Niagara Gazette


February 28, 2014

CHEERS & JEERS: The best -- and worst -- of the week for Feb. 28

Niagara Gazette — • CHEERS: Congratulations to the Niagara Falls girls basketball team for their Section VI Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal win over Lancaster. It was an especially big game for Victoria Pryor who led the way for the Wolverines. The Falls will now take on third-seeded Williamsville North on tonight at Kenmore West in the semifinals.

CHEERS: The Isaiah 61 Project’s work in the Falls continues to grow — to the benefit of the city. The Niagara Falls City Council approved a measure that will allow the nonprofit housing initiative to “pre-dismantle” houses set to be demolished by city contractors and use the salvaged materials in a planned reuse center. The agency’s program coordinator, Jim Haid, told council members the dismantlement program will save money for the city, create revenue for his group and reduce the amount of waste created by demolitions. We’ve mentioned how valuable this relatively new program is to the city’s revitalization and we’re happy to see its mission expand.

CHEERS: Speaking of housing and rebuilding the city, the Niagara Falls City Council approved a contract that will see Regional Environmental Demolitions, Inc. take down 20 vacant and dilapidated houses, mostly in the Center City and Memorial Parkway neighborhoods. With the casino cash back in the city’s coffers it’s great to see Falls officials keep up with demolitions in the city.

JEERS: Ok, Mother Nature, we’ve had enough. A brutal, Arctic wind is blowing us into March with more snow expected to follow. It’s has been a rough, rough winter with all the snow and frigid temps and we’d like to see a little light at the end of the tunnel — spring is officially two and a half weeks away. Let’s see some weather that reflects that.

JEERS: Speaking of the frigid winter, it’s gonna have a little bit of a lasting effect — potholes. They’re everywhere and they’re bad. And don’t worry, city officials are well aware of the problem. “We’ve asked the police to make note of where they’ve seen the biggest potholes so we can get to them first,” Mayor Paul Dyster said. “(The problem is so bad), instead of doing entire streets, as we normally would, we’re trying to run to the worst (potholes), wherever that are, to address them.” It’s also another reason to look forward to warmer weather — Niagara Falls Director of Public Works Dave Kinney said pothole repair will be his number one priority when the weather breaks.

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