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    How should Falls celebrate Canada’s 150th b-day?

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s still 11 months until Canada’s 150th birthday, but Niagara Falls officials are not wasting any time when it comes to preparing for next year’s grand celebration.

    A survey is up on the city’s website (www.niagarafalls.ca/) asking the public to help them plan for the big bash in 2017. The survey is expected to remain on the website until Aug. 26.

    Lori Albanese, the city’s community development co-ordinator, said once a Canada Day event concludes, officials immediately begin planning for the next one, trying to secure sponsorships, entertainment and volunteers.

    And with the next Canada Day being the country’s sesquicentennial, Albanese said her committee wants the public to have even a bigger say on how the city’s celebration will unfold.

    OPG Winter Festival of Lights honours volunteers

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Although the lights have been dimmed on the 2013-14 Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, one final one was shone on volunteers who helped out with the annual illumination event.

    WFOL honoured its volunteers at a recent recognition dinner at the Greg Frewin Theatre, which also included the presentation of Sparkle Awards to residents got into the spirit of the Christmas season with holiday displays at homes throughout the city.

    Lights Festival expanding schedule

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s one thing to volunteer for something on a pleasant summer day.

    Try doing it during a snow storm, at night, with the temperature dropping.

    It’s a special breed that volunteers with the Winter Festival of Lights every year. Among other things, you have to love winter.

    Just ask Sharon Gazley, who has pitched in for the last 11 years. Among her annual workload is about 40 hours collecting donations and taking surveys in chilly Dufferin Islands. While most people enjoy the displays from the warmth of their car, she’s braving the elements.

    “We’ve got ski pants and all the stuff that you need,” says the retired Niagara Falls resident.

    Bundling up is par for the course for the festival’s 200 volunteers, but the challenge this year isn’t keeping warm — it’s getting more warm bodies. With the festival expanding its schedule to Jan. 31, becoming nearly a three-month event, the pool of volunteers needs to grow as well.

    Greeters sought for tourism season

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    With the tourist season just around the corner, the Niagara Greeters Program is inviting interested volunteers to participate in the countywide program.

    Coordinator Louise Yots said the success of the program depends on the volunteers who are willing to give of their time and expertise to promote the region’s many attractions and offerings.

    “We look forward to another exciting year as we proudly welcome tourists to our region,” she said.

    City blossoms in contest that promotes beautification

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls is blooming brilliant!

    That’s the consensus from a group of judges who toured the city during the summer as part of the Communities in Bloom contest.

    Recently, judges awarded Niagara Falls five blooms in the annual competition, the highest rating available.

    This was the city’s first entry into the program that’s designed to foster civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation and the challenge of friendly competition.

    Led by the city’s Park in the City committee, Niagara Falls competed in the 50,001 to 100,000 population category.

    Judges toured the city for two days in July and gave marks for criteria including tidiness, landscaped areas, turf and ground covers, and community involvement.

    The city received a total of 822 marks out of a possible 1,000, an 82 per cent rating.

    “I am so proud of our city,” said Mayor Ted Salci. “Our residents, our BIAs and volunteers all did exceptional work, and our city has never looked as good as it has this past summer.”

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