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Laura Secord in Real Time

Source: Niagara Falls Review

A host of festivities are planned for Saturday to celebrate the 196th anniversary of Laura Secord’s 32-kilometre trek from Queenston to DeCew House to warn British forces of an impending American attack.

Her contribution helped in the British defeat of the Americans in the Battle of Beaverdams on June 24, 1813.

In commemoration of this anniversary, the Niagara Parks Commission’s Laura Secord Homestead will offer an opportunity to experience firsthand the events that led Secord to leave her family and home to enter a dangerous no man’s land to warn the defenders of Canada.
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Charity Car Wash Event to set World Record on Saturday

Source: Niagara Falls Review

Volunteers will try to set a Guinness World Record on Saturday by washing cars at Royal CarStar on Pin Oak Drive.

The local CarStar collision centre is joining forces with 140 other locations across North America for the CarStars Soap It Up National Car Wash.

CarStar hopes to wash more than 4,000 cars in eight hours at multiple venues to set the record.

Funds raised from the car wash will benefit the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The local wash will also raise funds for the graduating class of Loretto Catholic Elementary School.

The cash wash will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Fort Erie Protest

Three people were arrested while protesting the hospital closures.
1. Terry Nicholls, 51 years of age, of Welland, Mischief in Relation to Property, Section 430(1)(c)
2. Thomas Dexter, 47 years of age, of Welland, Obstruct Peace Officer, Section 129(a)
3. David Henry, 64 years of age, Fort Erie, Mischief Under $5000, Section 430(1)(a)

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1987 Niagara Falls Vacation Video

Reminds me of Kevin Costner’s narration in Dances with Wolves.

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Travel Story Contest Poll

To read all submitted stories: BEST TRAVEL STORY CONTEST

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The contest is closed and the winner is: Kathleen McKinnon

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Incredibly Fast Elevator at Embassy Suites

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Pothole Protest

A couple guys hit the street to make the community aware of the pothole problem in Niagara Falls, NY.

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A Nice Collection of Old Photos

A nice collection of old photos from the Niagara area presented by ImaxNiagara.com.

Best Travel Story Contest

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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.
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    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 wjrobertsonschoolreunion@gmail.com , 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.
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    A Vicious Act of Violence in St. Catharines

    On January 16th 2009 a 39 year old man was driving with his 11 year old daughter on York Street (near Beech Street) in St. Catharines. The victim encountered 4 youths on the roadway who approached his vehicle and opened the driver’s side door. They pulled the driver out of the vehicle and began to repeatedly punch and kick him. Although several people tried to assist they were held off as one suspect held out a knife. The suspects then fled north on York St. As a result of this vicious attack the victim sustained several deep lacerations to his face and head along with multiple contusions throughout his body. The victim was transported to the St. Catharines hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

    The 11 year old daughter was not injured and remained in the vehicle during the attack. The descriptions of two outstanding suspects are: 1) white male, approximately 18 years, wearing white sweatshirt, possibly armed with a knife. 2) white male, approximately 18 years, wearing long shorts. If you have any information, please contact the Niagara Regional Police Service at (905) 688-4111, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be sent via text messaging to TIP309, followed by the message @ CRIMES (274637)

    Beating Suspects #1
    Beating Suspects #2
    Beating Suspects #3