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LEWISTON – The New York State Board of Regents bestowed one of its highest honors in naming Lewiston-Porter special-education teacher Ashli Skura Dreher its New York State Teacher of the Year for 2014.Besides being a teacher, Dreher is also a single mother of two school-age daughters, a person who overcame her own special needs as a child, and a doctoral student in teachin…

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Seven years ago, Scott Donovan bought a neglected apple orchard near the shores of Lake Ontario, took a risk and became the architect of his own brews of hard cider.His BlackBird Cider Works tasting room in Barker now has honey-sweetened cider, dry British style, and a “Buffalo Bluegrass” batch aged in bourbon barrels. As it turned out, he also had excellent timing.Hard ci…

LOCKPORT – Four employees at Niagara County convenience stores were arrested Friday for allegedly selling alcoholic beverages to underage persons. Sheriff James R. Voutour said the four were the only ones charged after an undercover investigation using underage operatives at 20 convenience that was conducted along with the State Liquor Authority.Charged with unlawfully dea…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The Town Board was told Thursday that there is nothing it can do to force Supervisor Steven C. Richards out of office unless he is convicted of a felony or a crime in violation of his oath of office.Town Attorney Michael Risman delivered the results of his research at the conclusion of a work session Thursday night.Board members had asked for the informat…

LOCKPORT – A young Gasport man has contracted the first laboratory-confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Niagara County, Health Department director Daniel J. Stapleton reported Thursday. The man, who is believed to have contracted the disease in Gasport, is recovering at home after being hospitalized, Stapleton said. To date, the county has not reported any West Nile …

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Dec. 4, 1946 – Oct. 8, 2013Robert F. Cordova of Niagara Falls, founder of Finger Food Products, died Tuesday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, after a lengthy illness. He was 66.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Cordova served with the Army during the Vietnam War era, spending several years in Germany.He founded Finger Food Products in Niagara Falls in 1991 in a small facility be…

Douglas P. Taylor, the top executive at Taylor Devices, thinks the North Tonawanda manufacturer of shock absorbers is on track for “another good and profitable year.”But the company’s road to that goal was a rocky one during the summer.Taylor Devices’ profits tumbled by 67 percent during its first quarter, while sales shrunk by 28 percent, as the company weathered a downtu…

NIAGARA FALLS – A new four-story hotel on Niagara Falls Boulevard is expected to open next summer.The city Planning Board on Wednesday approved plans for a 72-room Comfort Suites hotel on 1.8 acres of vacant land on the south side of the street between 70th and 71st streets.Pravin Patel, owner of Sunrise Lodging LLC, said construction should start in the first or second we…

NIAGARA FALLS – Robert J. Elder, one of three Republican-endorsed candidates running for City Council in next month’s election, has dropped out of the race.Elder notified Niagara Falls Republican Committee Chairwoman Patricia Castillo on Tuesday afternoon via text message, Castillo said. Elder said Wednesday he was dropping out for personal reasons. However, his name will …

LOCKPORT – A male motorcyclist was in critical condition early today at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo and his female passenger was being treated there after both of them were injured in a crash with a minivan at South Transit and Rapids roads about 7:10 p.m.Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said the female driver of the minivan was treated at the scene for i…

LOCKPORT – Lockport auto repair shop owner and Conservative Party candidate for Town of Lockport supervisor David J. Mongielo has fought with the Town of Lockport for years over the legality of a sign in front of his Robinson Road shop, but he was in City Court on Wednesday fighting a different case – protesting the legality of his arrest by Lockport police at a road block…

NIAGARA FALLS - There may be a new face on downtown parking enforcement next year.A new city police officer paid for by a federal grant would be assigned to parking details under a proposal described at a City Council budget hearing Tuesday by Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto.The officer would enforce parking laws by issuing tickets, a duty that now falls to every offi…

WILSON – The Wilson Central School Board voted, 5-2,Tuesday evening to close one of its two elementary schools, W. H. Stevenson Elementary School in Ransomville, at the end of the 2013-14 school year, the district’s business agent, John Montesanti, reports.The board cited declining enrollment as one of the reasons for closing Stevenson, which enrolls 217 kindergarten throu…

NIAGARA FALLS – The Rev. Richard Poblocki, host of the radio show “Calling All Catholics” on WLOF, 101.7 FM, will be the guest speaker as Summit Life Outreach Center holds its seventh annual dinner at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 24 in Antonio’s Banquet and Conference Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd.Tickets are $35. Reservations can be made by calling Anne DesPres at 297-6687 or Dorothe…

LOCKPORT – A free seminar on choosing a health care proxy will be held at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 ► next Thursday ◄ in the Niagara Hospice Administration Building, 4675 Sunset Drive, Town of Lockport. Light refreshments will be served.Speakers include Niagara Hospice medical social worker Cheryl Ferguson, who will discuss proxies, do-not-resuscitate orders, living wills and MOLS…