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September 10, 2021

“One Year After” 9/11 remembered 19 years later

New York City, 2002 — “Sometimes your feelings become your memories.”

Steven Whipple said that’s when he realized his recollection of Sept. 11 was bogus.

Because he lived just two miles from the smoldering, stinking, spewing nightmare of Ground Zero, the former Albion resident reported his Greenwich Village neighborhood seemingly deserted for weeks.

“It was a ghost town,” he said. “No cars, no horns, no people and the restaurants were all shut down.” Then he consulted his journal, which told a different story. “Actually, it says here that it lasted only three days.”

Three days. Three weeks. Or 365 [...]

 
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August 24, 2021

Family of North Tonawanda resident hoping for miracle they’ll somehow escape Kabul

A former translator for U.S. forces in Afghanistan — who’s now living in North Tonawanda — has been trying desperately for weeks to aid his family trapped in Kabul.

Phone messages and emails left to senators and congressmen have gone answered during that time, and the University at Buffalo graduate in structural engineering is losing sleep while feeling helpless at his family’s plight. (Because of the extreme danger facing his family in Kabul, the subject’s name is being withheld.)

After working for the U.S. government from 2010-2014, he was granted a visa and eventually became a U.S. citizen.

He’s now pursuing a [...]

 
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June 3, 2021

EDITORIAL: It’s not the end of the world as we know it

Four LGBTQ Pride Flags were raised across Niagara on Tuesday, and the county is better off for it.

Not only is it the right thing to do — granting representation to communities that have been historically denied it and are still discriminated against — it’s also the smart thing to do for a county that’s pinning much of its future hopes on expanding tourism.

For Niagara County to truly succeed Niagara Falls has to become the thriving economic engine it once was and could be again.

Tourism is a big part of what’s keeping the city afloat through its tough times now, and it’s also the hope for a thriving city in the [...]

 
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May 13, 2021

Swerves unnerve motorists at busy boulevard intersection; no fix until “early summer”

It hits like a sledgehammer if you’re not driving a heavy-duty truck.

The rubber rail crossings at Niagara Falls Blvd. and Erie Avenue/Shawnee Road have worn away and exposed an increasingly dangerous amount of track, especially considering the 40-mph posted limit on the stretch.

So drivers are increasingly doing whatever it takes to avoid it, risking an accident until the worst case scenario finally occurs. (Crossing from North Tonawanda on NFB toward Wheatfield sees the greatest amount of rail exposed.)

“We have been reaching out to CSX — as this is their property — for a few months,” said 3rd Ward Alderman Eric [...]

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