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Niagara Falls Museum


“Its gone to the birds,” Niagara Falls Museum on River road has been stationed for over 101 years. Built in 1908 by the spirella corsets company, originally for the production of women’s undergarments, creating jobs for over 250 women. Later on in 1958, the spirella corsets company became the Niagara Falls Museum, well known for its preserved Egyptian mummies. After the museum had closed in 1999, it had been invested into a bird aviary, with about 400 different species of birds.

Olympic torch reaches Loretto

Students at Loretto Catholic Elementary School experienced the presence of the Olympic torch last month. The torch that was lit through the relay in Niagara Falls Dec. 20th. The Torch was donated to the city and Niagara Falls Mayor Ted Salci is taking it to various schools in the city as a surprise, allowing kids to hold the torch and pose for pictures with it. Ted Salci believes this will help embrace the Olympic spirit in everyone.

Niagara Falls slips to 5th in Monopoly Voting

mr_monopoly_largeI won’t argue that Cornwall has a magnificent water tower; that Beauceville has delicious poutine; and I’m sure Kenora (formally named Rat Portage) is actually very nice; but is it possible that these cities will be added to Monopoly Canadian Edition instead of Niagara Falls?

When we first posted about the vote, Niagara Falls moved to second place behind Banff, and was positioned to take one of the two available spots. There are only 22 days left to spread the word to all your friends to nominate Niagara Falls.  Spread the word with Facebook and Twitter!

To vote enter “Niagara Falls, Ontario, CA” in the nominate box on this page: www.monopolyvote.ca/en_CA/world (note: Firefox may not work properly)

Family Literacy Day Jan 27th

Forestview Public School is promoting literacy with the encouragement of the Olympic games. Literacy Day is held annually, created by ABC Canada Literacy Foundation and Honda Canada. Family Literacy day is to promote families to read and learn together. Honda vehicles were stationed in front of book stores on Jan 27th, collecting donations for public school libraries. Forestview students were dressed in red to support Canadian athletes and promote Family Literacy Day. The Canadian Olympic Committee wants their towns to be paint red, starting with schools by combining poetry, art, and literature about the athletes. Student’s will trace their hand on paper to show their encouragement. Family Literacy Day was a success, children and parents, families together in the schools, reading to one another and sharing tasty treats. For their hopes are being passed down to our athletes.

Coleman Lemieux Compagnie: In Paradisum

Experience a breathtaking play developed by one of Canada’s greatest choreographers, James Kudelka. Bill Coleman & Laurence Lemieux’s trained eleven dancers in Kudelka’s In Paradisum. The mesmerizing dance combined with swirling flexibility and modern classical dance. Dedicater to Kudelka’s mother, the enticing movements that is demanding of raw emotional power. James Kudelka is a prolific artist. Coleman Lemieux Compagnie: In Paradisum will be playing tomorrow at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, between 7:30-10:00pm, Jan 30th.  Buy your tickets now. more…

Direct Air expands service to Florida

directairDirect Air now offers nonstop flights from Niagara Falls NY to Myrtle Beach and Ft. Myers.  The prices are very affordable. I found a round trip flights to Florida for about $220 US with tax included.

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New York Wineries Upset with Canada

wineIf a customer with a Canadian accent comes to Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport, Fred Frank knows they’re there to taste, not to buy.

That’s because it wouldn’t make financial sense.

Canadians who visit any of New York’s 255 wineries are allowed to bring home two bottles per person duty-free. But the price of wine bought in the U.S. almost doubles with duties and excise taxes imposed by the Ontario government if a Canadian returns home with more than two bottles.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers can fill the trunk of their car with bottles from the wineries that dot the northern side of Lake Ontario and pay insignificant taxes when they cross the border on their return home. The first two bottles also are duty-free.

“It’s bothersome because it’s unfair and it’s the antithesis of free trade,” said Frank, part owner of the winery. “For us, even though we are not close to the border, Toronto is closer than New York City.”

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Michael Kaeshammer

With the release of his new CD: Days Like These, Jazz star Michael Kaeshammer is on his way on becoming a historical pop star. His standards are wonderful but now he is singing his own song, with an original taste of Jazz meets pop musical gumbo. Trained in Germany and learned to play the piano at 13, Michael has become Canada’s brightest triple-threat. The Kaeshammer Live performance will take place at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, on Jan 27th between 7:30-10:00pm. more…

Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa Contest

Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa and CityLine are having a contest worth proximately $3,000.  To win all you have to do is the judges your most romantic moment.  To enter visit: http://contests.cityline.ca/marriott/index.html

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Book Reading – Blood & Groom by Jill Edmondson

bloodandgroomJill Edmondson will be reading her first first novel, Blood and Groom, Tuesday January 26th, at Pelham Library at 7 pm.

About the Author

Jill is a Communications Professor at George Brown College in Toronto, ON where she teaches Essay Writing and Business Communications in the Faculty of Hospitality. She has also taught writing at Seneca College, the University of Toronto, and the Tec de Monterrey (Torreon, Mexico). Jill has an MA in Cultural Studies and a BA in History.

Jill founded Danforth Whodunits – a book club for mystery lovers – in 2004. There was so much interest in a crime fiction book club that she founded a second mystery book club – Metro Mysteries – a year later. She is also a member of Crime Writers of Canada and of Sisters in Crime (Toronto Chapter).

Plot

When not talking dirty at her part time phone sex job, or singing cheesy cover tunes in generic suburban bars, fledgling private investigator Sasha Jackson is spending her days trying to figure out how ‘till death do us part’ applies to her jilted client. more…

Niagara Falls Educational Video

An 18 minute video by Travel Video StoreThe video has fantastic Niagara Falls footage and is very educational. The Travel Store took down the original video we posted and replaced with this shorter and older video.

Niagara Falls Library owed $464k in fines – officials unaware

niagaraThe Niagara Falls Public Library has hired a collection agency to go after $464,494 in unpaid fines after state auditors found that officials were unaware of the amount patrons owed.

An audit by the office of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released Tuesday faulted the library for using an accounting system that did not give officials a full picture of how much was owed in unpaid fines.

In addition, auditors found, the library could not account for $6,967 in fines collected during a two-year period.

“Because of the poor internal controls and lack of accountability,” auditors wrote, “library officials do not have assurance that all cash collected by library employees is appropriately accounted for.” more…

Fallsview Casino Hydro Teslatron

Fallsview Casino Resort spectacular entrance fountain. The design and features of the Hydro-Teslatron gives off the feeling as if it is going to explode. The structure is stationed inside the main entrance of the casino to intrigue visitors.  It uses high tech lasers, LED’s, and runs 7000 gallons cycling through generators, to show the impression of Niagara Falls and its source for harnessing electricity to light up large areas. The Teslatron changes into many different colors while electric sparks run within the interior.

Potato Heads Chip Wagon Accident

Lundy’s Lane beloved convenient fast food has fallen off its tracks! A 46 year old man was charged for making an unsafe lane cut and causing the vehicle to come off course, if collided with the Potato Heads Chip Wagon. One of the few in Niagara Falls being a friendly tourist attraction and a lovely neighborhood gemstone. The accident occurred last Saturday, the police are still investigating the matter.

Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men is an experience of a lifetime. Boyz II Men are a naturally gifted group with some of the most talented vocals of our era. Best selling R&B group with over 60 million records sold and winner of 4 grammy awards. Enjoy a night of some of their greatest hits released from their new album: Love. The group will be performing live at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, today Jan 20th between 7:30-10:00pm. All tickets are $70. more…

Tenders on Maid of the Mist

Niagra_Maid_Of_The_Mist_1NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Getting competitive bids for one of the world’s oldest and most famous tourist attractions – the Maid of the Mist boats in Niagara Falls – may not be as straight forward a proposal as the Ontario government hopes.

The Niagara Parks Commission came under fire last year for giving the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company an untendered, 25-year renewal on the contract to operate the boats that ferry tourists from both sides of the international border up to the thundering waterfalls. more…

Vote for your Favorite Peace Bridge Design

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Renovations on Main Street

For many years Main Street has been paved with uneven roads, buildings covered up with plywood, broken glass in storefronts. The street was a mess, and yet still very busy as the roads are packed with cars, hurrying between business.

Several new projects have begun on Main which have changed the way the neighborhood sees this landscape, as for what the near future will bring them. These projects are mainly funded by the public sector but they are hoping the private sector will jump in and help the cause.

These projects include $47.5 million Courthouse and Police Headquarters,

A concert Venue which can hold 1,600 people, which was built in Dec after $1.8 million renovation,

$2 million upgrade on Health Association of Niagara County,

$2.2 million to finish renovating a former furniture store to consolidate offices for  a nonprofit organization: Family & Children’s Services of Niagara.

For more information visit: Buffalo News

Mike Weir Winery Plans Delayed

mike weir wineIt’s been nearly five years since Canadian pro golfer Mike Weir launched his line of Niagara wines, and still he has no place to call home.

No official Weir winery for the PGA player’s fans to make a pilgrimage.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

When Weir first launched his brand with then-partners Peter Jensen and his wife Laura McCain-Jensen in spring 2005, there was talk of building a retail store in St. Davids.

But Weir and the Jensens broke up in 2008, and the golfer partnered instead with Chateau des Charmes Winery in St. Davids to make his Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot and other wines.

Still, no winery of his own.

But in November 2008, Weir and his winery president, Barry Katzman, unveiled plans to build a winery mecca on a 15-acre parcel of land next to the Whirlpool Golf Course in Niagara Falls. The shovels were expected to be in the ground last summer. No dirt has moved yet.

Trouble is this public course is operated by the embattled Niagara Parks Commission.

The self-financing provincial tourism agency has come under fire for months for giving Maid of the Mist tour boat operators a 25-year contract extension without taking competitive bids.

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Pigeon Party!


PIGEON PARTY! Squeezing all the fun into the first three Pigeon books, BIG WOODEN HORSE Theatre Company presents this lively show for children ages 4 and up! The production features original music and interactive participation with the audience. more…