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Imagine a new all-inclusive vacation resort or wedding destination. It would almost certainly have swimming, probably with both a pool and a beach, plus a range of sports and entertainment. Maybe there would be some volleyball, rock-climbing or mini-golf. It might also include nature activities, with gardens, walks through woods, or just relaxing in a hammock. Don't …

Health and Fitness

As he works with others to help breathe new life into his struggling city of Niagara Falls, Brian Archie often thinks about the house on 13th Street where his grandparents once lived. James and Ada Williams were among the first African Americans from the "Jim Crow South" to move into the North End neighborhood in the late 1940s. Their home became a place where people ga…

Business

KeyBank will close a branch in Youngstown in June. The final day of business for the branch, at 421 Second St., will be June 1. Customers' accounts will be transferred to a branch at 2547 Youngstown-Lockport Road in Ransomville, about seven miles away, on June 4. "KeyBank’s decision to consolidate this branch is purely a business decision based on customer traffic an…

Business

A husband-and-wife team with a longtime business dream have opened a new comprehensive wellness and fitness center in Wheatfield, after buying and renovating a former dog kennel. Jimmy and Tara Scaringi have launched Synergy Nutrition and Wellness, along with BeMoved Fitness, at 3376 Niagara Falls Blvd. The combined center offers nutrition, chiropractic, massage therapy…

Crime

A 40-year-old North Tonawanda man was arrested and charged with first-degree assault Saturday after he allegedly stabbed a family member in the neck while riding in a vehicle on Tonawanda Creek Road in Pendleton. According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Cory J. Ochterski allegedly left the vehicle after the victim, who was driving, stopped the car, and then ran…

Niagara County

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 i…

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 Sisters o…

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  u…

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 w…

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 suspe…

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 accompanyi…

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 the …

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…