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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Pelham school recognized for going green BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff While most people were hoping for a white Christmas in 2011, Pelham Centre school students were busy creating a green Christmas. The school’s Christmas musical was an environmentally themed production called Santa Goes Green. Not only did the show feature a green message, the students’ performances featured recycled products. In the show, Santa was resisting going green, believing he was far too busy with Christmas to become environmentally friendly. But, with some help from his elves and the animals Santa realized he could easily help the environment, and the North Pole went green. “We realized it’s not that hard to do something little,” said Rebecca Camplin about the show’s message. “Everybody can do something to help the world,” added Danielle Gaines. The school continued the theme of recycling with the Intermediate class’ Christmas performance, who re-used buckets from Quality Pools to learn to drum on buckets. “It was a fun experience,” said Daniel VanAlstine “I didn’t know how we were going to do it at the beginning. Later on it just came together.” “Cool” was how Cooper

McIntee described the experience, noting he learned that drums are a lot of fun and almost anything can be a drum. “Anything can be music,” added Camplin. “It was a great experience, learning about the environment,” said Robyn Folkerts about the show. The students did such a great job conveying an environmental message with their Christmas production, they received recognition for the show. The school has received a Green Apple Award, a $1,000 grant from Metro grocery stores. Sheryl Bench, the Grade 4 teacher at the school, said the grant will be used to support the music program at Pelham Centre. “It’s good for the school,” said Jillian Ward of the grant, noting Pelham Centre is a small school and the award shows it is a good school. Gaines said the grant makes the students happy knowing they’re doing something for the environment and being recognized for their work. Throughout the year the students do focus on the environment, winning a Trillium Award from the Communities in Bloom Committee last year for their work keeping Centre Street clean and keeping the school looking tidy. Along with helping the environment this Christmas the students at Pelham Centre also

helped four families this Christmas. The school adopted the families through the Salvation Army program and collected gifts and money to provide a happy Christmas to each family. “It was very generously supported,” said Bench. Amanada Huntingdon, Grade 5 teacher, said the school collected $1,450 which was split between the families. The teachers went shopping and were able to ensure each child had four gifts under the tree as well as a beautiful stocking and the family had enough food for the entire Christmas day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, and had a gift card for a supermarket to buy fresh foods. “I was shocked,” said Huntingdon, noting the school community’s generosity was overwhelming.

SANTA Claus, as well as the audience, during Pelham Centre School’s Christmas Concert got the message to recycle and be environmentally friendly - earning the school a Green Apple Grant. /Special to the Voice

Pelham Centre students Cooper McIntee, Rebecca Camplin, Robyn Folkerts, Danielle Gaines, Jillian Ward and Daniel VanAlstine show off their talent on bucket drums - part of an environmentally themed Christmas musical that earned the school a Green Apple award. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo


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An exciting year of change for Pelham BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff The last year was a big one for Pelham with change being the theme for 2011. One of the biggest changes of course is the transformation of downtown Fonthill. The work took entirely too long for most people, but the end result is a pedestrian-friendly, prettier, revitalized downtown. With construction finally over, the community celebrated with Summerfest - which turned out to be one of the big stories of the year as well. With the street closed and the business owners on board downtown Fonthill threw one heck of a party in the summer. The party was such a success, in fact, that many people, including councillors, are talking about making it an annual event. The revitalized downtown brought other changes as well - a handful of new shops and old favourites who moved their business locations. There was also some major change at Town Hall. The October 2010 election brought some new faces to council chambers in 2011 including Catherine King, Gary

Accursi and Larry Clark. A resignation of Councillor Deb Urbanowicz brought a fourth new face to the table - Richard Rybiak. The year also brought major changes to the staff at the town with the resignation of Kelly Walsh, Community and Infrastructure Services Director; the termination of the working agreement between the town and Fire Chief Scott McLeod, and the retirement of Martin Yamich. Despite the departure of three department heads in a relatively short period of time, the mayor maintains the staff changes are individual cases and not linked in any way. In February the Fonthill and District Kinsmen awarded their Citizen of the Year Award for the 13th time. The award recognizes the volunteer work of community members who strive to make Pelham a better community. The 2011, for work done in 2010, honour was awarded posthumously to Gordan Klager. Mr. Klager passed away in December of 2010, leaving behind a community that was much better for his having lived here. Mr. Klager was a Fonthill Lion member for 65 years, and had perfect attendance, as well as the owner of Klager’s Meats in Fonthill. March was when we

heard Deb Urbanowicz would be stepping down from council. While it meant a change at town hall, her resignation did cause a bit of conflict as well - as her colleagues on council decided the best way to replace her. A decision to advertise the vacancy and replace Urbanowicz as if she were an employee was not received well by the public leading councillors to change their minds and have a byelection. In April Prime Minister Stephen Harper travelled through Pelham, making a stop at Picard’s Peanuts before continuing on with his tour. While his trip to Niagara did not formally include Pelham, his impromptu stop certainly caused some excitement. In May Dorothy Rungeling turned 100 years-old. She has lived a remarkable life in remarkable times. In The Road to Home, published in 2001, she wrote about the changes she had seen in her lifetime, a century which gave us space travel, nuclear energy and the internet: “Had I been given my choice of the era in which to live, I could hardly have done better than to start my visit to this planet when I did—in 1911.” There were some changes on tap for the volunteer firefighters of Fenwick, who moved

in to their new fire hall in June. The $2.9 million, 12,000 square foot hall includes ample storage space plus training areas, and room for community events. The firefighters also unveiled a new crest that will be featured on their uniforms and buried a time capsule to be opened in 25 years. Summer is the season for celebration in Pelham and 2011 was no different. The annual Canada Day celebration and parade were a huge success with crowds of people enjoying a wide range of activities at both Harold Black and Peace Parks. The Summerfest celebration was also a huge hit this past summer, so much so it may become an annual event in itself. And, of course, the weekly bandshell concerts bringing music and people to downtown Fonthill every Thursday evening each summer. The summer of 2011 was also when we marked the first outdoor movie night when families crowded Peace Park to watch Despicable Me on a giant, inflatable screen. Please see page 3 /Pelham’s year

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Pelham’s year of change, 2011, in review Continued from page 2

While local businesses celebrate various anniversaries over the years, this year Lampman’s - Pelham’s oldest business - marked its 100th anniversary. In October Pelham’s downtown became a television star when Chef Massimo Capra filmed an episode of his new travel show at Chez Fromage Inc. He loved Fonthill so much he was back a few weeks later, buying candy, eating Pizza and lunching with Zest. With many new businesses opening in Pelham in 2011 it came as quite a shock to some to hear Carol Lloyd of

Nature’s Corner was leaving her bake shop to focus on her passion - helping the children of El Salvador. The store was up for sale but Lloyd said the doors would close at the end of the year if there wasn’t a buyer. In her last days at the store, Lloyd enjoyed a customer appreciation day and was hopeful for the store’s future. The year also brought with it the hard work of our service clubs, volunteers and charitable organizations. The Fonthill Rotary marked a 20 year anniversary by recognizing some of their members. The Fonthill Lions and Lioness worked hard all year

to support many good causes, including Pelham Cares. Both the Fonthill and Fenwick Lions held their annual big draws to raise funds for the community. The Fenwick Lions hosted their spring carnival and parade. And there were too many cheque presentations to Pelham Cares from local businesses, service clubs, churches and individuals to count. And of course November and December brought with them the wonderful celebrations of Christmas in Pelham.

CAROL Lloyd (right) talks with Laura Falusi, a former food service consultant, during her customer appreciation event on Dec. 30 - the day before leaving Nature’s Corner Bakery for good to focus on her El Salvador work helping children. Lloyd’s departure from the store she created was one of the big stories of the year. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo

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Holiday tradition no longer a local option Tis the season when among other things, tradition has it that chestnuts are roasted over an open fire. I recently did just that at Old Fort Erie National Historic Site as part of their Christmas festivities. Partaking in such an old tradition made me ponder the sad fate of North America’s chestnut trees. A member of the beech family, the American chestnut tree, castanea dentata is a rarity nowadays, but was once among the most common trees in eastern North America, including southern Ontario. Growing up to 30 metres (100 feet), chestnut trees were highly prized not only for their tasty nuts, but also for their wood, which was used for furniture and construction. The leaves

have a distinctive look, resembling serrated spear heads. The nuts were also an important food source for a variety of wildlife. While gathering and roasting wild chestnuts would have been common for many of Canada’s early settlers and native people, today finding a mature specimen of this once common tree is a bit like finding a pot of gold. American chestnut trees have been nearly wiped out by an introduced fungus that causes a disease known as chestnut blight. In 1904, this silent killer arrived in New York from Asia. The devastating blight spread with astonishing rapidity. It has been estimated that within just three decades 99 percent of American chestnut trees were killed by the blight. No cure

has ever been found. Virtually all that remain today are saplings that inevitably succumb to the blight before they reach maturity. As a result, chestnuts that you will find for sale today are not American chestnuts but rather European or Asian imports. European, Chinese, and Japanese chestnut trees, cousins of the American chestnut, have been introduced to North America and now grow wild in various places. These introduced trees are still susceptible to the same blight that has nearly exterminated the American chestnut, but not nearly to some the degree. One should not, however, make the mistake of confusing horse chestnut trees with

the real thing. Horse chestnuts are another introduced species, and are common in city parks around Niagara. Despite their name, horse chestnuts are not related to the American chestnut, and their nuts are toxic and should not be eaten. While it is no longer possible to gather wild American chestnuts and roast them over an open fire, fortunately southern Ontario is home to some other varieties of edible wild nuts. These include most notably walnuts, from the eastern black walnut tree, as well as hazelnuts, both of which grow wild and are also commercially harvested. Less palatable but still edible are acorns from various species of oak tree. Acorns taste rather bitter, however owing

to their abundance they have long been used as a survival or emergency food source. Most famously, in the American Revolution George Washington’s starving army was reduced to eating acorns during the cruel winter of 1777-1778. Likewise, during the War of 1812 soldiers sometimes found themselves gathering acorns to supplement their meagre rations. I’ve eaten acorns before in the woods and can testify that they taste rather bitter. Boiling them or roasting them somewhat reduces the bitterness, but unless you’re starving, they’re not very palatable. Some authorities state that acorns can be pounded into a flour, from which an agreeable bread can be made. I haven’t tried this,

So I caught heck from the daycare Alex goes to after our last edition was printed. There wasn’t a picture of Alex in the paper, and, according to Deborah, it was such a beautiful picture it should have gone in. Deborah at Little People’s Daycare held a Christmas party for the little ones in her care on Dec. 16. Santa visited and brought each child gifts and a stocking. Deborah took some snapshots of the kids on Santa’s lap and checking out their new toys. Alex was having a great time and his photo with Santa is, indeed, beautiful (although I might be a bit biased). Big, toothy grin, shining blue eyes, happy boy. But, I didn’t publish

the photo - or any from the party - for a couple of reasons. The biggest is that I try to avoid any favourtism or publishing picture after picture of my own kids. Since I’ve been back to work I’ve published one photo from E.W. Farr and one from Little People’s Daycare - neither of which included my boys. I try to cover every event I’m asked to - regardless of which school, daycare, church, business or organization is doing the asking. It can be very easy to get tons of material for the pages of the Voice simply by attending events with the boys - so I try to avoid doing those photos altogether. Deborah’s point, however, is that my kids shouldn’t be completely absent from the paper

- if they’re at an event I would cover anyway shouldn’t they, like all other kids in town, have an opportunity to be in the paper. I guess she’s right - but I still don’t want to be seen as showing favourtism to my kids or the organizations we, as a family, use. The other reason I didn’t run the photo is that the Dec. 21 edition of the Voice was already jam-packed with great Christmas photos from throughout the community - I don’t think I could’ve fit another one in if I tried. With such a busy season and finite space available in The Voice - there were some things we didn’t cover or fit in before the holidays - not just my grinning baby boy. So, while the holidays

are over, for now, this edition does contain some Christmas “leftovers”. The most exciting being the news from Pelham Centre school that their green Christmas play has been awarded a grant for its environmental message. There’s also the Seaway Mall shopping spree winner, the winner of Meridian’s giveaway and even Dr. Bos’ grand opening. Alex is also included, much to my chagrin. As usual, we also have some sports reports leftover from before the holidays and, as usual, I’m asking coaches and players to be patient with me while I get them all in over a period of a couple of weeks. We’re also looking

back a little bit on the year that’s passed. The year in review story was interesting for me since I wasn’t here (in the editor’s chair) for most of it. Usually I have a pretty good memory for the stories I cover and if anyone asks I can usually tell them which edition it ran in. This year was different since I only read the year’s stories, which means they weren’t entrenched in my memory the way stories I actually write are. Looking back over 2011 was interesting and educational for me - I hope it is for you as well. I’m also excited about looking forward to 2012. What will the new year bring? A resolution to the East Fonthill property? A resolution to the

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Adam Shoalts but it may be worth an experiment. On the other hand, you can purchase European chestnuts from a grocery store and roast them over an open fire—or more conveniently, in an oven. It may not be quite true to the tradition, but it is at least tasty. Adam Shoalts’ website is www. adamshoalts.com.

Some Christmas leftovers in this edition

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ALEX Whitaker enjoys a visit with Santa Claus during the Little People’s Daycare Christmas party on Dec. 16. Each of the kids at the home-based daycare visited with Santa and received gifts and a stocking. /Special to the Voice

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Local author, professor to teach Christian love three-month course, Goicoechea will focus on Mother, Kierkegaard, Paul, and the history of personhood. Goicoechea says he will reflect on how his mother experienced love and personal growth; how Kierkegaard defined love, truth, the person and the stages on life’s way; how Paul developed the notions of faith, hope and love; and will study the history of the understanding of the human being and personhood. Throughout the course Goicoechea says he will also bring out the nine traits of Agape, Christian, love that make it different from any other love. He will also look at the Father, Son and Holy Ghost as three persons unique and interpersonal became the basis of human rights. The three-month course begins Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 and will run to the end of March. Each lecture begins at 7 p.m. followed by small

BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff “What we really want to understand is what makes Christian love so special? What did Jesus come to teach us?” Those are the questions David Goicoechea will be exploring in an adult education program based on his book, Agape and Personhood. Goicoechea, professor emeritus of philosophy at Brock University, explains he began thinking about the program after doing a brief reading from his book at the Pelham Public Library, where attendees asked if they could “get into” the whole philosophy of the book. Another reading in Welland and an Alpha Course at St. Alexander Catholic Church in Pelham that was well-attended convinced the author to develop a more intense look into Christian love and personhood. Throughout the

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LOCAL author David Goicoechea, with a copy of his first book, Agape and Personhood, will be exploring the themes of Agape, Personhood and Christian Love in a new, adult education program. /Voice file photo

group discussions and a discussion with all attendees, finishing at 8:30 p.m. Lectures are taking place at St. Alexander Catholic Church. The course is free

and Goicoechea will provide notes each evening. Pre-register by calling 905-8923090. The book, Agape and Personhood, is available for $25.

The Communities in Bloom Committee is a Town Committee dedicated to keeping Pelham Beautiful. The Committee is responsible for planning events such as Pelham’s Annual Garden Tour and Community Participation Days in the fall and spring. To apply for this committee or for further information please contact Katie Thorpe, Community Services Coordinator at (905) 892-2607 ext. 341.

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The Corporation of the

TOWN OF PELHAM SPRING & SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Applications are now being accepted for summer students in the Community & Infrastructure Services Department. Students must submit their application through the Town of Pelham website at www. pelham.ca. Submit an application for each position you wish to apply for. Application deadline is Friday, January 20, 2012, before 4:30 p.m. If you are enthusiastic, outgoing, enjoy working with children/young adults and want to build your leadership skills we welcome your completed application for the following positions. SPRING EMPLOYMENT: March Break Camp – Community Services Division Supervisor Must be available for work March 12– 16, 2012 (approx. 40hr wk) Related Experience, Mandatory: Current Standard First Aid/CPR), High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development Leaders Mandatory: Current Standard First Aid/CPR, Preferred: High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development SUMMER EMPLOYMENT: Summer Recreation Programs – Community Services Division Aquatic Supervisor Mandatory: Current NLS Award, Current RC/ LSSC Instructor Award, Current Standard First Aid/CPR, Aquatic Supervisory Training (AST Course) High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development, Preferred: Quest Training, Aquatic Supervisor experience. Must be available for work June 4 – August 31/12 (approx.35-40 hr wk) Head Lifeguard Mandatory: Current NLS Award, Current RC/ LSSC Instructor Award, Current Standard First Aid/CPR, Aquatic Supervisory Training (AST Course) High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development, Preferred: Swim Team experience. Must be available for work June 18– August 31/12 (approx.35-40 hr wk) Instructor/Lifeguards Mandatory: Current NLS Award, Current RC/ LSSC Instructor Award, Current Standard First Aid/CPR, Preferred: High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development, Swim Team experience asset. Must be available for work June 25 – August 31/12 (approx.32-40 hr wk) Lifeguards Mandatory: Current NLS Award, Current Standard First Aid/CPR, Preferred: High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development Must be available for work June 25- August 31/12 (approx.25-35 hr wk) Camp Supervisor Mandatory: Current Standard First Aid/CPR), High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development, Preferred: Quest Training, Supervisory Experience Must be available for work June 4 – August 31/12 (approx.35-40pr wk) Camp Leaders Mandatory: Current Standard First Aid/CPR, High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development, Preferred: work experience. Must be available for work July 2 – August 31/12 (approx.35-40 hr wk) Clearance Certificates are required from all successful applicants. SUMMER EMPLOYMENT: Public Infrastructure and Recreation Facilities Divisions Maintenance Workers: Horticulture, parks, trails, cemeteries and road operations. Related experience an asset. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Must possess a valid class G or G2 Drivers Licence. If hired must supply a drivers abstract and have CSA approved safety footwear. Must be available for work full time (40 hours/wk) commencing April 30 to August 31, 2012. Must be available to work ALL shifts including evening shifts and weekends. Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in school full-time for the last semester preceding the summer of 2012 and MUST BE returning to school full time in September 2012. Returning Students: Students who have worked for the Town of Pelham last summer MUST re-apply. Applications must be submitted directly through the Town of Pelham website at www. pelham.ca by 4:30pm Friday, January 20, 2012. Submissions are accepted under career opportunities under the Town Hall menu. Resumes must quote the position and be addressed to Sarah Thompson, Human Resources and Payroll Specialist. We wish to thank all applicants, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act, all information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and will only be used during the selection process for the subject posting.

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Handlebar Hanks upsets Elbow Room The second half of a Niagara Basketball Association game saw The Handlebar Hanks POITS outscore perennial competitors, Elbow Room, by 18 points to upset last year’s BBB champions 57-37 in an Over-35 Division game. The Pelham club broke open a 25-23 half time margin behind David Jones’ 12 second half points to finish with 18 points. Kyle Kuzyk netted 10 first half points and finished with 14 while Tim Clutterbuck notched nine and George Scott six points. Dave Kaufmann led the remaining POITS with four points and Tom Skvorc, Kevin Pyne and Alex Wilson closed out the scoring with two each. The Elbow Room suffered from missing a couple of key scorers but Dan Orlowski headed the defending champs with eight points and Laurie Traynor, Tony Croce

and John Lefurgey netted six points each in a losing cause. In earlier action the Handlebar Hanks POITS upset a young Rose City Honets club by a narrow 88-80 in a round-robin tilt in Niagara Basketball Association action. The Pelham club delivered a tenacious defense in the final few minutes of the game, to protect the locals lead built behind the game-high scoring from Steve Michalko with 34 points. The other “big” men, David Jones and Kyle Kuzyk, notched 20 and 16 points respectively, followed closely with 10 for Tim Clutterbuck. Dave Kaufmann hit for four points and veterans Tom Skvorc and Rick Gorman added two each. The Honets were led by Blair Ferguson with 23 points with Alain Mantha netting 16 points and Matt Rynberk 11.

A recent hockey game witnessed the Pelham Atom LL McDonald’s Predators hang in tough against their cross-town rival Welland Tigers. The Predators skated to a very fast start scoring three quick markers and never looked back. At the end of one frame, the Predators led 4-0 and after two, the Predators led 6-1. The Welland squad though, continued to skate and attack the Predators’ net but goalie John Higenell was to task and all but two shots were turned away.

Making the final 7-2. Reid Murray led the way with four goals and two assists. Ben Oussoren potted two and added a helper while Sam Ugulini notched a beauty to round out the scoring. Tristan Barnhart led all playmakers with four assists while Jake Sung and Josh Morningstar had two each. A single assist was credited to Robbie Harper. Again, teamwork and unselfish play were keys to the Predator victory.

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The Front Row Sports Southern Tier Admirals Atom Major AAA team ended the 2011 year on a winning note in SCTA play defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-2. The win moves their second place record to 16-5-1. Tanner McEachern scored twice with Jacob Bellows, Michael Angrilli and Carson Eden chipping in single goals. Nick Rubino had 2 assists with Angrilli, Trent Glenney, Damien Garbutt, Nick

Marzilli, Joey Colasurdo and Luca Vespa adding single assists. The Admirals travelled to Burlington over the Christmas Holidays to participate in The Golden Horseshoe Annual Tournament. The Admirals ended the tournament with 3 wins and 1 loss but failed to advance on plus / minus. The Admiral defeated the Toronto Red Wings 3-1, Toronto Titans 2-1 and Clarington Toros 3-1. The Admirals only loss came

way of the Mississauga Senators with a 3-2 loss. The Senators scored with just 1minute 3 seconds left in the game to seal the victory. Scoring in the tournament was McEachern 4g, 1a, Eden 2g , 2a, Rubino 3a, Colasurdo 1g, 1a, Vespa 1g, 1a, Glenney 2a, Marzilli 2a, Patrick Sanelli 2a , Max Blanchard 1g, Garbutt 1g , Harrison Reinhardt 1g and Bellows 1a.

Admirals shut off Falls THE GLYNN A. Green girls’ volleyball team had a “dream season” this year, participating in the Ontario Cup with exceptional skill and making it to the final four - the only DSBN team to go so far; completing the Regional 2 regular season in first place and undefeated; and taking the gold medal in the DSBN Championship tournament. The dream team is coach David Kahn, Hope Larmour (left), Michelle Maecker, Erica Wilson, Leesha Young, Edith Turpel, Leah Wright, Kylie Fast, Hannah Hennessy, Meghan Bigger and absent from the photo Mercedes Narbonne and Jessica Braun. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo

The First Ontario Credit Union Minor Atom Admirals shut out Niagara Falls 2-0 on Dec. 19 in Welland. Colby Ambrosio and Brandon Ruch scored one each while assists went to Kyle Glenny and Thomas Gualtieri. Goalie Will Yochim earned the shut out. In earlier action on Dec 17 the Admirals downed Guelph on their own ice 4-1.

Dylan Dekoe, Alex Blanchard, Abmrosio, Gualtieir each found the back of the net once while Glenny, Jack MacDonald, Hayden Scott, and John Luc Pagnotta helped out with assists. The Southern Tier Admirals went into the Christmas Break with a record of 11 Wins, 3 Losses and 7 Ties good for second place in the SCTA.

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Pelham Basketball looking for under 17 players The Pelham basketball association is pleased to announce they will be forming a U17 Boys travel team (Juvenile boy born in 1995 or younger) for the 2012 season. There will be three to four tryouts held in the month of January 2012 and team selection will

be completed by the end of January (no cost for try-outs). The team will practice once per week until the high school season is complete (end of February). There will be three practices per week throughout March, April and May. Practices will be held

at E. L. Crossley and Notre Dame Secondary Schools. There will a minimum of five tournaments (four plus the Ontario Provincial Championships). Tournaments will be within a one-day travel distance. No overnight expense is required.

Additional tournaments can be discussed for possible inclusion in the schedule. The cost of registration is $400. The fee covers $200 for Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) registration, insurance and the OBA tournament, as well as local gym time

and equipment and $200 to cover the four tournaments. Uniform costs will be discussed once the team is formed as there are options to rent or purchase uniforms. Once the team has been selected fundraising and sponsorships can be discussed to

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR ONGOING •November 23 to December 10 - Silent Auction at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fonthill - snacks & refreshments from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lots of nice gift ideas. • Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Sing Niagara Women’s A Cappella Chorus at Paroisse Immaculee Conception Church, 99 Garner St, St. Catharines. Call 905-354-4745 or visit www.singniagara.com. •Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. SPAN (Single Professional Association of Niagara) meets at Bailey’s 111 Highway 20 East Fonthill - for info: Janine 905-688-4358 •Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Kids Club: AWANA, Ridgeville Bible Chapel 905734-3640 •Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. A Cappella Niagara Men’s Chorus invites singers for fun, fellowship, and fabulous 4-part harmony. Meets at St. John Ambulance, 5734 Glenholme Ave., Niagara Falls. Info: Bob 892-2336 • Wednesdays - 1st & 3rd of the each month, at 2:00 p.m. Pelham Community Church Worship Service, 461 Canboro Rd, Fenwick. •Thursdays (first Thursday of every month) 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. SOS (Survivors of Stroke), a welcoming and caring environment to meet other survivors of stroke and caregivers and exchange and receive information in a friendly and social environment. Everyone is welcome. Info call Ann 905-892-1621 • Fridays at 7:30 p.m. - Euchre at North Pelham Youth Hall, 1718 Maple St. $3 admission. Call Rose for info: 905-8923408. Thursday, January 5, 2012 • 10:45 am to 12:45 pm Pelham Art Association Drawing classes with instructor James Kerr, Fesitval Room, Fonthill library. Contact Pat Haftar, 905-732-9552. Friday, January 6, 2012 • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday Lunches at the Legion: BABY BEEF LIVER & ONIONS or lean and tender sliced ROAST BEEF, with whipped hot mashed potatoes, gravy, dessert, coffee, tea - $9 includes tax - take out available Tuesday, January 10, 2012 •4:30 to 7:30 pm Messy Church at Holy Trinity Church, 1557 Pelham Street, Fonthill. Free hot dinner, music, prayer, crafts and fun. A time for families to enjoy being together for Messy Epiphany. Everyone is welcome. • 6:30 pm Understanding Dementia,

free informative session presented by the Alzheimer’s Society at Pelham Public Library. Please register ahead. Friday, January 13, 2012 • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday Lunches at the Legion: LIGHTLY BATTERED FISH & CHIPS, Haddock, hand-cut frieds, coleslaw, dessert, coffee, tea - $9 includes tax - take out available. Available for LUNCH or SUPPER, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m Saturday, January 14, 2012 • 4 to 7 pm Pasta Dinner at Fonthill Lions Hall, Regional Rd. #20, Fonthill. Adults $10, children under 12 $6. Take out orders available. Cash bar available. • 7:30 pm Friends’ Club Monthly Dance at Westminster United Church Hall, 180 Queenston St., St. Catharines. Live music, prizes and refreshments, everyone welcome. Info 905-358-8089. • 9:30 to 11:30 am Meditation Morning at Pelham Public Library, Fonthill Branch. Meditations for stress relief and focus, for beginners or those who have meditated before. Bring pen and notebook. $3. Please register ahead. Sunday, January 15, 2012 • 2 to 3:30 pm Learn Scottish Country Dancing, Pelham Public Library, Fonthill Branch. Suitable for all ages. Runs to Sunday, Feb. 19. $50 for six-week session. Register ahead in person. •Warm and Woolly Winter Workshops, Pelham Public Library. Run to Sunday, Feb. 19. Knit One, Pearl Two - learn to knit, $65 includes materials. Sock Mania, learn to knit socks, $60. Knitting experience is required. Check at registration for materials required. Register ahead, in person, for both classes. Monday, January 16, 2012 • 6:30 to 7:30 pm Facebook for Parents, Pelham Public Library. Learn to use privacy settings to protect your kids online and explore some of the other ways to keep kids safe. $5, please register ahead in person. Tuesday, January 17, 2012 • 9:30 am Getting Started with your Apple Ereader Peham Public Library. Learn how to use the Pelham Public LIbrary’s Overdrive e-books on an Apple device. Bring device, cords, email address and library card. Register Ahead. • 10 to 11:30 am Ebooks on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad, Pelham Public Library. Learn to use the Pelham Library’s Overdrive ebooks on an Apple device. Must have basic computer skills. Bring ereader, cords, your email address and library card in good

standing. $5, please register ahead in person. Friday, January 20, 2012 • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday Lunches at the Legion: BRAISED LOIN PORK CHIPS simmered in a light smooth sauce with hot mashed potatoes, gravy, dessert, coffee, tea - $9 includes tax - take out available Monday, January 23, 2012 •7:30 - 9:30 pm Pelham Horticultural Society, Pelham Library. Presentation by Joe Barkovich, garden columnist for the Welland Tribune. “Growing Roses: A Personal Experience”. New members and guests welcome. Tuesday, January 24, 2012 • 6 pm Eyefoods: a food plan for health eyes, Pelham Public Library. Dr. Barb Pelletier and Dr. Laurie Capogna, optometrists and authors of Eyefoods. $2, please register ahead. Friday, January 27, 2012 • 6 pm Jammin in Jammies in January, celebrate Literacy Day at Pelham Public Library, Fonthill Branch. Bring the whole family in PJs, blanket or sleeping bag and flashlight. Pancakes and popcorn provided. $5 for the whole family. • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday Lunches at the Legion: CLASSIC SAVOURY MEATLOAF, with hot mashed potatoes, beef gravy, hearty soup of the day, dessert, coffee, tea - $9 includes tax - take out available. Monday, January 30, 2012 • 10 am to 1 pm Hearing Clinic, Pelham Public Library. Connect Hearing will be at the Fonthill branch giving free hearing screenings and will answer questions. Free, please schedule appointment ahead by calling 905-892-6068. • 10 to 11:30 am Ebooks on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad, Pelham Public Library. Learn to use the Pelham Library’s Overdrive ebooks on an Apple device. Must have basic computer skills. Bring ereader, cords, your email address and library card in good standing. $5, please register ahead in person. Saturday, February 4, 2012 • 9:30 to 11:30 am Meditation Morning at Pelham Public Library, Fonthill Branch. Meditations for stress relief and focus, for beginners or those who have meditated before. Bring pen and notebook. $3. Please register ahead.

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DOUG Elliott celebrated his 75th birthday on Dec. 17 at an open house hosted by his wife Karen and family at Pelham Friends Church, where more than 100 friends and family members donated more than 400 lbs of food for Pelham Cares, where Doug is a volunteer. /Special to the Voice

DR. IVAN Box (left) is congratulated by Mayor Dave Augustyn on the official opening of his new veterinary clinic, Balfour Animal Clinic in Fenwick. /Special to the Voice

Ontario today is facing a jobs crisis. Our unemployment rate has been above the national average for five years, and we continue to fall further behind our peers. Even with nearly 600,000 people unemployed in Ontario, we are facing a paradox as Ontario is also

modern and simplified apprenticeship system. Specifically, our plan would lower the ratio of apprentices to journeymen to one-to-one, which would create 200,000 new skilled trades jobs – from sheet metal workers to plumbers to electricians – over four years. Under Dalton McGuinty, businesses are required to employ three, four or five journeymen to train a single apprentice – a more restrictive ratio than almost all other provinces in Canada and many competing countries around the world. Reducing the

Ontario needs to modernize apprenticeships experiencing a skilled trades shortage. The Ministry of Finance predicts that there will be over one million skilled job vacancies by 2021. That means there will be one million jobs needing to be filled in the skilled trades, but we will not have the people to fill

them. That is why Ontario needs to modernize its 1970s-era apprenticeship system, which currently puts the priorities of union bosses ahead of new opportunities for young workers. The Ontario PC Caucus has long championed a

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ratio will free up more journeymen to train more apprentices. Those apprentices eventually become journeymen – and then they train apprentices of their own. It is that simple. Dalton McGuinty has not brought forward a single new idea to create jobs since the recent election. Instead he continues to cling to the failed ideas that put Ontario into this economic rut. By contrast, the Ontario PC Caucus and I continue to put forward a practical and affordable solution to Ontario’s jobs crisis. The Ontario PC plan

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MPP Tim Hudak to modernize Ontario’s apprenticeship system is good public policy, it is a good jobs policy, and it will be good for ensuring the talented young men and women in Ontario today can make a career here at home. A modern apprenticeship system is one idea I have put forward as our Ontario PC Caucus focuses on creating jobs and reining in government spending. Now it’s you turn to share your ideas at my annual New Year’s Levees. This year, they are being held on Sunday, January 8th at the Binbrook Memorial Hall (2600 Highway 56 in Binbrook from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and the beautiful Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery (5600 King Street West in Beamsville from 3:30 to 5 p.m.). The levees are free to attend and, as always, we are collecting nonperishable food items at both locations to help restock shelves at local food banks after an always busy Christmas season.


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