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.

Divisions

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 jw4267@gmail.com.

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 www.lewistonpeachfestival.org.

Peach Taste Off winners

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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 www.lewistonpeachfestival.org/get-involved/cheerleading-application/ for the application to enter.
For further information contact Marissa Chapman at 716-9407333 or email at artsandrec@gmail.com.

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 www.lewistonpeachfestival.org.

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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:

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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

Pat.Bradley@nfmmc.org

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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.

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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. 

NCCC Graduates New Registered Nurses

Over four hundred guests attended a ceremony held last week to honor recent graduates of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Nursing program.  NCCC held a “pinning” ceremony on Thursday, May 18 on the College’s Sanborn campus.  Diane Roth, NCCC Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Nursing and Allied Health and Babette Strassburg, Assistant Professor, presented pins to 105 newly registered nurses. NCCC Officer in Charge and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Luba Chliwniak welcomed the guests to the ceremony. Speaking on behalf of the graduating class was Timothy Hunter.  Board Chairperson Vincent Ginestre and Board of Trustee member Gina I. Virtuoso also attended the ceremony.  

 

Several awards were presented to outstanding graduates including the Professional Nurses Association of Western New York Membership award presented to Ellen Doyle, the C.A.R.E. award presented to Joshua Haseley, the NCCC Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence presented to Lyndsey Gubala, and the Elena T. Perone Faculty Achievement Award presented to Taylor Hauck.

 

NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 70 certificate and degree programs to over 7,000 students and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

NCCC Nurses Pinning Ceremony May 2017

Brook D’Angelo to represent USW Local 9434 in Mexico

On February 19th, 2006, 65 miners perished in a mine explosion at the Grupo Mexico mine at Pasta de Conchos in the Mexican state of Coahuila. The situation began with (unfortunately common) horrible labor conditions and unfair compensation for workers. It climaxed with untold government and corporate corruption, leading to the deaths of dedicated laborers. Though they had been fighting for their rights as workers and as humans, they were consistently ignored by their employers, who were in favor of higher corporate profit.

The explosion seemed to be ignored as officials tried to sweep it under the rug. They had not even attempted recovery of the trapped miners. And when Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, the leader of the the national union of mine, metal and steelworkers (Los Mineros), denounced the killings, the government tried to remove him from office.

Enough was enough. In April 2006, the union called strikes across the country. Workers stood together to fight for basic rights. Government and corporations feared cuts to their profits if the workers were successful in standing up for fair wages and improved safety measures. Especially because they had such a capable Union leader and could actually win.

President Vicente Fox ordered an attack by police and military forces on the strikers. That order resulted in the deaths of Hector Ấlvarez Gómez and Mario Alberto Castillo Rodríguez, two union members at the steel mill in the Mexican town of Lázaro Cárdenas.

To commemorate their bravery and to stand in solidarity, annually thousands of members of Los Mineros are joined by more than a hundred United Steelworkers and members of Unite the Union from the UK and Ireland. They march to commemorate Hector and Mario and remind the world that the fight for safe and decent working conditions is not over.

This year, 4 people are going to join the march from the Western New York area to represent a portion of the District 4 United Steelworkers. Joe Vertalino, David Wasiura, Valerie Thomas (staff at the District 4 Office), will be joined by City of Niagara Falls employee Brook D’Angelo of USW Local 9434 (who is also their Women Of Steel Chairwoman).

Follow their journey as they travel to Mexico. This year they will be departing April 18 and returning April 22nd. Take this opportunity to promote the noble cause of international laborer unification and the support of the most basic of human rights and work safety. Ms. D’Angelo plans to extensively photo-document their journey. Consider interviews pre-trip and even see them off as they fly out of Buffalo.

United Steelworkers Presence in Western New York

USW District 4 has headquarters in Cheektowaga. The district covers CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT and Puerto Rico. It is lead by Director John Shinn. The USW Buffalo office opened around 50 years ago. Once on Genesee Street in Buffalo, now located in Cheektowaga on Cayuga Road.

The USW office serves as meeting space, a place for negotiation facilitation, mediation for conflict resolution, and even as training space. The staff are there to assist the membership in  any way that they can. They serve over 6,500 workers in Western New York alone and from many different industries. In WNY there are 70 plus Locals, from: steel, rubber, chemical, paper, public sector, mining, beverage distribution, and manufacturing, to name a few.

The United Steelworkers not only support their own members, but are very active within their communities. Groups like Women of Steel, Next Gen, and the Legislative committee groups are busy volunteering and often collecting items such as food, diapers and toiletries to help build stronger neighborhoods. They often work alongside other unions to ensure working families have good jobs and a bright future.

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Memorial to begin parking garage renovations

Renovations to the parking garage at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will begin Monday, April 10.

The work, which will be completed in stages, is expected to last into the summer and will include structural repairs and maintenance on five of the structure’s seven levels.

The project is the first stage of Memorial’s plan to renovate and transform the parking garage and bridge connector into an aesthetically attractive interactive facility that will also host medical center and community activities.

“These repairs will ensure this nearly 40-year-old structure remains a safe and viable parking alternative for the patients, visitors and staff members who depend upon it,” said Steve Lewis, Memorial’s director of facilities management.

Although the garage will remain in operation, up to 180 parking spaces will become unavailable in order to maintain worker safety. Alternate parking arrangements will be made for hospital employees who use the garage to keep the remaining parking spaces accessible to patients and visitors.

“We will make every effort to minimize disruption and keep as much of the garage as possible available for use,” Lewis said. “However, we are asking those who park there as the project takes place to exercise extra caution when using the facility.”

In use since 1978, the 570-space parking structure also houses the nationally recognized Wound Center of Niagara and several physician offices. Its top level serves as a helipad for Mercy Flight helicopter.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Guest View (by local physician Dr. Robert L. Bull Jr.)

Bull, Robert, MD 2017The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center campus has undergone a tremendous transformation over the past 12 years.

The opening of the ER1/Heart Center of Niagara in 2006 and the Golisano Center for Community Health in 2016 have doubled the size of its downtown campus. The addition of a host of skilled and experienced physicians to its staff has resulted in greatly expanded high end surgical services and the opening of a primary care center, comprehensive wound care center, OB/GYN Center, bariatric surgery center and other vitally needed medical services along the 10th Street Medical Corridor.

All told, Memorial provided inpatient and outpatient services to more than 44,500 people (unduplicated count) in 2015 and again in 2016. In recent years, it has further solidified its status as a major economic contributor to the Greater Niagara Region with a stable work force of 1,200 employees, the creation of 150 well-paying new jobs during the past four years and an annual economic impact on Niagara County and the surrounding area of $275 million annually.

With this growth have come some serious challenges, especially at Memorial’s downtown campus. Its aging seven-story parking garage needs the kind of attention all such structures require after 40 years of service in a climate such as ours.

This structure is much more than a place to park. Its seventh floor houses vital hospital services including the Wound Center of Niagara and several doctors’ offices. The top level provides a helipad for Mercy Flight helicopter, a capability that will take on added importance in early April with the implementation of lifesaving cardiac catheterization emergency services at Memorial.

The growth being experienced along the 10th Street Medical Corridor has also added urgency to the need for Memorial to replace its aging emergency power generators.

The medical center and 1199SEIU, the union that represents more than 800 Memorial employees, recently launched a major joint initiative asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide state funding for needed capital and infrastructure improvements. The requested funds would renovate and transform the aging parking facility and bridge connector into an aesthetically attractive interactive facility that would host medical center and community activities.

They would also replace Memorial’s antiquated emergency power system with one that will guarantee adequate emergency power to support its critical role as a First Responder facility in the event of a public emergency situation.

Implementing these infrastructure upgrades will ensure Memorial’s continued ability to provide high-quality care by Memorial’s skilled and dedicated employees in a safe and secure setting for decades to come, as well as positioning the medical center for continued growth.

I urge you to show Gov. Cuomo your support for this project by visiting niagarafallsmemorialcares.org and adding your name to the petition at the bottom of the page.

[Robert L. Bull Jr., M.D., F.A.A.F.P., is a family physician at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s Lewiston Primary Care Center.]