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    Public gets peek at Oakes Garden Theatre renos

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The new Oakes Garden Theatre is going to look a lot like the old Oakes Garden Theatre.

    Restoration of the theatre’s distinctive pergola wall, dismantled because of safety concerns in 2012, will utilize the original stone pulled from a local quarry when complete, possibly by this summer. Only it will be anchored with a steel “structural spine” to better withstand the area’s wet conditions, said lead architect Emilio Raimondo of Niagara Falls-based Raimondo & Associates Architects Inc.

    Speaking Saturday at an information session hosted by the Niagara Falls Municipal Heritage Committee, Raimondo said the rubble originally used to fill the wall’s support pillars in 1935 “acted as a sponge” over the decades.

    Pieces of the wall, requiring 113 skids and two transport trucks, are in storage waiting to rise again.

    “Hopefully, it’ll be there for another hundred years,” said Raimondo.

    I didn’t even know that it was being renovated…

    A Timeline of Tragedy at Niagara Falls

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    From Yahoo! News:

    Niagara Falls is a quintessentially North American phenomenon. Situated at the border between America and Canada, the roaring force of nature has captured the imagination of those who visit for centuries. Actually a collection of three falls, they are dramatic but can bring the reckless side out of tourists and daredevils.

    The latest victim went over Sunday, when a 19-year-old student visiting from Toronto lost her footing while climbing on a safety railing, plunged to the water below, then was swept over the falls. Following is a timeline of some of the other tragic events linked to the famous tourist destination.

    Choose safety over a pretty picture

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    From the Toronto Sun:

    Why do people think it’s safe for their children to lean over the railing and tempt the Horseshoe Falls?

    Just because it’s a great picture?

    Just steps from where a teen went over Sunday, a little girl of 2 1/2 leaned over the edge of the falls Tuesday and laughed as the spray hit her face.

    I have covered a lot of death; it just didn’t look safe to me. Just one slip here or a gust of wind there and who knows.

    What if she decided to climb over this barrier? There would not be time to stop her.

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