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Peca to Assume Head Coaching Duties at Jr. Sabres

Peca to Assume Head Coaching Duties at Jr. Sabres

The Buffalo Junior Sabres announced today that General Manager Michael Peca will assume the role of Head Coach at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 season.  Grant Ledyard has stepped down as head coach, effective immediately.  Russ Certo will serve as the team’s interim head coach for the remainder of this season with Peca serving as an assistant.

Lewiston Residents Overwhelmingly Support New Recreation Center

Lewiston Residents Overwhelmingly Support New Recreation Center

In stark contrast to the previous two Village of Lewiston Board meetings, where trustees were blasted for stumping for a new recreation center, residents Monday overwhelmingly voiced their support for a new indoor sports complex.

"It is needed for the kids," said Bruce Blakelock.

His son, eighth-grader Robert Blakelock, said, "There's not a whole lot of areas in Lewiston to go and play sports."

"If we don't accept this for our children ... we're throwing something away," said Dennis Brochey.

"There are a lot of people in the village that are very supportive of (a new recreation center)," Peter Nagy said. "It's a shame that this project is kind of dead in the water."

Breaking: Lewiston Recreation Center Proposal Shelved

Breaking: Lewiston Recreation Center Proposal Shelved

In a surprising turnabout Saturday, the Village of Lewiston has shelved the recreation center proposal. Mayor Terry Collesano spoke with Brian Hall, son of WTS President and CEO Gary Hall, who informed him his father was not moving forward with plans to build a new, multimillion-dollar complex in Lewiston.

On Friday, trustees were confident Hall would change his mind after his son sent an email Thursday indicating Gary was pulling out. A new drawing of the proposed recreation center was created, showing the two-story, 36,000-square-foot building on the Lewiston plateau, instead of behind the Red Brick Municipal Building. Letters in support of a new rec center were collected. There was even some talk that the village would look for other sponsors or donations if Hall did, in fact, withdraw.

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Looking for Crew, Volunteers & Assistants

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Looking for Crew, Volunteers & Assistants

The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival is looking for crew, volunteers and assistants to help with filming and post filming of the current documentary “Bad IQ”.

Crew associated with the project may have the chance to go on the road this January and February and participate with on-location filming, special celebrity meet and greets, interviews and more.

College students will also have the chance to earn credits and experience first hand what it’s like to travel and document a feature documentary, including scriptwriting, filming, lighting, editing, documenting, interviewing and all the other aspects of making a film.

Anyone interested in participating must send us their photograph, resume, a list of any special skills or qualifications that they may have and a letter stating why you should be chosen over others to help with this project.

Please send all inquiries to:

The BNFF Special Projects

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Expanded "Move Over" Law in Effect

Expanded "Move Over" Law in Effect

 

By Michael Wooten

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Starting midnight Sunday, New York's new "Move Over" law took effect, requiring drivers to slow down or move over for "hazard" vehicles including tow trucks.

The law already covers emergency vehicles, including police cruisers and fire trucks.

Last month, Kevin Woloszyn of Delevan in Cattaraugus County was driving Interstate 90 back to college outside Syracuse when his truck broke down. The tow truck driver who responded, Todd Young, was killed when a tractor trailer hit him.

"Just life, you can't take it for granted," Kevin said. "You know, you might be here one second, and the next second you're just out doing your job and that's it."

Kevin shared his story with 2 On Your Side in hopes it will cause drivers to be more careful around flashing lights. Kevin hopes the new law with also help.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Sponsors NYE 'Guitar Drop' at Nearby Hard Rock Cafe

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Sponsors NYE 'Guitar Drop' at Nearby Hard Rock Cafe

Two Niagara Falls USA landmarks will partner this New Year’s Eve for an outdoor celebration, as Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel will be a “Diamond Sponsor” for the Hard Rock’s New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop, hosted by nearby Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA.  The spectacular event closes out 2011 in a fashion befitting one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and takes place along Old Falls Street – adjacent to Seneca Niagara.

The sponsorship follows in a long line of community support from Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in 2011 – most notably, $1.275 million toward a new downtown culinary institute through Niagara County Community College, and a major sponsorship of the ongoing 37-day Niagara Holiday Market with European-style outdoor shopping and family-friendly winter activities.

Opera House Restoration Gets Boost from the Bruce T. Williams Foundation

Opera House Restoration Gets Boost from the Bruce T. Williams Foundation

$15,000 Grant Announced at the Annual ORG Christmas Concert.

The Greycliffe String Quartet captivated their audience last Tuesday night during their holiday performance at the First Presbyterian Church in Medina, and also provided the backdrop for an important announcement regarding Medina’s Bent’s Opera House.

Greycliffe helped the Orleans Renaissance Group establish a Christmas concert tradition four years ago, returning this year to present "Haydn for the Holidays."

The performance featured two string quartets by classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn, as well as an audience Christmas carol sing-along.

The audience enjoyed the evening listening to Greycliffe in a candlelit sanctuary, festively decorated for the season.  This year's concert again featured a fan-favorite Christmas carol sing-along. The audience had the opportunity to select carols for the sing-along at the beginning of the program.