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Scott Bieler of West Herr donates minivan to Family Promise of WNY
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 01:05 pm
Scott Bieler, president & CEO of West Herr Automotive Group, has generously donated a 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan SE to homeless children and their families at Family Promise of WNY.
Higgins encourages ADM to repair & preserve Great Northern grain elevator
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 01:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is encouraging swift action to repair one of Buffalo's iconic grain elevators. The Great Northern grain elevator, owned by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), was damaged during the weekend windstorm.
Higgins announces passage of legislation promoting mental health support for health care workers
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 12:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of H.R. 1667, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. The bill, cosponsored by Higgins, works to promote mental health support for health care professionals by providing $45 million annually from 2022 through 2024 for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish and improve mental health education and awareness initiatives.
National gas price average drops by 3 cents again this week
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 11:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.33, down 3 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.16. The New York state average is $3.52, down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.26.
National Grid assessing weekend weather
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 01:55 pm
National Grid is increasing staffing, extending evening and overnight work shifts, and closely monitoring an upstate New York weather forecast that calls for high winds, scattered rain and potential thunderstorms on Saturday. In preparation for the storm, the company has increased its statewide field force and activated its comprehensive emergency response plan, including:
Digital Equity Portal launches in New York
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 11:40 am
The NYS Digital Equity Portal is an interactive, online data mapping tool for communities across the state seeking data on New Yorkers' ability to access the internet to advance digital equity.
WEDI: Additional $1 million investment in new West Side Bazaar
Thu, Dec 9th 2021 03:30 pm
Carolynn Welch, executive director of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI), announced an additional $1 million in new gifts have been pledged to "Building Community, Building Opportunity, Building the New West Side Bazaar," its $7.5 million capital campaign. This round of funding puts the campaign at $4.5 million, well past the halfway mark of the $7.5 million campaign.
Memorial Medical Center postpones Premier gala
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 03:00 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced it will postpone its signature black tie gala, the Premier, due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
DEC proposes changes to freshwater fishing regulations to help make angling more accessible & enjoyable
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 03:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the release of a proposal to "clarify and simplify" sportfishing regulations based on public feedback and DEC fisheries manager reviews of rules associated with the management of the state's fisheries. The proposed rulemaking also includes a limited number of waterbody-specific regulation changes to support improved management of these waters.
William Mattar raises awareness, donations for St. Luke's Mission of Mercy code blue shelter
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 12:55 pm
William Mattar's law offices begin their "William Mattar 4 Code Blue" campaign, raising awareness for code blue homeless shelters in our community, highlighting the vital operations of code blue, and the urgent call for supplies and donations to help those in need during frigid winter nights.
Counties seek to restore local control of sales tax revenue, bolster public health & increase flexibility in 2022 legislative session
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 12:55 pm
The New York State Association of Counties has released its 2022 legislative program, which lays out the top priorities for New York's counties for the upcoming state legislative session. The program includes proposed policies and legislation to restore local control over sales tax, invest in public health, and help counties deliver services with improved efficiency and lower cost to local taxpayers.
New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-26) complete, ready for review
Wed, Dec 8th 2021 12:30 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Division for Historic Preservation announced the completion of the Final New York State Historic Preservation Plan (2021-2026)/Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
Seniors support local pet rescue
Tue, Dec 7th 2021 04:10 pm
Heritage Manor of Lockport is asking for the community's help to support a cause that is near and dear to its heart.
Christina P. Orsi named new president of The John R. Oishei Foundation
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 11:15 am
The board of directors of The John R. Oishei Foundation announced Christina P. Orsi will lead the region's most comprehensive private foundation. Named as the new president, Orsi will be the first woman to hold that title in the organization's history, succeeding Robert D. Gioia, who retires in January 2022 after 15 years of service.
Second Generation Theatre teams with Explore & More Museum, Buffalo Riverworks to present 'Once Upon a Holiday'
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 10:45 am
Get lost in a winter wonderland with Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum, Buffalo Riverworks, and Second Generation Theatre at "Once Upon a Holiday," a family-friendly holiday festival. On Dec. 18, families are invited to Riverworks to enjoy holiday cheer, music, dancing, skating and shopping.
AAA reminds community of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 10:45 am
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (Dec. 6-10, 2021) aims to promote the importance of mobility and transportation to ensure older adults remain active in the community (i.e., shopping, working, volunteering, etc.)
National gas price average drops by 3 cents
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 10:45 am
Today's national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.36, down 3 cents from last week. One year ago, the price was $2.16. The New York state average is $3.54 - down 2 cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.25.
'Candy Cane Story Lane' at Old Falls Street features fun for families
Mon, Dec 6th 2021 10:45 am
Niagara University's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement and its College of Education have teamed up with Old Falls Street USA to transform the three-block entertainment district into "Candy Cane Story Lane." For the month of December, children and their families can take a self-guided stroll along the path to read Gregg and Evan Spiridellis' charming story "Are You Grumpy Santa?" On Saturdays, those who answer questions about the story will receive a free treat courtesy of Bryce's Snack Trailer.
ESD announces start of construction for Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition project
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 04:40 pm
Empire State Development on Friday announced the beginning of stabilization work on the roof and foundation of the Michigan Street Baptist Church. The Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition project, a not-for-profit organization that owns the church, is one of the recipients of a portion of ESD's $65 million East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund, and will allow for increased tourism and visitation to Buffalo's historic Michigan Street African American Corridor.
Higgins announces a $482,172 American Rescue Plan Grant for Seneca Nation
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 10:25 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a $482,172 American Rescue Plan grant for the Seneca Nation of Indians. Awarded through the Department of Education and funded by the American Indian Resilience in Education program, the grant supports education and cultural literacy programs.
Special Olympics New York to host 'Buffalo Polar Plunge,' Woodlawn Beach clean up
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 08:40 am
For those ready to "take the plunge" into the freezing waters of Lake Erie, the "Buffalo Polar Plunge" is nearly here.
NYSDOT to host public information meeting on proposed safety enhancement project on Walnut & Ferry avenues in Niagara Falls
Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 08:40 am
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will host a public information meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, pertaining to a proposed highway safety improvement project scheduled to begin next fall on U.S. Route 62, Walnut and Ferry avenues, in the City of Niagara Falls.
League of Women Voters of New York State announces $1 million gift
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 06:05 pm
On Giving Tuesday, the League of Women Voters of NYS (LWVNYS) announced it has received an anonymous $1 million donation to expand and strengthen its "fight to defend democracy and voting rights for all."
Diocese of Buffalo names finalized families of parishes for 'Road to Renewal'
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 06:05 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo's "Road to Renewal" effort, which has the goal to reinvigorate the Catholic faith, fully optimize parish and diocesan resources, and increase the reach and impact of ministries throughout Western New York, has announced the finalized "Families of Parishes" model.
Niagara Falls Public Library announces efforts to increase Wi-Fi connectivity, opening of maker space
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 12:55 pm
The Niagara Falls Library announces the grand opening of a maker space at 1425 Main St. The opening event will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Mayor Robert Restaino and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello will be in attendance.
Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union sponsoring Town of Amherst Holiday Market
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 12:40 pm
Cornerstone Community FCU is the presenting sponsor for the Town of Amherst Holiday Market. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. CCFCU recently celebrated its first physical location in Erie County, at 315 Stahl Road, Getzville.
Festive choral event at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 09:15 am
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral will have a "Festal Choral Evensong for the Third Sunday in Advent." The event takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at 139 Pearl St., Buffalo.
Higgins: $5 million in federal funding for BestSelf Behavioral Health
Tue, Nov 30th 2021 09:35 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant totaling $5 million awarded to BestSelf Behavioral Health. The grant, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will provide funding to enhance services for adults and children in need of mental health care.
Hochul: Nearly $70 million in water utility assistance for low-income New Yorkers
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 05:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced $69.8 million in federal funding will be available beginning Dec. 1 to help low-income New Yorkers pay past-due bills for drinking water and wastewater.
Niagara County: Casale appointed to state's Farmland Protection Working Group
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 04:05 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh on Monday announced Commissioner of Economic Development Michael Casale was appointed to the New York State Farmland Protection Working Group (FPWG). He was one of 18 members of the FPWG announced by state Agricultural Commissioner Richard Ball.
Lock City Sound announces 2021 Christmas concert series
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 03:20 pm
The Lock City Sound, formerly known as the Lock City Glee Club, will perform a collection of Christmas and seasonal music this December to brighten and lighten hearts. This men's choral group has been welcoming the holidays with song for over 50 years with traditional and modern versions of seasonal favorites. Lock City Sound is currently under the direction of Drew Burke with Debbie Hutter accompanying.
Sing a song to 'see': Study says humpback whale song is about finding, not attracting, whales
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 03:15 pm
Think of common courtship displays in the animal kingdom, like the flashy display of a peacock's tail or the treetop melody of a songbird's tune. Each is relatively constant. The brilliant colors in a male peacock's plumage do not change during its attempts to attract a female. And songbirds rely on repetition, like top-40 radio stations, singing the same songs in the same kinds of ways during their mating rituals.
State Parks Niagara River Greenway Standing Committee cancels meeting, sets 2022 schedule
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 05:40 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Niagara River Greenway Standing Committee has canceled its next meeting (Wednesday, Dec. 1) due to lack of business.
Consumer alert: NYS DCP offers tips for a safe & happy holiday shopping season
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 12:30 pm
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection alerted consumers to issues impacting the holiday shopping season. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the holiday shopping season will be rife with delays, higher prices and potential scams. Consumers should expect to have a lengthy wait for goods and holiday presents due to the continued supply shortages and shipping backlogs.
Explore & More offers 'pay what you can' program
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 12:25 pm
Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum will offer "pay what you can" admission from Dec. 1 through 17, thanks to a grant from the New Car Dealers of Western New York.
NYS: Support our farmers by shopping with Taste NY this holiday season
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 12:25 pm
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball encouraged holiday shoppers looking for that perfect last-minute gift to visit a Taste NY Market and buy local this holiday season in support of New York's farmers. New York's regional welcome centers' Taste NY markets and Taste NY stores around the state offer specialty gift items as well as premade and customized gift baskets.
Popular holiday tradition returns to Lockport
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 12:40 pm
After a two-year pause for building restoration, a much-loved holiday tradition will return to Lockport on Dec. 2 when the historic Col. William Bond House becomes the setting for "Winterfest Evening." The first brick house built in Lockport (circa 1823), the Bond House will be decorated for the holidays in 19th Century fashion.
Hochul signs legislation codifying Nourish New York into law
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 12:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation S.4892-A/A.5781-A enshrining the Nourish New York program permanently in state law. Her team said, "The signing of this legislation comes just before the Thanksgiving holiday, reaffirming New York's commitment to providing support to those facing food insecurity across the state."
Niagara Falls Cascade Plant accident
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 12:20 pm
On Friday, Nov. 19, at 8:35 p.m., the Niagara Falls Police and fire departments responded to an industrial accident at the Cascades Plant located at 4001 Packard Road.
DiNapoli releases interactive map of local census results
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 12:00 pm
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has released a report tracking New York's local demographic changes based on 2020 census data; and an interactive online map that breaks down population statistics by age, race and ethnicity, along with housing trends, in New York's cities, counties, towns and villages. DiNapoli's report provides a snapshot of New York state's population, which totaled more than 20.2 million in 2020, up 4.1% since 2010.

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