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    Dollar Day returns to Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It all started with a cough that wouldn’t go away for Angela Morris.

    “They started thinking I had pneumonia,” Morris, a Grade 9 student at Stamford Collegiate Secondary School says.

    As it turns out, doctors at Niagara Health’s St. Catharines site found it was something completely different — and life changing — for the Niagara Falls teen. It was discovered she had cystic fibrosis or CF for short…

    Since being diagnosed last year, Morris has had to make a few changes in her life.

    “I can’t sleep over a friends’ houses. I can’t play sports,” she says.

    But according to Nancy Clayton, vice-president of CFC’s Niagara chapter, situations like Angela’s can now be avoided.

    Clayton is busy putting together the finishing touches on this year’s Dollar Day, which raises funds for cystic fibrosis research. Niagara Falls residents can get into a 13 different attractions — wax museums, haunted houses and others — on Clifton Hill for just a loonie. This year’s event — the 29th annual — takes place on Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of the Ripley’s Moving Theatre, which closes at 3 p.m.

    Clifton Hill museum founder dies

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    From the St Catharines Standard:

    Believe it or not, there was a time Clifton Hill wasn’t filled with museums, arcades, shops and houses of horror.

    One man, Alec Rigby, helped pave the way for the hill to become Niagara Falls’ main tourist destination when he brought the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum to the south side of the street.

    On July 24, Rigby, a former Niagara resident and well-known businessman born in St. Catharines, passed away at 85.

    He became a partner of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not franchise in 1963 and opened the Niagara Falls “odditorium” that same year. Rigby became sole owner of the Ripley enterprise in 1969, moving the firm’s headquarters from New York to Toronto and opening museums in other locations including San Francisco, Chicago and Myrtle Beach.

    Museum secrets unveiled

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The exhibits for the most part are in place but there are still some finishing touches needed before the doors of a re-invented Niagara Falls History Museum swing open to the public for the first time on Saturday.

    “We moved in two months ago,” Niagara Falls Museums manager Clark Bernat said as he prepared to show off some of the features of the new facility last week. “We’re still working out some tweaks. We’ve got to get used to the place.”

    What “this place” is, is a dramatically different place than the one staff left more than a year ago.

    Attractions open doors for a loonie to help charity

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara museums will go loonie later this month with more than a dozen attractions in the Clifton Hill area offering a deep discount on admission prices for local residents.

    Niagara Falls residents can visit 14 attractions for $1 on Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The popular $1 Museum Day event will raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada. More than $12,000 was raised last year.

    The event has been entertaining local residents for the past 24 years.

    “It’s become a second-generation event,” said Nancy Clayton, vice-president of the foundation’s Niagara chapter.

    “Now, we get people who grew up with the event who are now bringing their own kids.”

    Ripley’s owner still believes in the Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    So what does the billionaire owner of Ripley Entertainment Inc. do when he’s in Niagara Falls?

    Believe it or not, Jim Pattison Jr. is just a regular tourist. He’ll visit Marineland, hit a winery, maybe check out the museums (he owns three of them, after all).

    But most of all, he takes in the falls themselves. It’s the one thing none of the other tourist destinations can offer.

    “Las Vegas is man-made, Orlando is man-made,” he says. “Niagara Falls is God-made. That’s what makes it different.”

    Museums in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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    The Travel Tips section of the USA Today web site has information on Museums in Niagara Falls, Ontario:

    Niagara Falls, Ontario is a tourist destination for its main attraction, the world-famous Falls, which stand at 177 feet high on the Canadian side, and carry nine times more water than the U.S. Niagara counterpart, according to Niagara Falls official city website. Once visitors are finished absorbing the sights and sounds of the scenic Falls, there are plenty of other nearby attractions. Museums in Niagara Falls offers visitors extra entertainment, as well as some background information on the local area.

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