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Ford Escape Commercial featuring Niagara Falls

1927 Film of Niagara Falls

Screaming Tunnel on Creepy Canada

Creepy Canada pays a visit to the Screaming Tunnel in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Ninjas Protest Pirate Festival

Truck Cuts Off Police Car in St. Catharines

In this video, a delivery truck pulls out in front of a police cruiser that was on the way to a call. It was a near miss but luckily no accident. The truck driver must not have been able to hear the siren in time. This was under the QEW on Geneva Street in St. Catharines.

Try Again Mayor

Video footage from the Grand Opening of Auntie Anne’s where Mayor Ted Salci fails his attempt to make a pretzel.

The Show Must Go On!

…but only with the right marketing plan in place

I was reading an article today on the Niagara Falls Review website, that said “Pink Floyd Niagara is wrapping up its second summer in Niagara Falls, and unless word gets out, they may not be back next year. This is a dazzling, $500,000 production Floyd fans from across Ontario will dig, not just Niagara Falls.”

I agree that it is dazzling and it’s defiantly a show that must not be missed, however, the price of admission is rather high, running at about $58 per couple. I saw the Roger Waters band perform the complete Dark Side of the Moon at the Rogers Centre last year and paid about $2 less than what I paid at the Pink Floyd Niagara concert. Of course without David Gilmore, the Waters show was still not Pink Floyd, but it was the closest thing to it, without stepping into a time machine.

It does cost PFN a lot to put on such an elaborate show but with such a poor location and high ticket price, I really can’t see them performing again next year. If they do manage to pull it off and come back for another season, I will be purchasing a season pass and be attending at least once every 2 weeks.

The Screaming Tunnel

The Shadows Project investigate the Screaming Tunnel.

Happy Rolphs Petting Zoo 2008

It’s only May and Happy Rolph’s Bird Sanctuary is already flooded with people and the animals seem too full to eat any pellets.

Tivoli Miniature World

Here is some home video from 1983 of Tivoli Miniature World, which was attached to Prudhommes Landing.

Current Prudhommes Landing Photos

A user on has placed some current photos of Prudhomme’s Landing, most recently known as Wet and Wild. The park was closed without notice about 10 years ago.

Also see: Tivoli Miniature World

Wet and Wild Prudhommes LandingWet and Wild Prudhommes Landing

Thorold House Fire Takes A Life

It was 2:57 a.m. yesterday, when the Niagara Regional Police and Thorold Fire Department were called to a house fire on Richmond Street near Cleveland Street in Thorold.

Police arrived within minutes to find the home engulfed in flames and smoke billowing out of the windows. Police and Fire personnel attempted to enter the home and made the discovery of a 39-year-old adult male lying on the floor inside the doorway. He was pronounced dead a short time later by the attending coroner. A dog was also found deceased inside the residence.

An autopsy has been scheduled and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal. The identity of the deceased is being withheld at the request of the family of the victim.

The Book Depot Internal Theft

Between June and December of 2007, The Book Depot noticed a significant decline in cash sales occurring at the store on Welland Avenue in St. Catharines. After an internal audit was completed, it was revealed that $70,000.00 in cash sales were suspiciously unaccounted for.

As a result to a police investigation, 43 year old Kerry-Anne Leclerc and Lynn Matthews, 39, are jointly charged with one count of Theft Over $5000.00, Contrary to S. 334(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Seaway Mall Bin Jump

This video takes place in the Seaway Mall in Welland. A guy jumps over a charity bin before being followed out by security. The jump doesn’t look that impressive on tape but he says that he barely escaped with his life.

Making Square Nails at Morningstar Mill

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.

St. Catharines Dry Cleaners Robbed

On Thursday February 7, 2008, at approximately 5:10 p.m., a male suspect entered York Cleaners, located at 179 York Street in St. Catharines. The male approached a female employee and sprayed her in the face with an aerosol spray. The female victim was immediately disoriented from the effects of the spray. The male ran to the cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area of the store on foot. The victim managed to secure a telephone and ran outside the front of the store and began yelling for help.

Several area residents heard the woman’s cries for help and came to her assistance until police and ambulance arrived minutes later. The victim was transported to hospital by ambulance, where she treated and released. Based on an examination of the scene, investigators believe the victim was sprayed with Oleoresin Capsicum spray, commonly known as pepper spray.

As a result of information received from witnesses and residents in the area of the robbery, detectives from the #1 District Street Crime Unit were able to identify the suspect. Police subsequently located the suspect at a residence approximately 1 kilometer from the scene.

A 16-year-old male was arrested without incident and is charged with armed robbery. A quantity of cash was recovered. In accordance with the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the suspect cannot be identified.

The male suspect remains in custody pending a Bail Hearing.

Skydiving Over Niagara

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 8

Part 8 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.

Below are some letters to the editor in response to the St. Catharines Standard article titled “Black Hole Into History“.

Name: Amanda
Date: 10/4/2005
Comment: This is feedback in response to the article that was published on Friday, September 30, 2005: “Black Hole into History” about the Blue Ghost Tunnel. I just found out yesterday from my sister that the tunnel is being sealed up. When asked why, she said that there was an article in the paper about it. Today I read the article and it blew my mind because it talks about making it a park, and going to museums and other things to preserve this piece of history for the people of Niagara. I know this is not true, for the construction to seal off of the blue Ghost Tunnel began yesterday. That is not fair to people who wish to fight the Seaway’s decision and find a way to save history, and the fact that it has not even been a week angers me. I have taken pictures there, and I used a shot of the tunnel in my portfolio for an interview for the Creative Photography program at Humber College which I am now enrolled in. The Blue Ghost
Tunnel is a beautiful place and having it sealed up breaks my heart, as I am in Toronto and cannot even be home to help fight to preserve the Blue Ghost Tunnel, which is an amazing piece of Niagara’s history. Why couldn’t they have given more time for the citizens of Niagara to fight for it?

Name: Stephanie Murray
Date: 10/4/2005
Comment: In regards to your article “Black Hole into History” about the Blue Ghost Tunnel: I find it extremely offensive that your article was published on Friday September 30th, and the Seaway started sealing up the Tunnel on Monday morning, leaving anyone who wanted to offer alternate solutions or a chance to try and save the historic tunnel less than three days in which to protest. As someone who has hiked down to the tunnel on various occasions, I must say that a hike in the Niagara Gorge is far more dangerous even during the day than the hike to the Blue Ghost Tunnel is at night, but no-one seems to be sealing up the Niagara Gorge. I understand that it is an issue of liability, but what happened to the plans of Bruce Timms? Wasn’t he going to pitch an idea to Ottawa about giving all of the old canal lands in Niagara a federal historical designation? Did he manage to do that in the three days before the Seaway started walling up the Blue Ghost Tunnel? The Seaway is sealing off a beatiful piece of Niagara’s history, and hasn’t even given the citizens of Niagara a chance to state their opinions on the matter. While blocking up the Tunnel is a quick-fix, cheap solution for the St. Lawrence Seaway, I can’t see them getting sued in a period of three days. Couldn’t they have waited a little longer? With the pitch and a detailed report by the Niagara regional council still a few months away, the Seaway has already negated any attempts on the part of Niagara to save the historical site of the Blue Ghost Tunnel. So basically if the idea gets pitched and the federal government accepts, it will essentially be pointless, because I doubt that the beautiful structure of the Blue Ghost Tunnel would stand up very well to having the concrete seal broken down if the debate turns in favour of preserving it. But then again, it’s probably cheaper and faster to be small-minded, and to just wall it up and not let people in.

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 7

Part 7 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.

This article is titled “Black Hole Into History” and appeared in the St. Catharines Standard on September 30, 2005. The same article appeared in the Welland tribune with the title “What Lurks In The Tunnel”. Only a few days would pass when the St. Lawrence Seaway began sealing the west end of the tunnel. This was the article that caused several angry letters to the editor in the days to come. More on this topic soon.

Even the fierce glare of the afternoon sun can’t banish the creepy chill lurking in the Blue Ghost Tunnel.
The former railway tunnel, curving into darkness under the third Welland Canal, boasts a slew of haunted hallmarks.
A historic train wreck complete with nasty fatalities, of course. Submerged graveyards just around the corner. A deliciously isolated location.

It even looks like a Hollywood horror director’s fondest nightmare. The yawning black hole into history is tucked away under a seldom-used dirt track, slowly losing a battle to encroaching plant life.
Crows get in on the act, crouching ominously in a couple of stark-limbed dead trees nearby.
You have to be a brave, chill-seeking soul to venture into the gaping mouth of the tunnel and not just because of its ghoulish reputation.