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Obituary: Robert W. Pickel Sr.
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 02:00 pm
Robert W. Pickel Sr., age 84, of Grand Island, died peacefully on Jan. 7, 2021.
Obituary: Phyllis Ann (nee Handley) Pierce
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 02:00 pm
Phyllis Ann (nee Handley) Pierce, age 84 of Grand Island, passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2021, from COVID-19.
Remedy Drive unveils 'Imago Amor'
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 12:55 pm
"Imago Amor," the 13th full-length recording - and first in three years - by chart-topping modern rockers Remedy Drive, releases Jan. 29. "Imago Amor" ("the image of love") follows 2014's "Commodity" and 2018's "The North Star" as the third volume in a trilogy designed to shine light on slavery and to amplify the voices of those impacted by human trafficking and injustice.
Josh Groban announces 'Harmony Deluxe'; releasing new song 'Angels'
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 12:50 pm
Josh Groban will bring fans "Harmony Deluxe" on Feb. 26 via Reprise Records. The brand-new, deluxe edition is an expansion of his ninth studio album, "Harmony," which was released in late 2020.
'Live with Kelly and Ryan' commemorates another year gone by with 'Live's Viewers' Choice Show'
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 12:40 pm
Hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest pay tribute to a year like no other with the return of "Live's Viewers' Choice Show" on Jan. 22, with Ripa and Seacrest looking back on the 2020 highlights of the show as voted on by "Live" viewers.
NFL PLAY 60's exercise library keeps kids active as COVID-19 cases continue to spike
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 12:40 pm
Today, the American Heart Association, the world's leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, and the National Football League, in collaboration with the Buffalo Bills, debuted the first NFL PLAY 60 library, which features kid-friendly exercises to help kids to get their recommended 60-minutes of daily physical activity.
Golf in NT
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 12:40 pm
The North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation, Parks & Seniors is are accepting in-office appointments for golf ID/pass registrations for Deerwood Golf Course. Customers can book an appointment online at or by calling 716-695-8520.
Lewiston Dance Center celebrates Bills win against Indianapolis
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 12:40 pm
Lewiston Dance Center exudes team spirit. The studio shared its excitement for a Buffalo win during recent class time. The dance studio was a sea of red and blue as dancers came to class Saturday clad in their jerseys and other Bills gear.
Deskside with David: Low-risk HS sports ready to roll & local teams ready to dive forward after gutter of winter
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 11:45 am
Winter has dealt us a fair share of blows. The holiday season was sure different this year and, at certain times, it really didn't even feel like the "most wonderful time of the year."
UB to offer Indigenous health disparities course this spring
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:45 am
As the University at Buffalo seeks to expand its commitment to Indigenous studies, a new course being offered this spring in the School of Public Health and Health Professions aims to teach students about the health disparities Indigenous populations face.
Jacobs: Almost $100,000 in grant funding for firehouses
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:40 am
Congressman Chris Jacobs announced more than $96,000 in grant funding awarded to Western New York fire departments through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
State comments on vaccination site information
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:40 am
On Thursday, Marcy Stevens, general counsel for the Office of Information Technology services, issued this statement regarding the "unauthorized use of unpublished scheduling link for state vaccination sites":
NCDOH: First week of POD at Transit Drive-In Theatre successful due to planning & partnerships
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:35 am
The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) announces the first week of Point of Dispensing (POD) operations was a large success due to years of planning and valuable partnerships.
President-elect Joe Biden aims for 100 million vaccinations within his first 100 days
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 10:35 am
On Thursday night, President-elect Joe Biden spoke to the American people about his American Rescue Plan and Build Back Better Recovery Plan. He shared the following:
Greater Niagara Fishing Expo reschedules 2021 show in response to COVID-19
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 07:00 am
Organizers of the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, one of the largest pure-fishing shows in the Great Lakes, recently announced a rescheduling of the 2021 event at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls due to COVID-19.
NF Memorial experiencing difficulty with vaccine scheduling
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 03:40 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Center is experiencing difficulty with the online program used to schedule people from state priority groups "1A" and "1B" to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Niagara County police reform plan available for public review
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 03:40 pm
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh and Sheriff Michael Filicetti on Thursday announced the draft plan of Niagara County's police reform and reinvention collaborative is available online for public review.
Niagara County Department of Health, 211 partner to ensure access to COVID-19 POD preregistration
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 12:35 pm
The Niagara County Department of Health and 211 Western New York have established a formal partnership to ensure access to county point of dispensing COVID-19 preregistration access for those within limited or no access to the internet.
Erie County restaurants permitted to move back into 'yellow zone'
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:25 am
On Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Henry J. Nowak, J.S.C., granted a preliminary injunction against a New York State Department of Health order placing portions of Erie County into a micro-cluster action initiative "orange zone." He allowed the almost 100 applicants permission to operate under "yellow zone" restrictions "pursuant to the DOH's Interim COVID-19 Guidance."
Erie County to update hazard mitigation plan
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:10 am
Erie County is updating its hazard mitigation plan. The HMP documents Erie County's vulnerability to natural and manmade hazards along with county, city, town and village strategies to reduce that vulnerability.
NYS counties renew push for bipartisan aid
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 05:40 pm
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) on Wednesday called on the new Congress to pass a Coronavirus Stimulus Package that provides federal aid to state and local aid governments. NYSAC's call follows yesterday's announcement by incoming Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand supporting legislation that will assist New York and its local governments.
House votes to impeach Trump; Senate won't try case before inauguration
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 05:30 pm
The House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted H.Res. 24, impeaching President Donald Trump "for high crimes and misdemeanors" by a vote of 232-197. This comes in the wake of last week's mass descent on the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., interrupting the process to certify Joe Biden as Trump's successor.
Memorial to hold offsite vaccination clinics as state expands eligible list
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 04:45 pm
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will dispense COVID-19 vaccine to those who qualify at the Niagara Falls City School District Field House on the Niagara Falls High School campus. Although people must belong to an eligible priority group to be vaccinated, the state this week significantly expanded its list of those groups.
NCCC to begin spring semester with safety measures in place
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 03:35 pm
Niagara County Community College will begin the spring 2021 semester on Jan. 19 at both the Sanborn campus and Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Most classes will operate virtually through Feb. 1 while a limited number of SUNY approved high-contact labs will take place in-person throughout the semester.
Jacobs announces small business administration webinar
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 03:25 pm
Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, is announcing a webinar hosted by the Small Business Administration to discuss the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.
'OATES SONG FEST 7908' for FeedingAmerica
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 02:45 pm
John and Aimee Oates have partnered with, and Drive Entertainment Group to create and produce: "OATES SONG FEST 7908"
State vaccination sites now open; none in WNY yet
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 02:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the first three state-run vaccination sites are now open and vaccinating eligible New Yorkers against the COVID-19 virus. The sites - the Jacob K. Javits Center, Westchester County Center and New York State Fair Expo Center - all opened Wednesday morning.
Cuomo highlights environmental concerns in day 3 of SOTS
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 02:20 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday delivered his 2021 State of the State address. The governor's 2021 agenda - "Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew" - features a suite of initiatives to not only begin reopening New York as the state continues its work to defeat the COVID-19 virus, but also becoming a leader and growing the green energy economy.
EPA publishes 2019 annual Toxics Release Inventory report & analysis
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 02:05 pm
On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 2019 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis, which shows that EPA and companies that manage chemicals continue to make progress in preventing pollution. The report shows continued toxic chemical reductions in Region 2 and that between 2018 and 2019 total releases of TRI chemicals nationwide decreased by 9%.
Buffalo Sabres, National Grid announce 'Teamwork for Safety' program
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 02:05 pm
The Buffalo Sabres are partnering with National Grid this season to support local first responders with the "Teamwork for Safety" program. For every team assist the Sabres register this season, National Grid will be donating $25 to the 100 Club of Buffalo. The donations will provide support for members of local law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services and their families.
DiNapoli: School district tax levy cap below 2% for second straight year
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 01:50 pm
Property tax levy growth for school districts will be capped at 1.23%, down from 1.81% last year, according to data released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
North American debut of 'Baba Yaga' with Jennifer Hudson, Daisy Ridley, Eric Darnell & Glen Keane
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 01:40 pm
On Tuesday, Baobab Studios celebrated the North American premiere of its latest immersive VR experience, "Baba Yaga," with a first-ever, live, virtual reality red carpet event hosted by Baobab and the Tribeca Film Festival.
'Punky Power' returns with all-new 'Punky Brewster' series premiering Feb. 25 on Peacock
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 12:10 pm
The new and anticipated "Punky Brewster" series will premiere on Peacock on Thursday, Feb. 25. All 10 episodes will drop at once.
NBC orders new comedies 'Grand Crew,' 'American Auto' & drama 'La Brea'
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 12:10 pm
NBC is revving up its scripted programming output with three series orders from Universal Television - comedies "Grand Crew" and "American Auto," and drama "La Brea" for the 2021-22 season.
Monsters are coming to Ransomville Speedway
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 11:45 am
For the first time ever, the superstars of the Monster Truck Racing League are set to smash through the Ransomville Speedway on Aug. 14.
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo 2021 scholarship process is open
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 11:45 am
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo scholarship application process for the 2021-22 academic year is now open. Applications are due by May 1, and must be submitted online.
1.1 million PPP loans forgiven so far, totaling over $100 billion
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 11:45 am
The U.S. Small Business Administration has already forgiven more than 1.1 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for more than $100 billion, providing what it called an "extraordinary amount of critical relief to America's small businesses just three months since the earliest PPP borrowers' covered periods ended."
'Powerful pop' amplifies Joel Vaughn's 'Louder Than The Lies'
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 10:30 am
"Louder Than The Lies," the latest full-length release from acclaimed singer/songwriter and Christian radio hitmaker Joel Vaughn, will be available Jan. 29 from DREAM Records. "Chronicling his personal journey from self-doubt and depression to liberation in Christ," Vaughn co-wrote each of the album's 12-tracks and co-produced the project along with Brent Milligan (Steven Curtis Chapman, Tauren Wells), Micah Kuiper (TobyMac, Jeremy Camp), Christian Hale and David Thulin, among others.
Higgins, Jacobs disagree on effort to remove Trump
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 10:10 am
Rather, Pence said this should be a "time to heal" as Joe Biden prepares to be sworn-in as the next president.
Sal Maglie's legend lives on in new barbershop, 'The Barber' Co.
Wed, Jan 13th 2021 09:40 am
Baseball legend and local hometown hero Sal "The Barber" Maglie's legend lives on as his great-great-nephew, Paolo Beilman, opens a new barbershop in his honor. "The Barber" Co. located at 2301 Pine Ave., in Niagara Falls, is the newest addition to "Little Italy."

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