Niagara Gazette

Opinion

January 5, 2014

GLYNN: Drones still on agenda at air base

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Niagara Gazette — On a positive note, drones are good for more than just hunting terrorists.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that it has been using drones (Predators) to keep tabs on the Mexican border since 2005. NASA deployed one (the Global Hawk) to study Hurricane Nadine. In Washington state, the Department of Transportation is seeking to use drones to help control avalanches. And the U.S. Forest Service eyes the drone as a vital tool in fighting forest fires.

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ACROSS THE BORDER: Talks are scheduled within the next two weeks between the Buffalo Bills and Rogers Media to possibly discuss the future of the Bills-in-Toronto series. Under the agreement, the Bills have been playing one of their eight regular season home games at the Rogers Centre, which is also home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Toronto Sun reported Saturday that the meeting would be held Jan. 12 although a Bills spokesman was quick to deny that any such session was planned.

For the record, attendance at those games have been disappointing. Five games are still on tap in Toronto over the next four years but, according to the Sun, NFL officials might be asked to discuss with Rogers a way to end what the newspaper described as “a PR nightmare for all involved.”

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TAKING A BREAK: Ashker’s Cafe and restaurant on Main Street,Youngstown. will be closed for two months, starting Monday. It is scheduled to re-open March 1, according to owner Angelo Ashker. The shutdown will obviously leave only one business operating on the east side of that small block, between Lockport Street and Hinman Street — Vince’s Barber Shop. The former Fyfe & Drum, a restaurant in the same block has been vacant for years because the new owner of the premises had a change in plans.

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TRIVIA QUIZ: What did the acronym SPUR stand for? Clue: It was an arm of the Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.(Answer Thursday)

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

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