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Falls Water Project Will Cost More Than a Half-Million


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The project to replace water lines on 72nd Street -- where some residents have lived without water service at times during the past two winters -- will cost the city more than a half-million dollars, unless the state approves a grant to cover the funding.

The Niagara Falls City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday to vote on two items: 1. approval of $676,400 in funding for the project and 2. approval of an application for a state grant.

The grant could cover some or all of the city's costs, according to Council Chair Andrew Touma. In order for the state to award a grant, the city must prove it could theoretically pay the costs associated with the project without help.

The state requires the city to have funding in place by Friday.

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Armed Services Committee Member to Address National Security at Daemen Lecture

Armed Services Committee Member to Address National Security at Daemen Lecture

Congressman Chris Gibson of New York, an Iraq War veteran and member of the House Armed Services Committee, will discuss the Middle East and other national security issues at the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series event at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

In his lecture, Gibson will address national security policy issues facing the U.S. Congress and the nation. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested by emailing officeofthepresident@daemen.edu.

At age 17, Gibson enlisted in the New York National Guard and later earned an ROTC commission at Siena College. He went on to complete a 24-year Army career, rising to the rank of colonel and was deployed seven times, including four combat tours to Iraq, deployments to Kosovo and Haiti, and deployment to the U.S.-Mexico border region to participate in counterdrug operations.

Peach Festival expecting more than 30,000 people


LEWISTON, N.Y. -- The Niagara County Peach Festival is just around the corner and organizers announced the schedule of events for the festival on Wednesday.

The festival is being held on Sep. 11 – 13 at Academy Park.

The Niagara County Peach Festival is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston and will feature over 100 different attractions. The festival attracts 30,000 over the three-day event.

There are carnival rides, peach recipe competition, over 20 food vendors, Peach Queen Pageant, Peach Blossom and Peach Fuzz contests, a parade, cheerleading, a 5K run and more.

The Peach Festival has risen over $1 million for area charities and service organizations since 1958.

Vigil held for missing woman


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- A candlelight vigil was held Monday night for a woman who has been missing for over a month.

37-year-old, Amber Merrell, was last seen at her home in Cayuga Village on July 18. Her family says they had called her the day she went missing, and when she answered it sounded like someone had taken the phone from her and hung it up.

Close to 100 people attended the vigil on Monday.

Friends and family hope that someone will come forward with information.

If you know any information about Amber, you should contact the Town of Niagara Police.

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WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“The Land Conservancy’s accreditation demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” says Nancy Smith, executive director. “Many people have helped shape the organization over the past decades. Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through this rigorous accreditation program.”

Water Board Still Mum On Dyster Proposal


NIAGARA FALLS, NY – "I just hope they solve it this year," sighed Howard Reynolds, a 72nd Street resident who like many of his neighbors, has experienced problems with frozen pipes the past two winters, which left them without water for weeks on end.

Last Friday, Mayor Paul Dyster said the water mains beneath the street, buried at a depth half of what they normally should be, would be replaced by mid-November.

To save money, instead of ripping up the street that was replaced a few years ago, when a contractor warned of the problem but nothing was done about it, - new lines will be installed beneath the tree lawn—the area between the street and sidewalk.

I think they should just rip the street up, start from scratch, and do the right thing," said George Vacanti, another 72nd Street resident left high and dry in recent winters.

Lack of cooperation complicates NF homicide investigation


NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Niagara Falls Police Department Chief Bryan DalPorto tells 2 On Your Side that investigators have two promising leads in the shooting death of Fajri J. Hilson that happened early Saturday morning outside a bar on Highland Avenue.

He said police might even be able to put a suspect in custody -- if they had witness cooperation.

A memorial is in place near the scene of the shooting. Police say Hilson was shot multiple times. Two people who were there drove him to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center but medical personnel were unable to save him.

Family members told us on Sunday they're begging witnesses to come forward, and that's what police are saying, too.