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    Raptors star Kawhi Leonard visits Falls with family

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard and his family spent the day in Niagara Falls Tuesday, a day after celebrating his team’s NBA championship during a parade in Toronto.

    Videos and photos posted to social media show Leonard being surrounded by fans down by the falls area, many taking pictures of the player and chanting MVP.

    Niagara Falls turning Raptor Red Monday

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Niagara Falls will turn red Monday night in support of the Toronto Raptors as they head into Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors.

    If the Raptors win, they win their first NBA championship.

    New Falls casino operators June 11

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment is expected to assume day-to-day operations at the two casinos in Niagara Falls June 11.

    The commercial gaming company, headquartered in Connecticut, will also operate the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre, scheduled to open later this year.

    MGE was selected by Ontario Lottery and Gaming in September to be the new service provider following a procurement process.

    Tourism industry predicting a successful 2019 season

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    From Niagara This Week:

    While temperatures may still be quite chilly, tourism officials say the 2019 season is shaping up to be a hot one.

    “Niagara Falls is on the wish list of travellers from everywhere around the world,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. “We are on track once again to have another record-breaking year for visitors coming to Niagara Falls.”

    “With an exchange rate that is still very favourable for our visitors from the U.S., we look forward to continuing to welcome them in strong numbers and to have a another massively successful season.”

    New support ropes installed for Whirlpool Aero Car

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    From Niagara This Week:

    When you’re 103-years-old, a little surgery is inevitable.

    In the case of the Whirlpool Aero Car, one of the oldest tourist attractions in Niagara Falls, it’ll be a major upgrade to the support ropes that have brought millions of people across the Niagara Gorge.

    Though just one of the six support ropes needed to be replaced, work has been going on since January to replace all of them.

    Another festive Family Day in the Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Puppets, pythons and little princesses. All part of Family Day in Niagara Falls Monday.

    With a fresh layer of snow and the day off from school and work, hundreds of families took advantage of free events at two of the city’s prime destinations, Niagara Falls History Museum and Heartland Forest.

    “It’s quite often our biggest day of the year,” said Clark Bernat, the city’s culture and museums manager. “Last (Family Day) was arguably our biggest day since our opening. We had about 1,200 people out last year.”

    Family Feud daily calendar – Niagara Falls

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    Generally, each year my family purchases a daily calendar for us to read at dinner. We’ve done jokes, trivia about certain TV shows, etc. Last year we had a daily Family Feud calendar. On December 4, the survey question was “Tell me something you associate with Canada”. The number 2 answer was about Niagara Falls.

    Massive Mario Kart-style go-kart track now open in Niagara Falls

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    From CBC News:

    Drivers, start your engines — a massive, roller coaster-like go-kart racetrack is now open in Niagara Falls, Ont.

    Tourism company HOCO Limited unveiled its new “Niagara Speedway” attraction on the Clifton Hill entertainment strip this week.

    “It’s like go-karts on steroids,” said Harry Oakes, HOCO’s president, in a statement. “You drive on a road course for a portion of the race and then spiral up … to about 40 feet, and then come down a long hill … kind of like the way a wooden coaster would be.”

    Niagara Falls continues to grow as tourist destination

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    From Buffalo Business First (sometimes the article shows up free, sometimes you need a paid subscription):

    On a sunny spring afternoon, Asian tourists climbed off a bus in the Fallsview District of Niagara Falls and made their way toward the iconic waterfalls, many with cameras in hand.

    Those who didn’t immediately head to a nearby overview were busy taking selfies near the Fallsview Casino.

    Those 40 tourists are symbolic of the more than 14 million people a year who visit Niagara Falls, Ontario. They come not only for the dramatic views but for a growing list of attractions.

    Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon a family affair

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    From the St Catharines Standard:

    It wasn’t fatigue or exhaustion that caused Bernadette Miszk to break down as she approached the finish line at the Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon, Sunday.

    Nineteen-year-old daughter Julianne stood at the finish line, waiting to place a medal around her mother’s neck…

    More than 1,600 women participated in the half-marathon which wound its way along the Niagara River Parkway and passed by the falls twice before finishing at the Upper Rapids Boulevard parking lot.

    About 280 women completed the new 5k run, including Julianne and her twin sister, Emily.

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