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March 19, 2014

DELUCA: Florida man drawn to the iced falls

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He spent a half-hour Saturday night standing in the cold, looking at the falls. On Sunday, he stopped in for a church service at LaSalle Church of Christ, where an uncle of his once preached, and then walked right into an accounting office nearby to chat with the office staff who were hard at work on that Sunday morning, as accountants everywhere are more likely to be doing during tax season. Then he went back to the park to stare at the falls some more before he walked over to Canada and had lunch. He said he was impressed by how many other people were doing the same thing, especially on the Canadian side. 

If I'm honest I called DiMarco Accounting to confirm at least a small part of Greer's adventure. Owner Vincent DiMarco said he got a kick out of the unexpected visitor and echoed my sentiments: "I'm not used to people saying they're coming here for the weather in the middle of winter."   

I was talking to Mayor Dyster Wednesday about something else and mentioned Geer.The mayor that the Polar Vortex has resulted in some great publicity for the city, thanks to some "awesomely beautiful images" taken of the falls this winter that are circulating the Internet, some, he pointed out, taken by photographers at the Niagara Gazette.

The mayor told me he tries to get to the park a couple of times in the winter because it's a different type of experience than in summer. "When you see everything all covered with ice, it's gorgeous. It always reminds me of the ice palace in "Dr. Chivago."

As for me, I'm a fair weather fan. I love the falls. Hate the cold. But, after I talked to Dyster I drove over to the park and took a look at the winter version of our world famous water. 

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