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All Hallow’s Eve Ghost Tours at Old Fort Erie

All Hallow's Eve Ghost Tour Join us for an eeerily good time at Old Fort Erie!

All Hallow’s Eve at Old Fort Erie

October 29 & 30 at 7:30 p.m.

All Hallow’s Eve Ghost Tour

The site of the bloodiest battlefield in the history of Canada conjures up many of its own hair-raising tales.  See the old fort from the perspective of the spirits who still make their presence felt. The past comes to life through story telling and the ancient traditions of Hallowe’en. A fun and frightening evening at the old stone fort will end with refreshments and the annual burning of a Guy Fawkes effigy.

Tours start at 7:30 p.m., followed by the burning of the Guy Fawkes effigy at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12 (prices include taxes); children ages 5 and under are free.

This event is suitable for all ages. Be prepared and dress for any kind of weather, rain, snow or sleet.

Reservations are required; please call (905) 871-7211

Inside the FortInside the Fort

Located at 350 Lakeshore Road in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, Old Fort Erie is approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) or a scenic 20-minute drive south of Niagara Falls and is close to the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York. The grounds and the main floor rooms of the buildings are wheelchair accessible.

Niagara Parks is preparing to celebrate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Plans are being made for special events beginning in 2012, and construction has begun on a brand new Welcome Centre for Old Fort Erie. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting new chapter at the Fort!

Old Fort Erie is one of several heritage sites owned and operated by The Niagara Parks Commission, an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, which has preserved and protected the Niagara River corridor without taxpayers’ dollars since 1885.

This article was originally published here

Why People do Crazy Things in Niagara Falls

This podcast is about the crazy, insane, daredevils in Niagara Falls.

Toronto to Niagara Falls by Bike

On September 5th, 2010, at 6:15 am, six friends decided to travel by bike from from Lawrence and Dufferin area in Toronto to Niagara Falls.  They arrived in Niagara Falls at 6:24pm the next day.  This is a video of their adventure:

They used the Waterfront Trail for the majority of the ride. The route is not the most direct route to Niagara Falls but it is the most scenic, and well marked with signs.  The route is a little more confusing in the Hamilton area but if you get lost just ask for directions.  Hamiltonians will gladly help you as long as you are not wearing an Argonaut t-shirt.

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Brock Wrestlers Win at Commonwealth Games

(Originally Published by gobadgers.ca) DELHI – At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Brock wrestlers captured three medals in total for Team Canada. Brock alumni and two-time Olympic medalist Tonya Verbeek captured silver at 59kg. The husband-wife pair of Evan and Jessica MacDonald both captured bronze in their respective weight class.

Jessica MacDonald Bronze Medal Match

Verbeek posted a 2-1 overall record at 59kg. In her opening match, she defeated Kathryn Marsh from Scotland (W 6-0, 7-0). Verbeek then went on to defeat Nigeria’s Tega Tosin Richard (W 3-0) in the semi-finals. In the gold medal match she was caught and pinned in the first round by India’s Alka Tomar.

Jessica MacDonald also posted a 2-1 record at 51kg capturing the bronze medal. In her opening match, she lost to Babita Kumari of India in three rounds (L 6-0, 0-3, 0-5). She then dominated her next two opponents defeating England’s Jo Madyarchyk (W 9-2, 7-0) and South Africa’s Mpho Madi by pinfall in the bronze medal match.

Evan MacDonald finished with a 3-1 overall record at 74kg. In the bronze medal match, he came from behind to defeat Pakistan’s Ali Mohammed (W 0-4, 4-1, 4-0). He also posted victories over Australia’s Kostyn Ermakovich (W 1-0, 3-0) and England’s Mike Grundy (W 5-2, 5-2). His lone loss was against India’s Narsingh P. Yadav (L 1-0, 2-1).

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Take the Cake Skateboarding Event by West 49

West 49 Take the Cake presented by Schick Xtreme3 and the Axe Twist Amateur Open is Canada’s largest cash purse event in Canadian skateboarding history with $100,000.00 CDN in prize money being awarded. Thirteen of the worlds best international skaters will descend on Niagara Falls Oct 1-2, 2010 to showcase their tricks on a best trick stair set up.

Skaters Attending:

Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz, Torey Pudwill, Sierra Fellers, Corey Duffel, Darrell Stanton, Alex Olson, Chima Ferguson, Brandon Westgate, Shuriken Shannon, Nick Dompierre, Paul Trep, Grant Patterson and Tom Asta.

Tickets:

$10 per Day: $15 for Weekend

Event Highlights
October 1: Push.ca Public Skate Park, Pro Autograph Session and Axe Twist Amateur Open Qualifiers.

October 2: Push.ca Public Skate Park, Axe Twist Amateur Open Finals, Pro Autograph Session, Live Performance Featuring SHAD and the West 49 Take the Cake Competition.

Visit www.west49takethecake.com for more information

Video of Tightrope Walker in Niagara Falls

Video of tightrope walker Didier Pasquette in Niagara Falls NY.

Niagara Falls Councillor Candidate: Mervyn Senior


Name: Mervyn Senior

Email: mervynsenior@live.ca

Tel: 905-371-1519

Web: mervynsenior.blogspot.com


Platform:
As a City Councillor I know that I will serve my City residents with distinction.
I will be available for you.
I will listen to and act on your concerns.
I will consult with you on important matters that come before City Council.
I will always remember who the City belongs to.
I will as City Councillor ensure all parts of the City participate in the continued growth and success of our great City.
I am a keen observer of the way communities evolve and prosper or stagnate and go into decline.
I will, as the world continues to change, help the City adapt to the changing environment.
One Main Industry Cities need to diversify while continuing to actively promote the existing successful enterprises.
I know that I will add Character, Honesty, Knowledge, Direction and New Ideas to this
new 2010 City Government

If you are a candidate and wish to publish your bio on our blog please contact niagarablog2010@gmail.com

Man v. Food: Mick & Angelo’s Eatery & Bar in Niagara Falls

Travel TV stopped by Mick & Angelo’s Eatery & Bar in Niagara Falls to film an episode of Man vs. Food. The show is about food fanatic Adam Richman, who has held every job in the restaurant business, and now he’s on a journey to explore the biggest and best eats that North America has to offer, including some of the craziest eating challenges around.  In this episode he takes on Italian food.

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Free: Learn to Sing at the Shaw Festival

Are you a shower soprano? A bathroom bass or baritone? A timid tenor? Ever wondered if you could sing like the pros? The Shaw Festival invites all singers of all levels to take part in a free musical theatre workshop on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Festival Theatre’s rehearsal hall as part of the inaugural national Culture Days.

Conducted by Music Director Paul Sportelli and Associate Conductor Ryan deSouza, members of the Shaw Festival’s ensemble will guide participants through the process of how to Sing Like the Pros! and provide a rare behind the scenes glimpse into the world of musical theatre. Enter through the stage door and become part of The Shaw’s renowned acting ensemble for the day. more…

Niagara Falls International Marathon


The Niagara Falls International Marathon celebrated its inaugural running in 1974. The race was known as the Skylon Marathon. Beginning during the first wave of the North American running boom, it quickly became a favourite as it was, and still is, the only marathon in the world that starts in one country and finishes in another… a destination marathon that crosses an international border, providing the runners with an experience of a lifetime. Niagara Falls International Marathon is also a Boston Qualifier.

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Icewine Marshmallow Recipe

Here is Jason Parsons, of Peller Estates Winery Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-lake,  recipe for icewine marshmallows.

INGREDIENTS
¾ CUP ICEWINE
3 ENVELOPES UNFLAVOURED GELATIN
¾ CUP WATER
2 CUPS GRANULATED SUGAR
2/3 CUP CORN SYRUP
¼ TSP VANILLA EXTRACT
ICING SUGAR

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UFO lights Over Niagara Falls in August 2010

I don’t know about you but these UFO sightings just look like a spot lights reflecting off the sky.  The person filming is convinced that these are real UFOs.

How to tell if a You Tube video of a UFO is fake.

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Niagara Falls Elections

Your Niagara Falls Election Candidates are:

Mayor – 1 to be elected

Jim Diodati

Ted Salci

City Councillor – 8 to be elected

Garry V. Beck

Tony Bianco

Sandy Bird

Dennis Bowers

Tony Caruso

Peter T. Dychtiar

Shirley Fisher

Karen Fraser

Wayne Gates

Harvey Gordon

Permod Goyal

Carolynn Ioannoni

James C. Kang

Vince Kerrio

Bart Maves

Rich Merlino

Joyce Morocco

Terry O’Reilly

Victor Pietrangelo

Mervyn Senior

Wayne Thomson

Jeannette Tossounian

Deborah Tredwell

Janice Wing

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Beef Tips in Mustard Jus

Here is a delicious recipe from Chef Jan Willem Stulp of Vineland Estates Winery

Cook the noodles per the package instructions. If you begin boiling your water while you prepare the sauce, they will be done at around the same time. (if not, well….have another glass of wine!)

INGREDIENTS

200 ml Good Beef ‘glace’ (usually available in the frozen food section)

300 gr Beef Tenderloin Tips, or Cubed Rib-eye

150 gr Mushrooms

250 gr Diced Root Vegetables (about 1 carrot, 1 onion, 1 parsnip etc.)

Grainy Mustard

Salt, Pepper, Oil

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youDiscover Series Crowns its Champions
Running Red LightsThe decision is final. After a difficult deliberation, seven weeks of competitions, 22 independent music artists and 22 comedians, the judges have made their choice. The band Running Red Lights of Toronto has been crowned musical champion, while Calwyn Shurgold, of Toronto has been selected best comic performer in this year’s youDiscover Summer Competition.

As a result of their winning performance, Running Red Lights will now receive a recording contract from Orange Lounge Recordings. More importantly, their victory has now earned them the opening spot on the nationally broadcast New Year’s Eve show in Queen Victoria Park, in Niagara Falls.

Calwyn Shurgold

Comedian Calwyn Shurgold, who had the large Friday night crowd at Oakes Garden Theatre “laughing in the aisles”, also receives the right to appear at this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration. In total, the youDiscover competition offered series contestants a chance to compete for a prize package valued at over $35,000.

The Grand Finale, held on August 27, was hosted by The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) at its scenic Oakes Garden Theatre. Each of the final five artists and comics performed before a live audience and a panel of industry experts including one of last year’s finalists and one of Orange Lounge Recordings newest recording artists, Robyn Dell’Unto. Be sure to visit www.indiscover.net to watch videos from the Finale, which will be available online on Wednesday. more…

Perfect Weather this Weekend in Niagara Falls

This promises to be an amazing weekend…

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Famous Friday – Zach Anner
Name: Zach Anner
Birth Date: November 17th, 1984
Place of Birth: Buffalo, NY
Claim to Fame: Zach was one of the top 5 finalists  in Oprah’s “Search for the Next TV Star contest”.
Zach Anner came into this world a whole two months early on November 17th, 1984 in Buffalo, NY. He has a condition known as cerebral palsy.  He is known for exploiting his condition by getting to the front of the line at the Maid of the Mist and other attractions. After graduating from Kenmore West Senior High School with honors and a GED, Zach attended college at the University of Texas at Austin. There he worked on the sketch comedy show That’s Awesome, the mocumentary show The Wingmen, and the documentary Forgotten Lives.
Here is his Oprah audition video:

Golf and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara

Niagara Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a variety of mentoring programs for children and youth throughout our community. It’s their goal as an organization to work towards providing a mentor to every child in need of a mentor in Niagara Falls. To address the growing need for volunteer mentors, BBBS has increased their volunteer recruitment efforts, streamlined our intake process, and added a variety of new Mentoring programs to meet the changing needs of volunteers. These strategies have resulted in a significant increase in children participating in programs over the last few years. In 2007, over 190 children were involved in one of our programs. Last year, we offered services to over 100 additional children, which means that close to 300 children in our community were impacted by the presence of a caring, volunteer mentor.

However, Big Brothers Big Sisters still has a lot of work to do. They have close to 50 children on our waiting list, some of whom have been waiting for close to 18 months. There are several schools waiting for BBBS to be in a position where they can offer one of our popular School Based programs to their students. In short, there are many children still waiting for that special person to make a difference in their lives. As John Crosbie said, “A mentor is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” We want to make a difference in the lives of these children.

You can help! – The 2010 Golf For Kids Sake is one of our most crucial fundraising events every year. This golf tournament helps us raise close to $30,000 annually, which in turn helps us find more volunteers to support those children in our community in need of a mentor.

Please consider joining us this year, as we strive to fill our tournament, and increase our sponsorship levels.

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Parks commission invites bids on boat tour contract

Want to operate a tour boat from the Canadian shores of the lower Niagara River?

Then, the Niagara Parks Commission wants to hear from you and your company.

The parks commission, Friday afternoon, set a Nov. 24 deadline for any company to bid on tour boat operations. The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. has been running tour boats from both the U.S. and Canadian shores of the lower Niagara River for generations and while its U.S. pact runs for more than three decades, it’s Canadian lease has been under fire for the past year.

Last year, a 25-year extension between the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. and Niagara Parks Commission became a political issue in Southern Ontario as some potential competitors cried foul. The uproar resulted in several commission members resigning and a new regime installed to oversee its operations. more…

Video of Patrick Kane & Stanley Cup at Niagara Falls