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    How to spend 48 hours in Niagara Falls

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    From blogTO.com:

    Niagara Falls is the most obvious weekend getaway from Toronto, but also the one that’s easiest to get wrong. There are hundreds of tourist traps spread around the Queen of the Cataracts, most of which should be avoided. Taking in a bit of kitsch is almost requisite, but there’s little need to blow a ton of cash at Clifton Hill if you know what you’re doing.

    Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Niagara Falls.

    BRADBERRY: Niagara’s rich history, right under our noses, feet

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    As I’ve said before, and I say again because it bears repeating, talk to almost any senior Niagara Falls, New York resident with a good memory, or any expatriate, anyone who has moved away but who still harbors grand memories of their beloved, albeit forsaken hometown, inevitably the subject of fine cuisine and the city’s grand old days inevitably arise.
    Niagarans of every nationality whether they hailed from Europe, New England or the Deep South, have fond memories of the good food and great places that Niagara Falls was once famous for, beside the Cataracts.

    Six spectacular Canadian moments

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    From the Sunday Times (UK):

    Niagara Falls, Ontario

    Go here: The king of Canadian spectacles, Niagara is a terrifying spectacle. (It’s actually not one but three falls, clustered around the Niagara Gorge; the two smaller cataracts are in the US, but the biggest, Horseshoe, is in Canada, and a roaring giant, 900m wide.)

    Wire-walk seen of more benefit to Falls, Ont.

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    From the Buffalo News:

    When Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope above Niagara Falls this summer, an unprecedented stream of spectators is expected to flock to the mighty cataracts.

    Many of them should carry a passport. Niagara Falls State Park may have a clear viewing area for only 20,000 visitors, according to initial estimates, while Canadian officials could welcome more than 100,000 people to their prime seat at the Horseshoe Falls.

    While state officials Monday pledged a “spectacular” show on the American side, others believe the estimates confirm that, for a number of reasons, Ontario stands to benefit most from the stunt.

    “It’s a good problem to have: too many people,” said Jim Diodati, the mayor of Niagara Falls, Ont. “It’s a problem we had before 9/11. We’re happy to have it again.”

    Top Toronto chef Jamie Kennedy to open Niagara Falls restaurant

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Jamie Kennedy, the celebrated Toronto chef known for his committment to local, seasonal and organic food, will open his first Niagara Falls restaurant later this month.

    Windows by Jamie Kennedy will be unveiled on Feb. 25, offering fine dining with a view. Its 14th floor perch in Sheraton on the Falls affords diners panoramas of the famed cataracts.

    The Niagara daredevil I knew didn’t quit – and it killed him

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    On July 3, 1984, a Czech emigre by the name of Karel Soucek rode in a nine-foot barrel over the cataracts at Niagara Falls, and lived.

    A few months later, on Jan. 19, 1985, a stunt he was performing in the Houston Astrodome malfunctioned and within a day he was dead, the victim of massive injuries.

    I got to thinking about Soucek after reading that Nik Wallenda is still trying to get official permission to walk on a high wire above Niagara Falls. These fellows always come to Niagara Falls, don’t they?

    Investigating who owned the falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Once, when Jane A. Porter was visiting Europe in the late 19th century, someone asked her if she had ever seen Niagara Falls.

    “Seen them?” she allegedly replied. “Why, I own them.”

    She wasn’t kidding.

    As an heir to the property bought by her grandfather, Augustus Porter, Jane Porter did indeed own the mighty cataracts—at least until 1885, when the family’s waterfront property was bought by New York State to form the nation’s first state park.

    The Porter family’s other land holdings, worth millions of dollars even in 19th century money, were the focus of a series of lengthy court fights in the 1880s and ’90s.

    At the end of it all, Jane Porter was declared mentally ill — a “lunatic,” in the terminology of the time — even though it’s far from clear that she was really insane by today’s standards, or indeed by any standards.

    She seems to have been done out of her property by a greedy sister and a lawyer who supposedly was on her side but had a blatant conflict of interest.

    The story was a sensation at the time, gaining coverage even in the New York Times.

    But for a century, it was forgotten until it was unearthed in the basement of the Niagara County Courthouse.

    Media requests flow over falls photos

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It has been more than three decades since Russ Glasson last set eyes upon the mighty cataracts of Niagara.

    But during the past week, the iconic tourist attraction has figured prominently in the life of the semi-retired 75-year-old Weatherfield, Conn., resident.

    Last year, Glasson posted a small collection of 41-year-old photos showing a dried-up American Falls on a photo-sharing website.

    The photos, which were taken by his late father-in-law, eventually caught the attention of a reporter with London’s Daily Mail newspaper, who contacted Glasson to say he was interested in doing a story about the photos and posting the collection on the newspaper’s website.

    Links to the story made the rounds on social media web-sites, including Facebook and Twitter, and it wasn’t long before Glasson found himself fielding almost daily interview requests from local and national media outlets.

    On Monday, Glasson and the photos made an appearance on CNN during a segment hosted by news anchor Kyra Phillips.

    Rainbows at night

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Many a tourist has returned from a trip to Niagara Falls with photographs of rainbows above the mighty cataracts.

    The Horseshoe and American falls are great locations for rainbows. When the sunshine reflects off the mist, it results in stunning hues of red, orange, green, blue and violet.

    What many visitors don’t realize, however, is that Niagara Falls is also one of the few places in the world to view night rainbows, or lunar bows.

    Those are formed when rays of light from a full moon bounce off water droplets in the air.

    According to the Niagara Parks Commission, lunar bows -also known as moon bows -were a regular occurrence the 1800s and early 1900s.

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