Graham on October 14th, 2016

Another in my series on keycards

This is the third Ramada Niagara Falls keycard that I’ve found. The front is the same as the last one, but quite different from the first one.


Graham on October 14th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Police continue to investigate a fire they say was deliberately set Tuesday at a Lundy’s Lane motel in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Regional Police said they responded to a working fire at the Value Inn at approximately 5:30 p.m.

They said the fire was quickly extinguished and damage was contained to one room. The motel was vacant and not in operation at the time of the fire.

Graham on October 14th, 2016


Last holiday season I saw a laser light show along Victoria Ave near Clifton Hill. I see from the Nightmares Fear Factory web site that this year there will be another light show.


Graham on October 14th, 2016

From Niagara This Week:

John Scozzafava knew he had something special back in August of 2014 when he harvested a rather large zucchini from his backyard garden.

The folks at the Guinness Book of World Records thought so, too, and now Scozzafava has the documentation to prove his gardening prowess. The gargantuan vegetable measured 2.53 metres (8 feet, 3.3 inches) in length and smashed a record of 2.39 metres (seven feet, 10 inches) held by Gurdial Singh Kanwal of Brampton, Ont.

The certificate from Guinness and various news articles about Scozzafava’s feat are now on display at the Guinness World Records Museum on Clifton Hill for everyone to see.

Graham on October 13th, 2016

I saw this on Facebook, and figured it was worth sharing. This is a web page that shows a bunch of awkward family photos. I was surprised to see that photo 16 is of someone in Niagara Falls visiting Journey Behind the Falls.

From Niagara at Large:

Few jounalists I know have captured the power, the drama the beauty and theatrics in and around one of the world’s most scenic wonders – the Great Falls of Niagara – with as much passion and insight as Michael Clarkson.

So it makes all the sense in the world that Michael Clarkson has written a book on the many daredevils that have tempted fate in the roaring waters of the Falls.

From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

Leaders in Niagara Falls want to build a new convention and event center downtown. The center would be much larger than the current one on Old Falls Street. Officials say they’re currently waiting for the state to sign off on a feasibility study.

New York State Asemblyman John Ceretto said, “Once they approve it, which I hope is soon, it will go to the power proceed board and they will allocate the funding and our estimate is, we are talking about $150,000 for a study. We are not talking about a huge amount of money.”

Before 2002, the City of Niagara Falls had a much larger convention center, which is now the Seneca-Niagara Casino. The replacement for the old convention center on Old Falls Street is much smaller.

Graham on October 13th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Reservations for the 13th annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap fundraiser can be made starting Friday at 8 a.m.

Sleep Cheap will run for five nights again this year — from Nov. 13-17.

During the event, many Niagara Falls hotels offer rooms to Niagara residents only at discounted prices. The proceeds help select local charities. To date, more than $1.5 million has been raised.

Minimum donations for rooms remain the same as last year: $35 per night for a standard room, $45 for a Fallsview room, $65 for a whirlpool room, and $85 for a room with access to a waterpark.

Participating hotels can be found at

Graham on October 5th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

There are two new faces at the zoo.

Safari Niagara staff recently welcomed two reticulated giraffes to the 150-acre nature park nestled in the heart of Stevensville.

The giraffe yearlings, Moses and Ziphora, arrived from a zoological facility in the U.S., and are now enjoying their new enclosure at the zoo on Stevensville Road.

“(Staff at the zoo) are very excited,” Andrea Bouw, a marketing manager for Safari Niagara, said.


Niagara Falls enjoyed a record summer for tourism, according to local tourism leaders. The Niagara USA Official Visitors Center reports assisting more than 103,000 guests during the summer of 2016. The Center estimates that to be a 16 percent increase from the previous summer tourist season.

Changes that helped boost the local tourist trade this year include the introduction of a trolley service that linked users to more than a dozen destinations along the Niagara River.

“We’ve done something great, as far as the trolleys, because we’re bringing patrons from downtown Niagara Falls, throughout all the other attractions all the way up to Fort Niagara,” said State Assemblyman John Ceretto during an appearance at the Aquarium of Niagara Wednesday. “But this is at the cusp. We’ve got to continue moving forward.”

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