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Dirty Little Motel in Niagara Falls NY

This guy was not too happy about his motel room he rented in Niagara Falls NY. He paid for 2 nights but only stayed 1. Reminds me of some of the motels on Kitchener Street on this side of the border.


Fort Erie Stabbing

NRPS Media Release

On Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 7:38 am, the Niagara Regional Police responded to the Douglas Memorial Hospital, after being notified that they were treating a woman for a stab wound. Uniform officers arrived and located a 27 yr. old Fort Erie resident suffering from a stab wound to her back. Detectives from #5 District, began an investigation as the victim was uncooperative with police.

Information was learned that the female had an argument with her boyfriend, at an address on Forsythe St. during the night. As a result of that argument, the victim was stabbed in the back area.

The victim was treated at the Douglas Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the St. Catharines General hospital for further treatment. The injuries are not considered life threatening.

Uniform Officers located the suspect while at work in Niagara Falls and arrested him.

Charged is Volvick LOUISIUS, 32 yrs. of Niagara Falls, with Aggravated Assault and Assault with a Weapon. He was held in custody, pending the outcome of a Bail Hearing on November 11, 2007 in St. Catharines.

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Marineland Sign In Niagara Falls

Something is just a little wrong with this sign.
Marineland Milf

A Poppy For A Day To Remember

Poppy to be worn on lapel.
In Canadian tradition, the poppy is worn by many members of society during the two weeks prior to November 11. Until 1996, poppies were made by disabled veterans in Canada, but they have since been made by a private contractor. The centre of the Lapel Poppy was originally black but was changed to green more than twenty years ago to represent the green fields of France. In 2002, the centre was changed back to black to reflect the actual colours of the Poppies in Flanders a red flower with a black centre. It is intended that the black centre will remain as the standard for the production of all future Poppy material.

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Man Flips Out On Street

This guy looses it over a parking spot.
Also see: Dr. Moodys Side of the Story

Classic Car Show 2007


Two Shots Fired at Bedroom Window

Pulled from Niagara Falls Review

Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that took place early this morning in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Regional Police say two shots were fired at an apartment building at 5068 Stamford St. just after 4 a.m. A bedroom window was shot out, police say.

Suspects left the scene in a waiting vehicle.

There were no injuries reported.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 905-688-4111, Ext. 2200. Tips can also be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Rob McConnell of The ‘X’ Zone Talks About Fort George on CHTV

This is Rob McConnell of The ‘X’ Zone Radio Show, discussing Fort George on CH Morning Live.


Trade In Your Christmas Lights At The Niagara Square

Pulled from Niagara Falls Review

Niagara Falls Hydro is again encouraging residents to light their holidays in an energy efficient way.

For a third straight year, the local utility will host a holiday light exchange to allow residents to trade in their old incandescent lights for free indoor/outdoor, LED multi-coloured light sets.

The exchange will be held today from noon to 4 p.m. at Niagara Square and again Nov. 24. All told, 3,500 LED light sets will be distributed.

Proof of residency is required and hydro suggests using the holiday light exchange insert that was included in recent hydro bills.

Niagara Falls Hydro is a sponsor of the annual Winter Festival of Lights.

“The festival provides a great opportunity to showcase how we can all enjoy decorating with lights to celebrate the holiday season, and do it in an energy efficient way,” said Brian Wilkie, president of Niagara Falls Hydro.

LED (light emitting diodes) lights use about 90 per cent less energy than incandescent lights, and last at least seven times longer.

“We estimate that this lighting initiative could save as much as 218,912 kilowatt hours,” said Wilkie.

Based on the average electricity consumption of a typical residential customer, the savings equal the electricity used by approximately 242 homes for a month, Wilkie said.

Residents can turn in as many old incandescent holiday light sets as they like. There is a maximum of two LED sets per person.

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Here’s a short film I found about a guy that lives in the City of Welland. This parody film is funny because I actually knew a guy that lived in someones garage and carried his case of beer on the handlebars of his bike, when I lived in Welland.


St Catharines Homicide

A stabbing incident in St.Catharines has left a 20-year-old man dead and two injured.

Shortly after 1:15 a.m. on November 10th, police were notified that a man had been stabbed and required immediate assistance on the sidewalk along St. Paul Street between Queen Street and James Street. Officers immediately responded and upon their arrival learned that a second male in the area had also suffered stab related injuries and required immediate medical assistance.

The two men were tended to and transported to hospital. A short time later, a third victim also suffering from stab wounds attended the hospital.

Shortly after 2:30 a.m. one of the victims succumbed to his injuries.

Police have cordoned off a section of St. Paul Street between William Street and James Street. No pedestrian or vehicle traffic will be permitted to travel through the cordoned off area, while forensic investigators conduct their investigation.

The identity of the deceased is known to police and efforts are currently being undertaken to notify the next-of-kin. The body of the deceased will be transported to the Hamilton Health Sciences at the Hamilton General Hospital where a postmortem examination will be conducted later this morning. The identity of the deceased will be released after the next of kin has been notified.

The injuries sustained by the other two individuals are not believed to be life threatening in nature and both remain in hospital.

Numerous people are believed to have been in the area on St. Paul Street between Queen Street and James Street at the time of the incident. Major Crime Unit investigators are asking those people to contact police immediately.

Allanburg Bridge Disaster

It’s a few years old, but this is video of the disaster that closed the bridge for nearly a year. Bridge No.11 came down as the WINDOC was going under it.

Also see: Allanburg Bridge Destroyed in Seconds

Welland Sign Is Now Visible

When the new “Welcome to Welland” sign was built in the summer, I could barely make out the words driving past. They must have received a lot of complaints because I see the colours have now been changed.

Welland Welcome Sign Before

Welland Welcome Sign After

Somebody Feed This Poor Cat

David Copperfield vs. Niagara Falls recently reported that David Copperfield was being investigated by the FBI for a possible sexual misconduct charge.

Do you remember when he preformed an illusion where he went over the falls? Here is the video.


St. Catharines Plan To Manage Rowdy Youth

An article pulled from todays St. Catharines Standard

Starting Friday, residents of south St. Catharines should notice more police cruisers on their streets on weekend nights.

About two more cars will patrol the area starting this weekend, the result of a partnership between the city, Brock University and Niagara Regional Police, St. Andrew’s Coun. Andrew Gill said Wednesday.

“Absolutely it’ll be noticeable. I’m very confident this will have an immediate impact,” Gill said.

The increased presence is the result of a $25,000 contribution from Brock University, given to manage rowdy youth in the city’s south neighbourhoods, Mayor Brian McMullan said. The city matched the funding and is working with police to develop a strategy for an extra layer of police coverage, he said.

Residents have dealt with “drunken party behaviour” for years, Gill said. This includes noise, vandalism, public urination and beer bottles on lawns. Calls to emergency officials are answered in priority sequence, and calls about the activity tended to go to the bottom of the list, he said.

But extra policing should change that, McMullan said. “There will definitely be more officers and more patrol cars deployed on a regular basis,” he said. “This three-way partnership should give us additional policing at critical times.”

The additional cops are part of a “multi-pronged approach” to curbing boisterous behaviour in the south end, McMullan said. The approach also includes a beefed-up nuisance bylaw, which sees stiff fines for activities such as vomiting and fighting in public, as well as Brock University reviewing a code of conduct that impacts students off campus. Those combined efforts should curb the keg parties and front-lawn bonfires experienced in some neighbourhoods, he said. “We’re confident that will address the issue.”

The additional police presence will at first be on Friday and Saturday nights, but may eventually include Thursday nights, too, McMullan said.

Santa Claus Parade

Niagara Falls – November 17
The Parade begins at 11am on Victoria Ave. from Epworth Circle to Valley Way, traveling east on Queen St. ending at City Hall.

Fort Erie – November 24
The parade begins at 2pm on Jarvis and proceeds up Central Ave turns on Catharine and continues on to the Fort Erie Racetrack.

Smithville – November 24
Beginning at the Smithville Fairgrounds, the parade travels up West St. to Griffin St., follows Griffin to St. Catharine St., then left on Industrial Park Rd. to finish at the Village Square Mall.

St. Catharines – November 25
Parade starts at 2:30pm and goes from William St. to St. Paul St. to James St. to King St. and ends at Market Square.

Welland – November 30
This year’s parade will be 5:30pm. Starting at the corners of East Main St. and Wellington St., the parade continues down Main St. to the Civic Square where refreshments will be offered, Santa will light the tree in the square and more activities are planned.

Niagara on The Lake – December 8
Parade will begin at 11am on King St. and finishes on Queen St. Come by and watch the parade make it’s way through historic downtown Niagara on The Lake.

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Stealing Poppy Donation Boxes

On Sunday November 1st, 2007 the Tim Hortons at 8089 Portage Road in Niagara Falls had the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Donation box stolen.

While investigating this incident, the police received several more complaints regarding similar thefts of Poppy Donation boxes from retailers. In several of the incidents, the same female is captured by surveillance cameras committing the thefts. As a result of the surveillance footage and subsequent police investigation, Investigators were able to identify the female that was doing it.

On November 7th, police arrested and charged 31 year old Brooke Bowman of Niagara Falls with Three Counts of Theft Under $5000.00 and One Count of Breach of Probation Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Bowman was held in custody pending a Bail Hearing on Wednesday November 8th, 2007.

The money raised through the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign is used to provide direct assistance to Veterans in financial distress, as well as funding for medical appliances and research, home services, care facilities, and numerous other purposes.

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The First Post Ever

What is a *Bird’s Eye View on Niagara?
Birds are a spectacular creature that will often go unnoticed, even though every person will see them on a regular basis. Like humans, each bird is unique and has a unique point of view. The logic is that bird’s are, from what we understand, unbiased, supportive and entertaining, to say the least. Those were three major qualities that we wanted this blog to have. We will be featuring photos, news, reviews, videos, and more. It is our promise that posts will be related to Niagara 80% of the time. This is more then just a blog, it’s your community.

Welcome to Niagara Blog.

* This was the original slogan used in our first year.

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