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Last updated: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:22:40 GMT
'The Chew' slides into summer with DJ Khaled, Frank Grillo, Katie Lee
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:04:33 -0400
|Co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz welcome celebrities from music, film, TV and books to "The Chew" during the week of June 26-30 (1 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
Co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz welcome celebrities from music, film, TV and books to "The Chew" during the week of June 26-30 (1 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
Listings are as follows (and are subject to change):
Monday, June 26 - "Delicious And Daring Pairings" - A viewer's mouthwatering recipe for cracklin' mozzarella sticks with tomato basil salad; Erin French ("The Lost Kitchen") joins Michael to make pork burgers with grilled peaches, bacon and blue cheese; Carla and Clinton visit the Bread Guru behind Sullivan Street Bakery in NYC to learn the secret to homemade bread success.
Tuesday, June 27 - "Burger 'N Shake Spectacular" - Michael makes his take on a classic pub burger, chopped burger and smashed burger; Carla and Mario cook shoestring fries with garlic and rosemary, pairing them with a supremely sippable Mexican chocolate sweet potato milkshake. Chef Grace Ramirez teams with Clinton to make a Latin-inspired turkey burger with raclette cheese.
Wednesday, June 28 - "Summer Picnic Potluck" -Frank Grillo ("Kingdom") learns how to make Mexican street corn salad with Mario; Michael makes a roasted pickled pepper hero; viewers offer their best dishes and compete for a chance to cook with Carla.
Thursday, June 29 - "Best Of The Boardwalk" - A mind-blowing surprise appearance by a beloved friend of "The Chew" for a big announcement paired with a once-in-a-lifetime vacation giveaway! Clinton tests a recipe never before seen on television - fried inside-out cake balls; Carla and Mario "mash up" Italian and Southern favorites to make fried chicken stromboli with pepper gravy. Katie Lee ("Beach Bites with Katie Lee") shows how to make West Virginia-style hot dogs.
Friday, June 30 - "Grilled Greats And Summer Plates" - Music superstar DJ Khaled ("Grateful") helps Michael make cedar plank jerk chicken; Clinton cooks sweet-and-sour eggplant kebabs; Mario takes "The Chew" on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of his four Las Vegas restaurants; Carla shares her dairy-free secret to banana ice cream with grilled pineapple.
Professional grill masters face off for $50,000 grand prize in return of 'Chopped Grill Masters'
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:03:39 -0400
|Sixteen of the most talented grilling professionals are heading outdoors to get ready for a showdown in the return of "Chopped Grill Masters," premiering Tuesday, Aug. 1 (10 p.m. ET/PT), on Food Network.
Five-part stunt premieres Tuesday, Aug. 1
Sixteen of the most talented grilling professionals are heading outdoors to get ready for a showdown in the return of "Chopped Grill Masters," premiering Tuesday, Aug. 1 (10 p.m. ET/PT), on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, and featuring a rotating panel of "Chopped" judges and special guests, each episode features four grill masters competing over three rounds - appetizer, entrée and dessert - as they showcase their exceptional skills, with only charcoal and propane grills, and a smoker at their disposal. The goal, to create unique dishes utilizing the mystery basket of ingredients to impress the judges, while also battling the outdoor elements.
The winner from each heat of the five-part tournament earns a spot in the grand finale, where they will compete for the grand prize of $50,000 and a Napa Valley dream vacation.
"Professional chefs competing to create unique and decadent dishes in a finite amount of time, using mystery ingredients is difficult enough," said Courtney White, SVP programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. " 'Chopped Grill Masters' takes this challenge to a whole new level, placing the competitors outdoors with only the use of grills and a smoker, and world-class judges watching their every move, setting up a competition like no other."
Find out more about the "Chopped Grill Masters" tournament at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped
, where you will uncover photo and video highlights. Join in on all the fun at #Chopped.
Hannah Hart hits the road for a tasty cross-country trip in new Food Network series 'I Hart Food'
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:02:41 -0400
|Hannah Hart has over 5 million followers on social media, a killer sense of humor, a passion for food and, this summer, she's taking a flavor-filled journey to some of the country's favorite regional food spots in the new Food Network series "I Hart Food."
Hannah Hart has over 5 million followers on social media, a killer sense of humor, a passion for food and, this summer, she's taking a flavor-filled journey to some of the country's favorite regional food spots in the new Food Network series "I Hart Food."
In the six-episode series, food enthusiast Hart follows her appetite to discover incredible local dishes and awesome conversations. From investigating Santa Fe's fiery fixation with green and red chilies to catching New England lobsters with her bare hands in Portland, Maine, Hart's food adventures explore every angle of these local specialties and the stories behind them.
"I Hart Food" premieres Monday, Aug. 14 (10 p.m. ET/PT), on Food Network.
"Hannah's young, fresh voice and unique sense of humor make her food adventures a perfect fit for our viewers," said Kathleen Finch, chief programming, content and brand officer, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Her enthusiasm is sure to inspire others to hit the road for their own culinary journeys."
"Food Network has been an incredible partner, and I'm really proud of the show we made together," Hart said. She also served as executive producer. "I am so excited to share the experiences of extraordinary meals and the chefs who shared their passions and expertise with me on 'I Hart Food.' I'm a major food enthusiast, and this show is perfect for those who have an insatiable appetite for all things food!"
In the premiere episode, Hart heads to Santa Fe, New Mexico - where the temperature is hot and the food is hotter. Whether it's a New Mexican classic like chile relleno or an old-fashioned American burger, every delectable dish is smothered in red or green chilies. Hart tours this flavorful city and tries all the spice that makes their food nice.
In upcoming episodes, Hart visits the food scenes in Asheville, North Carolina; Portland, Maine; Eugene, Oregon; Minneapolis; and Missoula, Montana.
Hart is best known as the creator and star of the award-winning, weekly web series "My Drunk Kitchen," which has amassed millions of views since its first episode premiered in 2011. In 2012, Hart launched her first scripted format "Hello, Harto," a project that helped distribute food to local communities across America. These efforts in turn created Hart's philanthropic community "Have a Hart Day," an international, year-round initiative that encourages young leaders to volunteer their time in their own communities. Hart was recognized by The White House for her ability to mobilize youth through this initiative and she was invited to lead a discussion about millennial engagement with President Obama.
She was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30, an annual list, which highlights talented individuals under 30 years old across a variety of fields in 2015. Hart is also a New York Times best-selling author of two books: "My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking and Going with Your Gut" and "Buffered: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded."
Viewers can find all the places Hart visits and watch exclusive footage from her stops at FoodNetwork.com/IHartFood
What dishes do you want to try? Tell Food Network on social media using the hashtag #IHartFood.
Devil's Hole repairs
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:01:53 -0400
|Beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, June 26, the stairs into the Niagara Gorge at Devils Hole State Park will be closed for three days so that rock scaling can take place. The stairs are expected to be reopened the morning of Thursday, June 29. Rock scaling is performed regularly to protect trail users from falling rock.
Beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, June 26, the stairs into the Niagara Gorge at Devils Hole State Park will be closed for three days so that rock scaling can take place. The stairs are expected to be reopened the morning of Thursday, June 29. Rock scaling is performed regularly to protect trail users from falling rock.
Access to the gorge will be available via the Great Gorge Railway Trail (begins at Niagara Gorge Discovery Center), the whirlpool stairs, the suspension bridge stairs (under the Whirlpool Bridge) and the elevator at the Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins at Niagara Falls State Park. Fishing access is also available at Artpark and at the New York Power Authority south access road fishing platform.
NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres take Casey Mittelstadt with 8th overall selection
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:01:02 -0400
|The Buffalo Sabres selected forward Casey Mittelstadt (Green Bay - USHL) with the eighth overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft on Friday.
The Buffalo Sabres selected forward Casey Mittelstadt (Green Bay - USHL) with the eighth overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft on Friday.
Mittelstadt (age 18, 6'1", 201 pounds) led the USHL with 1.25 points per game in 2016-17, posting 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 24 games for the Green Bay Gamblers. He also ranked second among Gamblers skaters in game-winning goals (4) and power-play assists (13), despite playing in fewer than half of the team's games.
A native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Mittelstadt also played 25 games for Eden Prairie High last season, where he posted 64 points (21/43) and was named Minnesota's Mr. Hockey, given annually to the most outstanding high school player in Minnesota. Internationally, Mittelstadt won a bronze medal for the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World U18 Championship, where he tied for sixth in tournament scoring with nine points (4/5) in seven games.
CASEY MITTELSTADT: I really had no idea. I was thrilled to go here. It's a great place to play.
CASEY MITTELSTADT: Yeah, I mean, obviously I think going into it, a lot of people were saying how wide open this draft could be, and I definitely think it played out to what people were saying.
Like I said, I'm happy going to Buffalo. It's a great place to play, and obviously they've got a really good team up there already. It's definitely an honor.
Q. When you look at some of the forwards, the young guys, what have you sort of -- do you pay much attention to the younger Sabres?
CASEY MITTELSTADT: Yeah, being American, I like to watch Eichel. I think he's one of the best Americans in the league, and a lot of Americans like to look up to him, so I definitely have watched them before. Like I said, I love watching Eichel. I've seen a lot of him throughout the years. It's definitely, like I said, an honor to be there and an honor to one day play with those guys.
Q. Have you met him?
CASEY MITTELSTADT: No, I have not met him before.
Q. What do you think about playing for Phil Housley?
CASEY MITTELSTADT: I mean, yeah, that's awesome. I think - I just met him for the first time about five minutes ago, so being able to meet him was obviously an honor. Obviously he's done pretty much everything you can in hockey, and just being from Minny is just kind of a cherry on top.
CASEY MITTELSTADT: Yeah, I think I'm a two-way center with some offensive upside. I like to think I can make some plays with the puck, use my vision, creativity, try to make guys around me better, and I think that's what I do best.
Q. What did you learn last season?
CASEY MITTELSTADT: I think one of the main things I learned was just being able to kind of live away from home, travel a lot. I think especially being in Green Bay, moving away from home and having the long bus trips and things like that was something that I really learned and kind of how to get your body through all that stuff.
And going back to Minnesota, obviously just being a high school kid, you learn quite a bit in your senior year. I would say definitely in Green Bay I learned a lot about managing my time and things like that.
Q. Was that difficult when you went to Green Bay? Was that a hard transition?
CASEY MITTELSTADT: To be honest, no, not really. I actually really enjoyed playing in Green Bay. I think in high school sometimes some teams had two, three guys on me the whole game, so going to Green Bay I only had one guy on me, and it was somewhat of a relief, and I enjoyed playing in both spots a lot.
Q. Do you still plan to go to the University of Minnesota next year?
CASEY MITTELSTADT: Yeah, I think that'll still be the plan, and obviously we'll evaluate our options, but I should be going to Minnesota next year, trying to develop and get bigger and stronger in the weight room and trying to develop from there.
CASEY MITTELSTADT: Yeah, obviously it's a huge honor. I grew up looking up to a lot of those guys who have been picked and who have been picked high. It's definitely a huge honor, and like I said, me and my family, we're going to stay here and soak it all in.
CASEY MITTELSTADT: Yeah, I think I'm really looking forward to that. Obviously these last few months have been a lot of fun, but at the same time I'm ready to get back and move into school, get in the weight room and start focusing on hockey a little more, and like I said, it's been stressful but it's been great.
CASEY MITTELSTADT: Yeah, I think obviously my parents have been absolutely great. My parents never played, so they never put too much pressure on me or anything. If I had a bad game, they always said good game no matter what, and I think - I love it that way. It's helped me out a lot. I think my brothers, too, we give each other a hard time. We're all super competitive and probably drive my mom crazy around the house.
And then the last one I would say was my great-grandma who is - she's supported me the whole way, she's pretty much my second mom.
Q. What was it like going to the Stanley Cup Final?
CASEY MITTELSTADT: I think for me, you hear a lot about how Nashville is like crazy and all the fans are absolutely crazy, and then when I actually got there, they didn't sit down once. I had dress shoes on, and my feet were getting all blistered up from standing up the whole game. I would say that's probably the main thing that stood out to me, but how good the hockey was and how well constructed the teams were at that time of the year was definitely impressive, too.
Q. (Indiscernible) What do you remember?
CASEY MITTELSTADT: Yeah, I mean, we didn't have much time to explore, but I obviously loved the city right on the lake over there. We went out to the pier a few times, and that was great, just kind of go out and get some nice weather and things like that. But the rink is absolutely amazing. We obviously had interviews and things like that in the rink, so it's a great spot to play and the rink is gorgeous.
Q. What did you learn about yourself through the combine experience?
CASEY MITTELSTADT: Yeah, I think the combine, it teaches you a lot, especially in interviews. I think learning kind of answering new questions, and they ask you some questions that you've never even thought about in your head, so you've got to kind of adapt to those and adjust to those on the spot, and I think that helps you learn a lot about yourself.
Grand Island soils to be tested for pollutants
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:31:32 -0400
|Soil samples will be collected from homes in the southeastern part of Grand Island in August, said Jackie James-Creedon, executive director of Citizen Science Community Resources. That soil will be tested for 130 different types of contaminants, including benzene, pesticides, heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
By Alice E. Gerard
Soil samples will be collected from homes in the southeastern part of Grand Island in August, said Jackie James-Creedon, executive director of Citizen Science Community Resources. That soil will be tested for 130 different types of contaminants, including benzene, pesticides, heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
On June 15, at Town Hall, James-Creedon asked Island residents to participate in the comprehensive two-year soil study, either by permitting testing on their lawns or by joining a citizen science team. She especially encouraged high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 to participate in a "Students Become Citizen Scientists" program, which offers community service hours, first-hand experience in data collection, and the opportunity to collaborate with research scientists.
The funding for the comprehensive air and soil study, which costs $711,000, comes from penalties charged on Tonawanda Coke by U.S. District Court Judge William Skretny on March 19, 2014. Tonawanda Coke was convicted of 11 violations of the Clean Air Act, one count of obstruction of justice, and three counts of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The company was assessed a $12.5 million fine, as well as $12.2 million in community service payments. The community service payments will also fund a comprehensive health study, which will cost $11 million, in the same towns that are the subjects of the soil sampling. In addition, the plant's environmental control manager, Mark Kamholz, was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison, 100 hours of community service, and a $20,000 fine. He was released from prison in March of 2015.
The study is being conducted by faculty, research staff, and students from the University at Buffalo Department of Chemistry, led by Professor Joseph Gardella; staff from Citizen Sciences Community Resources, led by Jackie James-Creedon; and faculty and students from SUNY Fredonia Department of Chemistry, led by Professor Michael Milligan.
According to Katie Little, an organizer for Citizen Sciences Community Resources, soil testing has already started with "30 points in the Village of Kenmore. SUNY at Buffalo, the lead agency, is analyzing the results." An additional 200 samples will be taken in August, in a two-week period, throughout Grand Island, Tonawanda, Kenmore, and the Riverside neighborhood in Buffalo. The testing will be done for a variety of pollutants, including heavy metals, pesticide residue, volatile organic chemicals, and PCBs.
The emissions from the Tonawanda Coke plant were a byproduct of the coke making process, explained Keith Wilson, a retired chemical engineer, who formerly worked at DuPont. Coke is used as a fuel in blast furnaces at steel mills. Low-ash, low-sulfur bituminous coal is heated in a furnace, and the result is coke.
"It is very much like putting wood in a furnace to produce ash. They are burning it up, trying to get rid of some bad things in there, and that might be what the pollutants are, including benzene (a known carcinogen). Coke is a fuel, with a high carbon content, which is helpful in making steel. It doesn't have a lot of impurities in it. It is a solid material, which can be made in different sizes, like bricks," Wilson said.
Many problems, however, were ascribed to Tonawanda Coke. Former Tonawanda Coke employee Rich Kazzmarek, a licensed engineer, who ran the company's power plant between 1996 and 1997, described Tonawanda Coke as "a very unsafe place." In two years, he experienced two accidents, which proved to be career ending. He said, that, when he was first injured, "I was coming in on an afternoon shift. The general foreman and one of the operators were trying to get the 7-foot-high boiler under control. They turned so many valves that they didn't know where they started. I was not informed that the boiler was out of control until I got to the power plant." He initiated a shutdown procedure. Unable to see through the steam produced by the boiler, Kazzmarek went over the railing and landed two stories down. After the boiler was shut down, he was taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital by pickup truck. "They don't allow ambulances and cop cars on the premises," he said.
The second time that Kazzmarek was injured, "A contractor hit the building and a steel overhead door came down and hit me. I went out on disability." He suffered from spinal and cervical damage, as well as knee damage, as a result of the two accidents.
"The plant should have been shut down decades ago," Kazzmarek said. "They'd been polluting for decades. The ovens produced hydrogen gas, one of the first chemicals that comes off coal. It was supposed to go through a series of cleaners and filters, but none of them worked." He said that the safety valves had not been tested in decades and that operators were told not to make those tests.
Wilson described the environment at Tonawanda Coke as "a mess." He said that the defects in the system that led to accidents were also part of the culture that led to the pollution. The biggest mistake that the company made, he said, was to ignore regulatory agencies, including such federal agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.
James-Creedon said that, before she was aware of the emissions from Tonawanda Coke, she knew that there was a problem. "We knew that the air stank, and we thought that it had something to do with our illnesses." She had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2003. James-Creedon, who was one of the founding members of a "bucket brigade," went with the group to see Al Carlacci, an engineer with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation. "His listened to us," she said.
High-tech air monitors were used to test the air between 2007 and 2008. It was found that benzene levels 75 times the EPA's guidelines were in the air and that Tonawanda Coke was the main source of the pollution. The foul smell extended to the area near the South Grand Island Bridge, where people commonly believed that the cause of the odor was oil tanks.
Directly across the river, in the southeastern portion of Grand Island, a variety of cancers and other health problems have been observed. Trisha Mortellaro, who also has fibromyalgia, has a 5-year-old son who was diagnosed with a rare cancer, called Langerhans cell histiocytosis, at the age of 2-and-a-half. "One of the things that they found is that his cancer could be potentially caused by exposure to benzene. That is what piqued my interest more, because of the benzene. Right now, we just had an MRI done; the lesion is gone, but there is still a compressionary (an area where the bone is gone, so they have to wait for it to remodel.) He does pretty good, doesn't have a lot of issues, and has a higher tolerance for pain. He starts kindergarten in the fall."
One man, who asked to be identified only as a resident of Baseline Road, between Fix and Bush roads, said, "I had six operations for cancer and two series of radiation. I have a rare form of cancer, called soft tissue sarcoma. My neighbor to the north of me and his son had sarcoma, but they had it in the joints. I was diagnosed for the first time 14 years ago, and I had a lump on my shoulder the size of a small orange. My neighbor had brain cancer. My neighbor across the street had brain cancer. The woman across the street from us had breast cancer. There's a number of cancer patients on Fernwood, as well. It's widely known at Roswell Park Cancer Institute that the south end of Grand Island has a large quantity of cancer problems." He said, however, that, because he worked with a large variety of chemicals as a printing company employee for 27 years, he cannot pinpoint the cause of his cancer.
Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said, "Some people are afraid that the soil studies will hurt property values. If you are living in a best-case scenario, your property is fine. In a worst-case scenario, at least you know, and you can take steps to keep your property and family safe. By not getting involved, you may be missing out on an opportunity for civil action against these people, as well. It's something that people who were wronged may be able to take advantage of."
"I would love to be involved in the soil studies and the health studies. I know a lot of people are afraid that they will find contaminated soil and property values could decrease," Mortellaro said. Wilson said that he also planned to volunteer in the soil and health studies.
"Be courageous," McMurray said. "The reason why Tonawanda Coke was stopped in the first place is because some citizens were courageous. They were vilified and attacked and fearful to find out the truth. They knew that it may hurt property values. But because they had courage, we are all breathing much cleaner air today."
To volunteer for the project, call Citizen Science Community Resources at 873-6191 or send an email to email@example.com
Days Inn At The Falls debuts 'Diamond Sky Floor'
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:52:01 -0400
|American Niagara Hospitality unveiled the next phase of work inside the Days Inn At The Falls on Thursday.
American Niagara Hospitality unveiled the next phase of work inside the Days Inn At The Falls on Thursday.
The highlight is a brand-new "Diamond Sky Floor," equipped with four "Diamond Sky Suites" and 16 premium guestrooms. Select eighth-floor "Diamond Sky Suites" include a master bedroom, separate living room, dining area, wet bar and sleeper sofa. They also come with color-changing lights to further enhance the views.
The new "Sky Floor" touts the best view of the Canadian skyline in the marketplace.
Guests saw firsthand the results of a six-month project that was a significant capital investment into the property.
ANH said it's looking again to reinvest in the downtown Niagara Falls community, along with creating new jobs in the marketplace. In 2016, ANH renovated the existing 168 guest rooms and lobby area, as well as adding new meeting and event space.
In 2018, the company will finalize the last phase of work on the property, a new comprehensive exterior facade of the building, as well as putting in a franchised restaurant.
The Days Inn At The Falls is located at 443 Main St., directly across from Rainbow Air.
Billboard campaign calls on Gov. Cuomo to protect Falls air base
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:48:24 -0400
|The message to Gov. Andrew C. Cuomo is loud and clear: "Don't let Apex gamble with our air base."
By Kevin Keenan of Keenan Communications Group
The message to Gov. Andrew C. Cuomo is loud and clear: "Don't let Apex gamble with our air base."
Purchased by Save Ontario Shores, billboards featuring a massive industrial wind turbine and an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker are posted near the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagara County's largest employer.
Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy has proposed construction of as many as 70 industrial wind turbines in the towns of Somerset and Yates in Niagara and Orleans counties. The massive turbines would reportedly be more than 620 feet tall, making them the tallest turbines on land in the U.S., and the highest structures in New York state outside of New York City.
Residents and property owners who make up SOS share a deep appreciation for the unspoiled beauty of Somerset and Yates and the shoreline of Lake Ontario; their goal is to protect the rural environment and wildlife, the economy and its citizens, by opposing the industrial wind turbine project.
Surveys show most residents are opposed to the construction of the wind turbines.
"We know military officials are pushing for another base realignment and closure (BRAC) process, and the presence of these massive structures so close to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station could eliminate its current encroachment-free status, placing the base at risk," said Pamela Atwater, SOS president.
In two previous BRACs, NFARS had been scheduled for closure, only to receive an 11th-hour reprieve.
Atwater noted earlier BRACs have resulted in the closing of seven other military installations in New York.
"I'm sure Gov. Cuomo does not want to see any base closures on his watch," Atwater said. "We urge him to ask Apex to withdraw its lighthouse wind proposal to protect NFARS, its 2,600 jobs and $200 million annual economic impact on Western New York."
Fort Drum, a U.S. Army post near Watertown, is confronting the same situation. Apex has proposed 30 industrial wind turbines towering to nearly 600 feet in that rural area of New York.
Julie A. Halpin, a spokeswoman for Fort Drum, told the Watertown Daily Times the proposed Apex project "would have an impact on radar as it increases the clutter on the scope."
She also said the industrial wind turbines could have a negative impact on aircraft instrument approaches to Fort Drum and to its air traffic control services.
Legislation limiting construction of industrial wind turbines near U.S. military installations is currently being considered in Albany and Washington.
New York State Congressman Chris Collins introduced the "Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act" to ensure any new wind turbines located within a 40-mile radius of a military installation would be deemed ineligible for renewable energy tax credits. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas has proposed a companion bill in the U.S. Senate.
Sen. Rob Ortt of North Tonawanda has introduced comparable legislation in New York.
In Texas, the legislature approved a bill to eliminate tax abatements for wind turbines sited within 25 miles of military bases over concerns they pose a safety risk to bases with aviation operations. State lawmakers in North Carolina and Virginia have also expressed concerns regarding the proximity of industrial wind turbine plants to military installations.
Kingdom Bound set to bring star-studded lineup, 40,000 to Darien Lake
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:40:37 -0400
|The Kingdom Bound Festival, one of the nation's largest and longest-running Christian music festivals, is set to return to Darien Lake Theme and Water Park this summer. The 31st annual festival takes place July 26-29 with more than 40,000 attendees from across the U.S. and Canada expected to attend.
Annual festival July 26-29
The Kingdom Bound Festival, one of the nation's largest and longest-running Christian music festivals, is set to return to Darien Lake Theme and Water Park this summer. The 31st annual festival takes place July 26-29 with more than 40,000 attendees from across the U.S. and Canada expected to attend.
On-site accommodations are available, as well as full-event and single-day commuter passes. All tickets include access to festival activities as well as admission to Darien Lake Theme and Water Park.
As the festival celebrates 31 years, the theme reflects a return to the basic message that is the theme of Kingdom Bound Ministries: To share the Gospel and to encourage believers. As the festival enters its third decade, it continues to serve as a time of hope and encouragement to all who attend.
"This year, let's be intentional about sharing the Gospel through the vehicle of Kingdom Bound" said festival director Donna Russo. "Do you know someone who is need of encouragement or looking for hope in the midst of challenge? Bring them to Kingdom Bound this summer where they can hear uplifiting words and be encouraged to have hope."
Kingdom Bound 2017 will feature more than 40 musical acts from across the country, including headline performances by Dove-Award winning fan favorites Kari Jobe, Tenth Avenue North and The Newsboys. Joining them will be Irish folk rockers Rend Collective, 4 time Grammy winner Mac Powell of Third Day, along with KB, Britt Nicole and "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey. Leading worship this year will be perennial favorites Paul Baloche, Robin Mark and Brothers McClurg, as well as many others. New this year will be an engaging performance by viral internet star comedian John Crist.
Other festival events include kids ministry for ages 4-8, "Amped Tent" for 9-12-year-olds, the Kingdom Bound Marketplace, and more than 40 inspirational seminars from speakers across the world, including national communicator Reggie Dabbs, Mike Gordon, Wes Aarum, Mike Donehey, Carol Mcleod, as well as Buffalo's own Jill and Erin Kelly.
New this year, on Thursday July 27, the second day of the festival has been specifically planned to center on worship. KBNOW (Kingdom Bound Night of Worship) will be a special themed day within the larger festival featuring some of the top worship leaders in the country. A special buy three, get the fourth free, ticket offer is available for the day.
"Everywhere we look we see churches uniting across social, racial and denominational lines so together they can serve the cause of Christ," said festival communications director Dave Bruno. "We want to invite everyone to join us for this special night of worship."
Single-day tickets for the festival are $49-$59 and include admission to Darien Lake Theme and Water Park. Four-day festival passes including park admission are still available for $149. Tickets are available online through www.itickets.com
, by calling 716-633-1117 or in person at Kingdom Bound - 8550 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville.
Tonic's Emerson Hart loving life, working on new music, playing in Buffalo
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:40:13 -0400
|Tonic will perform at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo - playing alongside Collective Soul and Our Lady Peace, if you can believe that super lineup.
Preview by Joshua Maloni
Fewer and fewer bands are making records these days.
If you could only see the way music labels treat artists who make harmonies, then maybe you would understand - why these artists feel this way about their love, and what they must do.
In Tonic's case, it meant crowdfunding an acoustic version of the band's first full-length record, the immensely popular 1996 release "Lemon Parade." Lead singer Emerson Hart said that kind of a connection with fans (and the ability to keep master recordings) is the future of music.
The experience of revisiting an album, after decades of performing it live, opened up Hart's eyes and allowed his mind to tell a story here.
Of course, Tonic fans wanted more - more than the band could give; more than Hart, Dan Lavary and Jeff Russo could offer. So, the trio is back at it, in the early stages of creating a new album.
The record labels couldn't break Tonic - hold the boys down or keep them from creating.
Nobody knows their fire like the fans do. So, Tonic will give them a thousand reasons to pick up the new material when it's ready, and show them it was worth the wait.
Prior to that, Tonic will perform at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo - playing alongside Collective Soul and Our Lady Peace, if you can believe that super lineup.
Hart recently chatted about old Tonic music, new Tonic music (solo work, too) - oh, and the opportunity to perform in "Smashville," for his Nashville Predators, during the Stanley Cup Finals.
Tonic (Photo by Danny Clinch)
Q: Like so many people in the Buffalo area, I was watching the Stanley Cup Finals. In one of the game, at intermission, music was playing in the background. I said, "Wait a minute. I know that voice!"
Emerson Hart: It was amazing. It was great just to see our city (celebrate the Predators). You know, you always think about Nashville, you think about SEC football. You don't always think about hockey. But we're a bigger hockey team now, and our seed's gone up. And hopefully we can keep most of our people.
I love hockey. ... It was a really great experience. I was very honored that they would ask me to do it. I know every musician was clamoring for support to do it. And, plus, you know, those are some kick-ass seats, too.
"Lemon Parade" featured two of Tonic's most popular songs, "If You Could Only See," and "Open Up Your Eyes."
Q: So, you guys did an acoustic take on "Lemon Parade" for the 20-year anniversary. What was exciting to you about taking on that kind of a project?
Emerson Hart: Well, I wrote the songs on acoustic guitar. Most of them, except for "Casual Affair," really. I think I wrote mostly on electric for that first record. But it was really interesting in two different ways. No. 1: Revisiting those emotions, and what I was thinking when I was writing them. And just the sensibility that goes along with that, when you start hearing the tonality of something, and you're like, "Oh, I remember. I remember sitting in my apartment. Broke, as a joke. Writing this song." You know?
And in the second way, it was interesting to see how playing a record for 20 years has changed some of the arrangements, and having to go back and really listen to the record, and go, "Oh, that's right. That's what I did. I didn't do it this way, the way I've been doing it for 10 years on the road," because I changed it for whatever reason.
So, that was a really great experience. And we had such a blast doing it. It was so much fun.
Q: I imagine then, since that process, you maybe come at the songs a little differently in your live show now. Is that right?
Emerson Hart: Yes. It's true. And that's the nature of it. I mean, when you're putting songs into a setlist and maybe you're in different tunings and you have to think, "All right, well maybe we need to drop this down a half a step, or raise it up a half a step, because we're already in this position for the song." Just over time, things change. And that was the most interesting thing, was bringing things all the way back to where they originally were, and living with it.
Q: Obviously that was the album that put you on the map. I really liked "Head on Straight." (Grammy-nominated third full-length album released in 2002.). As far as moving to 2017, I see you guys talking about new music and a new album. Where are you with that?
Emerson Hart: I'm writing it. Pretty much.
I'm not sure what it's going to be yet. But I'm getting my head around it, and setting songs aside. And then, you know, I'll plan an L.A. trip and fly out. Get the boys and kind of sit down and figure out what we want to do, what we want to say.
It's not that it's a daunting thing in today's world to make a record. But that's something we like to do. And there's not a lot of people out there buying records anymore, that's for sure. But I like doing things in complete thoughts. Telling the whole story.
Like with "Head on Straight." "Head on Straight," that was my favorite record to make so far in my career. I love making solo records. It's fun, awesome, great, telling my story. But there was something about that record that I felt was the most connected. And I'm kind of - I wouldn't say using that record as a template - but I've been using that record as a reminder of what it means to be connected. On a stream of thought on how a record could feel.
Q: I haven't seen you guys up this way in quite a while. I've seen you solo. But you guys have always drawn well here. Collective Soul always draws well. Our Lady Peace is a huge band in this area. What do you like about playing with these two bands?
Emerson Hart: Well, I haven't played with Raine (Maida of OLP) in years. It's been probably close 18 years since I've seen him, or played with them.
Collective Soul, Ed (Roland) is one of my dearest friends. So we do shows together more often.
But I like (that we're) three different kind of rock bands. That's what I love about it. But it's still rock. I think Ed's melody sensibility and showmanship is amazing, and always has been. I love Our Lady Peace's kind of direct, introspective approach to how they do their records. And for us, you know, we're a song-based rock band.
Three totally different bands, but all still three in the same world of rock 'n' roll.
And with Collective Soul, they started before us, so we're spanning a good gap of a little snapshot of what the '90s were.
Q: Tell me about your live show. What are we going to see from you guys on stage?
Emerson Hart: It's a mixed bag. And I don't mean that in a negative way. But, I change the set every couple days. And so, obviously, we'll play the hits. I'm not that guy, who gets up there and is like, "I want to play all new music." We're there for the fans, and you know, it's going to be maybe one song off of "Head on Straight." Definitely leaning heavier on "Lemon Parade" and then "Sugar" (second album, released in 1999) always gets at least one or two in there.
Q: You released a solo album not too long ago, "Beauty in Disrepair" (2014). What can you say about that particular project?
Emerson Hart: After I did "Cigarettes and Gasoline," that first one (2007), and toured that, I kind of felt like I had more stuff to say with Tonic. So we went back and made that eponymous, that last record (2010's "Tonic). And then I took a little more time and started writing again, and kind of went though a bad divorce. And just a whole bunch of other life stuff. And became a father. And all of these things.
And I felt like, "Well, now I have something that I need to say again." And I was lucky enough to get a great record deal on that; and make the record I wanted; and work with some of my best buds. (Co-writer) David Hodges is one of my dearest friends. He lives down the street here in Nashville. ... And it was a really fun project to make.
Q: Reading your thoughts about the record on your website, it seemed like - you know, a lot of times musicians say that the process is very cathartic - but it seemed like in this case it really was. It sort of corresponded with you coming out of that darker period into a much better place in your life. Is that right?
Emerson Hart: Absolutely. It's still the case.
Cathartic is - we always strive for cathartic. But sometimes we get the win. And that's what it is. With this record, no matter what it is as far as market, whatever you want to say about all that stuff, it really helped me get correct in my life. And realize the importance of joy and love. And all those other things. And I think, you know, you just, you get jaded. And you get beat up. And you don't want to get up. You want to stay in bed, and you don't want to have to move forward. And that record literally launched me forward into, "Wow, it's good to be alive. Everything is amazing."
For more information, or for tickets to Thursday's concert, click HERE
Lights brings her comic book to life with 'Giants' video
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:14:44 -0400
|Electro-pop sensation Lights has released the video for "Giants," the lead single from her upcoming album "Skin&Earth." The video brings the album's companion comic book series to life, featuring Lights stepping into the dystopian world she's created, fully in character as her protagonist En, as she is followed and lured away by a mysterious spirit.
New single from 'Skin&Earth' available everywhere now
Album set for release fall 2017; first issue of comic book series out July 12
Electro-pop sensation Lights has released the video for "Giants," the lead single from her upcoming album "Skin&Earth." The video brings the album's companion comic book series to life, featuring Lights stepping into the dystopian world she's created, fully in character as her protagonist En, as she is followed and lured away by a mysterious spirit.
"Giants" is available everywhere now, with the first print issue of the monthly comic book series - "Skin&Earth #1" - on sale July 12 via Dynamite Entertainment.
In creating the immersive world of "Skin&Earth," Lights actively worked on both the album and comic series concurrently - letting the music inspire the comic and vice versa.
She explained, "I feel my whole life has lead up to a project like this. It's a complete convergence of everything I love - music, comics, post-apocalyptic romance, crystals, wine and powerful ladies, all perfectly entwined. It'll be by far my most carefree and fierce album yet. I think now, more than ever, people need a reason to listen to a whole record, and this is mine."
"Skin&Earth" will be the fourth studio album from the Canadian singer and songwriter, whose 2015 release, "Little Machines," won Lights her second Juno Award, for Best Pop Album of the Year. "Little Machines" featured the platinum-selling hit "Up We Go" and earned accolades from TIME, Idolator, Refinery29, Alternative Press, Noisey, NYLON, and more.
Lights has sold-out headline tours across North America and Europe and has played numerous festivals, including Coachella, Reading & Leeds, plus toured with OneRepublic, Tegan & Sara, Paramore and Kaskade.
'Despicable Me 3' soundtrack available everywhere
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:12:56 -0400
|Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams once again returns for Illumination and Universal Pictures' "Despicable Me 3" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), available everywhere today via i am OTHER Entertainment/Columbia Records.
Tune in to NBC next week as Pharrell visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Monday and then "Today" on Tuesday.
Pharrell created an upbeat, 16-track summer dance party with "Despicable Me 3" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), which features five original tracks he wrote and produced for the film, including "There's Something Special
" and "Yellow Light
," as well as his previously released anthemic "Freedom."
The soundtrack gets a healthy dose of nostalgia, thanks to the series' new villain, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s. Bad never sounded so good, literally, as Michael Jackson's "Bad" makes the perfect theme song for Balthazar Bratt. The soundtrack also features classic hits from the decade, such as Madonna's "Into The Groove," Nena's "99 Luftballons" and a-ha's "Take On Me." Parker is featured on the new song from Pharrell titled "Hug Me."
Pharrell has written and produced songs and themes for the entire "Despicable Me" series. "Despicable Me 2" featured the Academy Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning global smash hit "Happy." The song inspired a worldwide movement of happiness, with its original music video spawning thousands of self-made videos from fans in dozens of countries. "Happy" has topped countless charts around the globe, with 14 million units sold. It has achieved seven-time-platinum certification in the U.S., making the song the best-selling and most successful single of 2014.
"Despicable Me 3" opens in theaters June 30.
Lecrae shares new track 'Hammer Time' featuring 1K Phew
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:12:11 -0400
|Fresh off the release of his second single, "I'll Find You," featuring Tori Kelly, Grammy-Award winning rap artist Lecrae shares another new song "Hammer Time" featuring 1K Phew. The anthemic track, produced by Metro Boomin (Migos, Future, Drake), is available via all DSPs.
Fresh off the release of his second single, "I'll Find You
," featuring Tori Kelly, Grammy-Award winning rap artist Lecrae shares another new song "Hammer Time
" featuring 1K Phew. The anthemic track, produced by Metro Boomin (Migos, Future, Drake), is available via all DSPs.
Both songs, as well as the Top 10 urban radio single "Blessings
," will be featured on Lecrae's upcoming Columbia Records debut album out later this year.
Authenticity has been the hallmark of Lecrae's studio albums and multiple mixtapes throughout his career. Nearing the 2 million mark in sales, the artist has won a Billboard Music Award, multiple BET, Soul Train and Dove awards, with an honorary doctorate of music to go along with his two Grammy wins and Best Rap Performance nomination.
Lecrae is a best-selling author, entrepreneur and social activist. He's a NY Times Bestseller after the release of his heartfelt memoir, "Unashamed," and had a breakthrough spoken word performance at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards, which drew global praise.
Neil Young to release remastered version of 'Decade'
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:11:30 -0400
|Neil Young was set to release his long out of print "Decade" anthology on Friday, on Reprise Records.
3-LP set, double-CD & digital editions
was set to release his long out of print "Decade" anthology on Friday, on Reprise Records.
Originally released in 1977 on a triple-vinyl set and compiled by Young, Tim Mulligan and David Briggs, "Decade" has long been considered the definitive 35-song collection of material covering the years between 1966-76. It features Young solo and with Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield, CSNY and the Stills-Young Band.
Each of the tracks has been remastered with the original artwork and restored with inside photos by Joel Bernstein, Gary Burdan, Henry Diltz and Tom Wilkes.
Recently, "Decade" was re-released to its original, three-LP vinyl configuration for Record Store Day 2017 in a limited pressing. It is now widely available once more on vinyl, as a two-CD set and digitally. Click HERE
Depeche Mode releases innovative 360 video of 'Going `Backwards'
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:09:39 -0400
|Long celebrated for quality videos that are as innovative and provocative as the music they make, Depeche Mode is once again releasing a thrilling music video, with the release of "Going Backwards." The stunning video, featuring a stripped-back performance of the track and filmed in 360-degree technology, can be seen online here: http://smarturl.it/GoingBackwards360.
Video available now with special audio bundle available
Long celebrated for quality videos that are as innovative and provocative as the music they make, Depeche Mode is once again releasing a thrilling music video, with the release of "Going Backwards." The stunning video, featuring a stripped-back performance of the track and filmed in 360-degree technology, can be seen online here: http://smarturl.it/GoingBackwards360
The video was directed by Timothy Saccenti, known for his immersive photographic style, and features Depeche Mode in a stylized, full-scale video experience.
Depeche Mode is offering a special audio bundle for fans, which will include the album version of "Going Backwards," as well as the stripped-back live recording of the song from the "Highline Sessions," as featured in the video. That special bundle will be available here: http://smarturl.it/GoingBackwards
"Going Backwards" is one of many key tracks from "Spirit," Depeche Mode's 14th studio album. Produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, the album debuted at No. 1 in multiple countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal and Denmark. Proving to be not only a fan but critic favorite, "Spirit" additionally debuted in the Top 10 in 15 countries, including coming in at No. 5 in the U.S. and the U.K.
The demand for Depeche Mode's unparalleled live show has not once slowed down, with the trio becoming the first band in history to add a fourth show at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, on Oct. 18, as part of their "Global Spirit" Tour. The band is scheduled to perform on Oct. 12, 14, 16 and 18, making this the first time a band has performed four consecutive shows at the Hollywood Bowl, and marking a major milestone for the famed L.A. venue.
Depeche Mode is currently on the European stadium leg of the "Global Spirit" Tour, and will continue on to a 30-date North American tour in August before returning to Europe in the fall and Latin America in March 2018.
The "Global Spirit" Tour is poised to be a record-breaking tour with well over 1.5 million tickets already sold.
The album, available both digitally and physically, was released globally via Columbia Records on March 17. "Spirit" is available as a standard 12-track album. The band has also released a two-CD deluxe version of the album featuring a 28-page booklet of exclusive artwork and photos, along with five remixes created by Depeche Mode, Matrixxman and Kurt Uenala, collectively titled the "Jungle Spirit Mixes." The vinyl version of "Spirit" was released on two 180-gram LPs, featuring the standard album and a special "Spirit" etching on the fourth side. Fans can purchase "Spirit" from online retailers here: smarturl.it/Spirit
For more details on Depeche Mode's music, catalogue, videos or to sign up to receive announcements about upcoming tour dates, visit www.depechemode.com
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, partners selected to host nationally recognized SPLASH event to celebrate clean water, engage community
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:07:34 -0400
|Hundreds of Western New Yorkers will make a SPLASH and celebrate clean water and water-based activities on July 29 with Paddles Up Niagara 2017 presented nationally by Toyota.
Hundreds of Western New Yorkers will make a SPLASH and celebrate clean water and water-based activities on July 29 with Paddles Up Niagara 2017 presented nationally by Toyota.
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has been selected as a host for Waterkeeper Alliance's SPLASH event series, presented nationally by Toyota. In partnership with the Niagara River Greenway Commission, the Town of Grand Island and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Paddles Up Niagara pays homage to the world-class paddling and public access found in the Niagara River Greenway.
Paddles Up will take place from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Beaver Island State Park. This event is free and open to the public. Guests can register at www.bnriverkeeper.org/paddlesup
The daylong celebration includes two eco-paddle tours, a vendor fair and paddle safety demonstrations. The crown jewel of the event will be the 2.5-mile group paddle, which will be followed by a dry-land celebration with local food trucks, a beer tent and hosts of various activities for the entire family.
Through the leadership of the Niagara River Greenway Commission, Paddles Up Niagara has been a tradition for many area paddlers over the past 11 years. The SPLASH sponsorship will provide increased capacity, including the implementation of online registration for participants and enhanced marketing opportunities with a goal of increasing attendance and impact of the event.
Coinciding with the mission and continued promise of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance to connect people to water, SPLASH Paddles Up Niagara is a true multipurpose event. This event is to celebrate the advancement of clean water and highlight how Buffalo and surrounding Western New York communities are unequivocally water-based and thriving on eco-tourism.
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka said, "Paddles Up Niagara offers Western New Yorkers the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Niagara River. The collaboration between the Niagara River Greenway Commission, New York State Parks, the Town of Grand Island and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper shows cooperative energy to restore, protect and enjoy our Western New York waterways. Paddles Up Niagara connects people to water, promotes environmental stewardship, and fosters community development amongst hundreds of paddle sport and environmental enthusiasts."
Director of Community Engagement Chris Murawski said, "Paddles Up Niagara is a can't-miss event whether you are an experienced paddler or just a beginner. Not only will you enjoy a relaxing paddle through amazing scenery teeming with wildlife, but you will also have the opportunity to get to know members of WNY's welcoming paddling community."
Niagara River Greenway Commission Executive Director Jeanne Leccese said, "Paddles Up showcases one of the many natural resources located along the Niagara River Greenway, Beaver Island State Park and restored Strawberry and Motor islands. Niagara River Greenway Commission is committed to increasing and improving access to the Niagara River and adjacent shoreline. For the 12th year, the Niagara River Greenway Commission invites all Western New Yorkers to come experience the beauty of the Upper Niagara River."
Town of Grand Island Recreation Supervisor Joseph Menter said, "Paddles Up Niagara was founded with the purpose of bringing people to the Niagara River to enjoy it. It's a great collaboration between the Greenway Commission, NYS Parks, Town of Grand Island, and this year the addition of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. For me, the best part about the event is seeing hundreds of paddlers out on the water and having fun."
Niagara River Greenway Commission commissioner emeritus, and founder of Paddles Up, Paul Leuchner said, "When I launched Paddles Up in 2006, my goal was to bring people together to celebrate the culture, history and scenic qualities of the mighty Niagara River. Since that time, thousands of paddlers have come to know and appreciate the attributes of this world-class natural resource.
"Paddles Up is a well-established, family-friendly event that annually draws hundreds of people to the Niagara River Greenway and keeps growing every year. It has spawned a strong sense of environmental stewardship amongst the general public and has even served as a catalyst for ecotourism."
Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Paddles Up to benefit Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will take place at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island. For more information on the SPLASH event series, presented nationally by Toyota, visit www.splashseries.org
. To register for Paddles Up 2017, visit www.bnriverkeeper.org/paddlesup