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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
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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Solid brick and stone bungalow. 3 bedrooms upstairs, 4th bedroom downstairs. 4pc and 2pc bathrooms. Ceramic floors in kitchen and dining room, oak cupboards. Finished rec room with wet bar. 100 amp breakers. Forced air gas and C/A. $364,800
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 bath and laundry room. $449,900
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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
Very quiet area off the beaten trail with no through traffic, yet only 5 minutes to 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
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01: Louise & Margaret at the Coldest Night of The Year Walk. 02: Linda & Linda enjoying the Joseph Brant historical talk. 03: John & Lisa at the Station One Concert. 04: Dawn at Niagara College. 05: Peter & Valerie showing an original Joseph Brant garment during the Historical Society Presentation. 06: Doug, John, Cyndi, Mark, Ross, Gary & Frank at The Winona Men’s Club Cheque Presentation to Community Living.
OF THE YEAR
On February 24th, the community came out to support the Coldest Night of the Year Event. Money was raised for the YWCA WNAH to provide transitional supportive housing to all of West Niagara, which will lead individuals to self-sufficiency, within the time frame of one to three years. After the walk, participants and volunteers enjoyed a hot bowl of chili from the Cook-Off.
01: Chantal, Ella, Maria, Alderman Nick DiFlavio, Luc & Ben. 02: Cathy & Sue. 03: Ezra, Amanda, Chloe, Gavin, Jessica, Morgan, Carter, Duane, Emma & Owen. 04: Katie & Elisabeth. 05: Allison & Cheryl. 06: Dave, Dani, Zeus. 07: Wayne, Bradd & Bob.
MARCH'S BOOK SUGGESTION
granted scholarship to university so that she can leave town for a better future. Carl: the town’s hockey-hopeful from a wealthy family is predicted that he’ll be drafted to one of the major NHL teams but in order to do so he must graduate high school. Sonja agrees to tutor him because she needs the money, and so begins the story of Sonja & Carl: a novel. Carl is drafted to the Boston Bruins while Sonja attends University of Toronto. Within his first year on the team, Carl suffers a concussion that brings the two together again. Their journey is an unconventional, slow burn romance but a beautiful one nonetheless.
SONJA & CARL: A NOVEL
Geared towards young adult readers, I found that this novel appeals to a wider audience. Although the story follows the characters from age 17-20, they are faced with several mature situations. The book touches on issues of poverty, wealth, death, love, and heartbreak, to name a few. It delves into the world of professional hockey, sports related injuries, and the pressure to get back in the game.
BY ALEXANDRIA WILLIAMS
’ve always appreciated a good storytelling, and in her first work, Canadian author Suzanne Hillier delivers just that with her debut novel Sonja & Carl: a novel.
The story revolves around Sonja Danychuk and Carl Helbig, two contrary high school students who are thrown together under unusual circumstances. In their small town of Davenport, Ontario, Sonja: an intelligent high school student from a very poor immigrant family, hopes to be
In the making of this novel, Hillier, a retired lawyer, researched concussions related to hockey injuries, and interviewed several families of injured players who suffered irreversible damage at the hands of the sport. Sonja & Carl: a novel takes you on a ride that is as heart-warming as it is wrenching, with unexpected emotion at several turns. Featuring dynamic characters with rich history, I would recommend this to lovers of well-written fiction.
By Peeter Poldre, Photographer Always learning and striving to CAPTURE the next great photo!
QUICK EDITS ost photographs will benefit from some quick basic editing after the photo has been taken. If using a smartphone, editing can often be done on the phone itself. Computer-based editing software can also be used. First, make sure that the photo is straight/level, especially for horizons, poles and other vertical edges. On some smartphones, leveling occurs automatically when you begin to crop the image. In photo 1, the photographer was so excited to capture the sunrise that he overlooked the slanted horizon. This was corrected on the smartphone for photo 2. Second, check to see whether the photo needs more or less light/ exposure. Most smartphones will have a way of adjusting exposure on the image. Third, crop the photo to discard elements that are distracting or not needed. It’s completely understandable that in the heat of capturing the moment (3) extraneous things can be left in the photo. Editing helps (4).
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.
MARCH 19 Grimsby Toastmasters ∧ grimsbytoastmasters.org
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MARCH 24 Grimsby Public Art Gallery Gala Event & Fundraising Auction grimsby.ca
MARCH 29 Show off your talent at Station 1 Coffeehouse stationonecoffeehouse.ca
MARCH 31 Firehall Concert with Steve Strongman stationonecoffeehouse.ca/events
APRIL 4 Winona & District Men’s Club Dinner Meeting at Elm Street Cafe ∧ Contact Mark Wasilewski (905) 541-3882
APRIL 6 Youth Dance for grades 4-8 Held at Peach King Community Centre, Grimsby
APRIL 6-15 Peninsula Players Group presents The Ghost in the Meadow peninsulaplayersgrimsby.com
Get Fresh in the Valley 20valley.ca/site/get-fresh-in-the-valley
APRIL 13 & 14 Grimsby Home Show Held at Peach King Community Centre, Grimsby
APRIL 17 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour at Meridian meridiancentre.com
APRIL 22 Earth Day - A chance to have the whole Family participate in making Earth a cleaner place ∧ earthday.org
APRIL 27-29 Star Maker Productions presents “The Bench” ∧ For more info please call (905) 945-3556 or (905) 309-2075
MAY 5-28 Sip & Sizzle @ Niagara On The Lake ∧ niagarafallstourism.com
MAY 7 Hike for Hospice for McNally House ∧ mcnallyhousehospice.com
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Grimsby Auxiliary Marine Rescue Unit Golf Tournament gamru.ca
MAY 26-28 Springlicious at Niagara Falls ∧ springlicious.ca
MAY 27 Walk for Dog Guides ∧ walkfordogguides.com
MAY 28 Walk-A-Thon for the Sarah Tapley Foundation ∧ Lakemount.ca
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Opening Night Gala: Friday, April 6
JOSEPH BRANT PRESENTATION
Evening Performances: April 6, 7, 13 & 14 Sunday Matinee: April 8 & 15
@ THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY On February 22nd, it was a full house as the community gathered at the Historical Society meeting to learn about Joseph Brant, also known as Thayendanega. Join the group next month to learn about the history of Grimsby Beaches, Bakeries and Banks. 01: John & Allan.
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All shows are performed at Memory Hall – Trinity United Church, Grimsby
MOVE FOR KIDS On February 24th, YMCA Move for Kids invited superheroes of all ages to participate in a fun, noisy beach themed event, bringing together over 700 participants and volunteers across the region to spin, walk, swim or run to support our local kids. At the time of publishing, YMCA Grimsby had raised $70,000 and counting.
01: Sally, Niagara West YMCA Manager. 02: Angela, Ernesto & Emanuel. 03: Ed. 04: Accepting the wonderful donation. 05: Working out. 06: Patti, Sandra & Donna.
Left to right: Al Balding, Stan Leonard, Bill Kerr & Bill Kozak
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE COURSES YOU’VE PLAYED AND WHY?
Bill Kozak is a Canadian Golf Legend. Born in Port Moody, British Columbia, and a long-time resident of Niagara Falls, the 5-time Canadian Seniors Professional Golf Champion, and first Canadian in history to capture the Western New York PGA title in 1956, has had an outstanding career to say the least. Now in his 90s, Bill can still be found with a club in his hand and golf in his heart.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR TIME PLAYING ON THE PGA TOUR? Golf is a game of dedication, confidence and hard work. You have some disappointments and hopefully many rewards. You are playing with some of the best players in the world. That should give you a lot of confidence in yourself. You learn by playing with the best players.
WHO ARE SOME OF THE WELLKNOWN PLAYERS YOU’VE PLAYED WITH? I had the good fortune to play with top golf pros such as Gary Player, Al Balding, Doug Ford (Master’s Champion), Pat Fletcher (the only Canadian to win the Canadian Open) and many more top PGA seniors.
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST MEMORIES PLAYING ON THE SENIOR PGA TOUR? The Senior tour was a wonderful experience for me as the play was more relaxed. It is very competitive but friendlier than the regular tour.
My favourite golf course is Lookout Point Country Club in Fonthill. I caddied there. It was my start in golf. It’s a very hilly layout with a variety of difficult shots, which is good for your game. Glen Abbey and Pebble Beach are the most famous courses I’ve played.
HOW MANY HOLES IN ONE HAVE YOU HAD? Six Aces in the many years I have played with the most notable one at Winged Door in the 1980 U.S. Senior Open – 3rd hole, 145 yards, 7 iron. It was the first hole-in-one in this event and is on record.
HOW IS YOUR GOLF GAME THESE DAYS? My golf game is for pleasure and exercise, as I have a few physical issues. I usually play two or three times a week. Also, I like to hit balls on the driving range.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG ASPIRING GOLF PROFESSIONALS? Professional golf is a tough road to travel. You must be dedicated and serious with your practice and play. Don’t be afraid to learn or take advice. Ask questions and be confident. Watch the top players hit balls. Always be a gentleman. Dress well and be well groomed. Your best advice would be from an older pro. Good luck!
Presently, Bill Kozak is located at Oaklands Golf Club in Niagara Falls and available for golf instruction.
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO THE WEEKEND WARRIOR LOOKING TO IMPROVE THEIR GOLF GAME? The weekend warrior should practice a little before teeing off. A few lessons from a CPGA pro will also benefit your game. Most of all, enjoy the game.
Lookout Point Golf Championship, 1940 Buffalo Open, 1955 Western New York PGA, 1956, 1958, 1970 Wester New York Seniors PGA, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1981 Canadian PGA Seniors Championship, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978
BEACH Article by: Sue London
o discover Grimsby Beach’s history, take exit 68 off QEW (Bartlett Avenue North) and head toward the lake. Turn left onto Lake and then right onto Betts. Here you’ll find a series of narrow lanes and a circle with a collection of colourful Victorian gingerbread cottages. The buildings date back to the late 1800s, when they were first used as summer cottages. In the mid-1800s, a group of Methodists held week-long revivals during the summer. People would come and stay in tents on the grounds overnight and listen to preachers during the day. In 1875, as the event became more popular and the revival grew to fill more weeks of the summer, the camp’s organizers began replacing the tents with board-and-batten cottages. In 1888, a large temple was erected in the centre of the park that could seat 7,000 people. By this time, even non-Methodists were coming out to visit Grimsby Beach, just to enjoy a day of picnicking and sports at the park. Vacationers came by train, streetcar and ferries from Toronto, Hamilton and all over the Niagara Region to picnic and play along the shore of Lake Ontario. Grimsby Beach’s attractions over the years have included two hotels, a restaurant, a heart-shaped garden, tennis courts, a sports field for football, lacrosse, quoits and exercise programs. New speakers came too, not all of them religious. People started calling it “The Chautauqua of Canada.” Unfortunately, Grimsby Park faced a crisis in 1909. The Methodist group managing the park went bankrupt. A new owner turned it into an amusement area. A midway, merry-go-rounds, a large roller coaster, dance hall, casino, movies and live theatre were added. By the 1920s, the crowds were heading elsewhere. Then a terrible fire destroyed about 30 cottages. Around the early 1930s, local residents (the Cottages’ Association) took over the park. The casino saw a bit of a revival during the big band era of the 1930s and 40s. Many of the other attractions shut down eventually, but people still came to enjoy the natural scenery of Lake Ontario. Today, Grimsby Beach is a quiet residential neighbourhood. Only a memorial cairn, bell and the charming historic cottages, now yearround homes, are a reminder of a colourful past.
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery held its 13th Annual Heritage Art Competition, on February 18th. A group of very talented artists ranging from JK to adulthood, were on hand to receive awards. This year’s theme, Who’s Your Grimsby, was chosen to encourage reflection and exploration of an inspirational Grimsby person from the past or present as a starting point for creating a work of art.
04 01: Shelley. 02: Brooke. 03: Grimsby Art Gallery Awards Ceremony. 04: Spencer.
On February 23rd, Blues fans enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Station One Coffeehouse Firehall Studio Concert Series. February’s entertainment was with Harpdog Brown and his authentic Travelin’ Blues Show.
01: Brad & Nicki. 02: Chris, owner of Station One. 03: Graham, Harpdog Brown, Skye & Sean. 04: Abby.
GIVE A LOVING ANIMAL A NEW LEASE ON LIFE. SEX : Female BREED : Domestic Shorthair/Mix
Buttons was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, which is treated with a medication that is low in cost and easy to give (she takes it in her food). Buttons’ adopter would need to commit to following through on her care to manage this condition. She otherwise seems to be in good health and is quite active and playful for her age. Her ideal home would be without other animals. She has also been declawed. TO SCHEDULE A MEET & GREET with Buttons in her foster home, please contact the shelter at 905.682.0767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To meet any of the other adoptable pets, please visit our shelter.
AGE : 15 Years Old COLOUR : Black/White
UTTONS is a senior cat at 15 years old, but she acts much more playful and spry than her years suggest. Buttons is living in foster care, where she enjoys pets from her foster mom, dinner time, and more pets. She is a cat who likes to be in charge of her humans and the other animals in the house, but as long as you follow her rules, she’ll be your BFF. Buttons has adapted fairly easily to foster life, so we hope that she’ll adjust just as well to her future retirement home.
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CARD MAKING Article & Photos by: Grimsby Public Library
Stacy Heidman, of Paper Creations, was at the Grimsby Public Library to show kids all kinds of crafty ways to make their own handmade cards for Valentine’s Day. What better way to show your love to family and friends?
01: Victoria & Chelsea making their cards. 02: Anderson. 03: Boden hard at work. 04: Chelsea.
GRIMSBY AUTHOR SERIES:
PETER ROBINSON Article & Photos by: Grimsby Public Library
The Grimsby Author Series is a popular yearly event, run by the Grimsby Library. Many bestselling authors and Canadian literary giants visit every season, this February was no different. On February 12th, Mystery author Peter Robinson, was here to talk to the sold out, 250-strong crowd about his latest book in the DCI Banks series, Sleeping in the Ground.
04 01: Peter Robinson signing books. 02: Peter Robinson. 03: The crowd waiting to hear from Peter. 04: Peter’s book, Sleeping In The Ground.
School Life EDEN
HIGH SCHOOL Eden’s spring production, “The Miracle Worker,” is kicking into high gear as the wood working class completes set construction. Leah Godwin is busy designing the intricate lighting, while Curtis Rose is finding the elusive sound and music effects needed for the time period and ambiance of the play. Meanwhile, student composer Alex Sanko is creating an original soundtrack to enhance the moody atmosphere. The show opens with a student buy-in April 12, with public shows April 13, 14, 20, 21 and an additional buy-in on the 19th. Visual Arts students were involved with hanging the DSBN’s Off the Wall Art Exhibit, which opens this month at the board office. Student work from all DSBN high schools will be featured, including work from Eden’s talented crew of visual arts students. Our music students are busy preparing for Music Monday, which takes places May 7 at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. This national day of celebrating music education is a fantastic opportunity for music students to perform for the community and for other music students across the board. The spring concert will follow quickly after Music Monday on May 17, at Eden High School. The night concert is open to the public at 7 pm in our school gymnasium. Tickets will be $5 at the door. The Eden DECA Delegation, made up of 15 students and Ms. Etherington, went to Toronto for 3 days in February for fierce competition, professional development and lots of fun at the 39th DECA Provincial Competition. Charlotte Fritz was successful in medaling for her role play event in the Principles of Marketing. The rest of the students worked very hard in their individual and team role plays and the qualifying exam. All students represented Eden very well at this prestigious competition against 7,500 other business students in Ontario. #EdenDECA #Limitless Eden’s Junior Volleyball Team had a strong season this year. They achieved first place in two tournaments and second place in two other tournaments. The girls fought to the end but lost in the league semi-finals after pushing to a fifth game in a best 3 of 5 format. The team thanks their community coaches, Beth and Sarah, for all the time given to help the students pursue their passion for the game. Go Flyers! Months of training paid off for members of Eden’s swim team at the SOSSA championships, held in early February. Brandon Bigger, Noah Schouten and Grace Coveney all placed first in their individual events and hence move on to provincials that are being held later this month. In particular, the team has high hopes for Noah, who beat the provincial qualifying time by several seconds in the 100m freestyle. Jordan Loon finished her high school career with a 2nd place in her 100m breaststroke. Reese Doucett also placed third in her 50m freestyle and her 100m freestyle. Follow @eden_athletics to see the team’s performance at OFSAA at the end of February.
On Tuesday January 16th, the Eden Co-op Fair was on display. Each student was assigned the task to “sell their placement” to their peers. It was a smashing success as junior students were able to view the community partners involved with our senior students this past semester. Current co-op students were on hand to explain what sorts of tasks were involved with their respective placements, discuss the impact the experience had on their future plans and answer any questions about the co-op program. Over forty placements were represented throughout the day and Tim’s cards were given for the People’s Choice Award, as voted on by the audience in attendance. Eleiden Pearl Somera and Aimee Hoelzner were this year’s recipients. Random draw winners for participating in the voting process were Nick Howarth and Cole Robichaud. The Co-op Department would like to thank all those involved in this informative day.
Sharon Burns Principal
SECONDARY SCHOOL Paige Epp and Alyssa Abernot started out playing soccer together in the Town of Grimsby for the Grimsby Soccer Club. They have had many years of great successes together. When they joined the Stoney Creek Soccer Club they were able to secure a spot in the Ontario Cup Provincial Championships for three years in a row including winning the Provincial title in 2014 and then going on to win the Nationals undefeated in P.E.I. that same year. Paige has just signed on with College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She plans to take her degree in Architecture and continue her soccer career as a mid-fielder for the Crusaders. Alyssa has signed a scholarship with the Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She will be faced with many shots as a Falcon goalkeeper. Alyssa is taking a degree in Sports Management. Both girls are playing with the NCAA Division 1 schools, which is a big accomplishment. We wish them both the best in their future endeavors as they have made Grimsby Secondary School proud. Members of the GSS Eagles Rowing Team competed in the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships on Sunday Feb 4, in Mississauga. Outstanding performances were posted by Hailey Mercuri (13th out of 60), Liam Brenner (4th - first competition), Isaiah Yoder (first in the High School coxie event), Emma Dockray (3rd), and Charlotte Drennan, who WON her category. Sarah Nelles, a grade 12 student at GSS, recently captained the Ontario Blue squad in the Women’s National U18 Hockey Tournament in Quebec City, Quebec. Sarah, who plays regionally for the Stoney Creek Junior Sabres, not only lead her team to the gold medal game, but was named MVP in the semi-finals, where she scored a goal and an assist. With a record of 3-0, Sarah and her team took on Ontario Red again in
the final. The final score was 3-1. Sarah brought home her silver medal to much acclaim. She has signed to play with the Mercyhurst Lakers, a Division One university in Erie, Pennsylvania next year. Congratulations on an incredible achievement at Nationals, Sarah! Go Eagles!
Baking (Andrea Ventura), Auto Service (Michael Lautenbach, Owen Kearse), Carpentry – Team (Aidan McDonald, Matt Lautenbach), Floristry (Cordelia McFerran, Hope Kempenaar, Kaeli Peacock, Olivia Webb), TV and Video Production (Elise Wilts, Ethan Wiebe) and Welding (Dante Galati, Kaleb Jones). These students have developed high levels of skill in each of their technological areas, and are eager to demonstrate their expertise in a competitive environment.
S. Scott Principal
BEAMSVILLE DISTRICT The BDSS tradition of wrestling excellence continues. Thank you to coach Jon Gemella, who has provided the training and guidance to our athletes that has led to another successful season. 3 of our wrestlers were SOSSA champions this year in their respective divisions: Jessica Tillmanns, Samantha Adams and Reet Cahill. Geet Cahill finished fourth in his division, rounding out a very successful SOSSA tournament for BDSS. Jessica, Samantha and Reet will go on to represent BDSS, and SOSSA, at the OFSAA Wrestling Tournament in Windsor, Ontario. Go Bucs!
OFSAA SWIMMING Six BDSS swimmers qualified for the OFSAA Provincial Swim Meet in Windsor, Ontario. BDSS sends swimmers to OFSAA on a regular basis – thank you to coach Kathaleen McNeil who ensures our swimmers receive the best training and encouragement. The following Bucs are our OFSAA swimming representatives: Brittany Keller – 100m backstroke Ryan Kulikowski – para 50m freestyle and para 50m backstroke Caitlin English – para 50m freestyle and para 50m backstroke Josie Guilbeault – para 50m freestyle and para 50m backstroke Brian Knechtel – para 50m freestyle and para 100m freestyle Connor MacPhee – para 50m freestyle and para 100m freestyle
PROGRESS REPORTS AND PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS BDSS Families – our progress reports will be carried home by students on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018. If you don’t receive your student’s report, please call the school and let us know. We are happy to print another out for you. Semester two Parent-Teacher Night at BDSS is on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. We are excited to talk to you about your student’s progress, and any recommended next steps.
TECH SKILLS BDSS students will be showing off the skills and knowledge they have acquired in the DSBN’s Tech Skills competition in March. BDSS will have entries in the Coding (Maksim Stadler, Reet Chahill), Culinary Arts (Chris Rose, Cam Atkins, Keenan Seniuk, Taran Comfort),
Communicating with families is a priority for our school. We recognize that paper newsletters are often lost, telephone voice broadcasts can be annoying, and that no one social media platform is preferred by everyone. To better communicate with our parents and families about upcoming school events, student achievements, and important dates, we have set up a number of different BDSS social media accounts. Please connect with us using the platform of your choice – we are very proud of our students and look forward to sharing their achievements. Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Website:
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Mat Miller Principal, BDSS
SECONDARY SCHOOL B L A C K H I S TO R Y M O N T H Along with being the start of a new semester here at Blessed Trinity, February also began the internationally celebrated and annually observed Black History Month. Each February, Canadians are called to recognize the accomplishments and contributions made by African Canadians throughout history. Using daily announcements and visuals, our school community strives to educate students on the achievements made by key influential black Canadian citizens. Each week of the month focused on a different area of black history.
School Life For the first week, announcements centered around notable political contributions made by Canadians such as Viola Desmond and Lincoln M. Alexander. For the second week, following suit with the beginning of the 2018 Olympic Games, announcements recognized athletic achievements made by famous athletes such as George Dixon and Donovan Bailey. The third week of announcements followed the theme of the Government of Canada’s Black History Month campaign; Black Canadian Women: Stories of Strength, Courage and Vision. To wrap up the month, during the fourth week, Blessed Trinity recognized famous and influential black Canadian musicians from a variety of genres.
Overall, the month of February was a time of further understanding of the rich black history that is present in Canada. All Blessed Trinity students and staff members learned something new about African Canadian accomplishments and how Canada came to be the thriving country that we are blessed to live in today. Written by Hannah Whitelaw
S H R O V E T U E S D AY Students and staff from Blessed Trinity enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast with all the toppings to celebrate the day before Lent. Chef Poitras helped served up a scrumptious pancake breakfast for all to enjoy which supported Blessed Trinity’s Special Education Event for all NCDSB schools involving over 125 Special Education Students.
LET IT SNOW! Another great season has begun for the Blessed Trinity Ski and Snowboard Club! This is Blessed Trinity’s largest club and has 100 students of all different ski and snowboard levels. The school travels five times to Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, New York. This has been a very enjoyable time for the student body and supervisors who attend. The Ski and Snowboard Club is very unique to Blessed Trinity. This is because non-skiers and snowboarders are highly encouraged to join. Lessons are p rov i d e d fo r f re e each time the school attends. These lessons are offered for all levels as well, which is another advantage of this club. Students are always very happy with their progress throughout the season. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Rome-Holloway for all her dedication to this club for past 15 years. Blessed Trinity will be sadly saying goodbye to her at the end of the school year as she retires. Let it snow, Blessed Trinity! Written by Emma Holloway
JR BOYS BASKETBALL On January 12th and 13th, the Blessed Trinity Junior Boys participated in the Carl Dorland Ridley Tournament in St. Catharines. 12 teams from across the province entered in the tournament and your BT Thunder defeated EL Crossley and York School of Toronto in the round robin games to finish 1st in their pool. In the semi-finals, BT defeated Crescent School of Scarborough in a tight game that was eventually taken over by Blessed Trinity, after Lucas Cino hit four 3-pointers in a row on his way to a team leading 21 points. In the championship game the boys defeated Guelph Collegiate. Lucas Cino, who was named tournament MVP and Dashiel Baktawar had an excellent all around tournament. This was the boys’ second tournament victory of the year - they won the Saltfleet Invitational in November. The boys are looking forward to more competition as they soon will be playing in the prestigious Kennedy All Catholic Tournament in Hamilton and the Kawartha Classic in Peterborough. As we enter the second semester, the team sits in 2nd place in the Jr NCAA Division and has an overall 12 and 2 record. The ultimate goal of winning a SOSSA championship is on our minds as the coaching staff and the players are excited to be hosting at Blessed Trinity on March 1st. Go Thunder! Written by John Cino
CHICAGO BOUND In April, students at Blessed Trinity in Grades 10, 11 & 12 are travelling to Chicago. Urban sophistication and shining skyscrapers mix with Midwestern charm and local cultures are part of this diverse, worldclass city. Chicago’s rich history can be told through its famed, oneof-a-kind architecture and students of every subject will discover fascinating information at museums such as Shedd Aquarium. A field trip to Chicago would not be complete without a trip to Wrigley Field to see the Chicago Cubs play. It also boasts unique neighborhoods, attractions and parks. The date of the trip will be April 12-15th 2018.
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