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$25 for $50 Worth of Goods at the Running Room

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Long-distance runners often begin training out of concern for their health, but many continue to run their whole lives if the neighborhood wolf pack doesn’t stop chasing them. Equip yourself for extreme mileage with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of shoes, apparel, and accessories at Running Room in St. Catharines.

A vast emporium of running apparel, accessories, and shoes, Running Room’s aisles are patrolled by experienced runners who know how best to advise toddling newcomers and svelte speedsters alike. As well as stocking many popular brands of shoes, the Running Room sells their own fit-wear and accessories, which mix style and utility into a patented stewtility gumbo. Feel free to drape the body’s upper crust in tops like the unisex team long sleeve ($19.99) and short sleeve ($9.99). Meanwhile, lower halves stifled after a day of modeling childhood wetsuits can breathe easier thanks to the feminine-friendly cool down skort ($49.99) and the made-for-males cooling shorts ($49.99). Thorlos supportive socks ($16.99) keep hands warm on brisk morning runs, and convertible gloves ($49.99) keep even the longest toes comfortable. Stylish, sturdy shoes from Nike, Asics, Saucony, New Balance, and more ($119.99–$199.99).

Blue Ghost Tunnel

There have been many reports of paranormal activity after the 1903 fatal train collision near St. Catharines Ontario’s Merritton Tunnel (now known as the Blue Ghost Tunnel) .  Over the past few years Niagara Blog has been collecting videos and pictures from readers about the haunted Blue Ghost Tunnel.   Here is a recent January 2010  video from Linda Randall:

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The Hidden Entrance to the Blue Ghost Tunnel

Part 16 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 is video of the hidden entrance (east end) of the Blue Ghost Tunnel. Many people have been searching for directions but it really is one of those places that can’t be described. It’s a good hour long hike over streams and through dense forest.

Also see: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

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.

Fun Things to Spin

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.

Hand Binoculars

Watch this kid scope out his parents using his trusty hand binoculars. This was taped at a children’s Christmas musical at a school in St. Catharines.

Making Square Nails at Morningstar Mill

Big Bucks/My Cottage Internal Theft

NRPS Media Release – February 10, 2008

On September 20th 2007, the Niagara Regional Police Service commenced an investigation into a number of internal thefts as reported by two local businesses. These businesses, identified as Big Bucks Mountain Lodge located at 30 Ontario St. St. Catharines and My Cottage located at 16 Lock St. St. Catharines fall under the same ownership umbrella, and as a result often employ the same staff.

The investigation started after bookkeeping staff, tasked with the tallying of daily receipts noted a variety of accounting irregularities at both properties. Management, upon learning of these issues subsequently contacted the police. Investigation revealed that commencing in September of 2006, the General Manager who was employed to oversee operations at both Big Bucks and My Cottage had been skimming the daily cash receipts to the tune of approximately $23,000.

On February 9th 2008, Detectives with the Criminal investigation Branch arrested a St. Catharines resident, identified as 29 year-old Matthew Stewart. Stewart is facing 2 counts of Theft over $5000.00, 2 counts of Uttering a Forged Document and 1 count of Theft under $5000.00. The later charge is as a result of the locating and seizing of a bottle of alcohol that the accused had in his possession at the time of arrest. This bottle of alcohol was later determined to be the property of Big Bucks.

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.
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Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 6

Part 6 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 “Seaway Considers Sealing Off Tunnel To Stop Trespassing” and appeared in the St. Catharines Standard on September 14, 2005. This was the first article that mentioned the possibility of the tunnel being sealed. More articles on this topic coming soon.

Despite the Blue Ghost Tunnel’s ominous name it is not ancient spirits but young vandals haunting it, prompting the seaway security to request the landmark be sealed.

Kevin Valencourt of Niagara Amateur Ghost Seekers* said, after Creepy Canada portrayed the 1873 tunnel as “700 feet of hell on earth”, the place has become a favourite party spot for teenagers who drink beer, spray graffiti and leave trash all around.

“It’s just sickening to see a piece of history desecrated in such a fashion,” Valencourt said. “One night we were down there, somebody was handing out maps for a party. I’ve seen people dropping their children off there for a couple of hours.”
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