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Niagara Falls USA launches 360-degree virtual site visits
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:45 am
As a result of COVID-19, Destination Niagara USA created a series of 360-degree videos designed specifically for meeting planners to virtually explore meeting and event venues in Niagara Falls.
COVID-19 micro-clusters: Erie County goes to 'orange zone,' NT, Wheatfield Niagara County 'yellow zones'
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:00 pm
Following almost a week of warnings by local elected leaders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday did, in fact, move portions of Erie County into an "orange" micro-cluster zone.
NYS Department of State announces completion of improvements to Scenic Woods-Bicentennial Park on Grand Island
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:25 am
The New York State Department of State on Tuesday announced the completion of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) project for Scenic Woods-Bicentennial Park in the Town of Grand Island. The completion of the nearly $600,000 project, which was funded in part with a $197,634 EPF LWRP grant, is helping to transform the town's waterfront into a vibrant destination with public spaces and amenities for residents and visitors.
Maid of the Mist earns 'Boat of the Year' award
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:20 am
American Ship Review has named the new all-electric, emission-free Maid of the Mist vessels as "Boat of the Year."
Ransomville Speedway completes facility upgrades
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 09:50 am
While nary a lap was turned at Ransomville Speedway in 2020, that didn't mean the facility laid dormant during the last few months. Speedway management used the extended offseason to complete some needed upgrades to the facility that will have it ready to come back to life even better in 2021.
Niagara Falls: Restaino dedicates historic marker at US Custom House
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 02:55 pm
Mayor Robert Restaino on Saturday announced the official commemoration of the U.S. Custom House at Niagara Falls with the addition of a new historic marker. The mayor held a small press event to commemorate and celebrate the history of the site.
Hope arises for bettering the boulevard
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 07:00 am
When the first South Grand Island Bridge was constructed in 1935, connecting Tonawanda with Niagara Falls, the New York State Thruway Highway 190 did not exist. Travelers heading north used Grand Island Boulevard as its primary thoroughfare, according to Supervisor John C. Whitney. That is why the former bustling Niagara Falls Visitor Center was built at the corner of Grand Island Boulevard and Staley Road - and why there are so many motels along the boulevard.
Small Business Saturday 2020: Lewiston businesses strive to offer safe shopping experience
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 01:25 pm
It's business as usual - whatever that means in 2020 - as Lewiston merchants prepare for an uptick in holiday shopping in coming weeks. Though coronavirus cases have spiked in Erie and Niagara counties this month, the village has only reported four new cases in the past six weeks. Safety protocols put in place when New York was "unpaused" last spring are still in place, and storeowners are working diligently to keep their sites clean and virus-free.
Cashless tolling debuts in New York
Fri, Nov 13th 2020 10:40 am
Cashless tolling will begin tonight and extend into the overnight hours on the New York State Thruway, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. The state says the conversion will take place simultaneously at 58 tolling locations across the thruway's 450-mile ticketed system. With some 267 million motorists traveling the thruway each year, AAA Western and Central New York supports this move toward a more efficient traffic system.
Buy local campaign, Shop 716 gift card to boost Erie County small businesses
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 09:55 am
Building on the success of the popular Erie County Back to Business Grant Program, a $20 million direct investment in eligible local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Erie County Business Task Force is partnering with Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and the NFTA to promote local businesses and stimulate economic activity prior to the holidays.
Mount St. Mary's golden once more
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 09:40 am
Mount St. Mary's Hospital celebrated its American Heart Association's "Get with the Guidelines-Gold Plus" Award for Stroke Care with the hospital's stroke team.
Krabbe study: UB researcher narrows time window for administering specific treatment to infants with disease
Wed, Nov 11th 2020 09:15 am
A team of University at Buffalo researchers have published a paper in Nature Communications that is helping to define the best time to give a specific treatment to infants born with Krabbe disease (KD). This treatment has been found to prolong life for these infants, for as long as a few years.
Aquarium of Niagara to offer free admission to vets & active military on Veterans Day
Mon, Nov 9th 2020 07:00 am
The Aquarium of Niagara wants to thank veterans and active military personnel for their service to this country by offering them free admission on Veterans Day.
DeGlopper Memorial raising funds to continue capstone project
Sat, Nov 7th 2020 07:00 am
With the dedication of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial scheduled for June 5, 2021, its expansion project committee decided to take fundraising initiatives to a new level this week through and continue it through the end of the year. The goal is to complete fundraising needs by raising $100,000.
Grand Island resident donates to Community Missions
Fri, Nov 6th 2020 01:15 pm
On Wednesday afternoon, Community Missions received a donation of a $1,000 gift card to Ashley Furniture for its newest program, a youth homelessness demonstration program.
Erie County: 'Not a good time' in fight against coronavirus spread
Thu, Nov 5th 2020 09:20 am
Speaking to the press Wednesday afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz provided a grim update on the coronavirus spread.
Kiwanians get back into swing of things
Wed, Nov 4th 2020 05:25 pm
The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston recently began its year with a focus on two subjects that seem to be in the media far too often.
PHOTOS: Happy Halloween
Sat, Oct 31st 2020 03:10 pm
Homeowners and community groups put their creativity on display in Lewiston, celebrating Halloween and creating a fun environment for trick-or-treating youth.
Lewiston Family Ice Rink 'on hiatus for 2020'
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 07:00 am
Town of Lewiston Parks and Recreation Director Mike Dashineau announced this week the Lewiston Family Ice Rink will not be operational for the upcoming holiday season.
New sound stage & studio facility will bring more Hollywood to Buffalo
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 05:50 am
With Buffalo's film industry potential on the rise, a new project to develop a 27-acre parcel into world-class studio facilities is headed to the city.
North Tonawanda Police Department: Therapy dog part of police reform & reinvention collaborative
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 11:05 am
Therapy dog "Remy" is sworn-in as the newest member of the North Tonawanda Police Department.
NCCC's nursing student 'rocks' exams
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 05:25 pm
During the summer months of 2020, nursing student Tami Scruggs received news that the classes she signed up for at Niagara County Community College were going remote because of the continued threat of COVID-19.
Aquarium of Niagara harbor seal predicts winter weather in WNY
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 12:50 pm
Bundle up: This year's winter in Western New York is going to be cold! That's the winter weather prediction made Friday by Stryker, the harbor seal at the Aquarium of Niagara.
'Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween' photo contest to benefit Niagara County SPCA
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 09:35 am
Niagara County SPCA is getting into the Halloween spirit. The shelter is asking the community to enter pets in the first "Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween" photo contest for a chance to win some great prizes. Grand prize is a year of free Netflix and a year of free pizza from Just Pizza in Amherst. More prizes include a free year of Amazon Prime, a $100 gift card to Chewy, a three-month membership to BarkBox and a $50 gift card to Pet Supplies Plus.
As Veterans Day approaches, Wreaths Across America utilizes technology to help fulfill mission
Thu, Oct 22nd 2020 09:35 am
Wreaths Across America is the nonprofit organization best known for placing veterans' wreaths on the headstones of this nation's fallen at Arlington National Cemetery. Today, the organization, in total, places more than 2 million sponsored veterans' wreaths at over 2,200 participating locations nationwide.
Cuomo announces program to extend fishing season, improve renowned angling experience in Western New York
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the start of a new pilot program, as part of the "Reimagine the Canals" initiative that uses water from the Erie Canal to enhance already renowned fishing opportunities in Western New York.
Buffalo History Museum: New exhibition celebrates 50 years of art conservation & collaboration
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 11:05 am
The Buffalo History Museum has opened a new exhibit in collaboration with Buffalo State College's Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department. The exhibition, "Fifty Years of Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Art in Western New York," displays many of the museum's objects that have undergone conservation treatment. The exhibit is part of a broader community celebration for the 50th year of the conservation program.
So caw, caw, cool: Scarecrows return to River Region
Sat, Oct 17th 2020 09:00 am
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce's almost-annual display of scarecrows has again taken to local streets. Business owners celebrated the fall/Halloween season by constructing colorful effigies symbolic of their industry or trade.
Kangaroos & kids at Kelly's Country Store
Sat, Oct 17th 2020 07:00 am
When the pandemic threw a monkey wrench into its traditional Fall Fest, Kelly's County Store hopped to another model that has brought kangaroos, kids and customers together for a series of weekend "Fun & Food" events.
Tripathi: State of UB remains strong despite COVID-19
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 04:05 pm
Notwithstanding the profound difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, "the state of the university remains strong," University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi said in his ninth annual address to the campus Friday.
NOCO installing iWave Technology Systems in restaurants, businesses & homes as a measure to take on COVID-19
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 11:05 am
As colder weather quickly approaches, businesses are looking at ways to ensure customer and employee safety as activities move indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many safety items on their lists: the installation of air filtration systems.
Heart, Love & Soul receives donation from Latter-day Saints community
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 05:00 pm
On Wednesday, Heart, Love & Soul Executive Director Mark Baetzhold and Assistant Executive Director Pam Dixon received a donation of 4,500 pounds of nonperishable canned and dried food commodities from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Delivery assistance came from the local Niagara Falls ward and its members, and the team from Buffalo Tungsten, which has been housing and distributing the food deliveries in Western New York.
Girl Scouts launches new anti-racism patch
Wed, Oct 14th 2020 12:05 pm
Girl Scouts of Western New York announced its new Girl Scout Values: Anti-Racism Patch that is a reflection of a commitment to Girl Scout values that foster a community of justice, fairness and inclusion.
Niagara University honors 5 for outstanding work in spirit of St. Vincent de Paul
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 11:00 am
As part of its celebration of Vincentian Heritage Week, Niagara University recognized the extraordinary contributions of five individuals who have "lived the mission of St. Vincent de Paul" at its annual convocation, held simultaneously in the Alumni Chapel and livestreamed Sept. 30.
Cuomo: COVID-19 rapid testing to be made available for every county in New York
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 04:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced COVID-19 rapid result testing will be made available to every county in New York.
Niagara Falls Heritage Arts begins 2020 fall season with 'NF Murals'
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:05 pm
Niagara Falls Heritage Arts, the public art initiative of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, has announced its fall 2020 mural season with three artists lined up for "NF Murals." The project was initiated in 2019 for a successful season with eight artists. It's designed to connect the public with contemporary art, showcasing the area's rich heritage and culture.
Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame announces induction Class of 2020
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 07:00 am
On Tuesday, the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame announced its 2020 inductees at a small, private event at the Evening Star Concert Hall. This year's inductees are Marsha McWilson, Seven Day Faith, Thom Rotella, Michael Hatalak, D'Amico Music, Thomas Nelson and Charles Chiarenza. Additionally, a Niagara Falls Music Support Award in honor of the late Dr. Samuel "Saxman" Morreale was presented to Thomas Proctor IV (aka Thomas Loop).
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center launches virtual 'Freedom Conversation' tours
Wed, Oct 7th 2020 01:50 pm
The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is launching a new virtual "Freedom Conversation" tour program this week. "Freedom Conversations" are the signature program at the Heritage Center. Pre-COVID-19, they were offered twice daily on site.
Operation Christmas Child aims to reach millions of children with hope this year
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 05:50 pm
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause fear and uncertainty, Samaritan's Purse is calling on churches and families to pack more shoebox gifts than ever before for Operation Christmas Child - making sure millions of children experience the "Good News" and great joy of the holiday. Samaritan's Purse is committed to its mission of reaching millions of children across the globe with hope.
Starpoint Middle School raises $4,100 for Golisano Medical Oncology Center
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 05:25 pm
From left, Starpoint Middle School student Connor Church, Principal Dr. Corey Gray, student Sienna Budz, school counselor Kelly Preisch and counselor Andrea Bove present a check for $4,100 on behalf of their school to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo. The check represents proceeds from the school's "Crush Cancer" event, held earlier this year.
 

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