Jacquie Walker’s Newsroom Notebook

Farewell to Jacquie Walker’s Newsroom Notebook

August 15th, 2013 at 4:05 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

This will be my final entry into Jacquie Walker’s Newsroom Notebook. WIVB.com is getting an update this week and this seems like a good time to say farewell. My first post more than five years ago on May 26, 2008, was a reflection on the passing of former Mayor Jimmy Griffin. Since then I have posted almost blog 200 entries and over a thousand personal photographs, aiming to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of a busy, thriving newsroom.

These days Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, offer more accessible ways to provide you with that look behind the camera. I hope you will follow my continuing adventures in news at News 4 Buffalo WIVB Jacquie Walker on Facebook and @jacquiewalker4 on Twitter. As always, thank you for your support and your interest. It’s been a pleasure sharing stories with you. Now, the Notebook on WIVB.com is closed.

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The 2013 Erie County Fair Under Very Fair Skies!

August 11th, 2013 at 10:00 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

I can’t remember better weather for the Erie County Fair than we had today: blue skies, moderate temperatures, low humidity. These ideal conditions brought out fair-goers in droves on this sunny Saturday and it was a pleasure to chat with so many of our viewers at the Channel 4 gazebo where all proceeds from those one dollar spins of the prize wheel go to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

What fun meeting sisters Jackie and Grace who convinced me that they really do watch News 4 all the time!

What fun meeting sisters Jackie and Grace who convinced me that they really do watch News 4 all the time!

Wanda is a News 4 viewer who was having so much fun today that I wanted to tag along with her and her friend as they took in the Fair!

Wanda is a News 4 viewer who was having so much fun today that I wanted to tag along with her and her friend as they took in the Fair!

Former WBEN News Director (and former News 4 producer) Steve Cichon is now the voice of the Erie County Fair. Of course he was wearing his celebrated bow-tie -- he just didn't have it tied when I saw him at the News 4 gazebo.

Former WBEN News Director (and former News 4 producer) Steve Cichon is now the voice of the Erie County Fair. Of course he was wearing his celebrated bow-tie — he just didn’t have it tied when I saw him at the News 4 gazebo.

My Fair tradition is always to enjoy a slice of spinach and ricotta pizza from Louie's Pizza.  You're looking at my dinner!

My Fair tradition is always to enjoy a slice of spinach and ricotta pizza from Louie’s Pizza. You’re looking at my dinner!

Sandy -- who owns Louie's Pizza - lives in Florida during the winter months.  She created this little slice of Florida next to her pizza stand -- complete with a lighthouse that glows at night -- to remind her of her days beachside in Fort Lauderdale!

Sandy — who owns Louie’s Pizza – lives in Florida during the winter months. She created this little slice of Florida next to her pizza stand — complete with a lighthouse that glows at night — to remind her of her days beachside in Fort Lauderdale!

You may recall that donut burgers were all the rage at the Fair a couple of years ago.  It looks like they have now settled in as regulars on the 'fair food' menu.

You may recall that donut burgers were all the rage at the Fair a couple of years ago. It looks like they have now settled in as regulars on the ‘fair food’ menu.

You can't beat fried dough at the Fair -- and my choice is always cinnamon and sugar. Powdered sugar is way too messy!

You can’t beat fried dough at the Fair — and my choice is always cinnamon and sugar. Powdered sugar is way too messy!

This line for Ribbon Fries caught my eye.  I've never had them, but they must be good!

This line for Ribbon Fries caught my eye. I’ve never had them, but they must be good!

 Here's why people were lined up for Ribbon Fries -- they look so tempting.  These two little munchkins were just about to dive in!

Here’s why people were lined up for Ribbon Fries — they look so tempting. These two little munchkins were just about to dive in!

Remember the news stories we did last year when Chiavetta's got word that they were going to lose their building?  Here's what replaced it -- a sleek white tented concession area at the same location -- with lots of people inside.

Remember the news stories we did last year when Chiavetta’s got word that they were going to lose their building? Here’s what replaced it — a sleek white tented concession area at the same location — with lots of people inside.

The Fair has made some major improvements to the grounds, including this grassy park with fountains and seating right outside the Firefighters' Building.

The Fair has made some major improvements to the grounds, including this grassy park with fountains and seating right outside the Firefighters’ Building.

No trip to the Fair is complete without visiting the barns and looking over the animal exhibits.  There is always something new to learn and appreciate.

No trip to the Fair is complete without visiting the barns and looking over the animal exhibits. There is always something new to learn and appreciate.

Always fun to see the youngest animals born DURING the Fair!

Always fun to see the youngest animals born DURING the Fair!

Just 24 hours old, Rosie was the 'newest' newborn at the Erie County Fair, born August 9th.

Just 24 hours old, Rosie was the ‘newest’ newborn at the Erie County Fair, born August 9th.

The Grandstand was packed for the free 'Three Dog Night' concert.

The Grandstand was packed for the free ‘Three Dog Night’ concert.

Ed Hogle of Atlas Steel in Buffalo has made it a personal mission to display his 9-11 memorial -- which is inscribed with all the victims' names. He says he has watched a wide range of emotional responses as people gather to view it.

Ed Hogle of Atlas Steel in Buffalo has made it a personal mission to display his 9-11 memorial — which is inscribed with all the victims’ names. He says he has watched a wide range of emotional responses as people gather to view it.

Farewell to the Fair for another year!

Farewell to the Fair for another year!


Hot, Humid, and Fun for the 31st Annual Canal Fest Parade!

July 17th, 2013 at 9:48 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

The News 4 team always looks forward to the warm welcome we receive in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda during the Canal Fest Parade, but the WARMTH this year was off the charts! That made it especially interesting to ride in a car with our Chief Meteorologist Don Paul during the parade and hear all the comments from the crowd about the hot weather! Still, everyone was friendly and welcoming, and we thank folks in the Tonawandas for their hospitality!

Meteorologist Don Paul and I enjoyed the ride in this '65 GTO provided by Johnny Robbins who teaches at Burgard High School.

Meteorologist Don Paul and I enjoyed the ride in this ’65 GTO provided by Johnny Robbins who teaches at Burgard High School.

Here's my view of the crowd and the parade ahead of me with Steve Vesey and Don Postles riding in a beautiful 1947 Buick.

Here’s my view of the crowd and the parade ahead of me with Steve Vesey and Don Postles riding in a beautiful 1947 Buick.

We always see friendly News 4 families along the parade route.

We always see friendly News 4 families along the parade route.

Meteorologist Don Paul was having a great time chatting with the crowd about the heat as we rode together in the back of a convertible. — with Don Paul.

Meteorologist Don Paul was having a great time chatting with the crowd about the heat as we rode together in the back of a convertible. — with Don Paul.

This kind member of the Salem Church of Christ, John Sherman, never forgets to bring us dessert as the parade passes his church!

This kind member of the Salem Church of Christ, John Sherman, never forgets to bring us dessert as the parade passes his church!

There is also a boisterous crew in front of the Allstate office along the parade route. They make it a party here every year!

There is also a boisterous crew in front of the Allstate office along the parade route. They make it a party here every year!

The friendly folks at Wally's pizza at the end of the parade route in North Tonawanda were kind enough to bring two pizzas to the car for the News 4 team!

The friendly folks at Wally’s pizza at the end of the parade route in North Tonawanda were kind enough to bring two pizzas to the car for the News 4 team!

The sunlight was harsh this photo -- but here we are at the end of the parade grateful for a smooth ride and very nice people!

The sunlight was harsh this photo — but here we are at the end of the parade grateful for a smooth ride and very nice people!


It’s 30 and Counting for Taste of Buffalo!

July 14th, 2013 at 7:17 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

Volunteers for the 30th Annual Taste of Buffalo couldn’t have ordered better weather for the first day of this huge 2-day food fest — especially with the up and down summer we’ve had so far.  The warm temperatures and sunny skies brought a throng of hungry visitors to Delaware Avenue in the heart of downtown Buffalo.  The slogan has been appropriate for 30 years: it’s fun by the forkful!

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You know it’s going to be a big day when you see people lined up to buy food tickets like this before the Taste officially opened at 11 A.M.

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How lucky am I? I was honored to be selected as a Food Judge again this year!

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Our longtime friend and former colleague Lorey Schultz now works with Mayor Byron Brown and used her interviewing skills for Buffalo’s access channel. The Mayor was also a food judge and told me his favorite item of the day was the lemon ice served by Anderson’s.

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Each food judge is given 5 restaurants to evaluate — and you must sample each item the restaurants are selling. These are the items offered at the Taste this year by Manhattan’s Restaurant of Lockport. Each item was excellent — but you can’t beat the Pistachio Encrusted Chicken on a Stick!

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Bob Robinson owns Manhattan’s Restaurant of Lockport and had to be very happy when his restaurant was singled out for an award.

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By late Saturday afternoon — the folks at Manhattan’s Restaurant of Lockport learned they had won the New York Award (as selected by State Senator Mark Grisanti) for their Pistachio Encrusted Chicken on a Stick!

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For the first time this year, several popular food trucks were parked among the food vendors on Delaware. In previous years they had been confined to one area.

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I was assigned to judge the food this year at the Saigon Cafe from Buffalo’s Elmwood Avenue.

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These were the items I sampled at the Saigon Cafe. Each one was terrific. I especially enjoyed the Vietnamese Spring Roll, but the Healthy Choice option of the Vietnamese Fresh Summer Roll was also very good.

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The food from Alex’s Place in Batavia was on my list to judge this year.

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I LOVED every item offered by Alex’s Place. They are known for their ribs, but how can you go wrong with Memphis Mac and Cheese!

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Enjoy the historic and dramatic architecture of Buffalo as you enjoy your food.

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Just Pizza knows what serving pizza to Buffalo is all about.

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A fun photo opp offered to all visitors during Taste of Buffalo’s 30th Anniversary. How often do you get to look like you are jumping out of a cake?!!

As part of Taste’s 30th anniversary celebration, Tops presented a cake made out of colorful cupcakes!

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How long can cupcakes last on a hot July day? They didn’t need to last long before the crowd closed in.

Visitors had been patient, but now it was time to taste the free cupcakes!

The crew at Landies Candies knows everything is better covered in chocolate!

Landies Candies was one of the 5 food vendors I was asked to judge and I saved it for last!

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As part of the News Four report that aired on Saturday — I showed the chocolate dipped strawberries from Landies Candies…and I wasn’t the only one who liked them. They were judged the Best Overall Item at this year’s Taste of Buffalo!!

A variety of entertaining activities popped up among the food vendors.

In the middle of all the food today was a very popular Popsicle giveaway.

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A crowd was lined up to purchase the refreshing Mango Smoothie offered again this year by the Clarence Center Cafe.

We were happy to see so many visitors at the Channel 4 tent on Niagara Square.

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If you look closely at this picture, you can see that Steve Vesey’s wife, Tiffany, is showing their 3 children where Daddy’s picture is on the prize wheel. Visitors paid a dollar a spin, with all money going to support Child and Family Services.

Just having fun at the Channel 4 tent!

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Steve Vesey and his beautiful family!

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We heard shouts of joy from the Carmine’s Restaurant tent when they were presented with this award for serving the Best Seafood Item at the 2013 Taste of Buffalo!

Just one look at this crowd shows you why Buffalo is boasting it has the biggest 2-day food festival in the nation: Taste of Buffalo!


Walk to Cure Diabetes 2013: A Walk Around Ring Road!

June 10th, 2013 at 11:20 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook
More than 2500 people signed up to join the 21st Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes at Delaware Park.  I had the honor of speaking to the crowd on behalf of Channel 4 -- a longtime sponsor of the Walk.

More than 2500 people signed up to join the 21st Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes at Delaware Park. I had the honor of speaking to the crowd on behalf of Channel 4 — a longtime sponsor of the Walk.

Because I have been a part of the Walk to Cure Diabetes for several years, I've gotten to know many of the families who are battling this life-changing disease.  Though Type-1 Diabetes has typically been known as juvenile diabetes, 85% of the people who have it are adults!

Because I have been a part of the Walk to Cure Diabetes for several years, I’ve gotten to know many of the families who are battling this life-changing disease. Though Type-1 Diabetes has typically been known as juvenile diabetes, 85% of the people who have it are adults!

Patrick Marks, the President of the JDRF Board of Directors who lives with Type-1 Diabetes, brought his son along with draw the winning raffle ticket.  Kathleen Graim of Tops Markets provided the pool of tickets for the $500 drawing. Tops has been a loyal supporter of JDRF and hosts many fundraising programs.

Patrick Marks, the President of the JDRF Board of Directors who lives with Type-1 Diabetes, brought his son along with draw the winning raffle ticket. Kathleen Graim of Tops Markets provided the pool of tickets for the $500 drawing. Tops has been a loyal supporter of JDRF and hosts many fundraising programs.

We headed to the starting line in a golf cart loaded with children you have seen in the Juvenile Diabetes Walk public service announcements over the years: Mallory, Olivia, and Zak among them.

We headed to the starting line in a golf cart loaded with children you have seen in the Juvenile Diabetes Walk public service announcements over the years: Mallory, Olivia, and Zak among them.

Children with Type-1 diabetes were invited to write their names on the roadway where the Walk will begin.  It's believed some 15,000 WNYers live with Type-1 diabetes.  There is no cure.

Children with Type-1 diabetes were invited to write their names on the roadway where the Walk will begin. It’s believed some 15,000 WNYers live with Type-1 diabetes. There is no cure.

It's always great to see how much the children have grown each year as they learn to cope with the life changes that juvenile diabetes brings their way. The Buffalo Fire Department was on hand to help start the Walk.  Paul Tatu of the BFD, a JDRF Board Member, helped organize the transition to Delaware Park this year.

It’s always great to see how much the children have grown each year as they learn to cope with the life changes that juvenile diabetes brings their way. The Buffalo Fire Department was on hand to help start the Walk. Paul Tatu of the BFD, a JDRF Board Member, helped organize the transition to Delaware Park this year.

Here's the scene as thousands of walkers line up to join in the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Ring Road.

Here’s the scene as thousands of walkers line up to join in the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Ring Road.

Karen Swierski, Executive Director of the WNY Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, can smile as the biggest fundraiser of the year for the chapter is ready to step off under blue skies and sunshine!

Karen Swierski, Executive Director of the WNY Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, can smile as the biggest fundraiser of the year for the chapter is ready to step off under blue skies and sunshine!

And they're off!  Thousands of people begin their 1.7 mile trip around Ring Road in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Team "Inspiremily" was wearing purple shirts to support a child with juvenile diabetes.

And they’re off! Thousands of people begin their 1.7 mile trip around Ring Road in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Team “Inspiremily” was wearing purple shirts to support a child with juvenile diabetes.

You can see several different teams walking together with the common goal of finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.  After the federal government, JDRF is the biggest funder of diabetes research in the world.

You can see several different teams walking together with the common goal of finding a cure for juvenile diabetes. After the federal government, JDRF is the biggest funder of diabetes research in the world.

Some families came up with creative ways for show their support for loved ones living with juvenile diabetes.

Some families came up with creative ways for show their support for loved ones living with juvenile diabetes.

Though we never caught up with young Erin McCarthy, we did spot these team members of "Erin's Shamrocks": Peggy, Kelly, little Sam, and Mrs. Spoth!

Though we never caught up with young Erin McCarthy, we did spot these team members of “Erin’s Shamrocks”: Peggy, Kelly, little Sam, and Mrs. Spoth!

I interviewed Ryan Standish about how his family's life has changed since Tyler was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes.  Tyler, age 5, is doing well and is ready to start school in the fall.

I interviewed Ryan Standish about how his family’s life has changed since Tyler was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes. Tyler, age 5, is doing well and is ready to start school in the fall.

News 4 videographer Josh Roy joined me in Delaware Park to provide news coverage of the Walk to Cure Diabetes.  Here, we are interviewing Ryan Standish.  His son, Tyler, lives with juvenile diabetes which requires life-long injections of insulin.

News 4 videographer Josh Roy joined me in Delaware Park to provide news coverage of the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Here, we are interviewing Ryan Standish. His son, Tyler, lives with juvenile diabetes which requires life-long injections of insulin.

It's great to see the children with juvenile diabetes growing and flourishing.  CeCe Loicano poses here with one of the great warriors in the fight against diabetes -- JDRF Executive Director Karen Swierski.

It’s great to see the children with juvenile diabetes growing and flourishing. CeCe Loicano poses here with one of the great warriors in the fight against diabetes — JDRF Executive Director Karen Swierski.

SpongeBob stopped in Delaware Park to say hello and support the Walk to Cure Diabetes.

SpongeBob stopped in Delaware Park to say hello and support the Walk to Cure Diabetes.

We have lots of friends in the quest to cure diabetes: Barney, SpongeBob, and Dora the Explorer.

We have lots of friends in the quest to cure diabetes: Barney, SpongeBob, and Dora the Explorer.

Here's a team rallying around 6 year old Courtney of Buffalo, who was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes last fall. Courtney's twin, Corey, was excited to be part of the team.

Here’s a team rallying around 6 year old Courtney of Buffalo, who was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes last fall. Courtney’s twin, Corey, was excited to be part of the team.

I look forward to seeing MacKenzie Duffy each year. Now in 7th grade, she has participated in the JDRF Walk for 9 years as a child who has lived with juvenile diabetes for most of her life.

I look forward to seeing MacKenzie Duffy each year. Now in 7th grade, she has participated in the JDRF Walk for 9 years as a child who has lived with juvenile diabetes for most of her life.

The lively crew from the BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone Cruiser set up in Delaware Park to engage the young JDRF walkers in healthy activities after the Walk.

The lively crew from the BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone Cruiser set up in Delaware Park to engage the young JDRF walkers in healthy activities after the Walk.

The Walk to Cure Diabetes included admission to the Buffalo Zoo and many of the walkers waited in line to see the Zoo's celebrated polar bear cubs -- Luna and Kali!

The Walk to Cure Diabetes included admission to the Buffalo Zoo and many of the walkers waited in line to see the Zoo’s celebrated polar bear cubs — Luna and Kali!

We saw both cubs. We think this is Kali enjoying a dip in the pool on a warm June day.

We saw both cubs. We think this is Kali enjoying a dip in the pool on a warm June day.

Janeen Duffy, who has participated in the JDRF Walk for nine years on behalf of her daughter, MacKenzie, snapped this photo in a close encounter (through the glass) at the Buffalo Zoo.

Janeen Duffy, who has participated in the JDRF Walk for nine years on behalf of her daughter, MacKenzie, snapped this photo in a close encounter (through the glass) at the Buffalo Zoo.

I'm not 'lion' -- it was a great day for the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo.

I’m not ‘lion’ — it was a great day for the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo.

I'll stick my neck out here and say it was one of the best Walks to Cure Diabetes that JDRF has ever hosted in WNY!

I’ll stick my neck out here and say it was one of the best Walks to Cure Diabetes that JDRF has ever hosted in WNY!


Allentown Art Festival 2013: Cool, Damp, and Still Fun!

June 9th, 2013 at 8:14 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

The 56th Allentown Art Festival launched on Saturday under less than ideal weather conditions, but the crowds still came and the artists — some 400 of them — were game to show their wares as they scrambled to shore up dripping canopies. Many told me sales picked up as the day went along, and at least one tallied his best day ever at the much-anticipated annual art show.

Even though the crowd looked sizable Saturday afternoon, some vendors said they could tell many shoppers were waiting for better weather Sunday to head to the 56th Allentown Art Festival.

Even though the crowd looked sizable Saturday afternoon, some vendors said they could tell many shoppers were waiting for better weather Sunday to head to the 56th Allentown Art Festival.

I absolutely love the magnificent "Swallowtail Beauty" that watercolor artist Jody Ziehm showed this year at Allentown.  It sold shortly after she opened on Saturday. Jody is excited about a new venture in which you and your friends can create your own watercolor in a party atmosphere. Learn more at her Facebook page MypaintingUncorked.

I absolutely love the magnificent “Swallowtail Beauty” that watercolor artist Jody Ziehm showed this year at Allentown. It sold shortly after she opened on Saturday. Jody is excited about a new venture in which you and your friends can create your own watercolor in a party atmosphere. Learn more at her Facebook page MypaintingUncorked.

It's always a head-turner to see Buffalo police officers on Segways!

It’s always a head-turner to see Buffalo police officers on Segways!

Fresh from being voted Buffalo's Best Photographer 2013 in Artvoice, Mark Callen says he was very happy to be able to rent a roomier 'double-wide' booth at Allentown - the first time this has been an option for vendors.  Callen says if a single booth gets too crowded, potential buyers will walk right by.

Fresh from being voted Buffalo’s Best Photographer 2013 in Artvoice, Mark Callen says he was very happy to be able to rent a roomier ‘double-wide’ booth at Allentown – the first time this has been an option for vendors. Callen says if a single booth gets too crowded, potential buyers will walk right by.

Wine connoisseur Kevin Lovullo and his wife, Jackie Re Lovullo, a local artist, were taking in the atmosphere Saturday in Allentown.

Wine connoisseur Kevin Lovullo and his wife, Jackie Re Lovullo, a local artist, were taking in the atmosphere Saturday in Allentown.

Many festival-goers took an extended walk on Allen Street to enjoy the much more eclectic Allen West Festival -- a non-juried street fair with music, food, and craftier fare. A different atmosphere and lots of fun.

Many festival-goers took an extended walk on Allen Street to enjoy the much more eclectic Allen West Festival — a non-juried street fair with music, food, and craftier fare. A different atmosphere and lots of fun.

What a surprise to run into the Stanz family from Hamburg.  They operate Outback Kettle Corn, which is a personal favorite of mine.  I got to know this close-knit and determined family after Staff Sgt. John Stanz was seriously wounded while serving our country in Afghanistan. John suffered life-changing injuries.  It was good to see him and his parents, John and Sandy, smiling today.

What a surprise to run into the Stanz family from Hamburg. They operate Outback Kettle Corn, which is a personal favorite of mine. I got to know this close-knit and determined family after Staff Sgt. John Stanz was seriously wounded while serving our country in Afghanistan. John suffered life-changing injuries. It was good to see him and his parents, John and Sandy, smiling today.

The Buffalo Police Department had its "Eye in the Sky" watching over the crowd Saturday at the Allentown Art Festival.

The Buffalo Police Department had its “Eye in the Sky” watching over the crowd Saturday at the Allentown Art Festival.

"Skywatch" is now a regular feature of Buffalo Police Department security measures when large crowds gather.  We last saw it at the finish line of the Buffalo Marathon two weeks ago.

“Skywatch” is now a regular feature of Buffalo Police Department security measures when large crowds gather. We last saw it at the finish line of the Buffalo Marathon two weeks ago.

Buffalo Illustrator Mike Gelen and his wife, graphic designer Ellen Stay-Gelen, were having a good day at their Inkwell Studios booth despite the chilly, damp conditions.

Buffalo Illustrator Mike Gelen and his wife, graphic designer Ellen Stay-Gelen, were having a good day at their Inkwell Studios booth despite the chilly, damp conditions.

Deputy Wayne Wolf on Thunder and his colleagues from the Erie County Sheriff's Mounted Division were all part of crowd control as they greeted visitors at the 56th Allentown Art Festival.

Deputy Wayne Wolf on Thunder and his colleagues from the Erie County Sheriff’s Mounted Division were all part of crowd control as they greeted visitors at the 56th Allentown Art Festival.


2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes Makes a Stop at WIVB-TV

May 22nd, 2013 at 7:26 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

Recently, we had three children who live with Juvenile Diabetes make a stop at the Channel 4 studios to record a public service announcement (PSA) for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes. You’ll be seeing the PSA starting this week on WIVB-TV. Join us for the Walk — which includes stops in Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo on June 9th! Get more information here: http://www.wivb.com/subindex/community

Three  children with Type 1 Diabetes joined me here at the Channel 4 studios to record a Public Service Announcement for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes. Mallory Esford is age 7 and Tyler Standish is 5. Emily Dickey is a very active 4th-grader who has been profiled on News 4 previously because of her fundraising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Three children with Type 1 Diabetes joined me here at the Channel 4 studios to record a Public Service Announcement for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes. Mallory Esford is age 7 and Tyler Standish is 5. Emily Dickey is a very active 4th-grader who has been profiled on News 4 previously because of her fundraising efforts for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

We take directions from Jim Diavastes, WIVB-TV producer of the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

We take directions from Jim Diavastes, WIVB-TV producer of the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Videographer Roy Schrodt keeps us in view as he records the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Videographer Roy Schrodt keeps us in view as he records the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes.

7 year old Mallory Esford is a lively first grader from Hamburg who was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age three.

7 year old Mallory Esford is a lively first grader from Hamburg who was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age three.

5 year old Tyler Standish is a fun-loving pre-schooler who has been living with Juvenile Diabetes since age two.

5 year old Tyler Standish is a fun-loving pre-schooler who has been living with Juvenile Diabetes since age two.

Look for us in the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes now airing on Channel 4.  And, join us for the Walk on June 9th in Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo!

Look for us in the PSA for the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes now airing on Channel 4. And, join us for the Walk on June 9th in Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo!


First the Diamond & Proposal at the Diamond Ball, Now the Wedding!

May 12th, 2013 at 7:41 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

And now, for the rest of the story. Remember last year when Eric Zaczek won the diamond at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Diamond Ball and immediately dropped down on his knee and proposed to Charis Gatas in front of hundreds of guests? (Watch his proposal here: http://youtu.be/ZpbFG14Lugo) Well, here they are as husband and wife! My husband and I were so pleased to be invited to their beautiful wedding Saturday at St. Louis Church. God bless this happy couple!

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2013 Walk MS — New Venue, Same Big Mission!

May 5th, 2013 at 8:06 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

Buffalo Walk MS moved to Canalside in 2013 under blue skies and sunshine! WNY has one of the highest rates of MS in the entire country.

-Buffalo Walk MS moved to Canalside in 2013 under blue skies and sunshine!

Buffalo Walk MS moved to Canalside in 2013 under blue skies and sunshine!

Some 2,000 people joined us at Canalside to raise money for the programs of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. WNY has one of the highest rates of MS in the entire country.

Some 2,000 people joined us at Canalside to raise money for the programs of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. WNY has one of the highest rates of MS in the entire country.

With News 4 Videographer Josh Roy I interviewed walkers with multiple sclerosis for the News 4 Buffalo evening newscasts. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system with a wide range of symptoms.

With News 4 Videographer Josh Roy I interviewed walkers with multiple sclerosis for the News 4 Buffalo evening newscasts. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system with a wide range of symptoms.

Sandy LaSpada of Lockport, who has multiple sclerosis, is the leader of Team Smurfs. The Smurfs are among the highest fundraisers for Walk MS.

Sandy LaSpada of Lockport, who has multiple sclerosis, is the leader of Team Smurfs. The Smurfs are among the highest fundraisers for Walk MS.

Carole Marra of Sanborn was interviewed for News Four about her son's challenges with MS.  Joey Marra, to her right in the sunglasses, is now 16 and was diagnosed with MS at age 8 -- perhaps the youngest person ever to receive this diagnosis in WNY.

Carole Marra of Sanborn was interviewed for News Four about her son’s challenges with MS. Joey Marra, to her right in the sunglasses, is now 16 and was diagnosed with MS at age 8 — perhaps the youngest person ever to receive this diagnosis in WNY.

 I was proud to be part of Team Joey this year.  Joey Marra, age 16 wearing sunglasses, lives with MS.  Every day is a challenge, but Joey has been able to maintain his spot on the honor roll!

I was proud to be part of Team Joey this year. Joey Marra, age 16 wearing sunglasses, lives with MS. Every day is a challenge, but Joey has been able to maintain his spot on the honor roll!

Linda Pautler of Cheektowaga is hopeful research will change her life, but also that research will keep other from being diagnosed with MS.

Linda Pautler of Cheektowaga is hopeful research will change her life, but also that research will keep other from being diagnosed with MS.

Assemblyman Dennis Gabrysak is a member of the legislative alliance in Albany that aims to keep issues related to MS in the forefront.

Assemblyman Dennis Gabrysak is a member of the legislative alliance in Albany that aims to keep issues related to MS in the forefront.

State Senator Mark Grisanti and State Assemblyman Dennis Gabrysak, both members of the MS legislative alliance in Albany, spoke to the Walk MS crowd.

State Senator Mark Grisanti and State Assemblyman Dennis Gabrysak, both members of the MS legislative alliance in Albany, spoke to the Walk MS crowd.

Before Walk MS stepped off we took a few minutes to give details and safety instructions.

Before Walk MS stepped off we took a few minutes to give details and safety instructions.

Many of the people who join Walk MS have multiple sclerosis or are walking on behalf of a relative, friend, or co-worker who does.  Some 3400 people in the Buffalo area have MS.

Many of the people who join Walk MS have multiple sclerosis or are walking on behalf of a relative, friend, or co-worker who does. Some 3400 people in the Buffalo area have MS.

I have been honored to be part of Walk MS for more than 25 years… with the support of WIVB-TV Ch. 4, a major Walk sponsor.

I have been honored to be part of Walk MS for more than 25 years… with the support of WIVB-TV Ch. 4, a major Walk sponsor.

As the clock hit 10 AM on Saturday, May 4, we were good to go.  Get ready, get set, walk!

As the clock hit 10 AM on Saturday, May 4, we were good to go. Get ready, get set, walk!

My former co-worker "Troubleshooter" Lee Coppola and his great family were among the walkers.  They represented Team Coolture. Coolture is a local company that makes a cooling vest designed for those who have difficulty tolerating heat -- a big problem for many people with MS.

My former co-worker “Troubleshooter” Lee Coppola and his great family were among the walkers. They represented Team Coolture. Coolture is a local company that makes a cooling vest designed for those who have difficulty tolerating heat — a big problem for many people with MS.

A great team called "Gracefully Here." They're supporting Christina Douglas from Niagara Falls, to my right, whom you may recognize because she appeared with me on billboards and in the Walk MS announcement which aired on Ch. 4.

A great team called “Gracefully Here.” They’re supporting Christina Douglas from Niagara Falls, to my right, whom you may recognize because she appeared with me on billboards and in the Walk MS announcement which aired on Ch. 4.

Rich Warden of Silver Creek was diagnosed with MS in 1995.  His family and friends formed 'Warden's Walkers" and they have been with us every year since 1996 among the highest team fundraisers.  They are dedicated to the mission of finding the causes of MS and, hopefully, a cure!

Rich Warden of Silver Creek was diagnosed with MS in 1995. His family and friends formed ‘Warden’s Walkers” and they have been with us every year since 1996 among the highest team fundraisers. They are dedicated to the mission of finding the causes of MS and, hopefully, a cure!

A big thank you to all the Walk MS volunteers like Mary and Rick.  We couldn't do it without them!

A big thank you to all the Walk MS volunteers like Mary and Rick. We couldn’t do it without them!

After Walk MS it's time to enjoy the sunny weather with hot dogs, music, and sunshine!

After Walk MS it’s time to enjoy the sunny weather with hot dogs, music, and sunshine!

Walk MS raises money for local patient programs and for research into new treatments and someday, a cure for multiple sclerosis.

Walk MS raises money for local patient programs and for research into new treatments and someday, a cure for multiple sclerosis.


News Four at the 2013 New York Emmy Awards

April 21st, 2013 at 8:16 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook
WIVB-TV News 4 Buffalo sent our nominees to the 56th Annual New York Emmy Awards last weekend in New York City.  Emily Guggenmos, Lou Raguse, News Director Joe Schlaerth, Ed Drantch, Mike Mombrea, Jr., Diana Fairbanks, and myself were among the nominees. (Rich Newberg is missing from this photo.)  My husband, Mike, is next to me.

WIVB-TV News 4 Buffalo sent our nominees to the 56th Annual New York Emmy Awards last weekend in New York City.  Emily Guggenmos, Lou Raguse, News Director Joe Schlaerth, Ed Drantch, Mike Mombrea, Jr., Diana Fairbanks, and myself were among the nominees. (Rich Newberg is missing from this photo.)  My husband, Mike, is next to me.

The 56th Annual Emmy Awards were held in the Marriott Marquis on Times Square.

The 56th Annual Emmy Awards were held in the Marriott Marquis on Times Square.

Hundreds of people filled the Marriott Marquis ballroom for the 56th Annual New York Emmy Awards on April 14, 2013.

Hundreds of people filled the Marriott Marquis ballroom for the 56th Annual New York Emmy Awards on April 14, 2013.

It was a pleasure to meet former talk show host Dick Cavett who made a stage appearance at the New York Emmy Awards.

It was a pleasure to meet former talk show host Dick Cavett who made a stage appearance at the New York Emmy Awards.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, well-known sex therapist, was a presenter for the New York Emmy Awards.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, well-known sex therapist, was a presenter for the New York Emmy Awards.

This photo is of very poor quality but you may recognize singer and Emmy presenter Dionne Warwick standing between Lori and Rich Newberg. Next to Rich is Mike Mombrea, Jr., myself, and my husband, Mike.  We had just a moment to line up for the photo before the award ceremony. 

This photo is of very poor quality but you may recognize singer and Emmy presenter Dionne Warwick standing between Lori and Rich Newberg. Next to Rich is Mike Mombrea, Jr., myself, and my husband, Mike.  We had just a moment to line up for the photo before the award ceremony. 

The 56th Annual New York Emmy Awards are about to begin in the Marriott Marquis ballroom. The vast majority of the Emmy nominees are from the New York City media market.

The 56th Annual New York Emmy Awards are about to begin in the Marriott Marquis ballroom. The vast majority of the Emmy nominees are from the New York City media market.

My husband and I enjoyed the night we were part of this glittering event. My Emmy nomination was for anchoring during the Nik Wallenda wirewalk across Niagara Falls.

My husband and I enjoyed the night we were part of this glittering event. My Emmy nomination was for anchoring during the Nik Wallenda wirewalk across Niagara Falls.

Singer Judy Collins was among the presenters for the 56th Annual New York Emmy Awards.

Singer Judy Collins was among the presenters for the 56th Annual New York Emmy Awards.

Diana Fairbanks, Ed Drantch, and me during the dinner and awards ceremony at the WIVB-TV table.

Diana Fairbanks, Ed Drantch, and me during the dinner and awards ceremony at the WIVB-TV table.

So, no one from our group won an Emmy, but we all know "it's an honor to be nominated" and it was great to be part of this big event.

So, no one from our group won an Emmy, but we all know “it’s an honor to be nominated” and it was great to be part of this big event.