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Where 2 Fish: Courtesy of Captain Terry Jones

Where 2 Fish:  Courtesy of Captain Terry Jones

First Class Bass Charters Lake Erie Fishing Report

  • Water temp: 48 degrees
  • Smallmouth bass action is heating up. Good bass being caught on Lake Erie. Lots of fish in the 4 lb. class, some over 6 lb.
  • The Hamburg shore line has been hot; depth 25 to 35 ft. has been producing well.
  • Dragging tube baits like Poors Boys 3 1/2 inch Mango Magic has been working well on a 3/8 oz. jig  head.
  • Perch fishing has been hit or miss.
  • Walleye fishing at night is picking up. Look for fish around the Woodlawn Bar and off from Hoaks Restaurant. Troll stick baits in 5 to 15 ft. of water.

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ART Community Dialog: The Voices of Western New York Artists

ART Community Dialog:  The Voices of Western New York Artists

In keeping with the mission statement of community support, American Repertory Theater of Western New York has created a website and Facebook Page dedicated to opening up online forums to discuss issues facing WNY Artists. This new Website Public Forum page is entitled "The Voices of Western New York Artists."

These public forums are designed for all members of WNY Cultural Groups, media, individual artists and anyone with an opinion that faces Artists in Western New York.

Those visiting The Voices of WNY Artists website and the Facebook page are encouraged to post opinions, offer links to blogs & websites, announce upcoming shows and, most importantly, utilize their voices for the sole purposes of creating dialog and being heard.

High Waters Delay Canal Opening

High Waters Delay Canal Opening

ALBANY, NY -- Heavy winter snowfalls and constant spring rains have contributed to significantly higher water levels that will delay the opening of some sections of the New York State Canal system, Director Brian U. Stratton announced today.

The New York State Canal Corporation is closely coordinating its efforts with state and local emergency managers and with other involved state agencies.

On Thursday, April 28, Stratton conducted field inspections along the Canal system in Central New York, the area most impacted by the high-water events. Stratton also met with state and local officials.

The section of the Erie Canal from Rochester westward to Tonawanda is expected to open for navigation on the target date of Sunday, May 1. The opening of the Erie Canal east toward Waterford and the rest of the Canal system will be delayed for some time.

"It's Like a Tornado Without the Tornado"

"It's Like a Tornado Without the Tornado"

"Niagara Falls had to close the YMCA. Due to the windows being blown out on 2 floors. Its like a tornado without the tornado. Its insane and scary. Everyone be safe."

-- Sabrina Kilmer Davis, WGRZ Facebook page

Red Cross Issues Tornado Readiness Guidelines

Red Cross Issues Tornado Readiness Guidelines

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 27, 2011, 4:32 P.M.  – The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for all of Western New York until 10 p.m., meaning tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.  The American Red Cross is urging residents to review and discuss emergency plans, prepare emergency supply kits, and be ready to act quickly if a Tornado Warning is issued.

During any storm, residents should monitor radio and television news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.  People should also be aware of the following tornado danger signs:

  • Dark, often greenish clouds
  • Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
  • Cloud of debris
  • Large hail
  • Funnel cloud—a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
  • Roaring noise

The complete Red Cross Tornado Safety Checklist is here.

Should a tornado threaten or a Tornado Warning be issued, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.  Do not wait until you see the tornado.  The safest place to be in a tornado is an underground shelter, basement, or safe room.  Following a tornado, stay out of damaged buildings, watch for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and check for any injuries.

For more information on how to be Red Cross Ready for a possible tornado, please contact the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter at (716) 886-7500, or visit www.buffaloredcross.org.

National Grid Re-Energizes Gill Creek Park

National Grid  Re-Energizes Gill Creek Park

Niagara Falls park received an extensive spring cleaning from more than 40 National Grid employees in celebration of Earth Day and to help beautify their community

More than 40 National Grid employees returned to Gill Creek Park for the second time in three years to continue its efforts to beautifying this popular public park and community asset and to participate in the company’s tradition and dedication of volunteering in local communities and helping to safeguard the environment.

Fishing Pier at Base of NYPA Project to Remain Open April 27, 28

Fishing Pier at Base of NYPA Project to Remain Open April 27, 28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 5:45 p.m., April 27

LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today that plans for the temporary closing on Wednesday and Thursday (April 27-28) of the Robert Moses Fishing Pier at NYPA’s Niagara Power Project were indefinitely postponed.  The fishing pier, or platform, remains open as usual and restrictions by the U.S. Coast Guard to boating in the Devil’s Hole area have been cancelled.

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LEWISTON, NY — The fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Project will be closed to the public on April 27 and 28.

A cable car that runs across the lower Niagara River from Lewiston to Queenston, Ontario, is being permanently removed along with its cable. The 715-foot steel cable was installed in 1973 to monitor the flow of water in that section of the river.