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G R I M S B Y / L I N C O L N
MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL AT TERRA COTTA CONSERVATION AREA
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MARCH BREAK AT THE GRIMSBY LIBRARY
CELEBRATE MOM! TOP 5 WAYS TO SHOW HER YOUR LOVE
PET ADOPTION: MEET ROSEBUD
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RECIPE: CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST by: Carolyn Cohen
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DONATE | VOLUNTEER #PEEL2017 Meet Special Olympics athlete Kevin Pritchard. Special Olympics has changed Kevin’s life. Kevin is one of three Canadian golfers who played in the Tiger Woods Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Kevin proves that people with intellectual disabilities can learn and succeed when given the opportunity and support.
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Terra Cotta Conservation Area held its annual Maple Syrup Festival during the month of March. There were many activities for the whole family such as demonstrations, a local vendor marketplace, wagon rides, magic and puppet shows and the popular taffy making. Delicious pancake breakfasts were served all day. Young and old lined up to get their Maple Taffy and sit by the open fire. In spite of the frigid temperatures many guests came out to enjoy a true Canadian experience.
MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL @ TERRA COTTA CONSERVATION AREA
01: PJ, Colm & Carol with Manuel. 02: Lucille watching Jake brand her log. 03: Chantalle & Reuven in the Tool Shop. 04: Massimo, Fiona & Roman eating their pancakes. 05: Ryan, Leticia & Tara. 06: Alyssn & Eric enjoying Maple Taffy. 07: Pierce loving the Maple Taffy.
TO BE SAVOURED
BY PETA-GAYE NASH
heryl Antao-Xavier’s book of poetry Bruised But Unbroken takes us on a deep, soul searching journey through the ups and downs of life. As she reflects on her journey, at times heart-wrenching, we can’t help but reflect on ours. A thorough reading takes us away from the petty details of our lives and into our common humanity as men and women, parents, immigrants, Canadians, and people. From the many tributes to her adopted Canada and into distant cultures, we recognize our childhoods, our failures and successes in this contemporary and timely collection. Bruised but Unbroken is a revised version to encompass more of the Unbroken element, less on the Bruised, and according to AntaoXavier, written for bruised spirits trying to survive and move on. The book does that with themes of growth, nature, belonging, sadness, overcoming, and finally acceptance and love. It’s sprinkled throughout with Haiku and photos, and divided into sections of War and Peace, Vignettes of Life and Mind Shift.
Antao-Xavier, a Canadian by choice for twenty five years, describes herself as a learner with the goal of discovering new voices, new material and inspiration. Her publishing company In Our Words Inc. looks for diverse voices and new material. She’s helped many writers publish their debut work of poetry, fiction and playwriting. Her message to would-be poets is to let the expression come through. Show your experience and let the reader make up their own mind about it. Don’t hit the reader over the head with the message. Bruised But Unbroken is meant to be savoured, slowly, reflectively, as words leap from the page and bury themselves within us, changing the way we view our world forever. It’s a winter’s day prescription to slow down, reflect and ultimately, recognize in others, ourselves. In the words of Antao-Xavier’s poem Utopian Moments,
Beautiful wintery scene snow-covered world outside my window nestled in home comfort: a good book, a steaming beverage good company at a distance. This is my Utopia. This is how Bruised but Unbroken must be savoured.
MARCH BREAK @ THE GRIMSBY LIBRARY It was a fun-filled week at the Grimsby Library as they held their Let’s Talk Science program provided through McMaster University. One day they were building Angry Bird Catapults, then Balloon Powered Cars. They were learning about DNA with candy and all about bubbles with the Bubbleology program. Toronto’s Big Kid Entertainment put on the play Rapunzel with Grimsby Public Library CEO, Kathryn being the Storyteller. Shauna from the Canadian Raptors Conservancy brought in some beautiful birds. Learn more about other activities at the Grimsby Public Library www.grimsby.ca/library
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LOOKING FOR MY FUREVER FRIEND. Beautiful, lively and even though just a little reserved with new people, I just need a little time to trust you. But once I do, I open up like a real rose bud. I love to play and play till the sun sets and then when I am done playing fetch and doing my happy victory laps of love around you, I will come and snuggle by your side. Then I want us to go inside sit on our favourite couch and cuddle together for the night. I will always feel safest right by your side and because loud noises and strangers scare me I will wait to take my cue from you that Iâ€™m safe.
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CHORUS & DRUMMERS
WomEnchant is a choir of women from a wide variety of backgrounds and musical experience. Our common thread is the desire to sing music that celebrates our lives, calls for peace and justice, and demonstrates the power of sisterhood and song. We welcome all women who want to learn and sing music that gives voice to our experiences and our commitment to making positive changes in the world. The idea for WomEnchant grew out of a conversation between two women, waiting for a concert to start at the Michigan Women’s Music Festival. One of those women was Laura Thomas who, upon returning home, convinced a number of friends and acquaintances in the Hamilton area to join her in starting a choir with a feminist and social justice perspective.
Since our beginning in 1993, WomEnchant has participated in many events centered around women's equality, peace, anti-violence, social/economic justice. We have performed at benefits for shelters, International Women’s Day concerts, Take Back the Night rallies, V-day anti-violence events, The Stephen Lewis Foundation World AIDS Awareness Day fundraisers, as well as performances for women’s centers and social service agencies. Our appearances include events celebrating and supporting Earth Day and environmental concerns. WomEnchant has also had the honour to sing at notable historical celebrations including the 160th Anniversary of the first Women’s Rights Convention (Seneca Falls, NY, 2008) and the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s Memorial (Salem Chapel, B.M.E. Church, St. Catharines, 2013).
In 2007, the WomEnchant drumming group was formed to give women the opportunity to learn about and perform on hand drums. The WomEnchant Drummers perform with the choir and on their own. The Drummers have recently performed at the Niagara Women’s Leadership Summit and the 20th Anniversary of St. Catharines’ Out Of the Cold program.
01: Chorus practicing. 02: Performing in church. 03: The choir and drummers perform together. 04: WomEnchant on stage. 05: Drummers practicing.
24 years later, WomEnchant is still growing, helping our community and enjoying choral singing. Laura is still our Director and our Accompanist is Tannis Beamer. In addition to our dual mission of supporting positive change in the world and singing for fun and fellowship, WomEnchanters hold the best potlucks in the world! To accommodate women from both the Hamilton and Niagara areas, WomEnchant now rehearses in Grimsby on Monday nights from September to May. For information about performances and membership please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Our next concert is April 22 at Trinity United Church. It will feature music celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary and Earth Day. Blessed Trinity Jazz Choir, conducted by Angela Maccaroni will be the special guest performer. Submitted by: Laura Thomas
Dear The Wine Ladies,
We used to drink Valpolicella quite a few years back and recently came across one you mentioned on one of your shows Negrar Ripasso, which we very much enjoyed. I’d like to know a little more about this wine and the region. Thank you Wine Ladies! - Jackie
THE WINE LADIES Q&A Dear Jackie, Vino from Veneto... love the wines, love the region! Valpolicella is a wine that comes from the region of Veneto, located in the north east of Italy, home of the “big gun” Amarone and Romeo and Juliet!
The methodology of “ripasso” is an ancient wine making technique used for centuries in Valpolicella wineries, which gives the wine more structure, body and fuller flavour. How? Ripasso” literally means “re-passed”. After the fermentation process when producing an Amarone (which uses grapes that have been dried for several months.) the same skins of those dried grapes are then used for the production of Valpolicella Ripasso. These dried grape skins add body, character, complexity and a boost of alcohol strength. The Negrar Ripasso Valpolicella Classico is dark ruby red in colour, is seductive in the nose with lush blackberry and black licorice notes and a hint of spice Full bodied, velvety smooth, rich and with a good finish.
When a Valpolicella is classified as a Classico and done in the ripasso method, the wine reaches new heights in flavour, texture, body and aromatics! The designation of “classico” requires the grapes to come from the original Valpolicella production zone which was later adjusted in 1968. The great majority of grapes used are the same as for Amarone, the Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella varietals although small percentages of a few others are permitted.
Negrar is a cooperative winery founded in 1933 and located in the Classico area of Valpolicella. With 210 farmers/ partners producing typical grapes for Vapolicella on a surface of 530 hectares, they are one of the major producers of Amarone, Valpolicella and Ripasso wines.
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SHOW HER YOUR LOVE 0I SPEND ACTUAL TIME Face to face, no cell phones: just your undivided attention.
02 RECREATE OR RECAPTURE TIME Re-live a past memory. Have an outing or your usual “go-to” activity. Just do it with love!
03 WINE & DINE Take her out to her favourite restaurant. This is always a special treat for Mom.
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MOTHER’S DAY COINCIDES WITH MANY ANCIENT SPRING & FERTILITY FESTIVALS
04 TAKE MOM OUTDOORS Spring is the perfect time to reconnect in Nature.
05 USE YOUR WORDS Mom will never know how much you Love her, unless you tell her.
DELICIOUS DISH RECIPE
THE ONE & ONLY
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
SERVING SIZE: Makes 12 NOTE: If I don’t have buttermilk, I mix the milk and lemon juice and let stand for 5 minutes, and voila... buttermilk!
WITH TOMATO, BASIL, SPINACH & SMOKED MOZZARELLA
Makes: 8 large pieces
Most of us have seen or eaten (or tried to make) cauliflower pizza crusts, mostly yielding unsuccessful results. They don’t taste great and definitely do not resemble pizza at all. You can stop at this one! You will most likely fool the pizza lovers at your table. It even picks up like pizza! You can make this completely gluten-free if you swap the spelt flour for a gluten-free flour such as chickpea flour, gluten-free oat flour or an all-purpose gluten-free flour.
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STE P 01
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Preheat oven to 500˚F and place the oven rack on the second from the lowest position. Heat a cast iron flat top sheet or a cookie sheet (lined with foil if you wish) in the oven as it preheats.
1 small cauliflower, florets only, 4 finely riced level cups* 1/2 cup (60gm) spelt flour (or any flour you like) 1/2 cup (40gm) almond meal/flour 1 egg, beaten 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp kosher salt 1/2 cup (60-65gm) finely grated mozzarella cheese 2 tbsp olive oil
STE P 02
Measure 4 cups of riced cauliflower* in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stopping halfway to toss. When cool enough to handle, squeeze the liquid out of the cauliflower using paper towels. Allow the cauliflower to cool a little before adding the egg and cheese.
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STE P 03
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Add the two flours, salt, garlic powder and stir well. Add the egg and cheese and work the dough with your hands so that it is all evenly distributed.
1 cup shredded smoked mozzarella 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered handful of spinach 10 basil leaves torn *to “rice” the cauliflower, place the florets in the food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse the cauliflower until it resembles rice.
STE P 04
Carefully remove the sheet from the oven, place it down on a heatproof surface. Brush the sheet with the olive oil. Spread the cauliflower mixture in a large oval, making a lip, like a “pizza crust edge.” I will spread it as much as I can with my hands (it is hot), then sometimes put a piece of parchment on top of the flattened cauliflower and using a rolling pin, roll over the parchment to make even thinner, then make a nice raised edge.
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Bake the crust without the toppings for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle the crust (starting with the cheese) with all the toppings. Bake for another 8-10 minutes.
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STE P 06
Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes, cut and enjoy!
BEAMSVILLE DISTRICT SS ATTENDS
NIAGARA COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
On February 28th, two teams of two BDSS students: Justin Paolini and Keenan Seniuk, and Anthony Zilic and Chris Rose put their skills to the test in the Niagara College High School Cook Off. Under the tutelage of Chef Claudio Marchese, both teams went into the competition exceptionally well-prepared and excited to represent BDSS. Despite tough competition from students all over the Niagara Region, Anthony and Chris came out on top, winning not only the honour of being selected, but also a brand new set of professional quality chef’s knives. Congratulations to all four BDSS competitors, and Chef Marchese for their great learning and amazing performance. Submitted by: Beamsville District SS
APRIL 14 Easter Egg Hunt with the Lynn Fee Team lynnfeeteam.com
APRIL 19 National Canadian Film Day at the Grimsby Library grimsby.ca
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Niagara Food & Wine Expo niagarafoodandwineexpo.ca
APRIL 22 WomEnchant Chorus & Drummers trinityunitedgrimsby.ca
APRIL 22 Earth Day A chance to have the whole Family participate in making Earth a cleaner place. earthday.ca
APRIL 27 Vegetable Gardening Workshop at the Grimsby Library grimsby.ca
MAY 7 Hike for Hospice for McNally House mcnallyhousehospice.com
MAY 19 - 21
Niagara Falls Elvis Festival niagarafallselvisfestival.com
MAY 26 - 28 Springlicious in Niagara Falls springlicious.ca
MAY 27 Hawk Talk at Featherstone Estate Winery firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY 28 Touch a Truck at the Peach King Centre grimsby.ca
EVERY THURSDAY Grimsby Farmer’s Market grimsbyfarmersmarket.ca
JUNE 2-4 Dundas International Buskerfest dundasbuskerfest.com
Parkinson Fundraiser in Hamilton lets-shake.com/home
Grimsby Festival of Arts grimsby-festival-arts.com
JUNE 10 Sound of Music Festival at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington soundofmusic.ca
JUNE 23-24 Cider Fest at Puddicombe Farms & Winery in Winona ciderfest.ca
C AT H O L I C SECONDARY SCHOOL DIVIN G I NTO TH E O FS A A C H A M P I O N S H I P S by: Alana Zdichavsky, Tiana Konyt & Ashley Allan Congratulations to the Blessed Trinity swim team who competed from March 6 to 8 at the OFSAA Championships in Windsor. It’s the third largest high school swimming championship in North America with more than 2,000 competitors. Blessed Trinity’s Junior Boys Relay team of Brennan Monaghan, Alex Woolley, Connor Reintjes, Ethan Ponce and Ted Hamilton moved up 6 rankings in the Free Relay and made the finals in the Medley Relay finishing 15th overall. The Blessed Trinity Girls Medley Relay team of Ava Colyer, Caitlin Reintjes, Kayla Monterroso, and Ella DiFlavio also made the finals and placed 15th overall. Anthonie Korstanje made the finals in both of his individual events finishing 14th in the 100m Breaststroke and 13th in the 100 Individual Medley. Matthew Bull finished 11th overall in the province in the 100m para-freestyle. Last, but definitely not least, Ava Colyer captured 5th place in the Girls 100m Backstroke. Coaches Volz, DiFlavio, Saunders, and Heron are proud of the entire team for a wonderful and amazing season!
SAVE TH E DATE! by: Sarah Green The gym at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School will be transformed into a concert venue on May 26, as students in the music program present their annual spring concert, Tapestry, under the instruction of Angela Maccaroni. Tickets are $7 at the door, and is open to all ages. This year we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and this concert will commemorate the pride we have in our country as Canadians. We encourage you to join us at 7:00 pm to celebrate our heritage.
THAT’S ENTER TA I N M E N T by: Jacob Blais Written over 100 years ago and still full of relevant wit and sidesplitting humour, George Bernard Shaw’s comedy You Never Can Tell opened to the public at Blessed Trinity on March 23rd and 24th. The Drama Club took its place under the lights and introduced the story of a man who unknowingly reunites with the family he had abandoned, ultimately resulting in a comedy of errors about reconciliation and the obscurities of love. Using her skills and insight, director and drama teacher Caroline Selluski led the Drama Club in a show that left audiences laughing on their way out of the theatre, with a desire for more.
SC H OOL LIF E by: Samara Vandersloot On March 24th, fifteen students from Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School embarked on a mission to help close the gap between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous population. The Youth and Elders conference at the Fort Erie Native Friendship center hosted a range of local Indigenous vendors, traditional dancers, guest speakers, and chefs to immerse the community in a day of hands on education in the First Nations culture. The students engaged in workshops ranging from traditional dance and storytelling, to cultural education and lifestyle, effectively giving them the firsthand knowledge they need to assist their community, the Niagara region, in breaking Indigenous stereotypes and stigma. Several of the students will also be attending Kaha:wi Dance Theater’s “The Honoring” on Friday, March 31, at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre to deepen their cultural understanding and continue to bridge the gap between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
SECONDARY SCHOOL SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Mid-semester brings plenty of learning in the classroom and outside. It has been an exciting few weeks at Grimsby Secondary School (GSS).
FOC U S ON STEM Science | Technology | Engineering | Mathematics Another community project is in the works between students in the Grimsby Secondary School Technological and Arts Departments who are teaming up with participants from the Grimsby Community Living Centre. This endeavor will provide the students of the Technology and Arts Specialized High Skills Major (SHSM) programs a chance to develop interpersonal skills as they prepare for the of post-secondary world. In addition, the Community Living participants will have a hands-on experience to develop and create a take home woodworking project that will be decorated with the assistance of students from the Arts program. Participants from Community Living will be assisted by the students learning about shop safety while they are involved in cutting, drilling and sanding of material. This will be a fun, creative time for all involved and hopefully will lead to further collaborative projects with Community Living. GSS students participated in a variety of skills competitions at this years’ DSBN Skills Challenges. We have medallists in the areas of Transportation, Architectural Design and Mechanical Design. Congratulations to all of our participants!
There are two other ways our students have been taking their classroom skills into the community to gain real world experiences. They have spent two days working with the crew at the local Habitat for Humanity house build and at the end of March, our students spent a day working at the new ReStore location framing, insulating, drywalling, etc. These valuable opportunities bring the world into the classroom and take the classroom into the world.
Again this year, our Construction Technology students and staff will participate in the Dogs 4 Youth event at the Peach King Centre on Saturday, May 6th. Our students will build a dog house and people who make a donation to support the FORT will have their name entered in a draw. The lucky winner will take home the dog house at the end of the day. Grade 12 student, Lucas Penny, will represent Canada at Intel ISEF - the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California in May. His project, “A Novel Isothermal Microfluidic Device to Detect Salivary microRNAs in Breast Cancer”, focused on the development of a device that could detect breast cancer using only saliva in less than 20 minutes. Lucas has been competing in science fairs since Grade 9 and is incredibly excited to represent GSS and Canada.
engineer mechanical assemblies using AutoDesk Inventor 3D modeling software; in this case it was a quickgrip bar clamp. Troy is congratulated for making it into the medals by finishing in the top three - exact placement to be announced at the Skills Celebration on April 12. Grade 12 physics students participated in a competition hosted by the Professional Engineers of Ontario - Niagara Chapter. Two teams of students participated in a design-and-build challenge to produce the most powerful LED light. Noah Kerec, Liam Black, Cayden Lapcevich, Jessica Otterman, Ben Rush, Evan Gintonis, Eli Mokrzynski and Ahmad Obeid placed fifth and sixth out of a total of 13 teams. These first-time participants were given sheets of copper and zinc, shop towels, a bottle of lemon juice, connecting wires, LEDs and a logic board. A number of unique designs were used by our teams in the competition and a greater understanding of team work and physics was achieved.
It is really exciting to read about and to watch the many STEM opportunities around the school and community. There’s a buzz around GSS as we achieve success together.
SOUTH LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL
The DSBN Technological Skills Challenges were held earlier this month at Niagara College. Tech students from across Niagara competed to earn a spot in the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in May. Representing South Lincoln in Welding were Cayden Lapcevich, Cam Curic, Isaac Leaist, and Rylee DeFaria. Competing in Mechanical CAD was Troy Marshall. In the Mechanical CAD challenge, students are asked to reverse
The Southern Ontario Secondary Schools (SOSSA) Gymnastics Meet occurred in Niagara Falls last month with wild success for SLHS competitors. Madison Sly and Sara Killins competed in all four events (Beam, Even Bars, Vault and Floor) and achieved first place in Team. Samantha Taylor earned a 1st place in Floor and 3rd Place in Vault. Our first ever team to represent South Lincoln are all Grade 9 students who are moving on to OFSAA April 10, 11 in Belleville.
We are very excited to be a part of Toronto Rock’s School-Based Program. Our lacrosse team, in its third season, has a great opportunity to learn from three professional Toronto Rock lacrosse players in April. The focus of this session will be the history of the sport, team work, and it culminates in a two-hour coaching session. South students and families also watched Toronto Rock play Vancouver Stealth on March 25th. We are looking forward to a great season, and we are eager to see how the boys have grown and developed. A warm welcome to our new players! Spring sports have started. In Ultimate Frisbee two teams will represent South at a few fun tournaments, perhaps leading to SOSSA. This ref-free game is all about the spirit of play in a competitive environment as players move as a team to throw the disc down field in this fast-paced game. What a good workout! In Badminton we have a full roster: Midget to Senior, Single, Double and Mixed Doubles. South athletes are smashing themselves into the 2017 season. We are waiting for the chance to be outdoors for both Track and Field and Soccer (boys and girls), and we are looking for some good competition with similar skilled schools. South’s teaching staff is always learning. This semester our social worker, nurse and youth counselor have teamed up to provide staff with three Lunch and Learn opportunities. We are picking up strategies to help students suffering from anxiety, depression.
WIZAR D OF OZ BDSS presents the Wizard of Oz at the school starting Friday, April 21st and running until Friday, April 28th. Tickets are available through the school - call 905.563.827. Leighanna Fischer stars as Dorothy, and Betsy Tauro directs our wonderful cast of students in an amazing musical production. Community members are encouraged to come out and see the amazing talents of our students!
OFSAA SWIMMIN G Our athletes in the regular and para swimming events achieved at unbelievably high levels in Windsor at this year’s OFSAA swim meet. The follow results show not only the dedication of BDSS athletes, but also of their coach, Kathaleen McNeil, and of their families who worked so hard to support them, transport them and encourage them at this exciting event. Congratulations to our Para division team, who won the overall championship in their division - making them the top para swimmers in Ontario - Amazing job, Bucs! Ryan Kulikowski - 1st place para 50 back, 3rd place para 50 free Josie Guilbeault - 5th place ribbon para 50 back, 11th para 50 free Brian Knechtel - 7th place ribbon para 100 free, 10th para 50 free Ben Posavad - 7th place ribbon para 50 back, 19th para 50 free Connor MacPhee - 12th para 100 free, 17th para 50 free
UPCOM I NG E V E NTS : APRIL 6: Semi-Formal APRIL 24-28: New York City Trip APRIL 27: Mid-Term Reports Go Out MAY 8-12: Camp Pathfinder JUNE 1: Save the Date: Alumni vs. Senior Boys’ Basketball Game
BEAMSVILLE DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL
As we head into April, we remind families that Spring (Early) Registration is just around the corner. Keep your eyes out for announcements regarding dates and process for Spring Registration - it’s a convenient way to set things up for your student in the upcoming school year. Semester one at BDSS was exceptionally successful for our students - 99% of credits attempted were earned, and almost 80% of credits earned were achieved with a mark of 70% or higher way to go, Bucs! Our teaching staff, and student support team are so please with your efforts, and look to work together with students for even greater levels of achievement in semester two.
Caitlin English - 12th para 50 back, 15th para 50 free
OFSAA WR ESTLIN G While it comes as no surprise that our BDSS Bucs wrestlers achieved at a high level this year - making it out of our region and to SOSSA and OFSSA this year, their hard work and dedication should not be overlooked. At the OFSAA meet, Gracie Groulx finished 9th (due to an unfortunate injury), Eli Bull and Trevor Wright finished 7th in their respective divisions, and Jessica Tillmanns came out with an incredible bronze medal! These are exceptional athletes put in countless hours of work to perfect their skills and conditioning to put them in the best position to win. A huge part of this success is owed to their coach, Dave Collie. Not only is Dave a BDSS wrestling legend, he was also recognized by OFSAA for his contributions to the sport, and coaching excellence, with the OFSAA Leadership Award. The criteria for this award were “a teacher-coach who has made a significant contribution to the educational athletic program. The recipient of the award exemplifies the values of fair play and good sportsmanship, while promoting enjoyment, personal growth, and educational achievement through school sport.” A very high honour for an amazing teacher and coach.
TAKES DOWN THE COMPETITION Article by: Julia Araiche & Sam Di Benedetto
he Blessed Trinity Catholic wrestlers pinned down their competition at both SOSSA and OFSAA this season. With leadership from Coach Megan Schweitzer, in only its second year, the team found victory. Coach Schweitzer was an Olympic wrestler in the 2008 Beijing Summer Games and was ranked 8th in the world. At SOSSA, held at Beamsville District Secondary School on Thursday, February 18th, the Blessed Trinity boys came out on top becoming SOSSA champions and the girls came in a close second. Congratulations to Alex Memme, Noah Muraca, Glenn Butler, Stephan Seljan and Riley Baran for their gold finishes. Silver medals went to Sarah Crockford, Rebecca Hendriks and Alanna Ransom. Bronze medals went to Kathleen Lampman, Michaela Ferreri, Andrew Bonaldo, David Smith, and Tara Beckett. Nine of these talented athletes advanced to OFSAA with Alex Memme taking a spot in the finals with a 6th place finish.
Coach Schweitzer credits her teamâ€™s success to their dedication and commitment. Her patience with her athletes and her ability to keep meets fun enabled the Blessed Trinity wrestling team to defeat the competition. Schweitzer strongly believes that in the future Alex Memme will have no problem taking the OFSAA championship title. A special thanks goes out to our graduating athletes Riley Baran, Rebecca Hendriks, Sarah Crockford and Kathleen Lampman for their continuous efforts on the Blessed Trinity wrestling team and best of luck in the future. Submitted by: Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School
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