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New attraction at Cave of the Winds highlights larger redevelopment of Niagara Falls park

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From 88.7 WBFO:

A new attraction has opened at the Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls, offering guests a year-round facility to learn about the natural wonder’s history. It’s also the latest completed project in an overall $70 million investment to update Niagara Falls State Park.

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Niagara Falls development financing falling into place

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From WBFO News:

Across Niagara Falls, there are projects suggesting the tourism boom – and development that feeds off tourists – are here to stay for the long haul. Read More…

In Niagara Falls visit, Cuomo hails new hotel overlooking rapids

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From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that a new 191-room hotel overlooking the Niagara River rapids was the latest evidence that the state’s efforts to strengthen the Niagara Falls economy are working.

In a speech to nearly 200 local residents and officials, Cuomo said he wants Empire State Development to “step up to the plate” in Niagara Falls, carrying out a multi-pronged plan to boost the Cataract City’s economy.

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Daredevilry, Rescue And The Family That Couldn’t Escape The Niagara Falls

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WBFO, the NPR affiliate in Buffalo, had a short segment recently about Niagara Falls and the heroics of Red Hill Sr.:

Michael Clarkson grew up along the banks of the Niagara River. As a young reporter, he collected stories of people who challenged the river’s dangerous 165-foot Falls, including the first three to do so…

Clarkson also heard of a heroic river man and his family, whose tales are interwoven with the history of daredevilry and rescue at the Falls. Here’s their story.

William “Red” Hill Sr. was born on Oct. 27, 1887 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His career saving lives began when he carried his 4-year-old sister, Cora, out of their family’s burning home…

The man who turned off Niagara Falls

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From WBFO.com:

Meet the man who turned off the American Falls.

Col. Amos Wright is a retired US Army solider and engineer. He and his wife Gloria live in Provo, Utah, where he spends time perfecting his golf game.

“It’s a pleasure to get out and be able to get out,” he said. “I claim that I can shoot a score below my age but you have to be pretty old to be able to do that.”

He’s actually 92 years young. In the late 1960s he was with the Army Corps of Engineers in Buffalo. As the district engineer, he led a project to shut down the American side of Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls tourism enjoys “record summer,” leaders face off-season challenge

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From WBFO.org:

Niagara Falls enjoyed a record summer for tourism, according to local tourism leaders. The Niagara USA Official Visitors Center reports assisting more than 103,000 guests during the summer of 2016. The Center estimates that to be a 16 percent increase from the previous summer tourist season.

Changes that helped boost the local tourist trade this year include the introduction of a trolley service that linked users to more than a dozen destinations along the Niagara River.

“We’ve done something great, as far as the trolleys, because we’re bringing patrons from downtown Niagara Falls, throughout all the other attractions all the way up to Fort Niagara,” said State Assemblyman John Ceretto during an appearance at the Aquarium of Niagara Wednesday. “But this is at the cusp. We’ve got to continue moving forward.”

Leaders from both sides tell Ottawa more resources needed at border

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From WBFO.org:

Seven elected leaders, including the mayors of three Western New York municipalities, have co-signed a letter to Canadian federal officials urging them to increase resources that will help ease long waits at local international bridges.

Niagara Falls project spurred by Chinese investment

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From WBFO:

The Chinese government is supposed to put up the first $100 million toward a billion-dollar development in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
That’s from Falls Mayor Jim Diodati who leaves for Beijing this morning for talks on the planned project.

It’s been publicly in the works for months, a mix of residential, tourist and wetlands near the John Daly Thundering Waters Golf Course.

“A good portion of the land is wetlands as well which obviously is going to be protected. But, there is a good portion of lands directly adjacent to the wetlands that are in a real neat area. But, it’s largely been completely undeveloped,” Diodati explained.

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