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WILSON – The only school district in Western New York to be operating on a contingency budget for the upcoming school year granted its superintendent a pay raise and new benefits.Wilson Superintendent Michael S. Wendt, whose pay had been frozen for the past three years, received a 3 percent raise for each of the next four years, unless some other pay level is negotiated by…

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LOCKPORT – When Kellie Pickler takes the stage, she lights up the room. Even if that “room” happens to be a massive municipal parking lot tucked behind the library in the heart of downtown Lockport. Pickler, the former American Idol and Dancing with the Stars contestant, is incredibly adept at conveying a sense of down-home, Southern girl charm to thousands of people at a …

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NIAGARA FALLS – When the city gets a 50-acre parcel of land near Hyde Park Golf Course from the New York Power Authority, it’s going to come with a little something extra.The Porter Road parcel, located between the golf course and an old railroad yard just west of Interstate 190, also will come with about 9,000 cubic yards of sediment dredged from the Niagara River.The lan…

NEWFANE – Newfane residents and shopkeepers are looking forward to a busy weekend as the annual Bike Cruise kicks off the festivities Friday night, and the August Fest takes center stage Saturday.The motorcycle cruise attracted “just short of a thousand bikes last year,” according to one of its organizers, Sue Neidlinger, of the Newfane Business Association. She said Main …

YOUNGSTOWN – Repairs have been completed at the iconic Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse at the entrance of the garrison, and the tower in the historic lighthouse, which had been closed to tours this summer, has reopened.“It’s important to preserve it because it reminds people of the importance of maritime history to this region,” said Old Fort Niagara Executive Director Robert …

LewistonThe Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road.LockportThe town Planning Board will meet for a work session at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road.Also this week:• The Common Council will meet for a work session at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building, One Locks Plaza.• The School Board will hold an executive session at …

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Since being struck by lightning two summers ago, a bank of lights on the west wall of Sal Maglie Stadium has been disabled, casting a shadow on the baseball diamond below.Out past the outfield, on the other side of Hyde Park, another shadow looms over the future of the stadium that has been home to Niagara Falls ballclubs since 1939.The Niagara Falls City School District, …

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Mr. and Mrs. James Behrens of Pendleton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering at Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville. Mr. Behrens and Nancy Carol Syers were married Aug. 10, 1963, in St. Christopher Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda. He is the owner of Window Decor Distributors, Amherst; she is treasurer and office manager. They have three chi…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Students can forget about trying to hide their report cards from their parents. And their parents won’t have to worry about the latest school bulletin being lost in their child’s backpack.The North Tonawanda School District has gone digital, beyond a website, to offer an interactive Facebook page and a school app that is available to provide instant notif…

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Col. John C. White has traveled far from his Western New York roots. This career U.S. Army Soldier has led units featuring nearly every aircraft in the Army inventory. After various assignments in the Middle East and South Korea and a stint at the Pentagon, White took command of the 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat) in May in Fort Hood, Texas.This Starpoint and Niagara Uni…

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NORTH TONAWANDA – Hydroplanes, boats that float on a pocket of air, will be center stage – or more correctly center Niagara River – for the annual Thunder on the Niagara races from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday off Gratwick-Riverside Park.“It’s like riding a magic carpet,” said driver Ken Brodie II, of Grand Island, whose Grand Prix-class hydroplane, the fastes…

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NIAGARA FALLS – The last time I walked into the Thai restaurant Mii on Pine Avenue, the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” was playing on the sound system. An odd choice, I thought.Recently reopened as My Thai, the cozy little spot directly across from the City Market still doesn’t look or sound like anything remotely resembling southeast Asian, but it really doesn’t matter all that…

MondayPRAYER: The Healing Rooms of Buffalo Niagara is open to pray for anyone who needs physical, emotional or spiritual healing, 7 to 9 p.m., Potters House Christian Community Church, 723 Seventh St., Niagara Falls. No appointment or fee necessary. For more information, call 884-0048.TuesdayRECOVERY GROUP: 7:30 p.m., Wheatfield Community Church, 3571 Niagara Falls Blvd. A…

WILSON – Waves of dedicated cyclists recently made Calvin E. Krueger Park on Lake Road their first stop on a 585-mile sojourn around Lake Ontario to raise awareness and funds for tree care and education.Members of the Wilson Lions Club and friends welcomed 80 bicycle riders from around the country and the world on July 28 in the “Tour des Trees.”“It was spectacular,” said …

Professional Chef Scott Steiner, of Lockport, was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs – an honor society of the American Culinary Federation – at the 2013 ACF National Convention last month.Steiner, ACF-Certified Culinary Educator, is an instructor of culinary arts at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute of Niagara County Community College. His experience includes …