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Close to St. Catharines new hospital. Major exposure. All city services just down the road. Corner of First Street & St. Paul West. 1.96 acres, presently zoned agriculture. Great investment with much future potential. $499,800
Many possibilities for this parcel of sandy, pictureaque land. Just south of Jordan and only minutes to the QEW. Great building lot for your dream home, quiet rolling countryside. Town gas and water. Presently planted to nursery stock. Owner willing to lease back property at $300/acre. Super investment and future potential. $699,800
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To be built. 1,782 square feet plus a full basement. Open concept eat-in kitchen, great room, 2pc bathroom, covered front porch, attached single car garage. 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms, master with 4pc ensuite, second 4pc bathroom and laundry room. $449,900
To be built. 1,722 square feet plus a full basement. Open concept eat-in kitchen, great room, 2pc bathroom, covered front porch, attached single car garage. 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms, master with 4pc ensuite, second 4pc bathroom and laundry room. $449,900
Approximately 21 acres tiled and planted to Reisling. Outbuildings, 2 single family residences and a help house. 3 road frontages and great QEW exposure. Natural gas available, artisan well supplies all water needs. Large steel 3,200 square foot barn/workshop. $2,499,800
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01: Rob at Winona & Districts Men's Club Turkey Roll. 02: Ross & Jessica at Nelles Manor. 03: Jessica with baked goods at Nelles Manor. 04: Frank, Mark & Doug at Winona & Districts Men's Club Turkey Roll. 05: Tour guide Jessica at Nelles Manor. 06: Found store owners, Vita & Tara.
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03 Beamsville celebrated its 13th Annual Miracle on King Street on December 16th. Folks enjoyed carriage rides, photos with Santa and live entertainment. Refreshment vendors included Beamsville Lions Club, Dirty South Food Truck and Tim Horton’s. There were street vendors and poinsettia sales that supported Community Care of West Niagara. Beamsville firefighters raised money to help 1 1/2-year-old Rylee, who was just diagnosed with Leukemia. Rylee is a little girl from Beamsville who is undergoing extensive treatment for the next few months. Let’s let Rylee and her family know the community is here to offer support! The Beamsville Firefighters are accepting donations to help Rylee and her family win this fight. You can make a donation to the “Rylee The Warrior Family Fund” at GoFundMe.com. Check out Rylee’s Facebook page, Rylee The Warrior, for updates on her progress or to support her and her family with a donation.
01: Firefighters Kevin, Trevor, Mitch & Brian. 02: Firefighters Kevin & Ryan. 03: Rhonda & John. 04: Eddie Spagetti. 05: Lynda, Kcee & Julie from Community Care of West Niagara. 06: Ugly Dog Band. 07: Enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride. 08: Gavin& Addison.
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THE HISTORY OF
HOCKEY NIGHT IN GRIMBSY Article by: Sue London, Photos 01-04 by: Gustavo Jimenez, Photos 05-06 by: The Grimsby Museum
e have a tradition in my family, each month we do something new, go somewhere new, or learn something new. This tradition started when I was struggling with Crohn’s Disease in my earlier years. By doing something new, I was proving to myself that I could do anything I put my mind to. Now thirty years later, this tradition is happening with my children and their families. Include this tradition and watch how your life becomes an adventure! My husband, Ross, and I decided we wanted to learn something, so we paid a visit to The Grimsby Museum. Did you know that the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Team called Grimsby their second home during the 1920’s?
In the early 20’s, Colonel Roberts had built a large cold storage facility for fruit in the summer, that had ample capacity to make ice in the winter. Building an arena started in the summer of 1921. When the arena opened in January 1922, it was one of only 8 arenas in the world. The Montreal Canadiens took advantage of it for their training camp. Shortly after, the professional Saskatoon Sheiks (who would later become the New York Rangers) also held training camps in Grimsby and the town became an overnight hockey hotspot. The Montreal Canadiens made Grimsby their pre-season home from 1922 to 1924. Their time training in Grimsby brought home a Stanley Cup victory in 1924. The Grimsby arena continued on as a dual-purpose artificial ice rink/fruit packing station for years, until the old arena burned down in 1949. A new arena was built sometime in the 50’s and lasted until 2005, when it was torn down and all hockey activities moved to the community centre, now known as the Peach King Centre. Make your life more of an adventure. Take time to visit Grimsby Museum and learn more amazing facts about our town. To see when the Peach Kings are playing, visit jrcpeachkings.pointstreaksites.com
01: Head Coach Dave with Grimsby Peach Kings Hockey Players Addison, Andrew, Brennan & Brady. 02: Douge & Ry. 03: Grimsby Peach Kings owners Dan, Dave & Don. 04: During the game. 05: Montreal Canadiens taken in front of the Old Arena in 1924. 06: Wreckage of the old arena in 1949.
WITH MARK WASILEWSKI WHO ARE YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SATISFACTION?
NAME: Mark Wasilewski
I get satisfaction in where people are happy.
BIRTHPLACE: Poland WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Grimsby CAREER: Real Estate Broker at Royal LePage
WHAT WOULD YOU DEEM YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT? My greatest achievement is helping those in need.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND PETS: I have three children and a rescue cat, Tinker.
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU? There are two facts. One is that I am allergic to manual labour. The other, is that I have a “Bee Phobia.” When I was a little boy, I was stung by multiple bumble bees. My mother covered me in mud and I really didn’t like that. That feeling of being covered in mud resonates with me still!
IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? I would tell them to be kind and thoughtful to one another.
WHAT ARE SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT YOU? - I enjoy playing the piano, classical is my favourite music
IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
- I love history and contributing to charities
I wish I had the super human power to cure all diseases.
- I love animals - I love classical movies - I received the Life Time Achievement Award - I have been Knight of the year - I am the President of the Winona & District Men’s Club
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU AND WHY? I’m inspired by John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
- I like to cook, go for bicycle rides and take walks - I am Catholic and I believe in the 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt help others” - I am bilingual and can speak all Slovak tongues
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT? I love Haliburton, Ontario.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN? There are four pieces of advice that I have carried with me through my life, do not be judgmental, treat everyone kindly, always say please and don’t forget to say thank you.
WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU? To me, the meaning of ‘Community’ is a circle of people who are part of your life and with you in your daily activities.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? Comedians and funny movies make me laugh.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME? My favourite movie is “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”
WINONA & DISTRICT MEN’S CLUB
TURKEY ROLL Over 120 local Winona & District men gathered together at the Grimsby Anglican Church to attend the Annual Winona & District Men’s Club Turkey Roll. The evening was a huge success that included a delicious turkey dinner, while turkeys and Tim Horton’s gift cards were raffled off. There was a special presentation thanking Frank McLellan and Richard Clodnicki for their hard work over the years. Some of the money raised was donated to the Girl Guides for their upcoming trip to the Yukon. Each man went home with a box of Girl Guide cookies. A couple of days later, at a Winona Tim Horton’s, a presentation was made to Fred Bellinato for his 28 years of service at the Winona Peach Festival and for serving on the Executive Board.
01: Presentation at Tim Horton’s. 02: Rob. 03: Doug with his winning turkeys. 04: Girl Guides serving dinner.
WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CELEBRATES 35TH SEASON The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights was founded 35 years ago, in 1982. Today Niagara Falls is proud to be Canada’s largest illumination festival and the Premiere Illumination Festival in North America, attracting over 1.5 million visitors and 750 motor coaches annually. The light festival runs until January 31, 2018.
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TOP 5 DATE ACTIVITIES 0I GO SEE ICE ART Icefest is a free event on February 25th and 26th. (Check date closer to event) Walk around the “village” to see all the amazing craftsmanship made out of 20,000lbs of ice.
02 GO SKATING Roller blading and ice skating are both ways to get active on a first or 100th date.
03 WINE/FOOD TASTING Some restaurants have great tasting menu’s and wine pairings. You will have to do a bit of research beforehand.
04 BOARD GAME CAFÉ Sit down in a cozy booth in a café and play some board games. A great way to bond over childhood memories while sipping on your favourite latte.
05 CHEER ON THE HOME TEAM Hockey teams like the Toronto Marlies or Mississauga Steelheads have the potential NHL players of tomorrow and are just as exciting as watching a professional game. Tickets are fairly inexpensive so you can stay within budget while spending quality time with each other!
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INGREDIENTS • 1 cup Brown Rice • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped • 1 head Broccoli, broken into small florets • 1 package of Enoki Mushrooms, bottom removed and mushrooms broken apart a little
F OR THE C H ICKE N • 2-3 Chicken Breasts, cut into 2" cubes • 3 tbsp Soy Free Coconut Aminos or Low Sodium Tamari • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes, optional • 1 tsp Dark Sesame Oil • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup • 5 tbsp Cornstarch
DIRECTIONS STEP 0 1 Cook the brown rice according to the package or your rice cooker instructions.
STEP 0 2 FOR THE CHICKEN: In a medium size bowl mix together the cut up chicken with the coconut aminos, red pepper flakes, sesame oil and maple syrup. Marinate for 1 hour at room temp or all day (even overnight) in the fridge. Bring to room temp for 1 hour before cooking.
STEP 0 3 FOR THE SAUCE: Using a whisk, mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl or measuring cup. Leave the whisk in there, you will need to stir up the cornstarch again before using it.
• 3-4 tbsp Grapeseed Oil, divided
STEP 0 4
• 1 bunch of Green Onions, cut into 3-4" segments
Drain the chicken, put it in a zip top bag and toss the cornstarch into it, make sure all the pieces are coated evenly, shale off excess. Heat a wok or heavy fry pan over high heat. Add about 3 tbsp of the grapeseed oil, let heat until shimmering. Add the chicken to the hot oil, toss and let the chicken brown on the first side, toss again and continue to let the chicken brown all over, this will take about 6-7 minutes, remove from the pan.
• 10 dried whole Red Chilies
F OR THE S AUCE • 2 tsp dark sesame oil • 2 tsp Cornstarch • 1 tbsp Unsweetened Brown Rice Vinegar • 2 tbsp Coconut sugar • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup • 2 tbsp Soy Free Coconut Aminos or Low Sodium Tamari • 2 tbsp Water
STEP 0 5 Add a little more grapeseed oil, add the green onion and whole chillies, toss until the green onions have darkened in spots. Add the sauce, let it bubble, add the chicken back to the pan, toss for 1-2 minutes, remove the chicken and green onions/chilies to a serving dish.
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School Life EDEN
HIGH SCHOOL HOUR OF CODE Mr. Nickel and his three computer science classes have won an mBot Robot Kit for their high hours recorded for the Hour of Code which started as a one-hour introduction to computer science. It was designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science.
ROBOTICS Eden’s Grade 12 Robotics Team qualifies for provincials! Going into finals with 7 wins and 1 loss they allied with two other teams for the win! Grade 10 robotics made it to finals but had to square off against our grade 12 team.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT It was a packed house – standing room only - at our Christmas Concert where students showcased their musical talents. Students who are involved in music classes were involved in the performance. The Grade 10 Instrumental classes features over half of the course not having learned their instruments prior to this semester. Through the efforts of Mr. Gay and their own determination, students were able to perform in the concert and play at a high caliber. This provides them with a strong foundation for Grade 11 and 12 instrumental music. The Grade 9 Music class performed a mashup of current pop music mashed with holiday music. This mashup was arranged and composed by students in the class. A true homegrown production that allowed students to learn about the process of arranging music. It was a great culmination of what takes place in class.
ATHLETICS Eden athletes have been tearing up the courts, mats and lanes this winter. Many Flyers have medaled after three tournaments so far. Girls Hockey 1st team and junior and senior girls volleyball teams are undefeated in league team. Girls Hockey team #2 and junior boys hockey have a great start to their season as do the junior and Senior boys’ basketball teams. The swim team if off to a great start with several personal bests and top 3 finishes. Many swim athletes are expected to advance to OFSAA based on current results. Our Dance Team is prepping for showcase and competition!
UPCOMING January 18 January 26 – 31 January 29 February 2 &16 February 5 February 28
Grade 9 EQAO Math Exams School Council, 7:00 p.m. Professional Development Days Semester 2 begins Pink Shirt Day
Extra-curricular Groups performed as well: 535 Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Chamber Choir, Eclectic Tendencies and Concert Choir. The Concert Choir is a group that combines vocal music students with the other extra-curricular ensembles to form a choir of 65+ students. This allows us to do songs that have a fuller, bigger sound.
Eden is thankful for the community support. Providing students with meaningful performance opportunities is an important part of the learning process in performance arts classes.
EMBRACING INDIGENOUS STUDIES IN OUR LEARNING!
EDEN PROUD Eden staff have so much to be proud of. At a recent staff meeting teachers and educational assistants were asked to share success stories with each other. We learned about lessons that worked, or didn’t worked and then the teachers tried it a different way and found success. Staff shared eureka moments and stories of students who have tried, failed, tried again and grown.
On December 8-10, sixteen students travelled with the Spiritual Life Centre to the Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods for their Epereia leadership retreat. This is a kickoff event to an annual leadership initiative that equips students to be influential leaders from a faith perspective. The weekend began with a walk across a 200 ft long suspension bridge to get to the studio, which helped our team understand that “leaders bridge vision and people.” From there, students took part in teaching sessions, mentorship and team-building activities which featured a “firefighter experience.” Students dressed in authentic firefighter gear and participated in a rescue simulation. Each of the sixteen students were challenged greatly and are excited to return to their community and apply what they have learned!
One way Blessed Trinity is embracing the Indigenous roots of our country, is by offering Indigenous Studies Classes. In my Grade 11 year I have chosen to take the new Contemporary Indigenous Voices English class offered at Blessed Trinity. The class offers an opportunity to read modern literary works all written by Indigenous authors, while exploring their history and current issues. We have also had guest speakers visit our classroom to talk about their stories as well as the issues of colonization and residential schools. On November 29th we embarked on a visit to Ohsweken, Ontario and had first hand encounters with the Indigenous heritage there. We first visited Woodland Cultural Centre, the site of the Mohawk Institute
Indian Residential School building. Walking around the building and hearing stories of what went on inside left an ominous feeling in our hearts and minds. Seeing the very location where so many children were abused was very difficult, yet left me feeling empathetic and moved. Moreover, Blessed Trinity was honoured with a special plaque from Woodlawn Cultural Centre for our continued support of the Save the Evidence Campaign which we support each year with the Orange Shirt Day fundraiser at Blessed Trinity. It feels good to know that our donations will help restore the Mohawk Residential School so future generations can see the building and learn the history of residential schools first hand rather than simply reading about them in books.
education of the Indigenous heritage and issues. This class has expanded my mind to the issues surrounding Indigenous peoples as well as given me a deeper insight and respect for their varied cultures. The semester still holds more experiential learning, as we will soon be engaging in wood burning with Indigenous leaders and are progressing into our poetry unit. In my opinion, Blessed Trinity is doing a remarkable job of including Indigenous education in everyday studies. Overall, this course is a wonderful way to learn about Indigenous culture and issues and provides a new opportunity for learning. I would recommend this course to everyone! Written by: Christina Negus
R O W E R S R O W T H E I R W AY TO S C H O L A R S H I P S Many congratulations to Brooke Kew and Lauren Kelly; two outstanding rower athletes from Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School whom have signed US based scholarships for September 2018. Next, we travelled to Kayanase, where an authentic 17th century longhouse has been recreated. We listened to a knowledgeable, local man speak about the heritage of the Haudenosaunee people and the history of the longhouse. He truly brought the rich history to life. After a quick stop at a well-known restaurant called, The Burger Barn for a filling lunch, we ended up at Chiefwoods National Historic Site where the childhood home of an acclaimed Indigenous poet, Pauline Johnston, stands. She lived a duel life and had a duel personality, as her heritage was a mix of Indigenous and British. She often wrote about Indigenous issues while mesmerizing audiences with passionate poetry. Our final stop was at a store called, Iroqrafts, where we explored traditional gifts, skins, beading, and artwork from across Canada. This trip was a very enriching way of acquiring first hand information about the Haudenasaunee people and was a very exciting experience. It highlighted and enriched so many of the teachings we have been learning about in the literature that we are studying in Contemporary Indigenous Voices at Blessed Trinity. This class provides many opportunities for enriched learning, and provides an excellent
Brooke Kew has signed on with Jacksonville University and will be studying Biology and Lauren Kelly has signed with the University of Notre Dame and she will be studying Political Science and Performing Arts. Both Brooke and Lauren have been strong representatives for Blessed Trinity and the St. Catharines Rowing Club. The Class of 2022 will be well represented with Brooke and Lauren leading the way. We wish them much success in their future endeavours and continue to be the strong stewards as God has taught us to be.
BLESSED TRINITY’S ANNUAL
REMEMBRANCE DAY CELEBRATION
n Friday November the 10th, Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School held their annual Remembrance Day celebration. A tremendous number of students, staff and teachers contributed to this ceremony including Custodial Staff, the Arts, French, Technology, History and Social Science departments and the Air and Army Cadets. The service opened with the marching in of the flags and rifle drill. This annual event is anticipated by students, staff, senior administration and community members, including our politicians at all levels of government from municipal to federal. Regardless of their busy schedules, they set aside time each November to join the Blessed Trinity family. It is amazing to see the positive impact that our school has on our wider community. We were pleasantly surprised with our guests which included MP Dean Allison of Niagara West, MPP Sam Oosterhoff of Niagara West, Mayor Bob Bentley of Grimsby, Mayor Sandra Easton of Lincoln, Mayor Doug Joyner of West Lincoln, the Director of Education, Mr. John Crocco and Mrs. Joanne Johnston, Town Councillor from Grimsby, accompanied by her husband, Mr. Stan Johnston. Further to these guests, we were honoured to have some of our past students present and in uniform representing the Lincoln & Welland Regiment 32nd Brigade 4th Division, namely, Corporal Jacob Copeland and Corporal Brandon Maniaci. Corporal Maniaci has served for five (5) years in the Canadian Light Infantry, as well as volunteered his time in the past to assist with our cadets in preparation for Remembrance Day assemblies. Corporal Copeland has served for two and a half years as an infantryman and served this past summer in Ottawa as part of the Royal Guard. This year’s ceremony once again raised the bar by including both a special dedication to Canada’s Indigenous soldiers and reflections on the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge through the eyes of 47 Blessed Trinity student travellers.
The dedication to the Indigenous soldiers was presented by Arthur Willet a student and a champion for Indigenous Studies from Mr. Gambale’s Native Studies class. He shared an important message on behalf of the Niagara Catholic District School Board, recognizing the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, as the traditional caretakers of this land and acknowledging and giving gratitude to the Indigenous peoples for sharing these lands in order for us to continue our work here today. Arthur Willet along with Mackenzie WilsonJuszkiewicz prepared the audiovisual dedication to commemorate the contributions of Indigenous soldiers. A number of the Vimy travellers took the lead in this year’s ceremony assuming roles ranging from greeting our guests to the Master of Ceremonies. The Vimy students wrote and read reflections of their experiences while at the Vimy 100 celebration this past spring. Along with 330 other Niagara Catholic District school board students and staff this past April. They had the opportunity to experience history in the making. The 47 Blessed Trinity students travelled under the leadership of Ms Kelley Mercuri, Social Science teacher and director of the Remembrance Day service. Each year the Remembrance Day committee selects a theme as their focus for the year. The theme of this year’s ceremony was “Walk in their Boots.” Reflections, music, art, and prayers all connected to the theme. The art on display in the hallways and the banner were created by students from Mr. Fasulo’s Grade 10 History Classes. Art work created by Mrs. DiFlavio’s and Ms. Lavigne’s Art Classes were on display in the library and some were entered in the Grimsby Legion’s contest. The Blessed Trinity Choir under the direction of Ms. Maccaroni performed the song Remember Me. The drama presentation was directed by senior drama students, with the musical accompaniment and vocals of Alyssa Maxwell and Riley Fyfe, performing the Tragically Hip’s song Fiddlers Green. Once again each performance moved the audience to tears. Following the assembly, when the staff and students returned to class, Blessed Trinity continued their tradition, of inviting all to place their poppies at the base of the cross in the lobby after the 11 a.m. moment of silence. This is a tradition, which began six years ago and has become an integral part of our community. Blessed Trinity is very touched to have another well-attended and meaningful Remembrance Day ceremony.
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