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    A quarter century of Oh Canada Eh?

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    From Niagara This Week:

    In the 25 years since Oh Canada Eh? has been offering dinner theatre patrons homegrown songs celebrating the Great White North, Eric Hitchcock has had a front seat through a good deal of them.

    Now general manager of the Niagara Falls-based theatre, Hitchcock was there for the first show on May 17, 1994 — though just as a member of the audience. With a friend in the show, which features performers singing songs either created or made famous by Canadians, Hitchcock wanted to show his support. By the second performance, however, he was put to work, first at the bar of the venue, then located near Clifton Hill and now on Lundy’s Lane, and eventually all manner of duties.

    “Whatever they needed,” he said, “wherever they needed help.”

    New GM for Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission will have a new general manager, effective May 1.

    The board has selected Kenneth Bieger to succeed Lew Holloway as the organization’s next GM. Read More…

    NPC to announce new GM in ‘few weeks’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission plans to announce a new general manager in a “few weeks,” says chairwoman Janice Thomson.

    “We’re currently in the interview process. I believe we’re just a few weeks away from having our new GM announced. The start date will depend on variables,” she said.

    Current GM John Lohuis will retire, as of Aug. 31.

    Thomson said Lohuis is currently taking some vacation time.

    David Adames, the commission’s senior director of business development, has been appointed acting GM.

    Thomson said the commission is working through a search agency, which has presented them with “some candidates that we’re currently interviewing.

    An ‘exhilarating’ way to view the Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The natural wonder that is Niagara Falls has been viewed from about just about every angle and every way, but a B.C. company has found one more way to experience the falls.

    “The common denominators is that it’s exhilarating,” said WildPlay Niagara general manager Rich Merlino.

    The MistRider Zipline to the Falls held a media launch Wednesday, July 20, inviting media from across the globe, politicians and dignitaries to try out the 670-metre-long zipline that takes riders through the Niagara Gorge towards the famous Horseshoe Falls. The zipline gives people another way to view both the Canadian and American falls.

    Speaking at the launch MP Wayne Gates called the zipline just one more reason to people will want to come to Niagara Falls and the entire Niagara region.

    “Come for the falls, stay for the hospitality,” he said.

    Peace Bridge to undergo $80.5M rehabilitation

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    An $80.5-million rehabilitation of the Peace Bridge is scheduled to begin this month.

    It will involve complete replacement of the slab widening of the structure, including the addition of a pedestrian walkway/bikeway and observation platform. Construction will also see structural steel replacement, rehabilitation and strengthening; installation of electrical and fibre infrastructure; and the installation of new architectural traffic-control gantries, railings, and light posts.

    Ron Rienas, general manager of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, said there will be no lane closures during the peak summer travel season.

    “The earliest a lane closure will occur is in mid October,” he said.

    Press release regarding Ripley’s Believe It or Not! reopening

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    I know that the renovated Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium has been open for almost a week now, but I still wanted to share the press release:

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    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls is
    NOW OPEN after top-to-bottom renovation

    Experience the all new “Oddventure”

    Niagara Falls, Ont. (May 20, 2016) – After experiencing perhaps the world’s strangest “extreme makeover,” Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls Odditorium is now open once again.

    After an extensive, six-month renovation, a new Oddventure awaits visitors with dozens of new exhibits and interactives throughout the expanded 12,000 square foot Odditorium – 13 different themed galleries in all.Some of the must-see, unbelievable displays include:

    • Niagara Water Wall – a very hands-on H2O experience. Guests control the flow of water through a series of pipes by turning wheels and cranks; as they do, the water changes its flow, its color and even its shape!
    • A rickshaw painstakingly carved from jade
    • An actual segment from the Berlin wall
    • Kids Crawl – explore what lurks in several mysterious crates; guests must first figure out how to activate each exhibit
    • Tightrope over the falls – balance on a graphic of a tightrope on the ground while you watch yourself walk over Niagara Falls on a projection screen
    • Small vs. Tall – grab a partner and enter this quirky room that shrinks one person and turns the other into a giant
    • An animatronic Robert Wadlow, the tallest person ever at 8′ 11″

    “Ripley’s has been entertaining Niagara Falls visitors for more than 50 years,” said Tim Parker, Ripley’s Niagara Falls General Manager. “We’re now proud to offer our biggest and best experience yet, with an amazing collection of items and exhibits that will keep people laughing and learning at every turn.”

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls Odditorium is located at 4960 Clifton Hill, and is open Monday-Thursday from 10 am to 11 pm and Friday-Sunday from 9 am to midnight, 365 days a year.

    Media contact:

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

    About Ripley Entertainment
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Niagara Falls is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 95-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, 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.

    GM of Niagara Parks Commission set to retire

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission will soon be on the hunt for a new general manager.

    That’s because John Lohuis has announced he will retire and depart the organization, as of Aug. 31.

    He has been the commission’s GM for the last four years.

    According to an NPC press release, an executive search for a new GM will begin shortly.

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    Hornblower hopeful of breaking another record

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It will be the earliest start to Niagara’s world-famous boat tour into the mighty falls. And it could also be the longest boat tour operating season ever, including a New Year’s Eve ride.

    Hornblower Niagara Cruises is set to sail for a third season, starting April 1.

    General Manager Mory DiMaurizio said the season is scheduled to continue until at least Nov. 30, and it’s possible it may be extended to the end of the year.

    “Our hopes are to extend the season, extend the stay, participate in the Winter Festival of Lights, perhaps even New Year’s Eve,” said DiMaurizio.

    Anna Pierce – VP & General Manager Niagara Helicopters

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    From Travel Dew:

    Anna Pierce began her career with Niagara Helicopters at its inception in 1985 as a ticket sales associate. In 1987 she graduated with Distinction from Brock University with a BA in Business Psychology. She immediately accepted a full time position with Niagara Helicopters as Marketing and Operations Assistant. In 1997, Ms Pierce was promoted to the position of Marketing Director. She joined the Board of Directors for Niagara Falls Tourism in 2002. After serving as Chair of the organization in 2005, she accepted the position of Executive Director in 2006.Under her leadership the organization rallied from an extensive debt to a significant surplus in two short years. Having accomplished what she set out to do for the organization, Ms. Pierce returned to her roots at Niagara Helicopters in 2009 accepting a position as Vice President.

    Lasers, 3D projections and more on tap for OPG Winter Festival of Lights

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    From Niagara This Week:

    While the 32nd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights last year was regarded as a transitional year for the event, this year’s promises to build on that and establish a more modern festival.

    Lasers, 3D illuminations and projection lighting are the new signatures, including a new “Spirit of Niagara” presentation that will be illuminated on the walls of the Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls.

    “Hopefully we’ll create a body of work where the province sees us as a winter destination,” said John Lohuis, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission and chair of WFOL’s board of directors.

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