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Catholic Charities Ranked as Four-Star Charity by Nonprofit Evaluator for Fifth Straight Year

For the fifth consecutive year, Catholic Charities of Buffalo has attained a four out of four stars rating from Charity Navigator, a nation-wide nonprofit charity evaluator, indicating thorough financial management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Charity Navigator, found at charitynavigator.org, highlights the effort of efficient and open charities and works to provide donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in their charitable choices.  

3 Doors Down, Burlesque to Broadway, Mike Epps Join Seneca Casinos’ Winter Entertainment

3 Doors Down, Burlesque to Broadway, Mike Epps Join Seneca Casinos’ Winter Entertainment

As the cold and snow come to Western New York this winter, Seneca Casinos will make the indoors seem even more warm and inviting with a variety of world-class entertainers. Modern rock band 3 Doors Down, the musical Burlesque to Broadway™ and Mike Epps of “Def Comedy Jam” are booked for Niagara Falls, while classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad makes a return visit to Salamanca. Six very diverse performances also are lined up for the 440-seat Bear’s Den Showroom between New Year’s Eve and February 1.

Roadtrip Nation Makes Stop at Newfane H.S.

Roadtrip Nation Makes Stop at Newfane H.S.

Earlier this month, "Roadtrip Nation" stopped at Newfane High School in Newfane, N.Y. The students who participated in the event, in grades 7 through 11, are enrolled in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Roadtrip Nation is an organization dedicated to helping students explore potential careers. The organization has a TV show on PBS that follows groups of young people who travel the country in green RVs and interview people whose lives inspire them.

United Way of Greater Niagara Meets Campaign Goal

United Way of Greater Niagara Meets Campaign Goal

Annual effort raises more than $1.275 million


SANBORN, N.Y. – Earlier this year, United Way of Greater Niagara articulated a renewed vision for its work on behalf of the people of Niagara County. Today, the people of the county gave that vision a tremendous boost.

A crowd of supporters, including community volunteers and representatives from partner organizations, was on hand as United Way officials announced that the organization had surpassed its fundraising goal for the 2013 Community Care Campaign. The annual fundraising effort brought in $1,279,786 in pledges.

Missing Hunter Found Dead in the Woods near Ransomville

RANSOMVILLE, NY - A man who was out hunting with friends Saturday afternoon was found dead after his friends had reported him missing to Niagara County Sheriff's Office deputies.

Deputies say they received a 911 call from a hunter at about 6:30 p.m. telling them that his hunting partner had been missing for about two hours. The missing man had a cell phone and radio with him but had failed to answer calls to either device.

Using GPS technology, the 911 center was able to determine the location where the last call was made from the missing man's cell phone -- somewhere south of 2408 Youngstown-Wilson Road. At about 7 p.m., as searchers began to assemble, they received word from the missing man's hunting partner that he had been found in the woods, and it appeared he was dead.

Staircase Collapse in Lockport Displaces 50 People

TOWN OF LOCKPORT, NY - Three people were hurt and about 50 displaced from their homes when a wooden staircase collapsed in a Lockport apartment building Friday afternoon.

The apartment building at 6569 Lincoln Place, off of Lincoln Avenue, has been "temporarily condemned," we were told by the South Lockport Fire Company, at least until the Lockport building inspector can survey the damage. He was unavailable Friday.

Three people were taken to Eastern Niagara Lockport Hospital for treatment but we don't know the extent of their injuries or their current condition.

There are 12 units in the building. The American Red Cross Serving Erie and Niagara Counties issued a statement Friday night saying that said they are currently assisting 17 people from five families who were displaced by the condemnation order.

Wallenda Negotiating For Temporary Venue In Falls

Niagara Falls, N.Y. - For one night last year Nik Wallenda returned Niagara Falls to its past glory with his daredevil wire walk.

Now a source tells 2 On Your Side that Wallenda may return to the Falls next July, this time with his family's acrobatic show to perform for up to six weeks during the height of the summer tourist season.

Wallenda is currently in negotiations with the Senecas for he and his family to perform on land adjacent to the casino that used to be the Splash Park site.

According to our source, the venue would be an air conditioned tent with theater seating that could hold up to about two thousand people.

Wallenda already has a relationship with the Senecas - they paid him to practice for his wire walk on land in front of the casino.

Our source says the negotiations have been going well and that a deal could be announced before the end of the year.