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The Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, a summer celebration along the banks of the Erie Canal, will turn 35 this year and will celebrate at its opening ceremonies at noon Sunday, July 16, on the Renaissance Bridge. The eight-day festival, a joint event by the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, includes music, a midway, food and a variety of special events. Some of t…

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A North Tonawanda woman riding on a motorcycle died Sunday and three motorcycle riders were injured when a car crossed into the oncoming lane on Route 20A in the Town of Orangeville about 11:45 a.m. and struck two bikes, State Police in Warsaw reported. Tomasa Martinez, 66, was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, where she was pronounced dead of her in…

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ALBANY – Three felony corruption counts against state Sen. Robert Ortt were dropped by an Albany judge Tuesday just three months after the case was brought against the Republican senator from North Tonawanda by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Albany County Judge Peter Lynch tossed the case against Ortt, saying there was “no valid line of reasoning and permiss…

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The twin cities of North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda share several summer events leading up the 35th anniversary of Canal Fest on July 16-23. But you don't have to wait until July. Events begin this weekend. June 3 and 4 - Weekend on the Niagara Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Niagara Street at City of Tonawanda Bandshell June 4  - Taste of the Tonawanda…

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Get ready to pay a bit more to dock your boat in the Tonawandas' Gateway Harbor this summer. The daily fee, without electricity for boats 25 feet and under, would rise from $5 to $10 under a request by the Gateway Committee. The fee for boats 26 feet to 40 feet would rise from $10 to $15. Fees to dock overnight with electric and water service would rise from $15 a day t…

If you haven't got your food truck fix in at Larkinville on Tuesday nights or at Niagara Square on Thursday afternoons, you can head over the Tonawandas on Thursday nights beginning June 8 for the Tonawanda's Gateway Market Thursdays. The joint event in the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda will have live family-friendly entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays…

A North Tonawanda man was arrested on several charges Wednesday, following what City of Tonawanda police described as a road rage incident. Douglas P. Everett, 40, of Warner Avenue, was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment after he pulled a 22-year motorist from his vehicle and began choking him, while stopped at a…

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Troy Keller became the 46th wrestler to have his name added to the extensive list of All-Americans who have grappled for Niagara County Community College. The 165-pounder ended his freshman campaign with 45 wins and six losses, the program record for technical falls in a season with 14 and a fifth-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association National…

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NORTH TONAWANDA – Despite a few questions raised about the need for apartments, a proposed $20 million housing and retail complex along the Niagara River got many positive reviews at a public hearing Tuesday held by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. Rock One Development LLC has asked the Niagara County IDA for a 10-year property tax break on the waterf…

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NORTH TONAWANDA - Thousands of flags memorializing those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001 created the Healing Field -  a solemn and beautiful panorama along the Niagara River in Gratwick-Riverside Park on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The sale of the 3,000 flags helped the Healing Field organizers raise $20,000, which will be donated to local vetera…

NORTH TONAWANDA - Deerwood Golf Course will close for the season next Friday, Dec. 9. The city golf course, maintained by North Tonawanda Department of Parks and Recreation, brought in over $1 million in gross sales to the city. For questions about gift passes for next season, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 695-8520 or at its offices at 500 Wheatfi…

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NORTH TONAWANDA - Local vendors, artists and crafters will be opening up troves of goodies during Project 308's fifth annual Holiday Trunk Show from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the former North Tonawanda Catholic Ascension School, 69 Keil St. Project 308 Gallery Owner Natalie Brown said the event offers one-stop shopping for  unique holiday gifts, with 40 loca…

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NORTH TONAWANDA - The Starry Night Theatre will present its 30th anniversary production of "A Christmas Carol," adapted and directed by L. Don Swartz, beginning on Dec. 8 and continuing Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 18. The show will be staged at   Ghostlight Theater, 174 Schneck St.  This year's production features a new set and minor  changes, making this ye…

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NORTH TONAWANDA - Wooden floors, intricately carved columns and a grand foyer with a stained glass window on the ceiling are part of the striking entrance to the Carnegie Art Center, a historic building which dates back to 1904 , but this gem closed for most of 2015 due to dwindling public funds and was almost lost. The struggling art center laid off its executive dire…