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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Man shot to death on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – A man was shot multiple times outside 3030 Highland Avenue Saturday around 1:45 a.m. He died a short time later in the hospital, Niagara Falls police are saying.

The victim is Fajri J. Hilson, 31, of Niagara Falls, NY. He was taken by a private vehicle to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center before police arrived on the scene.

Detectives investigating the homicide estimate that 50 to 100 people were in the vicinity when the shooting happened, but so far they haven't received much information to go on.

They're asking anyone who was a witness or has information about the crime to call them at (716) 286-4553 or (716) 286-4711.


Plan proposed to fix frozen water pipe issue in the Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - For the past few winters, 2 On Your Side has been reporting on the recurring problem of frozen water lines in the City of Niagara Falls. This past winter, the problem left dozens of families without water for months.

On Friday, Mayor Paul Dyster told us he's taking action that could solve the problem.

Winter's not that far away and a big concern for dozens of residents in the LaSalle neighborhood, specifically on 72nd Street, is whether they'll have another winter of frozen water pipes. Mayor Dyster has unveiled a plan to create a new water line along 72nd Street.