1. The Seneca Nation of Indians opened the 257-acre Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in June.
The $25.5 million course on Creek Road in Lewiston is the nation's first economic-development project off reservation land in Niagara County. The course was ranked No. 6 on Golf magazine's Best New Golf Courses You Can Play in 2010.
2. Crego bragged about where he worked on Facebook and other social networking sites and boasted he was on the lam from assault and driving while ability impaired by alcohol charges in Lockport.
In February, Lockport Police Capt. Richard L. Podgers, chief of detectives, wrote a thank-you note on one of Crego's social networking pages, after authorities picked up Crego at the tattoo parlor where he worked in Terre Haute, Ind.
"There was so much information that he may just as well have drawn a road map for investigators," Podgers said.
When Crego was brought back on March 2 and held on bail until he was sentenced July 14 to six months in jail for bail-jumping, which he has served concurrently with a sentence of a year and 15 days for the assault and DWAI cases.
3. John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston.
Ceretto revealed in an interview published Oct. 17 in The Buffalo News that Maziarz, then-county Republican Chairman Henry F. Wojtaszek and Chairman-to-be Michael J. Norris had asked him in a conference call to run in the 138th District. When Ceretto broke the news to his wife Beth, she replied, "John, they asked me for permission." Permission was granted, and Ceretto won the election.
4. The Lockport School District, where voters were the only ones in the county to turn down a 2010-11 budget proposal.
In this case, the budget included a 6.99 percent increase in the tax levy and the closing of two elementary schools. Those outcomes didn't change after the School Board adopted a contingency budget on the evening after the defeat at the hands of voters. Under the contingency budget, public groups have to pay to use district facilities, Superintendent Terry Ann Carbone said, and the district also generally will not be able to purchase new equipment over $500.
5. The Niagara Parks Commission in Ontario has opened its docking lease for Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. to competition for the first time in the company's history.
In August, the parks agency issued a "request for proposals" from other companies interested in operating boat tours below the falls from the Canadian shoreline. Officials have said they expect to make a decision in the spring.
The company, a Canadian subsidiary of American Maid of the Mist Corp., has operated boat tours below the falls for 125 years. It stores and docks boats on the Canadian side of the Niagara River, but also holds a long-term lease with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in New York to operate boats from Niagara Falls State Park on the U.S. side of the border.
6. The daughter of a North Tonawanda Common Council member, the nephew of the district attorney, and a Wilson village trustee.
In July, The News and other media outlets reported that Sara E. Donovan, the daughter of North Tonawanda Alderwoman Nancy A. Donovan, was allowed to plead to speeding and a traffic violation after being charged with DWI after a property damage car crash.
The News reported earlier this month that Timothy L. Violante, nephew of District Attorney Michael J. Violante, was allowed to plead guilty to driving at an imprudent speed and disobeying a traffic device after slamming into a snowbank in December 2008 and being charged with DWI. The News also reported that James J. O'Donnell III was allowed to plead to speeding and failure to keep right in August 2008, a couple of months after becoming a Wilson village trustee, after being charged with DWI.
An investigation by the newspaper revealed that such pleas are rare in drunken-driving cases.
7. The Gateway Harbor Concert Series.
The series was to consist of six free Saturday night concerts in Gateway Harbor Park on the Erie Canal, but struggled to gain sponsorship funds, organizers said. Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas, the nonprofit committee that took over organizing the concerts in 2009, lost money on the endeavor in its first year, and raised even less for this year's shows before they were dumped.
8. Edward M. Lilly.
Lilly, who served on the board for 12 years before losing in a re-election bid in 2009, ran again this spring. His candidacy was the main driver for many people who went to the polls.
Lilly had previously admitted to helping to distribute a weekly publication around the Lewiston and Porter area critics said carried hateful messages. Incumbent James Sperduti and newcomers Jodee Riordan and Dr. Jerome Andres were elected to the board.
9. Jeffrey M. Glatz (pictured on the cover of this section).
Glatz, of North Tonawanda, a veteran nursing home administrator, was hired in September to succeed Gregory D. Lewis as county manager.
Legislature Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso, D-Niagara Falls, went on the record with the revelation that he had received the name of the next manager from a confidential Republican source last spring, before the applications even were sought. He had shown a piece of paper with Glatz's name on it to a reporter in what at the time was an off-the-record conversation.
10. Dennis F. Cherry, 64, a soft-spoken Army veteran, told The News he was protecting himself when he used an assault rifle to shoot at a car backing out of his Royalton garage.
He said he believed that two burglars -- one whom was his stepdaughter -- had a handgun taken in a previous burglary of his Akron Road home, and were on drugs during a second break-in on Jan. 21.
Cherry said he wasn't trying to kill anyone, just stop the car, and aimed only at the tires and radiator, not the windshield. No one was hurt, but Cherry faced felony charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief for taking 15 shots at the car as his stepdaughter's friend was fleeing. Fourteen of those 15 shots hit the car.
The charges against Cherry were reduced to misdemeanors and was given a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in Lockport Town Court on April 15.
One of the intruders, Anibal R. Cordero, 25, of Buffalo, was sentenced Oct. 5 to a year in Niagara County Jail on a reduced plea to attempted third-degree criminal possession of .357 Magnum, which had been stolen from Cherry's home Jan. 19.
Cherry's stepdaughter, Jenna Zsebhazy, 19, could face up to seven years in state prison on felony charges of attempted second-degree burglary when she is sentenced late next month.
11. The City of Lockport.
The city plans to seek bids for a privatized garbage system, including recycling pickup. All other communities in the county already have recycling bins, with the Town of Niagara the last to start.
12. The restoration of the 19th century "Flight of Five" Erie Canal locks.
Richard M. Kessel, Power Authority president and chief executive officer, visited Lockport during the summer to look at the locks. Kessel expressed interest in helping the project as part of a larger aid package for Niagara County. So far, nothing has been announced.
13. Eva J. Hedges was arrested.
Hedges, 64, formerly of Fourth Street in the Falls, was being held on $50,000 bail as of the middle of last week on three felony counts charging her with forging documents to fraudulently receive public assistance. She was arrested Nov. 15, when she returned to the area from her native Poland.
Hedges became a public figure Aug. 14, 2008, after her son Timothy led a large group of children from the New York City area into the Niagara Gorge, and one of them, Magdalena Lubowska, slipped into the Niagara River and drowned. Hedges has not been charged in the girl's death, but her son, who remains in Poland, is now wanted on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment. Eva Hedges had previously been fined $2,000 for running an illegal bed and breakfast in her Falls neighborhood. She was advertising to parents of Polish descent who had children looking to spend vacation time in the Falls.
14. Wilson School Superintendent Michael S. Wendt.
Wendt was with his father, two sons and two friends baling hay on his 33-acre farm near the Hollands International Airport when the Cessna 185 owned by Frontier Skydivers went down in a wooded area nearby.
Rescuers called it a miracle that all but one of the skydivers and the pilot escaped with non-life-threatening injuries.
"If anybody believes in divine intervention, maybe God had a hand in this," Wendt said. His son, Stephen, agreed: "We had six people there helping out, most [including the superintendent] with medical training, before any emergency staff even arrived."
The town reduced the number of employees with cell phones by almost half, from 88 to 48, but still had nearly three times as many as the next-most-generous town in the county.
16. Former Wheatfield Supervisor Timothy E. Demler.
Demler was part of a slate of candidates in a primary for town Republican committee seats. All but one of the candidates on Demler's side were defeated.
17. Anello pleaded guilty to filing false statements with an electrical workers union in September. He was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison.
Anello was under the scrutiny of federal prosecutors during three of the four years of his mayoral term. Prosecutors initially accused him of depriving the citizens of Niagara Falls of his honest services when he accepted $40,000 in loans from Anderson. The federal government dropped that case earlier this year after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it more difficult to prosecute "honest services" cases.
18. The proposed Walmart Supercenter at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Erie Avenue, which became the subject in a federal lawsuit in October.
That suit contends that Walmart, the City of North Tonawanda and the state Department of Transportation violated the federal Clean Water Act during the demolition of the former Melody Fair site, part of the proposed Walmart project.
The process of getting the municipal approvals for the project began in late 2006. A group called North Tonawanda First filed a total of five suits in State Supreme Court involving the Walmart project -- one in October 2008, two in November 2009, as well as one in February of this year and another in July.
19. Anthony J. Allen, 19, of Rochester, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the June 2009 slaying of youth counselor Renee C. Greco of Buffalo.
On Dec. 10, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza sentenced Allen to 25 years to life in prison, the maximum sentence available. She responded to him from the bench: "I have very rarely in my life looked into the eyes of a monster. From the moment I saw Mr. Allen, that was one of three [times]."
20. Old Falls Street.
The state completed a $12 million project in the spring to restore the downtown street. The three-block stretch of cobblestone now connects the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park to the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.
Falls Street, once known for its strip of shops and movie theaters, was demolished during Urban Renewal when the glass Wintergarden and the city's East and West Pedestrian Malls were constructed. The state tore down the Wintergarden in 2009 to make way for the recreated Old Falls Street.
21. Frank Parlato Jr.
Parlato announced in July he had sold his interest in One Niagara on Rainbow Boulevard to a local management group.
The nine-story building once housed offices for Occidental Chemical and was known as the "flash cube" for its holiday light display. It was the site of the failed AquaFalls project when Parlato first took over the building through foreclosure in late 2004. The building at the time was best known for a 40-foot pit that was dug on the property to prepare it for an underground aquarium.
Parlato, an unconventional developer who briefly ran the building on cooking oil and threatened to operate slot machines on its ninth floor, filled in the hole and opened the first floor of the building as a tourist welcome center.
Attorney Paul Grenga now heads a group of investors who control the building.
22. County Treasurer David S. Broderick.
Broderick cited ill health, although he had been the subject of a state investigation over his handling of estate cases. In March, Gov. David A. Paterson appointed Kyle R. Andrews, a Wilson Democrat, to succeed Broderick. Andrews was elected without opposition to a full term in November.
23. Jeffrey B. Pasquantino worked on then-Superintendent Carmen A. Granto's home and did other side jobs while on the clock for the school district over a period of more than two years, according to a private investigators' report and personnel records obtained by The Buffalo News in the spring.
Investigators found him shopping, in Off-Track Betting parlors and in other locations off school property while getting paid by taxpayers over a period from 2004 to 2006. Pasquantino also received added benefits in the time before he resigned, including more than a month's worth of extra sick days and $12,000 in stipends. He also got $25,000 for unused sick and personal time when district officials allowed him to resign. He did not face any criminal charges.
24. Hundreds of breast cancer survivors, supporters and loved ones -- wearing pink T-shirts and holding pink scarves -- stretched across the Rainbow Bridge on Oct. 28 to create a living pink ribbon, while the mighty cataracts were bathed in pink.
The Hard Rock Cafes on both sides of the border hosted the first event of its kind in the Falls -- noting that breast cancer knows no boundaries -- to benefit both the American and Canadian cancer societies.
The Seneca Niagara Casino flashed a pink ribbon, and pink street lights also spread the theme for the evening.
25. In June, Lockport firefighter Michael Collette was seen in Buffalo News photos and television news videotape playing a bank guard in the Keanu Reeves movie "Henry's Crime," which filmed in Buffalo in December 2009.
Collette had been off work since March 2009 and underwent spinal surgery in September 2009. The city was seeking to fire him for fraud when he resigned. The state, however, gave him a disability retirement on half-pay until age 62.
Aaron Besecker, Nancy A. Fischer, Denise Jewell Gee, Thomas J. Prohaska and Scott Scanlon of The News Niagara staff contributed to this quiz.