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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 veteran…

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 local…

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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 year'…

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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 direc…

NORTH TONAWANDA – The Common Council on Tuesday will tackle at its work session a growing parking problem in the city. The problem is terrace parking, which means parking vehicles on the green space usually reserved for city trees, grass and utilities, in an area between the street and the sidewalk. Residents who don't have access to a driveway or have a shared driveway…

NORTH TONAWANDA - A band shell will be coming to Klimek Veterans Park on the Niagara River next summer with approval of $90,000 in funding from the Niagara County Legislature. The permanent stage will replace a mobile structure that had been used in Veteran's Park for concerts and memorials. The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017. The Legislatu…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Mayor Arthur G. Pappas had proposed a zero tax increase when he presented his 2017 budget last month, but the Common Council decided his cuts may be a bit too deep. The Common Council adopted a $36.4 million spending plan, which will raise taxes from $13.35 to $13.34 – nine cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The increase in the tax bill would be $…

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NORTH TONAWANDA – Your favorite golf lover may appreciate a gift certificate to use at the city's Deerwood Golf Course. Certificates good for the 2017 season will be on sale 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Nov. 28 through Dec. 23 at the North Tonawanda Department of Youth and Recreation, 500 Wheatfield St. Certificates will not be available at the golf co…

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NORTH TONAWANDA - The second annual "Art Off the Wall" exhibition and fundraiser will give art lovers a chance to purchase a piece of original artwork and support the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St. "Art Off the Wall" opens on Dec. 1 and will feature original artwork donated by local artists, all priced to sell at $20 each to support the Carnegie Art Center. For…

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NORTH TONAWANDA – After Thanksgiving, after Black Friday, it will be Santa Saturdays on the carousel at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 17. You can tell Santa what's on your list while you enjoy an afternoon of activities, including games, crafts, snacks and carrousel rides at the museum at 180 Thompson St. There will a…

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At age 15, Kale Shiesley isn't planning on using the swings at an elementary school playground. But even when he was attending Drake Elementary School, that wasn't an option either. Kale has spinal muscular atrophy and uses a wheelchair to get around. He is popular, with a group of close friends who surround him every day in school, but when it came time to enjoy the…

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Texas native Bill Engvall was spinning records at a Dallas strip club when he went to a comedy club with a few buddies. After a “few rounds of liquid encouragement,” Engvall took the stage, made lots of people laugh and was quickly offered a house MC gig for the club. Now the popular comedian has co-headlined a national tour (“The Blue Collar Comedy Tour”), released sev…

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NORTH TONAWANDA - Tax rates will not rise and more than $1 million will be spent to improve roads and sidewalks. That's the message North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas presented to the Common Council on Tuesday, when he presented his 2017 mayor's budget. He said the key points were: a reduction of spending no layoffs no loss of city services below the t…