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Video: New culinary school opens in Niagara Falls

More than 200 students have begun classes at the Culinary Institute Niagara Falls, which opened last week to rave reviews from students in Niagara County Community College's culinary arts program.

Heritage panel meets Wednesday

The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Commission will hold a public workshop on Wednesday night in Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.

The commission will also hold a regular business meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Power Vista at the Niagara Power Project, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. This meeting also is open to the public.

The federal commission is tasked with drawing up a plan for a heritage area, aimed at boosting regional tourism.

Here's a recent Q&A my colleague Emma Sapong did with the panel's chairman, Thomas Chambers.

Here's a story I wrote in January about the commission's work.

4:14 p.m. update: Check out this newsletter from the commission.

--Aaron Besecker

Heritage Area Commission meets Wednesday

The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Commission will meet and hold a public information session Wednesday at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University in Lewiston.

A commission business meeting will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m., with the information session to follow from 7 to 9 p.m. The business meeting is also open to the public.

The information session will feature a presentation by A. Elizabeth Watson, of the consulting firm Heritage Strategies, on "approaches followed by other National Heritagea Areas," according to a press release.

The federal commission is tasked with drawing up a plan for a heritage area, aimed at boosting regional tourism.

Niagara University professor Thomas Chambers was recently elected chairman of the commission.

For more information and background on the commission -- including its members -- check out my previous stories: when the commission was seated, after it began meeting in December and when it held its second meeting last month.

11:43 a.m. update: The late-afternoon business meeting will include an official public comment period, and the evening session will be less formal while allowing for full participation by members of the public, according to Chambers.

--Aaron Besecker

Another unique hazardous waste site

A unique hazardous waste site in New York state recently failed a test for cancer-causing emissions.

But this one's not in Niagara County.

Norlite, the state's only commercial hazardous waste incinerator, exceeded the amount of dioxin it emitted during a self test last fall, according to the Albany Times-Union.

The facility is located in the City of Cohoes, in Albany County.

CWM Chemical Services, located on Balmer Road in the Town of Porter, hosts the only commercial hazardous waste landfill in New York.

--Aaron Besecker

 

 

Review online chat with State Sen. George Maziarz

Check out an archive of the live chat we had today on buffalonews.com with State Sen. George Maziarz:

George Maziarz will chat live on buffalonews.com Friday

Maziarzmug State Sen. George Maziarz has agreed to participate in a live online chat with buffalonews.com readers at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

Maziarz, a Republican lawmaker from Newfane, is the chairman of the Senate Energy Committee and a leading figure in Niagara County politics.

Those who would like to submit questions in advance should e-mail them to News Niagara Reporter Aaron Besecker at [email protected].

EPA pollution data available on web

CWM
CWM Chemical Services, the commercial hazardous waste landfill in Lewiston and Porter in northwest Niagara County, was the seventh biggest polluter in the state in 2009, according to EPA data. (Charles Lewis / Buffalo News file photo)

I reported today that Western New York has seven of the top 25 polluters in New York state.

Data about environmental discharges was sent to the Environmental Protection Agency by the facilities, and was amassed as part of the annual Toxics Release Inventory.

On the agency's website, anyone can look through the data -- including every facility and type of waste they release -- with the TRI Explorer.

Here's the data from all the facilities in Erie County and what they released; here's the data for Niagara County facilities.

--Aaron Besecker

Weekend in Review -- Dec. 27

Check out the stories you may have missed in our Friday, Saturday and Sunday editions:

Friday

NIAGARA FALLS
The owner of a summer camp where a girl drowned in 2008 will pay restitution after illegally receiving government benefits.

NIAGARA COUNTY
A committee is considering various ideas to commemorate War of 1812 bicentennial.

Saturday

ROY-HART
A 15-year-old volleyball player lost her battle with cancer.

NIAGARA FALLS
Former Niagara Falls High School basketball standout Paul Harris is trying to keep his career alive in the NBA Development League.

NIAGARA FALLS
Free parking to end at Niagara Falls International Airport.

Sunday

NIAGARA COUNTY
Check out the 2010 Niagara County news quiz. (Here's are the answers.)

ZUCCARI
Luanne Zuccari holds a photo of her son Andrew, 14, who was killed by a drunk driver 14 years ago. (Charles Lewis / Buffalo News)

NIAGARA COUNTY/WHEATFIELD
A group of people whose families were touched by drunken driving continue to work with the DWI Victim Impact Panel.

NIAGARA FALLS
A man who nearly beat a puppy to death remains jailed.

LEWISTON
The Niagara University men's hockey team is energized by a former Sabre working as a volunteer coach.

NIAGARA FALLS
The Thunder Over Niagara air show will return in September.

NIAGARA FALLS
The city Youth Bureau is offering a free open-gymnasium program this week.

SOMERSET
Norman Miller has published a book about an excommunicated former Amish man.

 

You can always get the latest Niagara County news at our Niagara County page: www.buffalonews.com/niagaracounty.

--Aaron Besecker

Niagara County News Week in Review - Dec. 24

Here's a look at this week in Niagara County news:

Monday

ANELLO SENTENCED
Former Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello, right, gets ready to leave the Federal Courthouse in Buffalo on Monday after he was sentenced to federal prison while his attorney, Joel Daniels, talks with reporters. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

NIAGARA FALLS
Former Mayor Vince Anello was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison.

NIAGARA FALLS
Florida tourism officials were greeted at Niagara Falls International Airport.

LEWISTON
Niagara University will offer a new degree in leadership and policy.

NIAGARA COUNTY
Real estate transactions for week ending Nov. 12.

Tuesday

NIAGARA FALLS
Staff Reporter Dan Herbeck takes a closer look at former Mayor Vince Anello's fall.

TOWN OF NIAGARA
Two Buffalo men were arrested in a sales scam in area parking lots.

NIAGARA FALLS
A federal probe involving two inspectors and the former buildings commissioner brings another subpoena to City Hall.

NIAGARA FALLS
The city School District denies wrongdoing in the hiring of its attorney's daughter to $120,000-a-year post.

NORTH TONAWANDA
The city School Board has authorized the use of reserve funds to pay for retirement system obligations and benefits for a former superintendent.

NORTH TONAWANDA
The city is holding a street-naming contest for a roadway in a new business park.

CHOCOLATE
Raising funds for charity by selling movie-themed chocolates are, from left, Niagara University students Talon Fee and Michelle Martineau, professor Bill Angus and chocolatier Mary Ann Hess. (Charles Lewis / Buffalo News)

NIAGARA FALLS
Soup kitchen and food pantry benefits from a movie-themed, gourment chocolate raffle.

Wednesday

NIAGARA FALLS
A music teacher has recorded a Christmas song written by her father and is offering it free to active-duty service members and veterans.

LOCKPORT/NIAGARA FALLS
A county judge refused to reduce the bail for a murder suspect.

NORTH TONAWANDA
The city and Walmart want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against them.

NIAGARA FALLS
A silicon plant in the city will benefit from a Commerce Department ruling, according to Sen. Charles Schumer.

SOMERSET
Arguments in the lawsuit aimed at stopping a proposed Verizon data center will be heard by a new judge.

Nyce
Motivational speaker, hip-hop artist and Buffalo native Tee Nyce signs autographs Tuesday for Niagara Falls High School students Lashwana Lowery, center, and Aolyha Holifield. (Sharon Cantillon / Buffalo News)

NIAGARA FALLS
A Buffalo-born rapper brought his motivational talks to Niagara Falls High School.

NIAGARA FALLS
The city announced its schedule for holiday closings.

NIAGARA FALLS/LEWISTON
The three area international bridges will be toll-free on Christmas.

Thursday

NIAGARA FALLS
Former Niagara Falls police officer Ryan Warme is sentenced to 13 years and nine months in federal prison.

ROBERT THOUSAND
Robert J. Thousand is escorted into the courtroom for his sentencing Wednesday. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

LOCKPORT
An accomplice in the killing of a group home worker gets 20 years in prison.

SOMERSET
A lawsuit challenging the review of plans for a Verizon data center heads to court.

NIAGARA FALLS
A former city employee accused of stealing on the job pleads guilty.

NIAGARA FALLS
The city has total control over the vacant Rainbow Centre mall, site of the proposed Niagara County Community College culinary institute.

WHEATFIELD
A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to charges from a January home invasion on Moyer Road. 

NIAGARA COUNTY
Holiday hours have been announced for local auto bureaus.

Be sure to visit our various community pages for the latest news from your area.

For today's Niagara County news, visit our Niagara County page at buffalonews.com/niagaracounty.

--Aaron Besecker

Audio: North Tonawanda lawmakers wrap up the year

MELODY FAIR
A planned Walmart on the site of the former Melody Fair theater, pictured above in a file photo taken in May, is the subject of an ongoing federal lawsuit. (Mark Mulville / Buffalo News)

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Walmart. Water pipes. Christmas lights.

Those were some of the issues on the minds of city officials on Tuesday night during the Common Council meeting in City Hall.

Here's my wrap-up story.

Listen to raw audio from the full, 30-minute meeting here:

--Aaron Besecker

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