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    Comic Con gives Star Wars fans something to ‘Chewie’ on

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    From Niagara This Week:

    As an actor, Peter Mayhew has been a part of one of the most successful film franchises of all time.

    But you may not recognize him if you met him on the street.

    Mayhew, of course, is best known to Star Wars fans as Chewbacca, Han Solo’s wookie sidekick. Fans will get a chance to see the man behind all that hair and makeup when he makes a rare Canadian appearance in Niagara Falls later this year, when Niagara Falls Comic Con takes over the Scotiabank Convention Centre from June 2 to 4.

    “There’s no question that Star Wars is hands down the most popular film series of all time, so we couldn’t be more excited to land one of the more well known characters from the movie franchise,” said Chris Dabrowski, Comic Con’s show manager. “This will be a real treat for Star Wars fans of the original and new movies.”

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    Ripley’s reopens after modern makeover

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Oddball items and curiosities are back on display in Niagara Falls, Ont., now that one of the city’s mainstay attractions has reopened following a major modernization.

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not opened the doors to its so-called “odditorium” Friday after six months of renovations aimed at replacing traditional exhibits with something more hands-on.

    The revamped attraction features interactive exhibits, including one that allows visitors to simulate walking a tightrope over the iconic falls.

    Another exhibit, the Niagara Water Wall, has visitors control the flow, colour and shape of the water using wheels and cranks.

    The museum’s manager, Tim Parker, says it’s the most drastic change the space has undergone in years.

    Wallenda negotiating media coverage for wire walk

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The date for Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will be decided in the next two weeks after negotiations with major television networks, Wallenda’s manager said Friday.

    Wallenda’s management team is in “very deep discussions” with the networks, which have expressed interest in filming the 1,800-foot walk across the Niagara Gorge and preceding training sessions.

    “We’re hoping for a two-hour prime-time special that will essentially star two major outlets: Nik and Niagara Falls,” manager Winston Simone said at a marketing meeting held in Niagara County’s Center for Economic Development.

    Wallenda ready to walk across brink of falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The organizers of Nik Wallenda’s proposed tightrope walk across the Horseshoe Falls say they’ll spend any amount of money needed to make it happen.

    Site preparation, rigging setup, rescue personnel, helicopters and security will all be paid by Wallenda Inc., the corporation that oversees the performances of the famed Wallenda family.

    “Certainly I would think when all is said and done, it would be at least $1 million,” said Wallenda’s manager Winston Simone. That money would be recouped by a television deal with the Discovery Channel, as event sponsors. “We would like to believe we would be able to find corporate sponsors who would help us. With what a sponsor will get for this, we believe it’s a good bet.”

    New manager by June, predicts NPC chairwoman

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It could be summer before the Niagara Parks Commission gets a new manager at the helm as the government agency begins the process to fill the shoes of its retired boss John Kernahan.

    “I’m going to suggest the search process is going to take three or four months,” chairwoman Fay Booker said in an interview. “It can be into June before we have our person on site. That would be a guess of mine.”

    NPC exec’s $395,000 expenses to hit Queen’s Park

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The $395,000 expenses claimed by recently departed Niagara Parks Commission executive Joel Noden are expected to come up during Question Period at Queen’s Park this morning, staff in NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said.

    The Globe and Mail reported Noden, formerly the revenue, marketing and business development manager, racked up close to $400,000 in expenses between 2006 and 2009. The paper used access to information legislation to get his credit card records.

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