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Tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls dies

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From Yahoo! News:

The celebrated French tightrope walker and chair-balancer known as Henry’s, who balanced high above the Alps, Niagara Falls and for months over a supermarket in his hometown, has died…

At Niagara Falls in 1975, he balanced on a platform attached to a motorcycle that his friend rode across the cable over the Whirlpool Rapids, all while Rechatin’s wife hung from a pole he carried on his shoulders, according to the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Summer 2010 is “over”… was it good?

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I know that summer doesn’t officially end in this part of the world until September 21, but in this tourist area it might as well be over. The beginning of September and the passing of Labour Day makrs the beginning of school. That means that family vacations are no more. The weekends might still be busy here, but things are significantly slower during the week.

So, how as Summer 2010? It’s hard to get a good read on this. Admittedly, I haven’t contacted anyone who their input (I don’t think they’d give me an honest answer anyway), but my impression was that it was a better year that they’ve had the last couple. Here are a few of my own observations (including some comments I’ve made before):

  • There often seemed to be a lot of people around
  • There were more US license plates seen
  • The weather was fantastic
  • Apparently the motorcycle get-together, and the Elvis festival were not big hits
  • The new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville opened and always seems to have a decent number of people in it
  • I didn’t go, but it sounds like the party for the opening of the Hart & Huntington tattoo shop was the place to be

Hopefully the last couple of years were the bottom, and with improved business will come even more growth. I assume that the new convention centre will only help…

Bikers rally

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It was the first Niagara Biker Rally, and judging by the tremendous response, it won’t be the last.

The aim was to bring hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts from across Canada to town during the Father’s Day weekend to see what the Niagara area has to offer and to raise money for charity.

It worked and organizers couldn’t be happier.

“This is our first one and we made some mistakes, but we’ll do things better next time,” Sue McDowell, executive director of the Fallsview BIA, told those in attendance Sunday morning at the Rapidsview parking lot, across the road from Marineland.

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