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Mom Files Grievance After Son is Cut from Football Team


SANBORN, NY - Thirteen boys who tried out for the Niagara Wheatfield junior varsity football team this year did not make the cut. That isn't sitting well with at least one mom.

The mother of one of the freshmen at the high school filed a grievance with the district when her son did not make the team. She claims there wasn't a level playing field for her son, who has Asperger's Syndrome.

"Nobody felt that there was any basis, I guess, for my concern. I was just a disgruntled mom with a heartbroken kid," says Gidget Cannon.

The Niagara Wheatfield freshman was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, when he was six.

"They say that when you meet a person with Asperger's, you met one person with Asperger's. You don't know Asperger's because Asperger's is different for everyone," says Gidget.

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Niagara University Unveils ‘Niagara Global Tourism Institute’

Niagara University Unveils ‘Niagara Global Tourism Institute’

A Niagara University-led initiative to transform the regional tourism industry is officially underway.

A grand opening of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute was held today in the institute’s headquarters, which are housed in the historic Power City Building, at the corner of 3rd and Old Falls streets in the heart of the downtown tourism district in Niagara Falls.

Good Neighbors: Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue


LEWISTON, NY- If you're thinking about getting a dog, you probably think of going to a pet store, or a breeder, or maybe a shelter. There are great animal rescue organizations out there too. Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue, which has saved hundreds of dogs, is this week's Good Neighbor.

Janine and Eric and 9-year-old Samantha finally feel like their family is complete now that this summer they adopted 2-year-old Charmer and 5-month-old Bear.

"All dogs are great but rescues are the best. I think rescues know that you saved them," said Janine.

Bear and Charmer were saved by a group of dedicated volunteers from Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue.

"Our mission is to help abandoned, homeless animals find homes," said Kathy Nowakowski, Heart of Niagara Managing Director:

Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

 

Would it shock you to know that nearly 20 percent of the rural population of Western New York lives in poverty? 

It not a surprise to Frank Cerny, executive director of the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) and pastor of Pathways Christian Fellowship in South Wales. That’s because Pastor Cerny and the staff and volunteers at the ROC work every day to offer free medical care for the uninsured, home appliances and furniture for those without the means to pay for such “luxury” items, a Weekend Snack Pack program for students who may not receive a nutritious meal at home, and much more. They also supply the basic necessities of life — such as toiletries — to those who often do without.

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Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Announces New Adopt-a-House Initiative

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Announces New Adopt-a-House Initiative

 

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is proud to unveil its latest development campaign, the Adopt-a-House Program. 

On Sept. 16, BNHV and the Amherst Women’s Interclub Council unveiled many updates that were made to one of the museum’s 11 historic buildings located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. These updates were made with funds raised at the Interclub Council’s annual fundraising luncheon and raffle. 

Comicon to Invade Ontario’s Forest City

Comicon to Invade Ontario’s Forest City

 

Uniquely billed as “a celebration of nerd culture like no other,” Forest City Comicon is beaming into nearby London, Ontario this October! The event will feature costumes, vendors, panels, board games, video game tournaments and lots of sci-fi fun!

Comicon will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in London’s 14,000-square-foot Centennial Hall, located at 550 Wellington St. Admission is $15.

Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States

Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States

 

Each year in the United States we celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This is a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. We celebrate each year on Sept. 17, as this was the day the Founding Fathers signed the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. 

The origin of this day is said to date back to 1911 when several Iowa schools first celebrated Constitution Day. Constitution Day received its first national recognition with help from a committee known as “The Sons of the American Revolution,” formed to promote the Constitution. The committee included well-known figures such as Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller and General John Pershing.