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: http://fortune.com/2017/06/14/most-interesting-man-world-tequila/

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.

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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: www.voteroscetti.com


[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 lewistongardenfest.com.

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 lewistongardenfest.com.


Nicholas A. Baio announces candidacy for Niagara Falls City Council

[Press Release]

As a Small Business Owner and Proprietor of a Consultant Company in Niagara Falls, NY. I value “Integrity” – “Dedication” – “Civic Duty”, as my 3 Personal Attributes I can bring to the Table as 1 of your 5 City Councilmember’s. I have been Globally Recognized by The Tesla Science Foundation for the Advancements of Small Hydro and Education on Nikola Tesla, as I am currently the Chapter Founder and Selected President. As your “Managing Director” of the Recognized USA / Cross Nation Worlds Fair for 2025, our “Clean Energy – Global Innovation” Grounds for Niagara Falls, Buffalo, 1st Nations of Endogenous Tribal Nations (USA /CAN) and Niagara Falls & Fort Erie, Canada, in celebration of Modern Achievements and our Electric Foundations of Small Hydro, Solar, Wind and Bio-Mass to name a few. Which will be highlighted for our 125th Anniversary of the “Pan-American Expositions”, I have the honor of guiding and providing our City and it’s County, with many opportunities that have not been seen in generations. As your “US Consultant”, I have pledged to work on Preservation of Community and Providing Projects of Pride, Honor and Lasting Legacy, which will transcend our Economy, expanding into new markets and providing our City with a Future that our Residents and their Commissions can be proud of, and become the Economic Development we envision per Neighborhood or within the Business Community of Niagara Falls and County. I have and will continue to educate our leaders, residents and myself on New Opportunities within our Government and work with our Mayor and Councilpersons alike to present an opportunity to create, “Jobs for Niagara Falls City Residents, and the County”, “Clean Streets for our Elders and Youth Alike” and work together to “Expand Upon” as many new sector jobs as we can, while partnering with State/Federal and National Programs as anchors, such as “Start Up NY 2017” and the “Office of Innovation” in D.C..

As your ‘City Councilman” if elected, I will further the mission of Niagara Falls to develop better relations with the County and State for job creation and provide our streets with improvements. I pledge if elected to work with all Residents to improve their quality of life for themselves and their children’s children. If elected I pledge to motion my 1st 30 Days in Office for expanded city government such as City/Resident “Commissions”, “Deputy Mayor” and within the 2nd year, reaching to achieve expanding upon our foundation to a “7 Member Council”. Our City Needs to modernized, our city of Niagara Falls needs to be restored and gaining your Vote, is a “Vote” for progress for everyone in Niagara. I am truly Honored to be considered your “City Councilman” and will work my tail off to provide every family with opportunity to live up to their GOD Given Potential.

With Warm Regard,
Nicholas A. Baio
Business Owner / Candidate for City Council “Baio 4 Niagara Falls City Council 2017”
Gmail: Baio4Progress@Gmail.com
Twitter: @Baio4Progress
Phone: (716) 236-7457


Newfane Learning Center enjoys western themed dance

The students from the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Newfane Learning Center brought their school year to a close with an old fashioned hoedown. The dance was the site’s annual spring fling.

“The students and staff held a vote on this year’s theme,” explains teacher Margaret Hagan. “It was a team effort to create the beautiful decorations and prepare delicious treats for everyone to enjoy.”

Orleans/Niagara BOCES students in Mark Kurtz’s class at North Tonawanda High School helped to prepare and serve lunch to the dancers and joined in the festivities. “The kids had fun dancing and are already talking about what next year’s theme will be,” says teacher Sarah Koithan.

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Teacher Lindsay Fraley-Wilson, Coordinator Krista Macomber and student Brooklynn Cunningham. 

Candra Thomason announces candidacy for Niagara Falls City Council

[Press Release]

As a lifelong resident, former Niagara Falls City Councilwoman, Businesswoman and longtime Community Advocate, I am announcing my candidacy for Niagara Falls City Council. As a former member of the Council, I worked hard to cut unnecessary spending while fighting for quality of life services, and I now feel I need to roll up my sleeves and get back to public service. I will use the knowledge I have of business management, accounting, public relations, marketing and organization building in the public and private sector to help fix the fiscal crises we are in, and the multitude of problems facing our City.

Many residents feel ignored or forgotten by those in City Hall; My pledge to them is that they will not be ignored by me. I will work hard to get us back to a city government for the people and by the people, instead of misappropriating our tax and casino dollars. Residents I’ve spoken with feel our elected officials failed us when they let the State negotiate the last agreement with the Seneca Nation on our behalf, severely jeopardizing the future financial security of our City. There have been no significant improvements in the infrastructure, and while City residents’ taxes keep going up, many feel a significant amount of money has been spent on countless studies and impractical ventures. Few people can claim things have improved for their families, nor can they claim the value of their property has increased.

Some may think that the power and beauty of Niagara Falls end at the border of the Niagara Falls State Park. However, if you’re like me, you know that the true power and beauty of Niagara Falls lies within our people, who are our greatest assets, and it is time someone truly stands up and fights for them.

It has never been about a political affiliation to me, it is about our community and the people. The issues that our City faces transcend party lines and a fiscally sound future should be our number one priority.

I am asking for your support throughout this election and ultimately with your Vote.

Together, we can work for a better future for all of Niagara Falls.


Amber Hill-Donhauser announces candidacy for Niagara Falls City Council

[Press Release]

Amber Hill-Donhauser is pleased to announce her candidacy for Niagara Falls City Council. Donhauser-Hill was born and lived her elementary years in Niagara Falls. Upon graduating from Syracuse University with a B.A. in Political Science, Hill Donhauser moved back to the Niagara Falls to raise her family. She is dedicated to bringing an economic stimulus into the Cataract City to better the living conditions and inspire local citizens. She would like to have fiscal responsibility and stability with the city budget while ensuring transparency with taxpayers. Amber Hill-Donhauser is committed to bringing large projects to Niagara Falls and working with current large property holders to boost the city economy while also using local labor. Hill-Donhauser is seeking to run on the Democratic Party line. She stated she is “motivated to embolden the citizens of Niagara Falls to come together and continue to create positive change.”

Amber Hill-Donhauser is the President of The Hill Financial Group and volunteers throughout the community and WNY in her capacities as a Financial Advisor by teaching financial literacy seminars at the Niagara Falls Public Library and hosting open hours at the Doris Jones Resource Center to empower the residents in the local communities. She also coaches youth lacrosse, is a youth mentor, and also enjoys helping in local events. She also continues to volunteer at the Local 9 Union hall, working closely with their Business Manager and instructors to teach their Financial Literacy classes to incoming apprentices. Hill-Donhauser is also a four time Federation of International Lacrosse Captain for the Haudenosaunee Nationals, and looks forward to bringing her leadership aptitude and private sector financial background to combat the issues at hand within the city.

Hill-Donhauser, 29, states that her ambition to create meaningful changes within the city and “desire to help Niagara Falls fulfill it’s true potential” for all the residents and future generations is what ultimately led to her to announcing her candidacy. Hill-Donhauser wishes to promote a campaign that “isn’t politics as usual”, but is about listening to the voices in the city that “demand to be heard.” Hill-Donhauser is also believed to be the first Native woman to run for the position of City Councilwoman.

She currently lives on Portage Road with her husband, Brent, nine year old daughter, Jordyn, and her four dogs.


The Hospitality Hub: Local Flavors and Brunch on the Patio [by Jonathon Boas]

Hanging out on a cool patio sippin’ a few cocktails while listening to a band and having brunch is a perfect way to spend a warm weather day.

Brunch is a blank slate, a blank canvas waiting to be painted! Carving stations of ham, roast beef and turkey. Platters of smoked salmon, and crab legs, rashers of bacon and sausage, pancakes, waffles, French toast… WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?

Let’s jazz it up with some great local flavors:

Lockhouse Distilleries
41 Columbia St.

Sakura Gin
Cherry Blossom Gin: infused with Cherry Blossoms which have fallen from the trees in Olmstead Parks.

Bee’s Knee’s
2oz Sakura Gin
3/4oz lemon juice
3/4oz Honey Syrup
Pour into a cocktail shaker w/ ice
Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass up.
Garnish w/ a Cherry Blossom or any edible flower.

Cherry Rickey
2oz Sakura Gin
1oz fresh lime juice
1/2oz lime simple syrup
splash club soda
Pour over ice into an Old Fashioned Glass
Top w/ Club Soda, Garnish with a lime wheel and a Cherry Blossom.

Tommy Rotter Distillery
Small batch Vodka or Gin. 500 Seneca St.

Greyhound/Salty Dog
2oz Tommy Rotter Vodka or Gin
Fresh Grapefruit Juice to fill.
Pour into tall juice glass filled with ice
For Salty Dog rim the glass w/ salt.

Niagara Distilling Co.
1812 Vodka 459 Ellicott St

1812 Harvey Wallbanger
2oz 1812 Vodka
Fresh OJ to fill
3/4oz Galliano
Pour 1812 and OJ into tall juice glass filled w/ice
Top w/ Galliano

The Barrel Factory
Lakeward Spirits Grain Canyon Vodka

Grain Canyon Basil Lime Gimlet
2oz Grain Canyon Vodka
Juice of 1/2 Lime
1/2oz Lime simple syrup
Several fresh Basil leaves
1/2 Lime and Wheel for garnish
Place all of the ingredients except wheel, into a cocktail shaker and muddle until Basil is shredded, add ice and shake well.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass up, or over ice in an Old Fashioned Glass
Garnish w/ Lime Wheel and a sprig of Basil.

Other notable Distilleries in Buffalo:
Buffalo Distilling Co 860 Seneca St
Black Squirrel Distillery Elmwood and Amherst St.

Jonathan Boas