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    IN CONVERSATION WITH: Dino Fazio

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s a Wednesday afternoon a few days before Christmas and the last thing Dino Fazio wants to see is weather like this.

    As winter begins, rain is pouring onto the outdoor skating rink built near the Table Rock building.

    After seven years of heading up the Winter Festival of Lights, the 40-year-old Fazio knows weather is one of those elements he just has to roll with.

    “When you’re involved in outdoor events, the one thing you can’t control is the weather. You’re always worried about it,” he said.

    Preparing to Drop The Guitar in The Falls!

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

    The scaffolding is being set up, the stage will soon be in place, and the thousands will soon jam down Old Falls Street, as 2012 will be ushered in in fine musical fashion.

    For the third year, The Hard Rock Guitar Drop will bring in the new year. The metal rigging is currently being welded by city workers at the welding shop where plows are usually the main repair. The mini-zamboni is out on the outdoor skating rink surrounded by a holiday market place, in short The Falls is ready to roll out the red carpet.

    Rink back from the brink

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Rink at the Brink is back from the brink after the Niagara Parks Commission voted Tuesday to give the winter attraction a second chance.

    Commissioners reversed a decision they made in August to terminate the agreement that allows the Winter Festival of Lights to operate an outdoor skating rink on public land near the Horseshoe Falls.

    “We really do want a win-win-win,” parks chairwoman Fay Booker said, adding the rink was a service to the community and to the lights festival.

    “But it also has to be a win for the Niagara Parks.”

    NPC to consider second chance for Rink at the Brink

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Rink at the Brink could get a new lease on life Tuesday after the Niagara Parks Commission threatened to kill the attraction after logistical problems in its first year.

    Commissioners are expected to vote during Tuesday’s board meeting on a report that would allow the Winter Festival of Lights to run the outdoor skating rink near the Horseshoe Falls again, but impose some new conditions about clean up at the end of the season.

    Lace up with Lord Stanley’s Mug

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Stanley Cup is coming to Niagara Falls.

    A slogan for the event being passed around the city is “two icons, one location.”

    The Hockey Hall of Fame put together a package specifically for the 27th year of the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights at the Rink on the Brink on Saturday, Dec. 19 for families to attend.

    Rink on the Brink is an outdoor skating rink (18-by-36 metres) located next to the Table Rock on the Niagara Parkway right across from the Falls.

    “We’re trying to encourage all of the youth in local sports, boys or girls, whether it’s travel or house league, or even sports enthusiasts to come down and participate in leisure skating, enjoy the memorabilia and get your photograph taken with the Cup,” said Rick Morocco, the manager of sponsorship and sales of WFOL.

    Outdoor skating rink to open Nov. 23 at ‘brink’ of Horseshoe Falls

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    From a Canadian Press article found at Yahoo! Canada News:

    A new public skating rink will open next month “a stone’s throw from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls,” say organizers of the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights.

    The outdoor Rink at the Brink, two-thirds the size of an NHL rink, will be located across from the newly renovated Table Rock Centre and offer excellent views of the Falls, says a release.

    It will be open daily between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. from Nov. 23 to Feb. 28. Skates and helmets will be available for rent, and skating lessons will also be offered.

    Admission without skate rental is $8 for adults, $5.75 for children.

    “We think it’s going to be a huge hit with both local residents and visitors to Niagara Falls,” said festival chair Joe Miszk.

    Rink at the Brink anchors 27th Winter Festival of Lights

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    You’ll need to lace up more than just your boots for this year’s Winter Festival of Lights.

    An outdoor skating rink is the big addition to the festival’s 27th year, which opens Nov. 7. Located next to Table Rock along the Niagara Parkway, the 18-by- 36-metre rink will open in late November and operate daily until Feb. 28.

    “It’ll offer public skating in an iconic setting, similar to the rink in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City,” said Jim Diodati, the festival’s acting chairman.

    “Yet this will be more dramatic. The rink will be situated at the brink -a stone’s throw from the falls.”

    Diodati called it the “most significant event” the festival has ever undertaken. In addition to a steel and glass canvas roof, ‘The Rink at the Brink’ will offer clear span windows to combat mist conditions without blocking the scenery of the falls.

    “It’ll be a great view of the falls in all conditions,” said Diodati.

    New winter tradition: Skate by the falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Outdoor skating near the brink of Niagara Falls could become an “iconic” winter attraction the way it has in New York City’s Central Park and Rockefeller Center, says Winter Festival of Lights manager Dino Fazio.

    The festival is firming up arrangements for the Rink at the Brink, an outdoor skating rink near Table Rock House right next to the Horseshoe Falls.

    “It’s for real. We’re still working on dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. We just have a few things that have to be finalized,” Fazio said Wednesday.

    His organization expects to formally announce the rink project in late September.

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