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LOCKPORT – A dental coverage plan endorsed by the New York State Association of Counties wants permission to begin offering its services in Niagara County.Eric R. Lintala of Health Economics Group pitched the Dental Card program to a County Legislature committee last week, which set the matter aside for further discussion.The program, already available in eight counties in…

LOCKPORT – A Democratic proposal to seek new bids for space to store Niagara County’s voting machines failed in committee last week, but even Republican members hinted that the issue would resurface early in 2014.The county rents space in a former mattress factory in Newfane, owned by Lockport commercial developer David L. Ulrich, for $7,200 a month.There it stores all the…

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LEWISTON – The trails and drainage ditches at Bond Lake Park are getting some attention these days in a project that benefits the county and also provides training to local soldiers.About 20 to 25 soldiers of the New York Army National Guard Combat Engineers’ 152nd Engineer Support Company have been working with Niagara County for the past week in the county-owned park. Or…

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Amer Abdallah has an ambition to become a world champion kickboxer, and he is determined to bring Western New York along for the ride.In his first fight since entering the World Kickboxing Association’s top 10 rankings, Abdallah defended his U.S. light heavyweight championship June 8 with a first-round technical knockout of Robert Katzfey in front of a crowd of 2,200 at Ke…

BarkerThe Barker School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the district’s administrative offices, Quaker and Haight roads.CambriaThe Planning Board will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn.LewistonThe Lewiston-Porter School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Resource Center on the district’s Creek Road campus.LockportTh…

LOCKPORT – Two competing resolutions on a new contract with Niagara County’s tourism promotion agency are on Tuesday’s County Legislature agenda.The majority Republicans are proposing only a one-year extension to work out problems they have found with the performance of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp.The minority Democrats are proposing a 10-year renewal, which is…

Tuesday looms large in six school districts in Western New York.That’s the day they find out if they have to make more cuts to their educational programs.“We’ve kind of run out of things to cut,” said Lewiston-Porter Superintendent Chris Roser.Clarence is the largest district in the area conducting a re-vote, but five other districts are also asking residents to go to the …

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MIDDLEPORT – In this era of standardized tests and Common Core learning standards, there are pockets of Niagara County where creativity is still being nurtured and, in fact, rewarded.Seven fifth-graders from Royalton-Hartland Middle School, their families and their substitute coach, Daniel Mault, traveled to the World Finals of the Odyssey of the Mind competition in East L…

CAMBRIA – A free workshop for current or prospective businesses interested in learning about incentive programs offered by local and county economic development agencies is set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Cambria Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road.It’s the third of a series of four such events being held across the county this year, under the sponsorship of the Niagara Cou…

NIAGARA FALLS – John R. Durno, a health care administrator with more than 25 years of experience, has been appointed administrator of Schoellkopf Health Center effective June 24.The nursing home is owned by Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.Durno is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and has served as administrator at several skilled nursing facilities, including …

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NIAGARA FALLS – With only a couple of weeks left in a regional marketing campaign, Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. is hoping the investment pays dividends for this summer’s tourist season.The tourism promotion agency is spending $69,000 on a campaign to promote the region in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Erie, Pa., and Pittsburgh; as well as Syracuse and Rochester.The…

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., at the 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 Se…

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LOCKPORT – For the past several years, New York State’s court system has recognized that military veterans sometimes have unique reasons for becoming involved in crime, especially offenses stemming from drug or alcohol use.Starting in late July, Niagara County will join the trend toward special treatment courts for veterans.County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas will preside ove…

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MIDDLEPORT – Politics being fickle, mayors and supervisors may come and go on a fairly frequent basis. But communities often rely on their village and town clerks for continuity.It’s no different in Royalton, a rural community of 7,660 residents, where Marie L. Little has worked for five different town supervisors in her 11 years as town clerk.Little was surprised – and ho…

NORTH TONAWANDA – For a third year, the city will pick a home in need of an “extensive sprucing up” in Project HOPE – Helping Others Paint Exteriors.The city is collecting applications through July 20, and the chosen house will be pressure-washed, primed and painted Aug. 17, with a rain date of Aug. 24.“It has always been my passion to help people and to make a difference …