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The Fishing Is Hot In Western New York!

OLCOTT, N.Y. - The World Fishing Network's recent appointment of the town of Olcott as the "Ultimate Fishing Town In America" makes public what many here in Western New York have known for years; that the region is home to arguably the best fishing in North America!

The award is deserving recognition for an outstanding fishery, one that all of Western New York can take pride in. Terry Jones is Lake Erie's premiere bass guide.

"To be nationally recognized for the Fishing Network, I think it's absolutely wonderful for Wilson and New York State," says Jones. "The repercussions for Erie and Buffalo and everything, it'll help us all out is what it will do."

Few places can offer the variety we have across the region and indeed, the state.

Take your pick!

Lake Ontario offers outstanding fishing for salmon and trout throughout the year. Erie has a world-class bass fishery, as well as walleye and the mighty muskellunge.

Local Restaurants Serving up Support for United Way

Local Restaurants Serving up Support for United Way

‘Feast for Niagara’ set for Wednesday, June 27

For the second straight year, a number of restaurants from throughout Niagara County are cooking up a special way for the community to support United Way of Greater Niagara.

United Way officials announced that nine area restaurants will be participating in the second annual Feast for Niagara, a special one-day event that will take place on Wednesday, June 27. As part of the event, the participating restaurants will donate a percentage of their receipts for the day to support United Way programs and services.

“Feast for Niagara is a great way for people to support local restaurants and, at the same time, help United Way help others throughout our community,” said Carol Houwaart-Diez, President, United Way of Greater Niagara. “We’re hoping to see many of our friends and neighbors stopping out for a bite to eat on Wednesday.”

Mount St. Mary's Hospital Receives Stroke Achievement Award

Mount St. Mary's Hospital Receives Stroke Achievement Award

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes Mount St. Mary’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. To receive the award, Mount St. Mary’s exceeded specific levels of established measures of quality of care. Mount St. Mary’s is a New York State Designated Stroke Center.

Seneca Casinos to Host Fireworks Displays in July

Seneca Casinos to Host Fireworks Displays in July

Special holiday rates also available for Seneca Casino hotel stays

Seneca Casinos will host some of the most extravagant fireworks displays in the Western New York region to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day weekend.  The free festivities take place Monday, July 2, outside Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, and Tuesday, July 3, outside Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls.

Fireworks at Seneca Allegany will begin at 9:45 p.m., and a rain date is slated for Tuesday, July 3.  Fireworks at Seneca Niagara will begin at 9:40 p.m., and a rain date is slated for Friday, July 6.  Both displays will last approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

Niagara Falls Police: Crackdown on Walking in Streets

   Niagara Falls Police started enforcement Thursday of a specific vehicle and traffic law which forbids people from walking along in the streets if sidewalks are provided.

   Captain Salvatore Pino of the department's Traffic Unit says they have ignored the law for too long and they have seen too many people hurt when they were struck by cars while walking in the street parallel to the sidewalk. Pino says there was also a problem with walkers just blocking the traffic flow in some streets.

   So now Pino says anyone caught walking in the street could be handed a $150 dollar ticket for a first time offense, just like any motorist who drives through a stop sign or red light.

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.