Niagara Falls

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A local food pantry is celebrating its 30th anniversary Thursday night at its annual recognition dinner.  Heart, Love and Soul Food Pantry and Dining Room in the City of Niagara Falls was started by a prayer group from Sacred Heart Parish. 

But as WBFO & AM-970’S Eileen Buckley reports, the center’s mission of feeding the hungry has grown into several outreach services to improve quality of life for those in need.

Date set for Niagara Falls wire walk

Apr 26, 2012
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Nik Wallenda will make his tightrope walk across Niagara Falls on June 15th.

According to the Buffalo News, the date was selected after lengthy negotiations with officials on both sides of the falls.

Tourism groups in Niagara Falls, New York, were pressing for a September date for the event which is expected to draw thousands to the region.

The city's 2,000 hotel rooms are typically full in the middle of June.

Wallenda will walk 1800-feet on a wire from Goat Island to Table Rock in Canada.

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It's a fight over a restaurant sign, a large and not turned-on electronic sign over the door of the Hard Rock Cafe just across the street from Niagara Falls State Park.

Some local state legislators say it's a victory for local control over Albany control.

"It's the local government, in this case Niagara Falls, that makes this type of determination," said State Senator George Maziarz.

That's the issue since state law gives Albany control over signs within 500 feet of a state park.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The national numbers portray an improving employment picture, but the count of hundreds at a Wednesday job fair in Niagara Falls shows a gloomier, more desperate reality.

WBFO and AM970's Mark Leitner visited the fair and spoke with many of the attendees.

The day, perhaps, offered a microcosm of the nation's changing economy.

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Only seven percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.

It all starts with a machine affectionately known as the "Plastic-Eating Monster." Thousands of pounds of shredded milk jugs, water bottles and grocery bags tumble into a large tank, where they're melted together and vaporized. This waste comes from landfills and dumps from all over the United States.

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Niagara Falls has banned the treatment of fracking fluid.

The move comes after the Niagara Falls Water Board was openly considering treating fracking fluid from wells in Pennsylvania and Ohio in order to boost the city’s finances.

 The liquid is a toxic mix of chemicals and heavy metals used during the controversial natural gas drilling technique.

Opponents of fracking argue there is no safe way to purify the liquid before it is discharged into public water sources.

Unanimous vote

photo by Michael Mroziak

There's excitement on both sides of the border, now that professional daredevil Nik Wallenda has cleared the final hurdle to proceed with a high-wire walk over the Niagara Gorge Canadian park officials clearing the way for tightrope walker Nik Wallenda to perform the stunt over the Niagara Gorge later this year.

Canadian regional parks officials gave their approval on Wednesday, meaning Wallenda and his team can now with plans.  Official suggest Wallenda and his team were aiming for late June but with planning just starting, no firm date is set.

Effort underway to keep Niagara air base off closure list

Jan 31, 2012
photo by Michael Mroziak

The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base serves a critical role in military missions abroad, in domestic emergencies such as natural disasters, and provides work to an estimated 3,300 military and civilian employees.  So says Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, who was on the local base Tuesday morning to announce that leaders were united and already campaigning on behalf of the base in anticipation of a new Base Realignment and Closing commission, or BRAC, to be formed as part of the Pentagon's recently released 2013 budget.