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Have a hankering for a hike to look for birds in the Niagara Gorge? How about crouching by a creek in Wilson to look at fish or lingering in a lighthouse on Lake Ontario? An intriguing array of summer programs awaits patrons of the local New York State parks, accompanied by nature interpreters to point out interesting things along the way.These free programs are sponsored …

NORTH TONAWANDA – Mayor Robert G. Ortt will be a guest speaker at the Marine Appreciation Day celebration hosted by Conrad Kania Detachment, Marine Corps League, at 10 a.m. Saturday in Raymond Klimek Veterans Park on River Road.Ortt, a veteran of Afghanistan who served as a first lieutenant in the New York National Guard, said: “For 237 years, the United States Marine…

LOCKPORT– Saying “yes” to the dress is a relatively recent phenomenon. So is wearing white when a woman walks down the aisle.These and other interesting nuptial facts are being shared during a new exhibit, “Weddings Through the Ages,” which debuted last week in the Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House, 143 Ontario St.The event, curated by Bond-Hawley House co-dir…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Syracuse-based nonprofit is considering some residential development in the downtown area.Housing Visions, which completed the $8 million Lockport Canal Homes development last year, is looking at a number of city-owned, school district-owned and privately owned properties in the area of Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets, said Seth A. Piccirillo, head of …

Every so often you meet a person who is instantly likable and willing to go the extra mile for everyone she meets.Betsy Diachun, who was selected Niagara County Senior of the Year, is one of those people.Retirement has not slowed her down one bit.At age 77, Diachun credits good genes, good health and good fortune, but her list of activities would put the most active person…

Lockport Mayor Michael W. Tucker has declared a state of emergency at the city’s waste water treatment plant, though he called it a “precautionary measure” and emphasized that there is no immediate threat to public safety.The waste water treatment plant was badly damaged by the flooding that affected Lockport on June 28, the mayor said.The plant has two “grit chamb…

Teamsters Local 375 on Friday delivered 10-day notice signaling its intent to strike privately owned Rural/Metro Medical Services if progress is not made to fix a system in which, according to the union, first responders are paid below the city’s living wage.Emergency medical technicians and paramedics voted July 3 to reject a contract offer from Rural/Metro.Kevin Drysda…

NIAGARA FALLS – The state Department of Health has approved Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s application to open a new wound care center this October, the hospital announced this week.Body copy rag: The center will include two hyperbaric chambers that will allow patients to receive 100 percent oxygen at high pressure to speed the healing of chronic or problem wo…

NIAGARA FALLS – Saladin Q. Allah, a member of the Green Party, announced this week that he is running for Niagara County legislator in the 4th District, a central Niagara Falls seat now represented by Democrat Owen T. Steed.Steed is running for his second term.Allah, 38, said he is running to promote his plans to expand youth outreach, increase community alliances, promo…

NIAGARA FALLS – At a time when the region pins much of its economic future on tourism, some Niagara Falls lawmakers appear ready to sever the official relationship between the city and its tourism promotion agency.City Council Chairman Glenn A. Choolokian on Friday said that the three-member majority on the Council may either table or vote down a proposed one-year contra…

A $25.3 million hotel, apartment and retail proposal for downtown Niagara Falls likely won’t get a needed approval from city lawmakers on Monday.City Council Chairman Glenn A. Choolokian on Friday said the Council’s three-member majority is looking to table an agreement to transfer the city-owned parcel at 310 Rainbow Blvd. to the Hamister Group.The Williamsville-based…

NIAGARA FALLS – A St. John’s Parkway man was arrested and taken to the hospital with a small stab wound to the chest early Thursday morning after witnesses told city police the assailant chased a man with a knife and dragged a woman by her hair.James A. Mylar, 39, who police described as appearing highly intoxicated, was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. in the parking lot o…

NIAGARA FALLS – A training session for those interested in becoming registered family child care providers will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31 at Niagara Community Action Program, 1521 Main St.The state Office of Children and Family Services requires individuals caring for two or more children to become registered.To register, call the Community Child Care Cleari…

Three people safely fled a house fire this morning in the Town of Hartland, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies reported.The fire at 3875 Root Road was reported at 6:25 a.m. Friday by the homeowner, who said there were flames coming from the second floor, deputies said.Two adults and a juvenile were out of the house by the time deputies and firefighters arrived. The fire w…

LOCKPORT – The annual Lockport Community Market, held on summer Saturdays on Canal Street, debuts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The market will run for eight weeks, through Aug. 24.The market features live entertainment, activities and demonstrations, as well as vendors offering fresh produce, meat, baked goods, local wine, jewelry and gifts. For information call 434…