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Hundreds Line Up to Meet Wallenda

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Just two days after Nik Wallenda made his high-wire walk across Niagara Falls, he held a meet and greet to meet some of his fans.

The free event was only held for an hour and half but crowds gathered early to meet the daredevil.

Nik Wallenda held this special event for free on a first come first serve basis. Wallenda signed autographs on everything from viewing party invitations, to yearbooks to Bibles and spoke of his lasting high regards for this area.

Investigative Post: Mark Poloncarz Interview

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D) sat down with Investigative Post's Jim Heaney to discuss a series of issues, including lease negotiations with the Bills.

Poloncarz in the interview:

Capitalizing On Wallenda Walk

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Nik Wallenda's successful crossing of Niagara Falls on a high wire last Friday was a spectacle to be sure...perhaps even more so than anyone imagined.

But does it have "staying power" in terms of drawing future tourists to the Falls?

"That's a great question," said John Percy, President of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, (NTCC) who believes the answer is "yes".

"While you can't come see Nik Wallenda cross the Falls again, what you can come and see is that beautiful backdrop that was behind him, and people will want to see that," Percy said.

Niagara Falls, NY Mayor Paul Dyster says if history any teacher, then there is precedent for that

"I still talk to people who say they saw the Marilyn Monroe movie "Niagara" years ago, and ever since then they've known someday they had to come to Niagara Falls," Dyster told WGRZ- TV.

Grisanti Bill Requires Emergency Escape Systems For Firefighters

Grisanti Bill Requires Emergency Escape Systems For Firefighters

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S.7677 that requires cities or other employers of firefighters to identify if a firefighter will be exposed to  entrapment's at higher levels, identify if those firefighters will be exposed to fire and determine the appropriate escape system.  The bill will provide the firefighter community with the latitude to effectively respond to the needs of their locality, to consider appropriate alternatives and to provide communities with the flexibility to outfit their firefighters with the equipment that best suits their unique needs.  Present law has inadvertently prevented the firefighting community from using equipment generally recognized to be acceptable because it was not covered in the most recent edition of the  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1983 Standard on Fire Service Life Safety Rope and System  Components.

NU’s Institute of Applied Learning Offering STEM Camp for Girls

NU’s Institute of Applied Learning Offering STEM Camp for Girls

Girls, this one’s for you!

Niagara University’s Institute of Applied Learning, an arm of its College of Education, is offering a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp for girls in grades 7-9. The camp runs August 13-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Topics that will be covered during the camp include:

Frontiers of Energy Sources: Participants will explore a wide variety of energy sources, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses. The many uses of fossil fuels, solar, biofuel, wind and nuclear sources for energy efficient operations will be covered, as will the ability to use alternate energy sources to make devices run. Finally, the group will explore careers in the global energy resources industry. 

O/N BOCES Building Trades Students Take Home Awards at End-of-Year Celebration

O/N BOCES Building Trades Students Take Home Awards at End-of-Year Celebration

Students in Anthony Molinaro’s Building Trades program at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements at the end of the ceremonies.  Marquis Siner from Niagara Falls was the recipient of an ACTEA Award which was awarded by the Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators.  Hannah Kanouse, also from Niagara Falls was awarded a Coca Cola Scholarship and Ian Kroening from Wilson was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award. 

Crews Begin to Clean Up Terrapin Point

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The crowds have gone home and the lights have been packed away. Now the cleanup from Nik Wallenda's wire spectacle can begin.

Crews began taking down the tightrope shortly after Wallenda completed his walk. The wire that took several days to put up, was taken down in a matter of hours.

Cleanup also began in earnest in Niagara Falls State Park on Saturday. The fencing and barriers that were set up for the event, were all dismantled and packed away.

After his walk, Nik Wallenda told us what's next for him.

"I have permits to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon," says Wallenda. "So that's a process we'll begin working on right now...and I would say within the next three to five years, I'll have accomplished that one as well."

It is fair to point out that was also his answer back in 2008, when Wallenda set a world record for riding a bike on a tightrope.