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Empower, the nonprofit organization formerly known as Niagara Cerebral Palsy, has opened a second bottle and can redemption center, called “Empties for Empower,” at 3571 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. “Empties for Empower” is an integrated work setting, where workers are individuals with and without disabilities, who work alongside one another to greet customers, sort…

A $1,000 reverse draw dinner is planned for Feb. 28 at the Como Restaurant to benefit the Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. Complimentary beer and wine will kick things off at 6 p.m., followed by a family-style Italian dinner at 7 p.m. and the drawing at 8 p.m. Donations are $50 per person. Proceeds will go to departmental grants and nurse education. Make checks …

The Town of Porter and Village of Youngstown are looking for help in attaining a new senior van. The current van has close to 200,000 miles on it and recently required some expensive transmission repairs. Porter Supervisor J. Duffy Johnston presented a $15,000 check to Youngstown Mayor Raleigh Reynolds recently for upkeep of the van, long shared by the two municipalitie…

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For the second straight year, tolls have been waived for recreational vessels, celebrating the centennial of the New York State Canal System. A season pass runs $25 to $100 depending on vessel size. The system includes the Erie, Oswego, Cayuga-Seneca and Champlain Canals. The state continues to commemorate 200 years of Erie Canal history by marking the 100th anniversary…

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America, killing about Americans annually. A state study shows homes in Niagara County have reported radon levels above healthy levels, and, specifically, 9 percent of homes tested in the City of Lockport are estimated to have exceeded the short-term safety standard. Following Environmental Protection …

Niagara Falls City Councilman Chris Voccio is hosting a breakfast roundtable discussion for business owners, managers and executives to get feedback on how the city of Niagara Falls can make it easier to do business, foster expansion and attract more investment and development. The first Business Roundtable Breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 27 at Antonio’s …

Doors open at 6 p.m. March 3 for a meat raffle sponsored by the Friends of Boy Scout Troop 47 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda. The first spin is planned for 7 p.m. The event features two 50/50 raffles, a basket raffle and free pop and beer. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Call Lynn at 270-7765 or Mike at 270-…

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Megan Hahin, education director at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, will be presented the “Engaging Communities" award for the museum’s STEM classes as part of the Museum Association of New York’s 2018 conference, “Visioning Change." This award recognizes an organization that uses creative methods to engage its community and build new audiences. Hahin will receiv…

A portion of Robinson Road, straddling the towns of Lockport and Pendleton, between the canal bridge and bypass, will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday for approximately two weeks for the Niagara County Water District to install a new 36-inch waterline. Local traffic and school buses dropping off students will be able to pass through this area, however all through tr…

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Three new “Best of 716” Awards will be presented at the Niagara County Community College Film and Animation Festival, planned for noon to 4 p.m. May 5. They are: Best Western New York Film, Best WNY High School Student Film and Best WNY College Student Film. The submission deadline is April 1. Topping the event is an international film competition in which $200 awards w…

LaSalle Early Childhood Center is holding its registration/open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at 8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. The center offers full and half-day programs for three- and four-year-old prekindergarten students and has state-certified teachers and an experienced staff. The center is the first child care center in Niagara County to be chosen for Quali…

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Toast and Jam returns at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brickyard Brewing Company, 436 Center St., Lewiston. This jazz, blues and poetry-reading event is back by popular demand and continues every Monday night through March 19. Singer-songwriter Dale Campbell hosts the six-week series of open mic entertainment, which is open to all singers, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, comi…

 An ikebana workshop is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. March 4 at the Lockport Art Co., 247 Market St., Lockport, featuring master artist Takako Michii, director of the Japan Culture Center of WNY. Ikebana is the art of Japanese floral arranging and has been practiced since the 7th century. Michii is also president of the Buffalo-Kanazawa Sister City Committee and has spen…

The Historical Association of Lewiston presents “Accept Everything America Can Produce: Glenn Curtiss Comes to Buffalo” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. Local historian Douglas DeCroix will discuss how World War I transformed Curtiss’ aeroplane and motor business from a small, hometown workshop into the …

Celebrate the Winter Olympics at the Niagara History Center’s free February Family Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center’s 215 Niagara St. site in Lockport. History Center volunteer Betsy Trometer will present a history of the Olympics, as well as an overview of the current games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Participants will find out about local athlete…