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    Trivia on Niagara Falls’ past

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    (a little late, but still interesting)

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Here for your Family Day weekend reading pleasure are some bits and pieces from Niagara Falls’ fascinating past.

    1. Back in 1898 you could stay at the “newly remodelled” Windsor Hotel on Bridge St. for $1.50 to $2 a day.

    2. A century ago you could spend an evening playing billiards or bowling a few games in the basement of the McClive Block, a three storey building that still stands on Queen St. opposite city hall.

    3. The history of Simcoe Street School dates to 1857. The school’s first teacher, C.F. Secord, was paid an annual salary of $450. He was required to pay $60 a year for living quarters at the school’s whether he used it or not.

    Note: the list goes up to 12

    Council ‘derails’ $65-million entertainment complex, mayor says

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The future of a proposed $65-million entertainment complex is uncertain after city council removed from Monday’s agenda an agreement on the possible sale of the city-owned property to the developer.

    “It’s obviously questionable at this point,” said business development officer Serge Felicetti whose office has been dealing with Andrzej Kepinski, an investor considering a downtown entertainment complex. “He thought we were proceeding forward. He’s going to be very disappointed.”

    Mayor Ted Salci said he’s worried council’s decision not to consider the agreement might have “derailed” Kepinski’s plan to build an entertainment complex near the corner of Erie Avenue and Bridge Street. The 4.5-acre city-owned site is now Niagara Falls Transit’s office, garage and yard.

    Kepinski and Associates approached the city in June with a proposal for what a city report describes as a “proposed multiplex entertainment complex,” though it doesn’t give much description of what kind of specific entertainment it would provide.

    It would draw 300,000 visitors annually, an increase in visitor traffic that would benefit other parts of the city’s economy. The year-round complex would tie in with the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre, giving meeting planners one more reason to bring their conventions to Niagara Falls. Kepinski’s proposal would not contain a hotel. And as a private business, it could generate $218,000 a year in property taxes, the city report states.

    GO trains roll into Niagara Saturday

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After years of clamouring to get on the GO train, Niagara finally gets on board Saturday morning, though with 36 hours before the first train’s arrival there aren’t many signs of the debut of a much-anticipated service.

    On Thursday, there weren’t many signs at the Bridge Street station indicating the debut of a new, much-anticipated rail service between Niagara Falls and Toronto. There’s no green-and-white GO logo anywhere to be seen.

    “What you see is what you get, honey,” said a woman working in Via Rail’s ticket counter when asked if there have been many modifications.

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