Tonawanda News


October 22, 2012

North Tonawanda resident contributes to new waterfall book

Tonawanda News — Local waterfall aficionado Scott Ensminger said he recently wrote a letter to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation asking them exactly how many waterfalls exist in the state.

New York is known for its abundance of waterfalls, thanks in large part to Niagara Falls and the many that dot the Finger Lakes region, but Ensminger said the DEC estimated there to be only about 65 official waterfalls.

In a recent interview with the Tonawanda News, he imparted this little tidbit of information with a small scoff of disbelief.

So how many are there really?

“Good question,” he said. “Probably a little over 2,000.”

Ensminger and the other contributors to the book profiled about 100 of them in his latest book collaboration, “Waterfalls of New York State,” a compilation of some of the best-known and biggest waterfalls in the state.

The book is one of two volumes produced by Firefly Books on waterfalls, the first written about the Ontario region.

“New York state has some of the best waterfalls in the Northeast and they are accessible to both Americans and Canadians,” said Firefly Books editor, Michael Mouland about why the company chose to feature New York waterfalls.

The book, which was released in September, was written in partnership with David Schryver and Edward Smathers, who took the majority of the full-page photographs featured in the book. Ensminger took six of the photos, he said, flipping through the book to point out his shot of Akron Falls.

The North Tonawanda resident said he first became interested in waterfalls back in the late 1980s. He had taken a few geology classes and collected rocks for a while, something that segues naturally into an interest in waterfalls.

“I used to go to Niagara Falls quite a bit but it’s become too commercialized ... (they’re) almost artificial with the diversion of water,”he said. “I started looking for other ones in the woods, ones people hardly ever go to.”

Text Only
  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Gardening with chickens

    There is no need to get mad as a wet hen if you want to juggle flourishing flower beds, viable vegetable gardens and free-range chickens.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB CRITTER COMPANIONS: Let's unlabel our pets

    Several weeks ago, I mentioned how we should not use labels. I said that labels are circular, meaning that if we use them we just will end up where we started. An example of a label is saying that “all scarlet macaws are vindictive” or “all pit bulls are aggressive.”

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Volunteers honored 1 040614.jpg Women Who Move the City (and beyond)

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • SUN LIFE POUND 1040614j jpg.jpg Rock n' roll fitness

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - crib notes RGB Enough of this winter -- it's time for spring

    Midway through separating the bits of dog food from the shredded paper towel pieces on the saturated bed sheet that had been strewn across the dining-room table, I finally realized I’d had enough.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - critter companions RGB Dear readers, it's me, Kenny

    I have bad knees. I have been told to blame my grandmother. I have also been told to blame her for my love of animals. Today, we celebrate the 100th Critter Companions column.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE mummies 1 033014.jpg 'Mummies of the World' exhibit arrives in Buffalo

    As visitors arrived for the recent NCAA basketball tournament games in Buffalo, a much older group of visitors arrived via motorcade at the Buffalo Museum of Science — but these newcomers to the Queen City wouldn’t be seeking out a place to have a beer between games or where to find the region’s best chicken wings.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • sig - double trouble RGB Years later, still spending sunny days on Sesame Street

    I always knew we’d hit “the Elmo years.”

    Going into parenthood, it seemed like a given. Both my husband and I  were “Sesame Street” fans from childhood ourselves, and we were happy enough to pass it on to a new generation. And we knew, having friends with children of the applicable age, that in this day and age “Sesame Street” equalled Elmo, the squeaky-voiced “furry red menace” (thus dubbed by Oscar the Grouch) of parents everywhere.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE Local Restaurant Week 2 033014.jpg Back for another bite

    As spring finally starts to unfold in Western New York, residents are likely eager to get out of their houses — and organizers of Local Restaurant Week hope they’ll consider eating out as they do that.

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wineries invite visitors to take a Taste of the Trail

    If one weekend of food and wine pairings is a good thing, two weekends of food and wine pairings must be even better.

    For the first time, the Taste of the Trail event, which takes place Friday through April 6 and April 11 to 13 on the Niagara Wine Trail, will be split into two weekends, with half the trail’s wineries taking part the first weekend and half the second, said Elizabeth Maute, wine trail coordinator.

    March 31, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
NDN Video