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Niagara Falls BIA Video

A nicely done video from the Ontario BIA Association.

Jumper: Unedited Interviews

Unedited interviews regarding the most recent Niagara Falls survivor.

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Roger Woodward Reflects on Gift of Life

Source: Niagara Falls Review

If it was a suicide attempt, hopefully the man who went over the Horseshoe Falls on Wednesday in Niagara Falls will be able to get the help he needs, said Roger Woodward, the man who survived a plunge over the mighty cataract 49 years ago.

“If it is a suicide attempt, I think it is very tragic,” said Woodward, who now lives in Huntsville, Ala., and sells real estate.

“The very first thought that went through my mind is that I’m dealing with a family member who has cancer and we are hoping she can survive and live. Then when you see someone who might be at a point in their life where they see life isn’t worth living, obviously it’s an extreme contrast and you hope they can get help to resolve that problem.”

Woodward was only seven years old when he became the first person to go over the Horseshoe Falls and survive, wearing only a life jacket and a bathing suit, on Saturday, July 9, 1960.

The headline in the Monday edition of The Niagara Falls Review called it: Niagara Miracle: Boy Cheats Falls.

Woodward, and his 17-year-old sister Deanne, were out for a boat ride with a family friend, James Honeycutt.

The engine on their boat developed a problem and lost power about half a mile away from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. The 12-foot aluminum boat overturned and the three of them ended up in the water.

There were only two life preservers in the boat. The children had them on.

Deanne was rescued by John R. Hayes, a truck driver and auxiliary policeman from Union, N. J., who climbed the guardrail and kept yelling at her to swim.


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Man Survives a Jump into the Falls

This is the second time in history that someone has gone over the falls with no protective gear or life jacket and has survived. First it was Kirk Jones in 2003 and now yesterday, this unidentified man in the video.

Crazy Little Beaver Smiles for Camera

I Could Have Died on the Side of the Road

Source: Niagara Falls Review

The first person to be Tasered by Niagara Regional Police – who is now suing the service for $50,000 in a civil case – claims officers broke his cellphone while he was trying to call his lawyer and then Tasered him 10 to 15 times after pulling him from a vehicle on Lundy’s Lane five years ago.

“I was in shock. I feared for my life. I feel I could have died on the side of that road,” Michael Parsons, testified Tuesday in Superior Court of Justice.

The incident occurred on the evening of Dec. 18, 2003 on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls.

Parsons, 30, who is now in university in British Columbia, alleges police beat him and used excessive force while dealing with him that night.

Family Vacation Photos in Niagara Falls 1974

Compass Camera Time Lapse

In May 2005 one of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation COMPASS camera’s on the Garden City Skyway got stuck and wound up pointing at the Queenston Street drawbridge over the Welland Canal. Here is a nice time lapse video from that day.

Ontario’s Oldest School Is Holding A Reunion!

Calling all former students and faculty. W.J. Robertson School in St. Catharines, Ontario is holding a reunion for everyone who attended or taught at this wonderful school from 1923-1977. The “Blast From The Past” event is scheduled for July 9-11, 2010. A full weekend of fun and reminiscing is planned. See pictures of the school, class photo’s and even reconnect with old friend’s on the W.J. Robertson School Reunion page on Facebook. For more information on the reunion you can also contact the committee by email at , by mail to: P.O. Box 23074 St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7P6, by phone to Tracey 905-646-0853 or Brenda 289-362-1262. See you there!

Fire Sweeps through Prudhomme’s Landing

Also See: Tivoli Miniature World

Article Source: The Spec

VINELAND – Tim Smith had five minutes to get out and pray flames did not destroy his home and paintball operation when fire struck the fabled long-closed amusement park at Prudhomme’s Landing this morning.

Smith the owner of Niagara Tactical Adventure Games on the site, didn’t argue when Niagara fire fighters came knocking just after 3 a.m.

The old Victoria Hall dance hall built on the 1940s on the site was already in flames.

Smith said the hall was broken into just last week, a harbinger of today’s suspicious fire.

His home and business escaped damage because it is detached from the hall.