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PORTER – Daniel P. Boland, an attorney who also serves as a battalion chief in the Niagara Falls Fire Department, announced Thursday he is running for Porter town justice in this fall’s election.Boland, a registered Democrat, is matched up against incumbent Republican Justice David J. Truesdale in primaries on all six party lines Sept. 10. Boland, of Youngstown, has been w…

LOCKPORT – Free yoga classes will be offered before and during the Lockport Community Market, starting Saturday. On each of the next three Saturdays, classes will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Canal Street gazebo, and from 2 to 3 p.m. on the lawn adjacent to the Erie Canal Discovery Center, Church and Ontario streets. Participants should bring their own mat, blanke…

LOCKPORT – The Dale Association is seeking candidates for the role of ombudsmen to act as advocates for residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.After training, the volunteers are assigned to a nursing facility and meet with residents for up to four hours a week. They also attend resident council meetings in their facility.Training is scheduled for early O…

NIAGARA FALLS – A waste incinerator operator in the city violated state law when it started construction on a project before its permit application was approved, state environmental regulators said.The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Covanta Niagara violated state environmental law and agency regulations by starting to build a boiler system at its facil…

LOCKPORT – Attorneys for Niagara County feared that taking a lawsuit over a fatal pickup truck crash to trial might result in a big damage award for the widow of the Newfane man who died in the wreck. But the plaintiff’s attorney was afraid the case might be dismissed altogether.The result was that the County Legislature voted Tuesday to settle the case by paying $75,000 t…

HARTLAND – There’s a sticky-fingered thief in Niagara County who’s got sheriff’s deputies buzzing.A beekeeper reported to authorities that 300 pounds of raw honey had been stolen from one of his fields in the 7800 block of Gill Road.Bruce Fiegel, the owner of Appleton-based Fiegel Apiaries, said in the past 18 days someone made off with five and a half boxes of honey, whic…

LOCKPORT – A man who attacked his 83-year-old grandmother in what his attorney said was a methamphetamine-triggered assault was sentenced Thursday to one to three years in prison.Daniel J. Regan said his meth use, which began last October, has damaged his mind. “I lost most of my memories. My reading is down to a fifth-grade level,” he told State Supreme Court Justice Rich…

WHEATFIELD – Thieves who cut a hole in the wall of a building being built for a Fitness Factory at 7330 Wheatfied-Pendleton Road overnight Monday made off with gym equipment worth $10,000, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said.Deputies said the thieves used a reciprocating saw to cut the 4-by-12-foot hole and had some knowledge of the construction site.

LOCKPORT – A man with a history of gun violence was arraigned Thursday on an indictment charging him with shooting a man in Niagara Falls on May 26.Cordarise M. Houston, 23, of 70th Street in the Falls, faces a charge of shooting John Petty “seven times and leaving him to die,” Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.Pett…

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NIAGARA FALLS –The city Planning Board will hold a public hearing Aug. 14 about $30 million in construction projects at a waste incinerator facility that wants to bring in garbage from the New York City area.Covanta Niagara, which burns garbage and turns it into steam and electricity while emitting pollutants into the air, has plans to add a rail spur that would allow it t…

LEWISTON – Randy Gorzka has been named general chairman of Lewiston’s 56th nnnual Niagara County Peach Festival, Jeff Sanderson, president of the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston, announced. The festival will be held Sept. 6 to 8 in Academy Park.
Gorzka has been co-chairman of the festival for the past two years and has served as chairman of the Peach Tent at the festival and the …

WILSON – The Wilson Lions Club is sponsoring the new Wilson Dog Park’s first event – a Barkus Parade set for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The dog park is located in the Calvin E. Krueger Park on Lake Road. Registration will be held at 1 p.m., with the “Parade of Best-Dressed Owners and Dogs” following at 2. For information, contact Lion Debbie Hendricks at 751-6914.

Art

One of the largest and oldest art festivals in the region kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, when more than 175 artists will set up shop on the quainter-than-quaint streets of Lewiston for the village’s 47th annual art festival. The event features four blocks chock full of work by painters, sculptors, photographers, graphic artists and purveyors of jewelry and craft items.The …

Art

On Buffalo’s hyperactive art scene, a new art or performance space seems to open its doors every month.We hardly have time to lament the closing of alternative venues like the Vault Arthouse, Sugar City or Sp@ce 224 before some group of creative citizens bubbles up from the underground and establishes some new digs to showcase their wares. Some of these venues may not be l…

SANBORN – Pay hikes for a half-dozen managerial positions were put on hold Wednesday by the School Board, with some board members saying they shouldn’t take place at all.Raises of 2 percent to 3.7 percent were on the agenda for approval, but board member Richard Sirianni said he objected to spending the money in view of the district’s financial status. He said his opinion …