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Oppenheim Zoo Near Niagara Falls Closed A Generation Ago

WHEATFIELD, NY - Everyone has heard of "Ghost Towns" ...abandoned villages which serve as barren remnants of the old west.

But did you know there is something which amounts to a "ghost zoo" right here in Western New York?

Oppenheim Park on Niagara Falls Boulevard (US Rt. 62) in Wheatfield has all the usual trappings of a public reaction area.

But hidden among the overgrowth, down an abandoned road in the south east section of the park, are the remnants of the Oppenhiem Zoo, which closed more than 20 years ago.

Since then, an entire generation has passed with barely any knowledge of the place.

Click on the video icon to see what remains with Two On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist John Guinane.

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Falls Hosts Irish Dance Competition

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-Feis at the Falls marks its fifth year at the Conference Center in Niagara Falls on Saturday, August 14th.

The annual competition celebrates Irish dance, music and language. Over 900 competitors and their families are expected.

The Lochside Celtic Band will be performing on Old Falls Street from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Admission for the dance competition is $10.

 

Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

44th Annual Lewiston Art Festival Chalk Walk Competition!

44th Annual Lewiston Art Festival
Chalk Walk Competition
Watch as area schools compete!

Saturday, August 14th
Noon-5pm
Center Street, Lewiston

Register to win 2 tickets to see Mary Poppins at
Shea's Performing Art Center
Show dates: October 14-31

Watch as New York City graffiti artist Ron Kramer create a spectacular masterpiece for WGRZ and Mary Poppins!

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Niagara Falls Man Facing Multiple Charges

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - A Niagara Falls man is facing multiple drug charges following an early morning drug raid in the Cataract City.

David Hoffman, 32, was arrested and charged with several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police say Hoffman was selling hashish, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, painkillers, and mushrooms out of his lower level unit at 419 12th Street in Niagara Falls.

Officers entered the residence on a warrant just after midnight Thursday morning.  A SWAT officer shot and killed a pit bull that tried to attack another officer while he was taking Hoffman into custody.

Police were tipped off by neighbors who noticed a high volume of traffic to and from the residence.

Niagara Falls a stop for Stanley Cup on Friday

BUFFALO, NY - Lord Stanley's Cup will be making a visit to Western New York Friday, August 13 accompanied by South Buffalo's own Pat Kane.

The Cup's visit is thanks to Kane's overtime goal in the 6th game to clinch the 2010 NHL Championship for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The schedule of events includes:

House Party Leads to Drug Raid and Dog Death

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- A routine house call to a home in Niagara Falls after reports of a noise complaint resulted in an arrest of a teen, and the death of a dog.

Police entered a home with a search warrant on 12th Street to investigate an early morning house party when they discovered marijuana, cocaine, and other illegal drugs and recreational narcotics.

When police entered the home they were attacked by a bulldog. Acting in self-defense, police fatally shot the dog. The dog was later removed from the home by the SPCA.

The 19-year-old will be arraigned in court Thursday.

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