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Krull Park Beach Reopens

Niagara County Department of Health has rescinded a beach advisory at Krull Park beach.

 Water Quality is once again suitable for recreational swimming

 Niagara County, New York, 08/18/2010: Recent surveillance sampling conducted on August 16, 2010, by the Niagara County Department of Health at Krull Park beach has determined that the water is suitable for swimming. The Niagara County Department of Health will continue to monitor water quality closely and will immediately notify the public of any problems associated with water quality.

 Additional information is posted on the Niagara County web site at www.niagaracounty.com

  • Questions regarding this advisory should be directed to Ronald Gwozdek, P.E. at 716-439-7452.

Niagara Falls Sports Fest 2010 Set for Saturday

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-The Niagara Falls Youth Bureau, in cooperation with the City Council and the Office of the Mayor, is sponsoring "Sports Fest 2010" this Saturday.

The free day of sporting competition will take place at Sal Maglie Stadium. Sign-in begins at 8 AM. An awards ceremony will take place at 6:30.

Soccer and basketball teams will be formed in the following ages:

-Soccer: ages 8-9, 10-11, 12-13

-Basketball: ages 12-13, 14-15, 16-17

Refreshments will be available for the athletes. If you need additional information or would like to volunteer to help make the event a success, call Patricia Davis at 923-5232.

Niagara Co. Republican Chair Switches Support to Paladino

LOCKPORT, NY-The Niagara County Republican Chairman and Executive Committee Tuesday reversed course and endorsed Buffalo developer Carl Paladino for Governor.

Early in, the county GOP had thrown their support behind Republican candidate Rick Lazio.  With the addition of Niagara County, Paladino has now received the backing of five county Republican chairs including Cayuga, Genesee, Orleans and Erie counties.

"Niagara County's endorsement proves confidence is growing among leading Republicans who know it is time to rid Albany of the ruling class and bring good government back to the people of New York," said Paladino.

Local Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, who also serves as treasurer for the NYS Republican Party, was also on hand to endorse Paladino.

Metro Fare Information Meetings Scheduled

BUFFALO, NY-The NFTA has scheduled six hearings over the next two weeks to help the community understand Metro's new fare structure that takes effect on September 1st.

Metro is eliminating zones and zone charges, as well as moving from 12 different passes to two-the Metro Monthly pass and the Metro Day pass.

The first hearing takes place on Tuesday, August 17th from 10 AM- 1 PM at the Old First Ward Community Center on Republic St.

The schedule for the remainder of the hearings is as follows:

-Friday, August 20th, 2-4 PM at the University Rail Station at the South Campus on Main Street in Buffalo

-Monday, August 23rd, 9-11 AM at the Metropolitan Transportation Center located at 181 Ellicott Street in Buffalo

-Monday, August 23rd, 1-3 PM at the Niagara Falls Transportation Center located at 2250 Fashion Outlets Blvd. in Niagara Falls

Woman Charged with Taking Daughter to Base of Falls to Swim

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say an upstate New York woman has been charged with child endangerment after witnesses told police she took her daughter for a swim in the dangerous waters at the base of Niagara Falls. But the woman claims there were no posted warnings and no indication they strayed off an approved pathway. 

Police at Niagara Falls State Park say Jaime Lynn Bailey of Trumansburg was charged Wednesday evening after she took her daughter to an off-limits area at the base of the American side of the Falls.

Police say Bailey, the girl and two men had climbed over a stone wall to get to the restricted, boulder-strewn area, where witnesses reported seeing them in the water.

Bailey was charged with endangering the welfare of the child, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Stanley Cup in WNY Friday

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- For a few moments, the Hurricane Deck at the base of Niagara Falls was renamed the HurriKane -- with a "k" -- Deck as Buffalo-born Patrick Kane brought the Stanley Cup to western New York.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward posed for pictures Friday morning with his family on the wooden deck near the Bridal Veil Falls on the American side. He was given the key to the city and posed for pictures with fans.

It was the first of four stops Kane planned with the trophy Friday. The others include a visit to a Buffalo cancer hospital and a construction site where ironworkers scrawled their support on a sixth-floor steel beam.

A party with Buffalo police and firefighters at the New Era Cap Co. is the final stop.

The 21-year-old Kane scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime against the Flyers. Players on the winning team take turns showing off the prize.

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.