Niagara Beautification Commission Announces Annual Citywide Home and Business Holiday Decorating Contest

The Niagara Beautification Commission and the Niagara Gazette will host “Light Up Niagara,” their annual holiday decorating contest between November 30th and Dec. 19th this year.

Residents can nominate residences or businesses by leaving a message at 285-5030, on our Facebook at, by sending an email to or mailing their nominee to Niagara Beautification Commission at 10 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls NY 14303. Only one nomination is required to be considered for the contest.

Judging will occur the week of December 11th and final judging will occur on December 19thth 2017. Winners will be announced in the Niagara Gazette before Christmas. Residents and business owners are encouraged to have their lights on and make sure their house number easily visible. Homeowners and businesses who have won their area in the past three years are not eligible to compete for a prize.

The prizes include:

  • One winner from each of our six designated neighborhoods will win a gift certificate to Tops Friendly Markets and a framed photo of their house.
  • The grand prize for the citywide winner will include a free helicopter ride on Rainbow Air, a gift certificate to Tops Friendly Markets and a framed photo of their house.

The prize for the winning business will be an a quarter page ad in the Niagara Gazette.The mission of the Niagara Beautification Commission is to mobilize the volunteer resources of the community’s private and public sectors to implement visual enhancements beautifying our community, to educate and promote public awareness and inspire pride in our community.


Local chocolatier hosting Appreciation Day on Sunday


A Chocolate, Art and Music Festival will be wrapped inside a Community Appreciation Day celebration, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets, 5540 Porter Road.

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lou Piccone will open the event, singing the national anthem in the parking lot of the chocolate company, joined by the honor guard from the 914th Airlift Wing and the Niagara Falls High School marching band. Later in the afternoon, at 2 p.m., a ceremony will honor those who provide services to the community, including teachers, first responders and community organizations…

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Niagara Rises Press Release for Tails, Troops & Tunes – October 7th

On October 7th, 2017, Niagara Rises is holding an all day fundraiser for Dog Tags New York, called Tails, Troops & Tunes. Held at Veterans Memorial Community Park – 7000 Lockport Rd. in Niagara Falls, NY from 12pm-8pm. The event will feature a flag ceremony, speakers, retail and craft vendors, food trucks, a dog pageant, dog kissing booth, a dog obedience demonstration and ending the evening with a concert from 5-8pm featuring Seventh Sign.

The flag ceremony starts at 1:00pm honoring our veterans featuring: The 914th Air Refueling Wing Color Guard, National Anthem performed by Grammy Nominated Christina Custode, (Ret.) 107th Air Force Col. John Higgens, President of Niagara Rises Daniel Rey, Member of Dog Tags of New York Michael Shanley, Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace and the Sanborn Fire Hall youth color guard.

The Dog Pageant has online pre-registration at open to the public for $10 per category. Registration the day of will be $15 per category and runs from 11am to 1pm. The 12 categories for the pageant are listed on the website at Our judges include 2 representatives of SPCA Niagara Jennifer Pitaressi and Amy Lewis, other judges include; Technical Sergeant Amy Owczarczak of the United States Air Force and local dignitaries. The MC for the pageant is local artist Sal Anello.

Vendors include: direct sales, veteran information resources, local crafters, artisans and food trucks. Demonstrations by Iron Island Working Dog Club and be on the lookout for Zombies as they roam the grounds (Terror Technologies).

A Dog Kissing Booth will be a great way to get in some doggy smooches and the opportunity for you and your dog to have a unique picture taken together in our Dog Photo Booth. The day closes out with a live performance by Seventh Sign playing all your favorite classics.

Niagara Rises is a registered 501 (c3) organization that provides support and resource opportunities to organizations working toward strengthening Niagara County. Dog Tags New York empowers members of the veteran community through interaction with rescue animals. They build purpose, trust, and camaraderie, while aiding in transition and adjustment. They take their mission to Veterans and animal organizations throughout the state and in doing so are in need of better transportation for their organization. Niagara Rises would like to help them in this endeavor and have come together to give you this exciting and worthy event.



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


Oktoberfest planned in Niagara Falls


The 8th annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest in Niagara Falls will have fun for all ages, with music and food, beer and all things German from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in Old Falls Street’s middle block.

The free event is open to the public and will kick off at 1 p.m., rain or shine, with the ceremonial “Tapping of the Kegs.” …


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


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

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:




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

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