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Niagara Falls: WNY Land Conservancy announces ‘Restore the Gorge

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From Niagara Frontier Publications:

The Western New York Land Conservancy invites the community to attend a project unveiling at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Niagara Falls Public Library, for “Restore the Gorge,” its planned ecological restoration of the Niagara Gorge.

With funding from phase two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative, the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee, and Empire State Development’s Yahoo! Community Fund for Niagara County, the Land Conservancy has been awarded $2.1 million to undertake a three-year ecological restoration project in the Niagara Gorge – from the Gorge Discovery Center to Devil’s Hole State Park. This habitat restoration project is a separate and distinct effort from the removal of the Niagara Scenic Parkway from Main Street to Findlay Drive, but the two projects will take place concurrently and collaboratively.

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Tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls dies

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From Yahoo! News:

The celebrated French tightrope walker and chair-balancer known as Henry’s, who balanced high above the Alps, Niagara Falls and for months over a supermarket in his hometown, has died…

At Niagara Falls in 1975, he balanced on a platform attached to a motorcycle that his friend rode across the cable over the Whirlpool Rapids, all while Rechatin’s wife hung from a pole he carried on his shoulders, according to the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Historic photos in Falls going digital

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From the Buffalo News:

Many of the Niagara Falls Public Library’s historical pictures of the city are falling apart.

That’s to be expected – some are 150 years old.

The roughly 10,000 historic photographs in the archives of the Local History Department are being given new life thanks to a new digitization project at the library by City Historian Christopher R. Stoianoff.

“There’s a need for it, that’s the biggest thing,” Stoianoff said when asked how the effort began.

The photographs, contained in a half-dozen filing cabinets, are the most heavily used and handled items in the Local History Department.

It’s a preservation issue, both for the quality of the pieces – some of which are crumbling – as well as to prevent more photographs from “disappearing” from the library.

The goal is to have all the images accessible online through the library’s website.

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