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The Niagara Wine Trail continues to expand. Two more wineries near Rochester have joined the trail, bringing the membership to 20 establishments. Schwenk Wine Cellars in Kent, Orleans County, joined recently, while Lake Ontario Winery in Hilton, Monroe County, joined in October.Both were able to join the Niagara Wine Trail thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Andrew M. …

LEWISTON – Poetry verses and musical notes will fill the air during the new “Lewiston Arts Café” sessions kicking off Feb. 11 – a nod to the traditions of 1960s coffeehouses.The café, which is a partnership between the Lewiston Council on the Arts and Just Buffalo Literary Center, will be held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday every other month (except August) through Novemb…

NORTH TONAWANDA – The North Tonawanda Police Department is attempting to put the brakes on local businesses and residents with stricter enforcement of its “Avoidable Alarm Ordinance.”Beginning Feb. 1, homeowners and business owners will be fined for excessive instances of their alarms going off, causing police to respond when no actual emergency exists.Training and Support…

LOCKPORT – The Lockport Board of Education may include a proposition on the sale of the closed Washington Hunt Elementary School on the May 20 district ballot, Deborah A. Coder, assistant superintendent for finance and management services, said last week.Coder said the district has received interest from a buyer who is targeting the Rogers Avenue school, which was closed i…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said Friday he expects to hear within two weeks whether he is approved for a second six-year term in office.Dr. Robert Bauer, president of the Board of Health, disclosed Thursday that the board had sent a letter to the state Health Department last month, asking for Stapleton to remain in place.The Board o…

LOCKPORT – A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Friday against an 18-year-old woman who pleaded not guilty Thursday to a 23-count indictment accusing her of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when she crashed her father’s car May 19, killing her passenger.The lawsuit was filed in State Supreme Court against Taylor J. Clause, of Steele Circle, Town of Niagar…

A 23-year-old Town of Lockport man was arrested Friday for allegedly shaking his 5-month-old son so violently Wednesday that the infant is now listed in critical condition at Buffalo’s Women and Children’s Hospital. Christopher T. Fuller Jr., of Dysinger Road, was charged with two felonies, first-degree assault and reckless assault of a child.After arraignment in Lockport …

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls woman pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to a reduced charge stemming from her possession of .16 ounces of powder cocaine in that city on Aug. 31, 2012.Cindy L. Ventresca, 42, of Woodlawn Avenue, admitted to attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and agreed to forfeit $508 in U.S. currency and $60 Canadia…

NIAGARA FALLS – The public will have a chance to paint a community mural for Hydraulic Park from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, Pine Avenue and Portage Road.The new mural will wrap a comfort station that is currently in need of repair. The mural concept was created through student-led brainstorming sessions, and is being facilitated by art…

LEWISTON – The state Department of Transportation announced Friday that work is scheduled to begin Monday on the $41.1 million rehabilitation of the Interstate 190 and Military Road bridges over the Niagara Power Project.The right lane of Interstate 190 southbound in the vicinity of the Power Project will be closed for the duration of the project. Also, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.…

LOCKPORT – Aaron M. Adamec, one of four men who took part in a Niagara Falls burglary spree last year, was sentenced Friday to four years in prison and five years of post-release supervision.Adamec, 19, of 70th Street in the Falls, said he wouldn’t have committed the crimes if he hadn’t been a drug addict. His lawyer, Patrick M. Balkin, said Adamec, who still has a grand l…

NIAGARA FALLS – A state audit of student enrollment and billing at Niagara Charter School for the 2012-13 fiscal year has found that billings and enrollment figures were not always accurate, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli reported Thursday.Auditors said that a number of students who attended for less than the entire year were counted as full-time, resulting in more t…

LOCKPORT – Thomas J. Keough, a retired Air National Guard officer, was appointed Wednesday to fill a vacant seat on the Town Board.Keough, 62, a Republican, replaces Cheryl A. Antkowiak, who was elected town justice in November.Keough’s appointment is good through the end of this year. He said he intends to run this fall for the final year left on Antkowiak’s term. Voters …

NIAGARA FALLS – Two Niagara Falls men were arrested Thursday afternoon after a foot chase that ended what police said was an unsuccessful effort to rob a Portage Road check cashing business with a handgun stolen in Lockport 11 years ago. Cortez M. McClain, 22, of Cleveland Avenue and Marcus D. Hamilton Jr., 22 of North Avenue, were arrested in the 500 block of 9th Street …

LOCKPORT – More than 30 wineries and breweries, ranging from national brands to locals, will offer their products for sampling Saturday night at the Kenan Center’s third annual Wine and Beer Tasting Fest.The beverages will flow from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Kenan Arena, 195 Beattie Ave. Spokeswoman Elaine Harrigan said $25 advance tickets are available Friday the arena or in the…