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Hopping for happiness: Local NF resident festively spreads cheer during tough times
Thu, Apr 9th 2020 04:20 pm
Gina Streck, a hairdresser at Salon Diaz, took matters into her own hands to spread some smiles this past week. With one of her favorite holidays of Easter coming up, Streck did drive-by visits to local children in the area dressed up as the one and only Easter Bunny.
'We can all play a part in supporting strong & thriving families'
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 12:10 pm
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Pinnacle Community Services has kicked off its second annual campaign by painting Niagara County blue (the color of child abuse prevention) in a virtual way.
WNY elected leaders, medical officers against proposed downstate transfer of PPE, ventilators
Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 02:40 pm
On Friday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to sign an executive order wherein the state can take ventilators and personal protective equipment from upstate New York hospitals and reallocate them to downstate medical facilities. With a higher number of positive COVID-19 cases in the five boroughs, Cuomo said this is where the equipment is needed most right now.
Positive COVID-19 cases rising in Niagara County; legislators pass 30-day tax penalty moratorium
Mon, Mar 30th 2020 03:45 pm
At a press update Monday afternoon inside the LCTV studios in Lockport, Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Public Health Director Daniel Stapleton announced a sharp - but not unexpected - spike in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.
Niagara County to extend tax deadline 30 days
Wed, Mar 25th 2020 03:00 pm
At a closed press conference televised live on LCTV Wednesday, Niagara County 8th District Legislator Rich Andres said Niagara County intends to extend the April 1 county tax deadline by 30 days. A formal legislature vote is slated for Friday.
Cuomo: In time of COVID-19 pandemic be 'socially distanced, but spiritually connected'
Mon, Mar 23rd 2020 02:55 pm
On Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo urged Americans to be "socially distanced, but spiritually connected" during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Niagara County deals with first COVID-19 case amidst testing shortage, health director confirms
Wed, Mar 18th 2020 05:30 pm
On Wednesday morning, Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton and Niagara County Legislature Chairperson Becky Wydysh confirmed Niagara County's first positive test for COVID-19. During his time, Stapleton voiced his frustrations about the severe lack of testing kits available in the region.
Niagara County Office for the Aging adds 2 new wheelchair accessible vans to fleet
Thu, Mar 5th 2020 04:30 pm
The Niagara County Office for the Aging announced today it had recently taken delivery of two brand-new wheelchair vans, expanding the office's transportation fleet to 11 vehicles.
Pellicano's Marketplace: Neighborhood store moving down the block
Mon, Feb 24th 2020 02:15 pm
Pellicano's Marketplace has been a staple in Wheatfield since 1986. When Paul Pellicano opened the shop, he unveiled gourmet grocery items to the public, right on Niagara Falls Boulevard.
Waterkeeper holds open house in North Tonawanda
Fri, Feb 21st 2020 07:00 am
Last week, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper held an open house at North Tonawanda's City Hall for those interested in learning more about the North Tonawanda Botanical Gardens Living Shoreline project.
Empower to hold 'Snowflake Basket Auction' fundraiser
Fri, Feb 14th 2020 03:55 pm
A quick Google search will show the word "empower" means to give someone the authority or power to do something; or make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights. Similar words of both definition, from that same search include: authorize, emancipate, unshackle and permit. Bearing this in mind might explain why United Cerebral Palsy Association of Niagara County Inc. took it on as its nomenclature and became Empower in 2015.
Count Dracula coming to NT
Fri, Feb 7th 2020 03:30 pm
The Ghostlight Theater will present "Nosferatu: The Legend of Dracula" at a variety of showtimes from Feb. 13-23 at 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda.
Wheatfield group enhances Niagara Falls Boulevard with banners
Fri, Jan 31st 2020 07:00 am
Nine banners have been put up along Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Wheatfield, and one more at the Town Hall campus to welcome visitors, residents and commuters to the town. The idea is to make citizens proud to be a part of the town, and put an earworm into everyone else's brain about this place.
On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers range from bankers to pastors
Thu, Jan 23rd 2020 03:45 pm
Rather than take the day off for the federal holiday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, BankOnBuffalo employees decided to turn their "day on," by helping at Community Missions of Niagara Frontier's Clothes Closet. Joining staff, the bankers worked organizing clothes at the Buffalo Avenue location, while volunteers from Damascus Baptist Church worked in the kitchen.
Thousands attend Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo
Mon, Jan 20th 2020 12:55 pm
Over the weekend, the seventh annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo invaded downtown Niagara Falls. The event was held at the Conference and Event Center with a focus on "Teaching Fishing" to the legions of anglers that can be found in New York, Southern Ontario and other nearby states.
Martial arts teacher combines kicks with faith
Fri, Jan 17th 2020 07:00 am
Bob Heisner teaches Bushido at his building on Niagara Falls Blvd. He became proficient in the martial art through a blending of six different disciplines that he learned while serving in the military during and after the Vietnam War. He said the process of training doesn't just help muscles, it stays with the student and gives the self-determination and will to become whatever it is they aspire to become.
Stray cats a problem in Niagara Falls
Fri, Jan 10th 2020 07:15 pm
It's getting pretty cold out and, with the harsh weather, comes several charitable organizations looking to serve those who have the least. There is one group that is undeniably at risk and it's not even our species. In a word: Cats.
Memorial welcomes first baby of 2020
Fri, Jan 3rd 2020 03:05 pm
Niagara County's first-born baby of 2020 made her debut at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Michaela Rose Lucatra arrived at 2:52 a.m. on New Year's Day. Nineteen inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces, she is the daughter of Lindsey and Michael Lucatra of Grand Island.
Wheatfield Lions, Community Care & Pellicano's team up for holidays
Fri, Jan 3rd 2020 07:00 am
The Town of Wheatfield Lions Club, in partnership with Community Care and Pellicano's Marketplace, worked together to provide community help this Christmas and holiday season for those in need.
Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission: Volunteer for the holidays
Thu, Dec 19th 2019 04:00 pm
On Monday Dec. 23, the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission will start its "Feed the Falls - Christmas" events with a "Pie Party" at Cornerstone Church, 1290 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Following, the work for "Feed the Falls - Christmas Blessing" will begin, where volunteers will deliver a free Christmas dinner right to the doorstep of a family or individual in need.
'Christmas at the Farm' is family fun
Fri, Dec 13th 2019 03:10 pm
For family fun with the kids this winter, there's a place at 2660 Saunders Settlement Road called the Sanborn Farm Museum. It's becoming the site of "Christmas at the Farm" for two days in the middle of the holiday season: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15.
Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity to host gingerbread event during Lewiston Christmas Walk
Thu, Dec 5th 2019 03:25 pm
Over the years, one holiday event has given Niagara County residents of all ages a chance to give back to the community while making memories. Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity's annual gingerbread decorating fundraiser gives local families the chance to design gumdrop roofs and licorice walkways for gingerbread houses as they support a local cause.
Structural engineering company recognized by Tonawandas Chamber of Commerce
Wed, Nov 27th 2019 05:00 pm
RAC Engineering, P.C. is a premier Structural Engineering firm founded in 2009 by Robert A. Curtis, PE. Curtis has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the construction and engineering industry. Unique to the industry, Curtis began his career in the field on construction sites experiencing the real time application of design initiatives.
Niagara Catholic sold to The Chapel
Thu, Nov 21st 2019 04:15 pm
The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on Thursday announced the former Niagara Catholic building was sold. NC was shuttered in 2018 due to a lack of funding.
5th annual 'Art Off The Wall' fundraiser to benefit Carnegie Art Center
Wed, Nov 13th 2019 09:30 pm
The fifth annual "Art Off The Wall" exhibition and fundraiser to benefit the Carnegie Art Center opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and will give visitors a unique opportunity to purchase original artwork. Local artists have donated works priced at $20 for the event.
'Everything NT Festival': From videos to festivals, all about NT
Fri, Nov 8th 2019 03:55 pm
The "Everything NT Festival" is in its second year to celebrate North Tonawanda in a special event. While the event lasts only three hours, it's packed full of good drinks, good food, an open bar, local vendors, and a basket raffle to benefit the Niagara SPCA.
Culinary arts students at Niagara Hospice's 'Day of Remembrance'
Fri, Nov 1st 2019 02:50 pm
Culinary arts students at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center recently lent a helping hand to Niagara Hospice. Teacher Bob Ihle and his students made and donated cookies to the Hospice House in Lockport for its "Day of Remembrance Celebration."
Local haunt to benefit Niagara SPCA
Fri, Oct 25th 2019 04:00 pm
Looking for a spooky event, not able to afford Frightworld and maybe want to give to a good cause, too? Look no further because this year; the 870 Lee Home Haunt in North Tonawanda has you covered.
Empower to honor 5 at annual luncheon
Tue, Oct 15th 2019 10:05 am
Empower, a not-for-profit organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will hold its fourth annual "Living the Values" Awards Luncheon at noon on Friday, Oct. 25, at Four Points by Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave. Tickets are $35, and may be reserved at 716-297-0798, ext. 120, or [email protected]
Out of Darkness works to end stigma, encourage communication
Fri, Oct 11th 2019 05:05 pm
The Out of Darkness Walk in Lockport will start with registration at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Walkers start at 1:30 p.m. and will journey one of two paths: one path on the south side following the Erie Canal for one mile and back, and the other on the north side following the canal for two miles and back. Participants will meet at the Lockport Locks Pavilion.
Sharks & rays coming to Aquarium of Niagara
Fri, Oct 4th 2019 03:35 pm
The Aquarium of Niagara has been ramping up its own piece of property to properly serve both locals and visitors alike. For the past few years, the aquarium has made big changes such as "Penguin Coast" in 2018 and "Aliens of the Sea" in 2019. On Sept. 27, it announced even more construction to create a new - interactive - habitat for some of nature's misunderstood children in the sea. It's called the "M&T Bank Shark & Ray Bay"
Classes offered at Kin Loch Farmstead
Fri, Sep 27th 2019 08:55 pm
Kin Loch Farmstead is a sprawling, 37-acre plot on which Alex and Ryan Plante cultivated 2,000 lavender plants in 2018 and traded some growing space to Fran DePalma of Heirloom Soul Flowers. Since that time, the farm has outperformed expectations, receiving over 1,000 visitors during the summer who picked the freshly blooming lavender plants, take classes and experience country life.
Gerald Tidd: Local vet keeps giving back
Fri, Sep 20th 2019 04:40 pm
The term "goodness" is a term that can make plenty of us uncomfortable. In short, we don't all do right, at least not all the time. No matter how hard we try, it's difficult to say, honestly, that we live up to that ideal.
Niagara SPCA to link business heads with big hearts
Fri, Sep 13th 2019 04:30 pm
The Niagara SPCA has a new program aimed at emptying its facilities. It seeks help from the community. Understandably, a lot of people can't help by adopting an animal, but the SPCA is hoping that community businesses and individuals would like to be the second best thing: the force behind finding each of these pets a home. It's called "Sponsor a Cage."
Fun, food & peace at Sunflowers of Sanborn
Fri, Sep 6th 2019 03:25 pm
Sunflowers, corn mazes, food trucks, and picnicking under apple trees. Sunflowers of Sanborn had all these things on Saturday during its Labor Day weekend event.
Elderwood supports LCA 'Blue Monday' series
Tue, Aug 27th 2019 03:15 pm
Lewiston Council on the Arts staffers Eva Nicklas and Tim Henderson recently presented Elderwood at Wheatfield Community Relations Coordinator Stacey Zahno and Elderwood Residencies Property Manager Tammy Ooft with an appreciation plaque for their generous sponsorship of the 2019 "Blue Monday" concert series.
Summer ends as festivals play to last note
Fri, Aug 23rd 2019 03:15 pm
Summer means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but traditionally it has always been a season to get out of the house and attend local events with the rest of the community. Nobody knows this more than right here in Niagara County, where municipalities often end up competing with one another to draw in curious visitors and longtime residents alike for their own take of summer fun.
Yellow Jack: Historically inspired music playing Oliver Street Art Festival
Fri, Aug 16th 2019 03:10 pm
For art and music lovers, Yellow Jack, a folk and Americana band, will be sharing the stage, playing the 3-3:45 p.m. slot for the Oliver Street Arts Festival running noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, on Oliver Street between Robinson and Schenck streets in North Tonawanda.
Gooch presents donation to Gold Star Moms
Mon, Aug 12th 2019 09:35 am
On Thursday evening, Niagara County Legislator Jesse Gooch of Wheatfield presented a donation to a veterans military families support organization.
Thank you, readers
Thu, Aug 8th 2019 12:55 pm
It's with a bit of sadness, I am reporting to you that I will no longer be the Tribune editor as of Friday. Sometimes in life, big opportunities come your way, and, although you might not want to leave something you've built, you must take leaps of faith. And that's what I'm doing. 
 

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