The pandemic caused a pause everywhere...businesses shut down and slowly reopened, tourism all but stopped when the U.S.- Canada border closed.  But when restrictions eased people found a way to get back...slowly, and maybe not to pre-existing levels, but it was a start.

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One of the best things about living in a small community like the Village of Lewiston is how the community is integrated. How people know each other, and more than that, care for each other.

Shortly after the pandemic, Lewiston, like most areas looked like a ghost town.  Shops and restaurants closed, parks were empty, construction stopped.

The only time you might see someone was at the grocery store or drug store.

Spring marked a new beginning, not just the usual advent of flowers and leaves on trees, but stores reopened, restaurants had curbside delivery, construction and projects re-started.

Here are some of the things going on in the Niagara County village today:

Lewiston Returning To Life After The Pandemic

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