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July 22, 2018

Corning GlassBarge fires up N.T. on tour of Erie Canal

Residents of the Twin Cities on Wednesday stepped onto a barge on the Erie Canal and learned about the art and science of glass and its role in the history of New York State.

“In 1868, the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company relocated to Corning N.Y., via the New York Waterways, and evolved into the company that is today known as Corning Inc.

To honor the 150th anniversary of this journey, the Corning Museum of Glass launched GlassBarge—a 30’ x 80’ canal barge equipped with its patented all-electric glassmaking equipment— in Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 17.

GlassBarge travelled north on the Hudson, then westward along the [...]

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August 6, 2017

Niagara Water Protectors march across Goat Island to highlight water’s sanctity

“Life is Water! Water is Life!”

On Saturday, Niagara’s Water Protectors called attention to the thousands of gallons of untreated sewer water and filter backwash discharged into the Lower Niagara River last week, taking place in front of hundreds of tourists — some of whom got sick, according to reports.

“Life is water! Water is life!” is what the marchers shouted out again and again in front of a different set of hundreds of tourists. They marched one mile onto Goat Island, to Terrapin Point, and then back across to the bridge.

At first, I was there as an observer, [...]

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March 31, 2017

Municipalities in Niagara urged to improve self-reporting, info on websites

If you’re wondering how to advance the existing state of affairs in Niagara County and Western New York then the subject of transparency in government deserves your sustained attention.

Unfortunately, our region currently suffers from local governments that don’t provide the kind of transparency its citizenry deserves.

“When government operates openly and honestly, we, the people, can hold our elected officials accountable, fulfilling our duties as an informed citizenry,” said Paul Wolf, an attorney based in Wulliams ville, who recently published a report about the level of transparency in WNY’s municipal websites.

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March 28, 2017

Taking the fight to Albany over pipeline, Pendleton station; questions over National Fuel lobbying, Maziarz connection

With less than two weeks until the DEC grants or denies “critical” permits for National Fuel’s proposed Northern Access Pipeline, residents from all over Niagara County travelled to Albany on Monday to remind state lawmakers of the environmental risks the 99-mile pipeline represents.

“It’s unbelievable,” says Lia Oprea, whose property is on the planned pipeline route. “My family has owned our land for four generations; we’ve been trout fishing in the area since the 1830s and our land is on the National Historic Register (as the Rider-Hopkins Farm and Olmsted Camp). Now, a multi-billion-dollar corporation wants to endanger our lives and our water so they [...]

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