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Niagara Falls may have more visitors than it thought

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara Falls tourism officials customarily say that their city draws 8 million visitors a year, but a new study may show the figure may be larger than that.

A consultant estimates 7.3 million Americans visited Niagara Falls last year. Longwoods International is still working on numbers for Canadian and other foreign tourists, said John H. Percy Jr., president of Destination Niagara.

Consultant hired to study feasibility of events center in Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

A Minneapolis consulting firm, Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, has been hired to study the feasibility of a sports and events facility for the City of Niagara Falls.

The consultant has been directed to deliver the report by Oct. 1, according to Samuel M. Ferraro, Niagara County economic development commissioner. The $113,000 cost will be split equally among the county, city and state.

Niagara Falls visitors may have been exposed to measles, state warns

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From the Buffalo News:

State health officials have issued an advisory that some people may have been exposed to measles May 11-12 at four locations, including Niagara Falls.

A tourist from India with measles visited the locations, according to the Health Department.

People lacking immunity or who are not sure if they have been vaccinated should contact their physician if they develop measles symptoms, which include fever and rash 10 to 12 days after exposure. Measles is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions.

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Fox 5 NY – Tourist with measles rode Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls; measles exposure warning

Wallenda’s wife plans to hang by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Five years after her husband walked a tightrope over Niagara Falls, his wife is planning her own teeth-clenching stunt there.

To be precise, Erendira Wallenda, a trapeze aerialist, plans to hang by her teeth from a tether connected to a helicopter flying over the Falls, Niagara County officials announced Tuesday night.

By a 14-0 vote Tuesday, the County Legislature earmarked $35,000 to help pay any costs connected with the spectacle, which local officials hope will draw thousands of tourists like Nik Wallenda’s nationally televised 1,800-feet tightrope walk did on June 15, 2012.

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A Sportsman’s Tale: Did this bass take the fall?

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A fun little story from the Buffalo News:

As a charter captain, I fish the Niagara River a lot – both above and below Niagara Falls.

One thought that goes through everyone’s mind who fishes this mighty river is: How many fish go over the falls … and survive?…

He fought the fish for a few minutes and as I netted it, we could see there was a green tag attached to the back of the fish… I…found out that the bass had been tagged during the Canadian Tire Lake Erie Classic Bass Tournament from October of 2015. According to the tournament director, they tagged and released it in Chippewa Creek – off the Upper Niagara River.

So what accounts for the fish ending up in the lower Niagara? There are two options. It either swam upriver into Lake Erie, took a right and made another right at the Welland Canal, then proceeded to swim the canal to Lake Ontario, take a right and then take another right into the Niagara River, again swimming upriver, or …

It took a short cut and dropped over the falls and ended up just north of Lewiston. I believe it’s the latter.

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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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