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    NY Getaway Guide: The Best Things to do at Niagara Falls

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    From Untapped Cities:

    From sea to shining sea the Untied States is filled with breathtaking natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, the redwoods of California, and the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Lucky for us New Yorkers, one of America’s greatest natural treasures is right here in our home state. Less than a two-hour plane ride from JFK Airport, Niagara Falls is one of the most awe-inspiring sites in the world, and the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or a long road trip across New York.

    Gearing up for Niagara Falls Comic Con

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s game on for Charles Martinet.

    The California resident has spent the last few days cramming in as much sight-seeing adventures as he could into his first trip to Niagara because, starting Friday, his calendar will be pretty full.

    “I’m enchanted with Niagara Falls,” he said Wednesday. “It is absolutely beautiful.”

    Martinet, who has been the voice of Mario in Nintendo’s flagship video game franchise for the past 27 years, will be among a number of celebrity guests at the sixth annual Niagara Falls Comic Con which starts Friday.

    A Detailed Look At How Americans Travel Within The US

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    This isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls, but some of you may find it interesting.

    From Business Insider:

    New York may have Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty, but it’s not the most popular state for tourism.

    That title goes to California, which is home to such iconic tourist attractions as the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, and Disneyland.

    Post Foods to close south Modesto facility, cutting 140 jobs

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    This isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls tourism, but there is a Post Foods factory in Niagara Falls just a few blocks from Clifton Hill. Apparently a Modesto, California factory is being closed with some production shifted to Niagara Falls. I guess what is good for the city is good for tourism, and vice versa.

    Marineland’s last-ditch effort to get injunction to keep killer whale fails

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Lawyers for Marineland hoped an 11th hour temporary injunction would block the return of one of its two killer whales to SeaWorld Friday.

    The injunction, however, was denied by a U.S. district court judge and that led to the dramatic transport of the 1,815-kilogram killer whale Ikaika Saturday night.

    More than a dozen police cars, a crane and a number of transport trucks arrived at the Niagara Falls amusement park just after 6 p.m. Floodlights and the crane could be seen from the road as workers removed the male killer whale and lowered him into a waiting transport truck container filled with cold water. Two hours later, the convoy left for Hamilton, where the nine-year-old whale was loaded into a cargo plane outfitted with a holding tank. Ikaika was flown to California and to SeaWorld San Diego, where he was lowered back into a tank Sunday morning.

    “The animal was attended to by vets and other zoological professionals throughout the process,” Fred Jacobs, a spokesman for the Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, wrote in an email.

    New Sea Lions at the Aquarium

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    The critter count has grown by two as the Aquarium of Niagara has welcomed two new sea lions into their family.

    The young females were each found stranded under similar circumstances on a beach and rescued by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California back in 2009.

    Oh Baby! Ripley’s in Niagara Falls to Host Fertility Statues Exhibit

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    I received the following via email, but also found it on the web:


    Oh Baby!
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
    in Niagara Falls to Host Fertility Statue Exhibit
    World-famous statues are linked
    to more than 2,000 pregnancies – so proceed with caution!

    Niagara Falls, ON. – (August 4, 2010)Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls will host the return of the world-famous Ripley’s Fertility Statues for public viewing from September 4 to September 26.

    Please Don’t Touch – Unless You Want a Baby!

    More than 2,000 women have reported that they became pregnant shortly after touching the wooden statues. Many of them had been told by doctors they would never be able to conceive. Some are very serious about touching the statues, believing in their powers to help them conceive. Others want to avoid touching the statues – for the very same reason! The five-foot tall wooden statues were acquired from the Ivory Coast of West Africa in 1993 and were placed in the lobby of Ripley Entertainment’s corporate headquarters in Orlando. Within months, 13 women, including staffers and office visitors, were pregnant.

    The Real American Idols

    Following a December 1995 story in the Wall Street Journal chronicling the phenomenon, the demand to touch them became international news. In the ensuing years, the edifices made three trips around the world.
    They were retired to the Ripley warehouse in 2001, but due to great demand, they were put on display at the Ripley headquarters in Orlando, where women routinely made special visits just to see and touch the statues.
    “For years, we were inundated with requests to make these statues available once again, so we’ve brought them out of retirement and they are proving to be very popular during this world tour,” said Edward Meyer, VP of Archives & Exhibits for Ripley Entertainment.
    The statues are back in the U.S. after wrapping up the European leg of their three-year world tour. They have been seen by thousands of people during crowd-pleasing stops at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museums in New York’s Times Square, Grand Prairie, Texas, Williamsburg, Virginia, Orlando, Florida, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, San Francisco, California, London, Blackpool, England, St. Augustine, Florida, Newport, Oregon, San Antonio, Texas, Branson, Missouri, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Ocean City, Maryland and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

    How to Reach Out and Touch the Statues in Niagara Falls

    The statues will be on display in the lobby of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls from September 4 through September 26. Would-be parents are invited to come in and touch them for FREE during regular business hours. Museum hours and location:
    Daily 9 a.m. – midnight
    4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Ontario
    L2G 3N4 Canada
    (905) 356-2238
    After Niagara Falls, the statues’ final stop will be in Panama City, Florida from October 4 – October 25.
    To set up an interview with a mother who touched the statues and became pregnant, contact Tim O’Brien at obrien@ripleys.com.
    For more information, including high resolution images and video, please visit www.ripleysnewsroom.com.

    About Ripley Entertainment Inc.

    Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 80 attractions in 11 countries. In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

    Contacts:

    Tim Parker
    General Manager
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls
    Office – 905-356-2238
    parker@ripleys.com

    Tim O’Brien
    VP Communications
    Ripley Entertainment Inc.
    Office – 615-646-7465
    Cell – 615-496-5949
    obrien@ripleys.com

    Drums Along the Waterfront press release

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    This is getting a little beyond the Niagara Falls area, but it still sounds like an interesting event, so I figured I’d post it.

    Yesterday I received the following about Drums Along the Waterfront:

    Please see below a press release announcing the 14th annual Drums Along the Waterfront that is scheduled for August 8th at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Western New York and another press release announcing a unique opportunity for drum corps fans; spending the day with the best drum corps in the world, the Blue Devils.

    New this year, the internationally acclaimed US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps will travel to WNY and perform a special tribute to veterans and active duty soldiers as part of the show.

    This year’s event is by far the best to date, featuring some of the best drum corps groups in the country, including the most decorated and well known corps in the world, the Blue Devils from Concord, California.

    The competing drum corps are quite a site to be seen, most averaging more than 150 members of the best drum and bugle corps performers in the world. These performers travel the country every summer via charter buses and living on gym floors, practicing 10 hours a day.

    One of the corps will be playing on August 4th at 6ish at Terrapin Point, on the US side of the Niagara Falls, more info on appearance to come.

    You can download a PDF of the press releases here.

    It sounds neat! If anyone goes to check it out, email me a summary, and I’d be happy to post it.

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