Category: Niagara Falls News

Ruedi Hafen, Niagara Helicopters’ President and Chief Pilot, Nominated for Aviator of the Year!

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From a PRWeb press release (via Yahoo! News):

Ruedi Hafen, President and Chief Pilot of Niagara Helicopters has been nominated under Aviator of the Year for his daring rescue of the man who went over Niagara Falls this past March 11, 2009.

The man who plunged over the Niagara Falls in March did not want to be saved, but Ruedi Hafen refused to give up. Following up an emergency call, Hafen – founder of tourist flight operator Niagara Helicopters – hovered his Bell 407 over the drowning man, so a police officer could attach a sling to his arm. When he resisted, Hafen used the aircraft’s downdraft to push the would-be suicide safely to shore. Swiss-born Hafen -who has taken Niagara Helicopters to $6 million revenues in 20 years with his Niagara Falls helicopter tour and specialty flight service – was praised in media coverage for his courage, quick-thinking and airmanship.

“I am honoured to be included in this category with such incredible people as Captain Chesley Sullenberger, Iren Dornier and Jose Miguel Ceppi” said Mr. Hafen.

‘Rink at the Brink’ gets the thumbs up


From the Niagara Falls Review:

Outdoor skating is on its way to Table Rock.

The Niagara Parks Commission has approved a plan by the Winter Festival of Lights for the ‘Rink at the Brink,’ putting a 20- by-40-metre sheet of ice next to the Horseshoe Falls.

Festival of Lights manager Dino Fazio envisions a family attraction similar to the world-famous rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

“It has been quite a challenge for us this year with this project,” he says. “The timelines have been tight since Day 1.”

Planning began in February, and Fazio says the “logistics” were overwhelming.

But once it’s up and running in November, he expects it to become an “iconic” winter attraction for the city.

New Daredevil Gallery Adds to Exhilarating Niagara Falls Attractions on Fallsview Boulevard

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From a PRWeb press release (via Yahoo! News):

The most thrilling Niagara Falls attractions have a home on Fallsview Boulevard, a bustling area with Fallsview hotels, nightclubs and more just 500 yards from the Mighty Falls. This summer, Skylon Tower, the IMAX Niagara, and Niagara Freefall have been joined by yet another gripping Fallsview attraction – the new Daredevil Gallery located within the IMAX Niagara.

Falls may be able to do little in Marineland eviction

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Close to 50 families facing eviction from a trailer park owned by Marineland are hoping city council will be their white knight, but councillors themselves are warning them not to pin their hopes on city hall.

Council deferred again Monday a decision on whether or not to use a rarely used section of Ontario’s Municipal Act in a bid to prevent Marineland owner John Holer from kicking out 47 families who live in the Green Oaks mobile home park on Stanley Ave.

Lawyer Nicholas Bader, representing many of the tenants, presented his report on the issue but gave it to Marineland lawyer Tom Richardson 15 minutes before a committee meeting at city hall Monday.

Councillors said they wanted more time and for Richardson to have more time to review his report before making a decision.

They’ll reconsider the tenants’ request at the committee’s next meeting.

Despite tenants’ pleas for city intervention, Mayor Ted Salci said it’s unlikely council can give them the relief they’re looking for.

Protesters risk lives to hang banner at falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Two men and a woman climbed onto the observation tower at the Niagara Falls State Park early Tuesday and rappelled 300 feet to unfurl a giant banner protesting what they call dirty oil being imported to the U. S. from Canada.

The trio, whose efforts were broadcast online moments after they began, rappelled from the catwalk beneath the tower.

As they descended, they draped a banner that spelled out “Clean Energy Future,” and “Tar Sands Oil,” with two arrows pointing in opposite directions to indicate tar oil sands are harmful to the environment.

The three rappellers, wearing 40-pound harnesses, apparently climbed onto the catwalk beneath the tower about 6 a. m. to unfurl the banner.

State park police arrived shortly after the action began and tourists gathered to watch as the three dangled for several hours about 100 feet above the bank of the Niagara River.

A drop would have landed them on a paved access road below.

“This is as bad as somebody trying to go over the falls in a barrel,” said Sgt. James Comfort of the park police.

“Everybody has a right to protest but they should do it peacefully in a manner accepted by society.”

Clifton Hill | Niagara Falls , Canada | Atlas Obscura

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From Atlas Obscura:

“The Niagara Falls is simply a vast amount of water going the wrong way over some unnecessary rocks” said Oscar Wilde, ever the pessimist. However, had he visited today, and spent some time in Clifton Hill he might have had different reaction… one of pure horror.

Diva-Paloosa @ The Americana Resort Niagara Falls – Support the CIBC Run for the Cure!

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Last Wednesday I received the latest email newsletter from the Americana Waterpark Resort.


To subscribe to the newsletter, click on the “Stay Informed with the Americana Newsletter” link on the left of the every page of the Americana Conference Resort & Spa web site.

Hilton Niagara Falls Season Sell-Off

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Last Wednesday I received the latest newsletter from the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview.


To subscribe to the newsletter, fill out the form on the left-hand side of any page on the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview web site.

Brasa heats up

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From Niagara This Week:

Niagara Falls is starting to heat up and it’s not because of an Indian Summer that some are hoping for.

Brasa Brazilian steakhouse and wine bar, a new restaurant at the Hilton Hotel and Suites, is heating up the area with its authentic Brazilian dining experience.

Anthony Annunziata, vice-president of marketing and development at the Hilton Hotel and Suites, said the newly expanded hotel imported Brazilian chef Ricardo Zanona who created a menu featuring 12 different cuts of beef, chicken, lamb and pork. The cuts of meat were cooked over an open range and specially spiced by Brazilian grill masters.

Annunziata said the all-you-can-eat buffet will feature over 70 items. To help build the right ambiance, everything from the decor and music to the servers will be authentic.

The restaurant opened for business last Monday, in recognition of Brazilian Independence Day.

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