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160’ x 65’ indoor arena, 28 stall barn, outdoor sand ring and jumping ring, 7 paddocks, pond, hay mow. Renovated bungalow, attached double-car garage. 3 bedrooms upstairs, 3-piece and 4-piece bathrooms. $699,800
Overlooking Lyons Creek. 2 storey home with double garage. Dining room with patio doors to wood deck. Sunken living room. 3 bedrooms, two 3-piece baths, full basement with patio door walk-out & rec room. Combo wood/electric forced air furnace, CVAC, new shingles and new septic tank. $419,800
On this one of a kind dream lot!! Unbelievable backyard views of 20 Valley, the 20 Mile Creek and trestle. Quiet, no through traffic cul de sac. This ravine/nature lot has the largest building envelope in the subdivision. All city services. $259,800
Two 2nd storey residential apartments. Full basement with walk-out. Main floor 20’ x 19’ storefront unit with 2-piece bathroom plus a second 1,000 square feet commercial area with 2-piece bathroom, double steel doors with loading dock. Fenced back yard with loads of paved parking. $279,800
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HOPPIN’! ORIGINAL FARM HOUSE ON 50+ ACRES 8 acres fenced pasture, approximately 6 acres bush and balance cash crop. Large eat-in country kitchen with wood stove, hardwood floors, main floor laundry and 3-piece bathroom. Sunroom, formal living room and dining room with 2 main floor bedrooms and 2 more on 2nd floor. Numerous out buildings. $449,800
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SOLD GREAT LITTLE STARTER OR RETIREMENT HOME On a quiet Westend street in St. Catharines. Private paved driveway, garden shed, fenced backyard, horseshoe pits, front wood deck! Eat-in kitchen with open concept living room and wood burning stove, 2 bedrooms, 4-pc bath, full unfinished basement with laundry and and 200 amp breakers. $159,800
CUSTOM BUILT ON 3 ACRE WOOD LOT Country oak kitchen, formal dining room and living room with fireplace and bay window. Large great room. 3 bedrooms upstairs, 4-piece bathroom, main floor laundry and 2-piece bathroom. Full basement with rec room. Detached 1.5 car shop and double attached garage. Many updates, only minutes from all amenities and QEW. $549,800
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Paved private drive for 2 cars. Newer laminate floors in the living room and family room. Large eat-in kitchen, office, and den. 3-piece and 4-piece bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, full part basement with laundry, new furnace in 2013 and windows in 2009. 100 amp breakers. Covered front porch, also a side porch! $179,800
6 acres in centre of Village of Jordan Station. Surrounded by the greenbelt, vineyards and orchards. All city services at the road! Only minutes to the QEW. $3,300,000
23+ acre parcel with turn-key greenhouse operation. 44,000 square foot greenhouse with curtains, 2 gas boilers, 16,000 square foot poly and plastic addition, 15’ high, 17.6’ x 14’ cooler. Warehouse and packing area, loading dock. 50’ x 30’ steel shop and 3+1 bedroom home. $995,800
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We would like to take this opportunity to tell you more About Us. We are two sisters and owners of Elipsis Day Spa, Jennifer & Alisha. Being an esthetician and RMT, we have over 15 years experience in the spa industry. It has been a dream of ours to open a spa of our own for many years and we feel Grimsby is the perfect town for this venture. You may find us at the front desk or even doing your service along side our amazing team. We all take pride in the service we provide and will ensure you receive a memorable experience.
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HOME & LIFESTYLE: RENT A ROOM TO PAY OFF YOUR MORTGAGE FASTER CAPTURED RECYCLING 101: NIAGARA REGION’S TOP TIPS
CELEBRATING EARTH DAY RECIPE: FIRE UP THE BARBECUE WITH PEANUTTY, THAI-INSPIRED KEBOBS
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ADOPT-A-DOG: MEET JOLLY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ARTISTICALLY YOURS, KATIA SCHOOL LIFE
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SARAH’SPLACE is The Girl’s Ward of Grace Children’s Hospital in the Dominican Republic, which will be dedicated as a living memory of Sarah Tapley. Sarah was a sweet, thoughtful and spunky little firecracker with a huge smile and an infectious laugh. She was bright, cheerful and always singing and worshiping Jesus. She loved to make her own songs and belt them out at the top of her lungs. Sarah loved her family and friends with a loyalty and tenderness that made knowing her a treasure. In September 2009, Sarah Tapley was diagnosed with an aggressive form of a childhood cancer. She began a three-year treatment journey that involved many forms of medical and natural attempts
to defeat the disease. But by far, Sarah’s greatest weapon in her fight was her tireless faith and hope in God. Throughout her journey, she never took her eyes off of Jesus and she persisted in faith for a miracle even to the very end of her life. She is a champion who impacted many lives through her sweet spirit and her abiding faith. SARAH’SPLACE is built in her honour and dedicated not only to her memory, but also to the faith, hope and love that defined her. The Girl’s Ward of Grace Children’s Hospital will be called
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RENT A ROOM to pay off your Mortgage faster
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hether you've got a mortgage to pay, student debt or just want a little extra spending money on the side, renting out your home, or simply a room, is a great option to tackle debt or open up a stream of cash flow. With Airbnb, a community built on sharing and trust, it's now easy and safe to do. All you have to do is list your space, respond to requests and welcome your guests. Here are a few more benefits: >>>
YOUR SCHEDULE COMES FIRST. You can rent whenever it's convenient for you. People looking for a place to stay will only see yours if it's listed on the specific dates they've entered. You can also rent long term or short term - the choice is yours! A great time to host is when you're going to be out of town - on vacation, travelling for work or at the cottage. Why not make some money if your home is sitting empty? Alternatively, take a look at your community's calendar - major events in the city, like FIFA or Pan Am, are a big tourist draw which means an influx of people looking for accommodations.
YOU HAND PICK WHO STAYS. Bottom line: read reviews. You want the person staying at your house to have positive previous reviews. If you don't like someone's review then you don't need to rent to them. It's as easy as that. This system provides extra reassurance that your guest will be respectful of your home. In the unlikely event that something does go wrong - Airbnb comes with a host guarantee which means your property is covered for up to $900,000 CAD.
MONEY IN THE BANK. With Airbnb, hosts set their own price so you'll never rent for anything less than what you want. On top of this, there is only a 3 percent hosting fee which means you're getting extra security for a very low cost. You also receive your payout approximately 24 hours after a guest leaves which is fast money in your pocket. For more information, visit airbnb.ca www.newscanada.com
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01: Chloe Ann all smiles for the camera. 02: Liz Bond & Spencer Lupton at THE FORT. 03: Alison Traz celebrating her birthday. 04: Isaac Barley. 05: Rusty. 06: Arwyn Seymour with Skyler Jade at the park.
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PROM PROJECT NIAGARA
Prom Project Niagara launched 7 years and the Education Foundation of Niagara has assisted hundreds of students find their perfect look for their Prom, Formal, or Graduation. Students gathered at Beamsville District Secondary to have the opportunity to browse through a large selection of lovely Prom Dresses, Purses, Shoes, Jewellery and Accessories, Suits, Shirts, and Ties, donated by generous members of the community. Family members had a great time watching the students try on formal wear and “say yes to the dress.” Everyone had a chance to choose a stunning outfit to feel good in and wear to Prom, with no cost to the families.
01: Girls picking out lovely dresses to try on. 02: Kim May looking gorgeous in this green number. 03: Eden Ives & Jennifer Edwards.
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MOTHER’S Special? DAY WHAT MAKES YOUR MOTHER
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NIAGARA REGION’S TOP TIPS This Earth Day, Niagara Region encourages you to recycle right! Recycling saves resources, energy and valuable landfill space. Read on to learn the Dos and Don’ts of recycling in Niagara!
1. DO: PLACE BUNDLED PLASTIC BAGS AND STRETCHY PLASTIC OUTER-WRAP IN YOUR GREY BOX. When the bundled bags arrive at the Recycling Centre, it is much easier to separate and remove bundled plastic bags and outer-wrap from the paper and boxboard, allowing for more of this plastic to be recycled. If plastic bags and outer-wrap are placed in the Blue Box they become compacted between the metal and glass containers which cover them in food, liquids and fragments of broken glass. If plastic bags are dirty, they are less valuable when they are sold to recycling markets. 2. DO: STUFF ALL PLASTIC BAGS AND STRETCHY PLASTIC OUTERWRAP IN ONE PLASTIC BAG AND TIE THE HANDLES CLOSED BEFORE PLACING THEM IN THE GREY BOX. Plastic bags must be manually separated by workers at the Recycling Centre. Pulling out every piece of plastic wrap or plastic bag separately is impossible. It is much easier to separate and remove plastic bags that are bundled all together in one bag, meaning more of this plastic is recycled. Loose bags and outer-wrap also get tangled in the Recycling Centre equipment causing damage which may require expensive repairs.
glass should be wrapped in paper or plastic and placed in a cardboard box marked ‘glass.’ To ensure the safety of collection staff, book glass items for collection by using the new online bulky-item collection form at niagararegion.ca/waste or by calling 905-227-7771 or 1-855-227-7771 at least two working days before your regular garbage day.
3. DO: REPLACE THE PLASTIC BOTTLE CAPS ON EMPTY PLASTIC BOTTLES. The plastic bottle caps on plastic pop and water bottles can be recycled, but must remain on the bottle to get recycled.
7. DON’T: PLACE RECYCLABLE CONTAINERS WITH LEFT-OVER FOOD IN THEM IN THE BLUE BOX. Containers with food placed in the Blue Box may not get recycled. Like pop bottles, food containers may be sorted by jets of air or by magnets. If there is food in the container making it too heavy, it does not get separated for recycling.
4. DO: RECYCLE DRINK BOXES AND MILK CARTONS IN THE BLUE BOX. Drink boxes and cartons are not made of only paper. They have multiple layers which can include plastic, paper and metal, which can be recycled.
8. DON’T: PLACE COOKIE AND CHIP BAGS IN RECYCLING. Cookie and chip bags are made of multiple layers of different materials, including materials that are not recyclable. The non-recyclable materials can’t be separated, making the entire bag garbage.
5. DON’T: PLACE BOTTLES WITH LIQUID STILL INSIDE IN RECYCLING. Recyclable items like plastic pop bottles must be empty in order to be separated by optical sensors and air jets from other types of bottles and containers. Liquid left in a bottle makes it too heavy to be picked up and sorted by the air jets, meaning fewer bottles are separated and fewer plastic bottles are recycled.
9. DON’T: PLACE PAPER TAKE-OUT COFFEE CUPS IN BLUE BOX OR GREY BOX. Paper take-out coffee cups have a plastic lining and cannot be recycled in the Region’s current recycling processes. Place paper take-out coffee cups in the garbage.
6. DON’T: PLACE DISHES, DRINKING GLASSES, WINDOW GLASS OR MIRRORS IN RECYCLING. Glass bottles and jars that are designed to hold food and drinks are pure glass and the recycling process is designed for this type of glass. Glass from items such as drinking glasses and mirrors are not designed to be recycled in curbside recycling systems. These glass items contain additives, such as lead, that make it non-recyclable. Non-recyclable
10. DON’T: PLACE EVERYTHING THAT IS PLASTIC IN RECYCLING. Not everything made of plastic is recyclable. Blue Box recycling is designed to recycle food and beverage containers and rigid plastic packaging only. Household items which are plastic but not a food or beverage container or rigid plastic packaging are not recyclable in the Blue Box. Items like toys, garden hoses and lawn chairs can be made up of many different types of plastics and other materials and must be donated if in good condition or placed in the garbage.
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CELEBRATING EARTH DAY NELLES PUBLIC SCHOOL had a busy Earth Day this year. They started the day by encouraging everyone to participate by walking to school. They gathered outside and celebrated the day, had snacks, and shared their favourite local places to be active.
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O P E R AT I O N B E E D R O P Students took part in a very special assignment, they called it “Operation Bee Drop”. They created “bee drops” using recycled paper, compost and wildflower seeds. They made paper pulp and had fun getting dirty by blended it by hand with the seeds and compost. Then the mixture was rolled into balls and set to dry. The ready balls were then put into paper bags that had slogans like “Bee the Change” with instructions on the back so they could hand them out to neighbours and family members.
04 The students also planted sunflower seedlings which we will plant at the school once they mature. The goal is to spread native wildflowers in order to provide a safe food source for our local bee population. The kids were very excited to be able to help solve a major problem!
N AT U R E WA L K A few of the classes went on a nature walk to just enjoy and appreciate nature, and learn a bit about the history of their school surroundings. Glacial Lake Iroquois existed at the end of the last ice age about 13,000 years ago. Essentially an enlargement of Lake Ontario about 100 feet above the present level of Lake Ontario. Students were surprised to picture their school and much of Grimsby, being under water.
They learned about the meaning of a Carolinian forest, and got to see some of these trees on the property. Carolinian forest has trees such as ash, birch, chestnut hickory and tulip. The climate by the Great Lakes makes it possible for these beautiful deciduous trees to grow. Many have been destroyed because of urban sprawl. Sparked by the Brandee Elliott Foundation, many have chosen to plant memorial trees by the Rose Garden in Centennial Park.
They explored Centennial Park and learned some of the history. Neutral Indians were wiped out in 1650 by their enemies. In the mid 70’s a buriel ground was discovered as a subdivision by Centennial Park was being built. Many artifacts were unearthed giving lots more information about these people who lived in and around Grimsby so many years ago. About 300 human remains were discovered. The building was halted as archeologists came to study the site. A plaque near the site was erected in Centennial park.
01: Riley Puhl, Avery Reynolds, Morgan Bogucki, Penelope Klacko. 02: Bumble Bee - Save the Bees Initiative. 03: Amanda Greensides. 04: Nelles Public School students starting their adventure. 05: All hands on deck. 06: Avery Reynolds & Morgan Bogucki.
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ith the traditional Thai flavours of LIME, CHILI and PEANUTS, this mouth-watering dish will add wow factor to your next barbecue. For tender and tasty bites, slice your meat against the grain and provide ample time for marinating.
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FLANK STEAK KEBOBS INGREDIENTS • 1/2 CUP (125 ml) Unsweetened Coconut Milk • 1/4 CUP (60 ml) Peanut Butter • 2 TBSP (30 ml) Hot Chinese Chili Sauce • 1 TBSP (15 ml) Ginger, finely grated • 1 Lime • 1 1/2 TSP (7 ml) Granulated sugar • 1 1/2 TSP (7 ml) Fish Sauce • 1/2 TSP (2 ml) Ground Turmeric
PREP TIME: 15 minutes MARINATING TIME: 4 hours GRILLING TIME: 5 minutes MAKES: 8 large skewers
• 1 Flank Steak, about 1 1/4 lbs (625 g) • 1/2 Small Red Onion • 1 Red Pepper • Salt, preferably kosher, to taste • Thai Basil, Coriander Leaves or chopped Mint for garnish • 2 TBSP (30 ml) Peanuts, coarsely chopped
PREPARATION STEP 1: In a shallow dish just large enough to hold meat, combine coconut milk, peanut butter, chili sauce and ginger. Finely grate peel of 1 lime and add to dish along with lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and turmeric. Whisk until combined. STEP 2: Thinly slice steak against the grain into strips about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick (1-2 cm). Place in marinade and stir to coat. Cover, stirring occasionally, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. STEP 3: Oil grill and preheat barbecue to medium-high heat. Slice onion into thin wedges and cut red pepper into bite-size pieces. Thread kebobs, alternating pieces of meat with onion and red pepper. Sprinkle with salt. Grill for 5 minutes, turning frequently, until meat is just cooked through and vegetables are tender. Serve garnished with herbs and peanuts. Additional recipes can be found at www.peanutbureau.ca. www.newscanada.com
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Jolly is a 4 year old terrier who really lives up to his name. Jolly is a happy, playfull and outgoing dog who will always stop for a belly rub. He will require a fenced yard. Jolly wants an adoptee who is gentle and affectionate. An adult home wit no other doges and few visitors is his ideal home. For more information, contact LCHS at 905-682-0767 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Beamsville and Smithville Anim al Hospitals w like to remind al ould l their cherishe d pet friends an wonderful client d s that spring is here and with it comes ticks, m osquitos and fl eas. To protec your pet from t lymeâ€™s disease, heartworm infection and fl ea infestation, please give us a call to schedu le your preventi ve care needs. We are currently bo ok for heart worm ing from April 15th to June 1s t testing and star ting preventive care. Call to se t up your appo intment today.
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atia Parez Mendez was born in Bogota, Colombia where she taught drawing, painting, and art history at three Universities. She is an architect who developed her art by painting landscapes in watercolour and oil paints.
Katia arrived in Canada in 2008. Since 2009 she has been involved with the Niagara Region as a volunteer at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. In 2010 she became a member of “Community Artists Niagara”, was awarded a bursary from the Ontario Art Council, and also received an Award from the city of Hamilton on Women’s Day to honour her as an artist. April 2014, she received a Civic Recognition Award from the town of Grimsby for her artwork within the community. She has also been an Art Instructor at Lakemount Worship Centre located in Grimsby,Ontario.
KATIA WAS REWARDED 1ST PLACE IN THE ADULT CATEGORY AT GRIMSBY’S 12TH ANNUAL HERITAGE ART COMPETITION, FEBRUARY 2016. Among many accomplishments, she completed the Artist Education Course, which opened the door for her to teach adults and children art in Canada. Katia has exhibited in Canada in a number of different Galleries located in Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagara-on-the-Lake. One of her last solo exhibitions was at Mohawk College in Hamilton, where she had also won First Place with her e-Portfolio in a contest April 2014.
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For Women’s Day 2014, Trinity United Church located in Beamsville, Ontario, invited Katia to be a guest speaker where shared her journey and experiences as a local immigrant woman. She inspired woman by sharing her success, passion, and her ambition to achieve personal goals. In July 2014, Katia moved from Grimsby to St Catharines where she has been involved with Link for Greener Learning Inc. with various art projects. While sharing her knowledge and experience as an artist it was possible to transform donated recycled products into art. As a result, this helped with women’s financial resources. Because of this, she was nominated for Art Awards in May 2015 from St Catharines, for making a difference in the community. Katia was rewarded 1st place in the adult category at Grimsby’s 12th Annual Heritage Art Competition, February 2016. In February 2016, she received 1st place in the adult category at the 12th Grimsby Art Competition- My Town, My Heritage. She made a Grimsby Heritage scrapbook, where she invited parents to involve their children with the heritage of their community. The book includes historical pictures which were narrated by Katia’s son Joshua. Katia is currently an advanced skilled Instructor at the City of Hamilton Recreation Centre, teaching drawing, arts, and crafts. Her last art exhibition was shared at the Stoney Creek Public Library on April 02, 2016.
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BLESS ED TR I N I TY T HU N D E R R A N K IN R A LLY
CE L E BRATING
This year marks the second Thunder Rankin Rally to be held at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School. This biennial event that runs from Friday, May 27th at 7:00pm to Saturday, May 28th, the following morning, is an overnight cancer fundraiser in which survivors can be celebrated, lives and loved ones can be remembered, and as a community we can gather to fight cancer. The Rankin Cancer Run is an organization that gives 100% of its donations back to the Niagara community, particularly hospitals in need of better cancer treatment facilities. Blessed Trinity is proud to be a part of this legacy and in recent years has donated $55, 000 to the West Lincoln Hospital from funds raised by our students. Following this school event, participants will board buses and head to St. Catharines to walk in the Rankin Cancer Run. The idea of this overnight event with the 5km walk/run in the morning embodies the idea that those who fight truly are None but the Brave. To donate, visit www.rankincancerrun, click on donate and search for the Blessed Trinity Thunder Rankin Rally team.
Science Fair winners - The following awards were received at the 54th Annual Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair on April 13th, 2016. Nicolaas Doyle won the Best in Fair Trophy as well as Special Awards from the Canadian Forces Reserve, The Consulting Engineers of Ontario, The IEEE Prize for Basic Electricity and Magnetism and the Professional Engineers Ontario Engineering Excellence Award.
BLESS ED TR I N I TY P U T S O N A HA P P Y FAC E Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School opened its doors to the community on April 21-24th to proudly present the musical BYE BYE BIRDIE. Students, teachers and staff members collaborated on this production, supported by local businesses and community members. With over 1000 tickets sold, Blessed Trinity’s second musical production proved to be an astounding success. Twenty-five performers attended seven months of Dance, Drama and Vocal rehearsals to develop their characters, with many students taking on multiple roles. Sneak previews of vocal numbers performed at the Blessed Trinity Grade 8 Open House and at Grimsby Town Hall generated buzz-worthy praise for the performers and production. This April, audiences celebrated Conrad Birdie’s return to Grimsby, with musical numbers that included, “Put on a Happy Face”, “We Love You Conrad”, “Kids” and “Spanish Rose”. Visual effects and video elements enhanced the production with short films, produced by Media students, projected onto large screen backdrops. In addition, live performances from the student orchestra, vibrant costumes and sets transported audiences back to the 1960’s.
Lucas Penny won Special Awards - The Dr. Marijane Doyle Award and The Hatch Award. GSS was presented with the Vale Award as the Secondary School with the most outstanding presentations. Nicolaas and Lucas both won Gold Medals in their divisions have been invited to be members of Team Niagara which will compete nationally in Montreal in May. Our SEARS Drama Festival entry “IN THE SOIL” won the award for Outstanding Production and individual awards went to Melanie Coomber as Best Stage Manager, Melanie Coomber and Will Stephenson for Best Student Directed Show and Mary Laundry was presented with the “Cast Spirit” Trophy. They have been invited to perform the show in St. Catharines at the Soil Arts Festival. Our Grade 12 Computer Science students, Matt Belisle, Sarah Radulovich and Austin Seto, placed 4th at the Niagara College Computer Studies Competition qualifying them to proceed to the Provincials. The Girls’ Figure Skating team competed in the Western Ontario High School Invitational. Hillary Baran, Taylor Huff and Madelyn Newton placed 3rd, 4th and 6th in their respective flights. The Swim Team members had a wonderful year together with Emma O’Grady qualifying for OFSAA. The team recognized Maya Urban for her leadership and organizational skills. The Junior Reach team members have been practicing twice weekly in preparation for their spring competitions. Their practice time has been dedicated to learning about geography, history, puns, spelling and much more. The rowers have been on the water preparing for upcoming regattas. Emma Dockray and Ethan McAlpine both won Gold and Christian McAlpine won Bronze at the Ontario Indoor Rowing Championship. We will have much more to celebrate as the season gets into full swing.
BYE BYE BIRDIE is the tops in imagination and frivolity; a show that was enjoyed by the cast as much as the audience. “Oh Conrad, we love you!”
For the first time in a long time, GSS has a Field Lacrosse Team and they are off to a great start for the season.
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Another new sport for us is Girls Rugby. They are also looking forward to some great competition on the field.
A young group of motivational speakers and dancers from IllSKILLZ Canada visited Blessed Trinity to promote inclusion and acceptance at this year’s Special Education event. The group’s brand of dance empowerment brought together most of our Special Education students, teachers and educational assistants from around the Niagara Catholic District School Board. The day began with a welcome from Mayor Bob Bentley and a performance from the Blessed Trinity drum line. Members of ILLSKILLZ taught a highly interactive choreographed dance routine which got everyone on their feet and engaged. Blessed Trinity students spend the remainder of the day using their newfound dance skills to participate in a highly technical and visually stunning rave. The day was a tremendous success and allowed our schools to come together for a unique opportunity.
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The Girls Soccer team won their first tournament of the season, undefeated in all five games, with no goals scored against them. You may have come across some of our Co-operative Education (Co-op) students around town. Our community businesses are very supportive of our students and are a vital component of the success of our program. Co-op is a partnership involving students, teachers, parents and employers. It provides students with a planned learning experience, for which credits are granted, that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace. Students are able to apply and refine the knowledge and skills acquired in a related secondary school course. Placements provide students with challenging opportunities to apply and extend the knowledge, and practice and refine the skills,
acquired in the related course and to demonstrate achievement of placement expectations that reflect current workplace practices and standards. And Student Council continues to provide Spirit Day activities for everyone. They are currently planning a Carnival in May that will include the Grade 8 students from our Grimsby schools for a day of mentorship, games, activities and lots of food. Then it will be time to finish essays and assignments and begin preparations for culminating exams and activities. For those who want to continue studies during the summer, visit the DSBN webpage, www.dsbn.org, for a wide variety of summer school opportunities for remedial, reach ahead, online and faceto-face courses.
A dedicated crew of students is spending hours after school on the SuperMileage Car, a vehicle that will compete in a mileage competition to see who can go the furthest on 250 ml of fuel, at the end of May at the Seaway Mall.
Life is busy at South Lincoln High School this spring!
ACADEM I CS Academics doesn’t only happen in the classroom. After months of training and practice Stefanie Wiebe competed in graphic design against the best of the best across Ontario at the 27th Annual Skills Canada, a major Provincial Competition. Kudos also to Colin MacLean (small powered equipment) and Holly Stevenson (job interview) who medaled regionally. This event far exceeds the winning of a medal - it is about building confidence in our students enabling them to face their future in the Skilled Trades. Student Voice – several students had the chance to have their voices heard at a senior Student Voice Forum and at a Youth Engagement Summit. We take the opinions of our students very seriously. It is because of student voice that we hosted a 6 week long mental health awareness campaign that ran the gamut from fun intramurals to several whole school assemblies featuring Trevor Bodogh, a famous stunt cyclist. Our Pink Shirt Group ran an assembly on equity vs equality using tall and short students “watching” a ball game over a fence. On May 27th the Evolutionary Band from Confederation School in Val Caron, Ontario will bring their message to South students with music, lights, special effects and choreography. Brier Barclay and Ali Dutton received from Brock University the Niagara Principal’s Award, which gives them each a $2500 scholarship towards their fall studies. Both are conscientious honour roll students who are very active in student life. The graduating class has been abuzz with decisions to make, acceptances to universities and colleges to ponder and awards and scholarships to apply for. Our commencement ceremonies will be held June 29. Our Excellence in Education recipient is Elizabeth Bernard, a student who exemplifies all of the values that South Lincoln embodies. No stranger to recognition (she received the Kristen French Award in Grade 10) Elizabeth is driven by a strong desire to succeed. She has contributed to almost every athletic team at South and was a lead in this year’s school play. Her volunteer work at a retirement home and at a farm specializing in rescue services rounds out our Excellence in Education recipient.
Our grade 12 drama class performed children’s theatre (they presented The Paper Bag Princess and Mortimer) for about 100 local Junior and Senior Kindergarten students. South Lincoln’s school play this year is a case of art imitating life. Loosely based on teacher playwright Meredith Short’s European backpacking trip in 1998, the plot revolves around two twenty something women who are having their last hurrah before “real life” starts. There were over 35 students involved in the production, either as actors, stage managers, costume crew and stage crew. As well, five staff members have also been heavily involved in the production in roles as diverse as set building, scenic painting and production. Although the play has the feel of an ensemble given the number of cast members, the two main characters, Monica (played by Amy Stowe) and Jess (played by Elizabeth Bernard) did the majority of the heavy acting lifting. “Amy never leaves the stage for the whole hour and a half and Liz only exits for about two minutes total. They are the true heroes of the show. Everyone has been pouring their hearts and souls into this play and it’s really showing.” said Short. “I’ve been wanting to write this play for a while, but this year, I realized that I had a whole group of very talented, comedic actors who would be perfect for this story. I have not been disappointed. The whole cast is really bringing these characters to life in ways I didn’t even imagine.
ATHL E TICS The Track and Field team this year is comprised of 17 students who are participating in a number of events from track (100m, 200m, 1500m, 3000m, hurdles) and field events (javelin, shot, discus, long jump, triple jump). They have been practicing since mid-March. Grace Tennant is the athlete to watch as she tries to repeat her triple gold medal in Javelin, Shot and Discus. Edu-Cast is a 2-day event that invites secondary school students from across Ontario to fish in a series of stocked ponds at Pleasant Valley Trout Farm, south of Aylmer. Top winners from each day spend a day fishing with pro anglers for the championship event. An educational component teaches participants about careers in fish and wildlife and conservation. The concept was the brainchild of pro fishing partners Darren Jacko and Steve Voros. This event showcases 1200 students. South Lincoln has had 3 previous students qualify for the Bass Pro Open at Turkey Point.
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School Life continued.. Our female and male athletes are having a great time preparing for their up-coming soccer season. By training and scrimmaging the boys and girls teams together, school spirit for soccer is at an alltime high. With the help of our student coach, Rylee DeFaria, and our team captains, Caleb Mote and Cloey Lymburner, students are coming together to encourage and to teach each other. One of our main sportsmanship focuses this year is to “Respect our Opponents,” to be grateful for the great competition that they bring us and to play our hearts out so we can give them a challenging match as well. Our squads are looking good - watch out!
YEAR EN D As we enter in to June we know that our students are preparing for exams and wrapping up their extra-curricular activities. Leah Heinen, who was our Principal for the day earlier this spring, will be hosting a Sausage and Pancake breakfast for the whole school. This was one of her campaign promises and she vows to give all students a hearty and nutritious breakfast as we head into exams the week of June 20. We sincerely thank our valuable relationship with our Co-operative Education Partners. Many Smithville and area businesses take our students under their wings for a semester to teach them many skills related to the world of work. We will celebrate our partnerships at a Co-op Fair where the students will be scooping sundaes for our partners.
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Two students from BDSS successfully gained entrance to the provincial tech skills competition, coming up in Waterloo, Ontario. Mackenzie H (automotive technology) and Callie F. (hairstyling) stood out as the DSBN’s best in their respective disciplines. We wish them best of luck at the provincials, and note that their high skill levels will likely lead to demand in the world of employment!
RANKIN RU N BDSS students have begun their efforts to support the Rankin Cancer Run/Walk/Rally, to be held on May28th. This is an example of the BDSS student body working to support a very important and impactful community organization. Our kickoff assembly for the event was held on April 26th, and students running will be seeking pledges of support. We are excited to throw our BDSS spirit behind such a wonderful organization where every dollar raise goes to support cancer research and wellness in the Niagara Region. We will be hosting a community event to support the run on Friday, May 27th from 4:30pm to 8:30pm. Please bring your family by the school for a BBQ and other fun activities. All proceeds will go to the Rankin Run – we really appreciate your support for such an incredible cause.
Students at BDSS excel in all areas of school life – academics, co-curricular activities, and community service. A number of BDSS students have experienced notable success, and their accomplishments are representative of these values.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS @BDSS - MAY 27TH, 2016
BROC K PR I N CI PA L’S S C HO LA R S HIP
4:30pm - 6:30pm - BBQ, Live Band, Face Painting, Dunk Tank, Bouncy Castles, Kids Crafts, Manicures and many more fun activities for the whole family
Two BDSS students, Ryleigh U. and Danielle A. were winners of the Brock Principal’s scholarship. The award of $2500 went to each student – both of which excel in academics, co-curricular activities and community service. BDSS is very proud of the accomplishments of Ryleigh and Danielle, and wish them best of luck next year at Brock.
4:30pm - Community BBQ Fundraiser Begins 5:30pm - 6:30pm - Beamsville Idol
6:30pm - 7:00pm - Opening Ceremonies and Guest Speakers 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Survivor Lap followed by Community Walk/Run
SPEC IA L O LYM P I CS
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Dedication Ceremony & Closing Remarks
Students from the BDSS Specialized School to Community program have successfully reached the Provincials in Special Olympics soccer, and in basketball. We are so proud of the achievements of these students – they represent so many positive aspects of student life at BDSS and have worked very hard to be so successful.
For information on how join us please visit our website at: beamsvilless.dsbn.org
MI C ROSO F T I M AG I N E C E R T IF ICAT IO N Congratulations to Ethan Wiebe for being the first student at BDSS to be Microsoft Imagine Academy certified! Ethan earned his certification by scoring 880 on his Microsoft Word exam, an incredible feat for his first attempt. Ethan is just the first BDSS student to earn certification. If all goes well, we hope to certify more of his grade 9 business technology classmates as well this semester, in Microsoft Word and then one of PowerPoint or Excel. BDSS is proud to be the only location in this part of the Niagara Region to be a certification site for Microsoft Imagine Academy. “Achieving a Microsoft Certification enables students to confidently enter the workforce with proven technical skills and an internationally recognized certification, both of which can significantly increase their chances of finding employment.”
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PRINCIPAL’S M E SSS AGE It is really important to note the scope of the successes achieved by BDSS students. Students are supported to excel in such a wide variety of subjects – from hands on to theoretical, and towards such a wide variety of pathways – apprenticeships, college, university, the workplace and the community. We really believe that every student can learn, and we support them in the best ways possible to do so. Thank you for taking the time to read about our students’ accomplishments, and hopefully to support our students as they raise funds for Niagara-based cancer care, research, and treatment through the Rankin Run. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school with any questions at 905 563-8267.
Mat Miller Principal, BDSS
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