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NIAGARA FALLS – Bicycles and lawnmowers were popular targets with thieves in four separate incidents reported Friday.An elderly 39th Street woman told police that someone stole her push mower from her garage sometime prior to 4 p.m. Friday. It was valued at $200. A Grand Avenue woman told police that between Wednesday and Friday mornings, someone stole her mower from her…

LOCKPORT – George Davis spent the better part of a decade building the field before his dreams would come true.Like Kevin Costner’s character in the film “Field of Dreams,” Davis was haunted by America’s pastime. He didn’t hear the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson whispering to him from a cornfield, but rather the whispers of regret lingering in the back of his mi…

An unexpected outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in Erie and Niagara counties in the past two months has health officials searching for the cause, so far unsuccessfully.In Erie County, there were 38 reported cases in June and 18 so far in July, spokesman Peter Anderson said. Last year, there were only five cases in each month.“We typically see more cases of Legionnaire…

NIAGARA FALLS – Once upon a time, if you mentioned “Indian restaurants” in downtown Niagara Falls, thoughts probably turned to the long-since forgotten “Turtle,” a snapper-shaped structure that housed a Native American cultural center, as well as a restaurant.There weren’t any “Indian” places serving the culinary delights of the world’s second-most populo…

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., 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 Falls Blvd. A…

NORTH TONAWANDA – With incumbents re-elected, the same board members took their seats at the North Tonawanda Board of Education’s reorganizational meeting this month, but new people took the top seats and will seek to promote a new atmosphere of communication and listening.The new board went into action immediately, moving meeting dates from Tuesdays to Wednesdays. The…

NIAGARA FALLS – A long-standing city tradition is coming back in full force this year.The Italian Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Pine Avenue between Portage Avenue and 15th Street. It comes a year after a smaller version of the festival was held.Carmine Bianco, who heads a men’s bocce club in the city known as the Pax Romana Commission, is spearhe…

Angela Gallo, a senior at Lewiston-Porter High School, was elected governor at the 2013 American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State Program held June 29 to July 6 at Brockport State College.Gallo was one of 360 girls across the state who were interviewed, selected and sponsored by one of the their local American Legion Auxiliary units. She was sponsored by the O. Leo Curt…

LOCKPORT – The “World Class K-9 Athletes” is a scripted and choreographed show designed to entertain fairgoers with high flying, acrobatic dog performances, several times a day at the Niagara County Fair, Wednesday through Sunday.Once homeless pups, these dogs have been rescued or adopted from shelters all over the country and then trained to become incredible athlet…

The North Tonawanda History Museum’s summer used-book sale – a tradition going back to 2006 – will be held Saturday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 54 Webster St.Books are 50 cents each for paperbacks or three for $1; $1 each for hardcovers or three for $2. Customers also may purchase a bag from the museum for $5 and fill it with all the books they can squ…

WHEATFIELD – Linda L. Kloch says she didn’t have much while growing up in the Love Canal area of Niagara Falls, but she sees herself as a woman with a vision, able to see what others have may have dismissed. She did it once before when she bought and rehabilitated the Country Cottage restaurant in Pendleton nearly 30 years ago, but in the late 1990s she took on anothe…

LOCKPORT – George Davis spent the better part of a decade building the field before his dreams would come true.Like Kevin Costner’s character in the film “Field of Dreams,” Davis was haunted by America’s pastime. He didn’t hear the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson whispering to him from a cornfield, but rather the whispers of regret lingering in the back of his mi…

LOCKPORT – It has been at least 20 years since the Niagara County Fair featured a firefighters parade, but that tradition is being revived this year.Organizers are hoping that every volunteer fire company and professional fire department in the county will send at least one piece of apparatus to parade at 4 p.m. Saturday, the second-to-last day of the fair.“The county …

LEWISTON – The plan to turn 29 acres of land owned by the Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara into a nature preserve along the banks of the Niagara River took a step forward this week.The Niagara River Greenway’s Ecological Standing Committee has approved a $500,000 funding request from the Western New York Land Conservancy, which plans to buy the land from the or…