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Many possibilities for this parcel of sandy, pictureaque land. Just south of Jordon 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
Brick, multi-level with attached double car garage on a 91’ x 138’ lot. All city services. Open concept large country kitchen, island, dinette, formal living room, family room with gas fireplace, 3 season sun room. 3+1 bedroom, master with ensuite. Recreation room plus second kitchen downstairs. $569,800
In growing Port Colborne. Large 68’ x 186’ lot with many possibilities. Existing detached double garage. Maintenancefree exterior. 3 separate hydro and 3 separate gas meters. Two units left empty for sale. Gross projected income is $28,000/year with a 8% cap rate. $349,800
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Very quiet area off the beaten trail with no through traffic, yet only 5 minutes to the QEW. All city services to the lot line. This lot is mostly ravine, it will allow for a 2,900 square feet, 2 storey to be built north of the hydro lines. $249,800
All brick, with double attached garage and interlock private drive. 3 bedrooms, master with ensuite, L-shaped living and dining rooms, pocket doors to eat-in kitchen, family room with patio doors to wood deck. Main floor laundry, etc! $549,800
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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2 storey farmhouse with many upgrades and additions. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, family room with wood burning fireplace. Updated kitchen and main floor laundry. Detached 40’ x 18’ garage. $999,800
Well kept bungalow on quiet street. Covered front porch, newer windows, open concept living and dining room, Eatin kitchen. 2 bedrooms. Walk-out to backyard and wood deck. Full unspoiled basement. Great starter or retirement home! $199,800
Gas and town water 100’ away on main road. Build your country dream home with that elbow room you’ve always wanted! No more country building lots are being created. Buy and build or invest and hang on. $299,800
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ID YOU KNOW that over 90% of Ontario’s tender fruit crop (peaches, pears, plums, prunes, sweet and sour cherries, strawberries, and raspberries) come from our Niagara region?
I love this time of the year for many reasons - the main one being I can make a daily run to our local fruit and vegetable stand and know the food is picked fresh and from which farm. D’Archi’s fruit and vegetable stand is where I call my second home from mid June until Thanksgiving weekend. Going to this fruit and vegetable stand reminds me of the barbershop on “The Andy Griffith Show”. The only difference being, instead of Floyd, the barber, running the shop, it’s a wise lady named Zumi who manages the fruit and vegetable stand. It’s not uncommon to see many locals gathering to exchange recipes for canning tips or to hear Zumi share the nutritional value on the foods that may be foreign to some. D’Archi’s is located at the north-west corner of Hwy 8 and Casablanca Road in Grimsby. BE INFORMED! When visiting a fruit stand don’t be shy, ask your questions. Find out if the food they are selling is local or from a larger wholesaler? Ask the person running the stand if they use pesticides on their crops? Ask when the food was picked.
My family’s health has improved tremendously by eating freshly picked, local fruits and vegetables. Even our dogs, Marley and Gus, love eating the crop of the day as their snacks. Not only do we eat fresh but I can and freeze foods for the winter so we can enjoy the goodness even in the cold winter months. For canning recipes please visit asksuelondon.com/tag/canning
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01: Katie, Becky, Jimmy & James. 02: The Grimsby Garden Club with John & Karen. 03: Colleen with some toys for sale from the Grimsby Museum. 04: Youth Citizen of the year Miss Neha Gulati. 05: Ross London with Reba McEntire (aka Jackie Grainge). 06: The Lincoln Garden Club with Joanne & Gesine.
“REDDY” FOR THIS? INSIGHTFUL, HUMOROUS, DIVERSE
BY PETA-GAYE NASH
oving to a new country, even one with a stellar reputation as Canada, is often not what immigrants expect. This is the main theme of Pratap Reddy’s debut collection of short stories Weather Permitting & Other Stories, published by Guernica Editions in 2016. This collection examines the lives of South Asian men and women who come to Canada for a better life only to experience the realities of winter, the difficulties of finding a job, and the changes and stressors that immigrating brings to their personal lives. “As an immigrant one must learn to not just eat but feast on humble pie.” Reddy is a talented, insightful writer who brings to life the contemporary landscape of our home: Mississauga, Toronto and Brampton, with astute descriptions. “...it snows for the first time. It starts off gently like a shower of jasmine petals but soon turns into an uproarious maelstrom... In the afternoon, the sky clears as if by magic and sunlight spills like molten gold on the landscape.” Set in the Greater Toronto Area with landmark features such as The Path, Square One, Bombay Bhel, this modern work captures our now, and Reddy’s characters are impossible to forget. They are vulnerable, sometimes misguided yet determined and strong as they struggle to find their place in a land vastly different from the one from which they came. Weather Permitting & Other Stories is
at times, humourous: “When the airplane banked, Toronto’s sprawl swung into view and I had my first glimpse of the CN Tower, rising like an upended middle-finger.” One character, Kumar, known for giving unsolicited advice but is indecisive and can’t get his life together, tells another immigrant: “I advise you to take the road test in Burlington or St. Catherine’s you can get licenses faster there.” “What about Brampton?” I asked. “If I were you, I’d avoid it like the plague.”
As with many short stories, the denouement is sometimes ambiguous. I was left thinking, “not yet. I want to live in this character’s life longer.” But that tends to be the nature of literature and the short story. Reddy resolves this by weaving some of the characters into each other’s stories. They reappear as an old friend might in one’s life. The new Canadian literature is as diverse as its people. Reddy’s collection proves that good literature is easy to read and hard to put down. He uses common, everyday language with perception and insight. Reddy, who immigrated to Canada from India, is a writer to read and follow. As a child, he thought writers were magicians, the most wonderful artists. Weather Permitting & Other Stories is magical and a most wonderful and engaging read.
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
On Thursday, May 18th, the Grimsby Public Library was thrilled to host eight local elementary schools for the 16th Annual Battle of the Books extravaganza! The emphasis of this event is on a shared love of reading and a celebration of books. Battles included The BFG by Roald Dahl, Unleased by Gordon Korman and An Incredible Case of Dinosaurs by Kenneth Oppel to name a few. Each participant received a selection of novelty prizes and a participating certificate. Congratulations to Nelles School! 01: Team from Nelles Public School. 02: Lakeview PS Team: Adam Fast, Carter Broom, Sydney Broom, Emma Kool & Christina Hamilton. 03: Our Lady of Fatima CES Team: Grace Moscato, Mya Demirbas, Olivia Magnini, Juliana Quaglia, Sophia Rummo & Ciara Wood. 04: Team from Park Public School.
-A-THON WALK FOR THE SARAH TAPLEY FOUNDATION
Many gathered on May 28th for a fun BBQ and walk at Lakemount Worship Centre in support of the Sarah Tapley Foundation.
LOOKING FOR MY FUREVER FRIEND. Eva was transferred from Evolucion, a dog shelter in Mexico. She is sweet, gentle and independent. She is also very shy, scared and nervous so she will need time and patience while she settles in to her life here in Canada. Eva will need a stable, routine home with a fenced yard. She needs to go to a home with no cats because she has a high prey drive. She is not a fan of other female dogs. She wants to be the queen of her castle! Eva must also go to a home with no kids under 12 years old because she prefers a calm and quiet atmosphere.
SEX : Female BREED : Shepherd/Border Collie/Cattle Dog AGE : 2.5 Years
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Eva will need some obedience training and will need to be crate trained. 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.
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On May 7th, Coronation Park in Grimsby, was a sea of people in bright green t-shirts holding memory balloons as over 200 community members gathered to Hike for McNally House Hospice. Some came to honour loved ones that passed away at McNally House and “pay it forward”, while others came to show their support for this valuable community service. Trina Medeve’s, of Fit4Females got the crowd warmed up and pumped up to hike, and after days of rain, the sun came out just as hikers left on the 5k walk through Grimsby. Following the walk, hikers stayed and visited while enjoying a BBQ and community spirit.
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The following day, the 320 students of John Calvin Christian School in Smithville, showed their support for McNally House by lacing up their runners and Hiking for Hospice. In total, McNally House was able to surpass their goal and raise over $90, 000 to support their residential hospice and bereavement programs. McNally House is a home-like residence that provides free of charge, 24-hour specialized palliative care to people living with a terminal illness, as well as those in their life circle. The hospice is a non-profit organization serving the Niagara West communities of Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln. Each year, McNally House needs to fundraise more than $600,000 in operating costs. “The support our community shows Hike for Hospice is truly amazing. It is such great day to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. A big thank you to Debby Costa and Shoppers Drug Mart Grimsby for their title sponsorship and support for our event” said Amanda Black, Community Engagement Coordinator at McNally House Hospice. Hike for Hospice takes place the first Sunday of May each year and is the kick off of National Hospice Palliative Care Week.
05 01: Top Individual Fundraiser Barb Wright and Grandaugher Monica Babb. 02: Team DMac. 03: Mayor Bob Bentley & Wife Kim Register to Hike. 04: Team Shoppers Drug Mart. 05: Registering to Hike for Hospice. 06: Volunteers Bronwyn Bonanno & Judi Green give out t-shirts.
HABITAT HOME DEDICATION As of May 18th, Eduardo, Vanessa and their three children are now proud owners of a beautiful home in Grimsby. Habitat for Humanity helped make these new homeowners dreams come true with an affordable payment plan for the family. â€˜Sweat-equity' community service is a way that the families are able to help give back to their new, welcoming community. We hope they enjoy their beautiful new home and make many lasting memories!
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CANADA I50 THIS SUMMER
0I EXPLORE CANADA’S PARKS All National Historic Sites, National Parks and Marine Conservation Areas that are maintained by Parks Canada are FREE ADMISSION. Provincial Parks are not free. IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO, TRY THESE FOR FREE
BRUCE PENINSULA NATIONAL PARK
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Fort George or Queenston Heights (Historic Sites) Point Pelee National Park (paddle the wetlands, watch birds) Bruce Peninsula National Park (hike, rent a yurt on Cyprus Lake) Georgian Bay Islands (boat tours, trail cycling, hiking)
02 DOORS OPEN ONTARIO Unique access to Historical, Architectural, Natural and Cultural Sites - many offering special activities, tours and exhibits. For participating venues, check www.doorsopenontario.on.ca LANDSCAPE OF NATIONS - NOTL
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE
03 ROAD TRIP! ENJOY THE SCENERY DRIVE TO OTTAWA and visit the Canadian Museum of Nature. TRY THE ULTIMATE COURSE: Drive up the Bruce Peninsula, take the ferry across to Manitoulin Island and then drive back south through Sudbury and Muskoka or... vice versa. CROSS BORDERS by driving into Quebec or Manitoba. What province haven’t you explored?
04 HOW CANADIAN ARE YOU, EH? Take the Government of Canada’s Online Quiz that tests your retained knowledge after reading the “Discover Canada Guide” www.cic.gc.ca/english/games/how/index.asp
05 GET YOUR RED & WHITE ON! Every July 1st, the country embraces our collective RED & WHITE theme. If you want to go all the way - order Canada Sesquicentennial commemorative items at: www.canada150merchandise.ca
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CANADIAN MEAL CANADA I50 TO CELEBRATE
Canada's 150th birthday is a time to celebrate all things Canadian. Being Canadian brings on thoughts of salmon swimming upstream to spawn, peameal bacon sizzling in a pan, beavertails on Ottawa's Rideau Canal, and tapping maple trees for fresh syrup when the cold winter starts to break. Sifto is celebrating its 150th anniversary along with Canada's milestone birthday. Sifto commissioned leading Canadian gastro chef Mike Shedden to create a perfect Canadian dish of salt-cured maple Canadian Atlantic salmon. This dish is best served cold on top of a dill crème fraîche with fried capers on French bread.
Mix all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl until completely combined.
STE P 01 STE P 02
Coat salmon in cure, and reserve 40% of mixture.
Serves: 25 1oz slices
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Lay salmon skin side down on a baking sheet with half of remaining cure underneath.
• 1 kg Atlantic Salmon, skin on • 1 kg Sifto Table Salt • 1/2 kg Granulated Sugar • 2 Oranges, zested • 250 g Cracked and Roasted Black Pepper • 1/4 cup Smoked Paprika • 3/4 cup Real Maple Syrup Best served on French bread with dill crème fraîche and fried capers.
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Mix in maple syrup to remaining cure and coat exposed salmon in wet cure. STE P 05
Wrap tightly in cellophane and leave in refrigerator for three days. STE P 06
Flip salmon once every 24 hours for best results. STE P 07
Once salmon is cured, rinse cure off well and slice salmon thinly and on a slight bias. www.newscanada.com
SOUTH LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL
This month, athletes have been preparing for their track and field meets. Grace Tennant swept all three of her events at the Preliminary meet earning first place in Javelin, Discus, and, Shotput. This advanced her to SOSSA where she earned second place in all three events. As a result, she advanced to Regionals (results not available at press time). Leah Heinen did an excellent job at Discus, and placed sixth at SOSSA. This year, Lauren Beaulieu took on the challenge of competing in javelin for the first time and successfully advanced herself to Southern Regionals. Bryan Crawford competed at the Preliminary track meet and did an excellent job at triple jump and the 100m sprint which further advanced him to SOSSA. Emily Cosby got second place at the Preliminary track meet in high jump, which qualified her for SOSSA. At SOSSA, she competed and once again, was quite successful and she also advanced to Regionals. Thank you to all track athletes for a great season. This year, 33 students went to Cedar Ridge Camp in McMarthur Mills for Camp Pathfinder. This experience allowed students to develop their character education and push themselves to new limits outside of their comfort levels. The students were very successful and strengthened their peer relationships through mountain biking, portaging, high ropes and team building activities. The students learned how to persevere through physically and mentally challenging activities and the tackled personal fears through a safe and supportive environment. The drama department staged ‘Slice of Heaven’ in May and the production had over 450 attendees, our biggest crowd in recent history! Drama isn’t over yet: in June, there will be 3 one-act plays staged by the Grade 9, 10 and 12 classes respectively. Hillbilly Prom, the Grade 9 offering, takes place on June 1. Minor Niners, which will be performed by the Grade 10s, will take place on June 14 and the Grade 12s will put on Jim Thomas Done Kicked It Real Good on June 19. All performances will take place in the drama room at 7:00 pm on their respective evenings. Admission will be pay-what-you-can in support of Community Care West Niagara. We will also be collecting food donations for Community Care. Hope to see you there! South athletes are in “full swing” as they hit, throw, catch, kick, run and jump this spring season! Girls and boys soccer players laced up again enjoying a fun season of competition. The Ultimate Frisbee team took their first tournament win this year at the Port Colborne High tournament and headed to the SOSSA qualifier with high hopes. The girls’ slo-pitch team was thrilled to finally be the champions of the small schools’ tournament, beating SDCH in a very exciting championship game 14-11.
EUCLID MATHEMATICS CONTEST RESULTS ARE IN! This year, five students from South Lincoln participated in the 2017 Euclid Mathematics Contest run out of the University of Waterloo. Nearly 10,000 students from Ontario and 21,000 students worldwide participate in this contest. Noah Kerec earned the top grade from South, closely followed by Jessica Otterman. The White Pine Award reading program offers high school-aged teens at all grade levels the opportunity to read the best of Canada’s recent young adult fiction titles. This program promotes reading for enjoyment among high school-aged students and familiarizes them with great Canadian books, by Canadian Authors. SLHS had 14 students reading the ten selections. In addition, the DSBN holds their own White Pine Festival. Authors, E.K. Johnston and S.J. Laidlaw attended and enthralled students with their presentations. Rachel Binns won the DSBN White Pine photo contest and Aidyn Bannister was a very close second. Each student interpreted our club members reading their favourite White Pine novel.
TORONTO ROCK COMES TO SOUTH LINCOLN by: Carson Poisson Former Toronto Rock Captain, Colin Doyle, joined by current defensive lineman, Brandon Kree, and current transition player, Challen Rogers, worked with the South Lincoln team on May 23, 2017 for the afternoon. The three professionals were able to shed light on concepts and ideas that built upon each player’s strengths and skills. Head Coach of South Lincoln’s team, Kristen Corcoran, expressed the importance of this opportunity. “I think this is a great experience for the boys to learn from those that have mastered the sport and have skills and advice that they can learn from. Having professionals work with the team offers them way more than I can as they are out there using their talents every day.” Kristen also commented on the positive energy the Rock brought to the players and said, “Our team was pushed to think outside the box, and excel.”
BEAMSVILLE DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL
As we near the end of the school year, it is important to note some of our recent success stories and to provide a few reminders about upcoming events and news at BDSS. Thanks to all community members for reading this feature - we are all so proud of our students’ accomplishments and value the line of communication with all of you. It is important to remember that, with the culminating activities and exams that June brings, it is extremely important for students to be putting forth their best efforts, and seeking support if it would help. Please contact the school (905.563.8267) and speak to your student’s teacher(s) for an update, to share concerns, or to plan for the end of the semester.
ATHLETICS R UGBY Congratulations to the BDSS Girls Rugby team who held on to defeat the St. Mikes Mustangs 8-5 in a very tough and physical SOSSA Championship. The BUCS got on the board early with a penalty kick by Jessica Tillmans and the lone try was scored midway through the second half by Dallas Anderson.
The girls will now go on to the OFSAA Championships in Oshawa. This season also includes their 10th consecutive zone title - a tradition of excellence at BDSS. TR ACK BDSS athletes were exceptionally success in Track and Field this season - finishing an impressive 10 of 43 at the SOSSA championships - highest of any secondary school in Western Niagara. Standouts included Autumn Bigger who set new zone and SOSSA records on her way to OFSAA, and Abi Macdonald who qualified for OFSAA in both the 80m and 300m hurdles. Also qualifying for OFSAA were Owen Konkle, who dominated his way to regional firsts in the 100m ID and 800m ID, and Shannon Swinson who showed impressively in the 100m. SLOW PITC H The BDSS boys’ slowpitch team survived a very difficult tournament to win the NRHSSA championship. Lead by Mr. Brad “Cito” Holland, the Bucs squad stuck together as a team, and worked together to come through the draw on top.
CULINARY PROGRAM BDSS Culinary students were invited to participate in the Niagara Nutrition Partners Breakfast Challenge - a competition for school culinary programs to show off their breakfast skills. The contest included both an “expert panel” who chose a favourite, as well as an opportunity for all guests in attendance to vote on a “people’s choice”. Lead by Chef Claudio Marchese, the BDSS team won both the judge’s award, and the people’s choice - a huge honour for our students.
District Secondary School in 1987, and in the 30 years since has demonstrated a tireless dedication to student growth, development and excellence through his work both in the classroom, and in athletics at the local, provincial, national and international levels. Dave’s wrestling program is second to none, and his work as a coach, teacher, organizer and leader has had an incredibly positive impact on students. An internationally experienced wrestler himself, Dave’s athletes have had an unprecedented legacy of success over his coaching career at BDSS. Beginning in 1989, with Peter Gray’s OFSAA gold medal, Dave has coached 37 different athletes and teams to OFSAA medals, many of them with multiple podium finishes. This total includes 28 OFSAA gold medals won by teams and athletes including Olympic medalist Tonya Verbeek. Dave’s success as a coach also extends beyond school athletics, working with athletes who have been highly successful at the club, university, national and international levels.
SCHOOL REACH Props, high fives, low fives. kudos, and congrats all go out to the Intermediate School Reach team for their performance in the Niagara School Reach Championships at Sir Winston Churchill High School. School Reach is a team competition requiring students to answer a variety of questions on various topics, not unlike a TV quiz show. The BDSS team, consisting of Cameron Vaillancourt, William Radcliffe, Sage Lunshof, Emma Troup, Ethan Wiebe, and Rachel MacNinch, were firing on all cylinders as they compiled a 4 and 1 record and racked up the highest point total for the day. Their push to score 400 points in the final game put them over the top. This run included beating Sir Winston Churchill on their own turf. Congratulations on a super successful season!
RANKIN RUN BDSS students participated in this year’s Rankin Run to support cancer research in the Niagara Region. At BDSS, this included an afternoon/evening event with a “BDSS Idol” competition and fun fair for younger children. We also invited a group of local businesses in to showcase their wares as part of a vendor fair. These efforts, coordinated by Kelly Bolibruck, saw the students raise over $5,000 towards cancer research here in the Niagara Region. Congrats, Bucs and thank you to Kelly Bolibruck for her work in making this valuable experience happen for our students.
MR. COLLIE’S RETIREMENT The end of this school year will mean the end of a wonderful teaching career for Mr. Dave Collie. Dave Collie began his teaching career at Beamsville
At the most recent OFSAA Wrestling tournament, Dave was presented with the OFSAA Leadership Award for Wrestling - awarded to a teacher and 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.
When Dave retires in June, he will expand his current role coaching wrestling at Brock University. His career of excellence in the classroom, and in athletics, is truly special, and has made a difference in the lives of so many young people.
C AT H O L I C SECONDARY SCHOOL BLESSED TRINITY BREAKS THE STIGMA by: Sam Di Benedetto & Julia Araiche On Thursday, May 4th, Blessed Trinity Catholic hosted their fourth annual Frames of Mind Showcase. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and ways in which we can express our mental struggles to improve our lives. The Blessed Trinity students used their creativity and artistic talents through artwork, poetry, song, and comedy. The showcase was held in Blessed Trinity’s auditorium which was packed full of spectators of all ages. This made for an intimate environment that allowed students and guests to indulge in an enriching experience to explore mental health and ways to cope with everyday obstacles. The theme this year was “mental fitness,” stressing the importance of exercising your mental muscles just as you would your physical. This initiative, headed by John Cino and John DiPasquale, with help from Chantal DiFlavio, is unique to Blessed Trinity. The name “Frames of Mind” was created by students, and the event itself is almost completely student run. It was designed to provide a creative outlet for students who are not usually given the opportunity to perform or express themselves, particularly students involved in the arts, music and drama programs. John DiPasquale says he hopes to expand Frames of Mind further into the community in coming years.
IT’S GREAT TO BE GREEN! by: Alana Zdichavsky & Ashley Allan
the soil section. We are proud of our teams’ accomplishments and can’t wait for next year. Go Thunder!
REACH FOR THE STARS Blessed Trinity’s Reach Team consisting of Anthonie Korstanje, Graham Nickerson, Kyle Martins, Matthew Continisio, and Keagan Keiffer traveled to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus to compete for the provincial title this past Mother’s Day weekend. From May 13th-15th the competition featured the top 40 secondary school teams from across Ontario. This is the 2nd year in a row Blessed Trinity has had the honour to attend the provincial competition, astonishing the head coach Mrs. Rose Heron; “We are very proud of their performance. It was a very competitive field this year”. The team faced the powerhouses of Upper Canada College and University of Toronto Schools in the early rounds and competed well. Though they fell short in a few of the matches, the team rallied hard and demonstrated to all that they were among the strongest units at the tournament. This was the team’s last tournament as they all graduate this June and head off to their post-secondary destinations. Along with Coach Heron, Coach Atkinson and Davis, we wish these fine young men the best of luck on their respective journeys beyond Blessed Trinity.
THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS by: Darren Craig The athletic prowess of the students in the Special Education at Blessed Trinity is about to be demonstrated once again, as several have qualified for the Special Olympics Provincial Championships. There were over 100 teams competing in the soccer regional qualifiers this year and our students ‘made the cut’. The provincials, held at Brock University, will involve over 900 athletes and coaches this year and will feature 12 teams across the province, Canada and the United States. Special Olympics Ontario has been instrumental in providing outstanding athletic opportunities for our students here at Blessed Trinity and we are thrilled to have the chance to compete at this level. Our students Ewen Barclay, Amanda Sherren, Tyler Birmingham, Christian Gagliardi, Cameron Karniej and Alex Giglia will complete on June 12-14th at Brock University in St. Catharines. We wish them well on this amazing endeavour!
SECONDARY SCHOOL We have shared lots of information about athletics, academics, volunteering, leadership opportunities and this time we will focus on the clubs students get involved in at GSS. All clubs are open to all students!
ANIME CLUB On the third of May, Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School took Niagara Envirothon by storm at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area. The competition between secondary schools in Niagara pertained to the topics of agriculture, soils, invasive species, sustainable farming, and species identification. Team One, comprised of Quinn Ciardelli, Malcolm Van Den Hurk, Sarah Majeski, Sarah Berube and Travis Davies finished in fourth out of fifteen teams. Team Two, made up of Natalie Shields, Leah Cressey, Karlie Haining, Matt Yewman, and Olivia Fusato-Ferreia, had the highest score, a 92%, in
Students meet to view Anime videos, share ideas, and draw in the Anime style. They discuss plots and the characters of different Anime series and movies that they have seen.
ART CLUB Open to all students who are interested in Art. Students meet weekly to create art pieces that vary from drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. There are often tutorials where new media and techniques are shared. The students will work on individual projects of their choice or the club may
work on group projects like murals, stained glass panels, and designs for posters. So if you are creative, like to explore art styles, and want to express your inner artist, this is the club for you!
BREAKFAST CLUB Breakfast Club runs everyday from 8:15 am - 8:55 am in room 305 and Main Ro. This initiative is supported by Niagara Nutrition Partners, community businesses and GBF. Everyone who wishes can start the day with a nutritious breakfast. Everyone is welcome.
CHESS CLUB Chess club is a year round activity, involving both boys and girls. The Chess Club usually runs out of the library. Students enter tournaments in school and away. A great way to meet people, keep sharp and have fun.
COMPUTER PRORAMMING CLUB The Computer Programming Club competes in several individual and team programming contests each year. It is a time for students who have an interest in computer programming to share ideas and sharpen their skills.
DRAMA & IMPROV CLUBS GSS Drama features a fun and physical theatre program with lots of opportunities to get involved. Our twice a year evening Cabarets feature the best of student work. Our Improv Team competes in various tournaments and has performed in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre as part of the National Improv Finals several times. Our Sears Drama Festival Show is a one act where students and teachers combine their creative powers to put on an original show.
ECOCLUB & RECYCLING GROUP Being environmentally conscious has never been more important. If you are passionate about the environment and have a desire to reduce the ecological impact of our school as well as helping build an environmentally responsible community… then… WE NEED YOU AND YOUR IDEAS!
POSITIVE SPACES PROJECT Formerly known as the Gay Straight Alliance, the Positive Space Project is a group that meets weekly to promote acceptance of yourself, those around you and ultimately loving who you are. As well as touching upon LGBTQ topics and issues, we also discuss mental health awareness, anti-bullying, suicide awareness and how to truly understand that you are not alone.
ME TO WE CLUB For any students wishing to make a change in the world. It promotes social responsibility by taking part in events and activities that make the world around us a better place.
MUSIC Offering a wide variety of ensembles for all levels of ability. Whether you are an instrumentalist or vocalist, we hope you will be involved in one or more of our extra-curricular groups. Annual events include Winter and Spring Concerts, as well as participation in provincial music festivals. Choose from the Concert Bands, Concert Choir, Jazz Bands or Percussion Ensemble.
SCHOOL REACH Reach is a Canada Wide competition modelled after the trivia game show “Reach for the Top”. Students compete in teams of 4 to see who is fastest on the buzzer and answers the most questions correctly. Questions are based on facts you are learning in your classes, current events, and general knowledge trivia. We have junior and senior teams. Everyone is welcome, whether you think you know a lot or not. You may be surprised - and you’ll definitely have fun!
SKI & SNOWBOARD CLUB This club is recreational in nature and allows students the opportunity to participate in co-instructional, co-educational activity with peers and adults from the community. Evening skiing and snowboarding are possible. All safety equipment and lessons are mandatory.
STUDENTS AWARE Students Aware! Because We Care! Terry Fox Walk. Impact Conference. National Anti-Bullying Week. MADD. Adopt-A-Family for GBF. Kids’ Help Phone. Silver Wishes. Hike for Hospice/McNally House. “Go To Teachers”. We are committed to creating awareness for those within our community who need our support the most. Our town. Our school. Because We Care! Students Aware!!!
WRITER’S CLUB Creativity is unleashed at the Writer’s Club. Students can share their written creations and even read the works of others. Whether it is poetry, writing or another creative endeavour, the weekly Writer’s Club is open to all students.
YEARBOOK Do you like working with cameras or working with the latest photoshop programs? Are you a creative person? Do you enjoy working as a team with fun and energetic people? The Grimsby Yearbook Club could be the right fit for you. You will work in a high-paced and creative environment, learning skills that will carry over into your life outside of high school. Gain skills in the fields of journalism, illustration, graphic design, photography, and/or advertising. As always, we are Achieving Success Together at Grimsby SS!
FARMERS' MARKET &
he Grimsby Farmers' Market has been a part of the town for many years. Among the vendors is Georgie Weisz who has been with the market since the beginning, selling functional and decorate antiques. Three years ago she started helping the women of Ghana by selling their hand-made baskets. These beautiful Bolga baskets are hand made by traditional women weavers and made of sustainable grass that is very tough and durable. The sale of the baskets enables the women to earn money. They depend on the larger markets available outside of Ghana to do that. Georgie has also helped the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers by giving a percentage of the sale of the baskets.
These baskets are perfect market baskets when you shop the farmers' markets, gifts for birthdays, weddings/wedding showers filled with wine, jams, etc., take to the cottage, or use as a functional basket indoors. The Grimsby Farmers' Market starts June 1st and is weekly every Thursday between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Georgie looks forward to seeing you soon at the market.
RAPTORFEST @ PEACH KING CENTRE May 13th was a great day for kids and adults alike at Raptorfest. People joined the festivities to see animals such as Iguanas, Owls, Falcons and even an Alligator. Crafts were offered to the kids and many booths were set up with fun goodies for all.
01: Alex showing Emmalyn & Janine raptor skulls. 02: Renna & Steve with Chris & Delia the Snake. 03: Luke making a heart craft. 04: Getting up close with the Iguana. 05: Serena hanging out with Sharon & Linda. 06: Abbey the Alligator with handler Thomas. 07: Stacy with The Owl Foundation. 08: Jane & Kathy with Rotary Club of Grimsby.
JUNE 17-18 Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival niagarawinefestival.com
JUNE 18 Father’s Day Car Show ∧ safariniagara.com
JUNE 20 Movie Night in the Park - Coronation Park
GAMRU Golf Tournament ∧ firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE 23-24 Cider Fest at Puddicombe Farms & Winery in Winona ciderfest.ca
JUNE 24 PoultryFest Niagara ∧ poultryfest.ca
JUNE 27 Jerry’s Peachbud Run niagararunningseries.com
JUNE 28 Grimsby Mutt Show ∧ grimsby.ca
JUNE 30 - JULY 2 Niagara Falls Canada 150 Celebration niagarafalls.ca
JULY 1 JULY 8 Grimsby’s Garden Tour - Main Street, Grimsby
Muddy Paws Wine Festival ∧ muddypawswine.com
JULY 13-15 Happening at the Forty Festival ∧ festivalattheforty.com
JULY 19 - AUG 30 Historical Wednesday Walks at 7:00 pm grimsby.ca
JULY 21 Music in the Park - Coronation Park at 7:00 pm
JULY 30 Niagara Triathlon ∧ trisportcanada.com
AUGUST 4-7 Ribfest - St. Catharines stcatharinesribfest.com
AUGUST 8 Movie Night in the Park - Coronation Park at 8:00 pm
Canada Day at Grimsby Museum ∧ grimsby.ca
AUGUST 6-13 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta ∧ henleyregatta.ca
AUGUST 12-13 NOTL Peach Festival ∧ niagaraonthelake.com
AUGUST 13 Subaru Iron Girl Womens’ 5K irongirl.com
AUGUST 25-27 Winona Peach Festival ∧ winonapeach.com
AUGUST 27 - NOV 17 VIMY: Battle Memorial Icon ∧ grimsby.ca
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