With the state of New York facing a major teacher shortage in the years ahead, cutting-edge preparation of education majors — and continued professional development of current educators — takes on added importance.


Tourist numbers climbed this summer despite construction fences and ongoing projects at the Niagara Falls State Park, where improvements just keep coming.

Waterfront development has been the name of the game in Western New York over the past few years, with sites like Canalside in Buffalo drawing massive crowds of locals and tourists alike, as well as popular musical acts, art installations and other novelty experiences. 

Below the rising hotels of downtown Niagara Falls is a bike rental operation that has grown from an afterthought to a full-fledged service provider offering transport and tours for everyone from seniors to children.

For many city residents, crunchy, fresh green beans are hard to come by. So are succulent tomatoes, crisp lettuce and tasty ears of corn.

Before I start this column, I just need to get something out of the way. Yes I’m an adult, yes I’m a working professional and yes, I play Pokemon Go. I am a child of the ‘90s, and Pokemon has been a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. I couldn’t help myself. 

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