The tarp has been dangling off the DeVeaux Woods Carriage Barn for over three months. Hopefully State Parks will repair it so that future generations can enjoy this historic building (photo by Michael Federspiel).

DeVeaux Woods Carriage Barn previously doomed; now Centerpiece of state Outdoor Recreation proposal

July 20, 2017 James Hufnagel 0

“There may have been a time when preservation was about saving an old building here or there, but those days are gone. Preservation is in the business of saving communities and the values they embody.” – National Trust for Historic Preservation

An emailed response by Western Region director and Assistant Deputy State Parks Commissioner Mark Thomas obtained by the Reporter would seem to indicate that, just like six years ago, the demolition of the DeVeaux Woods Carriage Barn has been put on temporary hold. What action the state agency intends to take in the immediate future to secure the historic building, which had its temporary tarpaulin roof blown off by a March windstorm, exposing the interior to the elements, is unclear. read more

Niagara County SPCA photo of Precious, a pit bull mix, who was allegedly starved nearly to death by Niagara Falls resident Timothy Neff over a period of months.

Accused dog abuser now target of ironic internet abuse himself

July 14, 2017 Mike Hudson 3
The online outrage directed against Timothy Neff, who is facing felony animal cruelty charges in connection with the starvation of a pit bull mix named Precious, continues unabated. He was arrested on June 29 by Niagara Falls city policeman Dave Bowers, an outdoorsman with a love of animals. In addition to being emaciated, the dog was also suffering with internal parasites and fleas.
Niagara County SPCA photo of Precious, a pit bull mix, who was allegedly starved nearly to death by Niagara Falls resident Timothy Neff over a period of months.
Niagara County SPCA photo of Precious, a pit bull mix, who was allegedly starved nearly to death by Niagara Falls resident Timothy Neff over a period of months.
The suspect told Bowers he had given the dog to some people in West Seneca four months ago and was recently contacted by a friend who said the dog was in poor condition. The friend then brought him the dog, he said. Neff, who looks as though he hasn’t missed too many meals himself, advertises himself as a “home improvement handyman” and landscaper. The 20th Street resident is also reported to own rental property in Lockport. In the wake of the online firestorm, Neff, 31, shut down his Facebook account, but not before a number of sharp eyed dog lovers managed to get his phone number from various internet advertisements. The number, 716-698-6075, was widely circulated, and many called to tell him what they thought about his treatment of animals. They were answered with a glib voicemail message. “Yes, I’m the guy who abused his dog,” it said. “Leave me a message.”
The heavyset Timothy Neff, 31, doesn't look like he's missed many meals. Did he eat the dog food?
The heavyset Timothy Neff, 31, doesn’t look like he’s missed many meals. Did he eat the dog food?
At least one humanitarian, Lisa Stewart-Graff, said she taped the message and made it available to authorities. “Got his message on tape,” she posted. “Will go to SPCA tomorrow.” In New York State, felony aggravated cruelty carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison, and more than 100 local Facebook commentators have called upon the criminal justice system to deliver all that and worse. The posts were so fever pitched that Andrea Galyn, administrator of the popular Niagara Falls Uncensored web page, felt compelled to warn that further death threats directed against Neff would not be tolerated. Many others, however, said they would adopt the dog and give her a permanent and loving home. Two weeks ago, Jay Kenneth of Rochester Road in Royalton, who was charged in April with felony aggravated animal cruelty when a disturbing video surfaced of him beating his dog Spike appeared, plead guilty to attempted aggravated animal cruelty and was sentenced to 60 days of incarceration, placement on Niagara County’s Animal Abuse Registry and court fines. Ownership of Spike was awarded to the Niagara SPCA.
Veterans Hall of Fame


May 19, 2017 Staff 0

Senator Ortt Nominated Sil Dan Sr. of North Tonawanda for his Courageous Service to the Nation

ALBANY – State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today honored World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient Silviu “Sil” Dan Sr. during a special ceremony in the state’s capital. The North Tonawanda native was posthumously inducted into the annual New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The Veterans’ Hall of Fame pays tribute to all members of the U.S. Armed Forces whose sacrifices and service has helped to shape our nation and make our communities better places to live. read more


Niagara Parks Celebrates Victoria Day Long Weekend

May 19, 2017 Staff 0

Niagara Falls, ON – Established during the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Niagara Parks and Queen Victoria Park, are the perfect venues to enjoy the fresh blossoms and glorious sunshine this Victoria Day long weekend. Join us as we celebrate the occasion with a fantastic lineup of activities, combining time-honored favourites, such as the Falls Fireworks display, with brand-new attractions and programming.

Falls Fireworks Display
Queen Victoria Park
Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON
Canada’s longest-running fireworks series, showcasing the illuminated beauty of Niagara Falls at night, is set to return with a bang on Friday, May 19 at 10:00 p.m. Fireworks continue over the holiday long weekend with shows also scheduled for Sunday, May 21 and Victoria Day Monday, May 22. The popular Falls Fireworks series is presented thanks to the continued strong support of destination partners on both sides of the border, including presenting sponsor The Tourism Partnership of Niagara. All firework displays are subject to weather conditions. read more



May 19, 2017 Staff 1

Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) is joining forces with his colleagues in the Legislature to address the heroin and opioid epidemic that has run rampant across New York State. This week, Morinello signed on to cosponsor two Assembly bills associated with the multi-pronged approach the Legislature has singled out as the proper way to address the disease.

The first bill cosponsored by Morinello would focus on increasing the criminal penalty imposed on dealers. Assembly Bill 3398 would grant law enforcement the ability to charge dealers with homicide should the substance they sold result in the death of an individual who consumed the product. This crime would become a class A-1 felony. read more

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LIUNA Health & Safety Launches Expanded Sun Sense Campaign

May 19, 2017 Staff 0

By Randy Palladino;

For over 17 years, the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America has run an annual Sun Sense campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of skin cancer. According to the American & Canadian Cancer Societies, nearly 3 million people in North America are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Overexposure to the sun is the most common cause of skin cancer. LHSFNA through Laborers’ Local 91 distributes sunscreen, lip balm, and neck flaps to protect laborers from the exposure to sunlight. Laborers or anyone spending time outdoors should take the necessary precautions to minimize their skin exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. read more



May 16, 2017 Staff 2

Pappas rejects bringing 9-1-1 dispatch back to city control.

Editor’s Note: North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas issued a statement on the debate over control of 911 dispatch an effort to end public safety discussions. The following statement is attributable to NT PBA President Daryl Truty.

“We are extremely disappointed in the mayor’s actions today. He completely overstated the level of interest the city took in our public safety concerns and he mischaracterized the PBA’s interactions with county officials in discussing the county-run 9-1-1 dispatch process. read more

Ortt's Woman of Distinction


May 12, 2017 Staff 0

Annual Program Recognizes Women’s Contributions to Our Communities

ALBANY – State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today recognized Annette Finch of Albion in Orleans County, as one of the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” during a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Finch was personally selected by Senator Ortt and was among 61 other distinguished women who were honored by the state Senate this evening.

The Senate’s Women of Distinction program celebrates outstanding women from all walks of life throughout New York State whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in our communities. read more


Homeschool Families Invited to GCC Lima Campus Center

May 12, 2017 Staff 0

Informational Session Set for June 22, 2017

BATAVIA, NY (05/09/2017) (readMedia)– Genesee Community College invites homeschooled students and their parents to the Lima Campus Center on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 4 – 6 p.m. to learn about GCC’s exciting opportunities for students who are homeschooled. Key college staff members who work with this student population will be available to educate family members and answer questions.

Homeschooled students have extensive opportunities to advance their education through GCC. Classes are offered in many subject areas and students under age 18 may take approved ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) courses at a reduced tuition rate. ACE Program Specialist Dan Snyder, who works with many homeschooled students currently enrolled at GCC, will be at the session to provide information. GCC Admissions Director Tanya Lane Martin will also be present to educate and answer any admissions questions families may have. read more


Book sale at North Tonawanda History Museum

May 12, 2017 Staff 0
The North Tonawanda History Museum will host its seasonal Used Book Sale over a three day span this week. Beginning on Thursday, May 11 (from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM), continuing on Friday, May 12 (from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM), and concluding on Saturday, May 13 (from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM), the effort is now larger and more organized than ever before. The event offers an estimated 70,000 books for purchase at all times, as our all-volunteer staff work to replenish the shelves as they clear. Paperback books are 50 cents each or 3 for a $1, hardcover books $1 each of 3 for $2, or you can purchase a bag from the Museum for $5 and stuff it to the brim with as many books as you can squeeze in! Books from the sale are donated to the Museum throughout the year by its many loyal supporters. Proceeds earned during the sale help to cover general operating expenses for the History Museum. North Tonawanda History Museum 54 Webster Street North Tonawanda, NY 14120 (716) 213-0554    nthistorymuseum@
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Niagara Parks Introduces New Junior Golf Programs

May 12, 2017 Staff 0

Niagara Falls, ON – Niagara Parks Golf and its Legends on the Niagara Golf Academy are pleased to announce a full slate of new golf development programs for junior golfers of all skill levels.

Former LGPA player and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member, Cathy Sherk and veteran PGA Professional, Geoff Law have created the “Little Legends” program, featuring one hour clinics to introduce young golfers to the sport of golf and to develop their skills in a way that is both educational and fun. The clinics will begin in mid-May and run through to September. Young golfers will be divided into various age groups with a maximum class size of six, thereby allowing more meaningful attention and hands-on instruction to take place. read more

Niagara Glen Nature Centre

Niagara Parks Invests in the Revitalization of the Niagara Glen Nature Centre

May 12, 2017 Staff 0

New programming and educational opportunities highlight Niagara Parks’ important stewardship role

Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce its investment in the revitalization of the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, creating a trailhead and interpretation facility that will focus on Niagara Parks’ important stewardship role, while educating the public on the geological, environmental and historical significance of the spectacular Niagara Glen.

Niagara Parks has made its reinvestment in the Niagara Glen Nature Centre a priority, responding to the continued growth and popularity of this site as a renowned outdoor destination for hikers, cyclists, conservationists, boulderers and anyone seeking an opportunity to connect with nature. read more