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Last updated: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:58:36 GMT

  Collins, Katko, county leaders, government officials meet regarding Plan 2014 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:52:18 -0400
Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and John Katko (NY-24) on Tuesday hosted a meeting with stakeholders impacted by the Lake Ontario flooding to discuss what they called the devastation directly related to the International Joint Commission (IJC) Plan 2014.
Discussed irreplaceable damage to Lake Ontario shoreline property; government officials provided guidance on available assistance
Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and John Katko (NY-24) on Tuesday hosted a meeting with stakeholders impacted by the Lake Ontario flooding to discuss what they called the devastation directly related to the International Joint Commission (IJC) Plan 2014.
Staff members from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers answered questions from Central and Western New York county leaders and explained how government agencies can provide assistance and help prevent further damage.
"Today we had a room full of local leaders and we can all agree that Plan 2014 is a disaster," Collins said. "Residents, businesses and municipalities along the Lake Ontario shore deserve better than this bureaucratic mess, and the team that was in the meeting today is fighting for any relief that can be provided."
"There is no question that the implementation of Plan 2014 has wreaked havoc in our community," Katko said. "I was pleased to welcome Wayne County Board of Supervisors Chairman LeRoy and Sodus Point Mayor Tertinek to Washington to participate in today's discussion, and will continue to fight to ensure shoreline residents, property owners, businesses and farmers are able to receive the relief they desperately need."
Collins and Katko are vocal opponents to Plan 2014, and have proposed an amendment to the fiscal year 2018 state, foreign operations and related programs appropriations bill that would direct the IJC to compensate shoreline property owners for damages caused by Plan 2014 using the panel's existing funding.
Increased water levels have caused millions of dollars in damage and residents have yet to receive any relief.
"I would like to thank Congressman Collins and Congressman Katko for organizing this vitally important forum," Congresswoman Claudia Tenney said. "Listening to real stories from local leaders across the state will help us learn more about the real impacts of Plan 2014 throughout our coastal communities along Lake Ontario. I look forward to continuing to work alongside my colleagues in the House and our local leaders to find a solution to the issues facing our property owners in the region."
"I made a pledge to the residents of the Town of Greece that I would explore every option available to help alleviate the ill effects of the rising waters and shoreline erosion," Supervisor Bill Reilich said. "I appreciate the work of Congressman Collins and Congressman Katko for making this trip to Washington, D.C., possible. I intend to gather as much information as possible and hope that we are able to urge the decision makers in D.C. that changes must be made to the existing plan. The devastating conditions that we are experiencing in the Town of Greece and the entire shoreline are not acceptable, and relief must be provided."
Wayne County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Le Roy said, "We've seen record devastation of Wayne County's shoreline this year alone because of the failed implementation of Plan 2014. We will only see real relief with a full repeal of Plan 2014 by the IJC. Today's meeting was an opportunity to raise Wayne County's concerns at a federal level and we're grateful to Congressmen Katko and Collins for continuing to advocate for our community in Washington."
"Orleans County taxpayers have suffered nearly an $11 million loss along the Lake Ontario shoreline, and this number is still growing," said Legislator Lynne Johnson, District 2 Orleans County. "It is my honor to represent them in Washington, D.C., and plead for this much-needed funding on their behalf. It should not come from the backs of the rest of our Orleans County taxpayers that do not live along the lake and did not suffer these losses."
"After nearly four years fighting to stop Plan 2014, the inevitable has devastated our lakeshore and harbors, forcing people out of their homes and causing businesses to close," said Legislator David Godfrey, District 10 Niagara County. "The immediate financial impact on Niagara County alone has surpassed $21.7 million, and the loss of sales tax revenues will be felt for months to come. Our meetings in Washington, thanks to Congressman Collins, will hopefully free the resources and moneys needed not only to repair our damages, but also protect what is left from further damage and loss."
Town of Sodus Supervisor Steve LeRoy said, "We've seen record devastation of Wayne County's shoreline and unprecedented flooding this year alone because of the failed implementation of Plan 2014. We will only see real relief with a full repeal of Plan 2014. This meeting was an opportunity to raise Wayne County's concerns at a federal level, and we're grateful to Congressmen Katko and Collins for continuing to advocate for our community in Washington."
The leaders in attendance said they are committed to delivering relief to those impacted by the flooding, and will remain devoted to working cooperatively to get the people of Central and Western New York the compensation they deserve.
  Syfy picks up Kevin Bacon-led 'Tremors' to pilot Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:20:02 -0400
Syfy has announced "Tremors," starring Kevin Bacon reprising his original role from the 1990 film of the same name, has been ordered to pilot.
From Universal Cable Productions in association with Blumhouse Television
Pilot will be executive produced by Bacon, Andrew Miller & David Schiff
Syfy has announced "Tremors," starring Kevin Bacon reprising his original role from the 1990 film of the same name, has been ordered to pilot.
From Universal Cable Productions, the drama was written by Andrew Miller ("The Secret Circle"), who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer along with Bacon and David Schiff ("Southpaw"), in association with Blumhouse Television.
"This is the only character I've played that I've ever thought about revisiting. I just got to thinking, 'Where would this guy end up after 25 years?' " Bacon said. "Andrew Miller has a fantastic take on it and we hope to create a show that will be fun and scary for fans of the movie and folks that have yet to discover it. Let's kick some Graboid ass!"
The killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, Nevada, 25 years ago, are back, and the town's only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again, he'll have to overcome age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex.
"We are so pleased to continue our partnership with Syfy and UCP in reviving this cult classic with none other than Kevin Bacon as Valentine McKee; we look forward to thrilling original fans and new audiences alike," commented Blumhouse founder Jason Blum.
  NBC's 'Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular' adds Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow & Charlie Puth Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:19:07 -0400
Award-winning artists Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow and Charlie Puth join the annual star-filled "Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular," airing Tuesday, July 4 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT), with an hour-long encore presentation at 10 p.m. on NBC.
All-star lineup also includes Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Hailee Steinfeld
Award-winning artists Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow and Charlie Puth join the annual star-filled "Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular," airing Tuesday, July 4 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT), with an hour-long encore presentation at 10 p.m. on NBC.
Previously announced acts include Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Hailee Steinfeld. Akbar Gbajabiamila, Matt Iseman and Kristine Leahy from the Emmy-nominated "American Ninja Warrior" are set to host the Independence Day broadcast.
The 41st annual Macy's 4th of July firework display over the East River will feature a vast pyrotechnic spectacle, igniting the skyline with more than 60,000 shells launched from five barges positioned in midtown Manhattan. It will be the country's largest firework display in over a decade, and promises to be a must-see show from coast to coast. The light show will be accompanied by the West Point Band and Glee Club, and their awe-inspiring musical tribute "ANTHEM," featuring vocalists Heather Headley, Craig Campbell, Jamie Barton and the USO Troupe of Metropolitan New York.
  CountryMax goes all-American for Independence Day Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:18:12 -0400
CountryMax, a destination for healthy pet foods and gardening supplies, has announced every product on sale now through July 12 is made in the U.S.
CountryMax, a destination for healthy pet foods and gardening supplies, has announced every product on sale now through July 12 is made in the U.S. Hundreds of American-made products are showcased throughout the 16 store locations, including: American-made flags; pet food, treats and toys; lawn and garden products; wild bird seed and supplies; old-fashioned beverages and peanuts; and many seasonal supplies, such as pool treatments, pest repellents and grilling supplies.
"Filling a flier with all Made In USA products was the easiest decision we've ever made, and finding the products to do that in our stores was as easy as looking on our own shelves. We are always trying to find and promote local products, and we've built a huge base of Made In USA to choose from," said sales director Brad Payne. "It's been a focus for a long time, and we're honestly a little late to the game in calling it out for everyone to know how much we really have."
"We were also looking for a way to pay tribute to veterans," said pet food buyer Jeff Reibert. "So we have a variety of dog food and treats on sale that benefit veteran nonprofit organizations.
"CountryMax took it a step further and, for each of these specific products sold during July, $1 will be donated to America's VetDogs, Dogs on Deployment, and K9s For Warriors," Reibert added. 
CountryMax, a local, family-owned retailer, carries a large selection of healthy pet foods and pet supplies, small animals, home, lawn and garden, wild bird and stable supplies. CountryMax, in business for over 33 years, now operates 16 locations across New York.
  New Memorial prenatal program brings expecting mothers together for sharing Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:17:06 -0400
Area women who are expecting a baby are discovering a new way to share their experience with one another - and their obstetrician - at the OB/GYN Center at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Area women who are expecting a baby are discovering a new way to share their experience with one another - and their obstetrician - at the OB/GYN Center at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Called CenteringPregnancy, it's a group health care model that is changing the way women and care providers feel about patient care.
"The expecting mothers who participate in CenteringPregnancy here at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical are extremely positive about the difference it makes in their prenatal experience," said Laura DeBacco Malysza, PA-C. "As the word spreads, we are finding more and more women want to join a centering group for care."
CenteringPregnancy follows the longstanding recommended schedule of 10 prenatal visits for pregnant women. However, the visits are very different from traditional doctor appointments.
In CenteringPregnancy, up to eight pregnant women with similar due dates join in a group with their health care provider. In addition to receiving all the traditional components of prenatal care, they participate in interactive learning and community building.
The result: Studies have shown women in CenteringPregnancy have significantly more prenatal visits, increased breastfeeding rates, low rates of preterm birth and low birth weight infants, and higher overall satisfaction.
Moms arriving at the center are actively involved in their care, recording their own health data, seeing their provider and participating in facilitated group discussions and interactive activities. Members of the group share, ask questions and discuss any issues that are important to them.
The activities, shared materials and discussions cover topics such as nutrition, stress management, common discomforts, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and newborn care - in short, things women need to know to remain healthy during their pregnancy and deliver healthy babies.
Meaghan Aalto, M.D., said the beauty of CenteringPregnancy is the makeup of the centering group.
"These are women of different horizons, ages, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds sharing common experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. In a very real sense they form community and support each other in wonderful ways," Aalto said.
To learn more about CenteringPregnancy, call the OB/GN Center at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center at 716-278-4747 or visit NFMMC.org.
  Collins, Loebsack urge Chao to keep pilot training hour requirements in place; Higgins stresses need to remain vigilant on flight safety Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:15:51 -0400
Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in support of maintaining the minimum first officer training and qualification regulations for airline pilots included in Part 121 of airline operations.
Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in support of maintaining the minimum first officer training and qualification regulations for airline pilots included in Part 121 of airline operations.
This congressional support comes as America is currently enjoying the safest period of airline travel in history after regulations were established in the aftermath of a series of fatal airline crashes between 2004-09. These crashes were determined by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to be caused, in part, by inadequate pilot training and qualifications standards.
As a result of a number of airline tragedies, including the 2009 Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash in Clarence, new regulations were put in place requiring a substantial increase in pilot training. These new regulations came after families who lost loved ones as a result of the Flight 3407 crash became vocal advocates in the fight for flight safety reform. Their efforts won the passage of a number of new measures toward the goal of providing one level of safety for the flying public. As a result of these changes, there has not been a fatal regional airline crash in more than seven years.
"I applaud the tireless efforts of the families that lost loved ones on Flight 3407. They are a large reason why air travel has been the safest it has been in decades," Collins said. "I would be gravely concerned if their efforts are overturned because of regional airlines trying to extend their profits. The federal government and the airlines have a responsibility to keep Americans safe in the skies. It is our hope Secretary Chao joins in our efforts to save the current pilot training standards, which have proven so effective."
"In recent years, since the current training regulations have been in place, the number of tragedies in the skies across the country has decreased," Loebsack said. "It is apparent that these training qualifications exist for good reason, and that is to ensure the safety of airline passengers across the United States. I am proud to work with Congressman Collins and 67 other members to ensure that no effort is made to undermine the safety of our skies."
In total, the letter to Chao was signed by 69 members of Congress in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill's expiration in September. Regional airlines have led a push to remove the training requirements due to their claim of pilot shortage. They are proposing to replace time spent training in the cockpit with classroom hours. A copy of the letter can be found HERE.
Higgins Stresses Need to Remain Vigilant
While draft reauthorization legislation for FAA does not currently include changes to the aviation safety reforms made since the crash of Flight 3407, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) said threats to flight safety remain with potential amendments circulating that would dismantle requirements under current law.
The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee are both meeting this week to debate changes to the legislation.
Some in the airline industry are pressuring lawmakers to water down the first officer pilot qualification rule, which requires a co-pilot to attain 1,500 hours of flight time.
Higgins joined his Western New York colleagues and the families of Flight 3407 to speak out against attempts to dismantle flight safety. He also made the following remarks on the House floor:
"Mr. Speaker:
"Eight years ago, Western New Yorkers witnessed tragedy due to inadequate pilot training. A poorly trained pilot crashed a commercial jet into a neighborhood in our community, ending the lives of those on board and one on the ground. Since then, the victim's families of Flight 3407, who suffered unimaginable loss on that day, have turned their grief into powerful citizens' fight to strengthen pilot training and flight safety rules.
"The families of Flight 3407, who are here today, led the charge urging Congress to pass landmark flight safety legislation in 2010, including rules that could have prevented the tragedy they all suffered. Since then, there have been seven years of no fatal commercial crashes on domestic U.S. airlines.
"Now the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization is nearing and some want to beat back this tremendous progress.
"Let's be clear, what is being proposed is a rule change that will allow less experienced pilots to fly commercial jets again. The safety of the flying public should never be compromised again. I am prepared, along with the Western New York delegation and with the 3407 families, to protect these reforms once again, because we know the painful lessons of accepting anything less."
Between 1990 and 2010, prior to passage of the new flight safety rules, passenger airline accidents led to more than 1,100 fatalities. Since approval of the Airline Safety Act in 2010, there have been no passenger airline deaths in the U.S.
  Lewiston Dance Center takes part in Fairy House Festival Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:14:22 -0400
Lewiston Dance Center ballet students were invited to perform at Artpark's "Summer Solstice Celebration" Fairy House Festival.
Lewiston Dance Center ballet students were invited to perform at Artpark's "Summer Solstice Celebration" Fairy House Festival.
The ballerinas performed outdoors on the Emerald Grove stage.
"It was a lovely performance. The ballet dancers were excited to perform outside; it is such a different venue than they are used to," said Rachel Novelli, studio director. "We love the Lewiston community. There are so many events where our students can perform and grow through that performance. We have been here since 1993 and hope to be here forever!"
Next up for Lewiston Dance Center will be a summer dance intensive from 6-8 p.m. July 10-14. Students will have instructors in from Toronto, Syracuse and Rochester. The styles taught will be contemporary, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. The following week, Lewiston Dance will hold its popular summer dance camp, where all styles of dance will be taught. Games, a craft and a snack also will be offered.
For more information on any summer program, or the fall season, email contact@lewistondance.com, call 716-773-1075 or visit www.lewistondance.com.
  Fantasy Island announces 'Declaration Celebration' Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:11:01 -0400
Fantasy Island will celebrate the Fourth Of July in a bigger-than-ever way this year, as the "Declaration Celebration Presented by Wendy's Restaurants" was announced over the weekend. This year's event starts on Canada Day, Saturday, July 1, and run through July 4. They include fireworks every night, live music and hot dog eating contests.
Presented by Wendy's Restaurants; fireworks & live music daily highlight this year's event
Fantasy Island will celebrate the Fourth Of July in a bigger-than-ever way this year, as the "Declaration Celebration Presented by Wendy's Restaurants" was announced over the weekend. This year's event starts on Canada Day, Saturday, July 1, and run through July 4. They include fireworks every night, live music and hot dog eating contests.
"The July 4 fireworks have been a longstanding tradition at Fantasy Island, and we wanted to extend the fun over a full long weekend, starting on Canada Day," park General Manager Chris Kearsing.
The festivities start Saturday with a hot dog eating contest in Western Town before the 3:30 p.m. shootout. The contest is open to the first 15 registrants ages 18 and over. The winner receives a 2017 season pass, or if they are already a season pass holder, a 2018 season pass. The contest will be repeated each day through July 4 (before the 3:30 p.m. shootout). The rides will run until the fireworks start each night, around 9:45 p.m. The water park will still close at 7 p.m. each night.
There will be live music at the Midway Theater leading up to each night's fireworks display. The music starts at 6 and goes until about 8 p.m., and features some of Western New York's top live acts. Saturday's headliner is Seismic Urge, followed by Knight Crew on Sunday, Midnight Kings on Monday, and Lower Town Trio on Tuesday.
The celebration culminates on the Fourth of July. The Fantasy Island cowboys will accompany the restored Princess Carriage during the Grand Island Independence Day Parade. Veterans, active military and first responders may purchase a half-price ticket with every paid full-priced adult admission ticket with a valid ID at the gate. Grand Island residents may purchase a ticket for $9.99 starting at 6 p.m. on July 4 with a valid ID.
Fantasy Island is a family-oriented, classic American theme park situated just minutes from Buffalo & Niagara Falls. For complete information regarding schedules, events, discounts, rides, etc., visit www.FantasyIslandNY.com.
  Kenan Center to celebrate 50th anniversary with Community Day on July 8 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:09:03 -0400
Since the beginning of the year, the Kenan Center in Lockport has been celebrating its 50th anniversary with special events. The biggest one planned for Saturday, July 8. That day will be a campuswide, family-friendly celebration called, "Happy Birthday, Kenan Community Day."
Since the beginning of the year, the Kenan Center in Lockport has been celebrating its 50th anniversary with special events. The biggest one planned for Saturday, July 8. That day will be a campuswide, family-friendly celebration called, "Happy Birthday, Kenan Community Day."
Co-chairing the Community Day Planning Committee are Selena Truax Morello (vice president of the Kenan Center board of governors) and Kenan Center Executive Director Susan Przybyl.
The day starts with a 5K run at 9 a.m. The run features a USATF-certified flat course through streets bordering the Kenan Center. Pre-registration is $25 now through July 7 online at itsyourrace.com. From July 5-8, registration is $30. Packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. on July 8, along with registration for anyone who has not pre-registered. Runners will enjoy water, light snacks and awards immediately following.
More activities kick off at 11 a.m., beginning with special activities just for children outside the Kenan Arena. There will be arts and crafts, bubble fun, a kid's photo booth and a kid's dash. Parents can register their children at 11 a.m., with the dash at 11:30 a.m.
A bike, trike and wagon parade is planned for 3 p.m. Families are invited to decorate their wheels and meet for a parade around the concourse in front of the Kenan Arena. Families are asked to register at 2:30 p.m. Colorful ideas on how to decorate wheels can be found on a special Pinterest page that can be found on the Kenan Center's Community Day web page.
Across the campus, more activities will take place, with art exhibits and art-making, live music and food. Following is the schedule:
Performances:
  • 11 a.m.: Historian Margaret Truax
  • 12:15 p.m.: Defiant Monkey Improv
  • 1:45 p.m.: Singer Jackie Davis
  • 3:30 p.m.: Puppeteer Doris Timkey
  • 4:45 p.m.: Lockport Glee Club
  • 5:45 p.m.: Singer Karen D'Angelo
Art Activities In The Taylor Theater Meeting Room
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Images of Kenan photo exhibit
  • Regan Intermediate School student exhibit, "Pour Paintings Inspired by Holton Rower"
  • Paint a wine glass with artist Cassandra McFeely at 12:30-2:30 and 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Limited number per session.)
  • Suduko charity quilt with the Kenan Quilters' Guild
Outdoor Music Stage:
  • 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: North End Revival
  • 2-3:30 p.m.: Dave Stockton & Pocket Change Trio
  • 4-6:30 p.m.: Skiffle Minstrels
Kenan Center House Gallery
  • Exhibit, "Masterworks: Watercolors from the Gerald Mead Collection," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with collector Gerald Mead providing hourly tours at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
Food & Beverages
  • On hand will be Lloyd Taco Truck, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs, Bad Ash BBQ, Kenan Lemonade Stand, Sweet Hearth, Pickle Annie's, Hens Honey Bee Farm, plus Woodcock Brothers beer and Niagara Wine Trail wineries (Schulze Winery & Vineyards, Midnight Run Wine Cellars and Flight of Five Winery). Purchase of alcoholic beverages requires photo ID proof of age.
Recreation
  • In the arena, individuals can sign up for pickleball tournaments. Revolution Training & Fitness Center will host an outdoor obstacle course on the north lawn of the Kenan Center grounds.
In addition, storytellers will be on hand throughout the day at the "Story Tree" located in the orchard on the east side of the arena; the Friends of the Kenan Herb Club will be on hand to provide tours and tastings in the herb garden; and plein air painters will be scattered throughout the grounds creating works of art on the spot. An art auction and other demonstrations are planned. Community Day wraps up with the cutting of a giant birthday cake at 6 p.m. at the Kenan Center Montessori preschool building.
Kenan Center shares the spotlight this weekend with two other local events: "Lockport in Bloom," which takes place July 8-9 and includes the Kenan gardens. Visitors can pick up maps at the center. It is also the city's celebration of the bicentennial of the start of the Erie Canal. A wide variety of activities are planned at the canal, ending with a concert by the Albany Symphony Orchestra and fireworks.
A free shuttle will run from the Canal Street gazebo from 1-6 p.m. so visitors can enjoy activities at both locations.
Parking at the Kenan Center will be open at 11:30 a.m., following the 5K run, with entry at Beattie Avenue only. Visitors are encouraged to use side street parking, as well as lots at the Lockport High School and the Lockport Board of Education Building.
A complete schedule along with parking information are available on the Community Day page of the Kenan Center website at kenancenter.org.
  Hockey Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductees Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:47:15 -0400
Lanny McDonald, chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and John Davidson, chairman of the selection committee, announced Monday that seven individuals have been elected to Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Membership, five in the Player Category and two in the Builder Category.
Lanny McDonald, chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and John Davidson, chairman of the selection committee, announced Monday that seven individuals have been elected to Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Membership, five in the Player Category and two in the Builder Category. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the selection committee in Toronto.
"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these hockey legends as Honoured Members," McDonald said. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented, and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."
In the Builder Category:
Clark Drake's contributions to university hockey in Canada include six national championships in the 28 years he was head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears. The two-time Canadian university hockey coach of the year in 1967-68 also won a national championship as the school's football coach.
"I am truly humbled to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame," Drake said. "As a Canadian university hockey coach, this honor is truly special."
Jeremy Jacobs has been owner and governor of the Boston Bruins since he purchased the team in 1975. The chairman of the NHL board of governors since 2007, he won the Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in the U.S. in 2015.
"Being elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame was the furthest thing from my mind when I purchased the team over 40 years ago," Jacobs SAID. "To be honored in the same way as former Flames' governor Harley Hotchkiss is truly humbling."
In the Player Category:
Dave Andreychuk played in over 1,600 NHL regular season games in his more than 20 years in the NHL. After being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1982 Entry Draft, Andreychuk played 11 seasons with the Sabres before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he scored 50 goals in the 1993-94 season. By his retirement in 2006, he scored 640 regular season goals, while adding 698 assists.
"When I look back, I always think of hockey as a team game and it was never about me," Andreychuk said." As a player, it is how we are taught and that makes this individual award even more unique."
Danielle Goyette's career includes seven gold medals at the Women's World Championships, and one silver and two gold medals at the Olympics. At the time of her retirement in 2008, she was the fourth all-time point scorer at the Women's World Championships with 68 points.
"The Hockey Hall of Fame is where the people I have looked up to all my life are enshrined," Goyette said. It will be an amazing honor for me to be with them."
Paul Kariya was the fourth overall selection by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the 1993 Entry Draft and went on to play nine seasons with the organization. With the Ducks, Kariya recorded over 100 points twice (1996 and 1999) and scored 50 goals in 1995-96. A member of Team Canada at two Olympic Games, Kariya won gold and silver medals.
"I have to thank all of the countless people in my life who helped me get here," Kariya said. "My parents sacrificed so that I could play the game, and I wouldn't be receiving this honor if it wasn't for them."
After a season in the IHL, Mark Recchi joined the Pittsburgh Penguins full-time in 1989 and began the fourth-longest regular season NHL career in history, playing in 1,652 games. Recchi won his first Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh in 1991, and went on to add championships in Carolina in 2006 and Boston in 2011 - only the 10th player in NHL history to win Stanley Cups on three different teams.
"I can't thank the selection committee enough for this recognition," Recchi said. "It's an incredible feeling and the icing on the cake after 22 years of playing the game."
Temmu Selanne's stellar rookie season in 1992-93 came four years after he was drafted 10th overall by the Winnipeg Jets, scoring 76 goals and winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year. After being traded to Anaheim, Selanne won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He currently holds or is tied for 18 NHL records and is the all-time leading scorer in the Olympic Games.
"I'm lucky to have played with great people wherever I went in hockey," Selanne said. "The game is a team effort and I have a long list of those who helped me."
The 2017 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, Nov. 13, at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. For more information regarding the 2017 Induction Weekend/Celebration, visit http://www.hhof.com.
Established in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame's mandate is to recognize and honor the achievements of players, builders and officials who bring special distinction to the game of hockey, and to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects, images and resource materials connected with the game as it is played in Canada and throughout the world.
As a nonprofit corporation and a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, HHOF owns and operates a museum and place of entertainment offering state-of-the-art exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational programming from its premises at Brookfield Place in Toronto.
  Buffalo Sabres sign Taylor Fedun to 2-year contract; qualify 6 RFAs Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:44:27 -0400
The Buffalo Sabres on Monday announced the team signed defenseman Taylor Fedun to a two-year, two-way contract.
The Buffalo Sabres on Monday announced the team signed defenseman Taylor Fedun to a two-year, two-way contract.
Fedun (age 28, 6'1", 198 pounds) appeared in 27 games with the Sabres last season, recording a career-high seven points (0 goals, 7 assists) and a team-best plus-3 rating. He also led Sabres defensemen in assists per 60 (1.16) and his 5-on-5 shot attempts percentage (53.7 percent) ranked 23rd among all NHL defensemen with more than five games played in 2016-17.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Fedun also appeared in 29 AHL games for the Rochester Americans last season, totaling 23 points (5/18). His career-best .79 points per game were the most by an Amerks defenseman and ranked Fedun ninth among all AHL blueliners with at least five games played.
Through parts of four NHL seasons, Fedun has totaled 14 points (2/12) and a plus-3 rating. In 292 regular-season games throughout his five AHL seasons, he has recorded 155 points (37/118) and a plus-24 rating, adding eight points (4/4) in 28 playoff games.
The Buffalo Sabres also announced the team has tendered a qualifying offer to the following restricted free agents: forwards Marcus Foligno, Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Evan Rodrigues; defenseman Nathan Beaulieu; and goaltender Robin Lehner.
  Niagara Jet Adventures pays it forward Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:28:32 -0400
On Sunday, Niagara Jet Adventures held its annual charity trip. Once a year, NJA hosts such an event, which provides inner-city children from different organizations with a unique and exciting experience. This year, NJA had the privilege of taking out the Victory Assembly of God youth group.
On Sunday, Niagara Jet Adventures held its annual charity trip. Once a year, NJA hosts such an event, which provides inner-city children from different organizations with a unique and exciting experience. This year, NJA had the privilege of taking out the Victory Assembly of God youth group. 
"The kids were amazing! We were so happy to provide them with an adventure that they will never forget," Niagara Jet Adventures representative Vanessa Groeneveld said. "The best part was seeing their faces light up on the trip, and they were so thankful for the experience! We can't wait to host next year's group!"
Niagara Jet Adventures is located at 555 Water St., Youngstown. For more information, or to book a trip, call 716-745-7121 or visit NiagaraJet.com.
  PHOTOS: Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Hard Rock debut new Rick James jumpsuit Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:16:28 -0400
On Sunday morning, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame officially unveiled a brand-new piece to its collection of items inside the Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls USA: a sky-blue jumpsuit worn on stage by Rick James.
By Joshua Maloni
Managing Editor
On Sunday morning, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame officially unveiled a brand-new piece to its collection of items inside the Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls USA: a sky-blue jumpsuit worn on stage by Rick James.
Hard Rock already had concert posters and a plaque for the performer, but "It's Rick James," Hard Rock Sales and Marketing Assistant Justin Rizzo said. "We need something big. We need something loud to represent the man and the music."
James Johnson Jr. was born in Buffalo. As Rick James, he played with Buffalo Springfield members Neil Young and Bruce Palmer, the Temptations and Smokey Robinson; scored with hit singles such as "You and I" and "Bustin' Out"; and rose to stardom with the hit "Super Freak." (Incidentally, the song's instrumental parts were used in MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This.")
On hand at the reception Sunday was James' brother, LeRoi Johnson, and guitarist Alyn Syms, as well as BMHOF inductee Jessie Galante and several board members.
Johnson, said, "I know Rick would be happy about this because ... Rick is a Buffalo person, and he did everything for and about Buffalo. His songs were about Buffalo. His life was about Buffalo. And his energy was."
Johnson noted, "When Hard Rock Cafe first opened up in Los Angeles, we were there. Rick was invited and, during those days, Rick was a major star. And it's important that we are here at Hard Rock in Niagara Falls/Buffalo, because it's part of the legacy."
He added, "I'm glad, because a lot of people in Buffalo do not recognize the importance of Rick beyond music. The musical part is important, but Rick was also the person who stepped up and (did) MTV. And he's the reason why MTV videos and music are what they are, because they were going to drop that, but for the efforts of Rick. And he never got the benefit of that. Rick was a major star without the major tool that Michael Jackson and Prince and all the others used. ...
"We opened the doors to other acts - not just black acts, but all different types of acts, particularly hip-hop. ... He changed the whole music business."
BMHOF Vice President Tom Lorentz said, "What I want to say about Rick, unlike many of the other big, big celebrities that sort of really made it out there, Rick really made it a hometown thing. I don't know of any other act - when I think of the bigger celebrity acts that made it, (they) disappeared and never came back. So many (local) musicians were touched by Rick."
He added, "The musicians that got involved with Rick through the years all stuck by him, and vice versa. He stuck by them, and he helped catapult many, many, many careers for many artists. Even if they didn't perform out live with him, he was an influence on them.
"And out of all our celebrity inductees out there, I can't think of anybody else that really almost created their own genre of music. Funk-super funk, it just became synonymous with Rick James."
Syms said James never listened when people said someone couldn't make it outside of Buffalo.
"Rick said, 'I'm going to make it big.' He made it big," Syms said.
He added, "We were talking one day about how musicians should dress on stage. OK? And Rick said, 'Al, you can dress any way you want, but don't look like an English teacher.' I never forgot that."
"I love Rick; I miss conversations with him," Syms said. "I still write funk jams that would work in the dance club. And I picture playing them for him. 'What do you think?' He had a really good ear. He would say, 'Well, yeah, this is good, but you need a better change then what you got,' or 'What makes that song commercial is the chord change.' I think in those terms."
Though the BMHOF will officially celebrate its placement at the Hard Rock this fall, trustee Richard Sargent said, "We didn't want to wait until September, for the fourth anniversary party. We wanted to show off a very important, integral part of the Buffalo and Western New York music scene.
"He did so many things for so many people. ... And he adds a great deal not only of class, but of importance to this room. ... (Rick) was always at the top of his game. His work ethic was unbelievable."
Rizzo said, "It was very important to us to mark the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame room here at the Hard Rock Cafe. It's still the only one of its kind in a café, and in a company that prides itself on its musical history. There is no other café that does what the Buffalo/Niagara Falls café does, which is dedicate an entire room and partner with the local organization to make sure that everything on these walls is local - is 716 - and is represented by those that have worked tirelessly, whether being a musician or being on the behind-the-scenes-type stuff. We pride ourselves on this room."
Rizzo's own band, More Than Me, has a signed guitar in the BMHOF. The band won the 2010 Hard Rock Rising battle of the bands competition, and opened for Paul McCartney at Hard Rock Calling in London.
"Millions of tourists visit this region ... from all over the world," he added. "Since this room has opened, the hits, from an international standpoint, for the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame website, has gone up."
Musicians inducted into the BMHOF include Harold Arlen, Ani DiFranco, Cory Wells of Three Dog Night, Spyro Gyra, Galante, Sims, Lance Diamond, Tommy Tedesco, Aretha Franklin and the Goo Goo Dolls.
Hard Rock has BMHOF brochures (with the full list of inductees), and staffers are trained to speak about the café's signature room. The restaurant also hosts the organization's annual Jack Yellen Foundation Songwriter's Scholarship event.
For more information on the BMHOF, visit www.buffalomusic.org. The Hard Rock is online at www.hardrock.com/niagarafalls.
The Rick James jumpsuit, a photo and plaque.
LeRoi Johnson.
Sarge addresses the crowd.
Alyn Sims.
Jessie Galante stands in front of her own collection.
  Lewiston Police Department issues update on Pletcher Road arrest Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:03:24 -0400
Lewiston Police Department Chief Frank Previte issued the following statement on Monday.
Lewiston Police Department Chief Frank Previte issued the following statement on Monday:
"This is a follow-up to the attempt to locate issued by the Lewiston Police for Jon Ellington (D.O.B. 02-12-1973). He was taken into custody yesterday outside his residence on Pletcher Road in the Town of Lewiston after a search of the area by the Lewiston Police, Niagara County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Border Patrol Agents and State Police. He was being sought in regard to a 911 domestic call received on Saturday, June 24, at his residence on Pletcher Road.
"The investigation into the incident resulted in charges being filed against Mr. Ellington for rape in the first degree, kidnapping in the second degree, strangulation in the second degree, assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. The suspect was arrested by the Lewiston Police Department and taken to the Town of Lewiston Court where he was arraigned and held without bail. He was then transported to the Niagara County Jail.
"The incident was brought to a resolution due to the collaborative efforts of the Lewiston Police Department, the Niagara County District Attorney's Office, the New York State Police, the Niagara County Sheriff's Department and the United States Border Patrol."
  Marvel's new television series 'Marvel's Inhumans' will premiere Friday, Sept. 29, on ABC Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:31:18 -0400
The highly anticipated new Marvel television series "Marvel's Inhumans" will bring the fan-favorite comic book series and a new kind of family drama to the small screen this fall on ABC. The network series premiere, including the first two episodes of "Marvel's Inhumans," will air Friday, Sept. 29 (8-10 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
The highly anticipated new Marvel television series "Marvel's Inhumans" will bring the fan-favorite comic book series and a new kind of family drama to the small screen this fall on ABC. The network series premiere, including the first two episodes of "Marvel's Inhumans," will air Friday, Sept. 29 (8-10 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
The legendary comic book series will be brought to life in a way that has never been done before, as a version of the first two episodes will be shown globally in IMAX theaters for a two-week period, beginning Sept. 1. ABC will then air the entirety of the series throughout this fall on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC.
"Marvel's Inhumans" explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family, including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding king of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, it barely escapes to Hawaii where, members are greeted with surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them. Now they must find a way to reunite with each other and return to their home before their way of life is destroyed forever.
"Marvel's Inhumans" stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon as Maximus, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Ken Leung as Karnak, Ellen Woglom as an undisclosed character, Sonya Balmores as Auran and Mike Moh as Triton.
The series is executive produced by Scott Buck, along with Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory, with Buck serving as showrunner. Roel Reiné directed the first two episodes.
This series is a Marvel and IMAX project and is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.
"Marvel's Inhumans" will premiere a version of the first two episodes in IMAX theaters for a two-week period beginning Sept. 1. ABC will then air the entirety of the series on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC. (Marvel/Disney/ABC images)
  Days Inn At The Falls debuts 'Diamond Sky Floor' Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:38:54 -0400
American Niagara Hospitality unveiled the next phase of work inside the Days Inn At The Falls on Thursday.
American Niagara Hospitality unveiled the next phase of work inside the Days Inn At The Falls on Thursday.
The highlight is a brand-new "Diamond Sky Floor," equipped with four "Diamond Sky Suites" and 16 premium guestrooms. Select eighth-floor "Diamond Sky Suites" include a master bedroom, separate living room, dining area, wet bar and sleeper sofa. They also come with color-changing lights to further enhance the views.
The new "Sky Floor" touts the best view of the Canadian skyline in the marketplace.  
Guests saw firsthand the results of a six-month project that was a significant capital investment into the property.
Doug Nickerson, vice president of operations for American Niagara Hospitality, said, "We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback we received at the opening event from industry partners and our guests. ANH is proud to be a leader in the hospitality sector of Western New York, and we know it is crucial to stay ahead of the curve for both our products and our service. We think we have achieved that with our 'Sky Floor' and the renovations we completed last summer, and we are excited to offer a leading, high-quality product in line with current trends as the market around us continues to grow."
In 2016, ANH renovated the existing 168 guestrooms, lobby area, and added new meeting and event space.
This development project will continue with two additional phases of renovations to the property, including a franchised restaurant and a full-scale exterior façade and landscaping improvements. These additional phases are slated to start this fall, to be completed in anticipation of the 2018 tourist season.
American Niagara Hospitality said it's looking again to reinvest in the downtown Niagara Falls community, along with creating new jobs in the marketplace. ANH also owns and operates the Sheraton At The Falls, Rainforest Cafe, TGI Fridays, Niagara American Grill, Starbucks Café, Sweet Treats Shop, At The Falls Arcade and the HydroSpa.
The Days Inn At The Falls is located at 443 Main St., directly across from Rainbow Air.
For more information, or to make a reservation, call 1-800-777-2280, or visit www.daysinnatthefalls.com.
  'Despicable Me 3' soundtrack available everywhere Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:33:50 -0400
Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams once again returns for Illumination and Universal Pictures' "Despicable Me 3" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), available everywhere today via i am OTHER Entertainment/Columbia Records.
Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams once again returns for Illumination and Universal Pictures' "Despicable Me 3" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), available everywhere today via i am OTHER Entertainment/Columbia Records.
Tune in to NBC next week as Pharrell visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Monday and then "Today" on Tuesday.
Pharrell created an upbeat, 16-track summer dance party with "Despicable Me 3" (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), which features five original tracks he wrote and produced for the film, including "There's Something Special" and "Yellow Light," as well as his previously released anthemic "Freedom."
The soundtrack gets a healthy dose of nostalgia, thanks to the series' new villain, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s. Bad never sounded so good, literally, as Michael Jackson's "Bad" makes the perfect theme song for Balthazar Bratt. The soundtrack also features classic hits from the decade, such as Madonna's "Into The Groove," Nena's "99 Luftballons" and a-ha's "Take On Me." Parker is featured on the new song from Pharrell titled "Hug Me."
Pharrell has written and produced songs and themes for the entire "Despicable Me" series. "Despicable Me 2" featured the Academy Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning global smash hit "Happy." The song inspired a worldwide movement of happiness, with its original music video spawning thousands of self-made videos from fans in dozens of countries. "Happy" has topped countless charts around the globe, with 14 million units sold. It has achieved seven-time-platinum certification in the U.S., making the song the best-selling and most successful single of 2014.
"Despicable Me 3" opens in theaters June 30.
  Buffalo Sabres hire Sexton, Greeley as assistant general managers Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:32:46 -0400
The Buffalo Sabres on Monday announced General Manager Jason Botterill hired Randy Sexton and Steve Greeley to serve as the team's assistant general managers. Sexton will also serve as general manager of the Rochester Americans (AHL).
The Buffalo Sabres on Monday announced General Manager Jason Botterill hired Randy Sexton and Steve Greeley to serve as the team's assistant general managers. Sexton will also serve as general manager of the Rochester Americans (AHL).
"Randy and I developed a positive working relationship during our time in Pittsburgh, and I think his experience and insight will be advantageous for our front office," Botterill said. "In Steve, we have hired a talented hockey executive who will offer unique insight to our organization. They both have experience at all levels of the game and we think they will be valuable assets for the Buffalo Sabres moving forward."
Sexton spent the past seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins' scouting department after joining the team as assistant director of amateur scouting in 2010-11 - including the past two seasons as the team's director of amateur scouting. In this role, he oversaw the team's amateur scouting operations in North America and Europe.
Prior to his time with the Penguins, Sexton logged several years of NHL front office experience in stints with the Ottawa Senators (1990-95) and the Florida Panthers (2007-10). As one of the Senators' founders, he was instrumental in helping to bring an NHL team back to Ottawa, eventually serving as the club's president, CEO and general manager during his time with the team. He served as assistant general manager for the Panthers for two seasons before being promoted to general manager in February 2009.
Greeley comes to the Sabres after two seasons as the assistant director of player personnel with the New York Rangers. Before his tenure with the Rangers, Greeley spent two seasons as an associate coach at Boston University, where he played a vital role in the school's recruiting process. Greeley also spent seven seasons (2006-07 to 2012-13) in the scouting department for the Los Angeles Kings and served as a regional scout for the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2009-12.
Mark Jakubowski, who has served as the Sabres' assistant general manager since the 2014-15 season, will become the team's vice president of hockey administration.
  Muse announce special SummerStage, Central Park concert to benefit Coalition for the Homeless Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:31:56 -0400
Grammy Award-winning rock band Muse announced it would perform a special concert on Monday, July 24, at City Parks Foundation's SummerStage in Central Park to benefit The Coalition for the Homeless.
Grammy Award-winning rock band Muse announced it would perform a special concert on Monday, July 24, at City Parks Foundation's SummerStage in Central Park to benefit The Coalition for the Homeless. A ticket presale for the band's fan club will launch at 10 a.m. local time Wednesday, June 28, with a SummerStage presale at noon. The public on sale for the benefit will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30.
Tickets are on sale via www.SummerStage.org and www.Ticketfly.com.
Muse recently played area sold-out shows at Barclay's Center and Newark's Prudential Center, and are playing Jones Beach on July 22. This show will be an opportunity for fans to see the band away from normal production and in the traditional summer New York City SummerStage venue.
The Coalition for the Homeless (http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org) is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children. Every day, the Coalition for the Homeless helps more than 3,500 people who are suffering in extreme poverty. Its 11 frontline programs address immediate needs and help individuals and families overcome long-term barriers to employment and stability.
City Parks Foundation is dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Its programs - located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City - reach 425,000 people each year.
SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, is New York's largest free outdoor performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents more than 100 performances in 16 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop to Latin, world music to dance and theater, SummerStage fills a vital in New York City's summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 32 years ago, more than 6 million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage.
Muse is Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme. Their last album, "Drones," was released in June 2015 and debuted at No. 1 in 21 countries around the world, including their first No. 1 album in the U.S. The album went on to win the Grammy Award, the band's second, for Best Rock Album in February 2016.
Since forming in 1994, Muse has released seven studio albums selling in advance of 20 million albums worldwide. Recognized as one of the top live bands in the world, Muse have won numerous music awards, including an American Music Award, five MTV Europe Music Awards, two Brit Awards, six NME Awards and six Q Awards amongst others. The band recently released its latest single, "Dig Down," and is currently on tour in the U.S.
  Niagara Falls Volunteer Hall of Fame to induct inaugural class on July 24 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:30:01 -0400
Art Eberhart, Evelyn Harris, Norma Higgs and Merrell Lane (posthumously) will become the first inductees of the Niagara Falls Volunteer Hall of Fame during a July 24 ceremony at Niagara Falls City Hall. A reception is scheduled for 4 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony during the Niagara Falls City Council session, which begins at 5 p.m.
Art Eberhart, Evelyn Harris, Norma Higgs and Merrell Lane (posthumously) will become the first inductees of the Niagara Falls Volunteer Hall of Fame during a July 24 ceremony at Niagara Falls City Hall. A reception is scheduled for 4 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony during the Niagara Falls City Council session, which begins at 5 p.m.
Plaques bearing the likenesses of inductees will be displayed inside City Hall.
The Niagara Falls Volunteer Hall of Fame was established to honor residents of the city of Niagara Falls who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to community service. It arose from the city's annual Volunteer Fair, which is an endeavor conceived by ReNU Niagara, a community outreach program of Niagara University. The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University, New York Congressman Brian Higgins and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster then collaborated to launch the Niagara Falls Volunteer Hall of Fame. ReNU Niagara facilitated this year's nomination and selection process.
"Through the Volunteer Hall of Fame, we celebrate the giving spirit of the people of Niagara Falls who make this community such a special place to learn, work, live and serve" Maher said. "Our Catholic and Vincentian mission at Niagara University compels us to imbue in our students and alumni a tireless passion to serve those most in need, and these four individuals have embodied that spirit with ingenuity, energy and action. We congratulate them on their induction."
"I am both honored and humbled to recognize these four selfless individuals who make up the 2017 Volunteer Hall of Fame's inaugural class," Dyster said. "On behalf of a grateful city, we are thankful for their dedication toward the betterment of our community and its residents, and hope that their generous acts inspire a growing class of volunteers for years to come."
"The 2017 Volunteer Hall of Fame inductees have each, in their unique way, embraced service, and this community is much better off for their outstanding commitment and contributions," Higgins said. "We are grateful for their dedication and hopeful that the stories of those recognized this year inspire others to find their purpose in volunteerism."
Eberhart is the co-founder and current executive director of the Niagara Police Athletic League, an organization dedicated to creating better relations between law enforcement officials and citizens, especially young people. Since 1967, he has served children and teenagers in Niagara Falls by creating, planning, organizing and facilitating about 60 youth programs a year.
Harris has served as a steward for the labor union at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for 36 years, while also becoming involved in advocacy issues at the regional and national levels. Additionally, she volunteers her time to the Nash House Museum in Buffalo, the Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative and the Resident Engagement Council, among others, and has been a lifetime advocate for women's rights.
Higgs is a founding member of the Niagara Falls Block Club Council, an organization that has elevated neighborhood issues through grassroots work for decades. Committed to keeping the community safe and clean, Higgs leads the Niagara Beautification Commission's annual Beautify Niagara citywide clean sweep event. She also authors a weekly column in the Niagara Gazette that informs readers about the city's history and opportunities for civic engagement.
Lane, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, spearheaded efforts to keep the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station open through his work as chair of the Niagara Military Affairs Council. He was honored by numerous organizations for saving numerous jobs in the community and keeping the viability and importance of the air base intact. Lane passed away in 2014.
To learn more, contact Tom Lowe, director of IMPACT/ReNU at Niagara University, at 716-205-0289 or tlowe@niagara.edu.