Niagara Gazette

Communities

December 8, 2013

Santa arrives by helicopter as Lewiston events celebrate the season

Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — What do you want for Christmas? And better yet, did you tell Santa Claus?

Hundreds of people lined up to do exactly that Saturday during the annual Christmas Walk in the Village of Lewiston, after, of course, the symbol of the season arrived by helicopter on a brisk but sunny morning.

The experience as a whole has become tradition for many of the people who line the safety perimeter to see the helicopter land and wave to Santa as he exits.

“We came last year and it was a lot of fun,” Colleen Uschold said. “I just love the excitement on the kids’ faces.”

Uschold made it a family affair with her son, Michael, 4, by her side. Michael’s aunt, Kathy Occhino, and cousin, Matthew, also 4, joined them from Rochester to see the event. Occhino said they’ve made the trip to Lewiston each of the past three years.

As for the children, they knew exactly what they wanted from Santa come Dec. 25. Michael said he wanted a toy train set, while Matthew is wishing for Nerf gun, capable of shooting small arrows.

Waiting for their turn to say hello to the village’s special visitor, Shawn Carr, of Lewiston, and his two children gathered their thoughts before stepping up to the man’s lap. His daughter, 7, said she’d be asking for Rainbow Loom, a jewelry-making apparatus to create rubber band bracelets and more.

His son, 2, said he wants Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fun this Christmas, but appeared to get cold feet just before visiting Santa, asking Dad to tell him instead.

Of course, the Christmas Walk is more than just a chance to see the jolly elf. It’s also a chance for the village’s various businesses to take advantage of a larger-than-normal crowd of foot traffic. And, despite the sub-freezing temperatures, many were taking full advantage.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Communities
  • NIA Hibbards anniversary art 1 072414 Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard celebrates 75 years in Lewiston When Jim Hibbard first heard the term "frozen custard," he thought somebody had put pudding in the freezer. "I thought it was like cooked custard when I first heard about it," he said recently, as he and his employees prepared to celebrate his business's 75th birthday this weekend.

    July 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • NAD Artpark review art 072414 A warm welcome back for Aretha Franklin at Artpark

    The Queen of Soul returned to her Western New York roots Tuesday night in what has in recent years become an annual pilgrimage. Aretha Franklin spent a good part of her youth in Buffalo and even told the Artpark crowd she loved the name Tonawanda so much when she was a child that she told people she wanted to live there when she grew up.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Aretha Franklin 1 072314 SLIDESHOW: Aretha Franklin performs at Artpark Aretha Franklin performed Tuesday night at Artpark.

    July 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • Western New York Land Conservancy nears funding goal for Stella Niagara Nature Preserve The Western New York Land Conservancy in partnership with the Sisters of St. Francis have now secured $2.6 million of $3.2 million in proposed funding for the creation of the Stella Niagara Nature Preserve by accepting a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

    July 22, 2014

  • 140721 Wallenda Staycation 1B.jpg Nik Wallenda Stay-cation in the Falls

    Nik Wallenda enjoyed a day-off in Niagara Falls on Monday, taking a jet boat and helicopter ride with family, friends and cast members of his Darien Lake show. (Photos by James Neiss)

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos 1 Video

  • NIA Bucci exhibit 1 072114 Local artist Nori Bucci's work on display at Main Street library Local artist and musician Nori Bucci's pencil art will be on display in the main floor exhibit cases at the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. through Aug. 3.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • NIA Biz Column art 1 072114 Electric cars will get charge out of new IBEW 237 battery station

    Those who drive electric cars now have a free location to stop and charge their batteries, thanks to a new charging station recently built at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 237 at 8803 Niagara Falls Blvd. Beside offering free charging, the stations gave a class of apprentice electricians a chance to learn how to assemble the stations. "We think it's a great training tool," said Russ Quarantello, a business manager for the union.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • NIA New Skateland owners art 072114 Skating spot will re-open in fall under Rainbow Rink owners For Maurice and Barbara Cooper, purchasing the former Skateland rink on Lincoln Avenue in Lockport seemed a little like fate.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140717 Armenian Fest 2 [Duplicate] SUNDAY: St. Hagop's Church holds Armenian Festival on 9th St. A trio of church members were preparing a giant pan of rice recently, readying it to stuff the grape leaves for the Armenian Festival Sunday at St. Hagop's Church on Ninth Street. A bystander was lucky enough to get a sample of the stuffing, and could clearly taste the savory dill, tart lemon and sweet fresh mint that infused the rice. There were also Armenian cookies to be sampled, made from a beloved recipe that included ground cherry pits from a middle eastern tree, which gave the buttery dough a distinct sweet flavor.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • NIA Science camp art 3 071814 Students back at Hyde Park Elementary for week-long STEM science camp Hyde Park Elementary's halls are mosaicked with a rural scene, but the mentality of the teachers and students is decidedly technical.

    July 18, 2014 4 Photos

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page