Niagara falls

Chamber will host social media seminar

NIAGARA FALLS – The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce will host a free social media networking seminar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St.

The event, to be presented by Colleen Kulikowski, is aimed at businesses that want to learn about the power of the most popular social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The seminar aims to help business owners grow their businesses. Attendees are encouraged to bring their business cards and promotional literature to share. A business mixer with light refreshments will be held before the PowerPoint presentation.

Though the seminar is free, reservations should be made by calling 285-5345 or 870-5965 or by emailing


Harley Owners Group to visit Wyndham Lawn

LOCKPORT – Members of the Niagara Falls chapter of the Harley Owners Group, or HOG, will make their annual convoy to New Directions’ Wyndham Lawn Home for Children to give gifts to the children in residence. The visit is set for 7 p.m. today.

For more than 20 years, area bikers involved with HOG have headed to the home for troubled children on an early December evening to give them holiday presents off their wish lists. Money raised during the group’s annual spring Blessing of the Bikes pays for the gifts. This year, the bikers will drop off Wii gaming systems, Fit Boards and wireless remote controls, and TV sets.

Erie county

‘Going Places’ boosted with purchase of van

More Erie County senior citizens will be “Going Places,” thanks to a recently purchased van that features a wheelchair lift – the only such vehicle in the county fleet.

The new vehicle, which will be used for the popular county program that transports seniors to medical appointments, the grocery store or other personal business, was inspected last week at the Schiller Park Senior Center by County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant and Legislator Timothy Hogues.

The Ford E-350 Phoenix bus “will be an immediate improvement for the many seniors who need transportation but are unable to drive themselves, or don’t have access to conventional means of transportation,” Poloncarz said. The vehicle was obtained through state Department of Transportation grant. For more information on Going Places or to make a reservation, call 858-RIDE.


College Success Center opens at Bennett High

The College Success Center at Bennett High School officially opened Friday.

The center will provide various services in an effort to assist the college application process for Bennett students. It will focus on three initiatives: student advising, parent engagement and community partnerships.

A collaborative effort by the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, the University at Buffalo and Buffalo Public Schools, the center will be working under the BPN umbrella.