niagara falls


Mon December 16, 2013
Workplace Exposure

Chemical exposure at Goodyear’s Niagara Falls plant will impact workers for years to come

Former Goodyear workers Diane and Harry Weist at home in western New York
Tom Dooley/WXXI

“You know the guys used to joke to me, they’d be like, man Goodyear’s been good to you Harry. They gave you a wife, because that’s where I met Diane, you have a father-in-law that you worked for, and the other thing you got at Goodyear was bladder cancer so you know, you got everything."

We’re well into the holiday season, when I sit down with Harry and Diane Weist in their renovated farmhouse in western New York. Our conversation’s interrupted a few times by their little chihuahua, who likes to get in on the act.

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Thu October 24, 2013

Remembering Love Canal, current residents say dangers still exist

Environmental activist Lois Gibbs (left) leads walking tour of her old neighborhood, which was heavily contaminated in the 1970s.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

In 1978, the government officially told residents in the Niagara Falls neighborhood that they were living in a toxic zone as their homes were built on an industrial waste site. Niagara Falls residents and activists commemorated the 35th anniversary of the Love Canal relocation on Tuesday with a walking tour.

The Love Canal case is considered by many to be a landmark in the development of the modern environmental movement.

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Fri September 27, 2013

Homemade Niagara-themed chocolates making it big in primetime

Owner of Niagara's Honeymoon Sweets Mary Ann Hess
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

One small Niagara Falls business owner is taking her sweet treats and positive attitude nationwide. It doesn’t matter whether Owner of Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets Marry Ann Hess is shaking hands with celebrities, molding chocolates or cutting hair, she’s gushing about western New York.

“I’m just a barber that made candy on the side for friends, now they’re calling me the first lady of chocolate in California,” said Hess.

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Fri June 14, 2013

Niagara Falls State Park getting major facelift

Rock of Ages

Niagara Falls State Park is going "from shabby to shining."  That's the message from Rose Harvey, the Commissioner of the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  Harvey joined local officials Friday to re-open several sections of the park that recently underwent renovations. 

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Mon May 13, 2013

Gillibrand pushes to promote tourism through 'Brand USA'

Niagara Falls is struggling to attract the tourists it once did.
Ashley Hassett WBFO

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was at Old Fort Niagara near Niagara Falls on Monday to announce that the federal government is working to draw more visitors the Buffalo/Niagara region. 

Gillibrand, a Democrat, says a new campaign by Brand USA is expected to promote the Greater Niagara Region as an international destination.

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