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Nik Wallenda: Permits Granted by State

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- We're getting closer to the day when Nik Wallenda will attempt his Walk in 2 History.

On Tuesday, a spokesman for the agent representing Wallenda told 2 On Your Side that the necessary permits were signed in Albany. Wallenda's attorney was in the state capitol for a final staging meeting on the event. Signing the permits was part of the plan.

New York State Senator George Maziarz believes Wallenda was wiring the State Parks department $50,000 as part of the $150,000 cost associated with the event.

His tight-rope walk over Niagara Falls is next Friday. 
Monday morning, stake holders in the Cataract City met to continue making their final preparations for thousands of spectators.

New Board of SPCA of Niagara Officially Seated

NIAGARA FALLS, NY- It's a major step in the rebuilding process of the SPCA of Niagara as a new board was seated Tuesday night. Six months after the shelter's scandal first surfaced, the current board of directors was wiped clean, and the new board is now in place, ready to put the past behind them.

Among the group of 15 new board members for the Niagara County SPCA is a veterinarian, a lawyer, a CPA, two vet techs, and professionals in the community, just to name a few.

"I feel a great group of 15 members has been elected to help move the SPCA forward," said new Board member Bob Richardson.

Grand Island Business Brings Japan to WNY

Serene Gardens has a charming background. Josh Smith, a Buffalo native, moved back from Japan with his wife (a Japan native) Satomi. They are sharing their passions for Japanese cuisine, teas, horticulture, and music. Josh's brother Matt is running a full-fledged nursery to compliment Serene Gardens' outstanding cafe and gift shop.


Here is the website!

Business First: Sweet Home Ranks Highest in Teacher Salaries

BUFFALO, NY - Business First has released its list of annual ratings of educators' pay.

Their report finds salaries for teachers in the Sweet Home School District are higher than in any other WNY school district.

The results are based on an analysis of salary levels at five selected points in teachers' careers.

Rounding out the top five for teacher pay are: Williamsville, Lackawanna, North Tonawanda and Orchard Park.

A database to locate your school district can be found on the Business First website:  bizjournals.com/buffalo.

Business First's database contains salaries for more than 80,000 educators in the 16 western-most counties of New York.

Olcott Beach Reels in Title of "Ultimate Fishing Town"

Olcott Beach Reels in Title of "Ultimate Fishing Town"

Olcott Beach may be considered small by population standards, but the area showed they don't think or act that way. Thanks to over 130,000 votes placed, Olcott Beach, N.Y., has achieved the title of "Ultimate Fishing Town" from the World Fishing Network (WFN). Official verification will come on June 6.

Over 100 people came to celebrate the fete at the Town of Newfane community center on May 31, 2012. They were joined, via Skype, by Hastings, Ont. That community and Newfane-Olcott Beach came together to assist in voting. Hastings achieved the Ultimate Fishing Town title held in Canada by WFN. 

A true bi-national effort that proved when communities work together, big things can happen. 

Helping Endangered Bats Through Art

The relationship between art and nature has gone hand in hand throughout history. From primitive cave drawings, to the paintings of John James Audubon, the realm of nature has always been an inspiration to artists.

But Nature Art can go beyond just depicting beautiful scenery, and such is the aim of the 'Bat Cloud' installed recently at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo.

The aerial sculptures are not only graceful and beautiful, but will also provide a habitat for bats, and pique awareness as well.

"People aren't really aware how beneficial they are and how important they are," says Joyce Hwang, the artist of the Bat Cloud. "So I thought it would be an interesting thing and a great thing to make something that would instigate a sense of curiosity about bats, so they aren't seen as these vicious, rabid animals."

Class AA Softball-Clarence 18 Niagara Falls 5

SANBORN, N.Y.-Clarence beat Niagara Falls 18-5 Saturday in the Class AA championship game at Niagara Wheatfield.

The Red Devils blasted six home runs in the win. Moriah Harris was three for three with three home runs and four rbi's. Alyssa Dewes had two hit including a home run and three rbi's. Tori Nappo had four hits, three doubles and a home run and she drove in three runs. Lauren Muni also homered for the Red Devils. Jill Horvath had three hits and four runs batted in. Nappo and Harris hit back to back home runs in the first inning after two were gone.

Clarence was trailing until the fifth inning when they exploded for six runs. They added three more in the sixth and six more in the seventh inning.  

Head coach Todd Banasak told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "I think the girls are really excited because we made it to the Sectional finals last year and got beat late. We're doing a really good job of taking it one game at time."