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December 29, 2012

GLYNN: Looking back on the 2012 predictions

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Niagara Gazette — • JUNE 10: Seneca Niagara Casino reports record revenues for 2011, up 50 percent from year ago.

JUNE 11: U.S. District Court, Buffalo, reports 50 percent increase in personal bankruptcy filings during 2011.

JUNE 30: Supervisor Reiter defends $250,000 expenditure to refurbish boarded-up toll booths at Joseph Davis State Park.

JULY 1: The Walmart store on Military Road initiates lottery system to limit the number of people entering the store per hour.

JULY 15: New “Move Over” law in state now includes teenage pedestrians walking five-abreast on sidewalks or streets.

AUG. 16: West Coast-based developer proposes an outdoor food market for Lewiston Road, between Ontario and College avenues.

SEPT. 1: Restaurateur Eddie Gadawski heads local excursion to Dublin, Ireland, for Notre Dame vs. Navy football game. No meals aboard seven-hour flight but pierogies served every 15 minutes.

SEPT. 3: Volunteer firemen from Thorold, Ont., heading to Youngstown field day, detained at bridge when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers contend that equipment on their 1917 pumper could be used as weapons.

OCT. 13: Re-enactment of the Battle of Queenston Heights draws 25,000 people to village on the Canadian side of the river. Meanwhile, in Lewiston, most businesses close and flags flying at half staff. “There’s nothing to celebrate,” says a disgruntled bar owner, “They whipped us that day (Oct. 13, 1812).”

OCT. 20: On campaign stop in Niagara Falls, Newt Gingrich stays at rundown Niagara Falls Boulevard motel. He explains he would have stayed in “better digs” but he’s still trying pay off a $300,000 fine for ethics violation.

NOV. 6: Despite headline (“Romney Romps”) in early edition of the Chicago Tribune, Obama re-elected. • NOV. 20: Interim Police Chief John Chella weighs possibility of re-submitting retirement papers to Albany.

DEC. 25: Buffalo Bills hike ticket prices and parking lot fees. No beer to be sold after the first quarter. Owner Ralph Wilson says, “We want to keep our loyal fans happy.”

DEC. 31: Second annual ball drop at Johnston’s Restaurant, Ransomville, attracts nearly 15 people. Chairman Lou Black: “It’s getting bigger every year.”

Happy New Year!

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

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