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Higgins: No more extensions; calls for expanded border crossings by Memorial Day & fully open by July
Fri, May 14th 2021 12:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins says new public health guidance confirms the border between the U.S. and Canada can safely reopen. The congressman, who serves as co-chair of the northern border caucus and the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, is pressing the White House to end the orders banning nonessential travel. Orders have been issued monthly for over a year.
Aquarium of Niagara welcomes new octopus, hosts naming contest
Fri, May 14th 2021 12:15 pm
The Aquarium of Niagara is pleased to announce the addition of a female Pacific red octopus to its animal collection.
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.
DEC, EPA: Construction underway in Niagara River habitat improvement project
Fri, May 14th 2021 12:15 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) announced work is underway on $2.2 million in habitat improvements at the Spicer Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on the Niagara River.
Wheatfield Seniors announce 2021 trips; activity schedule
Fri, May 14th 2021 11:40 am
Wheatfield Seniors are open again and have announced its upcoming slate of planned trips:
Grand Island's Fantasy Island may rise again
Fri, May 14th 2021 11:40 am
Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney has confirmed reports Fantasy Island - closed since February 2020 - is the subject of negotiations designed to reopen the park under new management.
Lewiston Tops adding a Starbucks; now featuring Boar's Head - 'Cadillac of lunchmeats'
Fri, May 14th 2021 11:25 am
Since 1964, DiMino's Lewiston Tops has been the River Region's go-to source for groceries and everything chefs need for home-cooked meals. This fall, it will become the go-to place for America's No. 1 coffee company: Starbucks.
YBPA awarded 2021 Mayne Community Enhancement funding
Fri, May 14th 2021 11:00 am
As COVID-19 slowly drifts into history, the Youngstown Business and Professional Association has set its eyes for the future.
Alder Creek Music Store to close
Fri, May 14th 2021 11:00 am
Behind every band and performer, there have been specialists like Steve Wingrove of Alder Creek Music (2880 Niagara Falls Blvd.) helping to make the instruments last at least as long as their owners.
Goo Goo Dolls announce 'Rarities,' new compilation of rare & never-before-heard songs (95-07)
Fri, May 14th 2021 08:30 am
On Friday, Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum-selling band Goo Goo Dolls announced "Rarities," a brand-new compilation album arriving in digital, vinyl and CD formats Friday, June 25, via Warner Records.
Big-ticket concerts returning to Artpark
Fri, May 14th 2021 07:50 am
Artpark & Company made two concert announcements this week, signaling a return of its popular "Tuesdays in the Park" and "Coors Light" concert series. Fitz and the Tantrums and Blackberry Smoke are slated to perform this summer at the South Fourth Street venue in Lewiston.
Taste of Buffalo receives approval to host in-person festival July 10-11
Fri, May 14th 2021 07:30 am
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops on Thursday announced it has received all necessary approvals from local and state agencies to hold an in-person festival on July 10-11 that accommodates expected COVID-19 health protocols in place at that time.
BBB, Toronto Blue Jays, Buffalo Bisons & Erie County District Attorney's office warn of possible ticket scams ahead of sales
Fri, May 14th 2021 07:30 am
The Toronto Blue Jays are headed to Buffalo to play regular-season home games at Sahlen Field, home of the Buffalo Bisons. Unlike last year, fans will be allowed to attend, but capacity is limited because of New York state restrictions.
Dispatch awards survey contest prize
Fri, May 14th 2021 07:00 am
In conjunction with the Islandwide edition of the Island Dispatch, Niagara Frontier Publications asked for reader feedback. As an incentive, a prize would be given to one survey participant, as determined by a draw.
Restaino announces start of attorney general's 'Cities RISE' loan program
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:55 pm
Mayor Robert Restaino announced the kick-off for the New York state attorney general's "Cities RISE' loan program in the City of Niagara Falls.
Buffalo Zoo calls on Western New York to help name new African lion cubs
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:55 pm
The Buffalo Zoo's two African lion cubs - born to mother Lusaka and father Tiberius on March 7 - have been growing quickly the past two months - and now it's time to give them names.
'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.
Viewers invited to attend 'The Pioneer Woman: Ranch Wedding'
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:50 pm
Join the guest list to the fabulous frontier wedding as Ree Drummond's daughter, Alex, marries her college sweetheart, Mauricio Scott. Viewers will have a front-row seat to these dream nuptials, from all the planning and preparation for the spectacular big day, on a Food Network special premiering Saturday, June 26 (11 a.m. ET/PT), and also on discovery+.
Welcome to Lewiston, Revamped
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:30 pm
Revamped New York recently celebrated a ribbon-cutting with the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce. The new retail shop is located at 484 Center St., in the Village of Lewiston - in the former Sister and Brother shop next to Stuart Sports.
COVID-19 vaccines available at ECMC
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp., following guidance from the CDC and New York State Department of Health, is now administering the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 to 18 years old in its vaccine center. In addition, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also available in the ECMC vaccine center for the general public.
Global business leader Edward J. Brennan named chairman of Niagara University board of trustees
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Alumnus Edward J. Brennan, Class of 1978, a global business leader and humanitarian, was named chairman of the Niagara University board of trustees. The appointment was announced by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of the university.
National Grid joins coalition to increase EV charging across US
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
National Grid has just joined seven major utilities in the Electric Highway Coalition, which will enable more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations near highways across the U.S. With more charging stations, more drivers may adopt EVs and existing EV drivers can travel longer distances without range anxiety.
Made in America Store plans to 'Salute Our Heroes' on Armed Forces Day
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Mark Andol, founder and owner of Made in America Store and General Welding & Fabricating, announced the store's 11th anniversary celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, at the flagship location, 1000 W. Maple Court, Elma.
Cuomo signs legislation protecting New Yorkers' COVID-19 stimulus payments from debt collectors
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.5923-A/A.6617-A) protecting New Yorkers' COVID-19 stimulus payments from being garnished by debt collectors.
Erie County Department of Health will expand COVID-19 vaccination to youth ages 12-15
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health will begin providing COVID-19 vaccine to youth ages 12-15 at its scheduled Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinics. This follows the recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health, and their reviews of clinical trial data for safety and efficacy in that age group.
Higgins: $5.5 million for Niagara Falls Airport
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced more than $5.5 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation to support the final phase of construction on taxiway improvements at the Niagara Falls International Airport.
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:
DEC urges New York drivers to 'give turtles a brake'
Wed, May 12th 2021 07:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers that turtles are on the move in the months of May and June, and asked drivers to "give turtles a brake."
Niagara County Department of Health reports second rabid raccoon in Town of Newfane
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:55 pm
On May 11, the Niagara County Department of Health confirmed a rabid raccoon on Ewings Road, Town of Newfane. This is the second confirmed rabid raccoon in Newfane in the past 30 days. The Ewings Road resident killed the raccoon that had attacked his two dogs on May 8.
NYS: Legislation extending moratorium that prevents utility companies from disconnecting utilities
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.1453-B/A.6225-A) extending a moratorium that prevents utility companies from disconnecting utilities to residential households and small businesses that are struggling with their bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium is extended for a period of 180 days after the COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted, or 180 days after Dec. 31, whichever is earlier. Utility companies must instead offer these customers a deferred payment agreement without fees or penalties on any past-due balance.
Higgins: Nearly $1.4 million to boost home health care assistance for families in New York
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:55 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the New York State Department of Health will receive $1,398,324 in federal funding included in the American Rescue Plan to support home visiting services for at-risk children and families struggling under the pandemic.
Survey: 71% support targeted relief for hotel industry
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:55 pm
A recent national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows more than seven in 10 Americans (71%) support the federal government providing targeted economic relief to the hotel industry as called for in the Save Hotel Jobs Act. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), will provide a lifeline to hotel employees, providing up to three months of full payroll support.
Niagara County announces Mayne Fund awardees
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:55 pm
The Niagara County Center for Economic Development announced grant awards to business associations across Niagara County through the William G. Mayne, Jr. Business/Community Enhancement Fund. The Mayne Fund, established in 1998 to enhance and enrich the business climate and overall landscape in Niagara County's communities, is made possible through the efforts of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the Niagara County Legislature.
'Boom Days Buffalo' returns May 15
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:30 pm
"Boom Days Buffalo," an annual celebration of spring marking the removal of the ice boom, is happening from 3:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Silo City in Buffalo. The full list of events, times and locations can be found at All events are free and open to all, with all COVID-19 protocols being followed. The full event will also be streamed live on the "Boom Days Buffalo" Facebook page.
Backyard BBQ'rs pitted against each other for a chance to win custom outdoor kitchen on new competition series 'Grill of Victory'
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:30 pm
For some backyard grilling is a lifestyle. On the new Food Network competition series "Grill of Victory," hardcore home cooks with a passion for barbecue go head-to-head to prove their talents for the chance to win the ultimate backyard kitchen of their dreams.
'Hymn Of Heaven,' new LP from Phil Wickham, set to release June 25
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:30 pm
On June 25, Phil Wickham will release his eighth album, "Hymn Of Heaven" (Fair Trade Services). Encompassing 13 songs, including his multiple-week No. 1 hit "Battle Belongs," the anticipated project is the follow-up to his 2018 release "Living Hope," which features the RIAA Gold-certified single of the same name, also a GMA Dove Award for "Worship Recorded Song of the Year."
Bryan & Michael Voltaggio bring sibling rivalry into kitchen on all-new discovery+ series 'Battle of the Brothers'
Wed, May 12th 2021 06:25 pm
Brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio started cooking at a young age - and thanks to great mentors - worked their way up the ranks in the restaurant industry. As successful restaurateurs, their secret is they are each other's greatest competition and inspiration.
Sahlen Field to host an additional 2,000 spectators for Blue Jays Games through fully vaccinated fan seating
Wed, May 12th 2021 05:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that, beginning June 1, Sahlen Field will have a fully vaccinated fan section for the return of the Blue Jays to Buffalo for the remainder of their Major League Baseball season. Approximately 50% of the stadium's available seating will be used for fully vaccinated fans.
Cuomo: Beaches and pools to operate with 6-foot social distancing
Wed, May 12th 2021 05:55 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced beaches and pools will operate with 6-foot social distancing in anticipation of Memorial Day. New York state's goal is to reopen them to 100% capacity by July 4.

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