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CAMBRIA – The Cambria Town Board will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. Thursday to consider local volunteer fire companies’ request to raise the town’s contribution to the firefighters’ service award program. The Town Board will vote Thursday on placing the matter on the Nov. 5 ballot.The proposal is to raise the current award from $550 per year to $650 per year for…

LOCKPORT – Police are investigating after a person on a bicycle was struck by a vehicle just before 3:30 p.m. today at Market and Exchange streets.The person riding the bike, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport with undetermined injuries.

NIAGARA FALLS – Two drivers were injured in a crash at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Packard Road at about noon today.Both drivers were taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.The cause of the crash was not immediately reported and the Niagara Falls Traffic Office was unavailable for comment.

PENDLETON – Tonawanda Creek Road, between Campbell Boulevard and Bear Ridge Road was closed at about 2 p.m. today after a tractor trailer struck a utility pole at Tonawanda Creek and Old Tonawanda Creek Road and brought down wires in the area.The road is expected to remain closed for another four to five hours according to the Niagara County Sheriff Department.

NORTH TONAWANDA – Dozens of drivers were arrested or ticketed in a STOP-DWI sobriety checkpoint conducted by the North Tonawanda Police Department from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday.A total of 1680 motorists were screened as they drove through the checkpoint set up near the entrance of Fisherman’s Park.One unnamed motorist was charged with drunken driving, another was arr…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – “Kidz ‘N’ Kites” is going to the dogs. Or rather, the dogs – and cats – are coming to “Kidz ‘N’ Kites,” on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, 7000 Lockport Rd.The Niagara County SPCA has joined the huge list of entertainers at the annual event that has been providing fun activities for families for the last 16 years.Registration wil…

LOCKPORT – Willie R. Scott Jr., who according to his attorney had vowed never to take a plea bargain, backed away from that position Monday and admitted he shot a 2-year-old girl in the face.Scott, 33, of LaSalle Avenue, decided not to risk a life sentence as a persistent felon, which is what Niagara County Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said she would have …

An 18-year-old resident of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation died from his injuries late Sunday morning after being partially trapped under an overturned SUV that had been involved in a two-vehicle crash in the Town of Lewiston, police reported.Brett McKee was killed in the crash that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. on Upper Mountain Road at Susie’s Lane on the reservation…

Niagara Falls police are investigating the night-time burning of some political signs supporting City Councilman Samuel F. Fruscione over the weekend.Fruscione said that signs at about 10 homes throughout the city were set on fire Saturday night into Sunday morning. “They’re my signs,” he said Sunday afternoon. “A friend told me this morning that a police officer k…

MondayPRAYER: The Healing Rooms of Buffalo Niagara is open for prayer 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.TuesdayRECOVERY GROUP: 7:30 p.m. Wheatfield Community Church, 3571 Niagara Fall…

There comes a moment in the life of every major constituency when a group of important-looking people in expensive-looking suits will descend upon your neighborhood, school or community center and whisper a series of sweet, vague nothings into the nearest live microphone.That moment is called election time, and the people in the expensive-looking suits are politicians. And…

Festivals

LEWISTON – The nearly deserted midway, the easy parking and the bored-looking vendors told their own story on a rainy Saturday afternoon: the Niagara County Peach Festival took a hit from the weather.But with today’s forecast much improved, Kiwanis Club organizers are hoping that the crowds return as they did Friday night, when the 56th annual festival opened successfu…

Festivals

LEWISTON – The nearly deserted midway, the easy parking and the bored-looking vendors told their own story on a rainy Saturday afternoon: the Niagara County Peach Festival took a hit from the weather.But with today’s forecast much improved, Kiwanis Club organizers are hoping that the crowds return as they did Friday night, when the 56th annual festival opened successfu…

LOCKPORT – Preparing to try a 32-year-old homicide case for the third time is no easy matter, as a session in State Supreme Court demonstrated last week.Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. and the attorneys in the Robie J. Drake case met to try to hash out whether the Niagara County Public Defender’s Office must step aside as Drake’s counsel.Drake, 48, has been convicted tw…

High Schools

WILSON – The challenges of coaching football in a small town are magnified on the practice field.Lacking the numbers to fill out a full 11-on-11 drill in recent seasons, Wilson Lakemen coach Bill Atlas did some creative math, putting bulky lineman in the backfield and scrawny skill players on the line, rearranging the furniture anyway he could to try to form a makeshift …