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Outgoing Lockport City Clerk Richelle Pasceri has been granted a meeting on Friday to address her termination. 

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MIDDLEPORT — A new round of soil remediation in neighborhoods adjacent to the local FMC plant will begin this month, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday.

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The International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board is predicting rising water levels on Lake Ontario this spring, however the international body says current forecasts suggest the levels may not be as high as they were in 2017 and 2019. 

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The 2020 Canal Fest of the Tonawandas is the latest local event to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Although local jails are potential incubators for the spread of COVID-19, authorities are moving slowly, some not at all, to release inmates being held on low-level charges and parole violations, or who are at high risk of contracting the deadly virus.

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The Barker village board took to the streets, figuratively, to conduct its annual organizational meeting Monday in keeping with the current ban on group assembly due to the pandemic. The weather was favorable and trustees stood six feet away from one another as resolutions were made. 

The Verizon Media Community Benefit funds for Lockport and Niagara County are now accepting applications from nonprofits serving Niagara County. Qualifying nonprofits are welcome to apply for shares of both grant funds. Applications for the Lockport fund must be turned in by 4 p.m. April 20;…

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As Lockport continues to adhere to new standards amid the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the common council will host a virtual work session tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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ALBANY — New York's biggest concentration of COVID-19 deaths has come at state-licensed nursing homes — though the state has so far opted to keep a lid on the identity of the specific facilities.

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YOUNGSTOWN — For the first time in anyone's memory, an ecumenical group of congregants will not gather on the parade field of Old Fort Niagara at dawn on Sunday to celebrate Easter.

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With the news of the first human-to-animal passing of COVID-19, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo, the Aquarium of Niagara sent out a press release describing its policy on who comes in contact with seals, sea lions and penguins.

SANBORN — The Cambria Town Board will hold its April business meeting at the town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday. According to Town Clerk Tamara J. Cooper, the meeting will be recorded and minutes will be prepared and posted on the town website (www.townofcambria.com). Per Governor Andrew M. Cuomo'…

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The Niagara County Clerk's Office has put a process in place to allow residents to register vehicles and obtain license plates or transfer license plates between vehicle owners. 

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With Niagara County reporting its first COVID-19 death, Niagara County Legislature Chair Becky Wydysh, R-Lewiston, delivered a somber message during the county's daily briefing on Tuesday.

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NEW YORK — New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths Tuesday, marking the biggest one-day jump in the outbreak. The state’s death toll since the beginning of the outbreak is now 5,489, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Individuals who purchased advance season passes or paid for meal plans or other services in advance before the closure of Fantasy Island will be reimbursed under a deal announced Tuesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

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BARKER — Unknown to many residents, each spring the Lake Ontario shoreline becomes an avian superhighway for countless birds, perhaps millions, that move in waves from their winter habitat in the tropics (Peru, Brazil, even Argentina) to their nesting places in upstate New York and Canada.

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Dr. Thomas A. Russo, M.D., is an infectious disease expert who has been a professor at the University at Buffalo since 1994. 

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ALBANY — New York's non-essential businesses and schools must now stay closed through April 29, even as COVID-19 deaths appear to be tapering off in the downstate region, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Monday.

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Niagara County has received 100 of the 1,500 coronavirus test kits that the county health department requested, Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton announced during Monday's county briefing.

Paul Oates, a long-time host of WLVL's early morning news show, will become city clerk next week, Mayor Michelle Roman confirmed. 

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NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered schools and nonessential businesses to remain closed until the end of the month and lambasted New Yorkers for being out in parks over the weekend during his daily briefing Monday.

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Over the weekend, Niagara County has confirmed an additional 27 cases of COVID-19, according to the county's heat map.

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Eastern Niagara Hospital has been preparing for an increase in patients with COVOD-19 in the weeks ahead.

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BARKER — During this tumultuous period, when Niagara County and the region are forever losing a large economic contributor, and its amazing people — the flesh and blood of a great place — Somerset Generation Station should be remembered for its decades-long commitments, both financial and so…

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Due to favorable ice conditions and previously implemented deviation strategies, the Lake Ontario outflows surpassed the historical record-high for the month of March, making it the third straight monthly record that has been exceeded during the board’s ongoing efforts to deviate from Plan 2…

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Independent Living of Niagara County, the largest organization of, and for, people with disabilities in the county, continues to stay open, with some changes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The nation of Kenya was a part of the British Empire until 1963 when it officially declared itself the Republic of Kenya. While most of Kenya is rural land, the capitol, Niarobi, is home to four million residents and thousands of businesses.

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NEW YORK — A slight dip in new coronavirus deaths in New York over the last 24 hours may be a slight glimmer of hope that the spread is slowing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday as overall fatalities in the state climbed to nearly 4,200.

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NEW YORK — New York is poised to get over 1,100 ventilators from China and Oregon as it scrambles to line up more breathing machines for the sickest coronavirus patients, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

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With spring comes wind, rain and eventually flowers. Walking through the park, participating in spring sports and preparing for summer vacation are some of the activities that children all over Western New York typically take part in.

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A Niagara County grand jury has indicted Pendleton Highway Superintendent Jeffrey Stowell in connection with claims that he stole town property and directed town employees to work on his personal property.