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    The history of Chippawa

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    History came alive Sunday as Sherman Zavitz, the city’s official historian, hosted a walking tour of Chippawa.

    Before a crowd of 80 people, Zavitz said the area was first mentioned 339 years ago, even before there was a town.

    On Dec. 7, 1678, Louis Hennepin, a missionary and explorer, became the first European to view the mighty Niagara Falls.

    “He was awed by the spectacle,” Zavitz said. “He later wrote in his diary the falls were a vast and prodigious cadence of water falling down in an astonishing manner.”

    That night, Hennepin and his company set up camp alongside the Welland River, in an area now known as Kingsbridge Park.

    The walking tour focused on the history of the area on both sides of the river, commonly referred to as Chippawa Creek.

    Review columnist says goodbye

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Sherman Zavitz has closed the book on one chapter in his life.

    Over the past 26 years, he has written around 900 columns on local history for the Niagara Falls Review. His final Niagara Note column will appear in Saturday’s newspaper.

    “It has become increasingly difficult for me to come up with solid, entertaining, suitable topics,” said Zavitz, the official historian for the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Parks.

    “Rather than see the column decline in quality, I felt that maybe it’s time to retire. It was a tough decision to make.”

    Local historian Gromosiak honored for life’s work

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The imprint left by the career of Paul Gromosiak can be found across the world, from the knowledge of tourists who have taken home his books to the advances of the city of Niagara Falls which might not have happened without him.

    On Friday morning he was honored for his life’s work and the powerful impact it has had on Niagara Falls and Niagara County. Following a ceremony and a series of proclamations from city, county and state officials, a plaque in his honor was unveiled in Heritage Park in the Falls.

    Wallenda outlines plan for N Falls walk

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo (including a video):

    Nik Wallenda presented new plans to the Niagara Parks Commission, this week.

    The proposal outlined his exact path across the falls. Still, he’s walking a fine line with the Canadians and some in Niagara Falls.

    Niagara Falls historian Paul Gromoziak said, “Oh my God, it’s ridiculous to even contemplate such a thing! Leave the falls alone! If you want to walk on a rope, go some place else.”

    Gromoziak is outraged over Wallenda’s proposed stunt. Wallenda wants to cross the falls, on a tight rope, no wider than a nickel. Gromoziak says the state has reneged on its promise to keep the falls “natural” consenting to Wallenda’s walk.

    “And now by permitting this, this stunt to be performed, in the park, it’s opening the flood gates, I think, to many things similar to that come,” argued Gromoziak.

    From Hennepin to hydro

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    From the Niagara Falls Review (including a video):

    The area around Niagara Falls was to be preserved as “a mecca of peace” for the “millions of overworked and tired humanity” to enjoy, according to John Langmuir, the second chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission.

    A century and a quarter after it was created, the parks commission is still meeting that objective, said historian Sherman Zavitz, who quoted Langmuir’s vision during a walking tour of Queen Victoria Park Sunday.

    “He thought about that for a while before he wrote those lines,” Zavitz said.

    Sunday’s tour was one of the events marking this year’s 125th anniversary of the Niagara Parks Commission’s creation in 1885. Zavitz will lead a second free tour Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., leaving from the parks police station.

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