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Last updated: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 23:07:54 GMT

  Lewiston No. 1 invites community to attend wine taste/food pairing Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:20:51 -0400
Lewiston No. 1 Fire Co. is putting out the invite to Niagara County residents to help support the company and enjoy a fine evening of socializing.
Annual event to feature Wine Trail fare, special BBC craft beer
By Terry Duffy
Editor-in-Chief
Lewiston No. 1 Fire Co. is putting out the invite to Niagara County residents to help support the company and enjoy a fine evening of socializing.
Its fourth annual wine tasting and food pairing event will take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, inside Lewiston No. 1's second-level firehall banquet facility, located 145 N. Sixth St., in the Village of Lewiston. The event is hosted by Lewiston No. 1 as the fire company's operational fundraiser.
Lewiston No. 1 President Matthew Grainge reported the wine tasting and food pairing - an event that continues to grow in popularity -will this year provide visitors a wonderful sampling of Niagara County and Lewiston-area fare.
This one will feature select wines from four Niagara Wine Trail area vintners: Chateau Niagara, the Leonard Oaks Estate Winery, Schultze Vineyards and Winery and Vizcarra Vineyards.
That's not all. Visitors will also be able to experience a new, specially crafted beer for the event by Lewiston's own Brickyard Brewing Company.
"As one of the most successful operational fundraisers for the fire company, we are very excited to bring Brickyard Brewing Company on board as part of our team," Grainge said. "The owners of The Brickyard have generously supported the fire company for years, and we anticipate adding their new craft beer specialty to our event will be mutually beneficial."
Visitors can also enjoy tasty food pairings by Lewiston No. 1's preferred banquet caterer, JCI Catering, coupled with dessert offerings by the Village Bake Shoppe and a variety of farm-fresh goodies by Becker Farms and LynOaken Farms, who will also be present at this event.
Complementing the affair will be an evening of fine jazz presented by Lewiston Music, local vendors plus a silent auction. All proceeds from the event go to support Lewiston No. 1's enhanced fire response and medical services for the community. That includes a brand-new offering for Lewiston No. 1.
 Grainge, along with Lewiston No. 1 Chief Les Myers, revealed Lewiston No. 1 took a major step forward over past months with newly enhanced emergency medical services for area residents. A number of Lewiston No. 1 crew members who, in the past, have operated at the EMT-Basic level are now certified at the advanced life-support level - a level of medical response care for Lewiston that, until now, had to be availed by Upper Mountain Fire Co. EMT responders.
"We got a lot going on," Myers said.
As part of that EMS upgrade, the fire company also enhanced its cardiac monitoring equipment with the acquiring of two new LIFEPAK 15 monitors.
"One of the key features (of this equipment) is comprehensive EKG (hear monitoring) and transmission (of medical data) to the hospital in a cardiac response," Grainge told The Sentinel in a recent company profile. "This allows for the patient to receive (a medical professional's) interpretation of the potential cardiac event and (EMT) transport to the most appropriate facility."
"It helps us to better serve the community," he said of the expertise by the fire company's 17 current EMT-Basic level and four ALS support-certified personnel.
Grainge added this latest improvement in enhanced medical care is the direct result of support from the Lewiston and northern Niagara community.
"These monitors were bought solely on donations from the community to help (our) EMTs provide the best possible care in cardiac emergencies, along with expanding patient assessment abilities," he said. "It's so nice to see the community coming together to help support their fire and EMS responders."
Tickets for the Nov. 3 wine tasting and food pairing are now available at $25 presale or $30 at the door. They can be purchased at the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce at Center and North Ninth streets, the Orange Cat Coffee Co. on Center Street, and at Lewiston No. 1.
"I would like to personally invite our community to come out and support Lewiston No. 1 while sampling some great wines, beers and food," Grainge said.
For more information on the Nov. 3 event, or fire company membership opportunities, call 716-754-4487, ext. 211, or visit Lewiston No. 1 online at www.lfd1.com or on Facebook.
  Antiques and Fine Arts Auction to benefit Community Missions Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:19:38 -0400
Community Missions will hold its annual Antiques and Fine Arts Auction on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 12, at the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown. Admission is $10 per person and $15 per couple, with all proceeds benefitting crisis services and Mark's Place (HIV/AIDS residence) at Community Missions.
Community Missions will hold its annual Antiques and Fine Arts Auction on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 12, at the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown. Admission is $10 per person and $15 per couple, with all proceeds benefitting crisis services and Mark's Place (HIV/AIDS residence) at Community Missions.
More than 200 items will be auctioned at the event. Auction items include a bronze of a bear catching salmon, a rooster by Picasso, dolls, art glass, porcelain, mirrors, sports memorabilia and hundreds of other items. Doors will open at 12:15 p.m. for a viewing of items and a sampling of hearty hors d'oeuvres. The auction will commence at 1 p.m.
There will also be a flea market. This will include a designer purse table with brand names including Coach, Liz Claiborne, Gucci, Guess, and Louis Vuitton selling at $5 each. Flea items will sell at prices ranging from $2 to $5. A jewelry table will feature antique as well as contemporary pieces.
For more information, contact Don Luce at 716-285-3403, ext. 2226.
Community Missions has provided the Niagara community with a wide range of vital services since 1925. In 2016, CMI provided more than 89,000 meals and 11,000 nights of care within its crisis services programs. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-oriented settings. For more information, visit www.communitymissions.org.
  HS Sports: Niagara-Wheatfield girls volleyball captures gold Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:17:56 -0400
In 13 seasons as head coach of the Niagara-Wheatfield girls volleyball team, Brandi Cochran hoped that one day her team would raise a Niagara Frontier League title. The dream became reality on Friday night, as the Falcons' defeated Grand Island, 3-0, in the NFL Championship game.  
Falcons claim the Niagara Frontier League title over Grand Island
By David Yarger
Tribune Editor
In 13 seasons as head coach of the Niagara-Wheatfield girls volleyball team, Brandi Cochran hoped that one day her team would raise a Niagara Frontier League title. The dream became reality on Friday night, as the Falcons' defeated Grand Island, 3-0, in the NFL Championship game.  
Cochran's squad of eight juniors, four seniors and a ninth- and eighth-grader came through in the clutch, winning each set, 28-26, 25-23 and 24-12, respectively. Cochran couldn't hold back her excitement.
"I'm so happy for the girls," she said. "I told them in the beginning of the year they have a special team. We've been kind of battling injuries and a lot of different things and they found a way to come out and push through at the end."
Junior captain Jenna Sonnenberg, like Cochran, was also joyous and happy to bring a title to Niagara-Wheatfield.
"It feels amazing. I've been on the team for the past four years and we've never made it this far, so it feels amazing to finally get the win. I know our coach, she's been waiting a long time for it," Sonnenberg said.
Talking about the roster, Cochran said some of the players have come a long way to where they are now.
"I've had some of these girls since eighth-grade and ninth-grade, so they were like my young, developing group, and now my young developing group is my juniors. The lucky thing is that I have some young girls. My eighth- and ninth-grader are role players on the court. Every single girl on this roster, regardless of their grade, finds a way to contribute to the team.
"They have their chemistry, they know the game and they have their ups and downs, every team is going to, but they just find a way to push through. Tonight, they did it, so it was great," Cochran said.
 Sonnenberg noted the youth of the team and said it's comforting knowing who you're playing with and how it'll help down the road.
"It's a great experience knowing that a lot of the girls on the court next to you will be there next year and the year after and keep making the program amazing year after year. So, we have a great future for our program," she said.  
N-W did have their hands full with Grand Island. The first two sets were nail-biting, down to the wire finishes that the Falcons were able to squeak out.
In the first set, it was back and forth for majority of the match. The Falcons reached game point, but Grand Island rallied back to tie it at 24. From there, the Vikings took the lead by one, twice, but couldn't finish. N-W took a 27-26 lead and then a Danielle Brochey spike hit the back line to end it.
Grand Island came out firing in the second set, holding a 14-7 lead at one point. Down 20-15, the Falcons embarked on a 10-3 scoring run to close the second set with another win.
In the third set, the Falcons kept the foot on the gas and never looked back. Sonnenberg served a ball that was misplayed by the Vikings, and Wheatfield took the championship-winning set, 25-12. Sonnenberg finished with 22 digs and two aces, while Mackenzie Franks had 35 assists and 13 digs. Brochey added 10 kills and 15 digs.
Cochran was proud of her team's ability to fight, especially coming off a surprising loss to Lockport during the week.
"We had a tough loss that we weren't expecting, but tonight I think they learned from that," she said. "A big part of our pregame talk today was to stay positive and to, no matter what the score was, how we were playing or the other team was playing, stay together as a team and every point fight for that one and then forget about it and move to the next one. I think they really actually did it this time."
Cochran said her team has been known to let teams back into games, but said tonight her team just didn't want to lose this big match.
Sonnenberg said the pregame speech Cochran mentioned played a big role in the win.
"We had a talk before the game how team unity would keep us together and keep us going, even when we were down. So, that definitely helped us pick each other up and we always knew that if we lost a point we'd get it right back after," Sonnenberg said.
The Falcons will head to the Section VI playoffs after losing just one league match all season. Their next opponent is still to be determined.
  Churches across Niagara Region - in Canada and US - join together for 'Niagara Now' Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:16:13 -0400
"Niagara Now" will take place across the U.S. and Canadian border later this month. The event was started by a small group of pastors last year, lead by the Rev. Dale Hiebert of Dwelling Place Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This year, the pastors on the Niagara Now team commissioned the Rev. Joel Arcadipane of i61 Church in East Aurora to lead the American side.
"Niagara Now" will take place across the U.S. and Canadian border later this month. The event was started by a small group of pastors last year, led by the Rev. Dale Hiebert of Dwelling Place Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This year, the pastors on the Niagara Now team commissioned the Rev. Joel Arcadipane of i61 Church in East Aurora to lead the American side.
The theme of the conference this year is "Healing the Land." The conference runs from Oct. 26-29 at various locations in the U.S. and Canada, with multiple churches and regional leaders participating. Find more information about Niagara Now and a list of locations at www.niagaranow.org.
Organizers said, "Niagara Now is a prayer and worship movement moving across the Niagara Region and is being picked up by many churches and ministries looking to the Lord for his hand to move and bring revival to the land. This is Niagara Now's second year in action and it is picking up more steam by the day. Many pastors and ministry leaders in the region are hearing the same thing from the Lord. It is time to unite and work together for the greater cause of Christ and to see the Kingdom of God advance.
" 'We are better together,' has been said by pastors Al and Debbie Warner of Set Free Buffalo time and again, and it has proven to be what makes a real change. We have seen 'Good Friday Together' and most recently 'Pentecost Together' unite and bring churches in the Western New York area together to make a powerful statement of the unity that has already begun in this area. Joining with Canada is just the next step in this uniting."
Niagara Now seeks to unite the Christian Church across not only denominational and racial lines, but across nation lines, as well.
  Breast density can determine one's risk for breast cancer Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:33:28 -0400
A major risk factor for breast cancer, which is relatively unknown to women, is dense breasts. Knowing one's breast density is another part of the ongoing fight that assists in the early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Only one in eight women are aware that their breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer. One in five women are aware that dense breast tissue makes it harder to find cancer on a mammogram or show any changes in the breast.
By Renae Kimble
A major risk factor for breast cancer, which is relatively unknown to women, is dense breasts. Knowing one's breast density is another part of the ongoing fight that assists in the early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Only one in eight women are aware that their breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer. One in five women are aware that dense breast tissue makes it harder to find cancer on a mammogram or show any changes in the breast.
When cancer is discovered at an earlier stage, an individual has a greater variety of less-invasive treatment options to choose from. Women diagnosed with breast cancer during the disease's latter stages, are more likely to die. In the case of women who failed to obtain an early cancer screening, a much more invasive and expensive cancer treatment will be required to arrest, cure, stop or slow down the spreading of this horrific disease.
It is imperative that the word gets out to women that dense breasts can mask tumors. When tumors are masked, it makes it much more difficult to make an accurate diagnosis of breast cancer. This is why dense breasts are considered one of the leading risk factors for breast cancer in women.
Breast density is defined as the amount of dense tissue compared to the amount of fatty tissue in the breast on a mammogram. Dense breast tissue has more fibrous and glandular tissue than fat, according to the National Cancer Institute.
There are different levels of breast density ranging from little to no dense tissue to very dense tissue.
According to the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic and other health care organizations, there are four breast density levels. The levels are as follows:
•Almost entirely fatty breasts are almost entirely composed of fat. One in 10 women are in this category.
•Scattered areas of fibro glandular density indicate there are some scattered areas of density, but the majority of the breast tissue is non-dense. Approximately four out of ten women are in this category.
•Heterogeneously dense breasts indicate there are some areas of non-dense tissue, but that the majority of the breast tissue is dense. Approximately four out of 10 women are included in this category.
•Extremely dense breasts indicate nearly all of the breast tissue is dense. One in 10 women have this result.
The state of New York is only one of 27 states that require women to be notified of their breast density after having a mammogram. Dense breast notification raises a woman's awareness that more screening tests may be needed in order to make a definitive determination that she does not, in fact, have breast cancer.
Health care professionals are not sure as to what causes dense breast tissue, but a woman is more than likely to have dense breasts if she is in her 40s and 50s, premenopausal or has had hormone therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms.
Mammogram screenings have been deemed to be the best preventative method in the early detection and discovery of malignant tumors in a woman's breast. Remember that it may be harder to find cancerous tumors or changes in one's breast on a mammogram if a woman has dense breast.
If you fall into the category of having dense breasts, please speak with your physician to determine whether further screening is needed.
The Cancer Services Program of Niagara County, an affiliate of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, funded by the New York State Department of Health, provides free breast and cervical cancer screening to uninsured women ages 40-64, and free colon cancer screening to uninsured men and women ages 50-64.
Call us at 716-278-4898.
Renae Kimble is program coordinator for the Cancer Services Program of Niagara County.
  VFW Post 313 kicks off capital campaign Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:29:18 -0400
I'm sure you are aware of the important role the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 313 plays in helping veterans in the Youngstown area. Our work is supported largely by the generous donors who contribute to our annual capital campaign.
By Gary Zanardi
VFW Post 313 Commander
I'm sure you are aware of the important role the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 313 plays in helping veterans in the Youngstown area. Our work is supported largely by the generous donors who contribute to our annual capital campaign.
This year, Lake Ontario Post 313 needs your support for our $20,000 capital improvement project to refurbish our restrooms, update our entry, and improve handicap accessibility. This project will allow the post to continue providing much-needed services to veterans in our community who are in need of assistance.
Our building is also used by other community organizations to support their charitable work. Without the continued support of generous donors like you, our building upgrades will likely go unmet and the future of our building will be in jeopardy.
Can we count on you to make a donation to this important cause? By making a tax-deductible donation to our capital campaign, you'll be directly contributing to veterans struggling to cope with returning to civilian life, or faced with military-related illnesses. Additionally, you'll be recognized for your generosity as a capital campaign supporter on the VFW Post 313 website and in our monthly newsletter.
VFW Post 313 is depending on your assistance and generosity. Please visit https://www.gofundme.com/vfw-post-313-building-renovation to pledge your support, or send a donation directly to the post: 434 Third St., Youngstown, NY, 14092. Please be assured your contribution will be put to good use to provide help to individuals in need of assistance right here in our community.
Thank you for your consideration and continued support.
  Suitor running for Porter Town Board Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:26:55 -0400
Dear friends and fellow Porter residents: Please give me a moment of your time to share with you my Town of Porter election message. If you care for this town as I do, you will want to consider my position on topics critical to the sustainment and health of our community.
By William "Willy" Suitor
Dear friends and fellow Porter residents: Please give me a moment of your time to share with you my Town of Porter election message. If you care for this town as I do, you will want to consider my position on topics critical to the sustainment and health of our community.
My decision to run for Town Council is twofold: to balance our community interests and to get involved with a seat at the table.
Attending Town Board meetings, it struck me that the entire Town Board was represented by the Republican Party and has been for years. Democracy is a balance of representation and perspective.
Initially supported and endorsed by the Democrats, one of my Republican opponents challenged my petitions to run, based on a petition form technicality. Rather than use the Town of Porter as their address, my supporters used either Youngstown or Ransomville. This initially disqualified my candidacy, but has since been struck down by a state judge. However, not in time for me to run on the Independence or Democratic party lines.
Rather than allow my opponent to dictate the outcome of the election, I enthusiastically decided to run as an Independent Party candidate and form my own party, the "One Majority" Party. The world of "politics" is all new to me, but I am learning fast. On Election Day, I will appear only on one line on the ballot sheet. With that in mind, on Election Day look at the ballot carefully, should you choose to vote for me, be sure to vote "One Majority." I sincerely appreciate your support and confidence.
As an important reminder, remember you are free Americans, free to choose who to vote for. You are not required to vote for the candidates who run on the party you are affiliated with; this is not Russia or North Korea.
Why am I running and why do I want a seat at the table? To provide balanced representation. The Republican Party has dominated the Town Board and the way business is run for over 20 years; "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely."
For example, the egregious and deliberate violation of town zoning laws on Lake Road in favor of a former Town Council member. Large, industrial-sized buildings were built on a Lake Road property with "permits" issued after residents complained.
No such permits could legally be issued due to the fact that area is zoned for "Residential/Agricultural." Industrial-type sand blasting, spray painting and heavy equipment repair were being conducted on the property and continued, even after complaints were filed by neighbors.
Additionally on this property, a very large pond was excavated, thousands of cubic yards of clay and soil were piled on the property and in a county that is home to numerous landfills. There are town laws that prohibit pond permits without an extensive review and justification to prevent our beautiful land from once again turning into a chemical wasteland. The politics of single-party Republican domination have to stop. We need and deserve balanced party representation to provide necessary checks and balance of town business.
So, what is my platform? I will be a voice of one, but I will be a loud voice. No more backroom discussions of town business. Business needs to be aired and entered into the minutes of all meetings where town business is discussed and then published on the town's web site for all to read.
Furthermore, I fully support the new town zoning officer. He is a fair person with a thankless job and deserves our support.
Taxes and renewable energy are a top priority. Did you know CWM is no longer paying the town the large annual sums it was for years; where and how will this income loss be offset? Do we raise taxes, do we make cuts, if either, where and to whom? No one wants higher taxes, no one wants cuts to programs or services; let's talk about this, in open public forums.
I am not in favor of any "gentrification" of our town. We are a residential/agricultural community, have been for over 200 years; let's keep it that way and leave our farmers alone to take care of our land and provide this community a sustainable income. I am completely in favor of attracting clean, quiet industry to Porter ... in the areas of the town zoned for it.
As you know, we sit on the windy shore of Lake Ontario. Let's take advantage of nature's clean and quiet resources and explore alternative electrical generation.
This would not only be a win-win for our farmers, but could be advantageous for all town citizens through lower electrical rates and tax advantages. Many farmers and communities in New York have benefitted greatly from alternative electrical generation. Let's explore the pros and cons; let's work together to bring our projects to our community that will help in the sustainment and health of the Town of Porter.
The candidate, the fellow community member: I am William (Willy) Suitor, a life-long resident of the Town of Porter with roots to this community dating back to 1812 - two years before Tom Tower's family. My wife, Cheryl, and I have been married over 50 years, raised seven children in this community, and are blessed with 16 grandchildren. Four of our children have served in the armed forces, two of them "lifers" - retiring as a master sergeant and a colonel. We are all proud Americans. We are proud to be members of the Town of Porter community and care deeply about our future and the next generation.
I am known as "Willy" with a diverse history - the "Rocketman," who began flying the Bell Rocketbelt in 1964 and appeared in numerous movies, TV shows, Super Bowl I and the 1984 Olympics. I worked for the New York Power Authority, retiring in 2002 as a senior control room operator after 32 years. I am an artist with numerous accolades. Go to www.billsuitor.com for more information about my background.
It is time for change; it is time for balanced representation, and time for you to cast your ballot in the secrecy of the booth.
I ask for your support and your vote on Election Day. Remember, a majority of one can make a difference!
  Town of Porter: LWRP public focus session set for Monday Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:26:17 -0400
Porter and Youngstown-area residents will have another opportunity to participate in a public focus session on the town's continuing Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
Meeting to feature draft materials on waterfront improvements
Staff reports
Porter and Youngstown-area residents will have another opportunity to participate in a public focus session on the town's continuing Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
A session will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Porter Town Hall. There, residents will learn more on the status of the LWRP and how it has evolved since it was first introduced to the public in April, according to Wendy E. Weber Salvati, AICP, of WWS Planning in Clarence. She is coordinating the program with town officials.
Last spring's session, also held at Porter Town Hall, saw a number of area residents participating in an exchange of ideas that focused on their impressions, wants and needs for the Porter waterfront areas on the lower river and the lake. Topics heard ranged from desired waterfront improvements to recreational opportunities, better access for residents, farming and agricultural interests, and concerns regarding elevated lake levels, flooding and erosion issues affecting lake shore property owners.
An extension of the state Coastal Management Program, Salvati noted the LWRP enables Porter to evaluate land use and waterfront resources and develop a comprehensive strategy for it to effectively manage and protect its water resources in the lower river area and lakeshore.
"(It) provides the town with a roadmap to guide land use and recognize opportunities," Salvati said, adding the LWRP also gives the town more local control over decisions made along its waterfront. "The goal is to develop a local program that properly manages land use and future development along the lake and river and effectively protect important coastal resources."
Salvati said Monday's session is expected to feature draft materials her group has compiled from discussions with officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other interests who have been involved on waterfront concerns affecting the lake areas over the past year.
Lake Ontario's elevated water levels and the significant erosion problems that affected the northern Niagara County areas over past months are among the local concerns to be discussed.
"The LWRP project has progressed since April, and the town is now ready to provide the public the opportunity to offer their input on what is being proposed for the waterfront to help the project planning team complete this important effort and help the town achieve its vision for the future," Salvati said.
Urging local residents to attend the session, Salvati said, "Public involvement is critical to ensure that this project can result in a waterfront program that protects and improves the Porter waterfront."
For additional information, Salvati can be contacted at 716-870-2724.
  Island Ship Center to host industry confab Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:23:55 -0400
The Association of Mail & Business Centers is coming to Niagara Falls and Grand Island, drawn to the area by two Islanders who have become leaders in their industry.
The Association of Mail & Business Centers is coming to Niagara Falls and Grand Island, drawn to the area by two Islanders who have become leaders in their industry.
Fahim and Seema Mojawalla of the Island Ship Center, 1879 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, will host a AMBC event in Niagara Falls Oct. 27-29.
In publicizing the event, the AMBC, on whose board both Mojawallas sit, called the Island Ship Center an "industry-leading state-of-the-art store."
"This hands-on weekend is not your traditional regional training weekend. And these aren't your traditional seen-over-and-over-again seminars. No, this weekend is more than a workshop and more than a training event; it's an experience designed to take your business into a new area, discovering new profit centers, thinking like the new generation of customers thinks, marketing in your community effectively, and getting rid of #OldSchool mentalities to shine bright in a new, digital, hip, and service-focused world," the AMBC said.
Some events are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27, at Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Niagara Falls.
Some sessions have titles such as "Marketing Where It Counts! - Effective and affordable community-focused marketing action plans" and "Guerrilla Marketing."
Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Island Ship Center, participants will take a tour of the center.
The Mojawallas will host several seminars. Fahim will teach "Get Social!"; Seema will present "Anti-static Merchandising - Shake up your merchandising."
Fahim, the AMBC director of social media, will present "Advanced Social Media Strategies That Get Results."
"Basic Print Design Made Easy" with Seema Mojawalla and Marty Johnson with guidance from Kevin Keating of Pacific Office and Eric Steadham of FotoZoomer will also be presented, as well as "Logo Share and Branding for Excellence" to update, tweak, design, and revamp a logo to make sure a business stands out in its community.
The AMBC event will also allow Fahim and Seema Mojawalla, who are both now officially social media design coaches, to launch a consulting business in social media and graphic design specifically for their industry on Nov. 1. Seema and Fahim are opening up www.smdcoaches.com.
The Mojawallas are coming out with two downloadable E-books that will help small businesses in the independent retail shipping industry utilize social media.
"It's the need of the industry," Fahim Mojawalla said. "We've been tapped by industry leaders to do this."
"It came out of a deep desire to help people," Fahim explained of taking the lead in educating their AMBC colleagues. He said he and his wife have visited stores in their industry and have seen the operations lag behind the times, to their detriment.
"How can you not provide a stellar experience to your clients and thrive in business?" Fahim asked.
Providing value to customers in multiple routes is the Mojawalla way. Fahim said Island Ship Center now has 50 different services, with more in the works (mobile phone screen repair anyone?).
  New Williamsville restaurant has Grand Island ties Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:22:41 -0400
Chef Jeff Cooke (Grand Island High School Class of 1991) and his wife, Mandy, are the proud owners of a new upscale American restaurant, This Little Pig. It opened at Main Street and Transit Road in Williamsville on July 20. On board as sous chef is Jeff's sister, Jane Cooke, Grand Island Class of 2013 and a 2015 graduate of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.
Chef Jeff Cooke (Grand Island High School Class of 1991) and his wife, Mandy, are the proud owners of a new upscale American restaurant, This Little Pig. It opened at Main Street and Transit Road in Williamsville on July 20. On board as sous chef is Jeff's sister, Jane Cooke, Grand Island Class of 2013 and a 2015 graduate of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.
This Little Pig features fresh local food creatively prepared. Just weeks after opening, This Little Pig entered Buffalo's second annual Meatball Street Brawl in the freestyle category with Jeff's creation of a smoked pork and bacon meatball in Carolina barbecue sauce. This Little Pig's entry captured "Best Freestyle Meatball" from the judges, and "Best Overall Meatball" from the crowd.
The photo shows siblings Jeff and Jane Cooke, minutes after This Little Pig was declared the winner of the best freestyle and the best overall in Meatball Street Brawl 2.
  Grand Island: Lions make donation to library Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:21:03 -0400
Lions Tom Witkowski​ and Richard Crawford look on as Henry Lobl presents Grand Island Memorial Library Director Patricia Covley with a check for $500. The donation will be used to purchase large print books.
Lions Tom Witkowski​ and Richard Crawford look on as Henry Lobl presents Grand Island Memorial Library Director Patricia Covley with a check for $500. The donation will be used to purchase large print books.
  Grand Island Lions Club: Joint meeting held with sister club Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:19:23 -0400
On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Grand Island Lions Club held its annual joint meeting with the Lions' sister club from Merritton, Ontario.
On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Grand Island Lions Club held its annual joint meeting with the Lions' sister club from Merritton, Ontario. The meeting was held at the Moose Lodge on Grand Island Boulevard, arranged by Lions Past President Dick Crawford, and catered by McMahon's Restaurant. (Photo courtesy Glenn Connell of the Merritton Lions)
  St. Stephen R.C. Church: 100th anniversary of appearances at Fatima observed Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:18:09 -0400
Saturday, Oct. 14, parishioners of St. Stephen R.C. Church took part in a public prayer gathering in observance of the 100th anniversary of Fatima.
Saturday, Oct. 14, parishioners of St. Stephen R.C. Church took part in a public prayer gathering in observance of the 100th anniversary of Fatima. More than 21,000 such gatherings were organized nationwide to commemorate the Oct. 13, 1917, "Miracle of the Sun," the culmination of six appearances of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal. More than 60 participants in Saturday's Town Commons gathering prayed the rosary publicly for peace. An October 2018 prayer gathering is anticipated. (Photo by Lisa Formholtz)
  Obituary: James P. Klock Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:11:58 -0400
James P. Klock, a longtime resident of Grand Island, passed away on Oct. 14, 2017.
James P. Klock, a longtime resident of Grand Island, passed away on Oct. 14, 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (née Robinson) Klock; daughters Michelle (Tom) Taylor, Jennifer Klock, Colleen (John) Bowles and Stephanie (Paul) Rabstejnek; and grandchildren Hannah, Jake, Chloe, Arames and Benjamin.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, Grand Island, on Saturday morning, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m.
Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made to The St. Martin-in-the-Fields Capital Fund.
  Momlife: Parent or publisher? Raising children in the age of 'sharenting' Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:10:34 -0400
Posting photos of your child on social media has become so commonplace that people expect it - from the delivery room to graduation, and hash tags to match; how else do you prove you're a parent if you haven't uploaded a family photo album?
Why you haven't seen my baby's face online
By Michelle Blackley Glynn
Posting photos of your child on social media has become so commonplace that people expect it - from the delivery room to graduation, and hash tags to match; how else do you prove you're a parent if you haven't uploaded a family photo album?
It's the norm to see parents broadcast the particulars of their family-life online, otherwise known as "sharenting," but what if you don't want to bombard a mass audience with digital images of the most precious thing in your life - not to mention a member of one of society's most vulnerable groups?
I never, or at least very rarely, post pictures of my son. I did crack a few times and posted a photo of his stocking-covered feet and a trio of face-not-visible photos on Instagram. In one sense, it felt like posting them was somewhat exploiting him. It's impossible to police others' thoughts, and lifting a photo from social media sites is very simple. Therefore, I decided that to really reveal my son on the world-wide-web would be terrifying.
Given the enormous amounts of searchable personal data we share, isn't it our job as parents to protect the digital identity of our children? Today, we don't just have to trust the people we are sharing images with won't share or misuse them, but we also have to trust they have their own robust privacy settings.
In the U.S., the vast majority of babies already have an online presence due to our TMI culture. Many children make their internet-debut as grayscale ultrasound images. Online content is forever, so what rights do children have when it comes to their safety and privacy?
According to a March 2015 study conducted by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan, 68 percent of 569 parents of children ages 4 and under said they worry about their child's online privacy; and 67 percent worry their children's photos might be shared.
Additional published reports indicated a simple Google search brings up databases of children's photos, compiled by an online predator. With an average of almost 1,000 photos posted by a child's 5th birthday, could-be criminals have access to a plethora of pictures.
Facebook and Instagram are attempting to update privacy settings specifically to deal with a vast amount of children's photos below 5 years old; and some would argue it's not enough. As a result, children's advocates like the American Academy of Pediatrics are in the early stages of crafting a PSA to illustrate this conflict between a parent's freedom to publish and a child's right to privacy.
Andrew Gilden, assistant professor of law at Willamette University, said the main issue is there's no control.
"That posted video may be cute at the time, but when the kid grows up and embarks on a career, it could be embarrassing," Gilden said in a recent telephone inter view. "From a policy perspective, its up to the social media companies. Legally comparable is the California 'Online Eraser' Law, which requires social media companies to allow people the ability to delete posts that were made public when they were minors."
Besides the digital footprint being created for youngsters, another issue social media creates is for their Gen X and even Millennial parents. What Baby Boomers know as keeping up with the Joneses is now referred to as FOMO (fear of missing out). Comparable to holiday cards with a family dressed in white, the cliché photo is not intended for themselves, it's to present a façade to the recipient.
Previously published articles suggest an increase of narcissism, especially among Millennials, thanks to social media.
The smiling faces, vacation photos and rambling declarations of love we often see on social media platforms may just be bookmarks of everyday life, yet research has proven these exaggerated good times put forth by our social media communities take a toll on our self-esteem. Add parenting to that, combined with a healthy dose of competitiveness, and there is another level of the social media dilemma.
"This is an issue that comes up a lot: How much can you read into someone's smile? There is a sense of what peoples' lives appear to be on social media are not at all what they really are," Gilden said. "I often challenge my students, 'How well can you read happiness into a photo when they are framed to make you see it a certain way?' "
Gilden said the psychology is comparable to an advertiser's business model of making the viewer want to purchase the wonderful products that will replicate the situation in the image. However, he said this generation of children growing up in a world of internet-content would be able to see through the filters.
"Kids are smarter than adults when it comes to superficiality. The boundaries of images need to be managed, however, this generation is less critical," Gilden said. "On one hand, a 12-year-old can hack into the Russian government, yet there is still a role for an adult to shape the values and help their children understand what they are engaging with."
With parents digitally bragging, are their children picking up bad life skills? Children learn by example, even a bad example, according to Buffalo-based child psychologist Justin Naylor. He said family values today must include navigating social media, and helping guide decision-making skills.
It's tempting to share a smile, milestone and funny video of an adorable infant, but, instead of 'Likes,' I see the positive affirmation in reality. As my son gets older, I don't want him to constantly be posing for a photo - as if life is digitally first. While I would love to show off the amazing things we get to do, I also feel as though daily activities and family trips have become too public, and I would rather enjoy them in the moment.
"Momlife" is a column written by Michelle Blackley Glynn, who has been a print journalist since 2000. While the focus of these articles may be her opinion, they will also include expert voices. Parenting choices vary and are personal. Such topics, especially motherhood, can present hot-button perspectives. Glynn looks forward to hearing feedback and suggestions for future articles.
Follow Glynn on Twitter @shellblackley.
  Free trick-or-treating event at Fashion Outlets Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:09:44 -0400
Macerich's Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, will host its third annual Boo Bash trick-or-treating event from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. The free, indoor trick-or-treating event will offer a variety of additional family fun activities for $1 each, with proceeds benefiting United Way of Greater Niagara.
Annual Boo Bash event to benefit United Way of Greater Niagara
Macerich's Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, will host its third annual Boo Bash trick-or-treating event from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. The free, indoor trick-or-treating event will offer a variety of additional family fun activities for $1 each, with proceeds benefiting United Way of Greater Niagara.
Family fun activities include balloon artists, face painting, Halloween-themed crafts, cotton candy and a spooktacular costume contest, which offers a $50 mall gift card to each of the winners.
"With Halloween falling on a school night this year, Boo Bash is a great opportunity for families to get a head start on the festivities in a fun, safe, indoor environment," said John Doran, senior manager of Macerich's Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. "We're also proud to once again partner with United Way of Greater Niagara and support their mission to invest in programs that focus on education, health and income that deliver measurable results for the community."
Trick-or-treating will take place at more than 30 vendor tables placed in the mall common area. Registration will be located at mall entrance six. The best parking for the event is located near Saks Off 5th and Forever 21.
Event attendees can visit "Star" 102.5's Sue O'Neil, who will be broadcasting live from 3-6 p.m. and hosting additional games and giveaways.
For more information, visit www.fashionoutletsniagara.com/Events.
  NCDOH to offer diabetes workshops Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:08:54 -0400
The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division, in partnership with the Niagara County Office for the Aging, is offering a free diabetes self-management workshop. The six-week workshop series begins Friday, Oct. 27, and runs from 9-11 a.m. at the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.
The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division, in partnership with the Niagara County Office for the Aging, is offering a free diabetes self-management workshop. The six-week workshop series begins Friday, Oct. 27, and runs from 9-11 a.m. at the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport.
Offered for those with diagnoses of diabetes, the program has demonstrated proven health benefits and complements the diabetic medical management services people receive from their providers.
Participants will enhance skills to maintain active and fulfilling lifestyles, by improving problem-solving and decision-making, as well as addressing the challenges of living with diabetes.
Workshop topics also include improving food choices, increasing physical activity, and practicing coping skills to maintain nutrition and a healthy weight.
Individuals with diabetes or caregivers of persons with diabetes can register for the diabetes self-management workshop program by calling the nursing division at 716-278-1900. For more information, visit www.niagaracounty.com/health/Services/Nursing-Division/Diabetes-Self-Mgmt.
  Phone scam alert; involves hospital number Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:08:02 -0400
Residents in the community are receiving phone calls for solicitation and a request for payment from a telephone number that is showing up on their caller ID as being from Mount St. Mary's Hospital. These calls are fraudulent. The hospital telephone numbers have been "spoofed."
Residents in the community are receiving phone calls for solicitation and a request for payment from a telephone number that is showing up on their caller ID as being from Mount St. Mary's Hospital. These calls are fraudulent. The hospital telephone numbers have been "spoofed."
If one receives such a call, disregard. One can contact the Federal Communications Commission website, and file a complaint, at https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=39744.
  Montana seeks council post Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:06:22 -0400
My name is Cyndy Montana and I am running for Town Council. I want to thank the Island Dispatch for giving me this opportunity to speak directly to you, my fellow Island friends and neighbors, and tell you a bit about myself, my vision for Grand Island and the qualities I will bring to the Town Board if elected. I hope to earn your vote on Nov. 7!
My name is Cyndy Montana and I am running for Town Council. I want to thank the Island Dispatch for giving me this opportunity to speak directly to you, my fellow Island friends and neighbors, and tell you a bit about myself, my vision for Grand Island and the qualities I will bring to the Town Board if elected. I hope to earn your vote on Nov. 7!
I have lived on Grand Island for 12 years, after having met a life-long Islander who I married. Not only did I fall in love with Pete, but also Grand Island. I have finally found my forever home. I can't imagine a better balance of a small town community only minutes away from big city attributes. The biggest reason I am running for Town Council is my children, Kaylee and Jaxen. I want to help plan the future of Grand Island and make it the best it can be for residents, families and businesses alike.
As a town councilmember I will:
•Support the smart planning for the future that has already begun: updating the master plan, preserving green space, determining farmland protection areas, investigating broadband possibilities, the feasibility of a community center and energy-saving alternatives for the town.
•Work with Economic Development to grow our business tax base in a sensible way that is good for Grand Island. I would support clean businesses that enhance the quality of life for Island residents, and would act to curb bad residential development that urbanizes and erodes the natural character of Grand Island.
•Ensure responsible tax money management by continuing to seek grants to improve our Island and leaving your tax money to cover services and updating our current sewer infrastructure.
•Be accessible and available to residents. Our town government is now more transparent than ever, and I would continue the hard work that is being done to listen to and get input from residents on what they want for the future of Grand Island.
I will continue my work with the coalitions and community groups trying to fight the opioid epidemic here on Grand Island. I will work towards creating a safe haven for teens and help make Grand Island more family friendly. I will also support the efforts to combat spousal abuse and draw on my over three years of experience working at a women's shelter.
Over the years I have been very active as a volunteer with Grand Island's public schools, serving on the PTA in various board roles and as a room parent. I worked closely with the Grand Island School District during the capital campaign design, and helped in the planning and physical building of Kaegebein's playground.
My past experience in hospitality, quality assurance, fundraising, public relations and finally building two companies from scratch has given me a diversity of skills that will lend themselves to the role of Town Council member. Preparing me the most for this role is the 18 months I spent working as the assistant to the supervisor. I know the town issues inside and out and have day-to-day knowledge of how Town Hall works and what needs to be improved.
I am very proud to have been a part of the leadership team who has been moving Grand Island forward since January 2016. I'm excited about all the wonderful things that are happening, and I want to be part of the leadership that shapes Grand Island's future. I have received tremendous support since I announced my candidacy and I am so very grateful.
Learn more about me at www.cyndymontana.com and on Facebook at "Cyndy For Council." You can also call me at 775-1831 to discuss issues that are important to you. I would love to hear from you.
Get out and vote on Nov. 7! And please vote Cyndy Montana.
  Spacone running for GI Town Council Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:05:43 -0400
Dr. Celia Spacone is the executive director of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center (BPC), where she has enjoyed a highly distinguished 32-year career. Spacone will soon be retiring from her position at the BPC, and is eager to bring her unique set of skills and abilities to the Grand Island Town Council.
Dr. Celia Spacone is the executive director of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center (BPC), where she has enjoyed a highly distinguished 32-year career. Spacone will soon be retiring from her position at the BPC, and is eager to bring her unique set of skills and abilities to the Grand Island Town Council.
Spacone earned endorsements from the New York State Nurses Association and the Sierra Club Niagara Chapter.
Family is dearly important to Spacone. She has been married for 37 years to her husband David Pratt, Ph.D. He retired as principal psychologist from the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center and maintains a private practice specializing in children and adolescents. She is the mother of two (Justin, a mechanical engineer who graduated from RIT, and Andrea, a Ph.D. student at Fordham University in New York City). She remains active as a support to her elderly parents, who live in Niagara Falls (Carolyn and Nunzio). Her dad, at 96, is a proud World War II veteran.
As executive director of BPC, Spacone oversees a large organization with approximately 600 employees, serving 3,000 patients each year across four WNY counties, and responsibly handles a discretionary budget of over $4 million. As a leader, she has championed good patient care, innovation and collaborative problem-solving. The Buffalo Psychiatric Center has maintained excellent status as a Joint Commission Accredited Hospital and received numerous awards and grants. Most recently Spacone and the BPC were awarded the 2017 NYS Suicide Prevention Award for their accomplishments in making suicide a never event.
Spacone has always believed in giving back to her community and helping others. She has been active with the United Way Campaign at the BPC for ten years and chaired the United Way Campaign at BPC for two years, raising over $100,000 for local charities. Last month, Spacone organized and facilitated an event on Grand Island to help address the opioid epidemic. This community conversation brought together speakers addressing a variety of issues and perspectives, and a cross-section of Island residents. Spacone intends to continue to provide opportunities for education and support to families on Grand Island. She believes strong families are the basis of a strong community.
Spacone is a lifelong resident of Western New York. She grew up in Niagara Falls and earned her bachelor's degree at Buffalo State College. She went on to become a New York state licensed psychologist and earned her Masters of Education and Ph.D. at the University of Buffalo. In 2003, Spacone was named a Distinguished Alumni by the UB Graduate School of Education. She began her career as an educator in the Lockport schools, and it was tutoring troubled youth that sparked her interest in psychology.
Spacone believes in her community, and in her retirement wants to give back to the Town of Grand Island. This is her vision, in her own words:
"I see a Grand Island that has cared for its fragile, but beautiful environment. Our development needs to be planned, restrained and focus on preserving green spaces we all cherish. I want to see a healthy, safe community where we care about each other, and are connected. I see a town that makes walking safe and where we care about and look for solutions to social problems such as domestic violence and drug abuse. We can do these things while keeping a close eye on the budget and spending wisely."
To learn more about Spacone, visit her website: www.votecelia.com.