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Cordish Companies Donate Rainbow Centre and Neighboring Parcel to NCCC Foundation

SANBORN, N.Y. — Niagara County Community College Foundation Chairperson Deborah Brewer announced tonight at the NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala that the Cordish Companies is donating the downtown Niagara Falls Rainbow Centre as well as the parcel of land at the corner of Rainbow Boulevard and Old Falls Street to the College’s Foundation. The gift is the largest in the twenty-three year history of the NCCC Foundation and believed to be the largest ever given to a SUNY Community College. 

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of David Cordish and the Cordish Group in the awarding of the Rainbow Centre and the neighboring lot to the NCCC Foundation,” said Foundation Chairperson Deborah Brewer. “This is the largest single donation ever made to our Foundation and I cannot overstate the significance of the impact a donation such as this has on all our board members who work tirelessly to raise funds for student scholarships.” 

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Experience Holiday Magic at the Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees presents a magical wonderland for all of Western New York to enjoy with decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo 14202 from November 19- December 3. 

Sponsored by CGF Anesthesiology, Mark IV Industries Foundation and TOPS Friendly Markets, the Festival of Trees is Western New York’s premier holiday event, featuring decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts.

Niagara University Invites Prospective Students to Fall Open House

Niagara University is pleased to announce that its annual Open House for prospective students and their families will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Open House is an excellent opportunity for prospective students and their families to take guided tours of the university and attend presentations on admissions and academic policies, as well as to speak with Niagara faculty and staff about financial aid and course offerings.

Attendees are encouraged to park in the Castellani and Dwyer parking lots and register on the lower level of the Gallagher Center.

For more information, please contact Niagara University’s Admissions Office at 716-286-8710 or admissions@niagara.edu.

International Railway Development Project Aided By Federal Grant

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Mayor Paul Dyster is calling the $16.5 million grant coming from Washington, DC the missing link to a $44-million project.

The grant will push the new Niagara Falls International Railway Station, and Historic Customs House another step forward toward becoming a reality.

For years now Niagara Falls City leaders have been working to revitalize the city, especially in areas where investments are few and far between.

Saturday we spoked with Mayor Paul Dyster about this new boost in federal stimulus money. We asked him if taxpayers can actually expect to see the completion of a new Railway Station and renovated Customs House. Plus what, if any, impact the two will have on the local economy.

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Haunted Old Fort Niagara

FORT NIAGARA, N.Y. -  A number of television shows have come to Western New York recently to explore our haunted treasures.

The Sy Fy Channel will broadcast live from Buffalo's Central Terminal on Halloween.  The Discovery Channel was at Old Fort Niagara, and will air what they found on the October 21st. episode of Ghost Lab.  

Photojournalist Dooley O'Rourke went up there to see what they found. Click on the video player to the right to watch.

Students Dress Down for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls, St. Dominic Savio Middle School Campus students dressed in pink on October 13, 2010 in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Students enjoyed showing their support with pink shirts, pants, skirts and even fuzzy pink slippers!  All donations received from the dress down day went to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 

Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls students participate in many charitable works and community mission projects throughout the school year including donations of goods and monies to charities that assist areas ravaged by natural disaster and donations to Ronald McDonald House.  Students also complete service hours as part of their curriculum. 

Nine Olympic and X-Game Athletes Come to Buffalo-Niagara

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Snow Ski and Board, in a joint venture with local ski resorts, is bringing nine of the world’s top extreme athletes to Buffalo/Niagara. Athletes will be signing autographs and spending time with fans at the Ski Company’s first annual Buffalo/Niagara Sale, October 22 – 23, at the Conference Center Niagara Falls.   

Meet the following extreme athletes at the Conference Center:

Tommy Moe – Skier, 1994 Olympic Downhill Gold and Super-G Silver, age: 40

Tucker Perkins – Skier, 2010 National Halfpipe Champion, age: 20

Jed Anderson – Snowboarder, First Place Canadian Open Halfpipe, age: 18

Lucas Magoon – Snowboarder, Pro Park Rider, age: 21

Andrew Weibrecht – Skier, 2010 Olympic Super-G Bronze, age: 24

Jeff Annetts – Skier, Pro Big Mountain Skier, age: 32

Chris Grenier – Snowboarder, Pro Park Rider, age: 23

Tim Humphreys – Snowboarder, Pro Park Rider, age: 22