagara State Park. Once completed, the Niagara Post Theater will host a wide range of live performances and programs, with a special focus on youth performing arts and inclusive educational opportunities.
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."
Play golf, change lives: Register now for Empower's 27th annual charity tournament
Fri, May 14th 2021 12:15 pm
Join Empower on Monday, June 14, for the 27th annual Matthew J. Murphy Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament.
'Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront' air show coming to Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the "Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront" air show will take place at Buffalo's Outer Harbor on June 19-20. The outdoor event, sponsored by the Vein Treatment Center, features a range of military and civilian aerial performers.
CDC: Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance; NYS reviewing changes
Thu, May 13th 2021 07:25 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issued Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. It stated:
Senate Republican leaders call on Cuomo to suspend gas tax
Wed, May 12th 2021 05:55 pm
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Deputy Leader Andrew Lanza on Wednesday called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to suspend the state gas tax in the wake of a ransomware attack that caused the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline.
Higgins highlights Child Tax Credit changes designed to help working families get ahead
Wed, May 12th 2021 05:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives highlighting the role of the Child Tax Credit in rebuilding an economy that works for hardworking families.
Get your tax return filing questions answered online
Wed, May 12th 2021 05:55 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on Wednesday reminded taxpayers that the deadline to file personal income tax returns is Monday, May 17. Resources to help you file an accurate and on-time return are available anytime online at
5 new pop-up vaccination sites at NFTA stations in Buffalo & Falls
Wed, May 12th 2021 05:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced five new pop-up vaccination sites at Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority station stops in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls areas. The sites will serve walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis utilizing the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. New York is partnering with Erie County Medical Center, Kaleida Health, Urban Family Practice and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to administer vaccines at the sites.
Higgins: More than $207.5 million for local colleges & students
Tue, May 11th 2021 05:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $207.5 million in federal funding approved by Congress under the American Rescue Plan is headed to help Western New York higher education institutions and students.
Higgins announces new tools to help WNYers find COVID-19 vaccination sites in Erie & Niagara
Tue, May 11th 2021 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced new tools from the White House that will help Western New Yorkers find vaccination sites in Erie and Niagara counties and receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement follows news by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that Pfizer vaccine eligibility will be expanded to include Americans ages 12-15.
Cuomo launches a new decade of Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
Tue, May 11th 2021 04:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday launched round XI of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, officially kicking off a new decade of economic development in a post-pandemic recovery. The 2021 funding round includes more than $750 million in state economic development resources.
Community Missions' business clothing closet to help individuals take next step
Tue, May 11th 2021 12:00 pm
For nearly a century, Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. has been a leading service provider for vulnerable individuals and families in Niagara Falls. For many who find themselves in positions of need, the organization is a vital source of food, clothing and shelter, as well as other crucial mental health, crisis and recovery services.
UB 'strongly supports' vaccine requirement for in-person students
Mon, May 10th 2021 05:35 pm
The University at Buffalo is supporting an initiative announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a press conference on Monday morning.
Niagara Falls State Park seeks private partner
Mon, May 10th 2021 03:40 pm
Niagara Falls State Park announced a request for proposals to provide concessions in the nation's oldest state park is now available. The RFP calls for an operator to manage all food, beverage, retail and mobile concessions throughout the park.
DEC urges New Yorkers: 'If you care, leave it there'
Mon, May 10th 2021 07:00 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers to appreciate wildlife from a safe distance and resist the urge to touch or pick up newborn fawns and other young wildlife. Human contact with wildlife can carry unintended consequences detrimental to the animals people intend to help.
NYS announces more than $200 million in additional food aid for May
Sat, May 8th 2021 11:05 am
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive at least the maximum allowable level of food benefits for May. For a 15th consecutive month, these emergency supplemental SNAP benefits are being provided to individuals and households already enrolled in SNAP.
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.
DEC to rescind negative declaration for asphalt plant
Fri, May 7th 2021 11:35 am
Amid public backlash from residents and neighboring communities, as well as some newly raised issues, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is preparing to rescind its environmental OK for a planned asphalt plant in the Town of Niagara.
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.
Regional MWBE online opportunities expo series
Fri, May 7th 2021 09:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced New York state will host five events as part of the 2021 Regional Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises Online Opportunities Expo Series. The expos - which will connect MWBEs with New York agencies, expert resources, information on state projects, and tools to access state contracting opportunities - will run from June to August.
DEC announces May 18 virtual public meeting to discuss proposed sitewide cleanup plans at former Lackawanna Bethlehem Steel site
Wed, May 5th 2021 04:25 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in consultation with the State Department of Health, announced the two agencies are holding a virtual public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, to review progress and answer questions about sitewide remediation efforts at the former Bethlehem Steel site in the City of Lackawanna.
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.
Nurses play a crucial role to help tobacco users improve their health
Wed, May 5th 2021 11:55 am
In today's world of health care, a nurse is often the first professional patients see during routine care visits. For tobacco users needing treatment to overcome nicotine addiction, nurses play a vital role in facilitating successful outcomes.

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