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Diversity Visa Program Registration Now Open

Diversity Visa Program Registration Now Open

 

Each year, the Department of State allows 50,000 immigrant visas to become available through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, a lottery program catered to foreign nationals from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. One can apply for a Diversity Visa electronically during an annual registration period. The 2016 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2016) registration period opened Oct. 1, 2014, and closes on Nov. 3, 2014. Beginning in May 2015, winners will be randomly selected through a computer-generated program. There is no cost to register for the lottery.

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NATIONAL GRID PROVIDES $135,000 IN FUNDING FOR WEBSTER ST. REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN NORTH TONAWANDA

NATIONAL GRID PROVIDES $135,000 IN FUNDING FOR WEBSTER ST. REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN NORTH TONAWANDA

NORTH TONAWANDA, NY – The historic Riviera Theatre, a longtime regional attraction with 100,000 visitors annually, is now eligible for $89,000 from National Grid’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program for the demolition and clean-up of a former 7,700 square foot building located behind the theatre.  A new 100-seat events center will be constructed on the demolition site and is part of an overall $6 million expansion of the Riviera Theatre in downtown North Tonawanda.

Christmas in the Country Returns to Fairgrounds with New ‘Return Pass’ Offer

Christmas in the Country Returns to Fairgrounds with New ‘Return Pass’ Offer

 

A favorite Western New York tradition, the Christmas in the Country Holiday Artisan Market will celebrate its 30th season when it returns to the Hamburg Fairgrounds Nov. 6-9. And for the first time in its storied history, Christmas in the Country will offer complimentary return passes so patrons can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of this one-of-a-kind shopping experience all weekend long!  

“We have always felt our patrons needed more than just one day to properly enjoy this event,” said Daniel Kaczynski of Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “Now everyone has the opportunity to come back as much as they would like at no additional cost.”

Fire damages Boyer's Tavern


HARTLAND, NY-- An early morning fire seriously damaged Boyer's Tavern Thursday.

Firefighters were called to 8757 Ridge Road in Hartland just before 3 a.m.

The building suffered heavy fire, smoke and water damage. There's no word yet on what caused the fire, but investigators say the fire does not appear suspicious.

A resident in a home next door to the tavern was evacuated by a Middleport Police officer as a precaution.

No injuries were reported.


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Pickles, Tea and Brunch on the Event Menu at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Pickles, Tea and Brunch on the Event Menu at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

 

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village has plenty of fun family activities planned during the month of November, from a celebration of National Pickle Day to a rare look inside the museum’s state-of-the-art collections storage building!

Heritage Village relies on the hard work and dedication of many volunteers, and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 15, will host a Volunteer Brunch for all those who have volunteered at the facility over the past year. Volunteers are asked to contact Heritage Village for more information.

New bench honoring fallen Lockport soldier replaces destroyed one


In August, community members discovered a memorial bench, honoring a fallen soldier on Locust Street, had been vandalized.

Specialist Albert Jex's mother, Cathy MacFarlane, was devastated that someone would do this.

Jex was killed in Iraq in 2009 from an IED explosion.

A local company, Orleans Monument, said it would be too tough to put the heavy $2,100 granite bench back together, so they offered to build a new one honoring the Lockport native for free.

Tuesday morning, the new bench was installed at Children's Memorial Park on Transit and Lincoln. MacFarlane thinks it's a fitting location because it's very visible and will enjoy use in a better location than where it previously was.

There are still no leads regarding who vandalized the original bench in the first place.


Lockport Police Lieutenant Pleads Not Guilty to DWI


NEWFANE, NY - A Lockport police lieutenant left a Newfane courtroom Tuesday night, after answering charges that he was allegedly driving drunk this weekend and smashed into a parked car.

Lieutenant Adam Piedmont pleaded not guilty to those charges Tuesday.

"Just the whole back end of it was in the front seat, my back seat was in my front seat," said Christina Dorato, who says that Piedmont smashed into her car.

Around 4 a.m. Sunday, Dorato says she was home.

"He hit my car very hard, he was going very fast," Dorato said.