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Olcott Beach Named 'Ultimate Fishing Town'

OLCOTT BEACH, NY - Residents of Olcott Beach know what a gem their town is, but now they are hoping to share their secret with the fishing world and beyond.

The World Fishing Network was in town Wednesday to officially declare Olcott Beach the "Ultimate Fishing Town."  With the title comes a $25,000 prize to be used for a fishing-related project.

"This contest has brought together local folks, charter fishermen from all across the nation, residents that have long since left the area, and a regional effort by our local schools, civic organizations, USA Niagara Tourism and many others, all for a common cause - pride in our community and region," said Town of Newfane Supervisor Tim Horanburg.

Residents never imagined they'd win the online voting contest, but with the help of a voting committee and social media, they spread the word and racked up more than 329,000 votes and the number one spot.

Mom Dead After Niagara Falls Hit and Run

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Police in Niagara Falls say a mother hit by a driver who then left the scene has died.

The accident happened at the intersection of Hyde Park Boulevard and Jerauld Avenue around 10:10 p.m. on Monday night.

The mother was with her 6 year old son at the time of the accident.  Rural Metro Medical Services told 2 On Your Side the 26-year-old woman and her 6-year-old son were initially taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center from the scene.

The boy was then taken to Women and Children's Hospital where he was released to his father.

Police currently are on the lookout for an older model maroon vehicle.  They describe it is as boxy vehicle with front-end damage and a possible broken window.  If you see the vehicle, call 911.

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call the Niagara Falls Police Traffic Bureau at 716-286-4563.

Country Music Lover's Delight This July and August at Seneca Casinos

Country Music Lover's Delight This July and August at Seneca Casinos

Country music lovers are in for a treat this July and August as Seneca Casinos brings three of the music industry’s best performers to its Events Centers as part of the 2012 “Summer Rush” Concert Series.  Lonestar makes a stop in Salamanca, NY, as part of its 20th anniversary tour on Saturday, July 14, at Seneca Allegany Events Center.  One of country’s rising stars, Billy Currington, comes to Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, NY, on Saturday, July 28.  And one of country music’s most accomplished performers, Trace Adkins, will deliver an unforgettable concert at Seneca Allegany on Sunday, August 26.  

Travel Channel in Lewiston for National Contest

Travel Channel in Lewiston for National Contest

"Best of the Road" judges Mike Shubic and Brian Cox of Team "Road Bros" visit Lewiston

Lewiston is one step closer to winning the coveted USA Today/Rand McNally competition for Best of the Road "Best for Food" small town in America.

 Judges will be in Lewiston from Wednesday, June 20 to Saturday, June 23, to visit local restaurants and food establishments.  Lewiston qualified in the competition by beating 176 other U.S. towns in a national online voting contest in May.

A public welcome reception is planned at the Silo Restaurant, N. Water Street, in Lewiston, on Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30pm.  Local citizens are invited to participate by bringing homemade welcome signs and posters and are encouraged to show Lewiston's warmth and hospitality.

Mixed Results in Local School Budget Re-Votes

BUFFALO, NY-- Three Western New York school districts held special budget votes on Tuesday night after residents turned down proposals in last month's voting. 

In the Cheektowaga-Sloan district, Proposition #1, the budget,  failed.  There were 660 no votes and 434 yes votes. 

Proposition #2 was a transportation reduction.  That also failed; 669 no votes to 419 yes votes.

In the Niagara-Wheatfield School District, there was success.  The budget passed with 2,299 yes votes to 1,697 no votes. 

Wyoming Central School District also held a vote tonight.  We have not yet heard back from that district with the results. 

 

Hundreds Line Up to Meet Wallenda

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Just two days after Nik Wallenda made his high-wire walk across Niagara Falls, he held a meet and greet to meet some of his fans.

The free event was only held for an hour and half but crowds gathered early to meet the daredevil.

Nik Wallenda held this special event for free on a first come first serve basis. Wallenda signed autographs on everything from viewing party invitations, to yearbooks to Bibles and spoke of his lasting high regards for this area.

Investigative Post: Mark Poloncarz Interview

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D) sat down with Investigative Post's Jim Heaney to discuss a series of issues, including lease negotiations with the Bills.

Poloncarz in the interview: