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    No tickets to ride this trolley

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    From the Lockport Journal:

    Alice Putnam and her two lady friends from Niagara Falls just wanted to have lunch in Lewiston. And then ride up to Old Fort Niagara to visit Alice’s daughter who works in the gift shop there.

    Joyce and Bill Price had walked from Lewiston to Youngstown with their daughter, Rachael, her boyfriend, Chaz Martenstein, and Millie, their baby granddaughter. The family caught the free shuttle in Youngstown and rode it home. Then they planned to have pizza for lunch without worrying about the calories after their six-mile walk.

    An Ohio family found the Discover Niagara Shuttle an easy way to get to Old Fort Niagara so their kids could see the fort. “My birthday is coming up,” said Erin Martin of Hopewell, Ohio, traveling with her husband Lee and their two children, Emma, 13, and Charley, 12. “This is my present,” she said of her family’s vacation to the region.

    Niagara Falls asked to contribute $100K for Discover Niagara Shuttle operations

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Support from Niagara Falls could keep the Discover Niagara Shuttle service free to riders.

    In coming weeks, city lawmakers will consider giving up to $100,000 to the Discover Niagara Shuttle, which during the 2016 tourist season ferried 33,000 visitors and locals from Youngstown to Niagara Falls.

    It was free for riders last summer, subsidized entirely by public sector partnerships, and will require another $200,000 to support its second year.

    Top 10: Shuttle service linking area tourist attractions debuts

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    The Niagara Gazette has a Niagara Falls New York related summary of 2016

    For years the local tourist industry operators had stressed the need to connect Niagara Falls State Park and the city within the other area attractions.

    It was finally accomplished this year with the Discover Niagara Shuttle. The inaugural service linked the city, the tourist district and the nation’s oldest state park with 14 sites etween the Niagara Falls State Park and the historic Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown.

    U.S. jetboat company wants to take visitors right to the falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Plans by a Youngstown, N.Y.-based jetboat operator to offer trips along the Niagara River and into the Falls basin are not something that will be duplicated on this side of the border.

    That’s according to John Kinney, the operator of Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, which has been conducting tours through the rapids on the Niagara River from its docks in Queenston since 1992.

    “There is a very basic rule of commercial whitewater boating,” Kinney said. “You never take a commercial passenger into whitewater conditions in which you do not have a plan to conduct a swiftwater rescue.

    New jet boat firm to hold job fair Wednesday in Youngstown

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The new Niagara Jet Adventures ready to launch boat tours along the lower river this year is planning a job fair Wednesday at the Village Center, 240 Lockport St.

    The job fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center (Red Brick School) with the company looking to fill a variety of part-time and full-time jobs (e.g., retail, customer service, tour guides, marketing, boat staff and management positions.) Applicants with boating experience and service in the hospitality industry will be given preference.

    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.

    Niagara, beyond the falls

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    From the New York Post:

    Fame can be a real pain. Take Niagara Falls, for instance. The stuff of legend. Even if you’ve never set foot on the Rainbow Bridge and gazed down on the majesty with your own eyes, you’ve probably got an opinion about the place. You probably think you know it. The tourist traps, the heart-shaped Jacuzzi tubs, a place trading on the faded glory of a time when people couldn’t get further away from home, faster.

    Never mind, of course, that we are talking about one of the most impressive natural wonders of the West. Never mind that the falls themselves are merely the famous cherry sitting atop the tasty, tasty sundae that is the Niagara region.

    Never mind that this region is one of the most desirable destinations in the Northeast. Really, it is: Sitting between two Great Lakes (Ontario and Erie), the Niagara boasts not one, but two great wine-producing regions (one among Canada’s best; the other a hidden New York State gem), world-class theater and music for months out of the year, plus outstanding little towns like Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lewiston, Youngstown, Queenston, with their great restaurants and cool places to stay.

    Even still, to many people, the entire region remains some sort of retro-kitsch joke. Ha ha ha. Niagara Falls.

    One one hand, that’s insane. On the other, who cares? Maybe it’s good that too many people’s minds won’t be changed. More room for the rest of us.

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