From the Niagara Falls Reporter:
It’s been over ten years now since I addressed New York Power Authority executives at their re-licensing hearing seeking the elimination of the ice boom on Lake Erie – Niagara River. Read More…
From the Buffalo News:
Believe it or not, visitors to Niagara Falls used to be able to walk on the ice bridges that form naturally at the base of the cataracts.
The ice bridges form every winter, typically in January Read More…
From Niagara Frontier Publications (from last Friday):
Placement of the 22 spans of the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom is about to start.
Each winter since 1964, the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom has been installed near the outlet of Lake Erie to reduce the amount of ice entering the Niagara River. Reduction in ice entering the river reduces the potential for ice jams, which can result in damage to shoreline property and significantly reduce water flow for hydroelectric power production.
Under the International Joint Commission’s 1999 Supplementary Order of Approval, placement of the spans may begin when the Lake Erie water temperature at Buffalo reaches 4ºC (39ºF) or on Dec. 16, whichever comes first. Installation of the ice boom is planned to begin today, weather permitting.
From the Norwich (Connecticut) Bulletin:
With the economy making the U.S. dollar worth almost a third more across our northern border, now is a great time to grab your passport and escape to Canada’s Niagara Region for a chance to view the beauty and power of Niagara Falls, the collective name for the three waterfalls on the Niagara River that drain Lake Erie into Lake Ontario.
Straddling the international border between New York State and the province of Ontario, the Niagara Falls were formed during the last ice age as water from the newly formed Great Lakes made its way to the Atlantic Ocean approximately 25,000 to 21,000 years ago. Renowned for both their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power, Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls are a true wonder to see and well worth the time spent getting there.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The removal of the Niagara River Ice Boom is well underway.
Personnel from the New York Power Authority began opening the boom’s 22 spans on Tuesday.
As a result of the mild weather conditions this winter season, a significant amount of ice cover on Lake Erie never materialized, making conditions ideal for the ice boom’s removal.
Last year, the boom opening began on April 20. The latest date for the start of the boom opening was May 3, 1971 and the earliest start date was Feb. 28, 2012.
From Niagara This Week:
Watching a video of Luke and Emma Jasnich, it’s clear they two kids have an unbridled enthusiasm about all things Niagara.
And that enthusiasm resulted in Luke, 9, and Emma, 7, playing host to singer/dancer Jordan Francis for a one-day tour of the region’s fun spots, including stops at the Butterfly Conservatory, The Niagara Skywheel and Journey Behind the Falls in Niagara Falls as well as Lock 1 of the Welland Canal in and the beach at Port Dalhousie St. Catharines and the a family cottage at Pleasant Beach on Lake Erie.
“I really, really enjoyed it. I liked it all,” Luke said.
Those same sentiments were echoed by Emma.
“All of it,” she said when asked about what she enjoyed about her day showing Francis the sights.
The experience for the St. Catharines kids and their family was all being filmed for television for a show dubbed Cross Country Fun Hunt
BellaOnline (“the voice of women online”) has a posting about strange holidays. Apparently in some circles, the just passed March 30 is Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day. The person who posted the information, suggests using a weird holiday to write a story:
Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day – Have these beautiful, powerful, and majestic falls ever quit running? On March 30, 1848, the unthinkable happened. Ice that had formed on Lake Erie had slowed the falls on the American side down to a mere trickle; on the Canadian side, the falls were completely silent. A lot of people came to see this amazing event. Some were even brave (or foolish) enough to walk down around where these powerful falls normally landed and gathered relics that had been lost under the falls. Thirty hours later, the falls began to move once again.
The falls have run dry a few other times, too, but this holiday is based on the experience in 1848.
Create a character who is living at the time when the falls become silent. He (or she) is one of the brave individuals who walk where the now-silent falls normally hit. Nooks and crannies normally not seen are explored. Artifacts from the War of 1812 are picked up. A mystery is discovered. Does your character attempt to solve the mystery, even though it could have major repercussions on her life?
From the Niagara Falls Reporter:
If Easter week is any sort of barometer, the 2011 tourism season is going to be an exceptionally good one for Niagara Falls. Tourists were out en masse, and even the reality of $4-per-gallon gas prices did not keep them from traveling to see the world’s most famous waterfall.
The Hilton Fallsview and Suites in Niagara Falls, Ont., was filled to capacity with guests representing states from all over the union, along with a number of European, South American and Middle Eastern countries.
No one seemed to be clutching their wallets too closely, as they freely spent on sightseeing, attractions, shopping and food. All of this came despite the fact that the area’s top attraction, the Maid of the Mist boat ride, was dry-docked due to unseasonably cold weather that caused a very late release of the Lake Erie ice boom.
The Cave of the Winds and the Journey Behind the Falls operated at diminished capacity. The Cave could only allow visitors a ride to the base of the American Falls, as their famed wooden decks have yet to be rebuilt for the season, while the Journey dealt with falling rock that closed their outside observation decks to visitors in the early part of last week.
With the dawn of another busy and profitable season upon us, it seems the proper time for a primer as to how all local residents can best be prepared to handle and augment the big tourism push that fuels the economy of our city and county.
Nothing frosts the hardworking people in the tourism sector of Niagara Falls, N.Y., more than when they hear tales from tourists that locals seem to go out of their way to send people across the border to Canada.
From the New York Post:
Fame can be a real pain. Take Niagara Falls, for instance. The stuff of legend. Even if you’ve never set foot on the Rainbow Bridge and gazed down on the majesty with your own eyes, you’ve probably got an opinion about the place. You probably think you know it. The tourist traps, the heart-shaped Jacuzzi tubs, a place trading on the faded glory of a time when people couldn’t get further away from home, faster.
Never mind, of course, that we are talking about one of the most impressive natural wonders of the West. Never mind that the falls themselves are merely the famous cherry sitting atop the tasty, tasty sundae that is the Niagara region.
Never mind that this region is one of the most desirable destinations in the Northeast. Really, it is: Sitting between two Great Lakes (Ontario and Erie), the Niagara boasts not one, but two great wine-producing regions (one among Canada’s best; the other a hidden New York State gem), world-class theater and music for months out of the year, plus outstanding little towns like Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lewiston, Youngstown, Queenston, with their great restaurants and cool places to stay.
Even still, to many people, the entire region remains some sort of retro-kitsch joke. Ha ha ha. Niagara Falls.
One one hand, that’s insane. On the other, who cares? Maybe it’s good that too many people’s minds won’t be changed. More room for the rest of us.