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    More funding means brighter Niagara Falls event

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Organizers of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights say extra funding from the city will allow for the festival to expand its programming for the 2017-18 event.

    On May 9, city politicians approved a request for $300,000 in additional funding so organizers could expand programming to mark a number of milestones — the festival’s 35th anniversary, along with the sesquicentennial of both Ontario and Canada.

    “Not only will this funding allow us to draw more visitors to Niagara Falls but at the same time we can expand our programming which provides locals with a world-class festival right here in Niagara,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the festival.

    Mini makeover for Casino Niagara’s 20th birthday

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Casino Niagara is in line for a little sprucing up.

    Richard Taylor, Vice-President of Operations for Niagara Casinos used the occasion of the gaming facility’s 20th birthday to announce that Falls Management Company would be pumping $7.1 million into new gaming technology and facility improvements

    “This investment will help us lead Casino Niagara into the future with new gaming technology, new dining experiences and an enhanced customer experience,” said Taylor said.

    He made the announcement at an event to mark the milestone for what was the third casino to be established in Ontario when Casino Niagara opened its doors on Dec. 9, 1996.

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    Niagara Falls drops below 50,000 for first time since World War I

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Niagara Falls has passed a population milestone, though in the wrong way.

    The U.S. Census Bureau is reporting that the population of Niagara Falls has fallen below 50,000. The city had an estimated 49,722 residents as of last July, according to new figures released this morning.

    Niagara Falls peaked at a population of 102,394 in 1960. Today’s report marks the first time that the city has been below 50,000 since World War I.

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    Greg Frewin reaches big milestone

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    From Niagara This Week:

    When Greg Frewin made the move to Niagara Falls approximately seven years ago, he wasn’t sure what to expect. The award-winning illusionist and “world champion of magic” left behind the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas to make a new home for himself and his family in Niagara Falls.

    “I loved Vegas, it’s a great place to visit,” he said. “But it’s not the type of environment that I wanted to raise my family in.”

    Instead, the Hamilton-born illusionist made his way to Niagara Falls, setting up shop in one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. At first, he admits, it was slow going for the dinner-theatre show.

    “We had to work hard to get where we are today,” he said. “It took a while for it to grow.”

    Looking back on his 1,500 shows in Niagara Falls, a milestone he reached on Monday, Oct. 24, Frewin said he remembers most vividly the night they first broke 100 in terms of attendance. His mother, who has since passed away, was on hand at the time, helping her son in the theatre.

    “She was so thrilled and had the biggest smile on her face,” he said. “There were definitely drinks for everyone that night.”

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