Graham on January 29th, 2016

From Niagara This Week:

The last time Henry Winkler visited Niagara Falls, he was all business, speaking out to raise awareness on mental health issues in 2012.

Winkler was the keynote speaker as a Pathstone Foundation Hope Award Gala to help raise funds for the Niagara organization that looks to provide mental health services and support for young people. Winkler has struggled his entire life with learning challenges.

This time Winkler, best known for his Fonzie character from ’70s sitcom, Happy Days will be visiting for a different reason, to meet with fans at Niagara Falls Comic Con in June.

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I know I posted about this yesterday, but this article has more details.

From the National Post:

New York officials are considering temporarily turning some of Niagara Falls into a trickle.

Plans to replace two 115-year-old pedestrian bridges could involve shutting down the water flowing over one section of the falls by building a temporary structure to redirect it to another.

It was done once before, for a 1969 study of erosion.

The result then, as now, would be a rare look at the rock formations that lie beneath the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the United States side of the tourist draw, and perhaps an even more robust Canadian Horseshoe Falls, where 85 per cent of the water flows over normally.

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Graham on January 28th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

The first in what is expected to be a multi-phase revitalization along Victoria Avenue has been approved by city council.

The city will contribute $2.9 million towards the $3.5-million phase, while the Victoria Centre BIA will contribute up to $600,000, conditional on a spring 2016 start.

In 2014, the BIA and municipal staff developed a streetscape master plan outlining improvement ideas for the district, located in the tourist area of Niagara Falls.

The plan calls for accessible sidewalks, benches, decorative lighting, street trees and landscaping, gateway features, attraction and performance space, resurfaced roadways and public washroom facilities.

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Graham on January 27th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Falls will be a highlighted location on The Weather Channel’s upcoming It’s Amazing Out There winter tour.

The two-day tour is all about discovering the “beauty and amazement” winter brings throughout North America.

Meteorologists and officials from the Atlanta-based channel are scheduled to visit attractions such as Journey Behind the Falls, the Niagara Skywheel and the falls themselves.

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A new video released by international non-profit group Last Chance for Animals exposes “inhumane treatment” of beluga whales at the park, according to a group spokesman.

The five-minute clip is comprised of hidden-camera footage shot over five months by an LCA investigator hired as a Marineland summer employee last year. It documents what the group calls “insufficient care,” showing belugas bunched together, covered in scars and skin conditions. One young calf named Gia, separated from her mother, is shown in an isolation pool “where her condition deteriorated.”

Adam Wilson, LCA’s director of investigations, said the employee shot “discreet” footage with high definition cameras. The majority of footage focussed on the park’s 46 belugas, the largest population of captive belugas in the world.

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From Niagara This Week:

Despite some moodiness from Mother Nature, the annual Museums Dollar Day for Cystic Fibrosis was “a smashing success”, according to organizer Nancy Clayton.

“It took a few years off my life, worrying about the weather,” Clayton said with a laugh.

What started out as a rainy day with a few breaks in the weather grew wintrier as the day wore on. By mid afternoon it had begun to snow, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from checking out attractions on Clifton Hill and area, even with some long lineups.

“I was at Movieland (Wax Museum) and you could tell the weather by what people had on,” Clayton said. “By 3 p.m. people had snow on them.”

Justina Fife of Niagara Falls has lived in the area all of her life and had never visited the museums. She was impressed by what she saw at the Rock Legends Wax Museum on Centre Street.

“I just wanted to try them out,” she said.

And she said she liked what she saw at Rock Legends.

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Graham on January 27th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland says rumours that its lone killer whale died over the weekend was part of an “orchestrated” attack by animal rights activists.

Without naming the group or individuals that started them, Marineland says “false allegations” were posted that Kiska – the only captive orca in Canada – had died. It came after several phone calls the park received inquiring about Kiska’s condition.

“Repeated calls were made to Marineland’s information line by a number of individuals, all of whom demanded to know whether Kiska was still alive,” said a park spokesperson in an e-mailed response to The Review. “They were all assured that Kiska is fine and healthy.

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Graham on January 27th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

The possibility of the American Falls going dry for the first time in 47 years isn’t a concern to the Niagara Parks Commission.

In fact, it may create a tourism boom.

“I think it would have a positive impact,” says Parks chairwoman Janice Thomson, reacting to reports the New York State parks system intends to divert water from the American Falls some time in the next two to three years to work on two aging pedestrian bridges. “It would be similar to the ‘Frozen Falls’ phenomenon, it gets people’s imagination (going). They would have to come and see it.”

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Graham on January 6th, 2016

From Niagara Falls Review:

With Queen Victoria Park filling up and fireworks about to go off, Alan Doyle took a moment to soak it all in New Year’s Eve.

The former Great Big Sea singer was making his fourth appearance at the annual concert, and it’s among his favourite gigs.

“I always think of Niagara Falls as like a Canadian Times Square,” he said. “I’m so grateful they asked me back, it means a lot to me to do it.”

It was a sentiment shared by Dennis DeYoung and Tom Cochrane, also making repeat visits to a concert that may have lost its TV coverage this year but still had thousands of bundled up fans show up for the event’s 25th year.

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Graham on January 6th, 2016

From Niagara Falls Review:

When October and November are “banner months” for a prime tourist attraction — and not the typical July and August — you know you’ve had a good year.

“We’ve enjoyed a very solid year. The fall season has been especially good, with October and November being banner months for us,” said Niagara Casinos spokesman Greg Medulun.

“In fact, October was one of our top 10 revenue months of all time. This includes Julys and Augusts over the past 19 years as well.”

It was a year to savour for the city’s tourism industry.

Niagara Falls Tourism said this past summer was the best season in years, with many businesses and hotels reporting significant increases in business from last summer.

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