Graham Wing on August 20th, 2014

From the Niagara Falls Review:

John Kinney’s hopes for a liquor licence to get his dinner cruises underway on this side of the Niagara River have been dashed.

He was counting on complaints from residents being thrown out at a preheating held last week, but instead, an October date has been set for a hearing before a tribunal of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for Niagara Sunset Cruises.

The goal of a preheating is to resolve issues through discussions between an applicant and those who are objecting to the granting of a licence, but that didn’t happen, said Queenston resident Marilyn Armstrong, who was at the informal meeting as one of the objectors.

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Graham Wing on August 20th, 2014

From CBC News:

An animal rights group says the killer whale at Marineland appears to be sick, but officials insist that Kiska, a mainstay of the Niagara Falls, Ont., water park for many years, is in good health.

Orca United recently sent CBC News photos which it says show signs of a troubling condition known as “peanut head” — an indentation near the blowhole that is a sign of severe weight loss.

CBC News was given access to the park and Kiska. Her trainers say she has “good girth” and eats between 40 and 55 kilograms of fish a day.

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Graham Wing on August 19th, 2014

From the Niagara Falls Review:

After 10 years, the Winter Festival of Lights and its general manager Dino Fazio have parted ways.

Fazio confirmed in an e-mail to the media Wednesday that he has left the long-running festival to pursue “personal projects.” He had been on a leave of absence “for awhile,” according to festival board co-chairman Brian Crow.

He said Fazio was a “great” leader for the festival during an often turbulent decade. During his stint, the festival had to bow out of the annual New Year’s Eve concert in Queen Victoria Park, and last year ended its partnership with Disney after more than two decades.

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Graham Wing on August 19th, 2014

From the St Catharines Standard:

It’s a sure sign of summer for Niagara’s emergency workers.

Calls for high-angle rescues of hikers or tourists come in just about every week. There were two in one day in St. Catharines during a recent weekend.

Some are mundane — a lost hiker who needs some direction and help up a steep slope. Others are dramatic, such as the high-flying rescue in Niagara Falls in May where a Niagara Parks Police officer was suspended from a helicopter above the Niagara River while helping an injured man in the water.

“When they are off trail, it’s a naturally hazardous situation,” said Niagara Parks Police Insp. Paul Forcier.

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Graham Wing on August 13th, 2014

From the Globe and Mail:

The Daredevil is a thrill ride boat designed to take the plunge over Niagara Falls with eight people on board. A drag anchor chute would slow it down, and safety features would include shock-absorbing bumpers.

No thank you!

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From Time Warner Cable News (includes video):

Officials said Monday that the Wonder Falls project, the planned transformation the former Rainbow Centre Mall in Niagara Falls into a resort and tourist desination, could be the start of a new era for the city.

Wonder Falls will include a 15-story hotel, an indoor waterpark, retail, restaurants, and a daredevil museum.

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Graham Wing on August 12th, 2014

From the Niagara Falls Review:

A small electrical blaze on Sunday led to the closure of nearly an entire block of attractions on Clifton Hill Monday.

Brick City, The Haunted House, Bronto’s Playland and The Fun House, along with a gift shop, were all closed from water damage after firefighters put out a minor fire Sunday around 12:30 p.m.

The blaze started in the attic of The Haunted House and was quickly put out, but water from the hoses forced the attractions to close. Guests at the nearby Travelodge at the Falls also had to be relocated to other hotels when the power went out Sunday.

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Graham Wing on August 12th, 2014

From the Buffalo News:

A 60-ton stone chimney, all that remains of a French-built fort near Niagara Falls, is to be moved to a new home this summer, with $200,000 in Niagara River Greenway funding paying for the project.

The Host Communities Standing Committee, which holds the purse strings for Greenway funds in Niagara County, unanimously approved the allocation Tuesday in a meeting at the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency offices.

Its attorney, Stanley Widger, said the funding is contingent on approval of the move Monday by the Falls City Council. The chimney is city property.

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