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WHEATFIELD – Six projects, including a civic center, a school campus project, reconstruction of a historical barn and a playground, won Niagara River Greenway funding last week from Niagara County’s Host Communities Standing Committee.Under state law, the Greenway fund was intended to create an interconnected system of parks, trails and water access points along the Niagar…

LEWISTON – The Lewiston Council on the Arts’ Marble Orchard Ghost Walk, a Halloween tradition, will make a summer appearance at 7 p.m. today. The free event is part of the New York State Path Through History weekend.Re-enactors will share Lewiston’s rough-and-tumble frontier past as well as its haunted present in a 90-minute walk through the village. The “ghost” guides wil…

BURT – A benefit to assist the McClew Interpretive Center in its effort to acquire all real property and take over all operations of the McClew Farmstead within the next five years will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The farm is located at 2402 McClew Road. Established in 1807 by the McClew family, it has been in operation as Murphy Orchards for the past 33 years and has…

WILSON – Wilson voters will head back to the polls June 18 to vote a second time on the Wilson School District’s proposed spending plan for 2013-14.The district is presenting the exact same budget amount of $24.29 million, but is cutting the proposed tax levy limit in half, to 2 percent, according to Superintendent Michael Wendt.The district is able to do this by “spending…

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Lewiston Supervisor Steven Reiter acknowledges he authorized using town equipment and personnel at the Seneca Nation’s Hickory Stick Golf Course on Creek Road.State investigators and FBI agents are trying to get answers regarding Reiter’s authorization to use taxpayer-funded services on private property and other questionable actions involving Reiter’s conduct as supervis…

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If you are black and stopped by police in Niagara County, you are 7.5 times more likely to be arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession than if you are white.If you are black and in Erie County, the likelihood of being charged is 5.6 times greater than if you are white. In both counties, that represents a substantial “racial disparity” in how the law is applied, accord…

WHEATFIELD – The host communities of the Niagara Power Project responded with anger, sarcasm and a veiled threat of litigation Thursday to a proposal to confine Niagara River Greenway funding to the riverbank.Members of the Niagara Power Coalition declared that a bill sponsored by two state lawmakers from Buffalo is simply an effort by Erie County interests to rob them of …

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NIAGARA FALLS – State officials in Albany have refused to release information about how a nationally recognized historic site in the Niagara Gorge is being handled as a new boat dock and storage facility is built nearby for the Maid of the Mist.The city’s Historic Preservation Commission has been denied access to documents about plans for the remains of the Schoellkopf Pow…

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LEWISTON – Local residents benefit from a wide range of free recreation at the three major state parks in the Town of Lewiston, and all three parks are in various stages of expansion or improvement – but there are some growing pains.Although admission to the parks is free, operating them results in some local cost, and Lewiston town and village officials are struggling to …

BarkerThe School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the district’s administrative offices, Quaker and Haight roads.CambriaThe Planning Board will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn.LewistonThe Village Board will meet for a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 145 N. Fourth St.Also this week:• The Lewiston-Porter School Board wi…

BarkerThe Barker School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the district’s administrative offices, Quaker and Haight roads.CambriaThe Planning Board will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn.LewistonThe Village Board will meet for a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in the Village Hall, 145 N. Fourth St.LockportThe city Zoning Board of Appeals …

BarkerThe Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 8708 Main St.CambriaThe Town Board will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road, Sanborn.HartlandThe Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 8942 Ridge Road, Gasport.LewistonThe Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road.LockportThe Board of …

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When Nik Wallenda takes his first step onto a 2-inch steel cable crossing the brink of the Horseshoe Falls on Friday, he will be walking in the footsteps of some 10 daredevils who crossed the Niagara gorge during the wire-walking craze from 1859 to 1896. From June 30, 1859, when newspaper headlines blared, "Blondin successful!" to July 4, 1896, when James Hardy's walk w…

The folks behind Leonard Oakes Estate Winery have been in the business of growing fruit, namely apples, for nearly a century. Now a member of the fourth generation is helping take the family business in another direction, as the company recently secured top honors for its wine and hard cider in a prestigious statewide competition. Winery President Wendy Oakes Wilson …

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Maureen Fennie keeps finding artifacts. Just the other day she stumbled across two -- a hatchet that once belonged to the pioneering Porter family and a dollar bill signed by Benjamin Rathbun, a prolific and colorful Buffalo builder. The two pieces are worth between $2,000 and $5,000, according to Bob Brittain of Cash Auctions in Buffalo. Not a bad day's work for Fen…