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March 16, 1945 – July 11, 2017 Sandra Mann Ormsby was an organizer extraordinaire. As director of university events at Niagara University from 2002 to 2013, she orchestrated the outcomes of commencement exercises and dozens of other special occasions annually. She synthesized three years of planning and suggestions from faculty, staff and administrators to bring toge…

LEWISTON – State Police said they charged a Niagara Falls woman with violating Leandra’s Law about 8 p.m. Sunday after a two-vehicle accident at Center and Ninth streets in Lewiston. Troopers said one of the drivers, Amber Huisgen, 37, showed signs of intoxication while they were investigating the crash. After a field sobriety test, officers took her to the Niagara barr…

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Every athlete has a dream school. Michaila Raby’s no different in that sense. She just competes in a sport not usually associated with high school athletics. Basketball players may envision themselves playing at Syracuse, or volleyball players at Penn State. But what about cowgirls? Michaila has her mind set on earning a rodeo scholarship to Montana State Unive…

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The grandson of City of Tonawanda Police Detective Joseph Scarpena has been selected by local agencies to be the recipient of the offering at the 20th Annual Interfaith Police Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge St., Lewiston. The annual service honors law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty. Scarpena's g…

Heavy rain Friday overwhelmed sanitary sewers in parts of the town and village of Lewiston, causing backups of water into basements and up drain pipes into people's sinks. An official at the wastewater treatment plant in the town said the volume of rain resulted in surface water getting into the sewage system. Despite some discoloration of the water coming up through pe…

Fliers related to white supremacist topics were found earlier this week in the driveways of more than a dozen homes in Lewiston, according to town police. Lewiston Police Chief Frank Previte said the fliers were distributed sometime between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. They were found at properties on Mohawk Street, Chicora Road and Lower River Ro…

PORTER - More than 70 years after World War II-era bombs were manufactured at a site in Niagara County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has discovered soil there still contaminated by TNT and lead. It is proposing to spend $846,045 to clean up a four-acre site in the Town of Porter. The Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting Wednesday, Jan. 11 in Lewisto…

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A new restaurant offering coal-fired pizza is coming to a historic site in Lewiston. The site, 800 Center St., Lewiston, was last an automobile repair business. Now Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen is underway there. Its owners are Michael Hibbard and David Murphy, who are opening their first restaurant. Hibbard, whose family owns Hibbard Custard, runs his own specialty ice cream…

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Artpark has announced the first three shows for its 2016 outdoor summer concert season. The Band Perry will perform July 5; Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, July 12; and Ben Folds with yMusic, July 13. Tickets for the three shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 through the Artpark box office, artpark.net, tickets.com and by calling (888) 223-6000. Advance tickets…

It’s not quite Halloween, but you don’t have to wait until the Oct. 31 for some spooky fun. Dress up your little cuties and get into the spirit of the season, without spending a dime. The Niagara Power Vista is having a Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 24. Bring your ghosts, goblins, princesses and monkeys and join the fun. The kids will find neat games, a haunted house, cra…

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By Kristy KiblerSpecial to The NewsHands-on activities for kids are part of Artpark’s new, family-oriented fall festival, “Hay-Man Happening,” taking place from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday.Children can paint pumpkins and make masks, and families can add their creative touches to scarecrows placed around the park. Materials will be provided, and the scarecrows will remain on displ…

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Decades ago, as a teenager in late summer, I helped a farmer get his sweet corn to the Clinton-Bailey market. In the field before dawn, we wrenched fat ears from cornstalks drenched with dew. On break I stripped cobs and gorged on the freshest corn ever until the milk ran down my chin. I hadn’t thought of those mornings for years until last week, when a spoonful of Carmelo…

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Follow Center Street in Lewiston until you hit water, then hang a left to Water Street Landing. Some might remember it as the site of the Riverside Inn. Even further back it was the Angler’s Retreat, a hotel for fishermen. While casting for trout may not be in your wheelhouse, make reeling in a great warm-weather experience a priority even as summer fades (officially endin…

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Based on the sheer number of folks who attended both days of this year’s Lewiston Jazz Festival, held Friday and Saturday, and the multitude of events available for the crowds to revel in, it appears all the hard work that the staff and their associates have put into this project was rewarded handsomely.An abundance of music stages and musicians were on hand. Food vendors …

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It’s always a good thing when festivals are doubly blessed with good weather and fine music. Such was the case for this year’s Lewiston Jazz Festival, with an abundance of pleasant temperatures and regional musicians with national abilities.The only real problem, and it isn’t a bad one to have, is that there were a number of venues running simultaneously. If you wanted to …