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NEWFANE – Evenings are growing crisp with hints of autumn, and farm stands are boasting baskets of delicious red apples, which means it’s time for the annual Apple Harvest Festival.The free festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. nest Sunday on the museum grounds of the Town of Newfane Historical Society, at West Creek and Ide roads.The event features something for ev…

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The Niagara County Community College athletics program has come a long way in the last five years, though not as far as the college had hoped.In October 2008, the NCCC board of trustees approved an ambitious athletics upgrade plan that was expected to take three years to implement.The plan called for a complete rebranding of the college’s athletics, the addition of four ne…

CambriaThe Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn.LewistonThe Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road.LockportThe city Planning Board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.Also this week:• The city Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal…

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LEWISTON – The New York Power Authority will host its 28th annual Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. The free family event will take place at the Power Vista, the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant’s Visitors Center and its surrounding grounds at 5777 Lewiston Road.“We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Power Vista,” said Lou Paonessa…

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GASPORT – Successful Gasport watercolor artist and instructor Kathleen S. Giles said that when she turned 50, she decided it was time for her next challenge – trying to enter the national arena.Just three years later, she is on the verge of being featured in two widely acclaimed national art publications and earned a spot in the highly competitive American Watercolor Socie…

Todayspeaker: 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown. Brian Bennett, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the religious studies department at Niagara University, will speak on cults. For information, call 745-7067.MondayPRAYER: The Healing Rooms of Buffalo Niagara is open for prayer for anyone who needs physical, emotional or spiritual healing, 7 to 9 p.…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County has declared an impasse with three of its six labor unions, all of which are working under terms of contracts that expired at the end of 2011.The impasse declarations come as the county is demanding that all employees begin contributing $100 a month to their health insurance premiums, according to William Rutland, president of the county’s blue-co…

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LEWISTON – The festival and concert seasons are slowing down in this bustling village, but the action is not. Suddenly, the Village of Lewiston appears to be the place where everyone wants to be.Nearly a dozen new projects are on the table or under consideration, including several multimillion-dollar plans for both construction and renovation at long-vacant properties.“For…

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NIAGARA FALLS – A new Hampton Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard that has been in the planning stages for a couple of years is scheduled to open the third week in January.Construction on the four-story, 79-room hotel, located at 6500 Niagara Falls Blvd., began in May, said Ramesh Patel, the local hotelier who is developing the project under the name Falls Hotel LLC.Patel, of O…

WHEATFIELD – Authorities are looking for two men in the robbery of Matty’s Food Mart at 3819 Forest Parkway late Friday night. Two employees were forced to the floor while a masked man claiming to have a gun stole cash and cigarettes from the store about 11:42 p.m. Niagara County sheriff’s investigators believe the two bandits arrived at the store in a black sport util…

The Niagara Falls Water Board has filed a $2.4 million lawsuit against TAM Ceramics for what it claims are overdue water and sewer bills, fees, penalties and interest.The Water Board, which filed the suit in State Supreme Court on Wednesday, said it has tried to negotiate for months with the Town of Niagara ceramic powder maker.Executive Director Paul J. Drof said the boar…

LOCKPORT – Two graduate students who spent their summer on a detailed study of downtown Lockport’s parking problem have concluded that the “problem” is a mirage.“There’s not really a shortage. It’s just that people want to park in front of their final destination. There’s plenty of parking right around the corner,” Amanda Fowler told the Common Council. Fowler and Leyla Ak…

NIAGARA FALLS – The medical group of the 107th Airlift Wing, stationed at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, has a new commanding officer.Lt. Col. Emily Desrosier has assumed command of the 107th Medical Group, succeeding Col. Michael Torres.Desrosier, who joined the Air National Guard in 1994, comes to Niagara Falls from the 106th Rescue Wing, based in Westhampton Beach o…

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Office for the Aging will hold its first Senior and Caregiver Information and Resource Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building on the County Fairgrounds, 4487 Lake Ave.The county’s NY Connects program will offer free van transportation from the senior centers in Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda; sign-up sh…

NIAGARA FALLS – Some city residents will see their water service shut off between about 7 and 11 a.m. Tuesday.The Niagara Falls Water Board said it will be installing new water main valves as part of the Buffalo Avenue reconstruction project.Areas that may be impacted include east of Hyde Park Boulevard, north of Buffalo Avenue, south of College Avenue and west of 10th Str…