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Niagara University President to Step Down at End of School Year

LEWISTON, NY - The president of Niagara University is stepping down at the end of this school year, it was reported on the university's website Tuesday. The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., will remain at the university with the title of president emeritus. 

Levesque first joined the faculty in 1970 as a lecturer in religious studies. In 2000 he became the 25th president of the Catholic university.

"This truly is a bittersweet day for me," said Levesque in a statement. "With the help, trust and guidance of so many, we have accomplished the numerous goals that I articulated during my inaugural address. We have been successful in establishing and stabilizing a 'new Niagara,' all while remaining faithful to our mission and the best interests of our students and the community that we call home."

Niagara Falls Painting Highlighted at Presidential Inauguration Luncheon

BUFFALO, NY--  A painting of Niagara Falls was front and center at the Presidential Inauguration luncheon Monday.

The 1856 painting by artist Ferdinand Richardt, was featured during NY Senator Chuck Schumer's introduction.

It was located behind President and Mrs. Obama at the luncheon.

The painting was loaned out by the State Department just for the luncheon, courtesy of outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.



Catholic Charities Volunteers from Western Niagara County Gather to Learn About the 2013 Appeal

Catholic Charities Volunteers from Western Niagara County Gather to  Learn About the 2013 Appeal

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y., Jan. 19, 2013 – About 45 parish and community volunteers, local clergy and lay leaders, and staff of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gathered today for a volunteer training workshop and reception to help kick off the 2013 Appeal for Catholic Charities in western Niagara County.

The event was held at Antonio’s, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd., in preparation for the 89th annual campaign, which carries a goal of $10.7 million and officially began Jan. 8.

Members of the Appeal leadership team presented information about the 2013 Appeal, including what has changed, how to run a successful parish effort, and ideas for gaining new, and retaining previous, donors.

Reward Offered for Suspects in Lockport Assault

LOCKPORT, NY--  A $1,000 reward has been offered for information on two suspects involved in an assault at a Lockport bar.

Lockport Police say they were called to the First Amendment Bar early Sunday morning after two men were attacked.

Investigators say the men were attacked by a black male and one other person, not described, who fled the scene.

One victim was knocked unconscious and sustained a head injury. Both were treated at a local hospital and released.

Lockport Police say the incident was witnessed by several people and are asking them to come forward with information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lockport PD at 716-433-7700 (dispatch) or 716-439-6707 (tip line).

United Way of Greater Niagara-FamilyWize Partnership Helps Local Residents Save $716,433

United Way of Greater Niagara-FamilyWize Partnership Helps Local Residents Save $716,433

Savings from free prescription discount card go far beyond cost of medicine

Every dollar patients spend on prescription medicines to treat heart disease and diabetes saves them $3 to $10 on other medical services, according to a 2011 Health Affairs study cited by United Way of Greater Niagara and FamilyWize, two organizations that are partnering to help local families stay healthy by making free prescription discount cards available to everyone in the community.

Pet Connection Programs; Helping The Helpless

It has been said that the quality of mercy is not strained...that it blesses those that give and those that receive..Although those these words were written long ago, they could easily describe Pet Connection Programs in Marilla .For over thirty years the shelter has been caring for pregnant dogs and cats and their offspring, animals most in need of a gentle and caring hand. Julie Garvey is the shelter's president." The mothers are always the ones we are worried about first because...a simple thing like giving them food, whoever had them that dumped them just didn't feed them. The more they eat the more milk they produce so we really try to get their weight back on so that they can take care of their puppies, if not we're there for them."

Missing Ring Returned

Wheatfield N.Y.- The story of Amanda Heinle and the ring she found created quite a stir. Amanda was leaving the market when she found a mans wedding band in the parking lot.                                      

Wanting to find the owner, Amanda place ads in the local papers but had no luck. Then she called  2 On Your Side. We shared Amanda's story on Thursday, and by Friday the owner was found and boy was he happy. Watch the joyful reunion of a man and his ring and the woman that made it happen.