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5th Grader Honored for Heroism, Remembers His Fallen Brother

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - It has often been said that "heroes aren't born...they are made"...from the influences in their lives.

That was perhaps personified no better today, than at a school awards ceremony in Niagara County.

Among the honorees at the latest "Do The Right Thing" awards at a ceremony held at Niagara Falls High School, was Robert Dikcis, recognized for his actions at West Street Elementary in the Niagara Wheatfield district last month.

That's when Robert, an 11-year-old 5th grader who was on duty as a safety patrol, was told by other kids there was a fire.

After investigating, he alerted teachers, who evacuated other students before the fire was extinguished and no one was harmed.
But as he got that award, he couldn't help but think of his own personal hero.

8th Grader Leader in Lockport

You've probably heard about a Relay For Life. There are several throughout WNY. It is an organized, overnight fundraising walk. Teams camp out and team members take turns walking the track.
It raises money for the American Cancer society. It's at an organizational meeting for the Relay where we meet Justin Czaja. He's performing an important role this year. That's older brother and eagle scout Ryan Czaja. The boys started with the Relay in 2004, when Justin was 5. The boys' mom was diagnosed with cervical cancer 11 years ago, but is now cancer free.

Throughout the years there's one part of the Relay for Life young Justin always loved the most.

"My favorite part of the event is the Luminaria ceremony because it's so emotional"

Catholic Charities Service Corps Offers Grads Try at Job Force, Chance to Help Others

Catholic Charities Service Corps Offers  Grads Try at Job Force, Chance to Help Others

Are you, or do you know, a young adult searching for an exciting, meaningful way to jump into the job force? Perhaps post-graduation plans are still unclear or a current career is unfulfilling. Catholic Charities Service Corps (CCSC) offers college graduates a year-long chance to develop and share their gifts, education and faith in a unique manner.

CCSC is now accepting applications from graduates of all faiths who are at least 21 years old and willing to challenge themselves by committing to service/social justice, community living, simplicity and spiritual growth for one year, beginning in August.

Service Corps members work full-time with marginalized populations in various non-profit agencies in Buffalo and surrounding areas involving education, legal aid, advocacy, social services, medical field and counseling, while living together in community with other volunteers.

Marriage Licenses Up in NF With Same Sex Couples

Niagara Falls, NY - The July 23rd, 2011 wedding of Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd marked a watershed of weddings in that proverbial Honeymoon Capital and Niagara Falls has basked in the glow of same sex marriage ever since.

Michelle Blackley of Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation  says "During the past two years we've seen an increase in marriages up to about 35 percent. And we receive calls at the visitor center specifically from same sex couples who maybe can't get married in their state. They wanna come up here to Niagara Falls., still the Honeymoon Capital of the world." 

The numbers from the Niagara Falls City Clerk's office do bear it out with a marked increase in marriage licenses.  There were 741 in 2010...then a jump to 952 in 2011 when same sex marriage was legalized in the Empire State...then 937 in 2012. Niagara Toursim estimates about 300 of those in 2012, about a third, were same sex marriages.

June 2013 Live Regional Musical Acts at Seneca Casinos

June 2013 Live Regional Musical Acts at Seneca Casinos

Some of the best live musical acts from Western New York, Southern Ontario and beyond can be seen for free at Seneca Casinos.  Club 101 at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls and Casino Bar at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca are the places to be for intimate, live music while enjoying drinks and gaming.

Club 101 features an elevated circular lounge at the center of Seneca Niagara Casino’s gaming floor, while Casino Bar offers a vibrant gathering place in the heart of Seneca Allegany Casino’s gaming floor, near the table games.

Upcoming acts in June at Club 101 in Niagara Falls include:

Date / Music (Genre) / Time

Niagara Falls Police Search for Missing 17-Year-Old Girl

NIAGARA FALLS, NY--  Niagara Falls Police are searching for a missing 17-year-old girl who went for a walk with her dog and never came back home.

Detectives say Breana Rose Schram was reported missing on Monday.  They say she was last seen walking her dog in the area of 27th and Niagara streets.

The dog was found the next day wandering by itself.

Police do not believe there is any foul play at this time, but her family is concerned that she has not been seen in two days.

Breana is described as a white female, 5'4" tall, about 110 lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to notify Niagara Falls Police Department at 286-4711.

Canadian Snowbirds Soar over Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - The Canadian Aerial Demonstration team, the Snowbirds, visited Niagara Falls Wednesday.

The Snowbirds did several flyovers at the falls on the sunny summer evening, wowing their audience with their impressive tricks and aerial formations.

The precision flying team performed aerobatic maneuvers over the Horseshoe Falls for about 20 minutes, while crowds gathered and watched in amazement on both sides of the falls.

A total of nine Snowbird planes soared overhead in their famous red and white Tutor jets.

The Snowbirds are made up of members of the Canadian Forces. This year the team is celebrating its 70th anniversary since the Squadron's founding during World War II. It's also the 50th anniversary of the team flying the Tutor aircraft.