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YOUNGSTOWN -- The grounds at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine are aglow for the season, with more than 75 lighted Christmas displays on 15 acres available for free viewing from 5 to 9 p.m. daily through Jan. 6. A hike to the top of the Basilica of the National Shrine gives an astonishing bird’s-eye -- or angel’s -- view of the entire site at 1023 Swann Road, particularly …

LEWISTON  -- George Osborne, retired president of Artpark and Company, has been appointed the new chairman of the executive board of the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival, celebrating its 16th year next Aug. 25-26. Other appointees to the executive board include: Carol Calato, of Calato Manufacturing, first vice chair; Margaret Toohey, of the Lewiston Insurance Agency, t…

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WILSON -- Participants may get a glimpse of 1800s glory or marvel at new green energy-saving technology in a range of houses gussied up for the holidays during Wilson’s Holiday Tour of Homes Saturday, Dec. 10. The addresses this year include: A stately home at 182 Harbor St., once owned by Luther Wilson, community founder. Thought to be constructed prior to 1835,…

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YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown’s Christmas in the Village will unfold from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Featured are  free horse and carriage rides, music, gift ideas, cookie decorating and crafts  and a chance to visit with Santa Claus. “This is a really nice event and it brings families together to share the joy of Christmas,” said Youngstown  Village…

NIAGARA FALLS – The Lewiston Choraleers will perform at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 4, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 140 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 at St. John de LaSalle Catholic Church, 8477 Buffalo Ave. The group also will give a concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. The family-friendly program, entitled …

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TUSCARORA NATION — Jay Clause is well-known on the Tuscarora Nation for many reasons. He served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He was a fearless ironworker until he was forced into retirement in 1989 by injuries. He and his wife of 56 years, Teresa, have taught generation of Tuscaroras about their nation’s history. But there was another, more anon…

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LEWISTON -- Need some holiday inspiration? Check out some professionally-decorated homes during the 12th annual Tour of Homes next weekend in Lewiston. The event, planned 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday Dec. 4, features five unique homes this year, ranging from historic to brand-new. The tour is organized by the Historical Association of Lewiston. This …

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YOUNGSTOWN – Muskets will be fired as Old Fort Niagara is illuminated by candles during the Castle by Candlelight event there from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and again on Dec. 10. This seasonal fundraiser includes hands-on activities and interactive history demonstrations, including the “feu de joie” (firing of joy) celebratory musket firing. The fort and …

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Look for that famous man in the red suit to make some exciting entrances, as Santa arrives by horse-drawn wagon, trolley -- and even helicopter -- in coming days to put everyone in a festive mood at a number of free holiday events around the county. Here's where the public can attend holiday events in Niagara County communities: Niagara Falls Niagara Falls Mayor P…

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RANSOMVILLE -- The annual Ransomville Festival of Wreaths, planned for Nov. 26-27,  has some new treats planned for children and adults, alike, as well as the return of some favorite activities. “This is an opportunity for the community to come out and see old friends they may not have seen for a while and for kids to enjoy the activities,” said Claudia Fleckenstei…

CAMBRIA -- Residents may find relief in the news that the town will open its first permanent comfort station in Cambria Town Park in the spring, completing another piece in the multi-phase project. Towns officials expect workers to complete construction of the $421,000 bathroom facility in the town’s only park next week. But it will not open until April 1, when the pa…

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NIAGARA FALLS --  Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s arriving by Rainbow Air Helicopter for the first time. Santa will touch down at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 on Old Falls Street at Rainbow Boulevard, kicking off the holiday season in downtown Niagara Falls. Families may have photos taken with live reindeer and Santa’s sleigh from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children w…

Historian Ray Wigle will give a presentation on the Lockport locks and the Erie Canal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. The Sanborn Area Historical Society invites the public to the free program as part of the society’s regular monthly and annual meeting. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the historical societ…

NIAGARA FALLS -- Thurman L. Thomas, the retired Buffalo Bills running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer, will be among a handful of guests honored Friday, Nov. 18 during Niagara University’s President’s Dinner at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls. Thomas, who currently serves as president of the 3480 Group, will receive the Legacy of Servic…

OLCOTT --Gary Cammarata, one of Olcott's go-to volunteers, will be the one the community is helping at a benefit lunch on Sunday, Nov. 20 to help defray his medical expenses. Family and friends will gather from noon to 4 p.m. at the Olcott Fire Hall to raise funds for Cammarata. Cammarata has long served as treasurer of the Olcott Beach Carousel Park and has step…