Image of the Day – May 18, 2017

Maid of the Mist 1910


Wallenda’s wife plans to hang by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls


Five years after her husband walked a tightrope over Niagara Falls, his wife is planning her own teeth-clenching stunt there.

To be precise, Erendira Wallenda, a trapeze aerialist, plans to hang by her teeth from a tether connected to a helicopter flying over the Falls, Niagara County officials announced Tuesday night…


Voters approve every school budget in Erie, Niagara counties


Voters approved every school district budget in Erie and Niagara counties Tuesday in an election that saw the power of teacher union endorsements continue to be strong across the region.

Three budgets needing the supermajority to pass got over the 60 percent mark: In East Aurora, Maryvale and Niagara Falls…


Image of the Day – May 17, 2-17


 Viddy viddy intwisting…

Image of the Day – May 16, 2017


3rd and Ferry (now Win on Third) – c. 1930

Best-Selling author Lee Woodruff addresses graduates at NCCC Commencement

Having the ability to “bounce back when life throws you a curve ball will help you to survive challenging situations that you may face” were the words of advice given to graduates by Lee Woodruff, Niagara County Community College Keynote Speaker at the 53rd annual commencement ceremony on Saturday at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, NY. Woodruff, the best-selling co-author of In an Instant, the inspirational story of her family’s emotional recovery following her husband’s bomb injury in Iraq. Woodruff is a contributing editor to CBS This Morning and has written numerous articles on family and parenting for Real Simple, Parade, Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, Country Living, and Family Fun. Her best-selling book “Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress”, was followed by her first novel “Those We Love Most,” which became a New York Times best-seller.

Three hundred and sixty eight graduates walked the stage and received diplomas from NCCC Officer in Charge and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Luba Chliwniak, Trustee Bonnie R. Sloma, Trustee Jason J. Cafarella and Trustee Sheila Smith. The master of ceremonies was Board Chairperson Vincent Ginestre and participating in the program were Board of Trustee members Bradley W. Rowles, Gina I. Virtuoso, William L. Ross, and Student Trustee Katelynn DeLac. Also speaking were Professor Amanda Pollard on behalf of the NCCC faculty and graduate Derek Pew, recipient of the President’s Medallion.

NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 70 certificate and degree programs to over 7,000 students and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

Image of the Day – May 15, 2017


One of our favorite saloons!

Image of the Day – May 14, 2017


Perfect place to visit today – take your mom!

Image of the Day – May 13, 2017


The “Hamister Hotel” coming along… slowly, but surely!

Former Gazette publisher to run for Niagara Falls City Council

[Press Release]

Niagara Falls, NY – May 12, 2017 – Chris Voccio, who until this afternoon was the publisher of
both the Niagara Gazette and the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, announced his candidacy for
the Niagara Falls City Council.

Voccio, who took the helm of the Gazette in September of 2014, announced to his staff in
January that he was retiring in May when he turned 50. He didn’t specify his plans at that time.
“I moved to Niagara Falls to turn around the Niagara Gazette, and I fell in love with the place,”
Voccio said. “We have so much going for us, but city government seems to be in its own way.
There’s a lack of leadership at city hall, and the council needs a change agent to help turn
things around.”

Voccio, 50, is a native of Rhode Island and has managed newspapers across the country. He
moved to Niagara Falls from CT where he was publisher of the Norwich Bulletin. He started
working for Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI), of Montgomery, AL, owner of the
Niagara Falls and Lockport newspapers, in 1999.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University of Smithfield, RI,
and an MBA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

In 2008, after resigning his position as publisher of the Johnstown (PA) Tribune-Democrat, also
owned by CNHI, he unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. After
that election he returned to newspapering and the employ of CNHI.

Voccio’s campaign theme in 2008 was “It’s time for a change” and he says he’s sticking to that
theme in 2017. “Niagara Falls city government is in desperate need for change, and I am a
proven change agent. The electorate isn’t in the mood for the status quo this year. It’s time for a

Voccio served on the board of directors for both the United Way of Greater Niagara and the
Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce until his May 12 retirement.

He is a Republican and describes his political philosophy as conservative-libertarian. “I believe
in limited government, individual responsibility, the rule of law and some common sense for
good measure,” he said.

According to the press release announcing his candidacy, his priorities will be:
● Fiscal responsibility
● Small business and private-sector development
● Public safety

Voccio is single and lives on 31st Street. His web address is and leads to
his campaign Facebook page.