Tag: 2014

    Hornblower cruises season starts (last) Saturday

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    I know I’m a couple of days late…

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Hornblower Niagara Cruises is set to sail for a fourth season, starting Saturday.

    The relatively mild winter meant there was no ice buildup in the Niagara River, so the boat tour operator set the April 1 start date and also began accepting bookings last month.

    “We have some weather and ice-modelling programs that we’ve created over the last couple of years and, about a month ago, we knew there were not going to be any significant ice concerns so we livened up our ticket sales,” said general manager Mory DiMaurizio.

    The popular tourist attraction also opened April 1 last year.

    “It was a great early start to the season and a great indicator of what was a landmark year,” he said.

    By comparison, the 2015 season didn’t start until April 30, following one of the coldest, longest winters on record. It’s inaugural season in 2014 started May 15.

    Boats are equipped with radiant heaters and visitors have the option of viewing the cataracts from “dry zone” areas.

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    Record feat on display for all to see

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    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.

    For sale: the worst of the worst in wax

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Crime doesn’t pay. Unless, of course, you’re selling the criminal.

    Harry Riley, 80, is selling wax figures from the former Criminal Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls online. Ed Gein, John Wayne Gacy and Adolf Hitler are among the 28 figures available on local Kijiji and Craigslist pages.

    “Everyone thinks it’s weird,” said Riley. “They’re shocked when they see them, especially the Hitler guy.” The replicas range from political figures like Abraham Lincoln, used in the John Wilkes Booth exhibit, to mobsters and serial killers.

    Riley was approached by Don Lombardi, former owner of the wax museum, to sell the items. The museum, a staple on Clifton Hill for nearly 40 years, closed in 2014.

    Niagara Falls sees upturn in tourism business in 2014

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Niagara Falls and Niagara County saw some solid tourism numbers last year, according to the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp.’s annual report released Tuesday.

    Some of the highlights of the report included…

    …“I’m happy to stand before you today to talk about the wonderful numbers and tourism growth that we have in Niagara County,” said John H. Percy Jr., president and chief executive officer of the region’s destination marketing agency, during an afternoon presentation at the Sheraton at the Falls on Third Street.

    Brief Marineland 2014 season recap

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    Occasionally I have a regular reader send me in his thoughts/observations about Marineland. Like a lot of people, he is conflicted about the park. He has great memories and see so much potential, but the current situation just doesn’t seem right.

    Here are some of his comments:

    I still check the park periodically via social media and such as I haven’t been to the park in ages… I’m hoping to go for the 2015 season!

    But here’s a recap of the 2014 season:

    • In March 2014 there was a bulldozer spotted behind Friendship Cove’s area

    • Peanut and her calf from 2013 passed away during the winter 2013-2014

    • Kelowna’s 2nd calf passed away in the winter 2013-2014

    • Kiska began play sessions with toys since May-June

    • Isis, Acadia, Aurora, Skyla, Rose and Talia were pregnant this year; all have given birth to healthy calves but Talia whom is still expecting or a stillbirth occurred (unconfirmed)

    • Belyi, the park’s first beluga passed away in August

    • Rain and Charmin are the only wild caught females who haven’t gotten pregnant yet.

    • Deadmau5 letter to the park… I personally want to take over MLC in a heartbeat but I can’t 🙁

    Note: These are just his observations and I have presented them as is. I do not know how accurate they are, and have not tried to confirm anything.

    Fallsview Casino celebrates a decade of gaming in Niagara

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    From Yahoo! Canada Finance:

    Fallsview Casino turns 10 on June 10. The 24-hour casino resort, overlooking the mighty Niagara Falls – one of the top vistas in the world – celebrates a decade of great gaming and strong community partnerships in Niagara.

    “This is an incredible milestone for our organization,” said Art Frank, President of Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara. “Despite the industry’s ebbs and flows, we’ve remained a competitive player in our market, and as we reflect on our achievements and look forward to the next 10 years, we do so with tremendous gratitude to our patrons, employees and partners, who make us one of North America’s premier entertainment and tourist attractions.”

    Maid of the Mist to launch for 129th consecutive season on May 10th

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    From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:

    Celebrities, world leaders and tourists from Canada and around the world will once again have a chance to ride the iconic Maid of the Mist when the boats are launched in Niagara Falls, N.Y., beginning Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. The Maid’s 2014 season marks the 129th consecutive year for one of North America’s longest running tourist attractions, and one that has long been considered a “must do” for Niagara Falls visitors from around the world.

    “For 129 years, the Maid of the Mist has been on the bucket-list of the world’s most famous, and not so famous visitors to Niagara Falls, and 2014 continues this genuine tradition,” said Christopher Glynn, president of the Maid of the Mist.

    All mothers will ride free on Mother’s Day, in honor of the 80th birthday of James Glynn, Chairman of the Maid of the Mist Corp. 2014 also marks James Glynn’s 64th consecutive season with the Maid of the Mist.

    Time to get the job done in 2014, Diodati says

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    From Niagara This Week:

    While 2013 represented a year of possibilities for the city, Mayor Jim Diodati said 2014 would be focused on getting the job done on numerous fronts.

    “It was a great year,” Diodati said in a year-end interview with Niagara this Week. “We’ve moved the ball forward in some big areas.”

    Sounding more like car dealer Billy — “It’s gonna be huuuuuuuuuge” — Fucillo, Diodati was very excited about the past year. In fact, that word “huge” cropped up a lot when Diodati was talking about the events of 2013.

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