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for the VOICE Rory Butler talks about suicide from experience. He is a survivor. “If it wasn’t for my wife, I wouldn’t be here,” said

the director of Your Life Counts, an international suicide prevention service based in Welland. “It is like being a horse with blinders on,” he said about a concentration of thought. “You only see a dot ahead of you.”

To prevent harm, the blinders have to come off so the person sees the whole scene, said Butler. The Pelham resident will speak about young people and suicide at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at Fenwick United Church.

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Pelham Communities in Bloom committee members flank Most Improved category winner Gerry and Betty Brown holding their plaque and garden stake. From left are Bev Lovejoy, Gerry and Betty Brown, Sheryl Pitre and Bill King. The committee welcomes new members. See full story on Page 2. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo

For 13 years, he has been working on suicide prevention through Your Life Counts (website – and lobbying for national strategies. “Next to traffic deaths, suicide is the greatest killer of young people in Canada,” he said. For young people, causes related to self-doubt, peer pressure and over-reaction to situations are the same today as they always have been, said Butler. However, social media including Facebook, Twitter and the Internet have intensified the pace. “Images and reactions spread quickly. You saw that with Amanda Todd in British Columbia,” he said. It is important to have someone to turn to for help, he said. It can be a friend, relative, church, school, crisis line or online service such as Your Life Counts. His agency helps both individuals and families. “Each year, 4,000 people in Canada die from suicide. That means about 40,000 family members

are directly affected,” he said. Each person has about 10 close family members. “The effect on families is devastating,” he said. “The pain is transferred to them and never goes away.” On its website, Your Life Counts offers advice on what to notice, tips on how to listen and strategies on how to deal with thoughts of suicide. The guidelines range from recognizing risks, to what to say and a “Promise to Live” pledge as a reminder of potential effects on family and friends. Last week, Pelham was shaken by two deaths in a suicide pact between a university professor and his wife. It is tied to potential tax fraud charges, police said. Butler said there were legal aspects involved but it may have been avoidable. “It was a shocker. This is very unusual.” Butler has been working jointly with the federal government to create a national suicide prevenSee Suicide (Page 3)

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Communities in Bloom hands out Trillium Awards BY WAYNE CAMPBELL

for the VOICE Pelham Communities in Bloom will preserve the legacy of the Comfort Maple. During a ceremony last week to honour the 2013 Trillium Award winners, Bill King said the committee’s current project is the gathering of seeds from the Comfort Maple. Seedlings from them will be planted around town to ensure the characteristics of the 500-year-old tree endure. The project was attempted last year, he said, but a dry summer left few healthy seeds. Of those gathered by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, none planted in pots survived to germination. The NPCA owns and cares for the Comfort Maple site in North Pelham. This year with a good growing season more seeds fell from the tree. Over the winter, NPCA

will nurture the seeds in pots to germinate. Next year, they will be planted in selected areas around the town, such as Pelham Peace Park, and designated as offspring of the Comfort Maple. King said the small Communities in Bloom committee is looking for more members and did gain one more member during the awards meeting. The committee organizes the Trillium Awards. Residents nominate properties around town that contribute to the beauty of the town. Guest judges select winners. As a fundraiser, the committee holds an annual garden tour in July. In the spring and the fall, the committee sponsors participation days to encourage residents to help clean up around town not only on their own properties but also along roadsides and public areas. Since it was formed in 2000, Communities in Bloom has carried out such projects as the erection of community

Winners of the 2013 Trillium Awards hold their plaques and garden stakes during an awards ceremony at the Pelham Public Library last week. The annual awards program by the Pelham Communities in Bloom committee celebrates property beautification in nine categories. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo heritage signs in Fonthill, Pelham a better looking Wanless, and the Proulx Fonthill; (Commercial Fenwick, North Pelham, place. family. Property) Salon UtoRidgeville and Effingham. During the ceremony, The winners of the pia,  1469 Pelham Street, It arranged for the re- hosts of the garden tour Trillium Awards are: Fonthill; (Multiple Propbuilding of the gateway to were saluted. (Residental Small Front- erty) Residents of LookHighland Avenue off CanThey were: Bill McIner- age) Vern and Gloria out Village Condominiboro Road and encour- ney and the residents of Furtney, 89 Kunda Park ums, 200 Regional Road ages community beautifi- Kinsmen Court, Bill and Blvd, Fonthill; (Residental 20 West, Fonthill; (Best cation projects. Catherine King, Shirley Large Frontage) Wilson Balcony) Fonthill Art and Ward 3 Coun. John Lazareth, Dale Morris and and Nikki Montgom- Home with Presentations, Durley, representing the Leslie Rowsome, Carol ery, 591 Canboro Road, balcony entrance along town at the ceremony, Empacker, Peter and F e n w i c k ;  ( R e s i d e n t i a l Pelham Town Square; said the committee does a Greta Hildebrand, Luke Small Professional) Les and (Schools, Churches, good job of encouraging and Deb Bastien, Sasha Erika Bartlett; (Residential I n s t i t u t i o n s )  F e n w i c k the community to make Frijters, Ruth and Dave Large Professional) Dr. United Church, 1050 Chaudry 33 Marlene Church Street, Fenwick; Street Drive, Fonthill, L0S (Most Improved) Betty 1E6; (Residential Large and Gerry Brown,   14 Professional) Dr. Chaudry, Spruceside Cres, Fonthill. Sales Representative 33 Marlene Street Drive,


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Suzette Taylor, left, Brenda Strath and Sharon Vedova look over some of the thousands of books that will be on sale Saturday at the 44th annual Book Sale by the Canadian Federation of University Women Welland and District. Buyers can browse tables of books from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Niagara Regional Exhibition in Building B, located on Niagara St. at Merritt Rd. in north Welland. Proceeds from the sale will go to scholarships for south Niagara high school students and for a Brock University bursary. They will also be used for donations to community programs. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo

Page  THE VOICE of Pelham Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Suicide (continued from Page 1) tion strategy. “Canada is one of the few countries without one.” In 2012, Bill C300, Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention Act, was signed into law. “Unfortunately, no money was allocated in the 2013 federal budget toward suicide prevention. The paradox continues,” said Butler. The need for a national strategy is evident when you look at suicide rates among young people, in the aboriginal community and for a growing number

of seniors, he said. The media has to take more notice of it. “One suicide is too many, 4,000 a year is unacceptable. It’s a disgrace. We just aren’t moving fast enough.” Rory Butler will be speaking about young people and suicide at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at Fenwick United Church. /Special to the Voice

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Death of couple leaves residents shocked The death of a Pelham couple in an apparent suicide pact last week have left the town stunned. The bodies of Brock University professor Jonathan Neufeld, 59, and his wife Christina Starkbaum, 57, were found last Tues-

day behind their Centre St. home near Pelham Centre Public School. The couple, police said, was involved in a possible fraud claiming millions of dollars in tax returns from the United States government.

False non-resident income tax returns were filed, according to the United States Attorney’s office. The community felt immediate relief when the Niagara Regional Police made it clear they were

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What to do with waste? (Letter sent to Waste Management of Niagara) I have no problem reading the rules. I have a problem understanding why things seem to regress instead of progress. That was not always true. I explained that as a senior homeowner I have to do my own renovations. I cannot afford someone else to do it or I would have to sell my house and move to an apartment. You will take my toilet but not the ends of shingles or vinyl siding that you used to take from homeowners. This is a problem because many people like myself may not have a way to get those ends of construction materials to a landfill site. So where can they go? As I said, pile them up in the yard since no one will take them without payment? I have leftover pieces of sheetrock. What do I do with them if nobody collects them? What if I cannot get to the dump with a vehicle that can carry them? Farmers used to have their own dumps. We progressed with public dumps. But now are we still progressing? Pieces of carpet are taken but not pieces of shingles. I have pieces of shingles

stacked up inside my garage with nowhere to go. I think homeowners should be encouraged to improve their properties, don’t you? Why do taxes go up and services go down? It seems like we are regressing instead of progressing. I love driving along country roads with my motorcycle but I much more often see garbage and leftover building materials dumped beside some of these roads. So I hope you see the conundrum that we who cannot afford to have someone else do our renovations are put into. I understand why a contractor who has massive amounts of leftover materials might be charged. I do not understand why the little bits of leftover building materials that we self-renovators are faced with should be charged if we can get them to a landfill site at all. That is what I do not understand. Charles Pedley, Fonthill

not looking for anyone else. In other words, we did not have a murderer on the loose. It didn’t ease the shock of the deaths. They definitely were unexpected in Pelham of all places. But tragedies always are unexpected no matter where. No community should feel immune. They can happen anywhere at any time. Pelham has had tragedies before including a murder almost 15 years ago. More recently it has seen fatal crashes involving cars, trucks, motorcycles and even a train. In Fonthill one afternoon, police surrounded a house during a standoff. E.L. Crossley Secondary School was once locked down over a gun incident. A few years ago a mother and children died in a fire that drew Pelham firefighters just a few kilometres away in West Lincoln. Fortunately, these were rare events for the town. Sadly, suicides are not rare. They just don’t have a high profile. Police and media do not report them unless they have already become public, such as two bodies found behind a house.


Wayne Campbell There are a number of reasons for the lack of reporting. They include privacy issues, respecting the grief of families, fear of encouraging imitation and unease in judging a suicide as intentional. Some such as a drug overdose or a fall could be accidental. If suicides were given a higher profile -- at least the statistics of occurrence, if not details about individuals -- it would create pressure on society to strive to reduce the causes. Any town, no matter how “quiet” to use an over-used media cliché, will face tragic events. It’s important to accept them, deal with them, learn from them but not dwell on them. They do not define Pelham. Wayne Campbell can be reached at waycampbell@

Darla-Prana closes its doors, turns new page Deep bows and gratitude for joining me! I take this opportunity to celebrate with you the next chapter in my journey. After great meditation and my heart’s reflection, I have been guided to accept a new career opportunity.

I wish to thank all of my clients, students, teachers, friends and family for allowing Darla to hold a sacred space to do your ‘work’. Together, we have seen miracles happen! I am proud to call Pelham home and will remain active in our beautiful community.

It has been my deep honour to share this time with you. My life; designed by me! Deborah-Marie Forrester, Fenwick

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Council certainly committed to Town vehicles revitalizing downtown Fenwick will sport BY DAVE AUGUSTYN Mayor of Pelham Pelham Council decided during our regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, to temporarily postpone the revitalization of downtown Fenwick from the fall of 2013 to early 2014. You will recall that Council budgeted $2.1 million to revitalize downtown Fenwick in 2013. The improvements were intended to help make the area more pedestrian friendly, bury the hydro lines, and enhance the historic flagpole (thanks to funds raised during Fenwick’s 150th celebration). We had a wonderful celebration of Fenwick’s 160th Anniversary in the spring (thanks to a number of very committed and communityminded volunteers). And, thanks to the work of the Pelham Heritage Committee, Council officially designated the Fenwick Flagpole as a significant heritage structure in May —the first flagpole so designated in

the province of Ontario. So, why have we agreed to postpone the reconstruction and revitalization of downtown Fenwick? Council made this decision after receiving a staff report outlining the complexities of the project requirements, including: total road reconstruction to address storm water and soil conditions; and reconfiguration of overhead utility wires to an underground system In essence, to deal properly with the storm sewers and to tie them correctly into the systems on adjoining streets, construction crews will have to dig fairly deep; with a high water table and poor soil conditions, the best time to undertake that work would be in the winter months. Second, the requirement to bury the hydro lines and other overhead utilities means that the town must work closely with Ontario Hydro; yet Hydro had said they could not undertake that work until 2014. As a result, the Town cannot complete the project before the end of 2013. Council felt that there was no

reason to dig up the road now to bury the storm sewers, only to have it a mess until the utilities could be buried next spring. Council also directed staff to firm up the revitalization schedule so that any negative impact can be kept to a minimum and to also give the community plenty opportunity to plan and prepare for any potential disruptions. Finally, the planned work may require additional finances. I understand that staff may also be submitting an additional budget request to Council for consideration during the 2014 capital budget deliberations. I want to assure you that Council remains committed to revitalizing downtown Fenwick. Instead of starting construction now and impacting the downtown all winter, we intend to start early in 2014. We are all looking forward to it! You may contact Mayor Dave at or read past columns at

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for the VOICE Pelham will put another gear into its status as a cycling community. Town vehicles will carry “Watch for Bikes” decals on the bottom of exterior mirrors. It is to remind drivers to check for cyclists and other traffic before opening doors and stepping out. The “Watch for Bikes” campaign is in partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) Niagara. According to the CAA, drivers or passengers opening their car doors

in the path of cyclists contributes to some of the most frequent and dangerous car-bike collisions. On Monday, Oct. 7, Pelham will become the first municipality in Niagara Region to outfit all town vehicles with mirror decals. The CAA will make a presentation to town council at its Monday, Oct. 7, meeting outlining the program. “As a Bicycle Friendly Community, the Town of Pelham recognizes the importance of raising awaren Mayor Dave Augustyn. See Decals (Page 8)

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Mayor Dave Augustyn, left, receives a cheque for $360 from RBC accounts manager Leslie Upper while RBC Royal Bank Fonthill branch manager Ken Palmeteer presents a gift basket to draw winner Bill McInerney. The money, raised through the draw during Pelham Summerfest, will go to the Isaac Riehl Skate Park. It will be matched by the town. Gift contributors to the basket include the bank, Bryan Caporicci Photography, Pic’s Motor Clinic, Sapphires Custom Jewellery, M&M Meats Fonthill, Joe Fournier’s Martial Arts, The Trap Tap and Eatery, Churchill Natural Meats and Fonthill Fitness. The skate park is under construction in Marlene Stewart Streit Park. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo Pictured is the new CFUW Welland and District Unit 2013-14 Executive. (Back row, left to right) Marnie Swayze (President), Diane McPherson (Recording Secretary & Scholarship Convenor), Melanie Corbett (Liason and Advocacy Convenor), Helen Forrest (Membership), Barb Hohberger (Social Convenor), Lynn Swayze (Corresponding Secretary), Brenda Strath (Past President), Nancy Gallacher(Programme); (Front row, left to right) Gwenn Alves (Publicity), Annalisa Bottacin (Treasurer), Regina Smith (Vice President), Angie Manella-Pisani (Social Convenor), Ann Wilson (Social Convenor), Margaret Kleinsmith (Secretary-Treasurer). Absent from photo was Sheryl Johnston (Social Convenor). /Special to the Voice


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Maple Crest Early School makes ‘big move’ BY WAYNE CAMPBELL

for the VOICE In early September, Maple Crest Early School made “The Big Move.” It opened its doors at the top of a hill above Fonthill rather than in a downtown basement. With little fanfare, the private school introduced its 43 students to their new home in a 1906 farmhouse at Hillcrest and Regional Road 20. They had been in the lower level of a building on Pelham Street at Church Hill. “We kept it as a secret and brought them all in on the first day,” said director Shannon McNevin. “We talked about the farm, when it was built, who lived here. They are

so happy here with the big yard and the many rooms,” she said. Opening day was the climax of months of reconstruction work. Through the summer, volunteers worked seven days a week to prepare the site. “We had no major surprises,” said McNevin about renovations. They included installing fire doors and other upgrades along with painting and arranging furniture. Preparing the grounds involved removing trees and shrubs and putting up fencing. The entrance shifted from Regional Rd. 20 to Hillcrest. “I’ve had so many people say they didn’t even know the house was here until they saw the grounds cleared,” said McNevin. The site went through

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a long rezoning process with some opposition to a school. The director said her immediate neighbours welcomed the school. Sightlines around it have greatly improved, and she believes others will come to like it. “We received a ton of donations from local businesses,” she said. The school is its ninth year of operation. Its new home can enhance the community. “We want to make it a landmark site for Fonthill,” she said. The 43 Maple Crest students range from 18months-old to Grade 2. It has added preschool and after school care for Maple Crest students to accommodate parents; four teachers and two assistants form the staff. McNevin said she still has room for more students in the preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 programs. Maple Crest follows the Waldorf philosophy of education that emphasizes

learning through art and experience. It strives to make students independent. “We balance character development with social development,” said McNevin. “It’s about educating the whole child; the head, heart and hands.” The school emphasizes a family atmosphere, now underlined in a home setting, she said. Maple Crest sticks to the basics of art, reading and arithmetic while setting aside electronics. “They get that in their homes, in their cars and from their brothers and sisters,” she said. The school’s goal is to “produce positive, happy and polite children” to tackle life. The children, she said, love playing in their new yard, listening to stories in a library and, during the first days, lining up at a bay window to count trucks, cars and vans by colour rolling down Regional Road 20.

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Clair Bolus and Ben Julie stand outside the new Maple Crest Early School site—a 1906 farm house above downtown Fonthill at Regional Road 20 and Hillcrest Street. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo Decals (continued from Page 5) The town was recently recognized at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario as a Bicycle Friendly Community along with Ottawa. Meanwhile, cyclists will be reminded to always wear a helmet, obey the rules of the road, and follow standard safety procedures, the town said in a news release. “It is safest to ride about one metre (three feet) away from parked vehicles

or the curb, and having a bell ensures cyclists can communicate with other road users,” said the town in its release. A Niagara Region “Enjoy the Ride: Essential Cycling Skills” video reviews the rules of the road as they apply to cyclists. It can be found at under Cycling Training & Safety Further information is available through the Ministry of Transportation website.

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Community Events

ONGOING • Mondays 7:15 p.m. Peninsula Orchestra invites players to join them every Monday at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. No audition. For info. please contact Bev @ 892-0583. • Tuesdays 6 p.m.-9 p.m. SPAN (Single Professional Association of Niagara) is a social club for mature singles who meet and mingle at Iggy’s Pub 115 Hwy 20, Fonthill, every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Offers members a monthly calendar of social activities. Further information, call Lynie @905-788-0359 • Alternate Wednesdays. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Drop-in Bridge at Pelham Library. Ask for Schedule at front desk. • Thursdays through October, Pelham Farmers Market at Market Square, 4:30 p.m. to dusk. Fresh, local produce, prepared foods, crafts. • Thursdays (first Thursday of every month) 1:30 p.m. to p.m. SOS (Survivors of Stroke) Everyone is welcome. Info call Ann 905-892-1621 • Fridays 1:00-3:00 p.m.. Knit Wits - Knitting Club. Work on your present project while spending time with other knitters. All

levels are welcome. Crocheters welcome. Knitting tips will be shared at each session.$2.00 includes refreshments. Drop in at the Fonthill Library. • 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Legion Dinner • Alternate Saturdays 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Computer & Gadget Drop-in: For beginners to advanced learners. Learn new tips and tricks and share ideas and skills with others in an informal setting. Some laptops will be available or BYOG (bring your own gadget). $2.00. Drop in. Pelham Public Library. • Newcomers Club of St. Catharines & District welcomes women new to the region to participate in a variety of activities. Call Maureen 905-397-7593 or Gwen 905-641-9816 for details. UPCOMING Friday, Oct. 4 • 1:00 p.m. The Niagara District Women’s Institutes welcomes ladies to hear about a 2010 Cross Canada trip in a 1931 Model A Ford with Carol and Jim Sauder. At 2.30pm Cathy Buchanan talks about her new book Painted Girls. Bertie & Clinton (downstairs) 1789 Merrittville

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Extra copies of The Voice of Pelham available at these fine area businesses:

FONTHILL: E. L. Crossley Churchill Natural Meats M&M Meats Shoppers Drug Mart Fonthill Library Town of Pelham Cafe on Main Beamer’s Pro Hardware Sobey’s McDonald’s Fonthill Legion Tim Hortons Semenuk’s

Pic’s Klagers Keith’s Restaurant Target Store Penzoil Quick Lube Lazy Loon Pharmasave Avondale Store FENWICK:

Avondale Store Fenwick Sub Shop Golden Grill Devries Fruit Farm Ridderikhoff Meats

Hwy, (close to the intersection with Regional Road 20). • 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Legion Dinner Saturday, Oct. 5 • 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fall Festival including Live Music, Vintage Car display, hot apple cider, pumpkin painting, colouring contest, bake sale. Pumpkin sales proceeds to Pelham Cares and Niagara Breast Cancer Society. Free. DeVries Fruit Farm. 825 Canboro Rd., Fenwick. • 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. CFUW 44th Annual Booksale, Welland Fairgrounds, Building B. Facebook@ cfuwwellandanddistrictbooksale • 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Project Lifesaver Open House. Niagara Regional Police tactical members present to answer questions about our search and rescue equipment and demonstrate how they locate lost and wandering persons. Official cake cutting and refreshments. Welland Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St., Welland, Ontario in the atrium. • 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Pelham’s Amazing Road Rally Start and finish Lookout Ridge Retirement Home. Cost is $50 per vehicle, for driver and navigator. Additional passengers $10 each. Fee includes prizes and barbecue after the rally. Pre-registration required. Send cheques (cash or credit card payment on site) payable to Rotary Club of Fonthill, to Roy Kirkup, convener, c/o 96 Church St., St. Catharines, ON, L2R 3C8. Phone 905-685-5931, ext. 22, or email Friday, Oct. 4 • 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Legion Dinner Saturday, Oct. 5 & 6 • 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. The Pelham Art Association

is very pleased to present a two day workshop by noted American Artist Denise Sperry.Topic: Pouring Watercolour. Festival Room, Pelham Library, Fees:$90 mem - non mem $110. Contact Mary 905 - 892 - 4625 Monday, October 7 • 7:00 p.m. Rory Butler founder of “Your LIfe Counts”, a suicide prevention organization and community member, giving free talk at Fenwick United Church. For more info: http://www.yourlifecounts. org Friday, October 11 • 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Fab Fenwick Lions Fish Fry, Take Out, Centennial Park, Church St, Fenwick. • 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Legion Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 16 • 7:00 p.m. CFUW welcomes new members and reminds everyone of their October meeting which will feature local author Cathy Marie Buchanan speaking about her new book The Painted Girls. This meeting will be held at the Welland Community Wellness Centre. Friday, Oct.18, 19, 20 • Binational Doors Open Niagara. Explore the “20th Century Neighbourhoods of Niagara” – free entry to heritage sites in Niagara, Ontario and Western New York. • 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Legion Dinner


CHAMBERS, Shirley Kathleen - On Tuesday, September 24th, 2013, Shirley Kathleen Chambers (nee Bissell) passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side. Loving mother of Gary and his wife Rosemary (Kooistra), Gail and her husband John Hitchen, and her kitty, Misty. Predeceased by her husband Rusty (1998), her parents, Gordon and Alice Bissell, brother Charlie (Thelma), sisters Evelyn (Les Brenton), Beatrice (Merle Berry) and Eileen (Harry Zinter). Family was joined in a service of remembrance at Fenwick United Church. Our deepest gratitude to Dr. Hope, Dr. Bester, Rev. Alan McLean, Nurses Kim and Christine, and caregiver Suzanne. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to the Fenwick United Church or the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to the LAMPMAN FUNERAL HOME, 724 Canboro Road, Fenwick, 905-892-4701

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Birth “First comes love, then comes marriage then comes Chris and Carling with the baby carriage!” On August 31 2013, weighing 9 lbs 4oz, Brennan Richard John was welcomed into the world with much love by the Bailey, Course and Lathrop families. Special thanks to Dr. Bedkowski, all the nurses at the SCG and most importantly the Blue Team at the Niagara Midwifery Practice. Mom, dad and Brennan are all doing well.


Hugo Langeraet July 2, 1945 - October 7, 2012

A single rose, a gentle kiss, Your arms around me Is what I miss. All my love always, Linda Missing you, remembering you, loving you. Forever in our hearts, Linda, Ryan, Tiffany, Tristana & Ally



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Chimneys, Brick, Block, Stone. Foundation repairs, sidewalks, custom concrete work.

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Robert’s Painting

For Sale Silver King Trumpet $325. Several Quebec woodcarvings, 2 original oil paintings by Marilyn Casson, $450 each. Personal collection of teddy bears, set of IGA collector Iris pattern dishes. Call 905-8924367 before 9pm Wheat straw for sale. small bales. Call 905-788-2956 or 905-892-1303

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Colourful and flavourful crop for DeVries Fall Fest BY WAYNE CAMPBELL

for the VOICE Dan DeVries of DeVries Fruit Farm is delighted with this year’s harvest. “We have a lot of fruit compared to last year,” he said as he prepared for Saturday’s Fall Fest. In 2012, a spring frost and dry summer cut fruit and vegetable production on local farms. DeVries,

which via its storage facility can sell apples all year through its store, ran out of apples because a small crop. This year the growing season turned around bringing almost ideal weather for most crops. At an outlet store in front of the farm at 825 Canboro Rd. in Fenwick rows of orange pumpkins cover a hill. “The apples are really

tasty,” said DeVries. “We have varieties you don’t find in grocery stores” such as courtlands, ambrosia, royal gala, mutsu and spy. It was also a good year for pumpkins, squash, gourds, corn and corn stacks that are featured during Fall Fest. Proceeds from the sale of pumpkins will go to Pelham Cares and the Niagara Breast Cancer


Society. “We like to support local charities because people see where their money goes,” said DeVries. The Rainbow Regional Car Club will bring in antique and classic cars. Bethany Christian Reform Church will hold a bake sale. There will be live music and a colouring contest for children. Fall Fest runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The farm has complimentary apple cider. “The cider tastes very good because of the quality of the apples.”

Two-year-old Morgan Vengeest picks out a pumpkin with her uncle Dan DeVries at DeVries Fruit Farm, which will host a Fall Fest on Saturday. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo

Gliding her way to success!

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Notre Dame College School participated in the Terry Fox National School Run Day. The school raised $7000 for the Terry Fox Foundation to help with cancer research. Over the last five years, Notre Dame College School has raised over $30,000 through the annual Terry Fox National School Run Day. The event was organized and run by the Notre Dame student council. Students and staff walked 5 km along the Welland Canal to show their support. Pictured holding the $7000 cheque are Notre Dame student council members, from left to right: Mike Ross (Financial Controller), Anthony Graziani (Vice President), Jimmy Caporicci (President), and Adam Hughes (Promotion Co-ordinator & Terry Fox Run Chair). /Special to the Voice

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Caitlyn Bergeron of the Niagara Centre Skating Club recently competed in two skating competitions. Bergeron competed in the Summer Sizzle in Waterloo, August 9-11, in the junior ladies’ competitive category. She placed second in the short and fourth in the long program. She also competed in the Isabella Henderson Memorial Invitation (held in Paris) in the junior ladies competitive category, and placed sixth overall. /Special to the Voice

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Fall Fest

Saturday Oct 5th

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This Saturday ALL pumpkin sales go to Pelham Cares and the Niagara Breast Cancer Society Live Music • Complimentary Apple Cider Pumpkin painting • Colouring contest • Bake Sale Antique and Classic cars on display by The Rainbow Regional Car Club

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Locally owned community newspaper from the heart of Niagara, reporting on events in Fonthill, Fenwick, Ridgeville and North Pelham.