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    State launches initiative aimed at boosting Lake Ontario tourism

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    New York state has launched a new campaign aimed at boosting tourism in the Lake Ontario region in response to recent flooding that has impacted communities along the shoreline.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new initiative on Wednesday, saying it includes free fishing on Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River and Lower Niagara River through Labor Day as well as 50 percent off state campgrounds and vehicle entrance fees along the lake and river.

    Niagara Sunset Cruises will begin July 1

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Ask and you shall receive.

    When his customers kept asking about the possibility of having dining cruises, Whirlpool Jet Boat owner and operator John Kinny saw the opportunity and decided to do something about it.

    Starting July 1, Niagara Sunset Cruises will be offering dining and sight-seeing cruises in the lower Niagara River aboard the Niagara Belle.

    Kinney said anyone who has had the opportunity to watch a Lake Ontario sunset from any of the shoreline advantage points in Niagara-on-the-Lake will know what he’s talking about. And, to enjoy that experience on the water would be ever better.

    test (latest Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours newsletter)

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    Last week I received the latest email newsletter from Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours.

    (And yes, the subject line of the email was “test”)


    You can sign up for their newsletter by entering your email address in the “Signup” form on the left side of most of the pages of the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours web site.

    Over 100 Guests Stranded at Niagara Falls Canada Attraction

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    On May 31st, 2013 at approximately 1:43 p.m. Niagara Parks Police Ontario Service dispatch was advised that an elevator had malfunctioned at the Journey Behind the Falls attraction located at Table Rock Complex.

    While no one was in the elevator, there were approximately one hundred guests still on the observation platform in the lower Niagara River basin below the Horseshoe Falls. While technicians were addressing the malfunction, two members of the Niagara Parks Police Service High Angle River
    Team (HART) rappelled to the observation platform below to provide updates to the waiting patrons.

    Hornblower prepares for 2014 season

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The boats are under construction and Hornblower Niagara Cruises is already looking for people to hire for their first season of operation in 2014.

    From their temporary office on St. Clair Ave., in downtown Niagara Falls, Madalena Phillips and Maria Melo are busy working behind the scenes putting systems in place so that things will run smoothly when their company begins to ferry passengers in the lower Niagara River to the base of the Horseshoe Falls.

    Teens fall from jet boat into river

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    From the Associated Press (via WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo as well as the Wall Street Journal):

    Authorities say three passengers fell from a jet boat into the lower Niagara River downstream of Niagara Falls and were pulled back aboard by the crew and other passengers.

    The Buffalo News says it happened Monday during a run by Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, a Canadian company that offers thrill rides in the turbulent Niagara Gorge.

    Giving a Jet Boat ride to the world

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The future of one of the most famous boat rides in the world is very much in doubt as the Maid of the Mist teeters on the edge of extinction.

    But those who operate that “other” boat attraction on the lower Niagara River say their future is looking brighter — and not just because a mild winter means an early start to the season.

    Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer amid increasing popularity, especially on the U.S. side of the border.

    The attraction appears to be on the cusp of a change in how international tourism dollars are being spent, with Canada not necessarily the first choice anymore for visitors to Niagara Falls. Jet Boat owner John Kinney said he is taking full advantage of this, traveling around the globe selling his attraction to tour operators and promoting the region.

    Body Found at Cave Of The Winds

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    New York State Park Police officers responded to a call at 11:10 a.m, of a body found floating in the lower Niagara River at the Cave of the Winds.

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    The Niagara Power Project turns 50

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A small army of men and machines moved into Niagara Falls and Lewiston half a century ago to build the $720 million Niagara Power Project that forever changed the face of the lower Niagara River gorge and ignited unending debate over the project itself, the allocation of electricity and the project’s legacy.

    As remembered in today’s Buffalo News Niagara Weekend section, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller flipped a symbolic red-handled switch at 11:35 a.m. on Feb. 10, 1961, that formally put into service the largest water-driven power complex in the free world.

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