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Republicans to Honor Tompkins

Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:17 am

The Niagara Falls Republican Leadership is planning to honor their lone elected representative in city government, Councilman Kenny Tompkins, on Thursday, April 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p. m. at Gagsters, 708 E. Market Street. Tompkins, who campaigned on taking a business approach to running city government, has alreadyRead More

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Tax Filing Deadline is April 19 This Year

Community News March 31, 2016 at 10:16 am

Our friends at Liberty Tax Service have sent us a reminder that the deadline for filing a tax return to get a refund that might be due is April 19th this year as the IRS has extended the filing deadline from April 15 because of Emancipation Day. According to EdwinRead More

NEWS OF THE WEIRD

Uncategorized March 31, 2016 at 10:13 am

Hardly a “do-nothing” congress ■ In March, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the House Rules Committee, introduced a resolution to recognize “magic” as one of America’s “national treasure(s),” backed by a 711-word paean urging all to “support and protect” the storied craft — which needs to beRead More

Readers Follow Up With Ghost Stories And Pictures

Readers Follow Up With Ghost Stories And Pictures

Community News, Featured March 31, 2016 at 10:08 am

Following our publication of the picture of “Peg, the witch,” last week, a purportedly ghostly presence which appeared against the backdrop of a black couch in a North Tonawanda home, we have been haunted by readers who claim they have seen ghostly visitors in their own homes. A few claimRead More

Construction Workers Safer with New OSHA Silica Standard

Columns March 30, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Construction sites are dusty places, but does that make them dangerous? If the dust contains pulverized rock or concrete there is more concern. One study showed silicosis deaths in the construction industry are higher than any other industry in the United States. Construction workers are clearly at risk of developingRead More

Little Evidence To Support City’s Link With Underground Railroad

Little Evidence To Support City’s Link With Underground Railroad

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:41 am

  Is the decision by the city’s Underground Railroad Commission to broaden the scope of what was to have been the Underground Railroad interpretive center at the Whirlpool Street train station a tacit admission that Niagara Falls has little if any Underground Railroad history of its own to begin with?Read More

Niagara Falls Will Be Competing With Cincinnati  Underground Railroad Museum

Niagara Falls Will Be Competing With Cincinnati Underground Railroad Museum

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:37 am

Before the Civil War, the Ohio River meant freedom. Even though it was the primary water route for the still-thriving American slave trade, the river was also the border between the slave states of the South and the free states of the Northwest Territory. This attracted escaping slaves and abolitionistsRead More

Underground Railroad Related Tourism Competition Healthy?

Underground Railroad Related Tourism Competition Healthy?

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:32 am

The Castellani Freedom Crossing exhibit at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center and the Underground Railroad interpretive center at the new Whirlpool Street train station won’t just be competing with each other, they’ll be competing with museums all around the country designed to lure tourists interested in former slaves escapingRead More

NACC to open Underground Railroad exhibit before city’s is ready to go

NACC to open Underground Railroad exhibit before city’s is ready to go

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

For Bill Bradberry, history is both an avocation and a passion. A decade ago, he became deeply involved when the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University undertook its Freedom Crossing exhibit, and when Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster announced the formation of an Underground Railroad Commission to mount an exhibitionRead More

Three Sisters Islands was fenced and paved with expensive granite as part of the Niagara Falls State Park “Landscape Improvements” plan. Now it must be closed for several months of the year because people kept slipping and falling on the slippery stone.

Pavers in Niagara State Park an Ongoing Scandal Overpriced Granite a Taxpayer Rip-off

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 5:54 am

Two years ago this month, Reporter publisher Frank Parlato exposed in these pages what appeared to be a blatant case of bid-rigging perpetrated by the Saratoga Springs, NY-based LA Group, a landscape architecture firm chosen by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to implement portionsRead More

News of the Weird

Uncategorized March 24, 2016 at 12:52 am

GLACIERS AND GENDER ■ University of Oregon professor Mark Carey produced a 10,300-word journal article in January proposing a new sensitivity to Earth’s melting icecaps: a “feminist glaciology framework” to “generate robust analysis of gender, power and epistemologies” with a goal of more “just and equitable” “human-ice interactions.” The jargonized,Read More

Critics of Mixed Martial Arts say that the character of audiences for this sport/spectacle are not dissimilar to those who enjoyed the contests of the Roman-era gladiators. The big difference is that all MMA contestants enter the ring voluntarily.

Mixed martial arts promoters have tough road despite passage

Erie County March 24, 2016 at 12:51 am

It may be bloody and highly controversial, but mixed martial arts will be coming to New York in the not too distant future, and the popular sport will then face the challenge of lining up promoters to meet the re-quirements contained in the bill passed by the Assembly this weekRead More

Amber Small, Democratic candidate for 60th district State Senate seat.

Shaky union support may have delivered key blow to Panepinto

Erie County March 24, 2016 at 12:49 am

It could be more than an office scandal and financial pressures that drove State Sen. Marc Panepinto’s decision two weeks ago not to seek a second-term in the 60th District only days after the Erie County Democratic Committee endorsed him for re-election. Political sources tell this newspaper that his unionRead More

Caroline Wojtaszek has announced she will run for Niagara County DA.

Complaints against violent no surprise to lawyer representing Donatello

News March 24, 2016 at 12:47 am

It was in the Sept. 3, 2013 editions of the Niagara Falls Reporter that I broke the story that one of the top prosecutors in the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office was threatening to bring legal action against the county on her claims that she had been discriminated against inRead More

A chance to win the Stanley Cup [above] will elude all of the Canadian teams in the NHL this year. This is rare. A chance to win the Stanley Cup will also elude the Buffalo Sabres. This is not at all rare.

N-oh, Canada: All Canada based teams to miss Stanley Cup playoffs

Uncategorized March 24, 2016 at 12:42 am

By Andrew Kuylk and Peter Farrell 1970. That was the last time that Canada was shutout from the NHL postseason. Back then it was a 12 team league, Buffalo and Vancouver would be the expansion entrants the following year. The two Canadian teams, Toronto and Montreal, failed to qualify inRead More

Subway Stalled on Niagara St., as City Mulls Loan Conditions
Steve Masic stands next to his proposed Subway Store on a lot he intends to pave as a parking lot – if he opens the store.

Subway Stalled on Niagara St., as City Mulls Loan Conditions

Uncategorized March 24, 2016 at 12:37 am

A $139,000 loan approved in 2015 for businessman Steve Masic to develop a Subway restaurant at 520 Niagara St. has been held up as city officials try to determine what price to credit Masic for the real estate he owns. Masic, who founded Players Bar and operated it for years,Read More

Brian Meyer to head regional news partnership at WBFO

Brian Meyer to head regional news partnership at WBFO

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:23 am

Award-winning veteran journalist Brian Meyer, who has served as news director at WBFO in Buffalo since 2014, has been promoted to the position of senior director of news and public affairs for WNED/WBFO where he will oversee a new regional collaboration that will focus on Great Lakes reporting. Chief ProgramRead More

Debunkers and believers asked to weigh in on  ghostly couch picture
This photograph of a two-year-old on a couch raises the question of whether “Peg” the witch has made an appearance.

Debunkers and believers asked to weigh in on ghostly couch picture

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:21 am

A family living in the historic Oliver Street District in North Tonawanda submitted to Artvoice a photograph of their almost two-year-old daughter sitting on their couch. Readers may be able to discern an image on the couch of what appears to be an elderly woman whose countenance might be describedRead More

NU Community Kitchen Awarded $50,000 Grant

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:11 am

Niagara University’s Community Kitchen pilot project was awarded a ‘NobleCause’ grant from NobleHour, a community engagement platform. The project was one of 100 efforts across the country recognized and rewarded for raising community awareness, fostering partnerships, and cultivating leaders who take action. In total, the ‘NobleCause’ competition awarded $1,000,000 inRead More

Red Cross has significant need for type O negative blood Type O negative is often needed in trauma situations

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:09 am

The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations. While less than 7 percent of the U.S. population has typeRead More

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