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    August ending with beautiful summer weather

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    I took these pictures on Saturday, but all weekend was like this, and it looks like we’ll have beautiful weather through the end of this weekend.

    Canada Day on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls

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    Saturday was Canada Day and we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday. Normally Canada Day is a huge draw, but this year it definitely did seem to be bigger. I was in the Falls until around 5 pm, and took these pictures late in the afternoon. There were lots of people around, but there were still more to come. I wasn’t there at night, but I’ve been told that after the fireworks on Saturday night that Clifton Hill (no cars allowed, pedestrian traffic only) was literally shoulder to shoulder filled with people. It must have been quite a sight.

    Update: Apparently Clifton Hill was NOT officially closed on Saturday night. It is just that there were so many people they just swarmed the street and the cars couldn’t move anywhere. You can see a couple of crazy picture of it on the Clifton Hill Facebook page.

    Cross border fandom

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    I hadn’t even heard about this until I read this article…

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It was William Kircher’s second visit to Canada.

    The New Zealand actor, best known for his role as the dwarf Bifur in the The Hobbit trilogy, was one of the celebrity guests at the inaugural Fan World event held jointly in Niagara Falls, Ont. and Niagara Falls, N.Y.

    “I went to a fan convention in Winnipeg. It was a little chilly and grey,” he recalled Saturday as he signed autographs for fans at the Canadian venue at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

    “Niagara Falls is fantastic. Such a beautiful place. I’m making my wife jealous right now because she’s still in New Zealand and when you see Niagara Falls, you really should see it with a loved one.”

    Kircher enjoys meeting with fans of his work.

    “It’s an adventure for me. I travel all over the world.”

    Niagara Falls to go dark for Earth Hour

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It’ll be lights out at the Horseshoe and American Falls Saturday.

    The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), in partnership with the Niagara Falls Illumination Board, plans to participate in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) global Earth Hour initiative by switching off the evening Illumination of the falls from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    “Our environmental responsibilities and stewardship over the lands we control is an important hallmark of our organization and it is why we are working closely with the Niagara Falls Illumination Board to be part of this worthy global environmental initiative,” NPC chair Janice Thomson said in a news release.

    Wind damage from Saturday

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    If you live within a few hours of Niagara Falls, you probably experienced some very high winds last Saturday. Occasionally we experience that, but this lasted for 18 hours or so. However, with all of that wind, there was actually very little damage. Other than some small branches around, the only damage I saw was this Greg Frewin booth out from of the Imperial Hotel. The booth blew over.

    Travel photo of the day: Colorful Niagara Falls

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    From the Travel section of the NBC Today Show web site (including photo):

    Mary Umbricht of Seekonk, Mass., captured this beautiful photo of Niagara Falls.

    Umbricht took the picture on Saturday while spending a long weekend in Canada. There was “a lot of color,” she told TODAY.com, and visibility was great due to no leaves on the trees.

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