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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.

    Niagara Falls adventure course stalled

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Wildplay is still awaiting TSSA approval before it opens its Whirlpool Adventure Course on Niagara Parks Commission property at Thompson Point.

    There was original optimism the attraction might be up and running near the end of July, just after Wildplay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls opened for business to the public at the base of Clifton Hill.

    The opening was then pushed back until late August, and again into September.

    The wait continues.

    Last Chance for Summer Savings!

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    Last week I received the latest email newsletter from Oh Canada Eh?.

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    You can subscribe to their newsletter by clicking on the “Join our eClub for discounts, eh?” link at the top of their web site.

    Brink of Niagara Falls perfectly safe for spectators – as long as they follow the rules

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    The steel railing and stone wall that divides tens of thousands of tourists from the beauty and power of Niagara Falls are almost always wet and slippery from the mist that routinely drifts out across the city.

    But the obvious potential for danger, the signs warning people to keep their feet on the sidewalk, constant reminders from police patrolling the area around Table Rock – even with all of that, some people can’t resist tempting fate.

    “We see it all the time,” said Niagara Parks Police Chief Doug Kane. “It’s very disturbing … very disturbing.”

    So even on a breezy August Monday afternoon, with three incidents serving as fresh reminders of the dangerous and deadly consequences, there they were, visitors scaling the barrier at the brink of the falls, anxious for that apparent metre or two of added closeness to one of the world’s greatest wonders.

    More U.S. visitors come to Ontario

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    I’ve said this a couple of times this summer, but I didn’t have any hard numbers to back me up…

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The latest figures from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism show a modest increase in American visitation to Ontario during June compared to a year earlier when stricter border-crossing regulations came into full effect.

    Crossings from the United States to Ontario were up 7.8% in June. Sameday crossings increased 15.2% while overnight crossings were up 2.7% over the same month the year previous.

    Wayne Thomson, president of Niagara Falls Tourism, was caught off guard by the figures showing increases in June.

    “That’s extremely surprising,” said Thomson, a city councillor and former mayor of Niagara Falls. “That’s completely contrary to the feedback and the statistical information I have received from the major stakeholders.

    “There seemed to be satisfaction with January to May, and then a substantial dropoff in June, but July, August and September coming back.”

    Enjoy the August Long Weekend at Safari Niagara

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    On Tuesday I received the following email newsletter from Safari Niagara.

    If you haven’t been to Safari Niagara, I’d recommend that you take advantage of this deal and give it a try. My family loves it!

    Falls family has America’s funniest video

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    Call it the $10,000 scream.

    As seven-year-old Kieran Atkinson prepared for a trip on the Sky Screamer ride at Marineland last August, she wasn’t happy. With dad Tim zooming in with his video camera, she went to say, “I don’t like this ride.” But before she could finish, the thrill ride sent her 320 feet in the air.

    As dad kept filming, her voice trailed off into the sky.

    Tim and his wife, Anne Marie, thought the 15-second clip was amusing, but it was Anne Marie’s sister-in-law, Susan Creen, who prompted the Niagara Falls couple to submit it to ABC’s long-running show, America’s Funniest Videos.

    From there, things happened fast.

    Hilton Niagara Falls August Exclusive!

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

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    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.

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