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$4.2 Million Renovation of Existing Rainbow Bridge Bus Inspection Facility to Commence on 8/18

LEWISTON, NY – Today the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) announced that upcoming construction work related to the renovation of the Rainbow Bridge Canada plaza bus processing facility will begin on August 18th, 2014. This project is expected to wrap-up in May 2015 and will encompass a series of infrastructure improvements and enhancements, including the addition of new floors and processing space, exterior canopy modifications, relocation of existing boilers, shifting of the Canada-bound Currrency Exchange, and additional parking capacity.

 

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Coast Guard turns 224 years old Monday


BUFFALO, NY - The U.S. Coast Guard turns 224 years old on Monday, and the guardsmen here in Western New York were showing off some of their rescue tactics on Sunday.

They were out on the Buffalo River giving a demonstration of how they retrieve stranded boaters.

The Coast Guard was originally founded as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790.


Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Aug. 9 Highlights

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Aug. 9 Highlights

 

The popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues its 15th season on Aug. 9. A program of the Elmwood Village Association, the market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine, through Nov. 29. 

Providing musical entertainment on Aug. 9 (weather permitting) will be No Illusions from 9:30 to 11 a.m, followed by Birdie Cree from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. GObike Buffalo and Buffalo Walk for Farm Animals will occupy the market’s community group tables. 

West Seneca’s New Outdoor Marketplace Lists Aug. 7 Events

West Seneca’s New Outdoor Marketplace Lists Aug. 7 Events

 

West Seneca’s new Main Street Marketplace, sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, returns from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. The farmers’ and food producers’ market features nearly 30 vendors and local entertainment Thursday evenings through Sept. 4. 

The event takes place on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall. In the event of extremely wet conditions, the market will move within the park, into the parking lot immediately in front of the West Seneca Ice Rink.

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Lens replacement allows for rare lighthouse tours


BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo's lighthouse is one of the oldest structures on the Great Lakes.

On Saturday, visitors had a rare opportunity to actually go up to the top and take in the waterfront view. That's because the old lens, which was in bad shape, has been removed to be replaced.

It's a rare opportunity for one of the best views in Buffalo.

"People are just drawn naturally to lighthouses. If there's magic anywhere on this planet, it's on the border between land and water. And lighthouses stand there," said Mike Vogel, president of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association. "They're symbols of venturing out and welcoming home at the same time. So they really just appeal to something deep within people."

You have one more chance to tour the top of lighthouse next week from Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.


Two E.C. Sheriff's deputies arrested for smuggling contraband to prisoners


BUFFALO, NY – Two Erie County Sheriff's Office deputies were arrested Saturday and charged with smuggling contraband into county jails.

According to a statement issued by the sheriff's Office, officers arrested Charles Hunt, 49, at the Erie County Holding Center at about 2:30 p.m. They charged him with first-degree possession of dangerous contraband in prison, which is a class D felony, and criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

Meanwhile, a separate Sheriff's unit arrested Eric Stevens, 33, of Cheektowaga, as he left the Erie County Correctional Facility after completing his shift. He is charged with a felony for introducing contraband into a prison.

The statement said the arrests were the result of a month-long investigation that began with an anonymous tip.

Buffalo Business Leaders Organize Chippewa Alliance


BUFFALO, NY- Buffalo business leaders announced Friday morning the formation of a new group dedicated to the advancement of the Chippewa District.

The group, known as the Chippewa Alliance, is made up of representatives from key businesses and stakeholders in the community.

Leaders say one of their main goals is to create a sense of community along Chippewa, similar to what's been accomplished in Larkinville.

"We are looking at making it a more attractive, safe environment. So we are spending time over the last year looking at everything from lighting, we're looking at the sidewalks, we're looking at beautification efforts, plants, anything we can do to improve the environment and infrastructure of the neighborhood," Elizabeth Vealey, Chippewa Alliance President said.