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    A quarter century of Oh Canada Eh?

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    From Niagara This Week:

    In the 25 years since Oh Canada Eh? has been offering dinner theatre patrons homegrown songs celebrating the Great White North, Eric Hitchcock has had a front seat through a good deal of them.

    Now general manager of the Niagara Falls-based theatre, Hitchcock was there for the first show on May 17, 1994 — though just as a member of the audience. With a friend in the show, which features performers singing songs either created or made famous by Canadians, Hitchcock wanted to show his support. By the second performance, however, he was put to work, first at the bar of the venue, then located near Clifton Hill and now on Lundy’s Lane, and eventually all manner of duties.

    “Whatever they needed,” he said, “wherever they needed help.”

    Raptor shows coming to Niagara Glen

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A variety of birds of prey will be on display later this month as the Canadian Raptor Conservancy celebrates Father’s Day at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre.

    Free live raptor shows will be held June 16 and 17 outside the Niagara Parkway facility.

    Fans flock to Comic Con

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Yondu was in the house and the crowds couldn’t get enough.

    Michael Rooker, who played the blue-skinned buccaneer Yondu in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series, was one the main attractions at Niagara Falls Comic Con.

    The 63-year-old actor enjoys meeting with his fans.

    Angels pitching in $3M for Titanic project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    More than a year after first floating the idea, plans to build a Titanic museum in Niagara Falls are steaming ahead with no icebergs in site.

    Fuelled with a $3-million commitment from the Niagara Angel Network, proponents of the attraction hope to welcome aboard their first passengers by the middle of next year.

    While celebrating investments made in the past three years totalling just more than $12 million to help establish 29 businesses including several in Niagara, Angel Network executive director Terry Kadwell also announced plans to pitch in for the Experience Titanic interactive museum planned for Niagara Falls.

    Niagara Falls’ OLG funding surpasses $100-million mark

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The City of Niagara Falls received close to $7 million in the second quarter from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

    In total, $6.81 million was paid out to the City by the provincial gaming agency. The payments are part of a hosting agreement the City of Niagara Falls has with the OLG that compensates the municipality for hosting Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. The latest payment covers the period of July through September. The latest payment brings the total funds received by the City to $14.6 million so far this fiscal year, which began in April.

    Eight months later and still no update on speedway project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    More than eight months after agreeing to meet with town officials to provide an update on the long-delayed Canadian Motor Speedway project, the developers have still not done so, and are no longer answering questions about the status of the project.

    The overseas company providing the funding for the project appears to be in severe financial trouble.

    About five years ago, the developers claimed the facility would be “race ready in 2016” but have thus far not applied for a building permit to get the project rolling.

    Fallsview Casino Resort recognized by TripAdvisor

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Fallsview Casino Resort is flush with positivity thanks to being recognized with five Certificates of Excellence from the travel website TripAdvisor.

    Certificates were awarded for the casino’s hotel; its R5, Ponte Vecchio, and 21 Club Steak and Seafood restaurants; and for the casino itself as an attraction.

    Certificates of Excellence are awarded to hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. They are based on quality, quantity, and timeliness of customer reviews submitted on the site over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews, and have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

    Cops: Too many boaters cruise into Niagara Falls danger zone

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    From Niagara This Week:

    An American police marine unit that patrols the upper Niagara River says too many boaters and people on personal watercraft are getting too close to the brink of Niagara Falls.

    New York State Park Police Lt. Clyde Doty tells WGRZ-TV in Buffalo (http://on.wgrz.com/2feIsBJ ) that people put their lives at risk when they ignore buoys and warning signs on the river.

    Cruisin’ the country in vintage style

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    From Niagara This Week:

    or Rodney and Linda Tritten, a visit to Niagara Falls was always one of those bucket list things.

    Now the Saskatchewan couple can check that one off as the Tritten’s, along with 99 other couples, stopped for an impromptu classic car show on Queen Street on Sunday. They are a part of the Canada Coasters, a classic car group that takes their vehicles across the country once every 10 years. This year, the group is marking the 50th anniversary of the first tour taken in 1967.

    “We’re having a ball,” Linda said, as she and Rodney parked their 1953 Pontiac Chieftain along Queen Street and sought out some nearby shade. “We’re doing this just to see the country.”

    The Continental connection

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    From Niagara This Week:

    When Jesse McCracken set out to create a documentary film on motel culture in Niagara Falls, he found himself on the doorstep of the Continental Motel on Ferry Street, expecting another interview discussing the decline in the number of the mom-and-pop type of inns that were once a booming part of the honeymoon capital’s tourism economy.

    McCracken’s initial interest in Niagara Falls motels came from family visits to the city when he was growing up. But, he returned with the idea of making a documentary about what was an industry in decline.

    “I wanted to do a movie about what I was seeing in Niagara Falls over the years when I went there vacationing with my family,” says McCracken, who grew up in Markdale, Ont., near Owen Sound.

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