Everyone tells me that when I take my family to see the Niagara Falls, I better go over to the Canada side to embrace the beauty in all its greatness. I wondered what could be so different about the American side that Western New Yorkers would lead me away from it.

After looking at some recent photos, I understand why a New York Times travel writer called the Niagara Falls State Park'  “shabby.” This is all set to change!

Yesterday in Albany, a public works program was introduced to give a $25 million face-lift to one of America's most popular tourists destinations.

Despite its worldwide popularity, the Niagara Falls State park has lost some of its zest appeal because of deferred maintenance under tight state budgets.

I'm thankful the suits in Albany finally realized that it takes money to make money, and that keeping Western New York's "Wonder of the World" wondrous, tourists won't have to cross the boarder to enjoy the falls, and all that hotel, restaurant and entertainment business can benefit the local economy right here in America.

The Niagara Falls is one of the 7 Wonders of the World!

 Here's why:

-Niagara Falls is approximately 180 feet high and 2,500 feet side.

-The water that flows over the Falls comes from four of the five Great Lakes and empties out into Lake Ontario.

-The Falls started flowing at the end of the last ice age over 12,000 years ago.

-At one time 5,000,000,000 gallons of water flowed over the edge of Niagara Falls.