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Last updated: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:36:38 GMT

  Buffalo Sabres sign Cliff Pu to entry-level contract Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:20:38 -0400
The Buffalo Sabres on Monday announced the team signed forward Cliff Pu to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Buffalo Sabres on Monday announced the team signed forward Cliff Pu to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Pu (age 19, 6'2", 192 pounds) finished the 2016-17 season ranked eighth among all OHL skaters with 86 points (35 goals, 51 assists) in 63 games for the London Knights. He has totaled 132 points (52/80) in 178 career OHL regular season games for London and the Oshawa Generals, including six points (1/5) so far in the 2017-18 season. A native of North York, Ontario, he has recorded 20 points (10/10) in 37 OHL playoff games.
Buffalo's third-round selection (69th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, Pu was a member of the London team that won the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions in 2016 and also helped the team to a 2016 Memorial Cup championship.
  French heritage, free music performance & commemorating WWI: Old Fort Niagara in November Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:33:12 -0400
Old Fort Niagara will look to offer diverse and engaging programming in November, including French Heritage Day, a hearth cooking workshop, a free Scottish music performance, and a World War I history presentation. In addition, veterans and active military people will be admitted free on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Old Fort Niagara will look to offer diverse and engaging programming in November, including French Heritage Day, a hearth cooking workshop, a free Scottish music performance, and a World War I history presentation. In addition, veterans and active military people will be admitted free on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
•French Heritage Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: French Heritage Day is an interactive living-history program that features the French influences on the fort in its earliest years. Throughout the day, there will be demonstrations of French soldier life, musket and artillery firings, the fur trade, foodways, travel, music and folklore of New France. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in period clothes and invite the public to learn more about the earliest influences on the fort.
The cost to attend French Heritage Day is regular admission to the fort ($12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under) or is free to members of the Old Fort Niagara Association.
•Hearth cooking workshop, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4: A hearth cooking workshop will also be offered during French Heritage Day under the direction of Niagara County Historian Kate Emerson. Participants will use authentic 18th-century recipes to prepare dishes and desserts that are cooked over an open fire in the French Castle boulangerie.
Ingredients, recipes and cooking tools are provided. Registration is required by calling 716-745-7611. The cost is $50 per person, or $45 for members.
•Scottish fiddle and cello performance, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6: Old Fort Niagara will present a free concert of Scottish music in the Visitor Center theater. Tim Macdonald, on fiddle, and Jeremy Ward, on cello, are making an album-release tour stop at the fort to perform a full playlist of historic music and discuss how music was made, and played, in the 18th century.
They describe their style as "mixing High Baroque chamber music with high-energy dance tunes, and their 18th-century Scottish aesthetic brings a fresh perspective to the tradition." More information is available at www.timandjeremy.com.
•Fort Niagara's role in World War I, 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 (Free admission for veterans and military personnel all day.): On Veterans Day, Robert Emerson, executive director of the Old Fort Niagara Association, will present a program in the Visitor Center theater about Fort Niagara's role in World War I.
"New" Fort Niagara was used as a training facility for two U.S. Reserve Officers Training Corps camps in 1917 when the ROTC program was just getting started. Emerson's presentation will share historical background information and photos that show how the area, now known as Fort Niagara State Park, was used to train young men for military service 100 years ago.
This accompanies a special World War I exhibit in the Visitor Center museum that features uniforms, artifacts, letters and photos specific to the training camps.
Veterans and active military people with ID will be admitted free on Veterans Day. Otherwise, the cost to attend the presentation and visit the World War I exhibit is included in regular admission to the fort, or free to members of the Old Fort Niagara Association.
•Old Fort Niagara's final special event of 2017 will be "Castle by Candlelight" on Dec. 9 and 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. Visitors will tour the French Castle, decorated for the season by the Youngstown Garden Club, and lit entirely by candles. Meet historical characters, and witness the firing of the grand feu de joie.
This is a fundraiser to benefit educational programming. Admission is $10 per person.
Youngstown's Old Fort Niagara (www.oldfortniagara.org) is a Registered National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, a not-for-profit organization, in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gates close 30 minutes after the last ticket sale.
  Higgins announces completion of new Bailey Bridges Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:20:04 -0400
Congressman Brian Higgins marked the opening of the new Bailey Avenue Bridges, crossing Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River. The $22 million infrastructure project, which includes over $15 million in federal funding, is the largest public works project currently underway in the City of Buffalo.
$22 million project is largest, current public infrastructure investment in Buffalo 
Congressman Brian Higgins marked the opening of the new Bailey Avenue Bridges, crossing Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River. The $22 million infrastructure project, which includes over $15 million in federal funding, is the largest public works project currently underway in the City of Buffalo. 
"This project on Bailey Avenue and other work across the city, from Fillmore Avenue to Ohio Street to Niagara Street, demonstrates the value of infrastructure investments to not only change the look of a community, but also change the energy and economic opportunities for our neighborhoods," Higgins said.
Work on the project to replace the 88-year old Bailey Bridges began in July 2016. Local contractor Union Concrete completed the project. The new bridges will open to traffic this week, and the old Bailey Bridges will be deconstructed in 2018.
The final project includes a repaved and reconfigured Bailey Avenue (U.S. Route 62) between Elk Street and McKinley Parkway, new sidewalks, granite curbs, water and sewer work, as well as decorative hardscaping and landscaping. Also incorporated into the project is restoration work at Mungovan Park, located adjacent to the Bailey Bridges and Southside Elementary School.
The project will have full bicycle lands to fill a critical gap in the region's bike lane network. This roadway has long been included in the Olmsted Parkway system but only now will the road feature amenities appropriate to this designation: the project includes 144 new trees, 203 new shrubs and 18 new decorative LED lighting fixtures and a new kiosk.
Higgins, a strong supporter of infrastructure investment, introduced the Nation Building Here at Home Act (H.R. 2329), a bill aimed at providing $1.263 trillion in federal funding to rebuild America's infrastructure and create U.S. jobs.
  United Way of Greater Niagara will 'Go for the Goal' at Hard Rock, looking to reach campaign goal Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:12:23 -0400
Representatives of the United Way of Greater Niagara held a press conference Friday morning to announce details of "Go for the Goal," a fundraiser the organization is holding Friday, Nov. 3, to help reach its campaign goal. The media gathering was held at the Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls USA - site of the benefit event.
Representatives of the United Way of Greater Niagara held a press conference Friday morning to announce details of "Go for the Goal," a fundraiser the organization is holding Friday, Nov. 3, to help reach its campaign goal. The media gathering was held at the Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls USA - site of the benefit event.
From 5-9 p.m. guests can win door prizes, spin a prize wheel and purchase a beverage from a yet-to-be-named celebrity bartender. Tickets are $10 at the door.
UWGN Director of Resource Development Erika Kastel said, "This event announces the final race to reach our goal for our 2017 campaign, that is $1,150,000."
UWGN AFL/CIO labor liaison and campaign coordinator Bill Jakobi said, "When you make a contribution to the United Way, your money is raised her locally and stays here locally."
He explained, "Our goal is to raise the dollars to fund 25 members agencies that provide 42 different programs throughout the community."
The UWGN website states the agency, in 2015, provided emergency food to 2,597 individuals, domestic violence programs for 879 people and mentoring for 244 children. Additionally, 5,366 seniors were given opportunities to give back to their community, 2,943 youth attended Boy Scout or Girl Scout events, and 4,078 people received help with prescription drug costs. 
"United Way aims to support organizations and programs that fall under the platforms of education, income and financial stability. ... To strengthen the community today and tomorrow," Kastel said.
"We're reaching out to all our union friends, local business, companies. We need your support in helping us achieve our goal this year, so our agencies can provide the services that are needed in this community," Jakobi said. "Without your help, they wouldn't be able to do what they do. Anything you can do to help us is greatly appreciated."
The UWGN campaign runs through Nov. 30. It began with the annual "Make a Difference Day" on Sept. 13.
Jakobi said the agency is about halfway to its financial goal.
Last year's UWGN goal was $1,037,000, which the agency successfully raised through community contributions and events such as "Go for the Goal."
Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls USA, is located at 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls.
Those who cannot attend the "Go for the Goal" event can make a donation online at www.uwgn.org.
  'The Voice': Kelly Clarkson to serve as season 13 key adviser on Oct. 30 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:08:44 -0400
Global superstar and three-time Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson is set to join NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" as a key adviser for the season 13 "Knockout Rounds" beginning Monday, Oct. 30 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).
Chart-topping singer will work with and mentor remaining 32 artists during 'Knockout Rounds'
Clarkson also set to join Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coach for season 14
Global superstar and three-time Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson is set to join NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" as a key adviser for the season 13 "Knockout Rounds" beginning Monday, Oct. 30 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).
As a key adviser, Clarkson will work with and mentor the remaining 32 artists with coaches Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. The "Knockout Rounds" continue Monday, Nov. 6 (8-10 p.m.), and Tuesday, Nov. 7 (8-9 p.m.).
As previously announced, Clarkson will return to "The Voice" in season 14 in her new role as coach alongside returning coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
The acclaimed singer/songwriter will release her new album "Meaning of Life," the first for Atlantic Records, on Friday, Oct. 27. "Meaning of Life" is a collection of soul-inspired pop. For her eighth studio album - and follow-up to 2015's chart-topping "Piece By Piece" - Clarkson united a team of top songwriters and producers to collaborate, among them past collaborators Jason Halbert, Jesse Shatkin and Grammy-winning Producer of the Year Greg Kurstin, as well as first-time collaborators Mick Schultz, The Monarch and Nick Ruth, among others.
Clarkson is among the most popular artists of this or any other era, with total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of "American Idol." Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This," followed and quickly went to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, ultimately ranking as the year's best-selling single in the U.S. "Thankful," Clarkson's 2003 debut album, made its debut atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200 on its way to two-times-platinum certification from the RIAA. 
One of the most honored artists in music history, Clarkson has received three Grammys, including two for Best Pop Vocal Album - the first artist to ever twice win that award; plus 12 Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards and one Country Music Association Award. The first artist to top each of Billboard's pop, adult contemporary, country, and dance charts, Clarkson has made countless TV appearances, including performances during the 14th season of "American Idol" - the first-ever week of competition dedicated to a previous winner's discography. 
  Ashley Judd gives first television interview to ABC News' Diane Sawyer Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:08:03 -0400
ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer will have the first television interview with actress and activist Ashley Judd since she went public with her allegations about movie executive Harvey Weinstein.
Interview airs Thursday, Oct. 26, across ABC News
ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer will have the first television interview with actress and activist Ashley Judd since she went public with her allegations about movie executive Harvey Weinstein.
The interview will air Thursday, Oct. 26, across ABC News, including on "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight with David Muir," "Nightline," ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio.
  Gasparro to join Memorial primary care team Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:03:55 -0400
Donna Gasparro, M.D., a board-certified family physician with an interest in preventative medicine and a strong background in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine, has joined the primary care team at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Donna Gasparro, M.D., a board-certified family physician with an interest in preventative medicine and a strong background in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine, has joined the primary care team at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
A graduate of the University of Toronto and Ross University School of Medicine, Gasparro completed her family medicine residency at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, New Jersey. Her integrative approach to health care combines traditional allopathic medicine with a holistic approach to optimizing health.
"My interest in primary prevention in women's health has been well received by patients. It provides a comfortable environment for women to address their female wellness, screening tests, sexual health and other concerns," Gasparro said. "Ultimately, I work with all my patients to be the most confident and healthy versions of themselves."
In addition to the traditional family medicine annual checkups and managing common colds and chronic diseases, Gasparro is proficient in assessing cosmetic issues and is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.
"We are extremely fortunate to be welcoming a physician with Dr. Gasparro's unique set of skills to our team," said Memorial Senior Vice President Sanjay Chadha.
Gasparro is a fellow of the American Society for Medicine and Laser Surgery, a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Practitioners and American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
She is accepting new patients at the Summit Healthplex, 6934 Williams Road, Suite 500, Niagara Falls. To schedule an appointment, call 716-297-8260.
  Capitol Christian Music Group's The Young Escape reveals debut single, 'good life' Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:03:06 -0400
The newest signing to Capitol CMG, The Young Escape, has released their debut single "good life," available now. Delivering energetic pop music with a dance/electronic edge, geared toward youth and young adults, the four-piece band from southern California is made up of siblings Ryan, McKenna, Kyrsten and Luke Johns. In addition to "good life," The Young Escape also released a music video accompanying the song.
Gears up to join Crowder on fall tour
The newest signing to Capitol CMG, The Young Escape, has released their debut single "good life," available now. Delivering energetic pop music with a dance/electronic edge, geared toward youth and young adults, the four-piece band from southern California is made up of siblings Ryan, McKenna, Kyrsten and Luke Johns. In addition to "good life," The Young Escape also released a music video accompanying the song.
The track is the first music the group has shared as they gear up to join Crowder on his "American Prodigal Tour." Kicking off Oct. 24 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the tour will also feature special guest Jimi Cravity. The 20-city tour will hit markets around the country, including Western New York. For the latest tour information, visit theyoungescape.com.
"It's a dream come true for us to drop our first single with Capitol CMG, and join Crowder on tour next week," The Young Escape said Friday. "We can't wait to make lots of new friends on the road and share our new songs."
"good life" is available now to stream/purchase HERE.
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  Charlie Daniels releases new album, 'Memories, Memoirs and Miles - Songs of a Lifetime' Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:01:09 -0400
Grammy-winning music icon Charlie Daniels released a new album Friday titled "Memories, Memoirs and Miles - Songs of a Lifetime," available exclusively at Walmart. The album is the musical companion to his forthcoming memoir, "Never Look At The Empty Seats," which will be available everywhere books are sold on Tuesday.
Grammy-winning music icon Charlie Daniels released a new album Friday titled "Memories, Memoirs and Miles - Songs of a Lifetime," available exclusively at Walmart. The album is the musical companion to his forthcoming memoir, "Never Look At The Empty Seats," which will be available everywhere books are sold on Tuesday.
The 12-track project features two bonus tracks, "Long Haired Country Boy" and "Still In Saigon," and is dedicated to the man and friend who taught Daniels his first guitar chord, Russell Palmer.
"Memories, Memories and Miles - Songs of a Lifetime" track listing:
  • "Keep On The Sunny Side"
  • "Jaguar"
  • "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
  • "Uneasy Rider"
  • "The South's Gonna Do it (Again) "
  • "Saddle Tramp"
  • "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
  • "In America"
  • "The Legend of Wooley Swamp"
  • "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye"
  • "Simple Man"
  • "Let 'Em Win or Bring 'Em Home"
  • "Bonus Tracks"
  • "Long Haired Country Boy"
  • "Still In Saigon"
With a career spanning nearly 60 years and exceeding 20 million in sales worldwide, Daniels is the quintessential Southerner with a healthy dose of Wild West cowboy. For decades, he has connected with his millions of fans in the varying genres of music that reflect his steadfast refusal to label his music as anything other than the "Charlie Daniels Band" sound - music that is now sung around the fire at 4-H Club and scout camps, helped elect an American president, and been popularized on a variety of radio formats. Having celebrated multiple Grammy Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, BMI Awards, GMA Dove Awards and CCMA Awards, his list of accolades is broad; the latest being the newest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Several of his albums have been RIAA-certified multiplatinum and he has achieved a platinum-selling single in his iconic fiddle-ridden hit, "Devil Went Down To Georgia."
An outspoken American Patriot and strong supporter of the U.S. Military, Daniels' talked-about Volunteer Jam concerts are world-famous musical extravaganzas featuring artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama and others, all on one stage for one purpose: to raise funds for our U.S. Military. Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in 2016 raised funds for The Journey Home Project, a nonprofit veterans assistance organization which he co-founded.
For more information on Charlie Daniels, visit www.charliedaniels.com.
  Mount St. Mary's maternity department receives gift of books Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:00:17 -0400
The maternity department of the Center for Women at Mount St. Mary's Hospital recently received another donation of books to provide to new moms and families thanks to the community group Ohana100.
The maternity department of the Center for Women at Mount St. Mary's Hospital recently received another donation of books to provide to new moms and families thanks to the community group Ohana100.
Ohana100 is a group that promotes literacy. The donation was arranged by Gina A. Penque, IBCLC, certified lactation consultant.
In the photo, from left, are Penque, Maternity Director Maryann Cogdill, Department Manager Karen Conlon and Elisabeth Matterson from Ohana100.
  Germs on smartphone? UB engineer receives grant for light-based disinfection innovation Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:58:58 -0400
Mobile devices are not only smart, they are dirty - often containing millions of invisible bacteria and microorganisms from faces, ears, hands and elsewhere.
$75,000 award, from FuzeHub, is a partnership with WNY startups CleanSlate UV and Grantwood Technologies
By the University at Buffalo
Mobile devices are not only smart, they are dirty - often containing millions of invisible bacteria and microorganisms from faces, ears, hands and elsewhere.
In everyday environments, this bacteria is usually innocuous. However, in sensitive environments such as hospitals and food-processing facilities, spreading diseases such as the flu or norovirus via mobile devices can have serious health consequences.
To prevent this from happening, University at Buffalo researcher Edward Furlani is working with two Western New York companies - CleanSlate UV (Buffalo) and Grantwood Technologies (Rochester) - to deliver faster, more effective and easier sanitization of mobile devices using ultraviolet light, which damages the DNA of microorganisms and renders them inactive.
Furlani has received a $75,000 grant from FuzeHub, an Albany-based not-for-profit organization that assists small- to medium-sized manufacturing companies in New York by matching them with technical and business resources.
"You don't see it, but there is bacteria all over your smartphone and tablet. Most of the time, it isn't a problem. But sometimes it is. And in certain environments, it can be a huge health problem," said Furlani, Ph.D., professor in the departments of electrical engineering and biological and chemical engineering in UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The printer-sized CleanSlate UV device opens up like a car hood. Users place their device inside it. It then closes and uses ultraviolet light to sanitize the device, killing superbugs like MRSA and C. Difficile. The entire process takes 30 seconds.
The project leverages CleanSlate UV's disinfection technology, Grantwood Technologies' optical design expertise and Furlani's expertise in photonics. The work is expected to generate 10 new advanced manufacturing jobs in Western New York.
CleanSlate UV is part of the START-UP NY economic development program, and was among the group of prize-winning companies at the 2015 43North business plan competition.
FuzeHub is a program of the Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund. Lawrence, who passed away in 2015, was a top executive at the Center for Economic Growth, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center in the Albany region, and a champion for New York manufacturing and entrepreneurial communities. 
The Manufacturing Innovation Fund, consisting of $1 million annually for five years, supports a set of activities designed to spur technology development and commercialization across New York. FuzeHub is administering this fund as part of its role as the Empire State Development-designated statewide MEP center.
"One of the goals of the fund, and the Manufacturing Innovation Grants, is to spur economic development in the manufacturing sector, and we're seeing that even these small investments in manufacturing projects are allowing companies to add jobs, strengthen their teams and contribute to their growth," FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc said. "These projects are a great example of how New York's innovation assets are supporting industry and contributing to economic growth in New York."
  New site for Audubon Women's Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:58:08 -0400
On Monday, Oct. 2, Audubon Women's opened its doors to a brand-new, state-of-the-art, 14,500-square-foot facility at 2240 North Forest Road in Williamsville.
On Monday, Oct. 2, Audubon Women's opened its doors to a brand-new, state-of-the-art, 14,500-square-foot facility at 2240 North Forest Road in Williamsville.
Audubon Women's was founded in 1993 by Maria Corigliano, M.D., and Ellen Sterman, M.D. Both physicians continue to practice with their co-owners, Theresa Rush, M.D., Robin Hoebel, M.D., and Rebecca Sorley-Mastrodomenico, M.D.
In addition to the physician owners, Audubon employs two additional board-certified physicians and five certified women's health nurse practitioners. They are happy to announce their newest board-certified physician, Karen Snell-Garus, M.D. Snell-Garus, will join the Audubon team on Dec. 1.
Annually, Audubon Women's sees over 36,000 patient visits, making it the largest private OB/GYN practice in the north towns. Over the years, Audubon Women's has added additional services and providers, which include a certified health and nutrition coach - specializing in women's health, including during pregnancy - ultrasound services and two mental health counselors.
In the new facility, Audubon Women's is offering extended hours to meet the needs of patient's busy schedules. The location is also conveniently located on a bus route.
Audubon is now accepting Fidelis insurance and is welcoming new patients.
  Lewiston No. 1 invites community to attend wine taste/food pairing Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:20:51 -0400
Lewiston No. 1 Fire Co. is putting out the invite to Niagara County residents to help support the company and enjoy a fine evening of socializing.
Annual event to feature Wine Trail fare, special BBC craft beer
By Terry Duffy
Editor-in-Chief
Lewiston No. 1 Fire Co. is putting out the invite to Niagara County residents to help support the company and enjoy a fine evening of socializing.
Its fourth annual wine tasting and food pairing event will take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, inside Lewiston No. 1's second-level firehall banquet facility, located 145 N. Sixth St., in the Village of Lewiston. The event is hosted by Lewiston No. 1 as the fire company's operational fundraiser.
Lewiston No. 1 President Matthew Grainge reported the wine tasting and food pairing - an event that continues to grow in popularity -will this year provide visitors a wonderful sampling of Niagara County and Lewiston-area fare.
This one will feature select wines from four Niagara Wine Trail area vintners: Chateau Niagara, the Leonard Oaks Estate Winery, Schultze Vineyards and Winery and Vizcarra Vineyards.
That's not all. Visitors will also be able to experience a new, specially crafted beer for the event by Lewiston's own Brickyard Brewing Company.
"As one of the most successful operational fundraisers for the fire company, we are very excited to bring Brickyard Brewing Company on board as part of our team," Grainge said. "The owners of The Brickyard have generously supported the fire company for years, and we anticipate adding their new craft beer specialty to our event will be mutually beneficial."
Visitors can also enjoy tasty food pairings by Lewiston No. 1's preferred banquet caterer, JCI Catering, coupled with dessert offerings by the Village Bake Shoppe and a variety of farm-fresh goodies by Becker Farms and LynOaken Farms, who will also be present at this event.
Complementing the affair will be an evening of fine jazz presented by Lewiston Music, local vendors plus a silent auction. All proceeds from the event go to support Lewiston No. 1's enhanced fire response and medical services for the community. That includes a brand-new offering for Lewiston No. 1.
 Grainge, along with Lewiston No. 1 Chief Les Myers, revealed Lewiston No. 1 took a major step forward over past months with newly enhanced emergency medical services for area residents. A number of Lewiston No. 1 crew members who, in the past, have operated at the EMT-Basic level are now certified at the advanced life-support level - a level of medical response care for Lewiston that, until now, had to be availed by Upper Mountain Fire Co. EMT responders.
"We got a lot going on," Myers said.
As part of that EMS upgrade, the fire company also enhanced its cardiac monitoring equipment with the acquiring of two new LIFEPAK 15 monitors.
"One of the key features (of this equipment) is comprehensive EKG (hear monitoring) and transmission (of medical data) to the hospital in a cardiac response," Grainge told The Sentinel in a recent company profile. "This allows for the patient to receive (a medical professional's) interpretation of the potential cardiac event and (EMT) transport to the most appropriate facility."
"It helps us to better serve the community," he said of the expertise by the fire company's 17 current EMT-Basic level and four ALS support-certified personnel.
Grainge added this latest improvement in enhanced medical care is the direct result of support from the Lewiston and northern Niagara community.
"These monitors were bought solely on donations from the community to help (our) EMTs provide the best possible care in cardiac emergencies, along with expanding patient assessment abilities," he said. "It's so nice to see the community coming together to help support their fire and EMS responders."
Tickets for the Nov. 3 wine tasting and food pairing are now available at $25 presale or $30 at the door. They can be purchased at the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce at Center and North Ninth streets, the Orange Cat Coffee Co. on Center Street, and at Lewiston No. 1.
"I would like to personally invite our community to come out and support Lewiston No. 1 while sampling some great wines, beers and food," Grainge said.
For more information on the Nov. 3 event, or fire company membership opportunities, call 716-754-4487, ext. 211, or visit Lewiston No. 1 online at www.lfd1.com or on Facebook.
  HS Sports: Niagara-Wheatfield girls volleyball captures gold Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:17:56 -0400
In 13 seasons as head coach of the Niagara-Wheatfield girls volleyball team, Brandi Cochran hoped that one day her team would raise a Niagara Frontier League title. The dream became reality on Friday night, as the Falcons' defeated Grand Island, 3-0, in the NFL Championship game.  
Falcons claim the Niagara Frontier League title over Grand Island
By David Yarger
Tribune Editor
In 13 seasons as head coach of the Niagara-Wheatfield girls volleyball team, Brandi Cochran hoped that one day her team would raise a Niagara Frontier League title. The dream became reality on Friday night, as the Falcons' defeated Grand Island, 3-0, in the NFL Championship game.  
Cochran's squad of eight juniors, four seniors and a ninth- and eighth-grader came through in the clutch, winning each set, 28-26, 25-23 and 24-12, respectively. Cochran couldn't hold back her excitement.
"I'm so happy for the girls," she said. "I told them in the beginning of the year they have a special team. We've been kind of battling injuries and a lot of different things and they found a way to come out and push through at the end."
Junior captain Jenna Sonnenberg, like Cochran, was also joyous and happy to bring a title to Niagara-Wheatfield.
"It feels amazing. I've been on the team for the past four years and we've never made it this far, so it feels amazing to finally get the win. I know our coach, she's been waiting a long time for it," Sonnenberg said.
Talking about the roster, Cochran said some of the players have come a long way to where they are now.
"I've had some of these girls since eighth-grade and ninth-grade, so they were like my young, developing group, and now my young developing group is my juniors. The lucky thing is that I have some young girls. My eighth- and ninth-grader are role players on the court. Every single girl on this roster, regardless of their grade, finds a way to contribute to the team.
"They have their chemistry, they know the game and they have their ups and downs, every team is going to, but they just find a way to push through. Tonight, they did it, so it was great," Cochran said.
 Sonnenberg noted the youth of the team and said it's comforting knowing who you're playing with and how it'll help down the road.
"It's a great experience knowing that a lot of the girls on the court next to you will be there next year and the year after and keep making the program amazing year after year. So, we have a great future for our program," she said.  
N-W did have their hands full with Grand Island. The first two sets were nail-biting, down to the wire finishes that the Falcons were able to squeak out.
In the first set, it was back and forth for majority of the match. The Falcons reached game point, but Grand Island rallied back to tie it at 24. From there, the Vikings took the lead by one, twice, but couldn't finish. N-W took a 27-26 lead and then a Danielle Brochey spike hit the back line to end it.
Grand Island came out firing in the second set, holding a 14-7 lead at one point. Down 20-15, the Falcons embarked on a 10-3 scoring run to close the second set with another win.
In the third set, the Falcons kept the foot on the gas and never looked back. Sonnenberg served a ball that was misplayed by the Vikings, and Wheatfield took the championship-winning set, 25-12. Sonnenberg finished with 22 digs and two aces, while Mackenzie Franks had 35 assists and 13 digs. Brochey added 10 kills and 15 digs.
Cochran was proud of her team's ability to fight, especially coming off a surprising loss to Lockport during the week.
"We had a tough loss that we weren't expecting, but tonight I think they learned from that," she said. "A big part of our pregame talk today was to stay positive and to, no matter what the score was, how we were playing or the other team was playing, stay together as a team and every point fight for that one and then forget about it and move to the next one. I think they really actually did it this time."
Cochran said her team has been known to let teams back into games, but said tonight her team just didn't want to lose this big match.
Sonnenberg said the pregame speech Cochran mentioned played a big role in the win.
"We had a talk before the game how team unity would keep us together and keep us going, even when we were down. So, that definitely helped us pick each other up and we always knew that if we lost a point we'd get it right back after," Sonnenberg said.
The Falcons will head to the Section VI playoffs after losing just one league match all season. Their next opponent is still to be determined.
  Breast density can determine one's risk for breast cancer Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:33:28 -0400
A major risk factor for breast cancer, which is relatively unknown to women, is dense breasts. Knowing one's breast density is another part of the ongoing fight that assists in the early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Only one in eight women are aware that their breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer. One in five women are aware that dense breast tissue makes it harder to find cancer on a mammogram or show any changes in the breast.
By Renae Kimble
A major risk factor for breast cancer, which is relatively unknown to women, is dense breasts. Knowing one's breast density is another part of the ongoing fight that assists in the early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Only one in eight women are aware that their breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer. One in five women are aware that dense breast tissue makes it harder to find cancer on a mammogram or show any changes in the breast.
When cancer is discovered at an earlier stage, an individual has a greater variety of less-invasive treatment options to choose from. Women diagnosed with breast cancer during the disease's latter stages, are more likely to die. In the case of women who failed to obtain an early cancer screening, a much more invasive and expensive cancer treatment will be required to arrest, cure, stop or slow down the spreading of this horrific disease.
It is imperative that the word gets out to women that dense breasts can mask tumors. When tumors are masked, it makes it much more difficult to make an accurate diagnosis of breast cancer. This is why dense breasts are considered one of the leading risk factors for breast cancer in women.
Breast density is defined as the amount of dense tissue compared to the amount of fatty tissue in the breast on a mammogram. Dense breast tissue has more fibrous and glandular tissue than fat, according to the National Cancer Institute.
There are different levels of breast density ranging from little to no dense tissue to very dense tissue.
According to the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic and other health care organizations, there are four breast density levels. The levels are as follows:
•Almost entirely fatty breasts are almost entirely composed of fat. One in 10 women are in this category.
•Scattered areas of fibro glandular density indicate there are some scattered areas of density, but the majority of the breast tissue is non-dense. Approximately four out of ten women are in this category.
•Heterogeneously dense breasts indicate there are some areas of non-dense tissue, but that the majority of the breast tissue is dense. Approximately four out of 10 women are included in this category.
•Extremely dense breasts indicate nearly all of the breast tissue is dense. One in 10 women have this result.
The state of New York is only one of 27 states that require women to be notified of their breast density after having a mammogram. Dense breast notification raises a woman's awareness that more screening tests may be needed in order to make a definitive determination that she does not, in fact, have breast cancer.
Health care professionals are not sure as to what causes dense breast tissue, but a woman is more than likely to have dense breasts if she is in her 40s and 50s, premenopausal or has had hormone therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms.
Mammogram screenings have been deemed to be the best preventative method in the early detection and discovery of malignant tumors in a woman's breast. Remember that it may be harder to find cancerous tumors or changes in one's breast on a mammogram if a woman has dense breast.
If you fall into the category of having dense breasts, please speak with your physician to determine whether further screening is needed.
The Cancer Services Program of Niagara County, an affiliate of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, funded by the New York State Department of Health, provides free breast and cervical cancer screening to uninsured women ages 40-64, and free colon cancer screening to uninsured men and women ages 50-64.
Call us at 716-278-4898.
Renae Kimble is program coordinator for the Cancer Services Program of Niagara County.
  Lew-Port Academy 'Blender' Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:32:34 -0400
Lewiston-Porter High School's Academy of International Business and Finance will host its fourth annual "Business Blender" from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Niagara Falls Country Club.
Lewiston-Porter High School's Academy of International Business and Finance will host its fourth annual "Business Blender" from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Niagara Falls Country Club.
Guest speaker John Gavigan is executive director for 43North. The company recently held its annual business competition in Buffalo, awarding $5 million in total prizes to eight start-up companies.
Tickets are $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door. Gold, silver and bronze sponsorship opportunities are available, and all proceeds will be used to support academy programs, including internships. Tickets and sponsorships are available through Lewiston-Porter High School, 716-286-7263, ext. 2102, or through the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce at 716-754-9500.
For more information, contact Nicole Alonzo at 716-425-0430 or email nalonzo@lew-port.com.
The academy is designed for students who seek to broaden their knowledge in the area of international business. It is meant to provide students with the skills necessary to be successful in the future.
  NU Family Business Center hosts breakfast forum Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:30:08 -0400
"Why Businesses Fail" will be the topic of the Niagara University Family Business Center's next breakfast meeting at Giancarlo's, 5110 Main St., Williamsville.
"Why Businesses Fail" will be the topic of the Niagara University Family Business Center's next breakfast meeting at Giancarlo's, 5110 Main St., Williamsville.
Today, startup companies are failing at a rate of almost nine out of 10. This forum will share findings and thoughts from 55 years of knowledge gained, during which time the business world has moved from quill pens and slide rules to electronics of all shapes and sizes.
Robert H. Lane, president of Robert H. Lane & Associates, is the keynote speaker.
The event is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 7. Breakfast and networking begins at 7:30 a.m. The presentation will follow. There is no charge to attend.
RSVP by Nov. 2. Contact Gerry at 716-286-8173 or email CBAcenters@niagara.edu.
  VFW Post 313 kicks off capital campaign Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:29:18 -0400
I'm sure you are aware of the important role the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 313 plays in helping veterans in the Youngstown area. Our work is supported largely by the generous donors who contribute to our annual capital campaign.
By Gary Zanardi
VFW Post 313 Commander
I'm sure you are aware of the important role the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 313 plays in helping veterans in the Youngstown area. Our work is supported largely by the generous donors who contribute to our annual capital campaign.
This year, Lake Ontario Post 313 needs your support for our $20,000 capital improvement project to refurbish our restrooms, update our entry, and improve handicap accessibility. This project will allow the post to continue providing much-needed services to veterans in our community who are in need of assistance.
Our building is also used by other community organizations to support their charitable work. Without the continued support of generous donors like you, our building upgrades will likely go unmet and the future of our building will be in jeopardy.
Can we count on you to make a donation to this important cause? By making a tax-deductible donation to our capital campaign, you'll be directly contributing to veterans struggling to cope with returning to civilian life, or faced with military-related illnesses. Additionally, you'll be recognized for your generosity as a capital campaign supporter on the VFW Post 313 website and in our monthly newsletter.
VFW Post 313 is depending on your assistance and generosity. Please visit https://www.gofundme.com/vfw-post-313-building-renovation to pledge your support, or send a donation directly to the post: 434 Third St., Youngstown, NY, 14092. Please be assured your contribution will be put to good use to provide help to individuals in need of assistance right here in our community.
Thank you for your consideration and continued support.
  Suitor running for Porter Town Board Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:26:55 -0400
Dear friends and fellow Porter residents: Please give me a moment of your time to share with you my Town of Porter election message. If you care for this town as I do, you will want to consider my position on topics critical to the sustainment and health of our community.
By William "Willy" Suitor
Dear friends and fellow Porter residents: Please give me a moment of your time to share with you my Town of Porter election message. If you care for this town as I do, you will want to consider my position on topics critical to the sustainment and health of our community.
My decision to run for Town Council is twofold: to balance our community interests and to get involved with a seat at the table.
Attending Town Board meetings, it struck me that the entire Town Board was represented by the Republican Party and has been for years. Democracy is a balance of representation and perspective.
Initially supported and endorsed by the Democrats, one of my Republican opponents challenged my petitions to run, based on a petition form technicality. Rather than use the Town of Porter as their address, my supporters used either Youngstown or Ransomville. This initially disqualified my candidacy, but has since been struck down by a state judge. However, not in time for me to run on the Independence or Democratic party lines.
Rather than allow my opponent to dictate the outcome of the election, I enthusiastically decided to run as an Independent Party candidate and form my own party, the "One Majority" Party. The world of "politics" is all new to me, but I am learning fast. On Election Day, I will appear only on one line on the ballot sheet. With that in mind, on Election Day look at the ballot carefully, should you choose to vote for me, be sure to vote "One Majority." I sincerely appreciate your support and confidence.
As an important reminder, remember you are free Americans, free to choose who to vote for. You are not required to vote for the candidates who run on the party you are affiliated with; this is not Russia or North Korea.
Why am I running and why do I want a seat at the table? To provide balanced representation. The Republican Party has dominated the Town Board and the way business is run for over 20 years; "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely."
For example, the egregious and deliberate violation of town zoning laws on Lake Road in favor of a former Town Council member. Large, industrial-sized buildings were built on a Lake Road property with "permits" issued after residents complained.
No such permits could legally be issued due to the fact that area is zoned for "Residential/Agricultural." Industrial-type sand blasting, spray painting and heavy equipment repair were being conducted on the property and continued, even after complaints were filed by neighbors.
Additionally on this property, a very large pond was excavated, thousands of cubic yards of clay and soil were piled on the property and in a county that is home to numerous landfills. There are town laws that prohibit pond permits without an extensive review and justification to prevent our beautiful land from once again turning into a chemical wasteland. The politics of single-party Republican domination have to stop. We need and deserve balanced party representation to provide necessary checks and balance of town business.
So, what is my platform? I will be a voice of one, but I will be a loud voice. No more backroom discussions of town business. Business needs to be aired and entered into the minutes of all meetings where town business is discussed and then published on the town's web site for all to read.
Furthermore, I fully support the new town zoning officer. He is a fair person with a thankless job and deserves our support.
Taxes and renewable energy are a top priority. Did you know CWM is no longer paying the town the large annual sums it was for years; where and how will this income loss be offset? Do we raise taxes, do we make cuts, if either, where and to whom? No one wants higher taxes, no one wants cuts to programs or services; let's talk about this, in open public forums.
I am not in favor of any "gentrification" of our town. We are a residential/agricultural community, have been for over 200 years; let's keep it that way and leave our farmers alone to take care of our land and provide this community a sustainable income. I am completely in favor of attracting clean, quiet industry to Porter ... in the areas of the town zoned for it.
As you know, we sit on the windy shore of Lake Ontario. Let's take advantage of nature's clean and quiet resources and explore alternative electrical generation.
This would not only be a win-win for our farmers, but could be advantageous for all town citizens through lower electrical rates and tax advantages. Many farmers and communities in New York have benefitted greatly from alternative electrical generation. Let's explore the pros and cons; let's work together to bring our projects to our community that will help in the sustainment and health of the Town of Porter.
The candidate, the fellow community member: I am William (Willy) Suitor, a life-long resident of the Town of Porter with roots to this community dating back to 1812 - two years before Tom Tower's family. My wife, Cheryl, and I have been married over 50 years, raised seven children in this community, and are blessed with 16 grandchildren. Four of our children have served in the armed forces, two of them "lifers" - retiring as a master sergeant and a colonel. We are all proud Americans. We are proud to be members of the Town of Porter community and care deeply about our future and the next generation.
I am known as "Willy" with a diverse history - the "Rocketman," who began flying the Bell Rocketbelt in 1964 and appeared in numerous movies, TV shows, Super Bowl I and the 1984 Olympics. I worked for the New York Power Authority, retiring in 2002 as a senior control room operator after 32 years. I am an artist with numerous accolades. Go to www.billsuitor.com for more information about my background.
It is time for change; it is time for balanced representation, and time for you to cast your ballot in the secrecy of the booth.
I ask for your support and your vote on Election Day. Remember, a majority of one can make a difference!
  Town of Porter: LWRP public focus session set for Monday Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:26:17 -0400
Porter and Youngstown-area residents will have another opportunity to participate in a public focus session on the town's continuing Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
Meeting to feature draft materials on waterfront improvements
Staff reports
Porter and Youngstown-area residents will have another opportunity to participate in a public focus session on the town's continuing Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
A session will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Porter Town Hall. There, residents will learn more on the status of the LWRP and how it has evolved since it was first introduced to the public in April, according to Wendy E. Weber Salvati, AICP, of WWS Planning in Clarence. She is coordinating the program with town officials.
Last spring's session, also held at Porter Town Hall, saw a number of area residents participating in an exchange of ideas that focused on their impressions, wants and needs for the Porter waterfront areas on the lower river and the lake. Topics heard ranged from desired waterfront improvements to recreational opportunities, better access for residents, farming and agricultural interests, and concerns regarding elevated lake levels, flooding and erosion issues affecting lake shore property owners.
An extension of the state Coastal Management Program, Salvati noted the LWRP enables Porter to evaluate land use and waterfront resources and develop a comprehensive strategy for it to effectively manage and protect its water resources in the lower river area and lakeshore.
"(It) provides the town with a roadmap to guide land use and recognize opportunities," Salvati said, adding the LWRP also gives the town more local control over decisions made along its waterfront. "The goal is to develop a local program that properly manages land use and future development along the lake and river and effectively protect important coastal resources."
Salvati said Monday's session is expected to feature draft materials her group has compiled from discussions with officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other interests who have been involved on waterfront concerns affecting the lake areas over the past year.
Lake Ontario's elevated water levels and the significant erosion problems that affected the northern Niagara County areas over past months are among the local concerns to be discussed.
"The LWRP project has progressed since April, and the town is now ready to provide the public the opportunity to offer their input on what is being proposed for the waterfront to help the project planning team complete this important effort and help the town achieve its vision for the future," Salvati said.
Urging local residents to attend the session, Salvati said, "Public involvement is critical to ensure that this project can result in a waterfront program that protects and improves the Porter waterfront."
For additional information, Salvati can be contacted at 716-870-2724.