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What beautiful spring weather! (photos)

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Yesterday was a warm and beautiful day in Niagara Falls. As I was out for a walk at lunch, I took a bunch of pictures. Enjoy!

Limited construction expected at Niagara Falls bridge crossings this season

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From WBFO News:

Cross-border travelers have more than Canada’s sesquicentennial to celebrate this summer. Canada’s history is going to change recent history on the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission’s three crossings this summer.
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Bridge commission elects 2017 officers

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

American businessman Russell Quarantello has been elected chairman of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, while Canadian accountant John Lopinski has been elected vice chairman.

The commission, which is a bi-national entity that owns and operates the Rainbow, Whirlpool Rapids and Queenston-Lewiston bridges between Canada and the United States, elected its 2017 slate of officers during its recent annual general meeting.

Quarantello was appointed to the commission in March 2012 and lives in Lewiston, N.Y. He serves as the business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 237. He is a master electrician who has worked for numerous contractors over the years.

Man goes over Niagara Falls as tourists look on

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From the Norwalk Reflector:

A Norwalk native and her husband received an unpleasant surprise when they visited Niagara Falls.

Jill (Morr) Spildener, along with her husband, Jamie, visited the Falls area on Friday. The Berea couple parked on the American side, walked across Rainbow Bridge to Canada, and then made their way down toward Horseshoe Falls on foot.

Upon arrival, tourists were abuzz about something that just happened and police were at the scene.

“Approximately five minutes before we arrived at the Horseshoe Falls, a middle-aged man was seen floating face up in the river and went over the falls,” Spildener said. “He was conscious and coherent because he was looking at onlookers as he went by and said something just before he disappeared from view. No one was able to make out what he said.

Gorge restoration planned

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

More than 40 acres along the Niagara Gorge on the American side between the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow bridges will undergo a three-year, $1-million restoration.

“This gorge is one of the most important places ecologically in the world with the plant diversity that it has, with the fresh water resource that we have at the Niagara River, with migratory bird habitat going through and across the gorge, with fish spawning habitat underneath,” said Jajean Rose, deputy executive director for the Western New York Land Conservancy.

“If we don’t do this work the diversity of plants and animals will continue to decrease and we’ll lose species. What this project will do is restore that natural, high bio-diversity corridor.”

Border delays concern Niagara Falls councillor

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From Niagara This Week:

Wayne Thompson got a first-hand look Sunday at delays being experienced by motorists crossing into Canada at the Rainbow Bridge.

“They were lined up for two, three blocks back on both sides,” Thomson said. “It was unbelievable.”

While it took him just 20 minutes to cross into Niagara Falls, N.Y., he faced a 90-minute wait up his return to Canada.

He said that while he holds a NEXUS card and normally would use the Whirpool Bridge to cross into Niagara Falls, N.Y., he was with his grandson, who isn’t a cardholder.

“We had to drive over the Rainbow Bridge and it was loaded,” he said.

Man’s fall shuts down Rainbow Bridge lanes

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A major international bridge in the Niagara Falls’ tourist district closed its U.S.-bound lanes for two hours Sunday after a man tumbled into the gorge.

Niagara Falls firefighters on the Canadian side of the border parked their aerial truck on the Rainbow Bridge and rescued a 25-year-old man from below.

“He got hauled out of the gorge, up onto the top of the Rainbow Bridge where we transferred the care into EMS hands,” said Niagara Falls Fire Department platoon chief Pete Methner.

Methner said the man had only minor injuries and was taken to hospital for assessment.

Into the mist, and far above, at Niagara Falls

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From The Hawk Eye (in Burlington, Iowa):

Our first glimpse of Niagara Falls was from the Rainbow Bridge, which connects the United States and Canada. It was the end of a long day on the road when we arrived in northwest New York, having driven through a portion of the Adirondacks on the drive west from Cooperstown, N.Y., the mythical hometown of baseball, and site of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

So rather than fight the crowd for a parking spot on the U.S. side, we crossed the border and made for our hotel, figuring we’d find a better vantage point in Canada.

An old Ontario map showing Niagara Falls

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At the same store where I saw the old Niagara Falls panorama from 1913, I saw this old map.

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They had a small area of the larger map that was specifically for the Niagara area.

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It’s interesting to see that there were traffic circles on the QEW at that point. What would become Highway 420 was built at that point, but was not called by that name. it wasn’t until into the late 60’s and early 70’s that it became Highway 420. I think Roberts St and Newman Hill are what you are on when you drive through the lights at Stanley Ave and drive down the hill to the Rainbow Bridge.

Canadian first responders deal with man under Rainbow Bridge

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From the Niagara Gazette:

A 22-year-old Niagara Falls man was pulled from the Niagara Gorge Wednesday night after he was found under the Rainbow Bridge.

About 8:15 p.m., members of the Niagara Parks Police Service, Niagara Regional Police Service, Canadian Border Services Agency, Niagara Emergency Medical Services and the Niagara Falls Fire Department respond to the Rainbow Bridge after the man was spotted about 50 feet below the retaining wall in the Niagara gorge.

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