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Numerous River Region activities postponed or cancelled; WNY listings
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 12:50 pm
As the coronavirus has taken hold, all schools, bars and restaurants, and many business and community organizations throughout New York state have been forced to take drastic measures with extended closings.
Cuomo, Murphy and & Lamont limit crowd capacity for recreational & social gatherings to 50 people
Mon, Mar 16th 2020 11:50 am
Amid what they called "a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday announced a regional approach to combating the novel coronavirus - COVID-19 - throughout the tri-state area.
COVID-19: Niagara County proactively declares state of emergency, announces school closures
Sun, Mar 15th 2020 04:20 pm
Though Niagara County is still free of confirmed COVID-19 cases, a state of emergency was declared Sunday - and all school districts will be closed Monday.
BPO, Seneca Niagara Casino concerts among coronavirus closings; Riviera, Erie County Fair reschedule events
Fri, Mar 13th 2020 05:45 pm
A series of events were postponed or cancelled Friday amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
DMVs taking action to address coronavirus
Thu, Mar 12th 2020 03:30 pm
The CDC identified public pens as a trouble spot for transmission. Many transactions require the public to use a pen to fill out forms.
Catholic Health announces new visiting hours for its hospitals and long-term care facilities
Tue, Mar 10th 2020 02:10 pm
As Catholic Health continues its coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency management preparations to protect the health and safety of its patients, long-term care residents and associates, the health system announced additional restrictions to its visiting hours.
Niagara Falls Memorial revises visitation policy
Mon, Mar 9th 2020 06:35 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center today revised its visitation policy to afford better protection to its patients, staff and visitors in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Niagara County Department of Health offers free diabetes self-management workshop
Mon, Mar 9th 2020 07:00 am
The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division, in partnership with the Niagara County Office for the Aging, is offering a free diabetes self-management workshop. The series is scheduled to begin Monday, April 13, at the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. It runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
YoWOWa Media opens new studio in Niagara Falls
Wed, Mar 4th 2020 07:00 am
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center is now home to a state-of-the-art broadcast, podcast and vlog studio built and operated by YoWOWa Media Services.
OUN: Heroes of Niagara Awards dinner date set
Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 02:00 pm
The Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation will honor members of the community who "generously invest in Niagara County, inspiring others to make the area a better place in which to live," and an individual supported by Intandem who has "made progress and reached many personal goals while participating in one or more of its programs." The dinner will take place Thursday, April 2, at the DoubleTree by Hilton located on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls.
Nominate someone for 15th annual Key to the Locks Award
Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 02:00 pm
Nominations are being accepted for the 15th annual Key to the Locks Award, established to recognize persons in Niagara County who exemplify the community spirit or promote the heritage or preservation of the historic Erie Canal. Forms are available at The History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport, and at The deadline for nominations is April 1.
The Nest to hold open house
Tue, Mar 3rd 2020 02:00 pm
The Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative will hold its first open house, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday March 7, at 1702 Pine Ave, Suite 104, Niagara Falls. The Nest is the new home of the collaborative's activities.
Buffalo Diocese embarks on path toward reorganization as it files for bankruptcy
Fri, Feb 28th 2020 03:25 pm
The Diocese of Buffalo has formally filed for Chapter 11 reorganization under the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy code with a primary aim of enabling financial resolution for the most number of individuals who have filed claims under the Child Victims Act - a year-long window that opened on Aug. 14, 2019, that suspends the statute of limitations related to allegations of past sexual abuse.
Mental Health Advocates of WNY to host annual dinner at Atrium @ Rich's
Wed, Feb 26th 2020 12:55 pm
The Mental Health Advocates of WNY (MHA) will host its 58th annual dinner and auction on Wednesday, March 11, at the Atrium @ Rich's. This is the MHA's signature event and biggest fundraiser of the year. The auction will open at 6 p.m. along with drinks and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a sit-down dinner and program to acknowledge those who have made a difference throughout the year in support of mental health issues.
NYSEG, RG&E warn customers of new scam attempts
Mon, Feb 24th 2020 04:55 pm
NYSEG and RG&E, AVANGRID companies, are urging customers to be vigilant of scammers posing as representatives of the energy companies.
Collins to speak at Memorial's 13th annual Black History Celebration
Mon, Feb 24th 2020 07:00 am
Dr. Katherine Collins, a member of the New York State Board of Regents, a radio host for Women's Health 107.3 and 1400 and an adjunct professor in the department of professional studies Ph.D. program at Niagara University will be the keynote speaker Friday, Feb. 28, at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's 12th annual Black History Celebration.
Lewiston Choraleers present Easter program at area churches
Mon, Feb 24th 2020 07:00 am
The Lewiston Choraleers will present an Easter program at four area churches March 28-29 and April 4-5. The program will feature a cantata titled "Once Upon a Tree" by Pepper Choplin. It depicts the passion and intensity of Holy Week events, starting with Palm Sunday to Good Friday and finally Easter.
HUD announces nearly $75,000 to help Tuscarora Nation support more affordable housing
Fri, Feb 21st 2020 05:05 pm
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced more than $655 million in Indian Housing Block Grants to Native American Tribes in 38 states. Funding is distributed to eligible tribes and their tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) to carry out a range of affordable housing activities in their communities.
Breast Cancer Network of WNY donates $20,000 to support research
Thu, Feb 20th 2020 12:45 pm
The Breast Cancer Network of WNY (BCN) has donated $20,000 to the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester to support the coalition's breast cancer research initiative.
Girls to explore worlds of information technology, startups at free event
Wed, Feb 19th 2020 07:00 am
Girls who dream of becoming information technology whizzes or starting a business will have the chance to learn from more than a dozen women who have succeeded at doing just that at "She Started IT," an event designed to inspire and encourage girls to pursue careers in those fields.
NCCC explores space
Tue, Feb 18th 2020 07:00 am
As part of the "Faculty Keynote Series" at Niagara County Community College, Dr. Matthew Clarcq will present a lecture, "To the Moon and Back Again: The Space Race, Buffalo-Niagara and the Impossible Task." The event will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Room E-140 on the Sanborn campus, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road.
NYPA Power Vista observes Black History Month with special performance Feb. 22
Fri, Feb 14th 2020 05:40 pm
The New York Power Authority will observe Black History Month with a special Feb. 22 performance by the African American Cultural Center at its admission-free Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road.
AAA Western & Central New York's top travel destinations for February break
Fri, Feb 14th 2020 05:10 pm
Even though it has been a mild winter, many families are looking to escape Western and Central New York for February break! Some travelers are taking a long weekend for the President's Day holiday while many families are taking advantage of mid-winter break from area school districts to escape for the whole week.
NCCC hosts event to help victims of violence, trauma
Fri, Feb 14th 2020 03:55 pm
For the second time in two years, NCCC will be hosting SUNY's "Got Your Back" comfort bag preparation volunteer event for those fleeing from violence and trauma.
File tax returns for free at Western New York assistance sites
Wed, Feb 12th 2020 04:50 pm
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced it's partnering with multiple colleges in Western New York to offer free electronic tax preparation and filing resources to students, faculty and members of the community. Those with income of $69,000 or less in 2019 may be eligible to file their federal and state taxes at one of the Tax Department's free tax assistance sites.
State Parks Niagara River Greenway Standing Committee releases 2020 schedule
Wed, Feb 12th 2020 04:30 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Niagara River Greenway Standing Committee has released its schedule of remaining 2020 sessions. Meetings will be held at 11 a.m. - only if there are new business items to review. Dates include: Wednesday, March 25; Wednesday, June 17; and Wednesday Sept. 23.
Pulitzer-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson visits Buffalo on March 18
Tue, Feb 11th 2020 12:25 pm
Just Buffalo Literary Center's 2019-20 BABEL season continues with celebrated writer Marilynne Robinson on March 18 at Kleinhans Music Hall, beginning at 8 p.m.
Groundbreaking renovations to Family Promise of Western New York
Wed, Feb 5th 2020 10:15 am
Family Promise of Western New York, an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness, has broken ground on critical upgrades to its shelter facility, which will allow the program to double in capacity. Improvements will include major capital upgrades to the building, including a fire safety system, new family units and additional bathrooms.
Higgins announces grant opportunity for local fire departments
Tue, Feb 4th 2020 12:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period is now open. He invited local fire departments to apply.
'The Art of Suffrage' exhibit coming to Kenan Center
Tue, Feb 4th 2020 11:55 am
"The Art of Suffrage" exhibit will be on display at the Kenan Center in Lockport from Feb. 9 to March 29. The multimedia exhibit celebrates the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification with artifacts from the collection of local activist Mary Brennan Taylor as the centerpiece. The collection includes ephemera such as magazines, buttons, post cards, sheet music and more from the 72-year period when trailblazing suffragists fought for their right to vote.
Niagara County Department of Health offers free diabetes self-management workshops
Mon, Feb 3rd 2020 03:00 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health's nursing division, in partnership with the Niagara County Office for the Aging, is offering a pair of free diabetes self-management workshop. The series is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Dale Association-Lockport, 33 Ontario St.; and at 1 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls.
March of Dimes receives $200,000 grant from Health Foundation for Western & Central New York
Mon, Feb 3rd 2020 01:15 pm
March of Dimes, the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies, recently announced its latest collaboration with the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York aimed at reducing preterm births and improving maternal and infant health in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Syracuse. The agency said premature birth is the largest contributor to infant death in the U.S., and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years.
Greenway: State Parks Standing Committee to meet for project approval
Tue, Jan 28th 2020 02:40 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Niagara River Greenway Fund Standing Committee will hold a meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, to vote on funding for a project being proposed by State Parks. The meeting will be held at the Niagara Region Administration Building in Niagara Falls State Park and is open to the public.
DEC: Anglers' report confirms New York's world-class freshwater fishing
Tue, Jan 28th 2020 01:20 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the state's world-class fishing opportunities continue to draw anglers from near and far to New York's many productive freshwater sportfisheries. New data on angler effort, patterns, preferences and attitudes was released as part of DEC's statewide survey of freshwater anglers, which helps DEC assess both the biological and human dimension aspects of managing New York's freshwater fisheries.
Discover 'The History and Mystery Surrounding the Spalding Mill'
Tue, Jan 28th 2020 12:55 pm
The first in a collaborative series of four free programs with The Niagara County Historical Society and the Historic Palace Theater will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at The Historic Palace Theater, 2 East Ave, Lockport. Dr. Scott Geise will present "The History and Mystery Surrounding the Spalding Mill."
Higgins: $95,000 for art & cultural programs In Western New York
Tue, Jan 28th 2020 12:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced federal grants totaling $95,000 through the National Endowment for the Arts for Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Albright-Knox, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, CEPA Gallery, and Explore Buffalo.
Niagara Falls State Park announces Native American handicraft lottery
Mon, Jan 27th 2020 08:30 am
Applications for the 2020 Native American handicraft sales permits are available for the summer season at Niagara Falls State Park.
Niagara SPCA releases external audit results; no findings of animal mistreatment
Thu, Jan 23rd 2020 02:30 pm
The Niagara SPCA recently underwent an external audit completed by Barbara Carr, former CEO of the SPCA Serving Erie County and currently a senior shelter consultant. The entire report is posted on the Niagara SPCA website ( Below is a summary of some of her recommendations.
Laura Pennington Gawel joins Pinnacle Community Services as president & CEO
Thu, Jan 16th 2020 04:05 pm
As it begins its 125th year in service to the community, Pinnacle Community Services has announced Laura Pennington Gawel will now lead the organization as president and CEO.
UB School of Management students offer free tax preparation services
Wed, Jan 15th 2020 03:10 pm
IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management will again provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families with annual incomes below $56,000.

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