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Niagara Falls seeks proposals for outdoor winter activities

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

While Western New Yorkers are still enjoying the warmth of summer, the City of Niagara Falls is looking for some fun new outdoor activities to offer to residents and visitors this winter — especially those that involve ice skating.

On Monday, the Niagara Falls Community Development Department released a news release requesting winter outdoor activity providers to come forward with ideas for three downtown lots. They would like each idea submitted via a Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be accessed here: www.nf-cd.org/rfp

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.

Wisconsin’s role in Niagara Falls

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From WXOW in Wisconsin:

The beauty of Niagara Falls is thanks to the geology of Wisconsin, according to Ray Reser, director of the Natural History Museum at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

“It’s very cool” he said.

Reser says geologists attribute Niagara Falls to a massive escarpment, or ridge that runs through Wisconsin, notably at High Cliff State Park near Lake Winnebago.

“The ledge is one of those amazing little outcrops in Wisconsin that really literally shapes the state” Reser said.

The escarpment runs nearly 1,000 miles through eastern Wisconsin where it forms the Door County peninsula, Lake Winnebago and the bay of Green Bay. It then moves through Upper Michigan, southern Ontario and enters western New York where is appears as Niagara Falls.

More on approval by NY for Wallenda to talk over Falls

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Yesterday I posted a few links to articles about Nik Wallenda and how Governor Cuomo has approved his proposal. If you are interested, here are bunch more links. Note that many of them use material from the Associated Press, but then add in their own comments:

State Parks Commissioner Outlines Niagara Falls State Park Improvement Plans

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From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey on Tuesday outlined a three-part plan to ensure that Niagara Falls State Park offers a welcoming and attractive visitor experience that matches the natural beauty of the Niagara River falls and gorge.

“Governor Cuomo’s administration is fully committed to revitalizing New York’s economy, and Niagara Falls State Park is a critical part of the economic future of Western New York,” Harvey said. “The facilities at Niagara Falls State Park need to match the expectations of 8 million visitors coming from around the globe each year to see the iconic falls. State Parks staff takes great pride in the park and we will dedicate ourselves to improving and enhancing the facilities that complement the falls.”

WNED wants your stories of Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Wanted: Niagara Falls residents with a video camera to help capture the essence of their community on tape and share it with a large audience of public television viewers across Ontario and Western New York.

No experience necessary.

WNED Buffalo/Toronto has selected the Cataract City as the subject of the next in its series of Our Town documentaries.

The show is intended to be a one-hour “video scrapbook” of the people, places and happenings in Niagara Falls as seen through the eyes of the people who live here.

The station is looking to recruit 20-25 residents who have access to video camcorders to take a lead role in the project — everything from brainstorming topics to shooting video and helping narrate the final, edited product.

Drums Along the Waterfront press release

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This is getting a little beyond the Niagara Falls area, but it still sounds like an interesting event, so I figured I’d post it.

Yesterday I received the following about Drums Along the Waterfront:

Please see below a press release announcing the 14th annual Drums Along the Waterfront that is scheduled for August 8th at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Western New York and another press release announcing a unique opportunity for drum corps fans; spending the day with the best drum corps in the world, the Blue Devils.

New this year, the internationally acclaimed US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps will travel to WNY and perform a special tribute to veterans and active duty soldiers as part of the show.

This year’s event is by far the best to date, featuring some of the best drum corps groups in the country, including the most decorated and well known corps in the world, the Blue Devils from Concord, California.

The competing drum corps are quite a site to be seen, most averaging more than 150 members of the best drum and bugle corps performers in the world. These performers travel the country every summer via charter buses and living on gym floors, practicing 10 hours a day.

One of the corps will be playing on August 4th at 6ish at Terrapin Point, on the US side of the Niagara Falls, more info on appearance to come.

You can download a PDF of the press releases here.

It sounds neat! If anyone goes to check it out, email me a summary, and I’d be happy to post it.

Movie shoot news to city

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Published reports about plans to shoot another motion picture in the Falls came as news to Mayor Paul Dyster on Thursday.

Although an article appearing in The Hollywood Reporter suggested the American side of the Falls would serve as the backdrop for an upcoming film featuring Dennis Hopper, Dyster said, at this point, the city has not been approached about the project.

“As of right now, there have been no requests to film on the U.S. side,” Dyster said in reference to “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” a film The Hollywood Reporter described as a dark comedy penned by Jonathan Sobol, a writer with roots in the Western New York area.

Dyster said it was his understanding that filming related to the project may be done nearby, but that the work would likely occur at locations in Niagara Falls, Ont.

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