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    Falls rock scaling operation underway

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Visitors to Niagara Falls may have noticed a crane dangling workers over the ledge above the lower observation deck of Journey Behind the Falls on Monday.

    The workers were chipping away at loose rock in a process called ice-jacking on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls, 13 storeys above the falls basin.

    Throughout the winter, water can creep into the crevices of the rock and through the freezing process slowly loosen pieces of rock as the frozen water expands, which then poses a danger to people standing on the observation deck below.

    On either side of Niagara Falls, when it rains, it pours sewage and stormwater

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    From the Buffalo News:

    An estimated 800 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater have flowed into the Niagara River from the American and Canadian sides so far this year, eight times more than last year.

    It’s enough to pour over the Horseshoe Falls for 20 minutes.

    The American side accounts for about three-quarters of the sewage and overflow, according to discharge data The Buffalo News reviewed. But most of the time, neither side’s wastewater system can handle an inch of daily rainfall without overflows into the river.

    Canadian parks police pull man from waters above Horseshoe Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    An apparent suicidal man was grabbed by Canadian emergency personnel Sunday night as he stood in the waters above the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

    Niagara Parks Police Service officials report that about 6:30 p.m Sunday they were alerted to a man standing waist-high in the waters of the upper Niagara River about 150 to 200 feet from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. He was holding on to a fallen tree branch.

    Members of the Niagara Parks Police Service, Niagara Regional Police Service, Niagara Falls, Ont., Fire Department and Niagara Emergency Medical Services responded to the bus parking lot adjacent to Table Rock Complex, at 6650 Niagara Parkway, to begin rescue efforts.

    80K people celebrate Canada in tourism district

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    About 80,000 people packed the heart of the tourism area of Niagara Falls on Canada Day, the largest gathering of people in the city since an estimated 100,000 watched Nik Wallenda’s historic wirewalk over the Horseshoe Falls in 2012.

    “It was tremendous,” said Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson.

    “That was the number that our Niagara Parks Police recorded in the immediate area of the falls, and around Murray Hill, Clifton Hill, on the (Niagara) Parkway.”

    Thomson said she believes the crowd reflects the “fact that we’ve been enjoying an uptick in tourism.”

    “We’ve seen more visitors in general, and now for this to be a very special holiday, coupled with the American 4th of July holiday, we just saw an amazing amount of visitors.”

    Mystery surrounds death of Kirk Jones

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The curious case of the death of Kirk Jones is not closed.

    Despite the recovery and identification of Jones’ body, New York State Park Police are still trying to piece together the details of what happened to Jones on the morning of April 19.

    At the moment, they have just as many questions as they have answers.

    Why did Jones, who survived a suicide attempt over the Horseshoe Falls in 2003 make another attempt to survive the perilous 167-foot plunge?

    Why wasn’t Jones inside the 8-foot plastic ball, that was going to be his vessel, when it was spotted in the Niagara River rapids and then, finally, went over the falls?

    And where is the 7-foot long boa constrictor, named Misty, that he apparently had planned to have join him on his ride?

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    In Focus: Niagara Falls area, Ontario, Canada

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    From 4 Hoteliers:

    The city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, is on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which forms the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York.

    The natural wonder of Niagara Falls, which is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls, the adjacent American Falls, and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls, is a major tourist attraction for the city of Niagara Falls, attracting 12 million visitors every year.

    Combined, the three falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—and a vertical drop of more than 165 feet.

    With a population of 85,810, the city offers direct “one-day” business opportunities to people on both sides of the border, along with multi-modal transportation networking that includes road, water, rail, and air.

    ‘If a guy can do it, a girl can do it too’: Daredevil hangs by teeth from chopper over Niagara Falls

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    From Canada.com (including video):

    A trapeze artist from a renowned family of daredevils hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls today.

    The stunt by aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda comes on the fifth anniversary of her husband’s tight-rope walk over the falls.

    According to organizers, the chopper hovered about 100 metres above the Horseshoe Falls. Wallenda dangled by her teeth for over 20 seconds, breaking her own husband’s world record.

    “It felt amazing. It was a little more windy than I expected it to be, but I just had to put myself back to my backyard and my training,” she said.

    When asked what she had to say to young women and girls, her message was one of persistence.

    “Never give up on your dreams,” said the mother of three, who noted that she had to put her career as an aerialist on hold to raise her kids. “If a guy can do it, a girl can do it too. We just do it with a little more grace.”

    A beautiful day in Niagara Falls (last Saturday)

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    We’ve had quite a bit of rain this week, but as the week has gone on, it has been quite nice. The weekend looks like it is going to be nice as well. I had intended to post this earlier in the week, but didn’t get around to it. Last Saturday was a beautiful day. The sky was clear and the sun was shining. In some ways the photos I took don’t even do it justice.

    Enjoy!

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