Niagara Gazette


December 29, 2012

GLYNN: Looking back on the 2012 predictions


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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • NIA Bradberry, Bill mug BRADBERRY: Immigration issue belongs to everyone I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up my digital edition of the Washington Post yesterday and found something that I think captures part of the dilemma America faces right this minute; it's a simple question: Who are we, or to put it another way, what do we really stand for?

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Confer, Bob mug new CONFER: It's time the U.S. stopped giving aid to Israel When you see some of the atrocities that Israel has committed in Gaza, including last week's bombing of a United Nations school that was being used as a civilian emergency shelter, you should really wonder why we count them as an ally and why we devote so much of our financial and political resources to the scoundrels.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Higgs, Norma mug HIGGS: A cupcake gets the Niagara Beautification Commission spotlight Not a cupcake per se, but a cute shop in LaSalle operated by a "sweet" lady who is a real dynamo when it comes to running a business.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Glynn, Don mug [Duplicate] GLYNN: A key factor in luring the convention A natural wonder in the nation's oldest state park isn't the lone factor for selecting Niagara Falls as a convention site.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • SINGER: Regional poetry and sad realities If that isn't (or wasn't) poetry, I don't know what is! I'm referring to the self-satisfied, sluggish trot of ice chunks emanating from Lake Erie in early May 2014 -- sauntering, it felt, along the lovely Niagara.

    July 27, 2014

  • NIA Smith, Doug and Polly LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: Quest for an appointment comes up short We're rolling up our sleeves for Quest. The Big Mac of blood tests, the Tops of tourniquets, the Sears of screenings, opens on our Island at Monday's crack of dawn.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Davis, Vincent mug VINCENT DAVIS: Pledge your allegiance to the Slurpee, America's treat By now you must be aware that it is, in fact, summer. And since summer is a season not characterized by any obvious weather events (sometimes it's hot for days in a row, sometimes you get a bunch of rainy days and chilly nights) but instead activities, I'd like to bring attention to an underrated staple of summer sun enjoyment: Consuming the brain freeze-inducing snack classic, the Slurpee.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Hamilton, Ken mug HAMILTON: Popeye's '7-Minute' guide to educating southerners -- and me! Writer Mark Twain said that when he 14, his father was so ignorant that he could hardly stand to have the old man around. But upon turning 21, Twain said that he was astonished by how much his father had learned in just seven years.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA DeLuca, Michele mug DELUCA: Wegmans call warns of bad fruit I was humming to myself the other day, getting ready for work on a lovely summer morning, when I decided to check my messages on the house phone. I hit the play button and heard a message from Wegmans warning me about some fruit that I had bought at their store. As quick as that, a message with the scary potential to change my life or the life of someone I love.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Glynn, Don mug GLYNN: Ortt jumps on drive to repeal the SAFE Act It was a no-brainer for North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, a Republican candidate for the 62nd Senate District seat, to join the forces to repeal the state's SAFE Act.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page