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Scuba Diving The Upper Niagara River

A plate, a bowling ball and lots of fish.

Embassy Suites Promo Video

A short promo video featuring the luxurious Embassy Suites Hotel overlooking Niagara Falls.

A Year Without A Summer

From the book Water Over The Falls by Paul Gromosiak

The year 1816 is known in the Niagara region as “the year without a summer” because there were frosts in June, July, August and September. In May of that year, so much ice from Lake Erie accumulated above the falls that the American and Bridal Veil Falls were just about turned off. It was possible to go to the islands in the upper rapids just by walking on the ice. (There were no bridges to any of the islands at that time.)

Accumulations of ice both above and below the falls have always been an integral part of the process of recession of the falls. The ice breaks up rocks and erodes the gorge and river shores.

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 10

This clip was recorded by Dennis (he posts here) at the Blue Ghost Tunnel in 2005. When playing back the tape, he heard a funny woosh sound so he listened to it over and over again to try and determine what it could be. He watched it over 20 times before he noticed this little orb shooting through the frame and behind the persons head at a very high rate of speed.

The orb is moving so fast, it can be very hard to see. It comes down from the top of the frame at an angle almost immediately when the video begins and is followed by the “woosh” sound about 1 second later. You can use the right and left arrows on your keyboard to move frame by frame. Hold down the arrows to have the video play at a slower speed. WATCH THIS VIDEO

Also see: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Do You Know This Woman?

Who is this woman?
She was hit by a pickup truck on Saturday February 16th at the intersection of Drummond Road at Collins Drive in the City of Niagara Falls.

As a result of the collision, the elderly female was initially transported to the Greater Niagara General Hospital and has since been transferred to the Hamilton General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Investigators have not been able to establish her identity nor notify her next of kin to this point.

Police are requesting the assistance of the public to identify the injured pedestrian. She is white with a slim build and appears to be approximately 75-80 years of age. She was wearing a brown leather coat with a fur-lined hood, blue jeans and white Nike running shoes at the time of the accident.

Any witnesses to the collision or individuals having possible knowledge of the identity of the victim are asked to call Police at 905-688-4111 ext 2200 as soon as possible, or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS (8477).

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Robbery Awareness Fund Raiser Reminder

Just a reminder that tomorrow night is the Robbery Awareness Fund Raiser presented by Penelope’s Planet. It will be at the Mansion House from 4pm – 2am. For more details check out the Penelopes Planet Robbery Awareness Fund Raiser post.

The Ducks of Dufferin Islands

Some photos of the hundreds of ducks littering Dufferin Islands Nature Area in Niagara Falls.
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The Daredevil Gallery in Niagara Falls

Here is a look at the daredevil gallery located in the Imax theatre in Niagara Falls Ontario.

World Cup in the Streets of Niagara Falls

Here is some more video footage from the celebration in the streets after Italia won the world cup on July 9, 2006.

Also check out the Cop Gets Mad For Blaring Horn post.

Art Auction In Grimsby

Silent & Live auction of art, prizes, live entertainment, food, wine and much more! Limited seats available. Visions: in Search of Treasure will be held on March 29, 2008 at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Starts at 7pm. For more information call 905-945-3246.

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Cheap, But Meaningful Things To Do On Valentines Day

So everyone struggles with Valentine’s Day, well almost everyone. It’s a very overly commercial holiday, and the best way to get away from the hype is to get the bigger message that Valentine’s is supposed to mean.

That is the love for your partner.. There are many ways you can show you love your partner other then saying I love you. Here are a few low-cost suggestions and high meaning tips.

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Just Don’t Say Niagara Falls

A classic three stooges clip about those tragic words.

2007 Santa Clause Parade Photos

I have been meaning to post some pictures of this year’s St.Catharines santa clause parade for over a month now. Here are 4 of them and I should have more up soon.
2007 Christmas Santa Clause Parade
2007 Christmas Santa Clause Parade
2007 Christmas Santa Clause Parade
2007 Christmas Santa Clause Parade

Niagara Falls Tourism Promo Video

Hope Cup Pond Hockey Tournament Fundraiser

While the Hope Cup Pond Hockey Tournament on Saturday promises much fun, there is a more serious side to the event.

The goal is to raise awareness of homelessness in the community while also raising necessary funds for Hope Centre and the Hope House hostel.

“The focus is to address homelessness in our community,” said Paul Turner, one of the tournament organizers. “I think everybody deserves to have shelter. Homelessness shouldn’t happen in a rich country like Canada.”

Criminals Use Google To Open Safe

These dumb criminals suddenly get an idea to use the internet while trying to rob a place.

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 9

Part 9 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

Here is a very bizarre short film shot at the Blue Ghost Tunnel called Slaughter Mind.

Also see: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Big Bucks/My Cottage Internal Theft

NRPS Media Release – February 10, 2008

On September 20th 2007, the Niagara Regional Police Service commenced an investigation into a number of internal thefts as reported by two local businesses. These businesses, identified as Big Bucks Mountain Lodge located at 30 Ontario St. St. Catharines and My Cottage located at 16 Lock St. St. Catharines fall under the same ownership umbrella, and as a result often employ the same staff.

The investigation started after bookkeeping staff, tasked with the tallying of daily receipts noted a variety of accounting irregularities at both properties. Management, upon learning of these issues subsequently contacted the police. Investigation revealed that commencing in September of 2006, the General Manager who was employed to oversee operations at both Big Bucks and My Cottage had been skimming the daily cash receipts to the tune of approximately $23,000.

On February 9th 2008, Detectives with the Criminal investigation Branch arrested a St. Catharines resident, identified as 29 year-old Matthew Stewart. Stewart is facing 2 counts of Theft over $5000.00, 2 counts of Uttering a Forged Document and 1 count of Theft under $5000.00. The later charge is as a result of the locating and seizing of a bottle of alcohol that the accused had in his possession at the time of arrest. This bottle of alcohol was later determined to be the property of Big Bucks.

Cop Gets Mad For Blaring Horn

This cop gets mad when a motorist is blaring a loud horn at the top of Clifton Hill for World Cup.

Theft Of Snowblowers In St. Catharines

NRPS Media Release

After receiving five complaints from homeowners in the City of St.Catharines that their Snowblowers had been stolen in the past two weeks, the Niagara Regional Police Service would like to alert its citizens and to offer suggestions that would help to minimize the opportunity for would-be thieves.

Between January 23rd and February 8th 2008, police have taken complaints in five separate incidents of Snowblower theft in St. Catharines, with four of the five located in the north-end of the city. The thefts are reported to have occurred when the homeowner is out of the home, or sometime overnight. The Snowblowers in each incident were outside, not locked in a garage or shed.

Police believe that more than one person is involved and that a vehicle is being used to transport the stolen Snowblower from the scene. Please be aware of any suspicious persons or vehicles that may be in your area, and when in doubt, call for police assistance.

Cst. Sarah Housser would like to remind homeowners that when you are finished clearing away snow, return your Snowblower to a covered shed, or garage. It is also important to consider locking all of your lawn/garden equipment when not in use, with a secure lock and chain.

Where possible, consider installing motion detecting light fixtures on the outside of your home, secured out of reach to prevent others from unscrewing the bulb. The longer the light stays on when activated, the better a deterrent it is, so consider setting the timer for a minimum of five minutes.

Anyone with information about these thefts are encouraged to call the Niagara Regional Police at 905-688-4111 or for an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS (8477)

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