Devil’s Hole stair case to be replaced


Beginning on Monday July 17, 2017 the stairs into the Niagara Gorge at Devil’s Hole State Park will be closed as work to replace them begins. They are expected to be closed through Spring of 2018.

The $645,500 project consists of removing and reconstructing a middle portion of the existing stairs and trail sections at Devil’s Hole. Scott Lawn Yard is the contractor on this project.

Access to the Gorge will be available via the Great Gorge Railway Trail (begins at Niagara Gorge Discovery Center), Whirlpool, The Suspension Bridge Stairs (under the Whirlpool Bridge) and the elevator at the Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins at Niagara Falls State Park. Fishing access is also available at Artpark and at the New York Power Authority South Access Road Fishing Platform (opens April 1).

For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, please visit

For more information on this project, please call 716-278-1764.

The Soapbox with guests Brylinn, Leandra, Linda & Ezra Scott, Katie Cassens, & Kaya Coleman from the Special Education Family Workshop

Today we had a full table at the NiagaraHub for today’s Soapbox interview with Brylinn, Leandra, Linda & Ezra Scott, Katie Cassens, & Kaya Coleman – giving us information for the upcoming Special Education Family Workshop. Watch the video here:




Town of Niagara 2017 Pride in the Park


On Sunday July 2nd, 2017 the Town of Niagara held it’s annual “Pride in the Park” celebration at Veteran’s Memorial Community Park, 7000 Lockport Road. Over 4,000 people were in attendance over the course of the day long event featuring five bands, Chiveta’s chicken barbecue, numerous food vendors, beer tent, the new Splash Pad and a tremendous fireworks display. It was another great Town of Niagara summer event.

Watch the recap video here:

Please check back regularly with the Town’s website at for upcoming events and information all throughout the year!

Keeping Up with NFMMC

If you want to catch up with what’s been happening at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, have we got news for you – six pages of it!

Download/Read .PDF here: Keeping Up with NFMMC_May-June 2017

Attached you will find stories about recent and upcoming events, staff accomplishments, Auxiliary activities, sports (oh yes!) and a whole lot more.

Thank you for checking out this May-June edition of Keeping Up with NFMMC.


Patrick J. Bradley

Director, Communications & Emergency Management

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

621 10th St., Niagara Falls, NY 14302

Phone: (716) 278-4569

Fax: (716) 278-4614

French Toast at the Bear’s Den [by Craig Avery]

What a delight!  Jean-Luc Ponty cranked it for a packed crowd last night leaving most wondering, “How does he do that?”

The master violinist took the stage and immediately displayed the bond between himself and the instrument most of us cringed at when our little cousin would attempt to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” at Thanksgiving dinner.  His command of the violin provided the foundation for a night of exquisite musical performances by Jean-Luc and a backup-band extraordinaire.  The bass player looked like Steve Martin playing the banjo, a drum solo made Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” sound like a wind up toy soldier drummer boy, and I’m pretty sure Billy Joel is still trying to get an autograph from Jean-Luc’s keyboard player.  

As always, the venue of the Bear’s Den will bring out the best in any performance, and takes a two hour segment of an evening and makes the whole night alright.  Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the top notch entertainment of people-watching in the Casino after the show.  Between the nightclub atmosphere of Stir, the ringing of the bells and whistles on the gaming floor, and just watching the arrivals and departures in the Hotel Lobby bar, you are entertained non-stop.

Been to Seneca Niagara Casino lately? If not, you’re missing out on some pretty intense enjoyment of perhaps an otherwise boring evening.



He told you he’d be back… with a new tasty beverage

Founded by Master Sommelier Richard Betts, Astral Tequila is a unique spirit reminiscent of the way tequila was made 150 years ago before it was industrialized. Produced as a celebration of beautiful culture and spirit, Astral was awarded The New York Times’ highest rating, a Double Gold medal from San Francisco World Spirits Competition and named one of the “Top 10 Blanco Tequilas” by Food & Wine magazine.

See FORBES article here:

Time To Dance – Graceful & Gifted Program

Students from the Graceful & Gifted program at Time to Dance, received the Grand Slam award.  Juanita O’Harrow, Jamie Walker, and Carly Miller competed at this year’s Hall Of Fame Dance Competition in Niagara Falls, NY. Their Ballet number called “My Wish,” was given the highest score in their division.

The Grand Slam Award is the highest award any dancer can receive.  These women have been dancing for several years, and absolutely love being on stage and competing.  They received a standing ovation for their amazing performance.  Graceful & Gifted is a special needs dance program. We offer several classes for different age and abilities, ambulatory and non-ambulatory.

We begin with students at the age of 4 and up to dancers in their 70’s! For more information, please contact Susan Akin at 946-7909. Time To Dance Studios are located at 2419 Hyde Park Blvd. Niagara Falls, NY.


Gary Strenkoski announces candidacy for Wheatfield Town Justice

[Press Release]

Gary Strenkoski, Town of Wheatfield businessman and community leader, has officially announced his candidacy for Town of Wheatfield Town Justice.

He and his wife Karen have been married for over 40 years and have raised their family here in Wheatfield. Gary is a Niagara Wheatfield graduate and served on the board of director’s and was vice president for the Niagara Wheatfield Athletic Association. He also attended both Niagara and Erie County Community Colleges. “My wife and I raised our children here, in the safety of Wheatfield, my goal is to keep the community that way.” Strenkoski said.

Mr. Strenkoski is owner of Strenkoski Brothers Construction Company and proven business leader in the community. Wanting to keep our economy strong, Gary is a member of Niagara Military Affairs Council where he proudly serves, thus ensuring our air base will continue to provide jobs for the community.

Strenkoski has achieved a life-long history of giving back to the community in the many organizations to which he belongs. Gary has been honored with serving on the Niagara USA Chamber’s Board of Directors and Executive Board where he was awarded the prestigious Chairman’s award for leadership and volunteerism. He has proudly served the United Way as a community leader in Wheatfield and served on their Citizens Review Process Committee. Strenkoski also served on the Opportunities Unlimited Board of Directors and was named Volunteer of the Year. He is also a charter member of the Wheatfield Kiwanis Club and served on their Board of Directors as well. Gary is honored to be a member of the Wheatfield Business Association and is a long time member of the LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club, where he supports responsible citizens Second Amendment Rights. “My life has been focused around family and volunteerism in this community, attaining the position of Town Justice will allow me to compile all my professional and personal experiences, for the betterment of the Town of Wheatfield.” Strenkoski said.

A Republican, Strenkoski will run in the Republican, Democratic, Independence, Conservative and Working Families primaries. He has been the recipient of several letters of commendation and awards from the US Congress, New York State Senators Office, New York State Assemblyman’s Office, State Comptroller’s Office and the Niagara County Legislature.

“My life experiences have taught me how to be compassionate with people, but stern when required. I have learned to see people both good and bad for what they are. I will treat all people with-out prejudice and be fair.” Strenkoski said.

Strenkoski Gary 2017 Publicity - for print

The Soapbox with guest Alan James Roscetti – Candidate for Niagara Falls City Court Judge


Niagara Falls City Court Judge Candidate Alan James Roscetti stopped by the NiagaraHub for a Soapbox interview with Craig Avery… watch the video here:

Find out more information about Alan’s campaign by visiting:


[Paid for by the Committee to Elect Alan James Roscetti]
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Lewiston GardenFest set for June 17 & 18

Lewiston GardenFest presented by the Lewiston Garden Club, is set for Saturday, June 17 and Sunday June 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days along Center Street. The festival includes more than 50 vendors selling flowers, plants, and garden essentials along with speakers, demonstrations, a free garden walk, container garden contest and more throughout the weekend. This year also marks the 90th anniversary of the Lewiston Garden Club with local businesses joining in the celebration with garden-themed window displays.

“Lewiston Garden Club is celebrating 90 years and growing and we are excited to commemorate its founding at this year’s Lewiston GardenFest,” said Doreen Albee, Lewiston GardenFest chair. “It’s an all-volunteer effort for Lewiston GardenFest, our largest fundraiser of the year which offers the community and visitors to our area an opportunity to get ideas, plants and more to beautify their own outdoor spaces. Money raised at the event goes back into the Lewiston community for plantings, beautification projects, scholarships and service projects throughout the year.”

Several Garden Talks are on the schedule for Lewiston GardenFest. On Saturday at 11 a.m., Sally Cunningham, a garden writer, educator and Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional (CNLP), will speak to “The Transformational Power of Gardening” addressing four critical roles that gardens are playing in both urban and suburban neighborhoods along with answering attendees’ questions on home landscapes and gardens. At 2 p.m. David Clark, CNLP, a nationally recognized horticulture instructor and florist, will create floral arrangements using plant material available to Western New York gardeners. He’ll also answer your floral design, gardening and landscape questions.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., David O’Donnell from Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm joins the Garden Talks with “Restoring the Depleting Monarch Butterfly Population to the WNY Region,” to discuss gardening with native plants to attract butterflies and help you learn more about butterflies and planting sustainable native butterfly gardens. O’Donnell officially opens Lewiston GardenFest with a butterfly release on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Hennepin Park.

Throughout the weekend, festival goers can stroll through several private gardens of Lewiston residents, opened exclusively for Lewiston GardenFest, with a free garden walk. They vary in size and style and are located both within walking distance and also a short drive from Center Street. To celebrate the history of Lewiston Garden Club and explore what can be done to maximize a small garden space, several volunteers will create a pop-up garden at the Lewiston Museum on Plain Street. Pick up a map highlighting the featured gardens at one of the hospitality booths during the event.

Visit Hennepin Park at the corner of Fourth and Center Streets for even more garden-themed fun! Create your own piece of natural art with a “make and take” free fern print. Talk with representatives from the Hosta & Daylily Society and the Bonsai Society or have Cornell Cooperative Extension provide free soil sample analysis.

Try out your own gardening skills by entering the container garden contest. Prepare a special arrangement in a traditional container or think outside the planter! Bring your container entry and a stand for display to the hospitality booth located in Hennepin Park by 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 17.

“Our container garden contest is one of the highlights of Lewiston GardenFest with participants getting more creative every year,” commented Albee. “Join in the fun by either entering a container or voting for your favorites!”

All individuals who enter the contest will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets donated by Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. Prizes will be awarded to those containers that garner the most votes. Container Garden Contest applications are available at

Lewiston GardenFest is free to attend with all proceeds used by the Lewiston Garden Club for civic beautification, scholarships, and service. Lewiston GardenFest is sponsored by Town of Lewiston, Village of Lewiston, DiMino’s Lewiston Tops Markets, Modern Corporation, Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, and dozens of local businesses. For more information, visit