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 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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Graham on April 11th, 2014

From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $40 million commitment to implement the Niagara Falls State Park Landscape Improvements Plan already has had a transformative impact on the nation’s oldest state park. Central to the initiative is a proposal to move the statue of Nikola Tesla, inventor of the electric motor who also designed and oversaw the construction of the world’s first hydroelectric generating plant, from its present location to nearer the brink of the falls.

A more appropriate disposition of the distinctive statue, which was a gift to the United States from Tesla’s homeland Yugoslavia on the occasion of our 1976 bicentennial, would be for the government of New York State to transfer it to the City of Niagara Falls, where Tesla’s historic facility actually stood.

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Graham on April 10th, 2014

From Niagara This Week:

The sale of land on Fallsview Boulevard that is home to the IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls will have no impact on the operation of the theatre, the U.S.-based operator of the theatre says.

The giant-screen, 600-seat theatre is owned by Utah-based Destination Cinema Inc., has been operating at the site since 1986. The sale of the property, which hosts the theatre, the Niagara Falls Daredevil Gallery and the National Geographic Store, was finalized on March 20.

“Despite the sale of the property, it’s business as usual for Destination Cinema and the IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls,” said Bob Perkins, CEO of Destination Cinema.

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Nik Wallenda might not be the only daredevil around here, although he takes the risks and walks those crazy high wires while crowds watch in awe.

As he returns to the region this summer for a 10-week stint at Darien Lake, local developers and officials are doing their own type of tightrope walk as efforts continue to find the aerialist a permanent place to perform in the city.

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Graham on April 10th, 2014

From Niagara This Week:

Here comes the fudge.

Things just got a little sweeter on Queen Street with the arrival of the Niagara Falls Fudge Company.

But while the store may be new, there’s a lot of tradition being packed into those near half-pound bricks being sold in 12 different varieties. That’s because co-owners Ross Gigliotti and Bill Koldenhof have enlisted the services of Koldenhof’s father, Hank, who was the long-time operator of Maple Leaf Fudge in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Fudge has been Hank’s life for nearly 50 years.

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Graham on April 10th, 2014

From The Times of West Virginia:

Some proposals are cute.

Some are spontaneous.

Others are unexpected.

And some are so downright romantic, others pale in comparison.

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Graham on April 9th, 2014

From the Buffalo News:

Supporters of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster insist his big-picture perspective is what’s needed in a city long plagued by blight and controversy. His critics have challenged many of his priorities and policies.

Dyster sat down with The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer to discuss economic development, efforts to bolster tourism and upcoming discussions about whether the region should build a new stadium. Here is a summary of some of the issues covered in an interview that is part of the “In Focus” series.

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Graham on April 9th, 2014

From the Toronto Sun:

Highly accomplished Oscar-and-Grammy-winning actor-singer-comedian Jamie Foxx is a student of classical music who began playing piano when he was five years old.

But you never would have known it from the first of his two back-to-back shows at Fallsview Casino on Wednesday night.

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