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LOCKPORT – Searching for something to keep him off the couch during the winter months, Russ Chaffee descended into what his wife, Brenda, now calls “the bat cave.”Chaffee’s one-man mission: to bring back the sweet sound of wood cracking a baseball – one bat at a time.“When I played, it was all wooden bats,” said Chaffee, 56, a left-handed catcher and first baseman for Star…

MondayPRAYER: The Healing Rooms of Buffalo Niagara is open to pray for anyone who needs physical, emotional or spiritual healing, 7 to 9 p.m., Potters House Christian Community Church, 723 Seventh St., Niagara Falls. No appointment or fee necessary. For more information, call 884-0048.TuesdayBIBLE STUDY: 7 p.m., St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settleme…

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SANBORN – The popular Niagara River Dancers will return to the ninth annual Farm Museum Festival on Saturday and next Sunday, with the help of a state arts grant.The Sanborn Area Historical Society’s free event is held on the museum grounds, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, and runs from 8 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.Things kick off with a pancake brea…

LewistonThe Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road.LockportThe city Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building, One Locks Plaza.Also this week:• The town Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road.• The Lockport Town Board will hold a work session at 1 p.m. Wednesda…

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LEWISTON – The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission is planning a series of commemorative activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and the 75th anniversary of the commission itself.The celebration has been launched with the creation of an official website, ww.niagarafallsbridges75.com, which will provide logos, downloadable poster art, weekly ad…

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute was recently named first place award recipient of the I-Plants Magazine 2013 Design Contest for interior landscaping design using permanent botanicals. I-Plants Magazine is an online magazine and the official trade journal for the interior plantscape industry.Carolyn Stanko, Niagara County Community College professor and Horticulture Pr…

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YOUNGSTOWN – He found his lifelong hobby at age 9 on the Niagara River, and 56 years later, Don Finkle of the Youngstown Yacht Club still believes “there’s nothing else in the world like sailing.”And as much as he enjoys sailing – and has built a life around it as a partner in RCR Yachts with five locations in New York and Pennsylvania – he further relishes “the competitio…

SANBORN – Forty teachers from all over the country will gather today at Niagara County Community College for a weeklong workshop on the history of the Erie Canal.During the week of Aug. 4, the workshop will be repeated for another 40 teachers, according to the director, Medina High School history teacher Pierson Bell.Bell said he had taught a political science elective at …

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NORTH TONAWANDA – Dennis Gauda certainly can think – and talk – on his feet.The North Tonawanda resident bested more than 1,600 participants to win the district-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in District 65, which includes all clubs located in Central and Western New York.Gauda’s win qualified him to advance to the semifinals of the cont…

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LOCKPORT – While many local municipalities and school districts are scraping the bottom of the financial barrel in the era of the tax cap, the Town of Lockport’s surplus is large and growing.An audit by the town’s accounting firm, Lumsden & McCormick, released earlier this month, shows that as of Dec. 31, the town had more than $8.5 million in its fund balances, or more th…

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YOUNGSTOWN – Expect the tiny village of Youngstown to swell in size beginning Thursday as old salts return for reunions and newcomers arrive to be part of history.This year, as it has been for 39 years, the Youngstown Yacht Club will be the place to be for sailors on the final weekend of July, as the club hosts its 40th and final Youngstown Level Regatta.“This is the last…

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Ajit Kolethe and his family had just returned to his in-laws’ home on Woodlawn Avenue in Niagara Falls on Friday night, when the strong winds and heavy rains hit at about 9:30 p.m., knocking out power to the home.“After the lights went out, maybe a few seconds later, we heard a big thud,” the 40-year-old Kolethe recalled Saturday afternoon. “We opened the door, looked outs…

LOCKPORT – The committee working on a Fallen Heroes Memorial for Lockport said it hopes to be able to use the city’s online bill-paying system to take donations, once the city’s website is expanded to include a page for the project.In a meeting Tuesday at the memorial site in Outwater Park, the panel decided to discuss a detailed design in the next three weeks with landsca…

LOCKPORT – Four employees at the Niagara County Correctional Facility have been promoted, Sheriff James R. Voutour announced.Kevin M. Payne is now chief jail administrator. He had been a captain since 1996 and a corrections officer before that. He was hired in 1985.Aaron M. Livergood has been promoted to captain from sergeant, a post he has filled since 2011. He was hired …

NIAGARA FALLS – National Grid announced that it will fund graduate-level training programs for 45 Niagara Falls public school teachers, leading to summer camps in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for more than 300 students from all over Western New York.