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Anne Neville

Anne Neville is a native of Albany, N.Y. She has a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University, where she was a Kiplinger Fellow.


Open the door off the bright corridor in the service area of Crestwood Health Care Center on Niagara Falls Boulevard, and you will see Debra Snyder of LaSalle carefully smoothing, folding, sorting and packing linen for residents.When Miss Snyder opened that door for the first time in late August, she was accompanied by her job coach from Opportunities Unlimited, Mercy Ruju…

Several hundred artists, arts administrators, volunteers and other members of groups supporting the arts will gather in Niagara Falls next week for the annual conference of the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations.The conference, from Oct. 19 to 21 at the Clarion Hotel on Third Street, will feature a field trip to a converted factory in Buffalo where arts organiza…

The grizzled fur-traders who swapped firearms, traps, tools and cloth for pelts in the 1700s would no doubt be astonished by the acres of glittering chrome and sleek metal vehicles that will occupy Main Street on Oct. 11.But both events -- a scholarly look into the past and a curious look under the hood -- are part of the Youngstown Harvest Weekend planned for Saturday and…

Billy Bird has flown the coop, but not before authorities could make a tentative identification.The wild bird, found helpless and hungry on a Niagara Street lawn in the first week of August and raised by 10-year-old Jason Ritz, has been identified as probably a cedar waxwing.First to step forward with the information: Nicholas Sly, 11, of North Tonawanda, a seventh-grader …

Billy Bird has a distinctive white line over the black mask around his alert eyes. He has dove-gray plumage, darker gray wings, a crest on his head, and a slim profile.The Ritzes of Niagara Street in Lockport, his adoptive family, aren't sure of his exact lineage. They'd like to know in case it's time for Billy to take flight -- literally."We'd like to know if it's a migra…

The Local History Department of the Niagara Falls Public Library has always had friends.They range from Daredevil Karel Soucek, who was a frequent visitor there before and after his trip over the Horseshoe Falls on July 3, 1984, to the dozens of out-of-town visitors who comb the archives for information about their ancestors.Photographers, writers and artists came from all…

One of the first people a new resident at Briarwood Manor or Briody Health Care Facility is likely to meet is Mary Garlock.Although she will be back every week, the retired Lockport Memorial Hospital nursing supervisor is much more than just a friendly visitor. Her laminated badge, complete with the seal of New York state, shows that Mrs. Garlock is a certified long-term-c…

Two of John Caswell's crew members didn't show up for work last week, and Caswell was delighted.In fact, he may lose two more this week, and he couldn't be happier.Surrounded by the bustle of activity, the thuds of galvanized nails pounded home with a hammer, the drone of a saw, and the scent of fresh-cut wood in the new barn being built on the grounds of the Niagara Count…

The toddlers neatly feeding themselves tuna and corn at the lunch table at the Health Association of Niagara County Inc.'s Intergenerational Child Learning Center have no idea what the ornate framed certificate means.But to program Director Wendy Harris, the certificate is the reward for a year and a half of distributing questionnaires to staff and parents, analyzing every…

Jeremy Linhart and Bobby Prefer sit tall in the saddle.Normally, the 8-year-old hearing-impaired boy from Burt and the 23-year-old paraplegic man from Niagara Falls have to look up at almost everyone. But with the assistance of horses Gypsy and Squirt, and the volunteers who walk by their sides and lead the horses, Jeremy and Bobby are riding high.That's the goal of Equi-S…

What do you get when you combine the merchandise of a consignment clothing shop with the prices of a secondhand clothing store?Our Friend's Closet, a new shop in the basement of the YWCA of Niagara that provides career clothing for working women or students, donated by businesswomen in the community.Last week, three generations of women in the Lutz family volunteered at th…

It's been quite a while since Amy Pound, Mary Bruce Douglas and Josiah Skinner have had anything to say.But those three -- and five others who have been "residents" of Cold Springs Cemetery off Route 31 in Lockport since the 1800s -- will be both seen and heard from this summer, as the Niagara County Historical Society sponsors tours of the cemetery with appearances by cos…

History is coming alive in the First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston and the Village Cemetery behind it.Ask Lars Nadeau, a California teen-ager who'll assure you that his character in "The Marble Orchard Revisited" was a real person. "His gravestone is right outside," he said.Ask Stephanie Bates, 8, who could be any girl of any era as she holds an old-fashioned doll near t…

Senior citizens will gather June 9 at Niagara County Community College to hear tips on how to keep themselves safe, but more importantly, to take their future into their own hands.On that day, a conference sponsored by the Triad Advisory Council of Niagara County -- called "triad" because it was formed by three national organizations, The American Association of Retired Pe…

They are sleek and sassy, intelligent and artistic.And the California sea lions are taking center stage in June at the Aquarium of Niagara, with programs, demonstrations and appearances every weekend day of the month.But even after the month is over, proof of their artistic abilities will be showing up on T-shirts."These are the most high-profile animals in our collection,…