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David Brooks wasn't thinking about vindication. He walked down a new stone stairway near the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge in Niagara Falls, heading toward a surge of water Niagara River green, toward the drama of the rapids hidden in the gorge. Brooks was transfixed. It was the beauty, not the blunders, that had always been the point. He introduced me to the gorge more than …

Obituaries

March 8, 1976 – Oct. 27, 2017 Steven Douglas Pyska of Niagara Falls, a retired officer in the Navy Seabees, died unexpectedly Friday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He was 41. Born in Lewiston, Mr. Pyska attended Niagara Falls city schools and was a 1994 graduate of the former LaSalle Senior High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1996 and served for 2…

Health and Fitness

The Niagara Parks Commission will host more than 3,600 runners Sunday for the Niagara Falls International Marathon. Registration for the run is closed, but the commission advises that motorists in Buffalo and Southern Ontario can expect delays and/or traffic closures depending on where they are traveling and when. Runners will leave the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 128…

High Schools

The mood on the bus was light for the Lew-Port girls swimming team last Tuesday. Jokes were flying around between the girls about how they don’t think they had ever beaten Niagara Frontier League rival Lockport in a dual meet before. That wasn’t the case, but it had been a while – as in 36 years. First-year varsity coach Ashley Tutwiler, a Niagara Falls High…

Colleges

Kyle DeWeen used to make the 30-minute trip to University at Buffalo football games a few times every season when he was a student at Niagara Falls High School. On his way to becoming the starting punter for the Bulls, he took a bit of a detour. DeWeen’s journey started around seventh grade, when he started watching former Bills punter Brian Moorman boom kicks at R…

Local News

Heavy rains on Wednesday afternoon caused another unplanned discharge from the Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant, the State Department of Environmental Conservation reported. The NY-Alert notification system shows there were three separate reports of wet weather overflows reported by the Niagara Falls Water Board on Wednesday. Those included: a 15 million…

High Schools

Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Four of the high school football season. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/24/buffalo-news-football-polls-sept-25/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 55, St. Joe’s 16 Click the link below to watch t…

Gusto

Romance is in the air. You find it in Niagara Falls, Ont., just off the Niagara Parkway, a 10-minute drive from Clifton Hill. For more than a century it has glided, suspended from a 1,800-foot cable, high over the deep green whirlpool. All day, from April to November, it goes back and forth, making its 10-minute trip. It is the Whirlpool Aero Car. Until 2004, it w…

Niagara County

The Cataract Little Loop Association has given inner-city youth in Niagara Falls the opportunity to participate in football and cheerleading since 1967. As one of the most recognizable little league football organizations in Western New York, Cataract has perennially fielded competitive teams and produced players who have gone on to perform at the next level. Green B…

High Schools

It’s been a while since Niagara Wheatfield won a home opener and a season-opening football game. The Falcons killed two birds with one stone Saturday as they won a high-scoring thriller against Lockport, 43-42, in Class AA. Host Niagara Wheatfield, which has won the Funke Consolation Bowl the past two seasons, rushed for all of its offensive yards – more than 400…

Niagara County

One man was reported dead on Thursday evening following a fire at 522 Niagara St. in Niagara Falls, according to a city spokeswoman Thursday night. A spokeswoman for Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster said the Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to the fire at 522 Niagara St. shortly before 8 p.m. The fire remained under investigation Thursday as an possible arso…

Sports

Medina's Jalin Cooper, who will take his size, speed and athleticism to Toledo of the Mid-American Conference after graduation, is just one of the many must-see talents in Western New York this coming season. Not all of them are seniors. Here are some of the other prime-time players looking to lead their respective teams to success while giving fans a reason to cheer, a…

Sports

Bennett Tigers (8-3) Coach: Stevenson McDuffie, sixth season Home field: All High Stadium Program founded: Unknown Outlook: After winning the program's first Section VI championship, the Tigers move up from Class A into the big-boys classification – their fourth different class in as many seasons. While Bennett has made three straight sectional finals, the nu…

Local News

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that earlier this month he ordered a stop to all discharges from the sediment basin at the Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant during the ongoing investigation into the foul-smelling black spill July 29 into the Niagara River. In a statement, the governor noted, “At my direction, DEC (the State Department of Environmental Conse…

Sports

Lions, Tigers and a few Bulldogs: Oh, my Scrimmage Saturday is around the corner for Western New York's scholastic football teams. The scrimmage extravagana begins at several sites at 9 a.m., as it's a chance for teams to hit players not on their own squad for the first time since practices began Aug. 14 throughout the state. Teams' playbooks will be scaled down, but…