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    Cancer Climb record topped again at Skylon

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Last year, Troy Alston beat a record that stood at the Skylon Tower for 32 years by scaling its 660 steps in three minutes and 21 seconds.

    He didn’t feel like waiting that long to beat it again. Read More…

    Hard Rock Rising 2017 in Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara Frontier Publications:

    The search for the next rising star is on. Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls USA, invites emerging musicians in the market to take the stage for its annual Hard Rock Rising “Battle of the Bands.” The competition offers one lucky winner a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Read More…

    Happy Easter (and I hope to be back soon!)

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    Good morning everyone. I hope you are enjoying a fun Easter with your family. Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, go ahead and have some good chocolate 🙂

    I’ve been away for more than two weeks in Florida on a much needed vacation. It has been awesome! We went to Disney, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and just generally enjoyed the sun and warmth. We’re still not home yet, but it seems that there is snow at home?! Sigh 🙁

    I apologize once again for my lack of posting. It has been a very busy winter for me. I’m starting to see the light at the end of this, so I hope to be back to regular blogging soon. Thanks so much to Dan for posting some in my absence.

    This Natural Wonder Is One of Many Places Your Family Will Want to See

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    From The Ledger (in Lakeland, FL):


    The water thunders down — 700,000 gallons per second, in fact — as we stand underneath Niagara Falls on the famous Hurricane Deck, part of the Cave of the Winds tour. We’re totally soaked, but we don’t care.

    The sheer power of the water is mesmerizing. So are the rainbows over the falls. Did you know that 20 percent of the fresh drinking water in the United States goes over the falls and that Niagara Falls (www.niagara-usa.com) is the second largest power producer in the country? From the falls, the water travels to Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic Ocean.

    From Florida to the falls, by bicycle

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Two travelers from Florida came to see our natural wonder last weekend.

    But unlike most of the 8 million tourists who flock to the falls each year, it took Nate Frankoski and Mike Buonaiuto 49 days to get here.

    The college students rode bicycles from Key West, Fla., to Niagara Falls in an effort to increase awareness for disabled veterans and to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization aimed at empowering post-war veterans.

    “We wanted to give back to the people who have to spend the rest of their lives in discomfort, whether it’s losing a limb or suffering through trauma,” Buonaiuto said. “We want to bring peace to those people by showing we’re still thinking about them.”

    Meet the seventh-generation tightrope walker who’s taking on Niagara Falls

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    He has hung by his jaw from a helicopter without a safety net. He holds a Guinness World Record for the longest bicycle ride on a tightrope. And this summer, he plans to make history by walking on a tightrope across the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ont.

    “It’s a lifestyle, and if you don’t understand it …” Nik Wallenda says, trailing off. You can almost see the daredevil’s head shake slightly in chagrin over the wire – the telephone kind – from Sarasota, Fla., where he lives in the Circus Capital of the World.

    This is a very good article. I highly recommend you read it.

    Niagara Falls to Connect to Fun in the Central Florida Sun

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    From a press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:

    Allegiant (Nasdaq:ALGT – News) today announces new, nonstop jet service between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Orlando, Fla., via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), will begin Feb. 15, 2012. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $79.99* one way.

    “We’re pleased to expand our brand of affordable and convenient travel options in Niagara Falls,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. “We are confident that the residents of Niagara Falls and southern Ontario will appreciate flying nonstop to Orlando and take advantage of the great deals we offer on hotels, car rentals and theme park tickets.”

    Daredevil still dreams of tightrope walk across Niagara Falls

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    From CTV.ca:

    Canadian officials may have turned him down, but an American man says he’s not ready to give up his dream of walking a tightrope suspended across Niagara Falls.

    Nik Wallenda, a stunt artist hailing from seven generations of circus performers, was told by the Niagara Parks Commission late Wednesday that he wouldn’t be allowed to go ahead with his stunt even though U.S. officials provided their permission weeks earlier.

    “I’m a little bit disheartened,” Wallenda told The Canadian Press from his house in Saratosa, Fla. “But it’s another page in the book and I’ll continue to pursue it.”

    Wallenda hopes to follow in footsteps of tightrope walkers

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    By Wednesday afternoon, Nik Wallenda will find out if he will be come the first person in more than a century to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.

    The Niagara Parks Commission says it will announce its decision on Wallenda’s proposal for a cross-gorge skywalk at some point Wednesday. If they say yes, the 32-year-old American will move forward with his plan for a late-spring walk that he says will draw more than 125,000 spectators.

    If it’s a no, Wallenda plans to immediately appeal to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to overrule the decision.

    Either way, he plans to hold a press conference in Niagara Falls Thursday or Friday. “Hopefully, we’ll be celebrating the good news,” he said from his home in Sarasota, Fla., Monday.

    WALLENDA POLL: ‘We had some monkey business’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Nik Wallenda knew something was up.

    First he got an email from a fan congratulating him on the support on a Niagara Falls Review website poll. Then, a few minutes later, he got a call from his dad.

    “He said ‘I’ve been keeping an eye on the polls. I just checked it and all of a sudden about 100 people voted against you.’ As we were talking he refreshed the page and another 40 or 50 people voted. I went online and it was at 1,300 within minutes,” Wallenda said from his home in Sarasota, Fla.

    Online polls might not be scientific, but they typically show a general feeling of the population. In the case of Wallenda, the poll was asking whether or not people agreed with Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati supporting the tightrope walker’s proposal to walk across the Horseshoe Falls, or with Review city editor Corey Larocque, who was opposed. The two had debated the issue and the public was being asked to weigh in with their opinion.

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