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New Sports Expo brings Bower, Cujo to Falls in March

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By John Law, Niagara Falls Review

Sports fans in Niagara will get a chance to rub shoulders with some sports greats at the new Niagara Falls Sports Expo. Show manager Chris Dabrowski says the show will be held on March 29, 2014, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
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Sports fans in Niagara will get a chance to rub shoulders with some sports greats at the new Niagara Falls Sports Expo. Show manager Chris Dabrowski says the show will be held on March 29, 2014, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Mike DiBattista/Niagara Falls Review/QMI Agency

Johnny Bower heads to the first annual Niagara Falls Sports Expo March 29. PHOTO:  Dave Thomas
Curtis Joseph heads to the first annual Niagara Falls Sports Expo March 29. PHOTO: 
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The man who helped bring a star-studded Comic Con to Niagara Falls has set his sights on the sports world now.

The first annual Niagara Falls Sports Expo heads to the Scotiabank Convention Centre March 29. And much like its Comic Con counterpart, it will start out small, says manager and co-founder Chris Dabrowski. Though autograph seekers won’t be disappointed.

“We’re lucky in the sense that there’s a lot more sports celebrities that are local to us – with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills – in comparison to Hollywood,” he says.

The first confirmed guests include two goalie greats from Leafs lore – Hall of Famer Johnny Bower, and fan favourite Curtis Joseph.

Bower won four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs, including the team’s last one in 1967 when he was 42.

Joseph was a dominant goaltender with the Leafs in the late ‘90s, and was twice a runner-up for the Vezina Trophy.

The two other confirmed guests are former Buffalo Bills linebacker Cornelius Bennett, and WWE star Brutus Beefcake.

But Dabrowski hints several more names will be announced soon, including one bonafide baseball legend and a Buffalo Sabres great from the ‘70 and ‘80s.

His wish list, should the show expand, is Mike Weir and Wayne Gretzky. But much like the Niagara Falls Comic Con, which had a modest start at the former Dave & Buster’s on Clifton Hill, the Sports Expo must establish itself first.

Dabrowski already knows the market is there.

“Comic Con proved that,” he says. “I’ve promoted events for years, and the community seemed to be receptive and excited. it depends on what type of event you’re looking to host. Some events work, some events don’t.”

For its upcoming fourth year, Comic Con has landed William Shatner, Ric Flair and Dean Cain. It’s now a three-day event.

The Expo will feature sports cards, fan interactions, and plenty of memorabilia. Dabrowski is hoping to arrange for some exhibits from the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In addition to his two Niagara Falls shows, Dabrowski runs the Hammer Town Comic Con in Hamilton.

For him, much of it goes back to the thrill of waiting in line for a star’s autograph.

“I remember waiting in line at the Pen Centre for Peter Zezel’s autograph when I was a kid. There were hundreds of people,” he recalls. “And then slo-pitch tournaments at Oakes Park, I remember hanging out along the fence waiting to meet Wendel Clark.

“I thought about that and figured there’s been nothing like this in the area for 10 or 15 years.”


  • WHAT: Niagara Falls Sports Expo
  • WHERE: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls
  • WHEN: March 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • TICKETS: $20 www.nfsportsexpo.com

Originally posted 2014-01-14 14:03:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Some ‘Frozen Niagara Falls’ Photos Really Are Too Good To Be True


Frozen Niagara Falls

As temperatures around the U.S. dipped into the “it’s ridiculously cold” zone,stunning wintery photographs began popping up around the Internet. A few evenshowed a completely frozen-over Niagara Falls. But while these pics make the icy falls look absolutely beautiful, some of the most dramatic images being circulated are not current. In fact, despite the extreme cold, the falls never froze completely solid this week.

BuzzFeed notes that a few of these photos first showed up online years ago, like this gorgeous image (below), which was originally uploaded to photo-sharing site Flikr back in 2007:

Similarly, this scenic shot was first posted in 2012, per BuzzFeed:

According to Yahoo! News this is not the first time people have raised questions about the veracity of Niagara Falls photos. Experts still question the authenticity of some famous winter photos taken in the the early- and mid-1900s and archived at Niagara Falls Public Library.

But while the 167-foot Niagra Falls may not have frozen completely solid during this recent cold snap, the landmark did partially freeze, resulting in some genuinely spectacular pics.

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This photo of Niagara Falls partially frozen over was taken on January 9, 2014.

Reuters photographer Aaron Harris also took a series of particularly lovely shots of the icy landmark on Wednesday. You can view his pics over at Business Insider.

Originally posted 2014-01-14 14:06:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What Niagara Falls Looks Like Without Water

In the summer of 1969, engineers stopped the flow of water to the American and Bridal Veil Falls.
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American Falls without water in 1969 (Robin Adair)

This week, we were treated to some beautiful images of Niagara Falls mostly iced over, thanks to the Polar Vortex. This happens somewhat regularly, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless.

What you see in this post is a much rare occurrence: the dewatering of one part of Niagara Falls, which occurred in the summer of 1969 and continued into the late fall.

To understand these images, it helps to know a couple things. There are three sets of waterfalls at Niagara Falls: American and Bridal Veil Falls on one side of Goat Island and the larger Horseshoe Falls on the other. The dewatering project only stopped water flowing to American and Bridal Veil Falls. And the vast majority of the water actually goes over Horseshoe.

Here’s a map:

Still, it was a massive project. Engineers built a 600-foot cofferdam from the American shoreline out to Goat Island using 28,000 tons of earth and rock. They did it to investigate the geology of the falls, which had seen very substantial rockfalls, leading to a buildup of boulders and debris at the base of the falls. Ultimately, after a lot of public debate, the International Joint Commission, which manages the falls, decided not to change the falls, and the dam was removed on November 25, 1969.

The photograph was sent in by reader Marcia Adair from her parents’ collection.

This is what American falls  looks like under more normal conditions, thanks to Flickr user Ian Glover.

There are several other views available of the dewatered American Falls at theNiagara Falls public library website. The turned-off falls were quite a tourist attraction that summer. What a weird time to be in America.

Rock at the base of the falls (Niagara Falls Public Library)

The view from Talus Point (Niagara Falls Public Library)

Cofferdam construction (Niagara Falls Public Library)


Originally posted 2014-01-14 13:59:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

International Down Syndrome Coalition headed to Niagara Falls

By Ray Spiteri, Niagara Falls Review

Jennifer Mooradian with her five-year-old daughter Emi Gamble. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard)

Jennifer Mooradian with her five-year-old daughter Emi Gamble. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard)

Shock and disbelief to pride and joy.

Those are just some of the emotions Jennifer Mooradian has felt as a Niagara mother of a five-year-old child with Down syndrome.

“At first you feel like the bottom has dropped out of your world,” said Mooradian, who didn’t know her daughter Emi had the condition until she was 13 weeks old.

“But you quickly come to realize that all it is a label. You wish you knew then what you know now.

“Yes she has an extra chromosome, but she’s exactly how she’s meant to be. It takes her longer to learn things — to walk and talk — but she does learn to do them.

“She has a wonderful personality. She is a perfect child.”

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that can vary from person to person.

It has no cure or treatment. About one in 800 babies are born with it.

There may be physical signs such as a differently shaped head and flattened nose. A child can face physical, mental and social development challenges.

But many with Down syndrome go to university and college and hold down jobs. They get married, and make vital community contributions.

Families in the same position as Mooradian’s will converge in Niagara Falls from March 7-9 at Great Wolf Lodge as the International Down Syndrome Coalition holds a networking and get-together session.

The three-day event is meant to be a kickoff to World Down Syndrome Day, which is also recognized by the United Nations, March 21.

Last year, the worldwide coalition, based in the United States, held events at five Great Wolf Lodge locations throughout America. This year, the group has expanded it to 11, including one in Canada (Niagara Falls).

Coalition founder Diane Grover said on the first day, participants will take part in a meet and greet. On the second day, they will enjoy the water park and have a pizza party. They will enjoy the park again on Sunday, as well as have the chance to see the city.

She said last year, some locations attracted up to 200 people.

“Our families want to show that we’re not all grieving all the time,” said Grover.

“When a parent receives a diagnosis that their child has Down syndrome, very often the prognosis … is rather grim.

“But over time, that parent wants to show the world, ‘I’m OK, my child is OK. We’re happy. Life is good.'”

The organization is represented by families and volunteers. Its mission is to celebrate and enhance the lives of people with Down syndrome, as well as offer support to families. The coalition will connect parents to each other and direct them to their local Down syndrome associations.

“Nobody has to pay to be part of our organization,” she said.

Mooradian, who is president of Down Syndrome Caring Parents Niagara, a local support group for parents of children who have Down syndrome, said the Great Wolf Lodge event is more exclusive to families impacted by the condition, but it’s “nice to come together as a group.

“It’s good that we can receive up-to-date information, network and check in with other families,” she said. “It allows us to work as mentors and peers. We can share our challenges and our triumphs.”

For more information about, and to make reservations for, the March 7-9 event, visit www.theidsc.org, call Eleanor Culmone at 905-586-0661 or email her at idsc.eleanor@hotmail.com

Originally posted 2014-01-14 14:01:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter