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Butterfly Conservatory looks at the lives of owls

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From Niagara This Week:

When staff at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory planned for exhibits for Ontario’s 150th birthday, naturally they looked up to kick things off.

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Vandals strike WFOL display

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From Niagara This Week:

One of the more recent illuminations added to the Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights is now dark.

It’s all thanks to an act of vandalism which occurred sometime between midnight on Jan. 15 and 5 p.m. Jan. 16. That’s when an individual or a group caused substantial damage to the Sylma display at Dufferin Islands. The arched lighting display came from France, according to Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) executive director Tina Myers.

So much fun for just a buck

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From Niagara This Week:

For a pair of local youngsters, it was a chance to hang for a few minutes with Katy Perry — at least a wax rendition of the pop singer anyway.

“Everything!” Brooke Annette said when asked what she liked about the annual Museums Dollar Day for Cystic Fibrosis.

“Everything is great,” sister Caitlin added.

The Annette girls’ excitement was music to Nancy Clayton’s ears. The vice-president of the Niagara Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis is the organizer of the annual fundraiser, which allows residents entrance to a selection of museums and attractions in the Clifton Hill area for just a loonie.

“There’s so many happy families, so many happy kids,” Clayton said as she watched visitors take in displays at the Movieland Wax Museum, one of the most popular sites to visit Sunday afternoon, it seemed. Lineups were long, but were constantly moving.

Temporary closures for Niagara Parks attractions

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From Niagara This Week:

A pair of Niagara Parks attractions will be closed temporarily over the next few weeks.

The shutdowns at the Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara’s Fury attractions are to accommodate for annual maintenance programs. These closures allow Niagara Parks staff to carry out needed maintenance to ensure the continued operation of these popular year-round attractions…

Niagara’s Fury will close on Jan. 16, reopening by Feb. 11. Wonder Pass holders will be able to substitute for admission to NPC’s Floral Showhouse or the IMAX Theatre during this period.

Comic Con gives Star Wars fans something to ‘Chewie’ on

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From Niagara This Week:

As an actor, Peter Mayhew has been a part of one of the most successful film franchises of all time.

But you may not recognize him if you met him on the street.

Mayhew, of course, is best known to Star Wars fans as Chewbacca, Han Solo’s wookie sidekick. Fans will get a chance to see the man behind all that hair and makeup when he makes a rare Canadian appearance in Niagara Falls later this year, when Niagara Falls Comic Con takes over the Scotiabank Convention Centre from June 2 to 4.

“There’s no question that Star Wars is hands down the most popular film series of all time, so we couldn’t be more excited to land one of the more well known characters from the movie franchise,” said Chris Dabrowski, Comic Con’s show manager. “This will be a real treat for Star Wars fans of the original and new movies.”

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Marineland faces animal cruelty charges:OSPCA

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From Niagara This Week:

Marineland was charged Monday with six counts of animal cruelty, but the company dismissed the allegations, accusing Ontario’s animal welfare agency of acting on behalf of “a band of discredited activists.”

The latest charges, filed by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, relate to a number of land animals kept at the tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont.

They include one count each of permitting elk, red deer and fallow deer to be in distress, and one count each of failing to provide the standards of care for those animals.

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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.

Outdoor skating rink a hit with community

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I know this isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls, but I posted about it before, so I figured I’d post this follow-up:

From Niagara This Week:

The outdoor skating rink at Fort George is turning out to be a real hot spot.

Since being opened in partnership by Vintage Hotels and Parks Canada last month the skating rink has welcomed thousands of people as of the end of 2016 — and that was without the hundreds who took the time to hit the ice on New Year’s Day on Sunday. The rink was packed with skaters, some with families, and others, such as Bryon Mikkelson, on their own.

Mikkelson, of Welland, made an impromptu visit to the rink on Jan. 1, deciding it would be a fun activity to ring in 2017.

“This is a really neat chance to enjoy a beautiful site and something that is truly a slice of Canadiana,” said Mikkelson. “We need more sites like this.”

A year of missed deadlines for Canadian Motor Speedway project

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From Niagara This Week:

The perpetually delayed Canadian Motor Speedway project in Fort Erie has closed out another year without meeting any of its own deadlines.

Early in 2016, the developers behind the speedway project claimed they would be doing “site alterations” in the fall to prepare the land for development, but that never happened. They also committed to securing a building permit for the massive $400-million development by “the end of 2016”. However, that also did not happen.

No shovels hit the ground in 2016, and no building permit was issued because the developers have still failed to acquire all the necessary land.

Frank stepping down as Casinos president

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From Niagara This Week:

Art Frank is stepping down as president of Niagara Casinos.

Frank has been with Falls Management, which oversees Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort since 2006 but has a career in the gaming industry that has spanned three decades.

“It has been an honour to lead both Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara for the past 10 years,” Frank said in a statement. “I am incredibly proud to have been part of such an inspiring and dedicated team of associates that has worked tirelessly to bring our Niagara Casinos to new heights while building strong relationships with our community partners.”

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