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Historical awakening beckons for Old Stone Chimney in Falls

Prostituting Pentecostal preacher Jimmy Swaggart to speak in the Falls

A Niagara Falls High School freshman is remembered with a garden.

Photo: Niagara Falls Music & Art Festival

The Niagara Falls Music & Art Festival continues on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Old Falls Street. (Read festival preview)


Historic Preservation Commission cancels next meeting

The Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission has cancelled it's meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

The body does not anticipate having a quorum present.

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area awards grants

The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area has awarded more than $48,000 in grants to local organizations. Here are the recipients:

History Center of Niagara - $5,000

Village of Youngstown -$4,000

Niagara Falls Public Library - $5,005.55

Historical Association of Lewiston -$9,800

McClew Interpretive Center at Murphy's Orchard - $10,000

Niagara Arts and Cutlural Center - $10,000

Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe - $5,000

"The NFNHA is excited to have the opportunity to support local organizations that are diligently working hard to preserve, protect and promote the remarkable cultural, historical, and natural resources within the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area," the group said in a written statement.

Self-storage facility, Steve Baldo expansion approved

The city Planning Board on Wednesday night gave the go-ahead to several projects, including a $10 million hotel project downtown.

In addition to the proposal from Plati Niagara (which was previously written about here), the board:

-Approved a plan from Apartments Niagara's Jeffrey Williams for 80 self-storage units on a vacant parcel at 9805 Porter Road. The site had previously been used as outdoor volleyball courts for the neighboring Cruisers bar.

-Approved plans from Steve Baldo Ford on Niagara Falls Boulevard to build a 5,000-square-foot addition to the business, while also taking down other sections of the building totalling about 3,800 square feet.

Fall groundbreaking expected for Niagara Falls train station project

A fall groundbreaking is anticipated for the final phase of the City of Niagara Falls' new train station project to be located near the Whirlpool Bridge.

The city received federal approval on Tuesday to put out to bid the final phase of work for its International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center. This phase includes the actual construction of the station building, as well as site work, the passenger platform, final track alignment and streetscaping.

Public advertising for the bids should begin in about a week, said Thomas J. DeSantis, the city's senior planner, in an email. Once bids are received, the City Council must award a contract before work can begin.

The budget for this phase of construction is $25.6 million, with the bulk of the funding - about $22.4 million - coming from the federal and state governments. The city's share will be about $3.2 million.

Photo: Practice makes perfect

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Majorettes in training: Niagara Royalettes majorettes, who are 4 and 5 years old, practice their marching and baton techniques for their Fourth of July parade Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of Niagara Falls High School. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

Hotel project for downtown Niagara Falls to be vetted

A proposal to build a 110-room downtown hotel will come before the Niagara Falls Planning Board tonight.

Plati Niagara has put forth plans for a Wingate by Wyndham Hotel at Rainbow Boulevard and Fourth Street.

The project received a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals last month.

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Niagara Falls lawmakers to consider $200k change order for Lewiston Road project

The Niagara Falls City Council is being asked to consider approving $204,340 in additional payments to Accadia Site Contracting when it meets tonight.

According to paperwork filed with the Council, the total contract for Accadia, with these changes, would equal roughly $4.4 million.

Last month, city officials were deciding how much of the work by a previous contractor must be redone. Here's tonight's agenda and the backup documentation:

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Niagara Falls City Council will hold a 5 p.m. work session Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St. (supporting documents for agenda)

Also this week:

• The Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the LaSalle Branch Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave.

• The Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at City Hall.

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Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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