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On either side of Niagara Falls, when it rains, it pours sewage and stormwater

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From the Buffalo News:

An estimated 800 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater have flowed into the Niagara River from the American and Canadian sides so far this year, eight times more than last year.

It’s enough to pour over the Horseshoe Falls for 20 minutes.

The American side accounts for about three-quarters of the sewage and overflow, according to discharge data The Buffalo News reviewed. But most of the time, neither side’s wastewater system can handle an inch of daily rainfall without overflows into the river.

Soggy weather delays completion of Niagara Falls go-kart coaster

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From Niagara This Week:

While it looks like a new go-kart coaster attraction at the top of Clifton Hill is nearing completion, Mother Nature has played havoc with getting site race ready.

The base of the track, including its ascending corkscrew, have been in place for weeks, but wet weather has delayed the pouring of concrete to finish the job, HOCO director of marketing Joel Noden said.

“There’s been many days where it’s rained or there’s been the threat of rain. There are a lot of slope and curves to the track, so we’ve put off pour days.”

While it was initially thought the attraction, officially named Niagara Speedway, would open this year, Noden said that probably won’t happen.

“Realistically, we’re looking at next spring for a launch date.”

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April showers (lots of them) bring before-May flowers

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I posted back at the beginning of March that the crocus and other plants were starting to come up. Well, with all of this rain and temperatures in the teens, the daffodils are everywhere!

Brief Marineland 2014 season recap

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Occasionally I have a regular reader send me in his thoughts/observations about Marineland. Like a lot of people, he is conflicted about the park. He has great memories and see so much potential, but the current situation just doesn’t seem right.

Here are some of his comments:

I still check the park periodically via social media and such as I haven’t been to the park in ages… I’m hoping to go for the 2015 season!

But here’s a recap of the 2014 season:

  • In March 2014 there was a bulldozer spotted behind Friendship Cove’s area

  • Peanut and her calf from 2013 passed away during the winter 2013-2014

  • Kelowna’s 2nd calf passed away in the winter 2013-2014

  • Kiska began play sessions with toys since May-June

  • Isis, Acadia, Aurora, Skyla, Rose and Talia were pregnant this year; all have given birth to healthy calves but Talia whom is still expecting or a stillbirth occurred (unconfirmed)

  • Belyi, the park’s first beluga passed away in August

  • Rain and Charmin are the only wild caught females who haven’t gotten pregnant yet.

  • Deadmau5 letter to the park… I personally want to take over MLC in a heartbeat but I can’t 🙁

Note: These are just his observations and I have presented them as is. I do not know how accurate they are, and have not tried to confirm anything.

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.

green tea and ice cream: niagara falls

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Someone with a Blogger blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls (including a couple of pictures)

We decided to take the kids and Uncle Rick
to the falls on a rainy Saturday.
Unfortunately, the kids found them to be
a bit of a yawn and Graydon’s foot “hurt”.

Miraculously, Graydon’s foot-ailment went into remission
when we arrived at the ultra-tacky Clifton Hill.

Sounds a bit like one of my sons 🙂

butterfly mind: these words are all remainders… – Here’s a truck stop instead of Saint Peter’s…

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Someone with a LiveJournal blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls:

So I went to Niagara Falls this weekend, and came home with a fairly wicked sunburn.

This — for those of the readership not au fait with So. Ontario springs — is, to put it mildly, odd. The wind- and rainstorm that’s now blowing up in the sun’s wake is more typical… assuming this were mid-July, that is.

That said, I had a pretty good time at the Falls. Not that I’m unfamiliar with the wet’n’wild marvels themselves; Shoemom is native to the area, meaning they were routine scenery on weekly Sunday family drives, and later a mandatory timekiller for the grandkids’ visits.

The thing is, the surrounding area has… developed… a bit, since Shoemom was a little sneaker.

My Trip to Niagara Falls.

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Someone posted about a recent class trip to Niagara Falls:

On October 7th 2009, Birchmount’s Travel & Tourism and Natural Disasters class decided to go to the beautiful Niagara Falls for a class trip.
We all loaded the bus at 8am sharp, and got on the road. It was a long 2 hour drive, but most of us got some sleep. As we arrived, the weather was horrible. It was cold and very rainy, so we couldn’t go on the maid of the mist as planned. We all went into a building with gift shops and decided to go see a movie. Niagara’s Fury was a 4D movie that brought you inside the falls and taught you about it. The movie was pretty cool because the stand moved and it got you wet, but i wouldn’t recommend it to an older audience. I think it was more based towards kids…

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