Falls rock scaling operation underway

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From Niagara This Week:

Visitors to Niagara Falls may have noticed a crane dangling workers over the ledge above the lower observation deck of Journey Behind the Falls on Monday.

The workers were chipping away at loose rock in a process called ice-jacking on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls, 13 storeys above the falls basin.

Throughout the winter, water can creep into the crevices of the rock and through the freezing process slowly loosen pieces of rock as the frozen water expands, which then poses a danger to people standing on the observation deck below.

Falls featured in new film opening Friday

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From the St Catharines Standard:

Niagara Falls is the backdrop for an award-winning Canadian drama opening at the Niagara Square Cinemas Friday.

“Mary Goes Round,” the debut feature from Toronto director Molly McGlynn, stars Aya Cash (“You’re the Worst”) as a substance abuse counselor named Mary who loses her job and driver’s license because of a drinking problem. She’s then asked to meet her estranged father in her hometown of Niagara Falls, who is dying and hopes to see her connect with her teenaged half-sister who she has never met.

Angels pitching in $3M for Titanic project

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From Niagara This Week:

More than a year after first floating the idea, plans to build a Titanic museum in Niagara Falls are steaming ahead with no icebergs in site.

Fuelled with a $3-million commitment from the Niagara Angel Network, proponents of the attraction hope to welcome aboard their first passengers by the middle of next year.

While celebrating investments made in the past three years totalling just more than $12 million to help establish 29 businesses including several in Niagara, Angel Network executive director Terry Kadwell also announced plans to pitch in for the Experience Titanic interactive museum planned for Niagara Falls.

Where in the world are the new postings?

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I know, I know. It has been 5 months now since I last posted. I haven’t given up entirely, but I got close. A few years ago I lost my good Google rankings, and the traffic to the site has gone down every since. I get less people commenting, I make less money from ads, and I just ran out of energy.

I’ve had a pretty good winter, and I hope to get going again within the next month or so. Don’t give up yet…

Daredevilry, Rescue And The Family That Couldn’t Escape The Niagara Falls

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The NPR show (from WBUR in Boston), Only a Game, had a repeat of this segment this past Saturday. I didn’t hear it the first time, but heard it on Saturday. It is a neat history of Red Hill and his family.

William “Red” Hill Sr. was born on Oct. 27, 1887 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His career saving lives began when he carried his 4-year-old sister, Cora, out of their family’s burning home. For his bravery, he was awarded a medal from the Royal Canadian Humane Society. He was just 9 years old. But it was in the perilous waters of the Niagara River, not fire, where he saved the most lives.

On either side of Niagara Falls, when it rains, it pours sewage and stormwater

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From the Buffalo News:

An estimated 800 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater have flowed into the Niagara River from the American and Canadian sides so far this year, eight times more than last year.

It’s enough to pour over the Horseshoe Falls for 20 minutes.

The American side accounts for about three-quarters of the sewage and overflow, according to discharge data The Buffalo News reviewed. But most of the time, neither side’s wastewater system can handle an inch of daily rainfall without overflows into the river.

Horror fans get their own festival in Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Horror fans loved having a Niagara Falls convention this weekend dedicated to all the things they love.

“I like it because it’s a lot more intimate, it’s more segregated to the horror genre,” said Aaron Kellar, who Saturday dressed up as Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street during the first-ever Frightmare in the Falls at Scotiabank Convention Centre.

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