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NIAGARA FALLS - Two of the most breathtaking viewing areas on the American side of Niagara Falls will be closed to visitors from now until next spring to accommodate $3 million in improvements. Workers fenced off access today to the Three Sisters Islands and Luna Island viewing areas to begin the improvements financed primarily by Niagara River Greenway money provided by t…

Jaws finally devoured the Black Widow at the National Buffalo Wing Festival.Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, 28, of San Jose, Calif., billed as the No. 1-ranked competitive eater in the world, set a new world record for eating fried chicken wings Sunday by downing 7.61 pounds of wings in 12 minutes during the festival's professional Buffalo Chicken Wing Eating Contest.Chestnut beat o…

Next weekend's Niagara County Peach Festival will become more visitor-friendly than ever before with plenty of free parking space at Artpark and free shuttle bus service between there and the festival grounds at Academy Park.Some 50,000 to 100,000 people are expected to attend the three-day, 55th annual festival, depending on weather conditions, general Chairman Dean Beltr…

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LEWISTON - Next weekend's Niagara County Peach Festival will become more visitor-friendly than ever before with plenty of free parking space at Artpark and free shuttle bus service between there and the festival grounds at Academy Park. Some 50,000 to 100,000 people are expected to attend the three-day, 55th annual festival, depending on weather conditions, general Chairma…

Vandalism – and not sabotage – is blamed for the uncoupling in the CSX railroad yard of an empty freight car that rolled across the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge into Canada before it coasted to a stop near the VIA Rail Canada passenger station in Niagara Falls, Ont.The incident is believed to have occurred undetected at about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 12, and Canadian news media have wide…

NIAGARA FALLS – Vandalism – and not sabotage – is blamed for the uncoupling in the CSX railroad yard of an empty freight car that rolled across the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge into Canada before it coasted to a stop near the VIA Rail Canada passenger station in Niagara Falls, Ont. The incident is believed to have occurred undetected about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 12, and Canadian news m…

LEWISTON – One of the most unusual and heroic actions of the War of 1812 – the Tuscarora rescue of American settlers during the burning of Lewiston – should be commemorated with a monument in a central location in the village, the Town Board decided Monday. “The monument will be presented as a gift of thanksgiving and appreciation to the Tuscarora Nation for its protection…

NIAGARA FALLS – The city School Board wants taxpayers to borrow up to $66.7 million to build a new recreational and athletic field house on the Niagara Falls High School campus, resurface seven athletic playing fields with synthetic turf, provide renovations and additions to 11 school buildings and possibly make minor improvements to four other buildings. The money, to be …

LEWISTON – One of the most unusual and heroic actions of the War of 1812 – the Tuscarora rescue of American settlers during the burning of Lewiston – should be commemorated with a monument in a central location in the village, the Town Board decided Monday."The monument will be presented as a gift of thanksgiving and appreciation to the Tuscarora Nation for its protection,…

Residents along the Lewiston-Porter town line have been living in the shadow of nuclear radiation from a World War II bomb-making plant for about 70 years, and many of them have been telling the government it's time to get rid of the stuff.But that's easier said than done.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which inherited the old Lake Ontario Ordnance Works and its …

The abandoned yard of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad is an asset waiting to be developed for the benefit of the Niagara Falls area, according to Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston."We are one step closer to fully using the region's assets -- the bridges, the Canadian market and the Niagara Falls International Airport -- to help grow our economy and strength…

NIAGARA FALLS – The city School Board wants taxpayers to borrow up to $66.7 million to build a new recreational and athletic field house on the Niagara Falls High School campus, resurface seven athletic playing fields with synthetic turf, provide renovations and additions to 11 school buildings and possibly make minor improvements to four other buildings.The money, to be b…

The long-range future of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and the 2,600 people who work there may be on the line when U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visits the base Thursday morning."He is one of the highest-ranking officials we have had coming to Niagara Falls, and we hope he will be able to see the viability of the base," Niagara Military Affairs Council cha…

With athletes' head injuries becoming an increasing concern, schools throughout New York state are being required to adopt policies to deal with the sometimes overlooked consequences of concussions suffered by students in contact sports.Every school district is affected, but some of them are farther along than others in implementing their policies.The Niagara Falls City Sc…

With concern over athletes' head injuries increasing, schools across the state are being required to adopt policies to deal with concussions suffered by students in contact sports.The Niagara Falls City School District "is ahead of many other school districts in adopting a proactive stance to help protect its students," Judie Gregory, the district's director of community r…