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CHEER: The Niagara County Fair is back after the long Covid pause. When the fair opens on Wednesday, the focus will be family fun, with new shows such as “World of Wonders,” a celebration of big-top history, and Texas Tommy’s (Vegas-touched) Wild West Review, a 12-band lineup, chance to get …

In the last year or so the term “frontline worker” became almost a trope, a cliché, but not nearly so worn-out as the real thing was during the ghastly pandemic that China vouchsafed the world a little while (or what feels a LONG while) back.

We're on the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and now it seems the birds have developed some kind of problem. So far, not much is known about how the illness is transmitted, such as from bird to bird (like the flu) or from one species to another (like malaria), or whether it's ca…

We don’t always invest in longform investigative projects like we just did with Michele DeLuca's four-part series on Main Street in Niagara Falls.

A week ago Tuesday, after the massive deluge slammed Niagara County, I was doing follow up reporting.

I apologize. I done ya wrong.

On Tuesday afternoon last week, my neighbors on Independence Drive were kayaking along our flooded street. On Transit, one of the parking lots could have been renamed Lake Five Guys as the flooding rose up to the height of people’s knees. Basements filled with water and backed-up sewage. We …

They’re doing all of this for you, sports fans, so that you keep paying attention, keep staying interested and keep watching television.

If there was one thing that Niagara County residents can take from the powerful storm that besieged the center of the county on July 20th, led to a state of emergency and travel ban, and left infrastructure, businesses and residences crippled in its wake, it is this: We are blessed to have s…

Did I ever see the great Hank Aaron play in person? Possibly once in Florida spring training, when the visiting Braves played the Red Sox, and I was a kid down there on Easter vacation, and away from the cold north. Speaking of which:

We have had some super hot, dry weather and, recently, some super wet weather, but wildlife continues on with its seasonal cycles. I can’t imagine the problems wildlife has with the long downpours of late, but they survive without the shelters that we humans have, or the food supply that’s r…

In the Book of Matthew, Jesus is asked: "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" He answers: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." But the second admonition, Jesus adds, "is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor …

The Mighty Niagara has always flowed. Power projects, industrial pollution and other abuses never changed that beauty.

Imagine a future where we live in a city that has embraced technology to connect departments to each other and to the public. A future in which we can use technology to monitor our assets, services, and resources, and develop efficiencies where before there were none. For example, a system w…

It wasn’t the weekend monsoon that got me, although it exposed several flaws in my household and living arrangements. It was the status of the sunset two days later.

While shopping at Wal-Mart, I saw a gentleman wearing what I believed to be a Pakistani hat (I looked up hats and found "kufi" hats in the library computer — yay library!) and complimented his wife on her clothing. I will never know what nationality they were — it is politically incorrect to…

Too many scientists and federal policymakers focus so much on climate change that they’ve given short shrift to environmental threats that are destroying our forests and waterways at unprecedented rates. One could argue that invasive species, not warming temperatures, are the greatest threat…

Make no mistake, the news Monday was good that Canada will be letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into the country on Aug. 9.

Why does one’s most recent faux-pas so often feel the worst? And by the way, what kinds are these? To be honest, many wouldn’t resonate at all on other peoples’ charts!

Most readers will be surprised by these statistics: 75 to 90% of adult visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems and 89% of adults describe experiencing "high levels of stress." One million employees are absent on an average workday because of stress-related problems.

Did you know that there is a separate census just for agriculture? It is held every five years; the last one was in 2017. First the results were tabulated by the nation, then by states. Now, we have the results by Congressional district and even by county. So, here is a quiz about local agri…

Last week this column traced the early history of the Bristol Fountain from its first placement on the bridge near the Judson House to its removal to the City Park (West Avenue was called West Main Street until the early 1890s) in May, 1884.

One of our most common turtles in New York is the snapping turtle. You don’t see them very often because they spend most of their time under water hiding under stream banks or buried in the mud and cattails in the marshes. Here they wait for prey, such as baby ducks, fish and etc. that are “…

After President Biden promoted door-to-door efforts to encourage folks to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina denounced the campaign as intimidation and coercion. White House press secretary Jen Psaki could not contain her disdain for the governor's lethal lunacy.

State needs to report more accurate numbers

After a year of stay-at-home orders and days spent indoors, many of us are looking to the place we could always turn to for respite and healing -- the outdoors. Fresh air, sunlight, and sounds of wind and water help us heal from stress and trauma, especially after such a year of upheaval. Th…

Whenever we are spending time at our humble cottage on the St. Lawrence River, and I have a column to write, a self-pity mindset creeps into my thinking and more than likely manifests itself in and around the article. Such is the case today.

Nora Ephron famously wrote that she felt bad about her neck as she grew older. I don’t feel so bad about my neck — that’s what turtlenecks and scarves are for — it’s my height that gets me down in the dumps.

In May, word leaked that the Lockport School District had submitted a $500,000 funding request to the New York Department of Education, to start a My Brother’s Keeper project here. That state funding is part of a national program launched by President Obama and its aim is to offer mentoring …

Congress and the White House have begun bolstering support for plans for a crackdown of gun violence. There is indignation about a wealth gap in America, noting that the difference between the richest and poorest families is growing.

Today we will read about the City of Niagara Falls before 1800 when the area became occupied during the French and English colonization. The land was settled by the French explorer Jacques Cartier, who discovered the St. Lawrence River and founded the city of Montreal. Cartier had heard abou…

"Do we want to give the wealthiest people in America another tax cut," asked Joe Biden, "or do you want to give every high school graduate the ability to earn a community college degree?"

I have an old friend who besides health issues has endured plenty of difficulties during a career in law enforcement, then in mobile phone sales, and eventually as a pastor. And he’d always declare that if you haven’t made enemies in your life, then you probably haven’t done much of worth.

One animal out there in the great outdoors really concerns me, and it is not a native species, it’s a domestic animal. Now I like all animals, even this one, but humans have created a drastic problem with this creature and I can’t figure where our heads are.

When President Biden was asked about his decision to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan, he could not hide his discomfort.

For the 13 million kids in the U.S. who may face hunger today, summer is usually the hungriest time of year. This summer, however, may be a different story because new benefits and temporary waivers are helping to reach even more kids with the food they need. For example, they allow parents …

Short-term rentals are a hot button issue in Niagara Falls right now. The lame-duck city council just enacted a six-month moratorium on new permits. This column is more pleasant than that discussion.

Western New York has seen some dire economic times during this pandemic. I, along with my coworkers, have been fortunate to work at Cascades Containerboard, which had a strong 2020 fiscal year with sales of more than $5.1 million.

My name is Cole Collins. Alongside my sister, Rachel Collins, owner of Bake and Supply, we have been full-time vendors at the Artisan Market over the past four summers since its inception back in the summer of 2018.

It’s good to see our state and federal officials keeping the pressure up on resuming cross-border traffic.

Swapping out a filthy coal plant site for solar arrays is a sweet deal for Somerset. We’ll host clean, renewable energy instead of polluting, land-poisoning, climate-killing coal. It’s a project we should rally around. There is already community support building, and there should be more. So…

“The only time a fisherman tells the truth is when he tells you he is a liar.”

I moved to Niagara Falls from Buffalo with my partner in October 2017. I gave our realtor several conditions to be met in the search for our new home. I will not bore you by listing them, but the one criterion I could not live without was a walkable proximity to a pedestrian/bicycle path and…

This summer’s prevailing attitude is one of action. We know what a compromised summer feels like – 2020 — and the urge to find what can be interpreted as normalcy, or replica thereof, is strong. Whatever emotional freight this summer can bear, it will bear it in desperate attempts to remind …

I think it was my old cartoonist friend Tim Akin who suggested The 755 Restaurant and Lounge. Then again, maybe it wasn’t.

For a while the State of Israel received a series of good hands, as card-players might put it. And each having somewhat to do with America.

The 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence knew what they were getting into. As we celebrate the 4th of July 245 years later with flags and fireworks, it's easy to forget that these patriots risked death to give a new nation life.

Back in 2005 a very dangerous and deadly disease was found in a private captive deer herd in Oneida. The deer were all destroyed and, in the surrounding area, a lot of wild deer were shot for testing over the next six years. None were found to be afflicted but Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) p…

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