Niagara Gazette — EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Don Glynn’s forecast for 2014. Last year, the margin of error was 99.8 percent.
JAN. 1: New Year’s reception at city hall erupts into heated debate when Mayor Dyster asks city council to approve a $75,000 pay hike for city administrator.
JAN. 10: City Administrator Donna Owens discloses that she has turned down lucrative job offers in Malta Bend, Mo., Big Tree, Ore., and Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada.
FEB. 2: (Ground Hog Day) Punxsutawney Phil spots his shadow, a sign that the final design for the north section of the Moses Parkway won’t be released for another six months.
MARCH 17: Twenty-inch snowfall paralyzes City of Niagara Falls. Seneca Niagara Casino has record attendance.
MARCH 25: Canada Post raises cost of first-class stamp to $1 and ends all home delivery.
MARCH 26: Gridlock at international bridges. Niagara Falls Bridge commission officials say the four-hour delays to cross the border are due to Canadians bringing their mail to the Main Post Office here.
APRIL 1: Gov. Cuomo to visit Niagara Falls next week to distribute report cards to pupils at Henry J. Kalfas Elementary School.
APRIL 10: Latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Cuomo’s approval rating has dropped 37 points. Downstate residents livid that the governor spends too much time in Lewiston, Wrights Corners, Middleport and Newfane.
APRIL 15: A banner headline in the Albany Times Union: “Cuomo to Stay Overnight in Capital.”
MAY 1: Math scores of middle school students in the Niagara Falls School District lowest in the state.
MAY 7: Niagara Falls Board of Education approves hiring two new specialists, at $110,000 each, to study the reasons for poor math scores.
MAY 26: Tourist season kicks off with countless Greenpeace activists protesting the start of another jet boat operation in the lower Niagara River.
MAY 29: Jet boat crews from both sides of the border rescue Greenpeace demonstrators who were dumped into the river when their sailboat flipped over.