Niagara Gazette

December 24, 2012

Thanks for the holiday lights

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Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — As dinner patrons arrive at the beautiful new fine dining restaurant, Savor, inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, they are greeted these days by a winterscape of twinkling lights on Old Falls Street, thanks to the dilligent efforts of a contingent of area businesses and volunteers.

The group has been working for the past eight months to make sure that the lights would come on during the holidays on the cobblestone street, which — since it was renovated several years ago — has been ground zero for some of the most important new additions and events in the downtown area. 

This continuing effort to light the region was undertaken by a small army of people and organizations who simply will not quit in their efforts to enhance our city, despite the struggle to do so.

Each evening during the holiday season, Old Falls Street will be iluminiated by thousands of white lights and more than a handful of white-lit figures, from Third Street to the entrance to the state park, so that nighttime visitors to the street can bask in the spirit of the season.

We’ll be listing all the names below, but first we want to note that success hardly ever comes without collaboration and the beautification of Old Falls street this season is vibrant evidence of what can be done when people come together. 

We’re urging everyone to head downtown and take a look and see what can be done when people work together for the greater good.

Organizations that worked hand-in-hand include: Niagara County Community College, the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, USA Niagara Development Corporation, the City of Niagara Falls, the Conference and Events Center Niagara Falls, the Niagara Beautification Commission, Global Spectrum and the United Way of Greater Niagara.

Chairs of the event were Niagara County Community College President James Klyczek, Niagara Falls Council President Sam Fruscione, Ryan Coate of Global Spectrum and Jerald Wolfgang, chairman of the board of United Way of Greater Niagara.

The group wanted to make sure that their thanks went out to Barry Snyder, president of the Seneca National for his cooperation and to Cathy Walker of the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel for sponsoring the lights.

Others that worked behind the scenes that the group wanted to thank include Mayor Paul Dyster, Dave Kinney, director of the Department of Public Works, Carol Houwaart-Diez, director of the United Way of Greater Niagara, Daniel Mezhir, event coordiantor of the conference center, and Tony Astron, publicity manager of the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Long story short, Old Falls Street looks beautiful this holiday season with its white lights and holiday displays and we at the Niagara Gazette want to thank all of those who worked together to send a glowing holiday greeting to the entire region.