St. Peter’s to Bless the Beasts

“There are two models in this world for unconditional love,” says The Rev. Dr. Howard Whitaker of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. “One is God. The other is a good dog.”

Fr. Whitaker and the congregation will welcome dogs, cats, livestock, birds, reptiles, fish, and other creatures great and small for their Blessing of the Animals at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

The event will commemorate the Feast of Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) who is reported to have witnessed to his solidarity with all creation, preaching to birds and taming wild animals with his words.

“There is nothing strange about that,” says Fr. Whitaker, who is also a psychiatric chaplain. “When’s the last time you saw a dog house outside of a Peanuts cartoon? Our animals live with us as part of our families. As creatures of God, they teach us about companionship, humility and loyalty. They are more forgiving than are we. They make us better humans.”

At St. Peter’s service, stuffed animals accompanied by their young owners and photos of beloved pets who have died also will be welcome. There will be plenty of room for trailers and parking at the church. Treats for animals will be available.

What is the strangest animal Fr. Whitaker has ever blessed?

“I blessed black bears in New Jersey. Police K-9 dogs are pretty cool when they come. Hounds and horses are pretty traditional in hunt country, though I bless the fox or the coyote, too. I’m a beekeeper and bless hives all the time. But, snakes in hand still creep me out a little,” says the cleric.

St. Peter’s is located at 140 Rainbow Boulevard in downtown Niagara Falls. The blessing will be held on the lawn in front of the church. “Dogs and cats will be praying together,” adds Fr. Whitaker. “It will be best if they are restrained.”

More information can be found at www.stpetersniagarafalls.org.

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Teens charged in armed robberies outside Fashion Outlets mall

[From BuffaloNews.com]

Two teenagers were arrested Tuesday night after authorities responded to two reported armed robberies outside the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, according to State Police.

Troopers responded at 7:40 p.m. to the mall parking lot as Niagara County sheriff’s deputies were called to a different area of the lot for another armed robbery, state police said…

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Senecas ‘ready for arbitration’ over dispute with state on casino profits

[From BuffaloNews.com]

The leader of the Seneca Nation says he is ready to go to arbitration over the nation’s dispute with New York State on sharing casino profits.

The Nation maintains that under the terms of its casino compact with the state, no further payments are required…

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Hotel opens in former Falls chocolate plant

[From BuffaloNews.com]

A new Courtyard by Marriott hotel is open in a 105-year-old Niagara Falls building that began its history as a chocolate factory and later became the headquarters of Moore Business Forms.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo cut the ribbon Thursday on the $12.8 million hotel, which had already gone through a “soft opening…

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Election Returns from Spectrum News

Results are rolling in…

See results here: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/election-returns.html

Top 3 things we learned from Bills-Jets

[From BuffaloBills.com]

As impressive as LeSean McCoy was in his debut performance against the Jets with 110 yards rushing, his utilization in the passing game was even more noteworthy.

When asked to describe the difference in the Rick Dennison offense compared to that of the last two years this past spring, McCoy said…

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Niagara Falls revises vicious dog complaint system

[From BuffaNews.com]

Animal complaints in Niagara Falls, especially those pertaining to potentially vicious dogs, now will be handled through the City Clerk’s Office.

“Up until now, dog issues would be dealt with after an attack. What we’re trying to do here is identify potential problems,” City Clerk Lisa A. Vitello said.

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Internet sex customer says he was set up for robbery in Niagara Falls

[From BuffaloNews.com]

A 51-year-old Amherst man told police he was “set up” and robbed early Sunday by a woman he  met through an Internet website that police said is commonly used to, among other things, arrange paid sexual encounters.

The victim told investigators that he had met the woman once before at a city residence for a sexual encounter. When he contacted her Sunday, he was advised to meet her at Ninth Street and Ferry Avenue, then told he would be taken to another location from there…

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2017 Buffalo Wing Festival

Are you ready for this weekend!!?? #WingFest17 is almost here!

Coca-Cola Field, Buffalo- this Saturday and Sunday!

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Yahoo’s new owner awards $427,826 in grants in Niagara County

[From BuffaloNews.com]

Oath, the Verizon company that now owns Yahoo, announced 20 grants totaling $427,826 to Niagara County-area groups and projects Tuesday.

Oath inherited Yahoo’s commitment to make up to $500,000 a year in local grants through 2021 as a condition of the state incentives it received toward construction of its data and call centers in Lockport…

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