Which restaurant has the best fish fry?

Tell us, and win one of your own!

Just in time for Lent, Niagara Frontier Publications’ returning web contest seeks an answer to one of life’s great questions: Which restaurant has the best fish fry?

From Feb. 28 through March 28, 2017, vote HERE for the Western New York restaurants that serve delicious fish dishes. The eatery with the most votes will be featured in the Niagara-Wheatfield-NT Tribune, Island Dispatch, Lewiston-Porter Sentinel and on this website.

(CONTEST NOW EXTENDED until 11 a.m. Monday, April 3, 2017)

When you cast a vote, you’ll be entered to win a fish fry for two or a general food gift certificate courtesy of an area restaurant. One winner will be selected each Monday by random draw and notified by phone call or email.

Your voice matters! Tell us which restaurant serves the freshest catches and tastiest batters while providing the best bang for your buck.

OFFICIAL RULES (MODIFIED AT 2:30 P.M. FEBRUARY 28, 2017; 12:20 p.m. MARCH 27, 2017)

TO ENTER: Fill out the form by clicking the highlighted link above, or the link below, to redirect to the entry webpage. Once there, answer the questions and submit the information.

Entries also can be found in Niagara Frontier Publication’s (NFP) newspapers. Those entries can be submitted in hard copy form to 1859 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

GRAND PRIZE: The one (1) restaurant with the most “Best Fish Fry” votes at the end of the contest will receive a special recognition and a full write-up in NFP’s three main newspapers — the Lewiston-Porter Sentinel, the Niagara-Wheatfield-NT Tribune and the Island Dispatch — and on this website.

THOSE NOMINATING AN EATERY will enter to win a prize. One participant will be selected by random draw each Monday and receive a fish fry for two or a general food gift certificate courtesy of a participating restaurant. (Not necessarily the restaurant entrant voted for in contest.) Prizes not claimed within thirty (30) days of winner’s notification will return back to NFP.





Kenan Center to launch 50th anniversary celebration

In 2017, the KeKenan.jpgnan Center celebrates 50 years of enriching lives in the community through cultural, educational and recreational opportunities for all ages.

“Looking back with pride, looking ahead with promise,” will kickoff on Feb. 3 with the reading of an official proclamation from Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey, an awards ceremony, announcement of exhibitions and events throughout the year, unveiling of 50th anniversary wines by Schulze Vineyards & Winery, and viewing of artworks from the forthcoming, historic exhibit opening in the Kenan Gallery on April 30 (“Three Generations of Burchfields: Works from the Schoene Collection”). Samples of the 50th anniversary fine art calendar will also be available, with local artists on hand.

Leading the planning committee that is preparing an extensive schedule of special 50th anniversary events are Kenan Center board officers Chris Marra and Selena Truax Morello.

“Over the past 50 years, the Kenan Center has grown in so many ways beyond the concept of a community center that was first presented to William Rand Kenan,” Kenan Center Executive Director Susan Przybyl said. “The buildings and grounds have undergone continual updating and improvement; programs and events have evolved as the community has changed; and our recognition as a significant regional tourism and cultural site is astounding when you look back at our humble beginnings. We are indebted to the countless volunteers who, over the years, have served on the board, guiding the center to financial and organizational stability; to those who taught classes, hung art exhibits, maintained the gardens, donated their time to events, sat on committees, and literally kept the doors open through their unwavering financial support. They are the backbone of the Kenan Center.

“We are also fortunate to have had the support of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust from the onset, and most especially Thomas S. Kenan III, Mr. Kenan’s great-nephew, whose affection for Lockport has been a great gift to the community aswell as the Kenan Center. Guiding us through the years has been Mr. Kenan’s stated wish that his property be used for the benefit of the community, with education being at the heart of his vision. We look back with pride at the five decades that the Kenan Center has fulfilled his intentions, and we look ahead with promise to what we will accomplish in the future.”

For more information about the Kenan Center, including an updated calendar, visit kenancenter.org.


Buffalo Philharmonic’s 2017-18 season celebrates power of music around the world, AmeBPO-logo-2017.pngrican musical heritage



The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017-18 season will feature a celebration of America’s musical heritage to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, a theme that’s evident in both the M&T Bank Classics Series and the KeyBank Pops Series.

“It’s a very exciting time at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra,” said music director JoAnn Falletta. “This past season has been marked by high-quality programs, positive press coverage, and enthusiastic support from the community. Each year, we build on the previous year’s success, and we’ve got a great deal to look forward to in the coming season.”

Anne-Sophie Mutter Kicks Off Season

The BPO’s 2017-18 season begins on Sept. 16 with renowned European violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Mutter is a four-time Grammy Award-winner who has dazzled audiences all over the world since her debut at age 13. She supports up-and-coming artists through her Friends of Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, and has had numerous new works dedicated to her.

Mutter’s North American appearances are rare, and she has not performed with the BPO since 1989, when she joined the orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

She will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concertoon a program that will also include Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and Weiner’s Hungarian Folk Dance Suite. Falletta will conduct.

The opening night gala takes place the same evening, and features pre-concert cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Oliver’s, premium concert seating, and a post-concert dessert reception.

The gala is sponsored by the Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation. Proceeds benefit the BPO’s education programs.

M&T Bank Classics Series Contrasts American Classics with European Masterworks

As a student at Juilliard, Falletta had an opportunity to learn from Leonard Bernstein on several occasions, which she described as strongly influential.

“He showed us that the true meaning of music lay not in the veneer of technical perfection but in the beating heart of the deepest human emotion,” she said of the experience.

With the centennial of Bernstein’s birth in 2018, she has programmed a season to pay tribute not only to him, but to other great American composers who have brought classical music into the modern era.

The first two M&T Bank Classics concerts are devoted to celebrating American masters. On Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, pianist Charlie Albright will be the featured soloist in “Rhapsody in Red, White and Blue.” In addition to Gershwin’s quintessentially American “Rhapsody in Blue,” the program also features Copland’s Symphony No. 3 which gave birth to his revered “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Ellington’s “New World A-Comin’ ” and John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine.”

The following week’s concert, on Oct. 7 and 8, features BPO concertmaster Dennis Kim in Phillip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 1. The program also includes Bernstein’s “Three Dances” from “On the Town” and Ferde Grofe’s beloved “Grand Canyon Suite.”

Five-time Grammy-winning bassist Victor Wooten continues the American theme. A founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, he was named one of the top 10 bassists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. With acclaimed composer Conni Ellisor, he has penned “The Bass Whisperer: Concerto for Electric Bass,” which he will perform in his Oct. 21-22 BPO debut led by Resident Conductor Stefan Sanders.

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Historical Association of Lewiston looks back at decade that brought us The Sentinel

By Zach Collister

Apple Granny, and a portion of Center Street, in the 1980s. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Association of Lewiston) 

President, Historical Association of Lewiston

On behalf of the Historical Association of Lewiston and its board of directors, happy birthday Sentinel! The Sentinel’s first edition was issued Feb. 14, 1987, and actually had the title of “We Need A Name!” It was since that very first edition that the HAL started its long relationship with the Sentinel, when we placed our member meeting notice in it for a historian to speak about the history of Lundy’s Lane.

Seeing as I myself was a product of the ’80s, I had to look through our archives of papers, photos, Sentinels and government documents to paint the picture of Lewiston during the ’80s. As I combed through the decade of articles and documents, I couldn’t help but notice that history has eerily repeated itself 30 years later. Sure, people had unique hairstyles and transitioned from the pastel colors of the ’70s to the vibrant colors in the ’80s, but when you look at the major topics, you can’t help but feel you are Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day.”

But first, let’s take a drive down Center Street in the 1980s.

Driving into town, Tops was right at Center Street where the present day parking lot sits. It was a brick building then, and you got your groceries in paper bags still. As you pass by Academy Park, you were likely to always see a softball game or two going on while the kids climbed the Academy School corner stone or had impromptu races up the bleachers. In those days, the Buena Vista Hotel was across the street, which, in 1987, two WJJL associates helped unfold and save a kidnapping victim from Rochester while recording for the Peach Festival.

Down Center further is where you would rent movies from Video Factory. As you come to the intersection of Fifth and Center, you would encounter Donna Felicia’s, instead of Casa Antica. Across the street was the old library, which, in the late ’80s, started the push for a new facility to better service a growing Lewiston. This intersection is also the site of Lewiston’s first flowerpot hung on Center Street in 1983.

Putter a half block down in your ’87 Plymouth Sundance and you’ll see some golden arches outside the Frontier House. Who doesn’t remember getting stuck in the Officer Big Mac climb-in jail? Hamburgers went for 39 cents. In 1988, the Ronald McDonald statue was stolen twice from the playground and was found once in Academy Park wearing a shower cap.

A few doors down, Amanda’s was the staple before today’s Brickyard. You wouldn’t see the gazebo at Hennepin Park until ’82.

Down at the sand docks, now more commonly known as Lewiston Landing, you would eat at Riverside Inn, park in gravel parking lots, get drinks at The Bucket of Blood or fish off a path down by the river. The Silo was an old, green mess. It wasn’t until 1987 that the village first looked at refurbishing it, which only included painting and a new roof.

Across the street was the old Public Works building. Although the Whirlpool Jet Boats didn’t exist, it was in 1989 when they were first proposed. It was in the early ’80s that Lewiston first added docks, restrooms, a pathway and improved the boat launch. Those that had slips could tell you how loud Lewiston No. 1’s siren was when it went off!

Artpark was very active in the ’80s with kids programs and art exhibits. And believe it or not, Bond’s Lake was an active ski hill and even had snowmaking machines!

Another interesting thing about Lewiston then was a plane crash on Cayuga Street in 1985 right in front of … wait for it … 666 Cayuga St.


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The Sentinel turns 30

Newspaper in fourth decade of serving River Region

SentinelSentinel-30-cover staff thanks readers, advertisers; pledges to continue serving River Region

By Joshua Maloni

Managing Editor

Thirty years ago, a screen star was president, Vanna White was turning letters on “Wheel of Fortune,” musicians were making political statements at the Grammy Awards, and movie star Tom Cruise was dominating the box office.

Boy, those were the days.

1987 also was the year the River Region got its own newspaper.

Of course, it wasn’t the Lewiston-Porter area’s first newspaper – or even its second – but it was the first publication (to our knowledge) to debut without a name.

On Feb. 14, 1987, the paper was printed with a giant headline, in big, bold, red letters, that said, “We Need A Name!”

In a front-page story, editor Joelle Logue wrote, “As you can tell by the masthead, this paper needs a name and, since it will be your newspaper with news of you, your neighborhood and friends, we thought it only fitting that the paper be named by you.”

The Sentinel didn’t become “The Sentinel” until March 14 – issue No. 2. (Back then, the paper was printed monthly.)


Sharon Norbut, a Niagara Falls native who had moved to Lewiston four years earlier, submitted the winning entry. She was pictured with the nameplate design, which was the work of cartoonist and artist Sam Russo. On the front cover, under the words “The Sentinel,” Russo created a row of historic sites that was bookmarked by Artpark and Old Fort Niagara. The subhead read, “The Good News Of The Lewiston/Porter Area.”

Norbut won a $50 savings bond from the Permanent Savings Bank, as well as a $50 gift certificate from the Lewiston Business and Professional Association to use at any of the member businesses.

More than 300 area residents entered the contest. Honorable mention names included “Landmark” and “Beacon.”

It was an odd and imaginative way to launch a newspaper.

Less out of place then – and certainly fitting in 2017 – was Logue’s lead story, wherein she wrote of The Sentinel’s quest for truth.

“George (Washington) was, as exemplified in the cherry tree story, a basically honest man. We intend to be an honest newspaper,” Logue wrote. “Our purpose is to be a public information paper geared to increase community awareness – to point out the advantages and opportunities in this richly historic area. It’s what’s happening, what’s new, the real accomplishments of people and businesses that we’re interested in communicating to you.

“We’ll work hard in bringing you the most complete coverage of the Lewiston-Porter area, but just as Washington set his own strict rules of conduct, he also enjoyed a good time. This paper will be a happy one. There will be no news of Lebanese terrorists, no Nader casualties or bad weather forecasts. We are optimists in your town merely passing good news from organizations, schools and merchants to you.

“As Lee said of George, ‘He was first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.’ So, too, we strive to be first in good reporting, first in marketing integrity, and the number one paper in the heart of Lewiston-Porter.”

To be the River Region’s go-to source of news – good, bad or otherwise – was the staff’s goal in 1987.

It remains our top goal today.


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Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce: Awards Gala honorees announce

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will honor businesses and individuals at the annual Chamber Awards Gala on Friday, April 28, at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. This is the second consecutive year the event is being held in Niagara Falls. It’s due to the growth in event participation over the years.

The evening is one of the highlights of the year, held to celebrate the business community and the citizens who help contribute to the success of the region.

The annual awards gala begins with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a sit-down dinner and awards program. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening. Tickets are available through the Chamber of Commerce office (895 Center St., Lewiston) at $100 per person (valet parking included).

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will honor businesses and/or individuals in the following categories:

Chairman’s Award: Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

River Region Partnership Award: Rainbow Air Inc.

Lewiston Business of the Year: Apple Granny Restaurant

Youngstown Business of the Year: Sanger Farms

Ransomville Business of the Year: O’Connor Family Greenhouses & Garden Center

Sanborn Business of the Year: Willco Auto Care

Village of Lewiston Citizens of the Year: Claudia Marasco and Arlene Sliz

Youngstown Citizen of the Year: Paul Waterstrat

Town of Porter Citizens of the Year: Claudia Fleckenstein and Ellie Murphy

Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Year: Thomas Deal


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Chamber Awards Gala: Sanger Farms & Bakery recognized

Mike and Sandy Tuck of Sanger Farms.

By Jennifer Pauly

President, Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will honor businesses and individuals at its annual Chamber Awards Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 28, at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.

The evening is one of the highlights of the year, held to celebrate the business community and the citizens who help contribute to the success of the region.

The annual awards gala begins with a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a sit-down dinner and awards program. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening. Tickets are available through the Chamber of Commerce office (895 Center St., Lewiston) at $100 per person (valet parking included).

The chamber’s series of profiles on the 2017 gala honorees opens this week.

Youngstown Business of the Year: Sanger Farms & Bakery

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Sanger Farms & Bakery as recipient of the Youngstown Business of the Year Award. The Youngstown Business and Professional Association assists the chamber in providing a business nomination that has shown dedication and service to the Youngstown community.

Sanger Farms & Bakery, owned by Mike and Sandy Tuck, is located at 852 Youngstown-Lockport Road, just outside the Village of Youngstown. Sandy’s parents, the Sangers, originally purchased the farm in 1974 from Howard Tower, with Mike and Sandy purchased it from her parents in 2013.

Sandy has been a fixture, baking pies and baked goods for over 40 years, alongside her mother and daughters. When Mike and Sandy took over the operations, it was a natural transition involving Mike, Sandy and the five kids: Lisa, Carly, Shari, Rogan and Claitan.

As a family-owned and -operated business, Sanger Farms is known for homemade baked goods, locally grown produce and U-Pick, sweet ciders and jams, and now the Back Barn Café, which is serving breakfast and lunch.

The farm is one of the few in Western New York that is open year-round.

Mother Nature is one of the biggest factors in running a farm. Nestled in the fertile land a couple miles from the Niagara River and a mile and a half from Lake Ontario proves to be a benefit to many crops enduring frost and drought. The 2016 summer drought affected many of the peach crops in the region; however Sanger Farms was able to produce one of its sweetest and biggest crops.


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