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Briana Hansen is a whirlwind of activity. The 20-year-old Lockport resident was home recently on a holiday break from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, where she is a biology major studying to become a physician’s assistant. She was on a school break, but that didn't mean she was off. On breaks and in the summer, Hansen works as a personal care aide for children with d…

The Historical Association of Lewiston will present “If Ever There Was a Time, I Wish I Were There,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St. The show is free and open to the public. Ernest Palmer will premiere two of his original compositions along with corresponding videos. Both songs are part of a CD scheduled for re…

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, but is actually a progressive and fatal brain disease that is the most common form of dementia. “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” is a free class presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter. It will be offered at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave., Lo…

Denise Reichard will portray sports star "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias in a presentation of “Olympics and Life” at a special program of the Sanborn Area Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Didrikson Zaharias, named the top woman athlete of the first half of the 20th century, was a track and field medal winner in the Olympics before becoming a champion golfer. Her career…

Ray Wigle, director of the Erie Canal Discovery Center, will present “What the Tourists Want to Know, But Nobody Told Them” at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. The event is open to the public. In fact, guests are encouraged to ask their own questions and add to the program. Wigle will talk about the questions that pop up most of…

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has promoted Amy Wojciechowski to infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship coordinator. Wojciechowski earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and medicinal chemistry at SUNY at Buffalo, followed by a master’s degree in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University. She subsequently earned a doctorate in pharmacy…

Spring woodcarving classes for beginners and skilled carvers will be held at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Beginner classes for ages 18 and older will take place 9 a.m. to noon and cost is $100. The class covers tool safety, sharpening, material selection and finishing. A new project each week will in…

Niagara University's Office of Continuing Education is accepting registrations for its winter/spring 2018 schedule of courses. Credit-free classes are offered in person and online. Among the many programs and classes offered are full- and part-time Police Academy classes; online military classes; business and computers; certificate in financial planning; SAT and ACT p…

Darla Bubar, president of Niagara Wheatfield Teachers Association Local 115, earned the Union Champion at Work Award recently at the AFL/CIO Niagara/Orleans Labor Council’s annual awards dinner and meeting. In addition, Amanda Irons-Rindfleisch, of the NCDS/PBA/USW Local 2001, was presented the Earl A. Frampton Community Services Award, and Niagara County Building Trad…

Catholic Health is sponsoring a community dinner program, “A Different Angle on Hip Surgery: Anterior Hip Replacement,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Four Points by Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.   Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kafai Lai, who specializes in anterior hip replacements, and physical therapist Kristin Barnard will discussion surgical and non-sur…

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ALBANY – Joseph Percoco, a longtime confidante and aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and others go on trial Monday in a lower Manhattan courtroom, where a jury will consider whether state decision-making was driven by bribes of a top Cuomo official. Cuomo won’t be on trial and he has not been implicated in any wrongdoing, but in the end, people statewide will be watching to ge…

Free hands-on, computer programming workshops are underway at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Vista. The series is called “Sensational Science Saturdays,” and is aimed at children in grades 5-8, although all ages are invited. All classes will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Power Vista Classroom and are limited to 15 participants. Students may part…

A Wheatfield woman is out $1,550 after being victimized in a check fraud scheme originating on the online website Craigslist, police said. The woman, who lives on Arnold Drive, was selling a piece of furniture for $295 on the website and was contacted by a prospective purchaser on Jan 10, according to reports. The suspect forwarded the woman a check for $1,550, instruct…

A man was stopped Friday in the Village of Delevan for driving a lawn tractor in the roadway. Troopers pulled Scott R. Chapman over on State Route 16, and placed him under arrest for driving while intoxicated after he failed multiple field sobriety tests. He reportedly recorded a 0.18 BAC after he was taken into custody. Chapman was arraigned in Town of Freedom C…

A North Tonawanda man was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest Friday after walking up to a City of Tonawanda police car and pouring a 24-ounce can of beer on the hood. Officer Eric Foels was inside the car writing a report on his car computer at Main and Niagara streets when the incident allegedly occurred. David L Serrano, 45 of Mead St., North …