NORTH TONAWANDA — Canal Fest 2018 kicked off the same way as the week-long festival always does, with a blast from a cannon, meant to commemorate the cannon salutes that fired along the Erie Canal to celebrate it’s opening back in 1825.
Now that summer is here, many people reminisce about the “good old days” and the fun they had as children, especially times spent at local amusement parks that no longer exist.
Busy schedules, over indulging, and strenuous summer activities can lead to sore muscles, indigestion and headaches. When searching for pain relief, look no further than your own garden or your local farmer’s market. These five foods fresh from the garden — or pot — are packed with super pai…
“The glorious Fourth, with all its noise and bustle, the booming of cannon and firecracker … and the other usual accompaniments, has come and gone. Lockport, thanks to Hydrant Hose company, had a pretty lively celebration.”
Ayrial Miller is clearly annoyed. Her mother is sitting with her on the couch in their Chicago apartment, scrolling through the teen’s contacts on social media.
One of my delightful new neighbors was raised on her mother’s spicy and colorful cuisine from the tropics. She has perfected her favorite recipes and techniques and she is sharing some with me now that she has a new address in our area.
For people in Niagara County who still travel over to Canada, the area around Upper Mountain, Military and Lewiston (Route 104) roads is the jumping-off point to cross the border. It is usually a very busy place, crowded with traffic, but before 1960 the area was very quiet, tranquil and ric…
NORTH TONAWANDA — The fifth annual LIL-CON Gaming and Events Convention will take place from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Stephen Sikora Post hall, 950 Payne Ave. The convention is for fans of tabletop games, video games, anime, cosplay, comic books, pop culture and more.
WILSON — The entrance to the Wilson Boat House starts at two wooden doors that open up to a half-room bar and a small lounge where the bartender serves lunch to a few customers. This space is part of the original boat house as commemorated by a black-and-white framed photo on the wall.
School is (nearly) out for summer! Which means lots of outdoor, active fun. Hunger can sneak up when you’re having a great time. Having healthy snacks on hand can prevent hunger related crankiness for both kids and adults.
“Yesterday was a day of rejoicing for the people residing in the lake shore towns along the line of the Lake Ontario Shore Railroad. They have waited long to realize their anticipation relative to their new railroad, and yesterday they were gratified.”
In our current garden age, many of us have the self confidence needed to believe that we can deal with nearly any problem that our garden provides us, including pests. The “we have seen it all” type of confidence. Time to make a paradigm change. A new invader of the landscape is in New York …
This past week marked the 142nd anniversary of the opening of the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg (RW&O) Railroad line, better known as the “Hojack,” through Niagara County.
There are not many conditions that would not benefit from eating cucumbers. The sicker you are the more you should eat. If your digestive system has gone haywire and you are one of the many who have trouble digesting cucumber, try juicing them. Do not assume they are bad for you because they…
When gardeners gather, there is always a multitude of gardening tips and ideas to share, and that flower power will multiply exponentially when the Lewiston GardenFest hits the Center Street next weekend.
Learning how places acquire their names is an interesting but sometimes challenging endeavor. Most of the towns, villages, hamlets and crossroads in Niagara County were named for local people, geographic features, the places where early pioneers came from, famous individuals or dignitaries, …
MEDINA — Charles Hartway has always loved farming, even though he worked in the family’s car dealership, Hartway Motors. Charles became a partner with his sisters when their dad Chuck Hartway wanted to retire, but about nine years ago, Charles decided to sell his interest to his sisters and …
Last week, the History Center received a donation of a framed original deed from the Holland Land Company dated December 5, 1827, for a property on Ridge Road (Route 104) in the town of Hartland. The land consisted of 50 acres purchased in 1812 by James Albertus Shaw and paid for over the ne…
On vacation or close to home, summer fun can lead to dental emergencies. Playing, exercising and even eating can create an emergency to spoil your fun. Oral injuries can be painful and should be treated by your dentist as soon as possible, but what do you do in the meantime?
WASHINGTON — Every morning, 92-year-old Sidney Kramer wraps a blood pressure cuff around his arm and steps on a scale, and readings of his heart health beam to a team of nurses — and to his daughter's smartphone — miles from his Maryland home.
In the early to mid-19th century, when traveling long distances by stagecoach, or later by canal boat or train, it was often necessary to stop overnight at a tavern, inn or hotel. In the years shortly after Niagara County was established in 1808, these businesses were scattered all over the …
Some people proclaim their undying love to their spouse or significant other. Other people, no matter how loving and grateful they may be to their human companions, owe a huge debt of gratitude to a four-legged best friend that lifted them from the depths of their despair.
Spring is finally here! The graceful bleeding heart blooms bow in beauty. How can a flower so humble, blooming in splendor, be gone almost as fast as she came? Like life, they are too soon gone.
A recent donation of photos of the Great Gorge Route to the History Center of Niagara warrants another look at this thrilling but dangerous bygone sightseeing attraction.
This once unpopular fruit, commonly mistaken as a vegetable was avoided by many for being high in fat. This is partly right, however, avocados are high in healthy, protective fats and therefore should not be avoided.
Are today’s children — as some say — the ones we have been waiting for? It seems we cannot turn on the television, radio, or scroll through social media without hearing and reading about children of today being more spiritually-evolved and more enlightened than the generations before them.
For the next several years, we will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the construction of the Erie Canal. Lockport’s big day will come in 2025, but this year there is another anniversary to commemorate: 100 years since the official opening of the Erie Barge Canal. Although the two new …
We share our planet with a lot of different species – animal, insect and plant varieties. As humans, we are not always compassionate toward or respectful or understanding of our environment and its other inhabitants. Let’s face it, sometimes we don’t even extend our kindness to one another!
Several years ago Niagara Discoveries looked at how some streets in Lockport have changed names over the years or have completely disappeared. A recent article about the Pioneer Hill section in the North End brought an inquiry about another lost street and the History Center’s monthly radio …
You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. Bush's hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, but it does the body no favors, and one partner's health clearly a…
It seems like the snow is finally melting and we are seeing the earliest bits of green in our landscape. When all that snow melts and washes away the dirt it seems like everything is bigger, brighter and fresher than before. Every spring, watching this transition, I find myself with the urge…
This Week's Circulars
- New life for former Walmart
- DeFlippo's closes after 71 years
- Police reports published July 10, 2018
- What a glorious feeling coming to downtown Lockport
- Police reports published July 13, 2018
- Wheatfield kidnapping arrestee exonerated, new suspect announced
- Police reports published July 12, 2018
- Police reports published July 14, 2018
- Busy days ahead
- Overnight fire damages Vine Street pizza shop