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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.

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!