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Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

Tell Us Your Ideas For The Waterfront

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Two of the region's most influential elected leaders believe Buffalo's waterfront does not need a major retail anchor store.

Both U.S. Representative Brian Higgins (D-South Buffalo) and County Executive Chris Collins (R) suggest Western New Yorkers should consider different types of attractions.

Higgins, who insists the water is an anchor, wants no anchor store.

"Niagara on the Lake is a great destination," Higgins said. "There' s no anchor there. It's an idyllic place that has cool street scapes, small shops, a lot of beautiful homes along the water."

Collins differed slightly in his view of an anchor destination.

"I do think we need an anchor, but not necessarily a retail anchor," Collins said. "An anchor could be a museum. It could be an aquarium... but it has to be focused as a draw, bringing people into Buffalo and Erie County that aren't residents here."

The public has been exploding with ideas.

Two Arrested in Thruway Rock Throwing Incident

BUFFALO, NY - Two boys are in serious trouble after being charged with throwing a rock onto the Thruway from a pedestrian bridge near Lasalle Park.

The incident took place around 7:15 Wednesday night. The rock caused a 10" crack in the right front section of a tractor trailer.

The driver was not hurt and was able to positively identify the 12 and 14 year old boys.

The boys were turned over to their parents and are due to appear in Family Court next week.

Buffalo Scupltures And Statues Being Cleansed Repaired And Restored

Buffalo, NY - You may have passed by but not not paid much mind to the various and sundry statues across the Queen City.

But more people are starting to take note of them due to a massive renovation project underway currently underway.

A Missouri based firm was hired by the City of Buffalo to inspect, clean, repair, and preserve with a wax coat, a total of 19 statues throughout the city this summer at a cost of $270,000.

"This is our history," said Don Siuta, Chair of the Conservation Committee of the Buffalo Arts Commission.

"This is where Buffalo came from and I think by preserving out history people have a better understanding of our city and why it's important. It also brings people to Buffalo," Siuta said.

It might surprise you to know how much art the city owns.

Almost 700 pieces including 200 statues scattered throughout the city.

Superintendent Says No to Teacher Transfer Requests

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- This year nearly 600 Buffalo Public School teachers submitted requests to transfer to different schools. The Superintendent says no requests will be granted.

Calling this his toughest summer as a Superintendent, Dr. Williams wants stability in every school building.  When asked why he believes so many teachers want to transfer, Dr. Williams said there are many reasons.  "They want to move to another school and historically in this district they have moved around. Some don't want to be with principal X, Y, Z."

The district is also has to replace six principals who retired. The schools in need of principals are Hutch Tech, Montessori, Leonardo DaVinci and Schools 3, 54 and 65.

On Monday, the Superintendent will get a list of the top three candidates for each of the schools. He expects to have principals in place by August 18.

Some Local Groups May Lose Tax-Exempt Status

BUFFALO, N.Y. - According to the Internal Revenue Service some local non-profit groups and organizations may lose their tax exempt status because of a new law that went into effect.

A spokesman for the IRS tells 2 On Your Side the organizations will be given until the middle of October to fill out the proper paperwork required by the new law or they may lose their tax exempt status. Some groups affected include some little league teams, fire departments and youth programs.

2 On Your Side has a database of the organizations and groups which may be affected.  

Peace Bridge to Honor Blessed Mother Teresa

A well-known international landmark will be aglow on the evening of August 26 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Mother Teresa.

The Peace Bridge, which spans the Niagara River between Buffalo and Fort Erie, will be illuminated in blue and white, the colors of Blessed Mother Teresa’s order of women religious, the Missionaries of Charity.

Blessed Mother Teresa traveled the world, helping the poorest of the poor. During her lifetime, she brought her message of love and compassion for the destitute to Ontario and Western New York. The sisters of her order continue to minister where there is the most need. They are in Canada, the United States, and around the world, working in homes for the dying, in orphanages, and in hospitals.

The Vatican is currently considering Blessed Mother Teresa for sainthood.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, and Msgr. Wayne Kirkpatrick, administrator of the Diocese of St.