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Niagara Falls, Ont., mayor endorses stunt by Wallenda

The mayor of Niagara Falls, Ont., has given his endorsement to plans for a high-wire walk across the Niagara River above Niagara Falls, State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, reports.

In a letter to Maziarz, Mayor James Diodati declared that the performance planned by daredevil Nik Wallenda would put Niagara Falls in the spotlight around the world. Last week, the State Legislature approved a special measure to allow the walk within one year after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signs the bill into law. The measure provides that the Wallendas pay for the expenses for the event.

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Letter calls for restoration of homeland security funding

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz on Tuesday released a letter he wrote to New York's two U.S. senators, asking them to support legislation that would restore federal homeland security funding to the Buffalo Niagara region.

Thomas Beatty, chief deputy of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, said the region is losing out on $5.2 million this fiscal year, divided among Buffalo, Erie County and Niagara County. The latter would have received $875,000 until the Obama administration decided to limit funding to 10 of the nation's largest cities.

Glatz asked Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to back an amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, that passed the House on June 2, restoring funding in 2011-12 for smaller metro areas.

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'Feast for Niagara' to partner with Niagara restaurants

The United Way of Greater Niagara today will sponsor its first "Feast for Niagara," in partnership with restaurants from throughout Niagara County.

Participating restaurants will donate a percentage of their receipts for the day to support United Way programs and services.

" 'Feast for Niagara' is an opportunity for people to not only get out and enjoy a meal together, but also to support Niagara County restaurants and our friends and neighbors from throughout the county who depend on United Way-sponsored programs and services at the same time," said Carol Houwaart-Diez, president of United Way of Greater Niagara.

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'Summerfest' makes its debut at Porter on the Lake Park

YOUNGSTOWN -- A new festival, "Summerfest," will be held from 2 to 11 p.m. Sunday at Porter on the Lake Park, on Dietz Road, off of Route 18.

The summer festival replaces the previous Labor Day event known Labor Fest. The family event is being held to benefit the park and is a full day festival featuring food, vendors, beer and wine, as well as three local bands: 90 West, JJ Swing Band and Rip & the Bandogs.

Children's activities will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., and the evening will conclude with a fireworks display over Lake Ontario.

Admission is $5 per adult, with children 12 and under free.