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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.

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

Lionfish, Tiger Sharks and Poison Dart Frogs … Oh my!

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- It won’t be long before the Aquarium will celebrate one of its most popular events: Halloween Happenings. Sure to be ‘fin-filled’ and spine tingling, this annual event gives the staff a chance to be scary or funny, or both, while on the job. Youngsters, too, can wear costumes, “trick or treat” at our door to be in a safe environment, have fun and win prizes. Each child will receive a “treat bag.”

There will be a few surprises and special sea lion shows. The event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Shows are planned at 4:30 and 6 p.m. The first will feature the California sea lions in an assortment of Halloween themes and music. The second will parody box office hit movies.

Old Fort Niagara to be Featured on Discovery Channel

Old Fort Niagara will be featured on an upcoming episode of Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab airing on October 21 at 10 p.m. Brad and Barry Klinge, founders of Everyday Paranormal and hosts of Ghost Lab, travel the country using some of the world’s most sophisticated equipment to gather powerful supernatural research. They visited the Fort in May and spent three days investigating reported paranormal activity at the historic site.

“The Fort has endured a long history of tumultuous and tragic death through battle, starvation and disease, making it a ripe location for paranormal investigation,” said Robert Emerson, executive director. “The earliest reported ‘haunting’ was about 1817 according to some records."

“We are looking forward to seeing the results of Brad and Barry’s investigation as many of our employees and overnight guests have experienced unexplained footsteps and doors slamming or witnessed glowing orbs,” added Emerson.

Breast Cancer Fight to Rock Niagara Falls

Free Five For Fighting Concert, Living Pink Ribbon Rally on Rainbow Bridge highlight Hard Rock Cafe Pinktober

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - A big, first of its kind, breast cancer awareness event is coming to Niagara Falls this month to benefit the American Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Sheriff's Department Conducts 'Community Police Academy'

LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- Sheriff James R. Voutour announces the Sheriff’s Community Police Academy, to be held at the Niagara County Public Safety Building, 5574 Niagara Street Extension, Lockport, New York commencing January 6, 2011 and every Thursday through April 7, 2011 at no cost. Instruction starts at 6:00 p.m. and generally lasts 3 – 4 hours.

Applications can be obtained at www.niagarasheriff.com . If you have questions or need an application mailed to you, please contact Sgt. Smith at the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy at 716 614-6496 or Deputy Pat Williams at 716 523-0098. You will be notified by mail once you are accepted into the program. You must be at least 20 years of age, reside or work within Niagara County and have no prior felony convictions or outstanding warrants.

Due to a limit in class size, it is possible that not all applicants will be accepted. Further details will be provided with your acceptance letter.

Old Fort Niagara's Haunted Fortress

As the leaves change their colors and the temperatures begin to drop, the spirits return to Old Fort Niagara for the annual Haunted Fortress. For two nights only experience the dark side of Fort Niagara as ghosts and ghouls from the past walk among the historic buildings on Saturday, October 16 and Saturday, October 23.

Tickets are $12 per person and available by pre-sale only with credit card. Reservations can be made daily between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. by calling 716-745-7611. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather and wear sensible footwear. The Haunted Fortress is not recommended for children under 8 years old.

For more information, visit www.oldfortniagara.org or call 716-745-7611.