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Jo Ann Greenwald is stepping down as mayor of Niagara County's tiniest village after a remarkable 31 years of service in local government, including 27 years on the village Planning Board.But she's already looking forward to warmer weather and bountiful harvests for a pet project she'll remain very much involved in -- the Barker Farmers' Market.Greenwald, 71, organ…

With her trademark "can do" attitude, Middleport's departing mayor, Julia "Julie" A. Maedl, has tackled many projects and several adversities in recent years.Even though she's leaving village government after 19 years -- including the past decade as mayor -- she'll remain a dynamic presence in this village of nearly 1,900, as she vows to stay active in a number o…

The Village Hall meeting room is expected to be packed when the Wilson Village Board meets at 7 p.m. today, with hot-button issues ranging from sewer rates to building inspections.Mayor Patrick D. Kelahan said he welcomes the public scrutiny."This is about people getting involved and seeing how government works," he said.Kelahan said he will explain why the village r…

With a margin razor thin, Middleport officials counted the paper ballots three times in Tuesday's village elections.Retired teacher Wayne Blumrick earned 79 votes to win a trustee seat, and Rebecca Hinkson edged out former village employee Dennis McAvoy by one vote, 75 to 74, to earn the second available seat on the board.All three candidates are newcomers to polit…

Residents will elect two village trustees Tuesday from a pool of three candidates, while Herbert Meyer, the mayoral candidate, will be elected without challenge.A candidate seeking to fill her late husband's unfinished one-year trustee term also will be elected without competition at the polls.Voting will be from noon to 9 p.m. in Village Hall, 8708 Main St.The three…

In less than a decade, the Niagara Wine Trail has grown from its original two wineries to 15, including the anticipated opening of two new locales this summer.This group of small-business owners likes to stick together, and believes that variety is the key to success -- in its products, presentations and calendar of special events."Our wine trail gives customers a …

Wanted: A forecast for sunshine, with barely a breeze, to help boost the number of participants in Sunday's 42nd annual Polar Day Swim for Sight at Olcott Beach past last year's record of nearly 1,000 hardy souls.Event Chairman William J. Clark, of the sponsoring Olcott Lions Club, said the number has increased by about 100 swimmers per year for the past few year…

Look for a tasty new event this spring, when the Cross Border Blues, Brews and Ques descends on the new Woodcock Brothers Brewing Co. site in this picturesque lakeside town.The blend of barbecue, beer and blues is a natural, said event organizer Kathy O'Keefe, because "the people who enjoy barbecuing seem to like the craftsmanship of brewing, and you throw in some …

The Youngstown Volunteer Fire Co. is celebrating its centennial year with the announcement that it will move its popular Field Days back to Labor Day weekend in September.The firefighters held their Field Days in late July the past two years after a one-year hiatus, due to difficulty scheduling proper amusement rides."It's tradition," Fire Company President Greg Ro…

Trustees in Middleport and Barker will become mayors this spring in uncontested races, while three candidates vie for two available trustee spots on both village boards March 15.Richard Westcott is Middleport's candidate for mayor to succeed Julia "Juli" Maedl, who chose not to seek a sixth term.Westcott is currently on his second tour as a trustee. He served from …

Niagara County's newest food pantry, Care and Share Community Services in Ransomville, has doubled its number of patrons in the scant two months it's been open.Citing a growing need for its services in the far northwestern reaches of Niagara County, it plans to attract even more beneficiaries in the future.Ransomville Free Methodist Church, 3924 Ransomville Road, h…

Residents have until Tuesday to file petitions for mayoral and trustee races in Middleport and Barker, where the heads of both village governments have announced they will not seek re-election.Julia "Julie" A. Maedl is finishing her fifth two-year term at the helm of Middleport's government and will not be on the March 15 ballot. Maedl joined the board as a trustee…

An increase in area break-ins has inspired a neighborhood watch meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.The meeting, planned by the Village Board and village Police Department, will be held in the Village Board meeting room in the Red Brick Municipal Building, 240 Lockport St.Mayor Neil C. Riordan said last week that the purpose of the meeting is to urge residents "to…