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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 …

The American Osteopathic Association has granted a five-year accreditation to the Family Medicine Residency Program at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The approval was granted following an inspection that included an on-site visit and a review of the program’s curriculum, policies and procedures.Osteopathic postdoctoral training programs such as Memorial’s are recog…

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YOUNGSTOWN – The Porter on the Lake Park Summerfest returns June 29 after a one-year hiatus.The family event is slated for 2 to 10 p.m. at the park on Dietz Road, off Route 18.The festival will feature food, beer and wine vendors, as well as local music provided by WhaTheFolk, the Second Amendment, the Lakeside Blues Band and the JB Aaron Band and Trouble. Pony rides, face…

Kelvin W. Robinson of Niagara Falls, who admitted stabbing his wife to death in 2004, won his appeal Friday, on his third try.A four-judge panel in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that incomplete questioning by the judge who took Robinson’s guilty plea means that the plea was invalid and the case should be reopened. He stays behind bars in t…

A West Seneca contractor can sue the company that owns the Seneca Nation’s Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston for unpaid bills, an appellate court ruled Friday.The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester unanimously upheld a March 2012 decision by State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto that Sue/Perior Concrete and Paving may pursue its cla…

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NIAGARA FALLS – The visitors were as impressed as the politicians Friday, as some $5 million worth of improvements in Niagara Falls State Park officially opened.The work improves access to Luna Island, which separates the American Falls from the Bridal Veil Falls; the Three Sisters Islands in the waterway itself; and the passage to the Cave of the Winds.“It’s beautiful. I …

TOWN OF NIAGARA – An employee handbook that contains all policies regarding working for the Town of Niagara is in the works.At a work session Thursday, the Town Board agreed to authorize Town Attorney Michael Risman to develop a handbook that would be given to all current employees and new hires.According to the discussion, the handbook would contain the town’s policies on…

LOCKPORT – Gooding Co., Lockport’s oldest industrial firm, won a 15-year tax break from the Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency on Thursday, despite the opposition of two members who said an established firm like Gooding doesn’t need the town’s help.The Davison Road company, a printing plant that specializes in inserts for prescription drugs, plans to add six to…