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Olcott Beach Nominated for World Fishing Network's "Ultimate Fishing Town"

Olcott Beach Nominated for World Fishing Network's "Ultimate Fishing Town"

The World Fishing Network (WFN) has nominated Olcott Beach, N.Y., located on beautiful Lake Ontario, for its "Ultimate Fishing Town." Voting began on May 1 and will conclude on May 31.  

The town with the highest total votes will be named the winner of a $25,000 community donation. WFN will also produce a feature on the winner as the Ultimate Fishing Town.

You can vote for Olcott Beach, N.Y. by going to this link: http://www.worldfishingnetwork.com/uft/town/olcottbeach-ny

J. Fitzgerald Group Drives Lockport Recycling Program to Immediate Success

J. Fitzgerald Group Drives Lockport Recycling Program to Immediate Success

J. Fitzgerald Group, an international advertising and marketing agency based in Lockport, recently developed a complete kickoff marketing campaign for the City of Lockport’s Recycling & Refuse program.

JFG’s work included the new recycling program’s theme, name, logo, an easy-to-navigate consumer website, informational postcards directed to residents and business owners, a brochure and public relations support and guidance.

The materials JFG created helped city officials immediately secure public awareness of the new program and boost community participation, resulting in over $100,000 in waste collection savings and nearly $5,000 in new revenue from sales of recycled goods after just the first few months. The campaign also helped the City avoid a public backlash due to a drastic change in their refuse services.

POTHOLE PATROL: Who's Got the Worst One?

POTHOLE PATROL: Who's Got the Worst One?

If you can safely take a photograph, send us a picture of the most devastating, rim-busting, hubcap-popping, alignment-wrecking pothole in your neighborhood. Let's see if we can find The Worst Pothole in All of WNY.

Be sure to include your name and the location of the pothole.

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.

FREE Emergency Preparedness Training Available in Wheatfield

Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University will host a free CERT training course beginning Jan. 17, 2012, at the St. Johnsburg Fire Company, located at 7165 Ward Rd. in North Tonawanda (Wheatfield). 

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training is a community preparedness course that includes academic and hands-on instruction as well as a disaster training exercise that is designed to prepare you to help yourself, family and neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Individuals can make a difference by using CERT to save lives and protect property in your neighborhood.

The classes will run for eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and culminate in a disaster simulation on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CERT training topics include:

Medina: Where History Lives

Medina: Where History Lives

MEDINA, NY

September 20, 2011

Village of Medina residents may notice something new as they enter their downtown.  The village has erected five new signs at the entry-points of Medina’s Central Business District.  However, they are not just any ordinary signs.  

These smart-looking new signboards proclaim to all that they are entering Medina’s Downtown Historic District, one of the finest intact and preserved collections of historic downtown architecture anywhere. The contributing structures range in age from the Civil War era to the early Twentieth Century.