Graham on January 29th, 2015

From Niagara This Week:

John Laasko hopes “a bit of juggling” will pay off for the city he calls home.

Laasko is putting together a video that he hopes will attract the attention of Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and inspire the former Saturday Night Live funnyman to check out the sights in these parts, if not bring his show here.

“We have to strike while the iron’s hot,” the film editor said.

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Graham on January 29th, 2015

From Bullet News Niagara:

Thanks to the committed efforts of participating Niagara Falls hotels and attractions, this year’s Sleep Cheap event raised $126,250 to benefit local charitable groups.

This total amount raised for charity over the past eleven years now totals $1,442,825.

Community support for the event is unparalleled – everybody wins in this fundraiser. Niagara Region residents get the chance to take a break and stay overnight in some of our most luxurious hotels; hoteliers have the opportunity to give back to the community while sharing with the locals the awesome accommodations they have to offer and most importantly, local charities put the proceeds to work in our community.

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A CNN iReport has a report about Niagara Falls:

Niagara Falls is truly one of the world’s most popular destinations – every year about 12 million visitors come to this Canadian-US border city in order to take in the stunning panorama of the world’s most famous waterfalls. For many decades, Niagara Falls, Ontario, has also been known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” – couples in love have come here since the 1800s to tie the knot; and to this day Niagara Falls remains one of Canada’s top destinations for romantic getaways.

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Graham on January 8th, 2015

From the Niagara Falls Review:

New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls was not only a ratings blockbuster, it was also one of the best nights ever for businesses in the area.

“From what I understand, all the hotels sold out,” said Sarah Vazquez, vice-president of business development and marketing for Canadian Niagara Hotels.

“Talking to the other hoteliers, they all saw a really good New Year’s Eve. I can’t wait for next year’s lineup.”

Canadian Niagara Hotels owns and operates several hotels in the Fallsview Blvd. and Falls Ave. area near Queen Victoria Park, where the free New Year’s Eve concert was held.

“There was lots of hustle and bustle. I would say the city certainly saw growth. New Year’s Eve is always a fantastic night, (the destination has) always been top of mind. This was one of the best ever.”

There have been all sorts of stories with photos that have been out over the last week. In case you haven’t seen them, here are a few to get you started:

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Graham on January 8th, 2015

From Niagara This Week:

While the loonie may be being hit hard on currency markets, it will still be enough to pay for a lot of fun on Clifton Hill for Niagara Falls residents on Sunday.

It’s that one day of the year when Niagara Falls residents can check out some of the museums and attractions on the city’s “Street of Fun” for just a buck. And it’s going to a worthy cause to boot. The Jan. 11 event is the annual Dollar Museum Day for Cystic Fibrosis, which takes place from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

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Graham on January 1st, 2015

WOFL - Fireworks over the Falls

Happy New Year to you all.

I hope you have a successful and prosperous 2015!

Note: Image from the Winter Festival of Lights

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Graham on December 25th, 2014

merry_christmas_2014

Merry Christmas to you all.

I hope you have an enjoyable and safe holiday with your family!

Note: Image from Niagara Falls Tourism.com

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Graham on December 23rd, 2014

From the Buffalo News:

Cha-ching! That was the jubilant sound from across the state last week as politicians began counting up casino cash they hope will soon roll in. The Catskills rejoiced at hitting the jackpot. The Southern Tier was shocked to lose out, and struggling Atlantic City breathed a sigh of relief that New York’s three newest casinos won’t be nearer.

But here’s a hard-luck tale that might make newly anointed casino towns think twice before counting their winnings. It begins with the same hopes for new jobs, boatloads of cash and an opportunity to rewrite the future. It ends, at least for now, with a city still struggling to pay its bills and more reliant on gambling dollars than ever.

It was December 2002, and the doors of the Seneca Niagara Casino were just about to open. The City of Niagara Falls was a tattered tourist destination with a world-class waterfall, a place with as many vacant storefronts as memories of the way things once were. The casino, residents were told, would bring the jobs, construction and city revenue they had been chasing in failed development deals for years.

But there were already signs the fine print wasn’t as good a deal as it could have been for the Falls.

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