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Leasing has begun for Fairchild Place, a 29-unit luxury apartment complex on the former site of the now-demolished Fairchild Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston. According to an announcement from the builders, McGuire Development Co. of Buffalo, construction is not yet complete, but most of the remaining work is inside the buildings. Occupancy should be available in May, the…

Buffalo

James and Jill Patterson wish they could better enjoy this moment. They both work full time for Empower of Niagara County, where their weekly duties allow them to spend one day together in helping men and women with developmental disabilities run a center for handling returnable containers. While their positions are different – Jill, 30, is a community work site supervi…

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Niagara County is creating a memorial book honoring all county residents who have ever received the Purple Heart for injuries in military service, said Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski. The book will be unveiled at a ceremony on Aug. 7 at the Robert Clark Purple Heart Monument in Raymond Klimek Veterans Park on River Road in North Tonawanda. The book will b…

Crime

A Niagara Falls man faces a felony charge after he was accused of causing damage at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion after being ejected from a hockey game. Paul R. Demunda, 36, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief Tuesday night, according to a Niagara Falls police report. Staff at the facility told police a section of glass on the main rink was shattered and a …

Environment

Executives of the company that wants to construct 47 wind turbines near Lake Ontario call the reported level of local opposition to the project exaggerated. Town officials said the opposition runs as strong as ever, and they will continue to fight the Lighthouse Wind project through the state siting board process. Paul Williamson, senior development manager for Apex …

Education

A foundation created by a former Lockport industrialist has made a $200,000 gift to DeSales Catholic School. Sam Ward, who headed Ward Beals & McCarthy until its sale in 1990, also named DeSales as a beneficiary in his will. He was the cousin of the school's principal, Karen Judge Rahill. Ward, who died in November 2017, had set up a foundation under his name an…

Local News

The Niagara Falls Water Board decided Monday to conduct a nationwide search for a new executive director for the city's water and sewer operations. Rolfe Porter informed the board Friday that he doesn't want to stick around after his contract expires March 31. The board chose Patrick Fama, a microbiologist who heads the water treatment plant's laboratory, as the acting …

Crime

Testimony began Wednesday in the trial of Anthony L. Butler of Niagara Falls, who had been charged with raping three women but now faces charges for only one. Pretrial rulings by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon led to dismissal of an alleged 2011 rape because of the statute of limitations. On the eve of trial, charges pertaining to a May 9 incident were dropped be…

Crime

A former Lockport man now living in Genesee County faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to stealing a woman's purse at knifepoint. "I wanted money for heroin," Jeremy D. Holmwood told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Murphy scheduled sentencing for March 6. Holmwood, 27, of Angling Road, Corfu, admitted to a reduced charge o…

Education

The Starpoint Central School District announced this week that nominating petitions are available for three seats on the Starpoint Board of Education, which are to be filled in the May 21 election. The incumbents whose three-year terms are expiring are Joseph Miller, Dennis Toth and Michael Zimmerman. Prospective candidates have plenty of time to think about running,…

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The Lockport Locks Heritage District will host a volunteer information night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Community Room at the Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave. The session is open to current and prospective volunteers. The district operates the partially restored 19th century Erie Canal locks in downtown Lockport. During the tourist season, the lock gates are…

Buffalo

Some local Catholics fuming over the Buffalo Diocese’s sex abuse scandal have threatened to hold back on gifts to the church, and the diocese soon will get a better sense of the depth of that anger. Catholic Charities – the human services arm of the diocese – on Tuesday launched its annual appeal and said it will seek to raise $11 million in support of programs that ben…

Education

Shamiel Gary, who played safety for the Buffalo Bills in 2016, will deliver the keynote address at the Niagara Falls School District's annual ceremony commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The event, free and open to the public, is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road. Gary, who also played for four other NFL teams, no…

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A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty Monday to an alleged assault on a Niagara University student Feb. 25 in a bar. Prosecutors said Todd A. Biro, 52, of 70th Street, refused to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count, so the Niagara County District Attorney's Office obtained a felony assault indictment. Co-defendant Daemon M. Kraft, 36, of 20th Street, took the misdemean…