Fourteen year-old Ashlee Howard, a North Tonawanda Middle School student, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss New York Pageant, to be held Aug. 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester. The competition, for girls ages 4 to 18, has five different age divisions. Ashlee will be participating in the Junior Teen Age Division.

The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash reward, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant in California where she will receive a complimentary tour of Hollywood and two VIP tickets to Disneyland. Each year the national pageant awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and other prizes.


The American Diabetes Association, Western New York Chapter, named Vincent Harrer of Lockport its youth ambassador for the 2013 Tour de Cure. Vincent, a fourth-grader at DeSales Catholic School, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was seven years old. He rode six miles in last year’s tour, raising nearly $3,000. This year’s Tour de Cure, starting and finishing at Niagara County Community College, will be Saturday, with more than 1,000 riders of all abilities expected to participate.


Army Pfc. Shane A. Woods has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Woods is the son of Glenn Woods of Newfane, and Jodel Woods of Lockport. He is a 2007 graduate of Newfane High School.


For the fifth consecutive year, the North Tonawanda History Museum has been selected for the 2013 Best of North Tonawanda Award in the Museums category by the U.S. Commerce Association.

The association’s “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the association identifies companies judged to have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.