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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
Custom built brick bungalow. Attached double car garage. 2-tier wood deck with hot tub. Sun room addition, open concept kitchen, dining and living room. 2 bedrooms upstairs, master with ensuite and walk-in closet. 2 bedrooms downstairs, office, storage and wine cellar. Must see! $699,800
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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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. $499,800
Private, west end location backing onto 12 Mile Creek. Large att. carport, double drive. On ground pool with deck, concrete patio, fish pond, garden sheds, mature trees & gardens, fenced yard. Open concept living, dining & kitchen. 4pc bath, 3 bedrooms, master has patio doors to balcony. Large rec room. 3pc bath, sauna, CA. $419,800
Fenced yard with in-ground pool backing onto greenspace. Double detached, insulated garage with 60 amp, double paved driveway. Living room with bay window. 3 bedrooms, renovated 4pc bathroom. Finished recreation room with woodstove and walk-out to backyard. $349,800
Newer 3-bed bungalow with attached, insulated garage with electric opener, double paved private driveway. Open concept living & dining room, large eat-in country kitchen w/patio doors to backyard 2-tiered deck & privacy. 3pc bath upstairs, 3pc bath down, finished rec room with gas fireplace, games room, laundry, storage, CA. $299,800
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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
QEW Exposure. Partially treed. Over 100’ frontage on the South Service Road in Beamsville. Creek runs through property. Unique building location. Close to all amenities. Portion zoned agricultural/ industrial & NPCA. $199,800
Two bedroom bungalow on a 99’ x 80’ lot with R2 zoning. Replaced windows in 2010, new wiring, insulation and drywall in kitchen. Renovated 4-piece bathroom. Open concept living and dining room area. 100 amp. $179,800
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It was an all-inclusive community celebration from Friday, September 29th until Sunday, October 1st. The Festival kicked off Friday night at Twenty Valley School, Vineland with food trucks and a magic show. Saturday was a beautiful sunny day for the Street Celebration in Beamsville. The Kids Zone was very busy with lots to do such as pumpkin carving, performances, all kinds of inflatables and demonstrations. Moving to the main street, there was a Marketplace, music and performances, food and fun. As you moved from area to area, there were local performers on residentsâ€™ porches. Another very popular stop was Pioneer Day where you could find traditional pioneer day food, displays and crafts. The Fleming Centre had vintage cars, all kinds of displays and The Twenty Valley Craft & Culinary Garden. The fun continued on Sunday with wrap-up events. Congratulations to all the organizers, it was a fabulous weekend.
01: Alex, Melanna & Vuke. 02: Aaron & Cheryl. 03: Councillor Lynn Timmers with Lloyd. 04: Lindsey with her dad Robert. 05: Blair & Taylor at the EZ Rock Tent. 06: Marina, Cam, Coral & Lily. 07: Rachel & Alexa. 08: 1st Beamsville Scouting.
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VIMY: Battle Memorial Icon grimsby.ca
OCTOBER 20-31 Lantern-Lit Walking Tour of Grimsby grimsby.ca
OCTOBER 20-21 & 27-28 Nelles Manor Halloween Ghost Tours nellesmanor.ca
OCTOBER 28 Children’s Halloween Parade in Thorold thoroldbia.com
NOVEMBER 3-5 Niagara Falls The Handmade Market ∧ handmademarket.ca
NOVEMBER 4 Grimsby Museum 25th Annual Fundraising Dinner at Casablanca Inn ∧ grimsby.ca
Niagara Falls Santa Clause Parade ∧ niagarafalls.ca
NOVEMBER 18 - JANUARY 31 Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls wfol.com
NOVEMBER 24-26 Star Maker Production Group presents Musing From the Bench in Grimsby ∧ stmp.ca
NOVEMBER 24 - DECEMBER 10 Festival of Trees ∧ grimsby.ca
NOVEMBER 25-26 & DECEMBER 2-3 Grimsby Museum Craft Market ∧ grimsby.ca
NOVEMBER 25 Thorold Santa Claus Parade ∧ thoroldbia.com
DECEMBER 2 Shiny & Bright Holiday Market at the Niagara Falls Museum niagaraetsy.wufoo.com/forms/zykmh6a1h9jeym
The Five Elves Yuletide Tour at Featherstone Winery featherstonewinery.ca
DECEMBER 2-3, 9-10 & 27-29 Nelles Manor Christmas Tours nellesmanor.ca
DECEMBER 6, 13 & 20 Christmas in the City in Downtown St.Catharines Market Square myroadtohappy.com/pages/christmas-in-the-city
DECEMBER 21 Niagara Falls Museum Holiday Jazz Concert niagarafallsmuseums.ca
DECEMBER 28 Niagara Falls Museum – Build a Sleigh Craft Activity niagarafallsmuseums.ca
SCIENCE LITERACY WEEK
@ THE GRIMSBY PUBLIC LIBRARY The Grimsby Public Library celebrated Science Literacy Week from September 16–23 with many fantastic STEM programming for kids of all ages. They kicked it off with the Mad Science: Spin! Pop! Boom! Show that amazed the audience with everything from a rainbow maker to a flaming didgeridoo, and followed it up with a fantastic Science Project Display that showed off what local young scientists can do. The McMaster University’s Let’s Talk Science workshops taught attendees all about the wonders of electricity and friction, while the Scientists in School program had them creating their own simple machines to demonstrate the laws of motion. Who says learning isn’t fun? For more information, please visit grimsby.ca/library.
01: Hazel Rumble. 02: Cyrus Warsi and dad Mohammed Warsi. 03: Yousef El Hassan, Clarissa Lof & Mohammad El Hassan. 04: Imran Gulamhussein.
On September 23rd, locals and visitors had the opportunity to learn all about the history of Grimsby at the Doors Open Grimsby event. Lots to see - Vimy Ridge Exhibit, Large Artefacts Exhibit, Trolley Tours, Shuttle Bus to Escarpment Sites and WW1 reenactors.
01: Doug & Grahame. 02: WW1 re-enactors taking the trolley. 03: Recruiting Office. 04: Happy Conductors.
Photos by: Sue London & The Doors Open Grimbsy Facebook page
WITH JOE LOWES WHO ARE YOU?
TELL US YOUR GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION:
NAME: Joe Lowes
My son. He has amazed me since the day he was born. Since a young age, Parker has always been very compassionate, caring, empathetic, thoughtful, adventurous and generous. I’m truly blessed to have him in my life.
BIRTHPLACE: Cobourg NICKNAME: J-Lo WHERE DO YOU LIVE: St. Catharines CAREER: Co-own 50 Point Market and consult with various sports and entertainment properties.
WHAT WOULD YOU DEEM YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT? My son.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND PETS: I have a 12 year old son, Parker and our ShiPoo puppy, Hercules.
WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU? To me, it’s rolling up your sleeves and being involved as much as possible, personally and professionally. From all perspectives; charity, associations, events, other businesses and people in our community.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU? I’m a pretty private person, but one thing I will let you in on; between primary & secondary education...I went to 9 different schools in 13 grades!
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN? - Never be rushed into anything. Always sleep on it. - It’s always better to be silent and thought a fool, then to speak up and remove all doubt. - Buy the house you see yourself in 10 years, not the one you see yourself in tomorrow.
WHAT ARE SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT YOU? - My first job was as a dishwasher at Mother Tuckers, in Burlington - I am the last of 9 kids (5 older brothers & 3 older sisters) - I worked in the NHL for 15 years with the Ottawa Senators selling sponsorships - I also worked for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Brantford Smoke and St. Catharines Bluejays
IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Probably to be a mind reader. The human mind never ceases to amaze me, both good and bad. I love how this younger generation thinks in many ways. I also see things on a daily basis where I wonder, “what was he/she thinking?”
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU AND WHY? My biggest inspiration is my son, Parker. It’s a bit corny, but he really does make me want to be a better man. But also, in general, people doing good things or thoughtful things. Unfortunately, that is really rare now-a-days. Even simple things like my neighbour bringing my recycling bins to my house because he sees I’m not home. Small gestures mean a lot to me and inspire me to do small kind gestures.
- I can sneeze like Donald Duck - I am a board member of the Grimsby Chamber of Commerce - I am a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award (Rotary award)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME AND WHY? My son and I are big movie buffs. Usually every weekend we take in a flick. It would be impossible to say just one. But a few would be: - Angela’s Ashes - The whole Bourne movie series - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (one of the few movies that made me cry)
IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? I think just be good to each other. I love the saying, “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone less fortunate, when nobody is watching.” I try to live by that. Everybody is going through something in life, so don’t judge and be compassionate.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? I tend to find humour in everything, which is a trait I think I got from my dad. My favourite TV show is Impractical Jokers and Tosh.O. Comedians I like are Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, among many others. That is a hard question, but I would say human nature overall makes me laugh, it’s what people say and do that is funny.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT? My son & I love to explore. I’m also a firm believer that the most important thing you can leave your children are memories and experiences - not possessions. We loved Costa Rica. When we were there, the volcano, just a few hundred meters from our resort, erupted and the next place we stayed in was at the epicenter of an earthquake! But it is beautiful and the people treat Canadians really well. In Canada, my favourite vacation spot is probably Quebec City. My son & I stayed in the Ice Hotel there and did dog sledding. It was a great experience.
DELICIOUS DISH RECIPE
THE GLUTEN FREE
hese are cookies that you can bake and not feel guilty about eating them afterwards! These delicious cookies just don’t get any healthier! Make them and enjoy them.
Makes: 3-4 dozen
INGREDIENTS • 2 cups rolled oats (I like the large flake or old fashioned for these) • 1 cup of brown rice flour (or any flour of your choice)
DIRECTIONS STEP 0 1 Preheat oven to 350˚F or 325˚F convection. Line several cookie sheets with parchment.
• ¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut • 1 tbs cinnamon
STEP 0 2
• ¼ tsp sea salt
In a large bowl, combine, oats, flour, coconut, cinnamon and salt.
• ¾ cup maple syrup • ½ cup canola oil OR liquid coconut oil
STEP 0 3
• 1 tsp vanilla
In a smaller bowl or measuring cup, stir together the maple
• 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
syrup, oil and vanilla.
• ½ cup small raisins or chocolate chips
STEP 0 4 Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir until evenly combined.
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STEP 0 5 Fold in walnuts, raisins or chocolate chips.
STEP 0 6 Using a soup spoon or mini-scooper, scoop batter into mounds onto the prepared cookie sheet. You may need to form them into mounds with you fingers. They may appear as if they are not coming together, but they bake up great! Don’t worry about crowding the pan a little, they do not spread.
STEP 0 7 Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. 12
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE
The Invictus Games, founded by His Royal Highness, Prince Harry is a sporting competition for the wounded and Injured military soldiers and veterans. This year, there were 550 competitors from 17 countries taking part. Through the power of sport, they proved to the world that great challenges could be confronted with unconquerable drive, resilience and determination. Captured are the events that took place at the Invictus Games all week in Toronto. It all started on September 22 with the Flag Raising Ceremony. Sporting events followed throughout the week and ended with the Closing Ceremonies on September 30. The Invictus Games captivated audiences and left lasting memories. Photos by: Peeter Poldre
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BLESSED TRINITY WEARS ORANGE IN SUPPORT “We have described for you a mountain. We have shown you the path to the top. We call upon you to do the climbing.” - Justice Murray Sinclair, Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As a highly inclusive educational community, Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School has progressed over the past few years to become a leader in promoting Indigenous Awareness across the Niagara Catholic District School Board as well as the surrounding Niagara region. Officially initiated in 2013, the Orange Shirt Day movement has annually been used as a tool to honour the survivors of the residential school system every September 30th. Participants are called upon to wear an orange shirt, bringing to mind Phyllis Webstad’s experience of having her new shirt confiscated and replaced with a uniform on her first day at the St. Joseph Mission Residential School. Blessed Trinity has promoted this movement every year since 2015, continuing to show respect towards the surrounding Niagara Indigenous communities. All students are called upon to come to school wearing an orange shirt, as well as to provide a monetary donation of at least $1 that is donated to the Woodland Cultural Centre located in Six Nations, to preserve the evidence of residential schools. For a week leading up to Orange Shirt Day, daily announcements are carried out to provide information on the past history of the residential school system and to promote the event. Making these announcements and other event responsibilities is the responsibility of the First Nations/Metis/Inuit, Equity and Advocate for Those Who Need a Voice Representative from Blessed Trinity’s Student Council. This role is a recent creation that was implemented in the 2016/2017 school year, the individual holding this position serves
to look after social justice programs at the school, to set a positive example of conduct for others and to look out for the needs and opinions of the student body. Blessed Trinity’s Orange Shirt Day is organized by Tony Gambale; staff advisor for Indigenous education. The annual celebration of Orange Shirt Day has allowed the entire student body to become aware of a specific Indigenous issue that continues to be prevalent within today’s Canadian society, inspiring further research into the current condition of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. As the poor past treatment and current situation of Indigenous peoples is not known to many, it is important that the community promote school-wide events addressing Indigenous issues that are accessible to students of all ages. To further promote the goal of making all students aware of the legacy of residential schools, last year’s student council representative created an artistic video to be played for all of the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s students on Orange Shirt Day. As the first student to fill this role, Aaron Parry used his artistic skills to create an engaging and informative video that was played all across the school board, successfully bringing the issue into the classroom setting for all secondary schools and some elementary schools. As the movement continues, the awareness gained in the previous year is brought back by the returning student body and is introduced to new students, increasing the amount of students wearing orange shirts as each year progresses. As an important cause created by the Indigenous community, Orange Shirt Day has been fostered by both students and faculty at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School. It is vital that we not only bring awareness to the new generations, but also to those who have lived during the era of residential schools and have remained unaware until now. Blessed Trinity has clearly taken initiative and reflects the emerging movement involving the promotion of Indigenous culture and issues by non-Indigenous communities all across Canada. We call upon the surrounding community outside of our school to continue to take part in this movement, year after year, and to show respect for the survivors of residential schools. With respect and great honour, Blessed Trinity continues to nurture the belief that “EVERY CHILD MATTERS.” Many thanks to Hannah Whitelaw for organizing this day. We sold out of the 59 shirts and are proud to say that we raised an additional $500 which will be awarded to the Save the Evidence Campaign at the Mohawk Institute in Brantford. Phil, Pete, David & Linda Article by: Tony Gambale, Blessed Trinity Catholic SS COMMUNITYCAPTURED.CA •
School Life GRIMSBY
SECONDARY SCHOOL As semester 1 begins for another year, students are settling into their classes and beginning to work on new credits. Another semester of learning has begun and will be enhanced by the myriad of opportunities available to our students inside and outside of the classroom. Fall sports are well underway and we are looking forward to some great competition throughout the season. The athletes are busy with football, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf and rowing, to name a few of the fall sports. Our Grade 9 students and senior student mentors spent three great days at Camp Eagle near Haliburton at the end of September. They experienced a wide variety of activities and got to know each other better. Our Eagles mentorship program will continue throughout the year. Each student in Grade 9 will be part of a group of students who meet regularly with a senior student mentor. This is one of the many ways we assist with making successful transitions from Grade 8 to Grade 9. There are many supports in the school and the community that our students and their families can access. At GSS, our Student Supports team members work to ensure that all students have their unique needs met academically, physically, socially and emotionally. We are reading a lot these days about mental wellness and the DSBN supports students with a Youth Counsellor and Social Worker in each school to work with students and staff if needed. We work with our parents, taking a team approach with the students. The National Association of School Psychologists provide Tips for Parents and Educators to Support Children’s Mental Health. • Create a sense of belonging • Promote resilience • Develop competencies • Ensure a positive, safe environment • Teach and reinforce positive behaviours and decision making • Encourage helping others • Encourage good physical health • Educate staff, parents and students • Ensure access to school-based mental health supports • Provide a continuum of services The complete article can be found at www.nasponline.org. Grimsby Secondary School continues to be a busy, exciting place for students and staff alike and we look forward to another year of learning both inside and outside the classroom.
S. Scott Principal
HIGH SCHOOL Eden’s International Club is made up of a culturally diverse group of students. We are looking to holistically promote overall health and well-being at Eden by:
• Promoting cultural understanding and respect for one another • Creating a sense of community belonging • Promoting physical activity in nature and • Connecting students with community supports. On September 18th, our club met with the Folk Arts Youth Coordinator, David McFadden, and his team in order to find out about an opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award challenge. Through this program, selected newcomer students will receive training in outdoor orienteering, opportunities to hike throughout the Niagara region, and support in volunteering in the community. Students enrolled in a grade 11/12 computer technology course will be devising a survey to gauge student perception on homework. This came out of a school-climate survey last year where several students stated they have too much homework – student voice matters! Eden students love to read! We have a 75-member book club, we read every day in class and we look forward to Forest of Reading festival. Take a picture of what you’re reading and send it to Instagram #edenhsreads or check it out for your next great book idea. Eden Health and Physical Education looks forward to another year offering courses for all grades and academic levels, including the grade 12 leadership course and 2 sections of Kinesiology for the second consecutive year. Check out what’s happening @eden_athletics & edenathletics.org.
SPORTS The football program offers both a junior and senior team to develop athletes for the next level. Our new natural grass field is impeccably maintained for all Eden home games. Eden Flyers Senior Basketball team is made up of 13 dedicated players who are committed to being the best they can be and having fun. The team is off to a great start, with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. The team will host the opening round of the Standard Tournament with a packed house buy-in game on Tuesday October 3rd at 1:45pm. The Junior Flyers Basketball team is made up of 10 athletes who have quickly built a bond as teammates and friends. The team started their season with a tournament at Ridley College where they won three straight games to claim the championship. The players are excited to get the season started. Field Hockey continues to develop athletes with two full teams entering multiple tournaments. This year we look forward to hosting our first playoff games on Eden’s field in preparation for another championship season. Cross Country is growing again this year. The team welcomes a new community coach Jeff Lockyer and the first year for our para-runner, Joseph Nokeo.
Volleyball is off to an exciting start again this year with both Junior and Senior tournaments every week. The boys’ season looks forward to preparing to challenge for the championships again this fall. Rugby – 7s Rugby for both boys and girls participated in their first tournament September 29.
ARTS Senior students auditioned for Eclectic Tendencies and a new group has been formed. Thespians are busy preparing for The Miracle Worker – look for performances in April!
Sharon Burns Principal
BEAMSVILLE DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL
In late September, our grade nine students and senior student leaders spent three days and two nights at Camp Buccaneer – held at Cave Springs in Beamsville. This was an opportunity for our senior students to impart their wisdom, and BDSS traditions, on our incoming class. The BDSS traditions of inclusivity and activity are represented in full force by these amazing students in such a beautiful, natural, setting. Students from all program pathways, including Specialized School to Work and Specialized School to Community fully participate in camp activities and collectively develop the sense of community that serves our Buccaneers well as they move through their secondary school years.
Grade nine students will also have the opportunity to participate in “Take our Kids to Work day” on November 1st. Parents and guardians are encouraged to keep an eye out for the associated paperwork. It is a wonderful opportunity for all students to experience the workplace and begin to develop ideas about their future pathway. Students at BDSS will be carrying home preliminary reports on October 10th – keep an eye out for them! Students will receive a report for each of their classes – a great chance to learn about your student’s achievement and skill development. These are critically important factors in each student achieving to their full potential. As a follow-up to this report, families are encouraged to attend parent-teacher interview night at BDSS on the evening of October 12th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
Parents are also encouraged to attend our School Advisory Council meeting in the BDSS cafeteria on Wednesday, October 18th, starting at 6pm. This is a great chance to share thoughts on school practices and events with our staff and administration.
BUCS ON THE FIELD In keeping with tradition, our Bucs athletes are competing successfully in a variety of sports in the NRHSSA. Our exemplary student athletes are currently competing in Golf, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Volleyball, CrossCountry, Field Hockey, and a combined Football team with Grimsby Secondary. More sports are on the way in the near future – stay tuned!
Mat Miller Principal, BDSS
SECONDARY SCHOOL T H E P O W E R T O D O W H AT I S R I G H T Blessed Trinity’s Thunderstruck Link Crew is comprised of a carefully selected group of outstanding senior students, who are responsible for welcoming new Grade Nine students into the school community with open arms. The students who make up the group are kind-hearted people, who are both knowledgeable, as well as approachable. These individuals give much of their time without expecting anything in return. To prepare the newest members of the Blessed Trinity Family for this transition, the Link Crew Leaders undergo a two-day training session to assist in the development of skills such as initiative, leadership and effective communication. Furthermore, they also receive training from programs such as SafeTalk (suicide prevention) and the Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI). The Link Crew is not only rewarding for its members as an excellent opportunity to nurture the incoming students, but more importantly for the entire Blessed Trinity Catholic Learning Community. Together with staff, when there is a group of students acting as shepherds for today’s youth each and every year, following the example of Jesus Christ by showing mercy and compassion, the school truly becomes a beacon of hope where everyone will have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Written by: Abigail Antidormi
School Life STUDENT COUNCIL
Over the past month, Blessed Trinity’s Student Council has been actively involved in the local and school community, busily preparing for the upcoming year. As a united group, it is our hope to entice members in both communities to become engaged and focused on making a positive difference during the 2017-2018 school year. As the student body continues to grow with each passing year, Blessed Trinity’s Student Council has been working around the clock preparing for this new school semester. It is business as usual for this year’s Student Council and they are proud to announce that our annual Thundercard Fundraiser was a great success yet again. To promote this event, Student Council ran a spectacular kick-off assembly and led Minute-to-Win-It games during lunches. Every student who purchased a Thundercard was entered into raffles to win amazing prizes such as Toronto Raptors tickets, Katy Perry concert tickets, a GoPro HERO5, Beats Solo Wireless headphones and much more. Selling over 750 cards to the student body, Blessed Trinity is capable of providing our support to local charities, as well as assist in running our many schoolwide initiatives. We are also in the beginning phase of creating an outdoor learning and eating space. With all of this school spirit and pride, our students at Blessed Trinity are in for an outstanding year. Additionally, Blessed Trinity recently participated in the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival Parade. We proudly demonstrated our Thunder pride by introducing our mascot, Zeus, to the families and friends of the Niagara Region. Members from Blessed Trinity family who participated in the event included Student Council president, Daniela Lozano; Student Senate representatives Justine Bourak and Nico DiLettera; Thuderstruck Link Crew leader, Abigail Antidormi and the Drumline. The community welcomed us with open arms and celebrated our school spirit, all the while stopping to pose for a few pictures with our beloved Zeus. It was a fun and memorable experience for all those involved.
B L E S S E D T R I N I T Y AT H L E T I C S The Blessed Trinity Junior Football Team started the season with a convincing 47-0 win over Denis Morris. Outstanding performances were by Hunter Oakley, Corbin Paterson, Gavan Banga, Gave Lavendar, and Nathan Biggs. Aspirations are very high for continued success as the season progresses. Blessed Trinity hosts St. Mike’s for their second game of the season on October 4th.
With many returning players, this year’s Senior Boys Football Program is aiming for loftier goals this fall. The boys recently defeated the previous champion, Denis Morris in a one-sided affair, 41-9, running their overall record to 2-0. Leading the way against Denis Morris with 2 touchdowns each were Isaac Macalonan, Xavier Hamidu and Auston Kennedy. As with every season, the Senior Boys are competing for a SOSSA and OFSAA championship, and they continue this drive against Holy Cross. The Junior Tennis team competed in the Annual Zone 4 Tennis Tournament. The day was filled with lengthy rallies and many hardfought games. The athletes never gave up, especially Dashiel Baktawar and Ben Klassen who played Men’s Doubles and captured first in the NCAA. After a tough loss in the final, the pair was challenged for second place and prevailed, finishing second overall. Connor Reintjes competed in Men’s Singles. Despite a loss in the round robin, Connor battled his way through the consolation draw and came out on top, finishing second overall as well. Rachel Kuzyk dominated the Women’s Singles, finishing in first place in both the NCAA and the overall tournament. Sunshine Troup and Chase Cuthbert crushed the competition in Mixed Doubles defeating every team they faced, taking first place in both the NCAA and the overall tournament. Last, but certainly not least, Mabel Kasunic and Olivia Book competed in Women’s Doubles. They too suffered a tough loss in the round robin, but also fought through the consolation draw and finished second overall. The entire team will be advancing to SOSSA on Wednesday October 11th. There are also two open players who will compete at SOSSA on Wednesday October 4th Payton Latcham and Noah Seca. Well done Thunder! Blessed Trinity Boys Golf Team also showcased their talent. Christian Bate led the way shooting a 72 even par. Jakson Strecker, new to Blessed Trinity’s Golf Team, posted a 73 and Ethan Siebert recorded a 74. Jason Maloney and Mathew Hayne helped round out the team with good scores. The gentlemen posted a record low at Zone, with a combined score of 299. The next challenge the boys will face is SOSSA, held at Twenty Valley Golf Club, , where the boys hope to repeat this performance and take the Blessed Trinity flag to OFSAA. The Senior Girls Basketball season is in full-swing. The girls are uniting as a team quickly and demonstrated their team chemistry and poise in the Brantford St. John Senior Girls Basketball Tournament. Lead by guards Mia DiPasquale and Madison O’Brien, Blessed Trinity made it to the finals, but unfortunately came up short to Wallaceburg. The girls are off to a 1-0 start in league play and hope to build off their success as the season continues.
SUMMER ACTIVITIES 02
The Grimsby Library had many events happening all summer long. There was the Reading Club who had weekly raffles, which were designed to introduce children and parents to online resources. There was a presentation by Ryan of Astronomy in Action, which was sponsored by Grimsby Ford. A new program called Arduino Action saw volunteer Craig Watson teach his tech savviness. Check out all the programs offered at libraries in your area.
01: Madeline Hunter. 02: Henry Halliday and Ryan Marciniak. 03: Leo and Luca Radtke-Harris.
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