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    1969: Niagara Falls runs dry

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    From Mashable.com:

    For several months in 1969, the torrent of water rushing over American Falls, one of three waterfalls that makes up Niagara Falls, was reduced to little more than a trickle.
    American Falls is recognizable for the immense rock pile, or talus, at its base, the result of a series of natural rockslides over the years. In the late 1960s, concerns were growing that further rockslides could erode the falls completely.
    To study the geological composition of the falls and forestall their potential destruction, a joint American-Canadian commission decided to dewater them for five months.
    Over three days in June 1969, more than 1,200 trucks dumped nearly 28,000 tons of rocky fill into a cofferdam upstream of the falls, diverting the flow of the Niagara River away from American Falls and toward the much larger Horseshoe Falls.
    With the falls dry for the first time in millennia, the US Army Corps of Engineers began their investigation.

    Zip-Line Attraction Moving Forward

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    “A new zip-line attraction and aerial adventure course is coming to Niagara Falls.

    The Niagara Parks Commission announced Tuesday it received provincial approval to enter into an agreement with Niagara Adventure Excursions Inc., to develop and operate the new attractions at the Grand View Marketplace and Thompson Point locations along the Niagara Pkwy., starting in 2016.”

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    Some Wallenda posts today

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    I know I’m behind, but I still wanted to post some articles about Nik Wallenda and his attempts to get approval to walk on a wire over Niagara Falls.

    The rest of the posts today and at least one tomorrow will be on his recent trip to Niagara Falls Ontario to present to the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Wirewalker to make pitch on Falls crossing

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Nik Wallenda is used to wowing people. Now he hopes he’s able to wow the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Wallenda will have his chance in two weeks to finally convince Niagara Parks commissioners his proposal to walk on a tightrope across the Horseshoe Falls between Canada and the United States is the work of an experienced and talented performer, not that of a thrill-seeking stuntman.

    The Florida wire walker submitted his request online to speak before the commission, a request interim chairwoman Janice Thomson granted for the Nov. 16 meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Legends golf course.

    “Separately, (Wallenda) sent me a letter with some of the details of how he would propose to do this walk,” said Thomson.

    Booker chosen as new NPC general manager

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After more than a year as chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker has a new job.

    The Burlington accountant and management consultant has been selected by the commission’s search committee as Niagara Parks’ new general manager.

    The announcement was made official Thursday.

    She fills the vacancy left by long-serving GM John Kernahan, who retired at the end of last year. A search was launched in April to find his replacement.

    Janice Thomson, former vice-chairwoman of the Niagara Parks board, has assumed the role of interim chairwoman.

    Booker said she is honoured and proud to be the new GM of a “fabulous” and “tremendous” organization.

    “I want to have a positive impact. I want to be more involved from an operational level,” she told The Niagara Falls Review Thursday afternoon.

    Auditor general won’t probe Parks

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Ontario’s auditor general is “not likely” to launch a special investigation of the Niagara Parks Commission following a Queen’s Park committee’s vote asking him to stay out.

    “I’d have to say, at least in the short term, it is not something I would be pursuing,” auditor general James McCarter told The Review Wednesday.

    The public accounts committee voted 5-3 against New Democrat MPP France Gelinas’ motion calling for a special audit of the commission.

    Noden leaves parks commission

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Joel Noden, one of the Niagara Parks Commission’s nine-member senior management team, left the provincial agency Tuesday.

    “Joel has decided to look at some other interests he has,” said Fay Booker, the chairwoman of the provincial agency.

    He left the commission Tuesday, but Booker wouldn’t say whether it was his decision or the commission’s.

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