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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 will be…

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 society'…

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 Service Aw…

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…

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More than 400 guests are expected to see a unique display of patriotism at a special event Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Barker Fire Department’s recreation hall at 1660 Quaker Road. A handcrafted, life-sized replica of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, a national monument in Arlington, Va., complete with a panoramic backdrop of Washington, D.C., will be on display at this y…

NEWFANE -- Residents will see a decrease in most Newfane special district fees, although water and sewage charges go up, in the proposed 2017 budget that the Town Board presents at a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Town Hall, 2737 Main St. The proposed $7,374,301 budget is up $26,999 over the current budget, according to Town Supervisor Tim Horanburg, …

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You might say Domenic Carisetti enjoys guiding people thirsting for knowledge. He’s a winemaker by trade, an educator and a mentor, who has had a hand in helping nearly 30 farm wineries get started. He’s an expert for hire, with clients ranging from professionals in the wine industry to hobbyists. He calls his craft “an art based in science.” Carisetti is currently t…

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Prepare to savor sunshine in a bottle, wine aficionados: Local experts agree that our region’s hot, dry summer and mild, arid start to fall will create an epic vintage when wine is created in coming months from this year’s wine grape crop. “This has been, by far, the vintage of my life,” said Youngstown farmer Tom Tower, who grows five grape varieties for Leonard Oakes …

LEWISTON -- For the 10th consecutive year, Niagara University has achieved the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. Niagara is the only college or university from Western New York to have been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since …

MIDDLEPORT – The Royalton Town Board expects the tax rate for town residents to rise $.25 cents to $3.63 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in its proposed 2017 budget. The budget will be presented at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Town Hall, 5316 Royalton Center Road. Residents of the Village of Middleport would see an increase of $.12 cents per $1,000 of asses…

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Dementia experts will be available to answer questions that arise from a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. It’s part of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York Chapter’s outreach program. Alzheimer’s Association so…

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WILSON -- Affable and generous, James V. Muscoreil personifies the Lions Clubs International Foundation volunteer, and his dedication to this nearly century-old organization has taken him throughout his community, across the country -- and around the world. Following retirement from a 30-year career with Dunlop Tire Corp., Muscoreil joined the local Wilson Lions Club an…

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the public to an afternoon of exquisite music, poetry, and locally sourced wine and hors d'oeuvres from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Kenneglenn Scenic and Nature Preserve in Wales. The fundraiser will feature viola music from folk and classical traditions performed by Leslie Bahler, paired with original poetry read by Ro…

MIDDLEPORT -- The Royalton Town Board on Monday unanimously adopted a local law creating six security officer positions for the town courts. The town will create these six new positions to rotate among the courts presided over by Town Justices Laura Wagner and Gregory Bass. Two security officers will be assigned to a court at a time under the new plan, increasing covera…

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NEWFANE – Veterans will soon have a small park dedicated to them in the heart of Newfane as a project that’s been on the drawing board for at least a decade becomes a reality this fall.Bulldozers began moving dirt in late September to create a roughly 25 foot by 60 foot green space on town property just south of Newfane Town Hall at 2737 Main St.“We’re going to have a larg…