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    Flames along border to re-live War of 1812

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    (This is old, but again, I wanted to post it still)

    From the Tonawanda News:

    Two historic forts and nearby communities along the Niagara River will be under siege again this month as part of colorful pageantry to commemorate the War of 1812.

    The events also marking the 200th anniversary of peace between the U.S. and Canada are set for Fort Niagara in Youngstown, Buffalo, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

    Major reenactments are designed to ignite interest in two of the most destructive attacks on both sides of the border: the Americans destroying Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.) on Dec. 6, 1813, and the British seeking revenge in capturing Fort Niagara Dec. 19, and then torching homes and villages from Youngstown to Buffalo.

    Falls illumination will honor royal birth

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    As the world eagerly awaits the birth of the newest member of the royal family, the Niagara Parks Commission and the Niagara Falls Illumination Board are preparing a special pink or blue illumination of Niagara Falls to commemorate the historic birth date of the future monarch.

    “We thought this was a special way to commemorate the birth of our future king or queen and congratulate the royal couple on the arrival of their first child,” stated parks commission Chair and Niagara Falls Illumination board member Janice Thomson.

    Stars headed to Falls to film movie

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are heading to Niagara Falls for a movie shoot.

    Multiple media outlets in Wilmington, N.C., reported this week that local filming has wrapped on a movie called “Tammy,” which features Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon, Melissa McCarthy, Dan Akroyd and Kathy Bates.

    Fans get their fill of art, costumes and celebrities at Niagara Falls Comic Con

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    A few years ago, Shannon Neprily was just a Canadian dark fantasy author who had a love affair with Japanese anime, comic book conventions and dressing up with her friends as a character she’d seen on television or in movies.

    Together with a group of friends, they’d visit local conventions in full cosplay – short for costume play – mode.

    But then it all changed, as the St. Catherine’s resident learned she, in fact, had breast cancer. It was during last year’s rendition of Niagara Falls Comic Con she told her friends-in-cosplay. It was an emotional reveal, she said.

    “Last year was rough,” she said. “They had to carry me out of here.”

    Maid of the Mist financing spring gorge work

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    For at least the next month, crews will be removing loose rocks, boulders and other items from the Niagara Gorge near the Gorge Discovery Center in Niagara Falls State Park.

    A release issued Monday by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation characterized the rock-scaling project as a process regularly done in the gorge to “protect those using the trails for recreational purposes” from being hit by falling debris.

    Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day — almost

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    I missed this earlier in the week. Apparently St Patrick’s Day marks the anniversary of the creation of the City of Niagara Falls, New York…

    From the Tonawanda News:

    It’s the day when nearly everyone is Irish but there’s more than just St. Patrick to celebrate here on Sunday.

    In addition to paying tribute to the patron of the Emerald Isle, it’s the anniversary of the City of Niagara Falls, chartered by New York state on March 17, 1892.

    Town of Niagara officials believe Factory Outlets will be expanding into Sabre Park land

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    The Factory Outlets of Niagara Falls mall may be planning an expansion.

    Town of Niagara board members discussed the mall’s expansion during a budget meeting on Wednesday night but said that they had been offered no specifics by Macerich Partnership L.P., the company that owns the mall.

    Charles Teixeira, a town board member, said that the town has not received any documents from the company outlining their plans for the expansion.

    “There’s nothing technically of an expansion, per se, in writing,” Teixeira said. “It’s all hearsay.”

    Maid of the Mist docks on U.S. side doesn’t appear ‘viable’

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    The Maid of the Mist’s idea to build a new boat storage facility on the American side of the Falls received a less-than-favorable review from a top state parks official on Monday.

    In response to questions posed during a meeting with his board of commissioners, Western Region State Parks Director Mark Thomas said the Maid’s new construction plan may be too complex to pull off in a reasonable timeframe.

    “We do not believe that’s a viable alternative,” Thomas told commissioners during a meeting in the administrative offices at Niagara Falls State Park.

    Wallenda meets with Canadians, NPC slams wirewalk as ‘not appropriate’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review (includes article, video, and pictures):

    After his first meeting with officials on the Canadian side of the Niagara River on Thursday, Nik Wallenda was careful to walk a fine line of cautious optimism despite the fact the Niagara Parks Commission outright opposes his idea to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a wire.

    “I’m very positive no matter what,” Wallenda said after meeting with NPC general manager Fay Booker. “My great-grandfather (Karl Wallenda) told us to never give up and I would never give up.”

    Wallenda was in Niagara Falls, Ont., to sell his bid to local officials who will decide whether or not to allow him to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a steel wire next year.

    This is the same article as the Tonawanda News article I linked to earlier today. However, the video and pictures are unique to the Niagara Falls Review.

    Wallenda makes pitch to Canadians

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    After his first meeting with officials on the Canadian side of the Niagara River on Thursday, Nik Wallenda was careful to walk a fine line of cautious optimism despite the fact the Niagara Parks Commission outright opposes his idea to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a wire.

    “I’m very positive no matter what,” Wallenda said after meeting with NPC general manager Fay Booker. “My great-grandfather (Karl Wallenda) told us to never give up and I would never give up.”

    A day after holding a similar gathering on the American side, Wallenda was in Niagara Falls, Ont., to sell his bid to local officials who will decide whether to allow him to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a steel wire next year.

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