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    Tower steps no match for cancer fighters

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    From Niagara This Week:

    More than 500 participants huffed and puffed, climbing to the top of the Skylon Tower, all to raise money for the fight against children’s cancer. All conquered the 660 steps to the top of the iconic tower overlooking the Horseshoe and American falls — some more than once — and raised more than $50,000, with pledges still coming in.

    Wallenda debt splits two Falls mayors

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda’s wire-walk made history and brought Niagara Falls worldwide publicity, but it also cost the two cities tens of thousands in public safety expenses.

    Wallenda has paid roughly half the tab on each side of the border, but the cities are taking two different approaches on collecting the remainder of the bill.

    Niagara Falls, Ont., is willing to forget about $10,000 in outstanding costs, citing the positive worldwide publicity the wire-walk brought.

    But officials on the cash-strapped American side say Wallenda still owes them $25,000, and they want the money.

    “It’s just disgusting and sad,” Wallenda told The Buffalo News on Thursday. “This was a great thing for the area, all the money that it brought into the area. [They] gave me a key to the city, and now they want to ask for more money?”

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    • Associated Press (via Yahoo! News) – Niagara Falls, NY, wants daredevil Wallenda to pay

    Political parties not ignoring tourism, say candidates

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Tourism may not be as prominent an issue in this provincial election as it was in 2007.

    But candidates representing the three major parties looking to form government after Oct. 6 are adamant they’re not overlooking an industry they say is so vital to Niagara’s economy.

    During the provincial election four years ago, tourism had its own section in the Liberal, Progressive Conservative and New Democratic platforms.

    For example, then PC leader John Tory promised more money for marketing.

    Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty pledged a “comprehensive competitiveness study,” which led to a $4-million report, which in turn led to the creation of regional tourism organizations tasked to make Ontario’s tourism industry more competitive with other destinations around the world.

    While there were specific promises for tourism in 2007, this time around, there are few.

    Keeping famed Maid of the Mist captain’s story alive

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    From the Buffalo News:

    On this, the 150th anniversary of the day Bill Evans’ great-great-grandfather surprised people by steering the Maid of the Mist through the wild rapids in the gorge below Niagara Falls, the old captain’s fame has faded.

    While Evans is not sure how the man he grew up hearing about at the Sunday dinner table affected his life, he’s proud of the family history that local buffs want to keep alive: the amazing feat by Joel R. Robinson, the man known as the “Hero of the Rapids.”

    “He was fearless, in a sense,” Evans, 66, said of his ancestor. “It was just like this Evel Knievel kind of thing. For the money, they were willing to risk their lives to do that for their families. That’s about all I can say. It’s amazing that they got through it.”

    Niagara Falls ~ A View of Clifton Hill

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    Someone with a WordPress blog has posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls (along with pictures):

    Welcome to Clifton Hill ~ the cash cow of Niagara Falls. Come on out and play… oh and before I forget? Bring your wallet because you’ll be needing it!

    It’s chaos there. The constant sounds and colours assault your senses for hours on end as the place doesn’t truly shut down until the wee hours of the morning. Every attraction be it bowling, a museum, a restaurant, or a shop has a gimmick to catch your attention. There are moving figures, talking animals, speakerphones with singing, lights flashing or spinning, bold and zany colours and murals all vying for your eyes and ultimately, your money. If anyone in your company has sensory issues, like my son does, you really need to break the shopping into manageable pieces. Mathew is autistic, mildly so, but the sheer magnitude of everything put him into overload very fast. We made several visits to Clifton Hill and that made it much more enjoyable and easy to handle.

    Niagara Falls – Bring lots of money << Ken's-Place

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    Someone with a WordPress blog has posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls:

    “Bring lots of money”, that was my brother’s advice when I told him where we were going for our vacation. Turns out he knew what he was talking about. Despite finding clean, affordable accommodations within easy walking distance of the Falls, the biggest expense and surprise since arriving here is how much it costs to eat here. Thank goodness that breakfast is provided by the hotel. We have gone to a variety of places for lunch and dinner and with a few exceptions, the cost has been $25-$35 per adult. It’s a little cheaper for kids but not that much. There are lots of families for multiple kids in tow, I don’t know quite how they manage. Don’t get me wrong, service has been great, the food good but not outstanding.

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