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    Dropping Rink at Brink part of Festival’s ‘transition’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When it was first announced in 2009, Rink at the Brink was described as the “most significant event” the Winter Festival of Lights had ever undertaken.

    The festival’s acting chairman Jim Diodati (not yet Niagara Falls Mayor) said the 60-by-120 foot outdoor rink would offer a “more dramatic” setting than New York’s iconic Rockefeller Plaza rink, since it would be next to the falls themselves.

    In the end, being so close to the falls was Rink at the Brink’s undoing.

    According to Tina Myers, the festival’s program director, mist from the nearby Horseshoe Falls played havoc with the ice surface and the skaters.

    The article also mentions that the rink might be sold to Niagara-on-the-lake for $38,000 when it cost $700,000 in the first place. Wow!

    Google Maps offers dry tour of Niagara Falls, safe view of Buffalo Jump

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    From Global News:

    Have you ever wanted to experience the Maid of the Mist tour of Niagara Falls without being dampened–sometimes drenched–by actual mist?

    How about the Calgary Zoo without the line-ups or odorous animals?

    Google Maps unveiled virtual visits of more than 50 new Canadian destinations in its Street View feature Tuesday.

    It looks pretty cool!

    Wallenda walks the walk

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Nik Wallenda has done something no one has ever done before: crossed the Horseshoe Falls on a tight rope wire.

    The seventh generation Flying Wallenda had said crossing the falls had been a childhood dream of his. On Friday night, that dream came true when he completed the stunt across Niagara Falls in just 26 minutes.

    Leaving the American side at 10:15, the 33-year-old began his journey across the wire. After an initial round of cheers for the funambulist, the estimated crowd of 105,000 on the Canadian side became eerily silent as they watched him traverse across the wire.

    Through high winds that caused the wire to sway and swirling mist that had water dripping from the wire, Wallenda walked slowly, with purpose. Throughout the entire trip, he was in direct communication with his father. The ABC coverage of his walk featured snippets of the back and forth between the father and son, including Wallenda thanking Jesus several times.

    Deanna Clohessy: Appreciating Buffalo through a friend’s eyes

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    From the Buffalo News:

    …Sunday, we went to Canada to see the Falls — a new experience for Sarah. She kept saying, “I can’t believe I’m in Canada! And I’m finally going to see Niagara Falls!” As we came in on Niagara Parkway, I pointed out the mist rising. She couldn’t get her camera out fast enough. Walking down Clifton Hill, I said, “Hey, look,” and pointed down the hill. It was just a sliver of the American Falls, but I will never forget her face — like a kid on Christmas morning. And I couldn’t wait for her to see the rest. Her excitement, as it had been all weekend, was marvelously contagious…

    Niagara Falls: Canadian side overflows with kitsch kitsch

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    From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

    Niagara Falls spills 750,000 gallons of water per second down a 167-foot drop in a roar that began when glaciers melted 10,000 years ago.

    Tourists come by the millions, stare into the white mist, and marvel at one of the wonders of the world. Then they have wonders of their own: What to do next?

    As Nick Ramunno, who oversees a hall full of wax rock stars there for the staring at, puts it: “You need something else besides the Falls. You can only look at the Falls so long.”

    That’s when it’s time to climb Clifton Hill.

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