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Opinions Differ About Niagara Falls Water Board


NIAGARA FALLS, NY - After a winter of water outages across Niagara Falls, the City Council is considering dissolving the water board to retake control of its water and sewer services.

The proposal, however, isn't sitting well with everyone.

The idea was first brought up two weeks ago, but the water board chairman said Monday that the city hasn't contacted the board about any of this. The water board chairman also says disbanding the water board would cause considerable rate hikes and financial burdens for taxpayers.

Councilman Charles Walker says both sides need to sit down and talk.

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Vandals hit playground in Niagara County


LEWISTON, N.Y. - Police in Lewiston are asking the public for help in finding the vandals who damaged a playground.

The graffiti was found on a playground in Sanborn and on a building on Niagara Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lewiston Police at (716) 754-8477.

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital celebrates Stroke Month in May

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital celebrates Stroke Month in May

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, home of Niagara’s Designated Stroke Center, is celebrating Stroke Awareness Month in May with a series of health related events. 

Activities began on May 5 with a presentation by Neurologist Dr. Gregory Sambuchi, head of the Mount St. Mary’s Stroke Team, at the Town of Niagara Senior Center.  The presentation will take place at 12:30 p.m. and is titled, “Stroke Awareness and Risk Factors.” From May 11-15 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Stroke Awareness Week will take place at the hospital and include displays for Stroke Risk, Wellness and Blood Pressure, Exercise and Body Fat, Stroke Rehabilitation, Diabetes and Nutrition, and Smoking Cessation.

Chopper rescues two from Niagara Gorge


LEWISTON, N.Y. -A daring rescue took place in the Niagara Gorge Wednesday after two fishermen found themselves trapped by rising water.

The men called for help around 12:15 p.m. after they got stranded on a rock near the whirlpool as the water rose around them. They were rescued by a helicopter that hovered close to the rock.

Both men were treated for minor injuries.


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WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $59,600 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

WNY Land Conservancy Awarded $59,600 from Conservation Partnership Program Grants

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state on April 20. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Land Trust Alliance unveiled the grantees at an event at Teatown Lake Reservation in Westchester County. 

Annual St. Francis Guild BBQ to benefit Mount St. Mary's Hospital

Annual St. Francis Guild BBQ to benefit Mount St. Mary's Hospital

The terrific smell of barbecue chicken, ribs and pulled pork will be in the air at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital on Friday, May 1 from 3 - 6 p.m. for the St. Francis Guild’s 17th Annual Chicken & Ribs Barbecue.  The food will be cooked by Krolick’s and all of the proceeds benefit the hospital.

“This is such a fun event, with the drive through service for an easy Friday night supper, all to benefit our community’s health care. We are thankful for the wonderful support,” said Marie Chiarenza, president of the St. Francis Guild.

Last year more than 300 dinners were sold. Those picking up or purchasing dinners can drive to the traffic circle on the north side of the hospital for service.  The dinners include chicken, ribs, or pulled pork, two sides, and a roll.  Drive-through service is available from the hospital’s North (outpatient) Lobby. 

Wheatfield couple shot by son in critical condition


WHEATFIELD, NY - The Sheriff of Niagara County has identified the Deputy who is lauded for acting fast to protect a neighborhood when a gunman started firing at him after shooting his parents. Deputy Joe Tortorella is a 10-year veteran of the department.

Deputy Tortorella, 43, was wearing a protective vest which allowed him to escape serious injury during a shootout with Duane Bores Jr. The 25-year old gunman died.

The Sheriff says Bores shot his parents, Duane Sr. and Cynthia. They remain in critical condition at ECMC.

Bores Jr. enlisted in the New York Air National Guard 107 Airlift Wing in 2009. Officials say he was at the end of his six-year enlistment as Senior Airman. He was deployed for several months in 2012 for non-combat action in southwest Asia.

It appears he was following in the footsteps of his father who retired from the 107 Airlift Wing. He was a supervisor for aircraft maintenance.