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    WildPlay Whirlpool Adventure Course opens in Niagara Falls, Ont.

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    From the Buffalo News:

    WildPlay Whirlpool Adventure Course to Niagara, a new outdoor adventure attraction, opens June 16.

    The course will provide visitors with new ways to interpret and experience the Niagara Gorge, Niagara Glen and Whirlpool Rapids, said Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission. It includes aerial obstacles and ziplines securely suspended above the Gorge and Whirlpool.

    Would you go over the Falls in this barrel?!

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    The other day when out for a walk I went past Henri’s Motel. Out front they have a white barrel that is painted with the words:

    The original
    Hill’s Barrel
    July 1949

    I supposed they are referring to Major Lloyd Hill who went over the Falls in a barrel on July 30, 1949. NiagaraFallsInfo.com has the following information:

    On July 30th 1949, Major Lloyd Hill, using a 650 pound barrel, successfully navigated the Whirlpool Rapids. Hill became stranded in the Whirlpool and had to be rescued by the City of Niagara Falls Fire Department.

    I don’t know what all he had inside the barrel, but without any padding it sure looks like you’d be tossed around quite a bit!

    Bridge commission elects 2017 officers

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    American businessman Russell Quarantello has been elected chairman of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, while Canadian accountant John Lopinski has been elected vice chairman.

    The commission, which is a bi-national entity that owns and operates the Rainbow, Whirlpool Rapids and Queenston-Lewiston bridges between Canada and the United States, elected its 2017 slate of officers during its recent annual general meeting.

    Quarantello was appointed to the commission in March 2012 and lives in Lewiston, N.Y. He serves as the business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 237. He is a master electrician who has worked for numerous contractors over the years.

    Gorge restoration planned

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More than 40 acres along the Niagara Gorge on the American side between the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow bridges will undergo a three-year, $1-million restoration.

    “This gorge is one of the most important places ecologically in the world with the plant diversity that it has, with the fresh water resource that we have at the Niagara River, with migratory bird habitat going through and across the gorge, with fish spawning habitat underneath,” said Jajean Rose, deputy executive director for the Western New York Land Conservancy.

    “If we don’t do this work the diversity of plants and animals will continue to decrease and we’ll lose species. What this project will do is restore that natural, high bio-diversity corridor.”

    Tightrope walker who crossed Niagara Falls dies

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    From Yahoo! News:

    The celebrated French tightrope walker and chair-balancer known as Henry’s, who balanced high above the Alps, Niagara Falls and for months over a supermarket in his hometown, has died…

    At Niagara Falls in 1975, he balanced on a platform attached to a motorcycle that his friend rode across the cable over the Whirlpool Rapids, all while Rechatin’s wife hung from a pole he carried on his shoulders, according to the Niagara Falls Public Library.

    New stairway into Niagara Gorge planned near Whirlpool Bridge

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A new stairway will descend into the Niagara Gorge from a scenic overlook near the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge under a plan to enhance trails and viewpoints at three points in Niagara Falls and Lewiston.

    The new stairs will descend about 300 feet to a second overlook above the lower Niagara River, said Edward Alkiewicz, licensing manager for the New York Power Authority.

    “The main focus and feature of this project is to have another spot in the gorge where people can relatively easily — because of the construction of a new trail and stair system—get into the bottom of the gorge,” said Albert J. Nihill, associate landscape architect for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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