Niagara Gazette


May 20, 2013

CITY DESK: Buffalo bears, oh my!


Niagara Gazette — And now here comes Kali, another eye-catching little fuzzball that dominated newscasts and front pages last Thursday, even garnering a story about her arrival on the Associated Press wire.  

Dare I say it, these two little cubs have done more for regional exposure, community pride and commerce in the last few months than most officials elected or appointed in recent years. 

Forget the suits. Let’s get more bears. 

It’s a shame, really, that Buffalo is getting all the bear benefits while Niagara Falls has no Kali to call its own, no Luna to love. 

Darn that Buffalo, always robbing our brand and stealing the best ideas. 

As Kali or Luna might say, “GRRRR!”

Award winner

The announcement slipped under the radar for a few weeks, but it bears (pardon the pun) noting that the Empire State Development Corp. earlier this year bestowed one of its top honors on Chris Schoepflin, president of the state-run USA Niagara Development Corp. in downtown Niagara Falls. 

Schoepflin received the agency’s Outstanding Personal Service Award for 2012. ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams presented Schoepflin with the award during a ceremony in February at the ESD Western New York Regional Office. Schoepflin, a Falls native, was selected out of 440 employees across the state.

The Douglas B. Schelleng Outstanding Personal Service Award is presented once each year to an employee in the agency who: consistently performs at a high level; works well with and is well respected by colleagues;  exhibits personal integrity and honesty; contributes to personal and team accomplishments and has a positive attitude that improves everyone’s work environment. 

“This award is the pinnacle of awards for the ESD Recognition Committee and we believe it truly exemplifies exceptional individual accomplishment within our agency,” Adams said in a statement accompanying the award announcement. “As our Outstanding Personal Service award recipient, Christopher has demonstrated tremendous professionalism and dedication to the ESD mission and provided a long-lasting impact on his community and throughout the region.” 

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