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Just say Yes: Hall of Famers headed to Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Days after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, members of the legendary progressive rock enclave Yes have announced a date at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Though the group performed at the UB Center for the Arts last fall beneath the moniker Anderson Rabin & Wakeman, when Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman come back to the area on Oct. 7, they will be trading beneath the banner “Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman.”

105 years ago, Niagara Falls ice bridge cracks, and three are swept to their deaths

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From the Buffalo News:

Believe it or not, visitors to Niagara Falls used to be able to walk on the ice bridges that form naturally at the base of the cataracts.

The ice bridges form every winter, typically in January Read More…

Niagara Falls names panel to lead 125th anniversary observance

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From the Buffalo News:

City Historian Elaine Timm was named chairwoman of a committee that will organize this year’s events to mark the 125th anniversary of Niagara Falls becoming a city in 1892.

The city was incorporated on March 17, 1892, and the city will mark that date in conjunction with the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ annual St. Patrick’s Day event in the Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center.

A Facebook page, NF125 Anniversary Committee, will be used to announce upcoming events and contests, and to share historical information. Residents also may use the page to suggest community events.

Letter: Retain natural beauty around Niagara Falls

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From a letter to the editor in the Buffalo News:

If Frederick Law Olmsted were around today to learn about plans to improve tourism in Niagara Falls, he would remind people that compared with the Canadian side, Niagara Falls State Park lets walkers enjoy one of the most beautiful natural areas in North America.

“It has incomparably greater beauty of a kind depending on refinement and delicacy, and subtle qualities of natural elements of scenery, and these largely apart from the actual cataract – incomparably greater beauty of a kind in which the nearness to the eye of illumined spray and mist and fleeting waters, and of the intricate disposition of leaves, with infinitely varied play of light and shadow, refraction and reflections, and much else that is indefinable in conditions of water, air and foliage are important parts.”

In Niagara Falls visit, Cuomo hails new hotel overlooking rapids

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From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that a new 191-room hotel overlooking the Niagara River rapids was the latest evidence that the state’s efforts to strengthen the Niagara Falls economy are working.

In a speech to nearly 200 local residents and officials, Cuomo said he wants Empire State Development to “step up to the plate” in Niagara Falls, carrying out a multi-pronged plan to boost the Cataract City’s economy.

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Niagara Falls tourism leaders want to bring back Festival of Lights

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From the Buffalo News:

The Festival of Lights used to draw thousands to downtown in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and to its convention center and Winter Garden.

Both the convention center and Winter Garden are long gone, and so is the Festival of Lights.

But in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the Winter Festival of Lights continues to grow and draw tourists. The Ontario festival says it attracts more than one million visitors each year.

Lisa Vitello, Tourism Advisory Board chairman, said Monday she traveled to Ontario’s festival earlier this month. She returned feeling bad about the loss of the festival in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Fireworks and light show coming to Niagara Falls this week

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From the Buffalo News:

If you’re looking for your latest Instagram post or selfie opportunity, you might want to look across the border.

Niagara Parks is unveiling its new Illumination LED light display Thursday evening – promising new, brighter, more energy-efficient Xenon lights with 1,800 color combinations on the Canadian side of the falls.

Festival of Lights opens in Niagara Falls’ Hyde Park

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From the Buffalo News:

A drive-through festival of holiday light display was to be switched on, followed by a fireworks show, the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 23 in Hyde Park.

There were more than 20 displays available Wednesday, but Peter P. Robinson, head of A Hand Up Inc., said the number will soon increase to about 35.

Holly Trolley rides into Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Music and holiday cheer will start at City Hall and spread to all of Niagara Falls aboard the Holly Trolley on Dec. 2.

The City of Niagara Falls tree lighting will be held from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Dec. 2, in the lobby of City Hall, 745 Main St., with refreshments provided by Hard Rock Cafe.

After the tree lighting, the Holly Trolley will travel to neighborhoods with riders invited to sing holiday songs.

Now it’s Canada’s turn to correct staffing issues that discourage cross-border travel

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From the Buffalo News:

Will Canada start listening now? With border backups attracting attention across the country and pressure rising at all levels of government, perhaps Ottawa will finally act to defuse a problem that poses economic perils on both sides of the border.

The problem, which has been evident at various times all summer, repeated itself late last month as Canadians returning home from the Kanye West concert in Buffalo encountered not only long lines at the border crossing in Fort Erie, but the additional insult of watching booths closing as agents packed up for the night. An unnecessarily long wait was thoughtlessly extended.

Canadian authorities have been made aware of the problem. Yet nothing improves.

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