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Fun In The Sun This Weekend

Buffalo, NY - Although the 4th of July is still days away, this weekend and its beautiful sunny weather is the perfect jump start for the holiday.

In Kenmore people there celebrated the annual Kenmore Days. Village Clerk and Treasurer Kathleen Johnson told 2 On Your Side this event just keeps growing by leaps and bounds.

"It started out in Crystal Beach with trips to Crystal Beach it has evolved to right here in the village," said Johnson.

People came out by the dozens to buy arts and crafts and other items being sold at Kenmore Days. Johnson says there's more to that as well and it all happened at Mang Park.

"A giant carnival, lots of musical live entertainment combining with our farmer's market," said Johnson.

A few miles away, and this time in the Town of Clarence it was all about Clarence Day in the Park. Under a nearly cloudless sky hundreds of families spent a day of fun in the sun.

Nature's Recyclers On The Wing

"They're the clean-up crew, the recyclers, the garbage men of the natural world."

Among all of Earth's creatures, few are as misunderstood as scavengers. They are nature's sanitation experts, consuming only carrion, the decaying flesh of dead bodies.

Not a pretty job to be sure, but absolutely essential to the well being of the environment. Scavengers come in all shapes and sizes, but some of the most efficient scavengers are birds.

In Western New York, the Turkey Vulture reigns as the chief scavenger. Although considered ugly by many, Turkey Vultures are a prime example of the amazing adaptivity of nature. And once you get to know a little bit more about them, the old myths surrounding this impressive species disappear like the very carrion the vultures feed on.

Tanya Lowe of Hawk Creek Wildlife Center knows the species well.

Wallenda Impact on Niagara Falls Exceeds $3.3 Million

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - According to a survey commissioned by the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, the economic impact of Nik Wallenda's walk across Niagara Falls was immense.

Niagara University's Hospitality Training and Research Center interviewed close to 600 people throughout Prospect Park and Old Falls Street.

In the nine hours leading up to the walk, they asked about everything from how much money visitors spent, to how long they planned to stay. The total economic impact was $3.3 million.

"That's over a 2 to 3 day period because it included overnight visitation as well as day visitation," said John Percy, CEO of the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation.

Cochrane Wire Walk Postponed to Friday July 6th

NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA -- Fans of wire walking will have to wait until Friday, July 6th to see the next event happening near Niagara Falls.

Jay Cochrane has postponed his first walk between the Niagara Fallsview Casino and the Skylon Tower until next Friday. His crew is taking extra precaution to make sure that the wire has been installed correctly.

Cochrane currently holds World Records for the longest building-to-building skywalk and longest and highest blindfolded skywalk.

Cochrane has walked between the two towers before in 2005, but this time the event will be longer and higher. He'll start his walk from the top of the North Tower of the Hotel and travel 1,300 feet to the top of the Skylon Tower.

Man Charged in Deadly Hit and Run in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS , N.Y. - A Town of Niagara man is being held on $100,000 bail following his arrest in connection with a deadly hit and run.

Francis A. Maikranz, 55, was arraigned Thursday morning in Niagara Falls City Court on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.  Judge Anthony Morinello set the bail so high because Maikranz is considered a flight risk.

He waved his right to a felony hearing, and the case will now go to a grand jury.

Police said they got new leads after they released surveillance photos of the car they had been looking for since the crash last Wednesday. 

"We receicved over 60 plus on this. Had enough information to obtain a search warrant, " said Officer James VanEgmond. 

Upcoming Entertainment at Seneca Casinos: June 2012 Update

Upcoming Entertainment at Seneca Casinos: June 2012 Update

Seneca Casinos announces a slew of new shows lined up for September at its properties.  Coming to the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls on Sept. 22 is legendary classic rock band Cheap Trick.  Another celebrated classic rock group, Bachman & Turner, will be “takin’ care of business” on Sept. 15 at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, followed by a five-day Country Music All-Star Tribute later in the month.  Rounding out September are four accomplished acts in the intimate Bear’s Den Showroom in Niagara Falls: Great Big Sea, Ramsey Lewis Electric Band, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, and The Rippingtons.

Krull Park in Running for Coca-Cola's "Favorite Park"

Krull Park in Running for Coca-Cola's "Favorite Park"

Once again, Olcott Beach, N.Y. is trying to show America that it is a great destination vacationer. Krull Park is in the running for Coca-Cola's "America's Favorite Park." The contest is part of the third annual "America Is Your Park" campaign by the beverage maker.

Between now and July 15, 2012, online voting can help Krull Park win a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola. By logging on to https://apps.facebook.com/coca-colaparks/, you can vote online or on Foursquare. For online voting, you can use the map to search for Krull Park. By clicking the "vote" button, one vote is earned for your park. You can vote as many times as you like.

If you have a Foursquare account, you can earn 100 votes when you "check in" from Krull Park.