Millions of gallons of raw sewage at falls? Blame the rain


Nearly 3 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater were discharged near the base of the American Falls on Tuesday, according to estimates published by the NY-Alert system.

The release came from the same outfall that emitted a stinky, black discharge late last month, but this time it’s believed to have been caused by heavy rainfall…


Youthful memories give rise to Niagara Community Center


Gary Hall has such fond childhood memories playing at the Boys & Girls Club on 17th Street in Niagara Falls.

Hall has remained involved with the club as a board member for 25 to 30 years and currently as an emeritus member, but the local businessman and philanthropist is now looking to establish his own place to enhance the lives of city youth…


The Soapbox with guest Jeff Flach (Candidate for Niagara County Legislature 6th District)


Today, we welcome Jeff Flach – Candidate for Niagara County Legislature 6th District to the NiagaraHub today for a Soapbox discussion and a get-to-know-me conversation.

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2017 Niagara County Peach Festival “TASTE OFF” September 9th Win Up To $500 in Cash & Prizes

The Niagara County Peach Festival “Taste Off” recipe contest will be held on Saturday September 9th at 4 PM on the stage at Academy Park in Lewiston. The 2017 “Taste Off” is sponsored by the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Niagara Gazette and Niagara Frontier Publications.

This year there will be three divisions for entries which include Food Enthusiast, Culinary Student and a new Children category.

Judges for the 2017 “Taste Off” will be Lynn Catalano from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropy, NCCC Hospitality Tourism and Culinary Arts Division Chairman Mark Mistriner, Dana DeFazio Manager of Savor restaurant, Scott Beahen Director of Food Service Operations at Niagara University and Mike Fiore owner of Village Bake Shop in Lewiston.

There will also be a peach shortcake eating contest on the Academy Park stage featuring local media and dignitaries prior to the announcement of the 2017 recipe winners.

Original recipes must include fresh peaches and be prepared from scratch. The use of pre-made products may result in disqualification. Recipes must be legible and submitted on an 8.5” by 11” white sheet of paper with all ingredients fully listed. The recipe must also include how many portions it can serve.

The entry must include name, address and phone number at the bottom of the paper and be mailed no later than August 30th to Barbara Walck, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY, 14132. Employees of the Greater Niagara Newspapers, Niagara Frontier Publications and Niagara County Community College and their families are not eligible to enter. Entries are limited to one per person.


Food Enthusiast- Whether you are a Home baker or pastry enthusiast this category is for you. Individuals sixteen years or older are invited to enter their secret Peach recipe in this year’s Peach Festival “Taste Off” for a chance to be selected as a finalist and to appear on the Main Stage to prepare your entry live for the judges.

Culinary Student- All up and coming aspiring pastry chefs from the western New York culinary programs are encouraged to enter this category. Enter your very favorite peach dessert recipe for a chance to show off your emerging talents to the world and a chance to make your creation live on stage for the “Taste Off” judges.

Children- This is a new category for children from eight to thirteen years of age who love to bake. Create your own Peach dessert for a chance to be a finalist on stage at 4:00PM on Saturday September 10th.

For further information contact Jerry Wolfgang at 754-7745 or e-mail at

The 2017 Niagara County Peach Festival will be held September 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th at Academy Park on Center Street in Lewiston. Sponsors for this year’s Festival are the Kiwanis of Lewiston, the Buffalo News, WGRZ-TV and Mix 96. More information can be found at

Peach Taste Off winners


Statement from Mayor Dyster on Niagara River Discharge Investigation

[Press Release]

Today, Mayor Paul A. Dyster issued the following statement regarding Saturday’s discharge of wastewater into the lower Niagara River:

“Niagara Falls Police in partnership with the New York State Department of Conservation are actively investigating the matter. No further comments will be made until the investigation has run its course. While it is important to note that we regularly partner on items of importance to residents, the Niagara Falls Water Board operates independently of city government. I am disappointed in the unfortunate lapse in communication regarding Saturday’s incident and look forward to the Board’s full cooperation in their efforts to rectify the situation.”

The Soapbox with guest Shawn Weber and Jason Cafarella of Reclaim Niagara



Reclaim Niagara is a growing movement of citizens dedicated to exposing the injustices faced by Niagara Falls due to the exploitation of our resources by these public authorities and state entities… and with that said, we welcome Shawn Weber and Jason Cafarella onto the Soapbox to fill is in on everything you need to know about their growing organization. Be sure to watch both videos and educate yourself on what some people are trying to do “behind the scenes” in Niagara Falls, New York to help their community and city prosper. (Please sign the petition located at this bottom of this post and on Reclaim’s website.)

Soapbox interview with Shawn Weber and Jason Cafarella:


Reclaim Niagara PSA:



Billowing, black sewer discharge at Niagara Falls alarms businesses, tourists


There’s never a good time to discharge black sewer gunk into Niagara Falls. But doing it on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the height of tourist season may be the worst timing ever.

Niagara Falls State Park was packed with visitors around 4 p.m. Saturday when the foul-smelling, black discharge came billowing out into the Niagara River within sight of the base of the American Falls, alarming city businesses and tourists as it engulfed the shoreline from the Rainbow Bridge to the Maid of the Mist boat dock…


Somerset couple agrees to permanently protect 63 acres on Lake Ontario


A 63-acre parcel on Lake Ontario that includes both wetlands and mature forest will be permanently protected from development under an arrangement between the owners and the Western New York Land Conservancy.

Thomas and Susan Carestia, who have lived on the property on Lower Lake Road in Somerset since 2001, signed a perpetual conservation easement for the land.


2017 Niagara County Peach Festival to Hold Cheerleading Competition

There will be a Cheerleading Competition at the 2017 Niagara County Peach Festival at 6 PM on Friday September 8th at Academy Park on Center Street in Lewiston. Competition will be held for high school Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleading squads or Youth Football and All Star Squads.

Participants will perform a maximum five minute routine containing a cheer and music portion, minimum performance time two and a half minutes. Trophies will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.
There will be no charge for teams to enter and all entries must be in by September 5th. Go to for the application to enter.
For further information contact Marissa Chapman at 716-9407333 or email at

A reminder, free parking with a shuttle to the Peach Festival will again be available. As you enter Lewiston on Center Street follow the Free Shuttle signs and turn left at the second traffic light onto Portage Road and follow the signs to the shuttle lot. Climate controlled Gray Line shuttles will travel to the festival grounds entrance and back to the parking lot throughout the three days.

More information on the 2017 Niagara County Peach Festival Parade and Festival can be found at

Peach Festival cheerleading competition

Mayor Dyster Announces Funding for Two Projects

Mayor Paul Dyster is pleased to announce the funding of two projects in Niagara Falls through the city’s N.F.C. Development Corporation.  The N.F.C. Development Corporation is the city agency tasked with offering incentive packages to stimulate growth in the local economy through job creation or retention, broaden the City’s tax base, and generate new business.

“I am very pleased that we were able to provide incentive packages for these two companies.  Being able to land KeySource, a national pharmaceutical company, who will be bringing white-collar jobs to downtown Niagara Falls is a huge win. Couple that with assisting Niagara Street institution Mike’s DQ Grille & Chill with its expansion plans adds to the landscape of great economic development projects taking place in our city. This is a very exciting time for the city of Niagara Falls” said Mayor Dyster.

N.F.C. Development Corp Executive Director Anthony Vilardo said, “It is really exciting to bring a company like KeySource to Niagara Falls.  The jobs that will be created will ensure a continued diversification of our local economy.  Being able to assist Mike’s Dairy Queen which is so vital to the Niagara Street Business District shows that local entrepreneurs can be successful in Niagara Falls and are willing to reinvest here.”

The businesses, which received funding, are:


KeySourceUSA is a Cincinnati-based pharmaceutical distributor looking to expand its sales operation in to the city of Niagara Falls.  KeySourceUSA was approved for a N.F.C. Commercial Assistance Grant in the amount of $100,000 to be used towards the following costs: Construction, Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment, and IT Infrastructure build out.  The total project cost, including renovations to the historic Power City Building is estimated to be $426,000.  The project is expected to create 18 full-time, good-paying jobs in year one, with the potential for growth in subsequent years.

“We are thrilled to invest in the Niagara community,” said Albert Paonessa III, CEO of KeySourceUSA. “Niagara Falls has been a central hub for pharmaceutical sales for over 40 years. We see this new office as a strategic partnership between the City of Niagara Falls and KeySourceUSA — one that brings good, solid jobs to the area and restores one of the city’s architectural gems.”

Mike’s DQ Grill & Chill:

Niagara Falls residents Michael and Colleen Palmeri purchased the Dairy Queen store located on Niagara Street in Niagara Falls from Mr. Palmeri’s father in 1983.  Since then they have undertaken two major expansions, and welcomed a third generation- Mike Jr. to the family business.  The Palmeri’s are now planning the next phase of the DQ Grill & Chill at 2432 Niagara Street.  The project will include increasing the restaurant and drive thru’s capacity.  The total project cost will be approximately $1,500,000 and create six new full time and eleven new part-time jobs.  The N.F.C. Development Corp. authorized $100,000 under its Commercial Grant Assistance Program to make the project possible.

Mike Palmeri, Sr said, “I would like to the thank the N.F.C. Development Corp. for investing in our family business and Niagara Street.  We have had great success at this site and look forward to serving our loyal customers for generations to come.”

About N.F.C. Development Corp.: 

N.F.C. Development Corp. was established in 1980 by the City Council as a not-for-profit corporation under Section 402 of the New York State Not- For-Profit Corporation Law.  Its original and continued mission is to provide programs relieving and reducing unemployment, bettering and maintaining job opportunities, providing aid to attract new business or retain business and industry within the City of Niagara Falls, New York.  N.F.C. is governed by 19 Directors, which include the Mayor and City Council, the Niagara Falls Urban renewal Directors, and 9 private sector directors selected and approved by the N.F.C Members. Visit