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Close to St. Catharines new hospital. Major exposure. All city services just down the road. Corner of First Street and St. Paul West. 1.96 acres, presently zoned agriculture. Great investment with much future potential. $499,800

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Approximately 60 acres of arable land. Presently leased out to a cash cropper. Great, quiet country estate building lot for that living you’ve always dreamed of. Super investment with many possibilities. Call today for country property! $679,800

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2187 Dunwin Drive Mississauga, ON L5L 1X2 phone: 905.278.1111 toll free: 855.355.8502 fax: 905.608.9042

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P H OTO G R A P H E R S Susan Gibbins Sue London

07 CAPTURED 08 COMMUNITY EVENTS 09 THE PURSE PROJECT 10 COMMUNITY PROFILE: LUCAS KLEIN

13 SWING HARD TO LIVE STRONG

PRINTING Best Choice Printing

14 LCHS PET ADOPTION 16 SCHOOL LIFE 18 HAPPENING AT THE FORTY

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12 NIAGARA FALLS: NATURAL WONDER

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THE 20th ANNIVERSARY PORT CREDIT BLUES AND JAZZ FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 7-8-9 PORT CREDIT MEMORIAL PARK The Legendary Downchild Blues Band Savoy Brown Coco Montoya The Duke Robillard Band Stacy Mitchhart Band Monkey Junk Sue Foley Band Angel Forrest Rita Chiarelli Steve Strongman Paul James Harrison Kennedy Cameo Blues Band Raoul and The Big Time Ray Fuller and The Blues Rockers and many more....

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SONSHINE & BROCCOLI CONCERT BY GRIMSBY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Musical duo Sonshine and Broccoli were in town this past July to launch Power Off and Play! at the Grimsby Public Library. Over 150 kids and their parents were jumping, dancing and singing along to the awesome pop beats, it was a total blast! Deputy Mayor Carolyn Mullins was there to introduce the show and thanked Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Niagara for funding this amazing community event. Power Off and Play! is all about kids turning their screens off and getting active this summer, so what better way to kick it off than this fun, interactive and energetic concert!

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By Peeter Poldre, Photographer Always learning and striving to CAPTURE the next great photo!

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ummer or winter, your backyard can become a studio for bird photography. The key is a feeder near a natural feature, such as a small tree (1). Many birds, including the Baltimore Oriole, will seek a safe perch before flying to the feeder. This is where the most natural-looking photos are possible (2,3). A branch can be attached to the feeder, giving the bird a final perch before the feeder (4). Photos at the feeder are the least appealing (5) but do verify that orioles like grape jelly. The photographer was sitting quietly 10 meters from the feeder. Needless to say, the longer the telephoto lens, the better.

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SMARTPHONE/POINT AND SHOOT/DIGITAL SLR. NO MATTER WHAT DEVICE YOU USE TO TAKE PHOTOS, WHAT LOOKS FINE ON THE DEVICE MAY LEAVE YOU DISAPPOINTED WHEN YOU WANT TO MAKE THAT SPECIAL IMAGE INTO AN ENLARGEMENT, A POSTER OR A SCREEN-SAVER. EACH MONTH, THIS COLUMN WILL AIM TO PROVIDE UNDERSTANDABLE, PRACTICAL, LARGELY NON-TECHNICAL ADVICE TO HELP YOU MAKE BETTER PHOTOS.

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SEPTEMBER

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UNTIL AUGUST 28 (EVERY TUESDAY) 2018 Sunset Music Seri es lincoln.ca

UNTIL AUGUST 31 (EVERY FRIDAY) Music i n th e Park at Coronation Park friendlybynature.com

AUGUST 19 PWC MS Bi ke mssociety.ca

AUGUST 19 Arti st Developm ent Ci rcle at Gri msby Public Art Gallery grimsby.ca/art-gallery

AUGUST 24 Th e Starry n ight pai nt n ight lincoln.ca

AUGUST 24-26 Wi nona Peach Festival winonapeach.com

SEPTEMBER 9 Open H earth Cooki ng at th e Manor nellesmanor.ca

SEPTEMBER 14-15 Fall Han dmade Market at 13th Street Wi n ery handmademarket.ca

SEPTEMBER 14-16 Carm el Fi n e Art an d Music Festival niagaraartsshowcase.com

SEPTEMBER 20 Cooki ng Demonstration at th e Gri msby Farm ers Market grimsbyfarmersmarket.ca

SEPTEMBER 20 Charity Golf Classic for McNally House Hospice mcnallyhousehospice.com

SEPTEMBER 22 Doors Open Gri msby doorsopenontario.on.ca

SEPTEMBER 29 Doors Open Li ncoln doorsopenontario.on.ca

SEPTEMBER 29 Harvest Tea at N elles Manor nellesmanor.ca

SEPTEMBER 29 Pion eer Day i n Beamsvi lle lincoln.ca

OCTOBER 1-31 Th e Purse Project N iagara

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OCTOBER 5-6 N iagara Falls Oktoberfest niagarafallsoktoberfest.com

OCTOBER 6-8 Boo at Th e Zoo - Safari N iagara niagarafallstourism.com

OCTOBER 13 Walk a m i le i n h er shoes gilliansplace.com

OCTOBER 19-20 & 26-27 Ghost Tours at N elles Manor nellesmanor.ca


PROJECT FILL A PURSE WITH LOVE & A WOMAN’S HEART WITH HOPE n October 2016, Sarah Boville and Mandi Neiser saw an opportunity to give back by helping women and children in their community. They were inspired by Angel Freedman who created an initiative called “Fill a Purse for a Sister.” Purses were filled with items a woman turning to a shelter or transitional housing would need and then delivered to those shelters in time for Christmas. Mandi & Sarah knew there was a need in the Niagara area, and within 24 hours, The Purse Project Facebook page, logo and tagline were created. That first year, 225 purses were delivered to 7 organizations in the Niagara area. In 2017, 665 purses filled with goodness were delivered to 9 organizations. This fall, the ladies have set a hefty goal of delivering 1,000 purses filled to the brim with love, to 10 organizations from Welland to Grimsby. And this year they are doing something new. Thanks to friends Gayla Matos & Jill MacKellar who came up with the idea, and are providing all the materials, inside each purse there will be a handmade card with a handwritten note of encouragement! The Purse Project campaign runs for the month of OCTOBER ONLY so that the purses can be sorted, packed and delivered to the organizations by the end of November. HOW CAN YOU HELP? • Offer temporary space that we can call The Purse Project Headquarters for October & November (anywhere from 400 to

1,000 sq. ft would be fabulous) in the Grimsby/Beamsville area would be most ideal • Provide us with a moving truck so we can deliver the purses more efficiently • Volunteer to help us by picking up purses at the drop off locations and delivering them to the Purse Project Headquarters, sorting and organizing and delivering to organizations • Offer to sponsor The Purse Project in exchange for promoting your business on our FB page • FILL a new or gently used purse with some of the items listed and deliver in OCTOBER to one of our several drop off locations (which will be announced at the end of September)

ITEMS TO FILL A NEW OR GENTLY USED PURSE:

PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING WHEN PURCHASING & COLLECTING ITEMS: • Only NEW or GENTLY used purses will be accepted • Purses must be large enough to hold many products • We accept trial size/hotel size/full size products • All items must be new

COLLECTION MONTH IS OCTOBER

/ThePurseProjectNiagara | ThePurseProjectNiagara@gmail.com

• Toothbrush/Toothpaste • Mouthwash/Dental Floss • Tampons/Pads • Shampoo/Dry Shampoo • Conditioner • Bar of Soap/Body Wash • Deodorant • Disposable Cleaning Cloths • Hand Sanitizer • Hand & Body Lotion • Portable Toilet Paper • Facial Cleanser • Moisturizer • Hair Brush • Lip Balm • Nail Polish/Remover • Nail File • Disposable Razor

• Shaving Cream • Socks • Mitts/Gloves • Scarf/Winter Hat • Paperback Book • Notebook/Journal/Pen • Coffee Gift Card • Wallet • Gum/Mints • Granola/Protein Bars • Snacks • Mascara • Make Up • Make Up Bag • Hair Spray • Hair bands/Scrunchies • Tweezers • Bandaids

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COM M UNIT Y PRO FILE

LUCAS KLEIN Q: Where were you born? I was born in Kitchener, Waterloo.

Q: Where do you currently reside? I currently live in Niagara Falls.

Fun Facts: I grew up very involved in sports, with soccer being my passion. I played the game I loved, both at university level as well a semiprofessional level, before hanging up my shoes in 2007. I kept my soccer fix afloat the past 10 years by following and supporting the Toronto FC, as we’ve had seasons tickets since their inception to the league in 2007.

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Q: What is the greatest advice you have been given?

Q: What does the word community mean to you?

I have been given so many great pieces of advice over the years that have helped shape who I am. One particular piece that seems to have resonated more since I joined the work force was something my late grandfather told me. He said, “Lucas, never live to work, but work to live.” He was a very successful businessman to say the least, but always put his family first and always made time for the experiences he wanted to share with them. I didn’t quite understand what this truly meant until I had a family of my own, but now that I do, I know exactly what he was trying to tell me.

Community to me is a sense of belonging. It’s a sharing of common interests and a group of friends that you surround yourself with that have similar interest and characteristics.

Q: If you could possess one super human power, what would it be? If I could possess one super human power it would be the power to fly. I know everyone must say that, but come on, how could you not want to fly if given the chance?


Tell us about your career:

Q: What makes you laugh?

I have built a successful sales career with Performance Acura of St. Catherines for the past 12 years. Through a lot of hard work and sacrifice, I have repeatedly been able to keep myself in the top 5% of all Acura sales people in the nation. It’s a fantastic brand with a loyal following that I have enjoyed representing. The Performance Auto Group has been an incredible place to be with, as so many great people I met have helped shape my career along the way. I’m lucky to be a part of such an incredible team.

My children are always doing something to put a smile on my face.

Q: What is your favourite movie of all time? That’s easy, The Wizard of Oz. I would watch that over and over as a child until I could recite every word and act out almost every part.

Q: What brings you the greatest joy or satisfaction? My world outside of the office is, and always will be, about my family. I have an incredibly beautiful, loving, supportive wife that has been by my side every step of the way for the past 8 years. I can’t imagine life without her. She has given us the greatest gift I could ever ask for, which is my two boys, three-year-old Ethan and one-year-old Jackson. We also have a beautiful ten-year-old yellow Lab, named Oscar. My family is what brings me the greatest joy in my life.

Q: What is your favourite vacation spot? We have been fortunate enough to enjoy two great vacation spots, that have been in the family for many years. One of which is in the cottage country of Muskoka and the other in sunny Pompano Beach, Florida. These are two places I look forward to my children building the same memories I was able to have over the last 37 years.

What is something that few people know about you? One thing that no one outside of my “inner circle” would know about me is that I was diagnosed with cancer back in December of 2015. It’s something I don’t tell people, but it’s something that has now shaped the way I live my life everyday moving forward. Nothing is guaranteed, and tomorrow is not a given, so make the most out of today. I was very lucky and blessed to have had an incredible support system that helped me through that tough time. I’m a better man now because of that battle. When you think life is being potentially snatched away from you, it puts everything into perspective very quickly. So be good to each other, enjoy each day to the fullest and remember we only get one shot at this thing called life.

Q: If the whole community were listening, what would you tell them? Tomorrow is not a given, so be good to each other today.

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N IAGARA

By Sue London

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NATURAL WONDER

Photo Credit: Sheraton on the Falls

iagara Falls, 12,300 years in the making, is a natural wonder unlike any other. The history of Niagara Falls goes back thousands of years. To even the Ice Age, when the melting ice released large torrents of water, draining into what is now known as the Niagara River. Niagara Falls is inundated in history and was one of the most popular and busiest New World visiting spot. It was an area early settled and vigorously active in Canada’s formative years. The word Niagara comes from the word “onguiaahra” which means “a thundering noise.” Until 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was erected, the Falls at Niagara were the symbol of America and the New World. Visitors from all over the globe targeted Niagara as a must-see when visiting North America. Over time, Niagara Falls has welcomed explorers, daredevils, tourists and sports enthusiasts. One of the bloodiest battles in the War of 1812 took place on July 25, 1814 at Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls. A total of 7,500 Americans and Canadians fought for six hours. By the end of it, 1,000 soldiers lay dead or wounded. The first European to document the area was a French priest, Father Louis Hennepin. During a 1678 expedition, he was overwhelmed by the size and magnificence of Niagara Falls. When Father Hennepin returned to France, he published an account of his travels in “A New Discovery.” Numerous objects, both natural and artificial, have gone over the Niagara Falls. These events have been the result of both stunts and accidents, some of which have resulted in fatalities. The first recorded person to survive going over the falls was Annie Edson Taylor, who along with her cat, went over the falls in a barrel in 1901. Charles

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Blondin was a tight-rope walker who performed numerous crossings of the gorge in Niagara Falls during the mid 1800s. He performed endless stunts on the high-wire, from crossing blindfolded to carrying a cooking stove and preparing an omelet. Most spectacularly, was the stunt during which Blondin carried on his back his 148-pound manager, in August 1859. According to Niagara Falls Canada Tourism Research, the Niagara Region welcomes approximately 14 million visitors yearly. The first known couple to take a post-marriage journey to Niagara Falls was in 1801. Honeymooner, Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother Jerome and his bride also enjoyed Niagara Falls. This soon became the Honeymoon Capital of the World. There is so much to see, learn and do in Niagara Falls. We invite you to visit our Natural Wonder and bathe in its beauty.

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The falls lost 7 miles in the past 12,000 years In about 23,000 years, it will merge into Lake Erie Niagara Falls erodes about 1 foot/year The Niagara River flows about 35 miles/hour Niagara is actually both the American Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls • The Horseshoe Falls are 180 feet high • 6 million cubic feet of water falls per minute during peak daytime hours (that’s about a million bathtubs of water!) • In March of 1848, the water stopped falling due to an ice jam at the mouth of the river in Fort Erie


SWING HARD TO LIVE STRONG GOLF TOURNAMENT BY PETER BARTUS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHERI ARMSTRONG

ospice Niagara’s 9th Annual Swing Hard to Live Strong Golf Tournament took place on July 9th at Legends on the Niagara. The event raised over $41,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directly to hospice palliative care throughout Niagara. Over the past 25 years, Hospice Niagara has evolved into a region-wide resource focused on improving the quality of life for people living with life-limiting illness, whether in a client’s home or at The Stabler Centre hospice residence. To learn more, make a donation or view upcoming events, please visit www.hospiceniagara.ca.

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PET ADOPTION

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LOOKING FOR MY FUREVER FRIEND. SEX :

Female

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Mastiff mix

AGE :

10 Months Old

ID# :

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GINGER is a beauty. Look at those markings! She is such a sweet

To schedule a meeting with Ginger, please

girl who has been under-socialized, which means she’s a bit

contact the shelter at 905.682.0767 or email

nervous in new situations and when she meets new people but

myconnect@lchs.ca. To meet any of the other

she seems to warm up really quickly.

adoptable pets, please visit our shelter.

Ginger’s perfect home has a fenced yard, no other animals, no

Mon to Fri - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

children under 15 years old and someone who has experience with large breed dogs. Professional training is a must for this girl. She needs an adopter who is committed and will invest the time it will take to make Ginger the best girl she can be. All adoptable dogs have been given a behavioural test and our staff will be happy to explain the testing and discuss the results with potential adopters during the initial meeting with the dog you are interested in. 14

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LAVENDER FESTIVAL

BY JASMIN EL-TAHRY

The breeze held a pleasant aroma after the Niagara Lavender Festival on July 7th-8th. Attendees enjoyed a tranquil afternoon of roaming the lavender fields, arts & crafts, and touring the distillery. There were plenty of fragrant lavender foods to taste; such as lavender ice cream, lavender lemonade and even lavender pizza. Guests learned how to grow and incorporate the tricky ingredient in their own culinary ventures. The profits of the post-festival harvest were all donated to charity, made possible by sponsors such as Neob Niagara. This aromatic festival was a visit to soothe the soul.

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The Muddy Paws Wine Festival was overrun by a tide of lovable dogs on July 7th-8th. Guests from far and wide came to taste the delicious wine with their happy pooches in tow. The furry guests learned from the best and Dave McMahon’s Training Demo didn’t disappoint. The big tough dogs had arrived; worry not, the NRP K-9 unit were still the good-est of good boys and girls. Other activities included a photographer, an adopt-adog truck, delicious food and more. Sponsored by Boreal and Audi St. Catherines, a portion of wine sales went in support of the Bello Project. The festival truly brought happy smiles and wagging tails. COMMUNITYCAPTURED.CA

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SCHOOL LIFE EDEN

HIGH SCHOOL FALL R EG I STR ATI O N I N FO R MATI O N Registration is August 27 for all students, from 11:30 – 3:00 and August 28 & 29 for all students, from 9:00 – 12:00 & 1:00 – 3:00. Please bring cheques or cash for any fees still owed (activity fee, outstanding textbooks, library fees, graduation fee etc.) and for your Spiritual Life Centre donation. Registration will be in the cafeteria where you will receive your child’s handbook, timetable, and school information package containing various items. Grade 9 orientation – August 30. We highly recommend grade 9 students attend this important orientation event. Program begins at 8:00 am and ends after a BBQ at 12:30 pm. The first day of classes is September 4th, with period one beginning at 8:45 am. There will be NO chapel the first day. The uniform store, run by Maddalena Uniforms in the Eden cafeteria, will be open the following dates: • August 27 – 29 (9:00 – 3:00) • August 30 (12:30 – 3:00) • August 31 (9:00 – 12:00) • September 4 First Day of School (10:00 – 1:00)

When the registration begins on August 27 – 29, attend the registration and speak to the staff in the Guidance Department to begin the paperwork. If your child is entering grade 10 – 12 you should bring along a Request for Transfer Form and a Credit Counseling Summary from your child’s current school. J O I N S CH O O L CO U N CI L Eden School Council has a long and unique rich history of involvement in the life of the school. We discuss and support key issues in education and matters that impact the achievement of student success such as: • Promoting School Community • Assisting with resources for various school departments through fundraising efforts (primarily through our sausage fundraiser) • Communicating School Council information to the school community • Hosting the SLC Annual Banquet / Auction to support the Spiritual Life Centre It’s not a big time commitment: We meet five times a year for just over an hour, hosting the SLCA on • September 10 • November 12 • January 14 • March 25 • May 27

• September 5 – 7 (10:00 – 1:00) The remainder of the school year, Maddalenas will be open in the Eden store Thursdays at lunch (10:00 – 1:00). Maddalena’s Retail Store location is 22 Geneva Street, St. Catharines. If I have not already done so but would like to register my child for Eden, what is the process?

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School Council Nominations will take place at the September 10 meeting. School Council nomination forms will be available during registration.


GRIMSBY

SECONDARY SCHOOL At Grimsby Secondary School, the Co-operative Education program is an opportunity for students to integrate academic study with practical experiences in various career fields. Our Co-op program gives students the opportunity to “preview a career.” Students will discover the variety of options available to them in the world of work, while they enhance their postsecondary application. They will develop employability skills, leadership skills, an entrepreneurial attitude and explore personal interests, abilities and values. WHAT I S CO - O P E R ATIVE E D U CATI O N? Co-operative Education is a planned learning experience, in which credits are earned. It integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace that enables students to apply and refine the knowledge and skills acquired in a related course. Students are generally out in their workplace for a half day (morning or afternoon) for a whole semester (4 months). The tasks that are performed at the work site relate to a course that is either being taken presently or in a previous semester. Students will participate in a pre-placement orientation, where they will discuss resume writing, interview skills and health and safety before they are able to go to a work site. Students will meet on a monthly basis with the Co-op teacher in a group session to reflect on what they are learning at their placement. WH O I S I NVO LVE D? Co-operative Education is a partnership between education and business that involves students, teachers, parents and employers. WHY TAKE CO - O P E R ATIVE E D U CATI O N? • To learn how to look for employment and write a resume, prepare for an interview, etc. • To receive on-the-job training in a related subject area. • To expand on the skills studied at school in a practical way and use equipment that might not be available in a secondary school. • To develop the attitude and skills necessary to work successfully. • To identify capabilities, limitations, strengths and future career directions. • To become more aware of the demands and responsibilities of employment. • To participate in an alternative method of earning credits. • To earn hours toward an apprenticeship. Students indicate their interest in the Co-operative Education program when they make their course selections for the next school year. They are scheduled into the program and meet with the teacher to determine if a suitable placement can be found

that meets the student’s academic and career goals. Orientation sessions are completed, the student is interviewed by the potential employer and usually within the first two weeks of the semester the student begins at the work site. WHAT A STU D E NT SAYS AB O UT CO - O P Here is what Hayden Barker, former GSS student had to say about Co-op. “High school: a place to learn new things, meet new people, expand one’s horizons and prepare yourself for the rigours of post-secondary life. Allowing students to get out into the community they call home, learn a great deal about a passion or profession they wish to pursue, get their school credits and a reputation with their town’s local businesses are all the benefits of a fantastic course - Co-Op. Co-Op is a wonderful and flexible course that allows students hands-on experience and a chance to get their feet wet in any field they may wish to pursue, may it be journalism, manufacturing, auto service, animal care, old age assistance - the list goes on and on. However, all who enter the course leave with as much as they put in, and for most that means a tremendous gain in confidence and maturity, as well as a possibility of employment or connections within the field, should they choose to pursue it further. I have taken Co-op and can say first hand that it is a fulfilling and enriching experience, so long as you are willing to go the extra mile to impress and work as hard as you would on any project you care for. I have even taken the course a second time to continue pursuing my passions and gain more insight into other fields of work. It is thanks to the safe practices we are taught, the diligent and dedicated teachers placed at the head of the program and the mantra that we students adhere to when we go out into the work world. The work world is a classroom of its own and in it we represent not only ourselves, but our school and teachers that help shape us into the hard workers we have become, forging a relationship with local businesses year after year, seeking a taste of the world to come. I know that any student who has had the same success with the course that I have would agree when I say that my high school experience would never have felt quite so meaningful were it not for the Co-Op classes I took in grade 11 and 12. I would recommend that any student looking for an experience like I have had, and who is willing to put in the work, do themselves a favour and take a Co-Op class. You won’t regret it.” Co-operative Education is another way that we work with our students to achieve success together.

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BY JASMIN EL-TAHRY

appening at the Forty took place in Grimsby, on July 12th–14th. This free community festival was rife with fun activities and delicious food. The Farmers Market offered fresh and local produce, while the Food trucks and vendors were serving up some awesome treats. Fun entertainment was aplenty for all ages; the Cadets Obstacle Course was particularly thrilling. Restaurants presented their tastiest wings in competition of the Lord of the Wings title. The 3-day festival was wrapped up with a fantastical fireworks display.

08 01 Carli’s Angels Band 02 Lindsey & Barb 03 Yeats, Edison, Daniel, Dezmond & Villette 04 Spencer 05 Dave 06 Ava, Laura & James 07 Carey, Cameron & Dave 08 Hailey & Tom

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A Picture Book of Our Community and the People that Live Here

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A Picture Book of Our Community and the People that Live Here