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February 23, 2014

GLYNN: Mayors say their efforts are slighted

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A CLOSE CALL: Firemen rescued two race horses last week from a large pond in Stevensville, Ont., close to Crystal Beach. One of the horses was coaxed out of the freezing water but the firefighters used a winch to pull the second one free. Witnesses praised the efforts of the firemen. The good news: a vet confirmed the horses emerged in fine shape, On a related noted, the Fort Erie Race Track will resume operations this spring, contrary to earlier reports there would be thoroughbred racing at the once-popular oval.

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SIGN OF THE SEASON: As you might expect with a break in the weather, those potholes are back to haunt motorists. Public works employees in countless Western New York areas will have their hands full. And, of course, some people argue that the pothole they struck is worse than any other around.

At present, on Whirlpool Street close to the exit at the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, there are holes where you could easily damage or destroy a tire. Fortunately, the worst section is blocked by cones but it still creates a real eyesore for motorists entering the U.S. and turning right toward downtown Niagara Falls. 

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HELPING HANDS DEPT.: If you’re planning on attending the St. Patrick’s Day Party March 17 at the Conference and Events Center Niagara Falls, remember the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies AOH will be collecting non-perishable food items at the door. Kathleen G. Florence, a spokesperson for the AOH celebration that will include one of the world’s shortest parades, said all donations will go the Heart, Love & Soul Food Pantry, 939 Ontario Ave., Niagara Falls.

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TRIVIA QUIZ: Name the New York-based magazine that ceased publication in 1972 after 36 years of publication. (Answer Thursday).

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “He talks the talk — but won’t walk the walk” — a New York Post reference to New York City Mayor de Blasio caught on camera in a blatant jaywalking violation. The new mayor has been preaching pedestrian safety from the day he took office.

Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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