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RICHARD E. BALDWIN


Congress has approved a 327-page management plan and environmental assessment that will permit a local commission to "begin to build the capacity of local historical societies and civic groups to help interpret the rich, diverse history" along the Niagara River, according to chairman of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Commission."The approval of our management pla…

Christmas dinner came a day early Monday for about 450 Buffalo residents in need.They came in all ages, shapes and sizes. Some of the elderly used wheelchairs or walkers. Some of the homeless came in from the cold city streets. And some young mothers came with babies in their arms.They all came to the Buffalo Christian Center at 512 Pearl St. to share in free, full-course …

NIAGARA FALLS – Like school districts everywhere, the Niagara Falls city schools are re-examining their safety programs as the nation continues to come to grips with the brutal execution of 20 first-graders and six adult educators in last Friday's school invasion in Newtown, Conn.But unlike in many other districts, the effort here was under way before that tragedy occurred…

NIAGARA FALLS – Nominations of individuals and organizations for awards that exemplify the ideals of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are being reviewed by committees in preparation for the city School District's annual Martin Luther King celebration scheduled for Jan. 17.Nominations, which already have been submitted by members of the community, are being reviewed…

MEDINA – The origin of the modern Christmas tree often is associated with the religious reformer Martin Luther in 16th-century Germany, but an Orleans County woman has taken the tradition to a whole new level with 19 trees in her rural home along Route 31-A and three more lighted trees on her patio."The lighted tree is a very special way to honor the true light of the worl…

NIAGARA FALLS – Andrea Frizzell is having a hard time making ends meet on her small, intermittent and undependable income, and she is staring at two birthdays and Christmas coming within 10 days of one another.It's not for lack of effort. Frizzell wants to work. She earned her GED diploma and a license to provide skin care. She even tried teaching and running her own busin…

A group of Amherst residents opposed to the potential construction of a six-story hotel near the site of the present two-story Lord Amherst Motel on Main Street in Snyder began a petition drive Thursday aimed at derailing the project before it is officially proposed."We don't know what may be proposed," Town Planning Director Eric W. Gillert and his assistant, Gary B. Blac…

LEWISTON – The new Congress that takes office in January may hold the key to what, if anything, will be done during the next couple of years with the decades-old chemical and radioactive contamination at the former Lake Ontario Ordnance Works.Members of the Community Action Council, or CAC, agreed Tuesday to reach out to newly elected and redistricted members of Congress a…

NIAGARA FALLS – Wednesday is Barbara J. Rodgers' birthday, but she's not looking for gifts for herself; she wants to give a gift of life to others."I would like to see more than 100 units of blood donated to celebrate the day," Rodgers said at Niagara Falls High School, where she is the media specialist. Students and staff are participating in a blood collection drive from…

NIAGARA FALLS – The continuation of railroad passenger service between New York and Toronto via Niagara Falls has been assured with an agreement to transfer rail operations on the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge to Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada.The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, operator of the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge and two other bridges across the Niagara River between the Unite…

One of the most diverse collections of yuletide Nativity sets in upstate New York began 27 years ago, when a parish priest's imagination was turned on by a set of ebony figures hand-carved in Africa to depict the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.Today, the collection has grown to 385 sets – no two of them alike – from 55 countries, and they all are on free public display every …

NIAGARA FALLS – Proceeds from the sale of the 2013 edition of the LaSalle Legacy Calendar, featuring historic photographs of the former village of LaSalle, will be used to install historical monuments in what now is the LaSalle neighborhood of the City of Niagara Falls.The calendars will go on sale for $10 each at the annual meeting of the LaSalle Pride organization at 6 p…

NIAGARA FALLS – A long-standing lawsuit between the city School District and its former supplier of a computer program for school management and payroll systems has been settled with no money changing hands between the two parties.The supplier, CrossPointe Schools Online of Orlando, Fla., issued a prepared announcement recently: "The stipulation in U.S. District Court in B…

LEWISTON – An up-to-date zoning map that largely reflects the diverse character of Lewiston was presented Monday to the Town Board for preliminary approval.The proposed zoning would continue to provide large areas for rural residential development, particularly in eastern and northern sections of the town. Residential zoning would remain intact for areas neighboring the Vi…

LEWISTON – Decades-long efforts to clean up chemical and radioactive contamination at the former Lake Ontario Ordnance Works site have taken a small step forward with the issuance of a final plan for a field investigation to analyze some soil and water samples that may not already have been thoroughly tested or cleaned up.The latest field-investigation plan, issued earlier…