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Twenty questions answered for Niagara County quiz for 2006

These are the answers for the 2006 year-end quiz:

1. Spitzer and his family got wet on the Maid of the Mist boat ride during a late spring campaign swing through Niagara Falls.

2. Wal-Mart, which plans a 185,000-square-foot supercenter that would be the first major development in the Lumber City in decades.

3. An open casting call by CBS for the "Survivor" TV series, which ended up interviewing 240 possible contestants.

4. Udder Delights, a Gasport institution for 18 years, closed with the retirement of owner Sharon Palladino. The shop featured more than 600 kinds of gourmet ice cream in flavors like "Snickerdoodle" and "Moo Goo" -- all homemade and delicious. Twist o' the Mist ice cream stand, which had operated for 10 years near the foot of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, closed a month later. Although business was good, owner William Glasgow of Grand Island is looking for a new venture, employees told The Buffalo News in the fall. Glasgow also closed the Misty Dog Grill next door to the Twist.

5. Windmills. Somerset adopted laws permitting construction of both residential and commercial windmills, although no proposals have been brought to the town since the legislation was enacted.

6. The 18-acre Fallsville Splash Park and parking lot on John B. Daly Boulevard. The sale price of the defunct park, owned by a company controlled by Niagara Falls Redevelopment Corp., was $18 million.

7. Artpark performers included Little Feat, Jon Secada, America, Susan Tedaschi, Switch, Dickey Betts, Peter Frampton, Kim Mitchell, Styx, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, .38 Special and Los Lobos.

8. The collapse into the Niagara Gorge of the Schoellkopf Power Plant, which killed 39-year-old worker Richard Draper of Lewiston.

9. The Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, which still features its Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

10. The racketeering trial of four former members of Laborers Local 91 of Niagara Falls, when all four defendants accepted plea deals in federal court, requiring them to testify against other Niagara County union members in exchange for lighter prison sentences. Mark S. Congi, 46, of Youngstown, received the longest sentence of any defendant in one of the biggest labor racketeering cases ever prosecuted in Western New York. Congi, a former president of Local 91, was sentenced Dec. 20 to 15 years, after a prosecutor identified him as the leader and organizer of a "goon squad" that terrorized Niagara County work sites.

11. The proposed Gersh Academy. Kevin Gersh, 38, an administrator of Montessori schools on Long Island, plans to convert the former Lowry Middle School on Payne Avenue into a college-level school for special-needs students. He signed a contract in October 2005 to buy the school for $700,000 and made a $70,000 deposit. School district voters approved the sale Dec. 9, 2005. He said last year that he planned to open the school in January. He has yet to take occupancy, and the School Board is considering quashing the purchase agreement. District officials say Gersh was to have either closed on the deal by June or taken occupancy of the building, paying the district $5,000 a month rent until the sale was finalized.

12. Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown converted an old warehouse into the new center that features the original garrison flag that flew over the fort during the War of 1812.

13. The Underground Railroad, featuring old photographs of such famous "conductors" as Harriet Tubman, as well as documents that include the original 1862 ledger of people who helped fugitive slaves.

14. Niagara Falls City Councilman Lewis Rotella.

15. Local officials say the property tax break for AES Corp.'s Somerset power plant will cost Niagara County taxpayers at least $40 million -- and perhaps more than twice that amount. The IDA unanimously approved the tax break as an incentive for AES to apply to build a second power plant on the multinational corporation's property along Lake Road. The company did submit a proposal, but earlier this month the New York Power Authority, which will buy electricity produced at the new clean coal-fired plant, chose a proposal from NRG, which wants to build a plant on its Huntley property in the Town of Tonawanda.

16. Mount View Health Facility in Lockport. The County Legislature voted 14-5 on June 20 to sell the 172-bed facility to Senior Associates, an Amherst company that owns nursing homes in Lewiston and Batavia, for $2.4 million. The sale hit a major snag last month when a state health care reform commission recommended Mount View be converted from a skilled nursing home to an assisted living facility, whose residents have differing needs and who receive far less in governmental assistance.

17. Along with the Mount View conversion, the commission recommended that Newfane Inter-Community and Lockport Memorial hospitals continue down a path of joint management; that DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda be converted into a nursing home; and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston merge into a joint operation.

18. Clayton "Iceberg" Green of Byrd Avenue, who pleaded guilty after state investigators charged 16 people in the wiretap-driven probe of his operation. He is the brother of Donald "Sly" Green, 47, leader of Buffalo's notorious "LA Boys" drug gang of the 1980s and early 1990s, who is serving a life sentence for murder, and Gary "Jughead" Green, 46, who is serving a life sentence on drug and weapons convictions.

19. The Thunderbirds, part of the U.S. Air Force Demonstration team, will be part of the 2007 Thunder of Niagara air show Aug. 11 and 12 at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Members of the Niagara Military Affairs Council and local politicians were able to persuade the Thunderbirds to make another appearance for the free show, which had been canceled three times since the start of the Iraq War. The team's last public visit to the air base was in 2001.

20. Maid of the Mist, whose Captain Richard Schuyler relinquished control of the helm after 32 years piloting the famous tour boats.

Gail Franklin, Pam Kowalik, Bill Michelmore, Thomas J. Prohaska, Scott Scanlon and Laura E. Winchester of the News Niagara Bureau and Niagara Correspondent Teresa Sharp contributed to this quiz.


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