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A couple of random Niagara Falls articles

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I get Google Alerts for things that pertain to Niagara Falls. Neither of these stories are particularly tourism-related, but were still interesting, so I figured I’d share them…

Niagara Gazette – A daughter’s journey: Minnesota woman’s trek to Niagara Falls turns up gift of family she never knew

Pam Edwards, a native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, found answers she was seeking about her dead father when a friend used Ancestry.com to help her find uncles and extended family in the Niagara Region.

Toronto Star – What I learned on my long, lovely limp along the Trans Canada Trail

I walked the paved path through Queenston Heights along the edge of the gorge that drops to the frothing Niagara River. On this side was the Canada that Brock and his troops helped preserve; on the other was our leviathan neighbour.

Canadian parks police pull man from waters above Horseshoe Falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

An apparent suicidal man was grabbed by Canadian emergency personnel Sunday night as he stood in the waters above the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

Niagara Parks Police Service officials report that about 6:30 p.m Sunday they were alerted to a man standing waist-high in the waters of the upper Niagara River about 150 to 200 feet from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. He was holding on to a fallen tree branch.

Members of the Niagara Parks Police Service, Niagara Regional Police Service, Niagara Falls, Ont., Fire Department and Niagara Emergency Medical Services responded to the bus parking lot adjacent to Table Rock Complex, at 6650 Niagara Parkway, to begin rescue efforts.

Mystery surrounds death of Kirk Jones

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From the Niagara Gazette:

The curious case of the death of Kirk Jones is not closed.

Despite the recovery and identification of Jones’ body, New York State Park Police are still trying to piece together the details of what happened to Jones on the morning of April 19.

At the moment, they have just as many questions as they have answers.

Why did Jones, who survived a suicide attempt over the Horseshoe Falls in 2003 make another attempt to survive the perilous 167-foot plunge?

Why wasn’t Jones inside the 8-foot plastic ball, that was going to be his vessel, when it was spotted in the Niagara River rapids and then, finally, went over the falls?

And where is the 7-foot long boa constrictor, named Misty, that he apparently had planned to have join him on his ride?

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GLYNN: ‘Kelly & Ryan’ TV show gives huge boost to tourism

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Surprisingly, I’ve actually seen very little written about the show in the local papers. I thought there would be more, but the even kind of came and went without much fanfare. There were definitely lots of people there for the show, and I know people who saw some famous people in town, but other than that it seemed to be a non-event. I hope I am wrong. The views of the Falls behind Kelly and Ryan were spectacular, so hopefully it served its purpose from a marketing point of view.

From the Niagara Gazette:

…it can’t possibly match the wide publicity and exposure that the “Live With Kelly & Ryan Show” generated for Niagara Falls, Ont., on Monday and Tuesday. Some 3,000 persons gathered on the broad curved lawn in front of the pergola that connects two open pavilions to watch the show viewed by millions. It was an all-Canadian affair, complete with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police escorting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the stage, red-and-white balloons bobbing over the crowd pressing for a closer look at the young PM, and the tiny Maple Leaf flags waving in tribute to that nation’s 150th anniversary. The international touch also was in full breathtaking view with the American Falls (not the Horseshoe) as the magnificent backdrop for the coast-to-coast special…

CITY DESK: Bullish on the Falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

If you are down on Niagara Falls, USA, then Frank Strangio’s not your guy.

Ever the optimist, the local hotelier has been one of the city’s biggest boosters for years, both as a private business owner and as a former chairman of the county tourism agency, formerly known as the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. and now known as Destination Niagara USA.

It seems like whenever I run into Frank he’s working.

Wallenda’s wife plans to hang by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Five years after her husband walked a tightrope over Niagara Falls, his wife is planning her own teeth-clenching stunt there.

To be precise, Erendira Wallenda, a trapeze aerialist, plans to hang by her teeth from a tether connected to a helicopter flying over the Falls, Niagara County officials announced Tuesday night.

By a 14-0 vote Tuesday, the County Legislature earmarked $35,000 to help pay any costs connected with the spectacle, which local officials hope will draw thousands of tourists like Nik Wallenda’s nationally televised 1,800-feet tightrope walk did on June 15, 2012.

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SLIDESHOW: A walk in Niagara Falls State Park

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From the Niagara Gazette (includes 12 pictures):

As part of her duties on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, 7-year-old Hailey Winterhalter put together a photo slideshow of a quick trip to Niagara Falls State Park.

Deluca: Feel better at the falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

I had forgotten about the negative ions.

I only remembered them when I wrote a story about the new yoga studio on Third Street. The owner, Craig Avery, told me he named his studio ION in honor of the negative ions that are emitted by our giant waterfalls, which are supposed to make people feel better in a lot of ways. Read More…

GUEST VIEW: Is it wrong to want to retire to Niagara Falls?

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From the Niagara Gazette:

My name is Jayne Cuda and I grew up in Niagara Falls, New York during the ‘50s and ‘60s and I loved it. I currently reside in Los Angeles but return to my hometown six weeks each year.

This June, I will be retiring from Los Angeles Unified School District after 30 years of service as a teacher, counselor and an administrator. My current plan is to buy a home in Niagara County… Read More…

CITY DESK: Cuomo called out over Goat Island ‘lodge’

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From the Niagara Gazette:

The “bottom-up,” “community first” approach to development and redevelopment has been all the rage in recent years.

It seems, after decades of essentially telling the people what’s best for them, public officials and entities finally figured out that there are advantages to getting what they like to call “community buy-in” before moving forward with a project.

There’s nothing worse than rolling something out only to face stiff opposition.

Poor early reviews tend to linger and can plague a project through completion and beyond.

That’s why it’s hard to blame people in the Niagara Falls area who have been scratching their heads over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement about plans to build a lodge on Goat Island.

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