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Erie County DA's office hosts student debate at courthouse
Fri, May 3rd 2019 08:20 pm
The Erie County District Attorney's Office hosted dozens of Buffalo Public School students, teachers and coaches for a series of debates at Erie County Court in downtown Buffalo.
Niagara County Legislature: Marijuana ad hoc committee holds first meeting
Fri, May 3rd 2019 08:20 pm
The newly appointed Niagara County Legislature marijuana ad hoc committee held its first meeting Tuesday to examine the local impact of impending marijuana legalization in New York state.
DEC declares May 5-11 Compost Awareness Week in New York
Fri, May 3rd 2019 08:20 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced New York State Compost Awareness Week is May 5-11. The goal, a press release stated, is "to bring attention to the environmental benefits of composting, and celebrate the significant victory in the 2019-20 state budget to establish a new food waste program that maximizes the donation of unused food; expands the availability of composting; and diverts food waste from landfills."
'I Love My Park Day' celebrates New York's state parks, historic sites & public lands
Fri, May 3rd 2019 08:15 pm
More than 140 New York state parks, historic sites and public lands and national parks are set to host volunteer events today as part of the eighth annual "I Love My Park Day." The popular statewide event improves and enhances New York's outdoor spaces, while bringing visibility to the entire state park system and its needs.
Maid of the Mist: ABB powers tourists to Niagara Falls with first US-built all-electric vessels
Fri, May 3rd 2019 08:15 pm
Visitors to the iconic Niagara Falls will soon be able to experience one of the U.S.'s top landmarks emission-free. Two new Maid of the Mist passenger vessels will be powered entirely by high-capacity battery packs, becoming the first all-electric vessels ever built in the U.S.
Maid of the Mist leads way with first all-electric vessels built in US
Fri, May 3rd 2019 08:15 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced the Maid of the Mist, which has been navigating the waters of the Lower Niagara River since 1846, is preparing to launch the first two, new, all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels constructed in the U.S.
Rain & wet grounds put a damper on opening night at Ransomville Speedway
Fri, May 3rd 2019 07:25 pm
Ransomville Speedway officials cancel Friday's opening night event after early-morning rains soaked the already-saturated speedway grounds.
ABC banking on big bucks and no Whammys this summer, as Elizabeth Banks hosts return of 'Press Your Luck'
Fri, May 3rd 2019 07:05 am
ABC Entertainment and Fremantle announced Thursday that multihyphenate star Elizabeth Banks can now add game show host to her acting, directing and producing credits. Banks is set to host the return of "Press Your Luck," a game of wits, strategy and even higher stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish Whammy for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes. "Press Your Luck" premieres Wednesday, June 12 (8 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
Downtown Buffalo: ECHDC presents preferred vision for Outer Harbor to public
Fri, May 3rd 2019 07:05 am
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. on Thursday held its third and final Buffalo Outer Harbor access and activation project open house where the preferred vision for the Outer Harbor was presented to the public.
Little Big Town will host this year's CMT Music Awards
Fri, May 3rd 2019 07:05 am
The members of Little Big Town - Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook - return as hosts for this year's CMT Music Awards.
Niagara Falls exterior home renovation program announced
Fri, May 3rd 2019 07:00 am
The Niagara Falls Community Development Department (NFCD) is announcing an exterior renovation program based on the participatory budgeting process.
Ortt, colleagues, experts hold agriculture roundtable
Fri, May 3rd 2019 07:00 am
On Thursday evening, Republican New York State Sen. Rob Ortt hosted an agriculture roundtable in Batavia for colleagues, industry experts and residents from across Western New York.
Buffalo historian Susan Eck presents 'Niagara Square: 200 Years of Movers and Shakers'
Fri, May 3rd 2019 07:00 am
Susan Eck will present her program, "Niagara Square: 200 Years of Movers and Shakers," at The Niagara History Center at 2 pm. Thursday, May 23.
First Niagara Falls CNA class graduates from O/N BOCES
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:35 pm
The first adult education certified nursing assistant class graduated from the new Orleans/Niagara BOCES building in Niagara Falls. 
Jacobs sponsors legislation to improve Holocaust education
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:30 pm
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Week by announcing he has introduced legislation (S5431) that will strengthen and renew New York state's commitment to educate citizens about the Holocaust. The senator said passage of the bill would address a pressing need for better Holocaust education in schools.
New York State Parks announces 'New York State Connect Kids to Parks' program welcomes 200,000th public school student
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:25 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the New York State Connect Kids to Parks" field trip grant program has welcomed 200,000 New York state public school students since the program began in 2016.
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to visit Buffalo
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:25 pm
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States will visit Buffalo on Aug. 26. Justice Ginsberg will be hosted by the University at Buffalo School of Law, the Bar Association of Erie County, the Western New York Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, and the Minority Bar Association of Western New York.
AFL/CIO labor unions join hands in memory of members of labor who gave lives to job
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:25 pm
The 28th annual Workers Memorial Day will be observed Saturday, May 11, with the public, friends and families invited to attend a spiritual and memorial program at the Workers Memorial Monument, 5755 Reservoir Park.
Falcons girls lax setting high goals in '19
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:25 pm
After falling last season in the Section VI Class B semifinals to rival Hamburg and losing top scorer Erin Wegrzyn, some wondered what expectations the Niagara-Wheatfield Falcons girls lacrosse team would have in 2019.
N-WHS hosting 'Race for Hope' track meet
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:20 pm
The Falcons track team, along with the squad from Kenmore West, will host a "Race for Hope" track meet at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at Terry Harvey Field on the N-WHS campus. 
54th annual Hewitt Awards to be presented May 5
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:20 pm
Eighteen student scholar-athletes representing nine area high schools will be honored at the 54th annual Thomas E. Hewitt Sports Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at Antonio's Banquet Center at 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Niagara Falls.
Historical Society of The Tonawandas returns to Crystal Beach
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:15 pm
On Wednesday, May 8 one can return to Crystal Beach Park with Rose Ann Hirsch, amusement park historian and author, who will do a presentation on Crystal Beach Park. At 7 p.m. the presentation will take place in the Community Room of Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara St.  All are welcome.
Princess Tea Party at Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:10 pm
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., there will be a Princess Tea Party.
Pop-up boutique aims to provide affordable clothing to families in need at The Hope Center in NT
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:10 pm
Lumber City Church is inviting local families to a unique and personal shopping experience at The Hope Center. Their goal is to serve families living below the poverty line who struggle to attain adequate clothing and apparel for themselves and their children. They will be given an opportunity to shop in a dignified way from hundreds of brand-new and never used items at prices one can afford. 
North Tonawanda: Pappas announces 'Tree City USA' designation
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:10 pm
City of North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas recently announced the Arbor Day Foundation has once again named the City of North Tonawanda "2018 Tree City USA" in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters. 
Wheatfield Lions pancake breakfast a success
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:05 pm
The Town of Wheatfield Lions Club pancake breakfast at Five Senses Nature Park was deemed a success. Lion Justin Higner said it was impressive to see the effort and teamwork of so many of the members, both the day of (preparing, cooking, serving, etc.) and the day prior setting up. 
N-WHS National Honor Society event for Niagara Hospice
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:00 pm
The tradition of giving back at Niagara-Wheatfield High School continues on a daily basis. Come Saturday, the Falcons and the National Honor Society will host a basket auction and vendor sale to raise money for Niagara Hospice. 
NT hosts 'Canal Clean Sweep'
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:00 pm
Last Saturday, the City of North Tonawanda participated in the 14th "Canal Clean Sweep."
'Music Mania Mondays' makes 2019 return
Thu, May 2nd 2019 05:00 pm
The Town of Niagara announced its summer "Music Mania Mondays" concert series schedule on  Wednesday. The series runs each Monday night throughout the summer from June 10 through Aug. 19. 
Q&A: Tracy Spiridakos defies expectations on 'Chicago P.D.'
Thu, May 2nd 2019 03:35 pm
Tracy Spiridakos seemed like a great pickup and a worthy addition to the "Chicago P.D." team when it was announced she would join the hit NBC series in the 2017-18 season. But her casting also came with some questions - namely, would her character, Hailey Upton, serve as a replacement for the departing Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush)? If so, would she become a love interest for Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer)?
'Get Out' V.S. 'Us'
Thu, May 2nd 2019 01:35 pm
Jordan Peele debuted his first ever directorial movie "Get Out," on February 24, 2017 which had a budget of $4.5 million and made $255 million in the box office. "Get Out" was named one of the top ten movies of 2017 by Times Magazine and has won and been nominated for awards. For his first-time directing a movie, he did exceptionally well. Peele later wrote and directed another film, "Us," which was released on March 22, 2019 and had a budget of $20 million and made $249.6 million dollars so far in the box office.
Is college the only option?
Thu, May 2nd 2019 07:30 am
College is a financial and mental burden. How can you be sure college is for you?
Collins warns Senate majority, minority leaders lake shore counties contemplating states of emergency
Thu, May 2nd 2019 07:00 am
As Ontario Lake levels continue to rise, Congressman Chris Collins is warning that a new round of south shore flooding and erosion is likely with harsh spring weather. Collins has continually pointed to the International Join Commission (IJC) and its Plan 2014, which was approved at the close of the Obama administration, as the culprit for continued flood concerns.
Higgins welcomes next phase in waterfront public access enhancements
Wed, May 1st 2019 05:35 pm
In remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Brian Higgins credited a federal infrastructure investment, converting a crumbling, one-way Fuhrmann Boulevard into the Outer Harbor Parkway, with serving as a catalyst in Buffalo's waterfront build out. He said the progress that continues is transforming Buffalo's image and creating new economic opportunity.
'American Idol' finalists perform inspirational 'showstopper' songs
Wed, May 1st 2019 05:35 pm
The stakes are high as the remaining "American Idol" finalists sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America's vote and advancing to the next phase of the competition.
50-plus artists join forces to honor Michael W. Smith at Bridgestone Arena
Wed, May 1st 2019 05:35 pm
"35 Years Of Friends: Celebrating The Music Of Michael W. Smith" was packed with over three hours of performances from singers including Amy Grant, Wynonna, Randy Travis with Steven Curtis Chapman, Jordin Sparks with Jordan Smith, Rascal Flatts, The Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell, Charlie Daniels, the Gatlin Brothers, Vince Gill with Wayne Kirkpatrick, Matthew West, Avalon, The Oak Ridge Boys, CeCe Winans, Francesca Battistelli, Sandi Patty with Natalie Grant, Ricky Skaggs with the Isaacs, Jason Crabb, Lee Greenwood, Mark Lowry, Jim Brickman and T. Graham Brown on Tuesday.
Prom message: Disconnect and drive
Wed, May 1st 2019 05:35 pm
In an effort to keep teen drivers safe, Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns, AAA, the New York State Police and Tuxedo Junction have formed a unique partnership. When promgoers pick up tuxedos at Tuxedo Junction this year, they'll receive important information and cellphone wallets reminding them to keep their eyes on the road and not on their phones when driving.
Jonas Brothers book Buffalo concert date
Wed, May 1st 2019 05:15 pm
After building overwhelming anticipation, Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum powerhouse trio Jonas Brothers announced the details of their 40-city "Happiness Begins Tour" this summer and fall with special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. The announcement coincided with the launch of the pre-order for the band's comeback album, "Happiness Begins," as well as the launch of an official online merch store.
Marvel & Hulu expand partnership with new live-action series; teaser released for 'Veronica Mars'
Wed, May 1st 2019 05:15 pm
On Wednesday, during the Hulu '19 presentation at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, executives took the stage to reveal the company's continued rapid growth, announce original programming and exclusive talent deals that expand Hulu's content offering, and unveil new brand initiatives, advertising products and user experience enhancements that bolster its goal of becoming the No. 1 choice for TV, in and out of the home.
Deadline to apply for Erie County Fair Camp is May 6
Wed, May 1st 2019 05:15 pm
In 2009, the Erie County Agricultural Society inaugurated its award-winning Erie County Fair Camp program with the goal to stimulate an interest in agriculture, a passion for learning and foster a love of the Erie County Fair. In the 11 years of its existence, more than 350 children and their parents have slept overnight in a barn, assisted with farm chores, showed animals in a livestock competition and worked inside a fair food concession.

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