From a press release I received recently from the DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton:

Serving the travelling public for the last fifty years, Orsini Bros. Inns Inc. was established with the purchase of the Coral Motel on Lundy’s Lane in March 1964.

The accommodations industry has changed a great deal over the years – and so has Orsini Bros. Inns Inc. The once modest motel operator was originally founded by the four Orsini brothers – Jerry, Steve, Joe and Gus – back at a time when a clean motel room with a TV and full bath, and an outdoor swimming pool were all the rage. Now, fifty years down the road, the operation has grown into a full service high rise hotel two blocks from the Falls – DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton, Buchanans Chophouse, Five Lakes Spa AVEDA, Ochre Gallery of Art.

Over it’s fifty year history, Orsini Bros. Inns Inc. has developed a reputation for treating it’s guests & staff like family. Having proudly hosted hundreds of memorable events from weddings to Prime Minister Harper, the Orsini family tradition of warm hospitality and building repeat customers continues today.

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Graham on April 24th, 2014

From Niagara This Week:

More than 500 participants huffed and puffed, climbing to the top of the Skylon Tower, all to raise money for the fight against children’s cancer. All conquered the 660 steps to the top of the iconic tower overlooking the Horseshoe and American falls — some more than once — and raised more than $50,000, with pledges still coming in.

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From the Buffalo News:

Annual rock scaling operations on the wall of the Niagara Gorge on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls will begin next week, the Niagara Parks Commission announced Wednesday.

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From the St Catharines Standard:

A group of Niagara Falls motel owners will be fighting for their survival at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The Niagara Innkeepers Association, representing 40 motels and about 1,900 rooms, is requesting more time to pay its February tax bill in instalments to weather the industry’s slowest time of year.

Without this concession, group president Devanshu Narang is worried several ‘mom and pop’ motels – properties with 100 rooms or fewer – will not last another year.

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Graham on April 23rd, 2014

From the Niagara Gazette:

The Buffalo Sewer Authority will spend $380 million over the next 20 years to reduce the amount of untreated sewage and stormwater runoff flowing into the Niagara River, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.

The work will involve sewage plant upgrades and the installation of rain gardens, pervious pavements, rain barrels and other techniques designed to absorb stormwater and prevent it from overwhelming the sewer system. In some areas, vacant buildings will be demolished to increase green space.

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From the Niagara Gazette:

The new Niagara Jet Adventures ready to launch boat tours along the lower river this year is planning a job fair Wednesday at the Village Center, 240 Lockport St.

The job fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center (Red Brick School) with the company looking to fill a variety of part-time and full-time jobs (e.g., retail, customer service, tour guides, marketing, boat staff and management positions.) Applicants with boating experience and service in the hospitality industry will be given preference.

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Graham on April 23rd, 2014

From the Welland Tribune:

There was plenty to cheer about in Niagara Falls on the weekend – not only inside the Scotiabank Convention Centre during the Canadian National Cheer & Dance Championships – but across the city where restaurants and hotels were booked to capacity.

“We had over 86 athletes with our five teams and they all came along with parents, grandparents and other spectators who came to watch and most of them stayed overnight or a full weekend,” said Jasmine Tessier, a coach with Thunder Cheerleading from Mississauga.

“Niagara Falls is always lots of fun for the girls. Many of them hit Clifton Hill and some were going to the Butterfly Conservatory,” said Tessier. “Not only is it a good event, we like the way things are run and the kids really get the full experience because they have the theatre, the arena and the ballroom.”

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Graham on April 11th, 2014

From a PR Newswire press release:

It all started with two guys and one guitar in 1994. Becoming a runaway success with their breakout album Drops of Jupiter and chart-topping singles like “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels”, Grammy Award-winning pop-rock band Train will perform live for two nights in July at Fallsview Casino.

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Graham on April 11th, 2014

From Niagara This Week:

Although the lights have been dimmed on the 2013-14 Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, one final one was shone on volunteers who helped out with the annual illumination event.

WFOL honoured its volunteers at a recent recognition dinner at the Greg Frewin Theatre, which also included the presentation of Sparkle Awards to residents got into the spirit of the Christmas season with holiday displays at homes throughout the city.

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From the Daily Mail:

Every year millions of visitors flock to see the dramatic Niagara Falls that separate New York state from Ontario.

But while 12million people head to the Canadian side, just six million choose to view the spectacular waterfall from the American side.

However, all that is set to change as the US ramps up a campaign to develop tourism on the south side of the Falls and tempt some of those 12million away from Canada.

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