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Oct. 27, 1927 – Nov. 2, 2017 Thomas E. Wojtaszek, who founded a political dynasty in both his professional and personal life, died on Thursday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 90. Mr. Wojtaszek and his wife of 64 years, the former Lillian Pope, are parents to 12 children, including those who followed their father's footsteps…

Columns

Sister Corinne Yarborough of Buffalo was among the many readers who offered thoughtful, passionate replies to a column last week that made a simple point: Dawn at Terrapin Point, at Niagara Falls – where the sunrise forges a brilliant and often short-lived rainbow from the mist – is a moment of almost otherworldly beauty. That account led Yarborough, of the Siste…

A Lockport man was arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged rape that police said occurred in 2015, according to State Police. Jordan R. Patterson, 22, faces a charge of first-degree rape, a class B felony, according to State Police. Officers from the agency's Bureau of Criminal Investigations were notified Friday of a possible rape that had allegedly occurred in…

A Niagara Falls man with a prior conviction for possessing images of a child engaged in sexual activity was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 27 years in prison, following his most recent conviction on distributing child pornography. Daniel Krull, 44, using the Facebook profile "Danny Blaze," distributed 11 images of child pornography to other individuals …

Fliers related to white supremacist topics were found earlier this week in the driveways of more than a dozen homes in Lewiston, according to town police. Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte said the fliers were distributed sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. They were found at properties on Mohawk Street, Chicora Road and Lower River Ro…

Local News

HARTLAND - A man was in critical condition early Thursday after the ATV he was operating struck a parked trailer on Rose Road. The man, identified as Douglas R. Baldwin, 69, was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center after his ATV rolled over several times and he was ejected following the collision, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. The trailer …

Two Niagara Falls men were arrested Friday in an alleged shoplifting incident at a Walmart Supercenter in the Town of Lockport, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Henry Lee McGriff, 32, and James V. Caffey, 57, were accused of stealing over $1,800 in merchandise from the store. The men were stopped by Erie County Sheriff's deputies, who observed the susp…

Local News

Amidst the dazzle of a vast Christmas tree forest and a live visit by Santa and his reindeer, only one thing drew the focus of  Ian Earl of Royalton last year on a visit to the "Festival of Lights" at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg: the huge empty barrel that had been designated for toys donated in support of The News Neediest Fund. Ian spied it while accompan…

Crime

There are a number of things that the state Department of Environmental Conservation doesn’t have a taste for, and one of them is poached salmon. Three men accused of snagging 69 salmon with an illegal hook and a net at night learned that the hard way after one of them tried to elude authorities by swimming across a creek while another led police on a wild chase in th…

LEWISTON - The Frontier House will reopen through Halloween with a scary mission - a haunted house which raises money to benefit Artisan's Edge of Rivershore, a division of People Inc., which supports people living with disabilities. The haunted house at 460 Center St. will continue daily from 6 to 9 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 31. Artisan's Edge designers have crafted…

Featured

There is nothing like waking up with the thought:Today I am hitting the wine trail.The skies could be gray, the temperatures terrible. It doesn’t matter. You are about to toast – literally, in many cases – the essence of Western New York. Not just our wine, but our heritage.Wine, whether or not you drink it, reflects who we are. It involves geography, weather, land, …

Family

If you’re looking for a fabulous fall family destination, consider taking a trip to Niagara County. Becker Farms is a fifth generation, family owned farm. The 340-acre working fruit and vegetable farm lets you get up close and personal to Mother Nature. Whether you want to pick whatever fruit is in season – right now they have pumpkin and apple picking available – h…

Art

The spirit of Robert Smithson, the great land artist whose 1970 magnum opus "Spiral Jetty" still juts out of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, is everywhere apparent at Artpark this season. With the results of a new artist residency program now on view near the entrance to the Mainstage Theatre, the Lewiston venue is reconnecting to its early days as a haven for artists whose…

More than 10 food and wine writers from across the United States and Canada will visit Niagara County this weekend to get a taste of what the region offers. Hosted by the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., the "Up Close and Savory" tour will give the writers a chance to check out food from local eateries and the Niagara Wine Trail. They'll also be making stops at th…