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Wallenda to greet sponsors on Canadian side after feat

NIAGARA FALLS -- Nik Wallenda will greet corporate sponsors and hold a news conference on the Canadian side of the falls after his wire-walk Friday night.

State Sen. George D. Maziarz announced last week that Wallenda would hold a news conference and after-party on the American side of the falls, but the senator now says the event will most likely happen on the Canadian side due to pressure from ABC-TV.

"They don't think they could get him back here [in time]," Maziarz said.

Niagara Falls, Ont., Mayor Jim Diodati said local Canadian businesses are lining up a sponsorship event where donors will meet Wallenda after the walk, while Maziarz said Wallenda plans to hold a pre-walk media event Thursday night on the American side.

In addition, permit issues surrounding the helicopter that will string Wallenda's wire across the Niagara Gorge have been resolved with help from U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., the senator said Monday.

Schumer said he contacted the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure Haverfield Aviation of Pennsylvania was granted the necessary permit to string the wire Tuesday night. The Maid of the Mist Co. had offered its assistance if the helicopter plan failed.


Work on Niagara St. ramps rescheduled due to rain

Due to the rainy weather overnight, the closure of the southbound Interstate 190 Niagara Street off-ramp (Exit 8) and the Niagara Street on-ramp to the southbound I-190 for paving has been rescheduled for today.

The ramp will be closed from 7 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Wednesday, the State Thruway Authority announced.

Detour signs will be staged for southbound motorists needing to use the off-ramp and motorists needing to enter southbound I-190 from Niagara Street.

Electronic message signs and Highway Advisory Radio (1610 AM) will be activated to notify motorists of the lane closures and any resulting delays.


War of 1812 is topic of noted historian's address

LEWISTON -- Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor will deliver a keynote address on the War of 1812 and fighting on the Niagara Frontier at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Castellani Art Museum on the campus of Niagara University. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture by Taylor is a principal part of the June 14-16 conference on New York State History, sponsored by the New York State Historical Association in collaboration with the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. The conference also is co-sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Niagara University.

Taylor is currently a history professor at the University of California at Davis and earned his Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for "Mr. Coopers Town: Power, Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic." In his most recent work, "The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies," Taylor tells of the struggles by similar but disparate peoples that would define national identities.