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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Bylaw sets limits on longboarding BY WAYNE CAMPBELL
for the VOICE Longboarders can save their tricks for a future track, but they can ride from point A to point B. Town council Monday passed a bylaw that bans recreational longboarding from the streets of the town. It does, however, permit the use of longboards for transportation on sidewalks where they existed and bike lanes or roadsides where they did not. In an hour long debate, councillors reviewed the bylaw especially a clause to seize longboards. Ward 1 Coun. Larry Clark unsuccessfully tried to remove it. He was “deeply concerned” the seizure provision will lead to trouble. Fire Chief Bob Lymburner, who prepared the bylaw, said a $50 fine and seizure would be at the far end of “a progressive enforcement” procedure. If a police officer kept coming back to someone who continued to violate the bylaw, a fine and seizure would be options,
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“because they just didn’t get it,” he said. Police have similar options with bicycles and other highway traffic violations. The bylaw would be complaint-driven, Lymburner said. He expected most complaints would come after town office hours and fall to police for enforcement. Bylaw enforcement officers would not roam the streets looking for longboarders. The fire chief said it came down to safety of longboarders and drivers. He expected to work with schools to educate young people about the bylaw. A survey conducted throughout the schools found more than 300 use longboards in the town. Coun. Peter Papp said he hoped things “didn’t go sideways” and council will have to watch how progressive enforcement works. “Bylaws aren’t etched in stone and can be changed as amended,” he said. Meanwhile, the town will discuss the possibility of constructing a $130,000 longboard track during its
2014 budget discussions. They begin next Tuesday with an open house at 6:30 p.m. in town hall welcoming residents’ ideas for next year’s capital and operating budgets. Ward 2 Coun. Gary Accursi suggested putting the track over to the 2015 budget. The town could evaluate the use with the new skateboard park now under construction before considering a longboard track. Ward 3 councillors Peter Papp and John Durley said that could be discussed during 2014 budget deliberations rather than make a decision at Monday’s council meeting. The new skateboard park in Marlene Stewart Streit Park will have a section for beginner longboarders. The proposed track would be for more advanced recreational longboarding. Earlier in the evening, Justin O’Donnell, speaking on behalf of Donahugh Drive residents, urged council to pass a bylaw banning recreation longboarding on residential streets within Pelham.
He said recreational longboarding was unsafe for both longboarders and drivers. It was disruptive “to the enjoyment of peace and quiet.” It could also lower property values. However, he said “we have no objection to using
longboards as a means of transportation on major roads within Pelham.” After passage of the bylaw, he said he was satisfied with the outcome. Mayor Dave Augustyn called the bylaw a tool in improving safety for longboarders in the town.
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The United Way outlines its services to Pelham BY WAYNE CAMPBELL
for the VOICE The United Way of South Niagara made its pitch to Pelham Monday. The fundraising agency that serves the town along with Welland, Port Colborne and Wainfleet is in
the midst of its $600,000 annual campaign. Executive director of United Way, Tamara Coleman Lawrie, outlined to town council the overall campaign, specific needs of Pelham and services supported by the United Way that helped town
residents This year the Pelham residents Mel and Rick Groom are the campaign co-chairs. John and Rebecca Clark are sponsoring a match fund of $15,000, called Itâ€™s A Wonderful Life. The Clark family will match any first-time donation of $1,000 of more. Lawrie said the United Way campaign focuses on local priorities of stronger kids and families, healthier people, to making healthier communities and ways to move people out of poverty. The United Way supports 30 programs run by 17 agencies that address harsh local statistics.
They include one in four women experiencing violence, one in three people in Niagara using United Way supported programs and one in three food bank visits being made by children. Pelham too has its down side. About 10% of parents are sole supporters. Children under age 14 make up 16% of the population but the town only has eight licensed child care centres and one youth centre. Unemployment is 5.6% while the working poor are 3.2% of Pelham households. The town has no employment search support agencies.
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Poverty draws in 3.2% of residents who can turn to one food bank and one Niagara Regional Housing Building. Among renters, 26.9% are spending more than 30% of their income on rent. And while 16.7% of residents are over age 65 there is no official seniors centre, no long-term care facility and only two seniors homes. Pelham does not have a newcomersâ€™ service, said Lawrie. The United Way of South Niagara supports programs run by 17 service agencies. Some have provided services to Pelham residents in the past year, she said.
They include: 36 children supported by the Big Brothers and Big Sisters; 19 families helped by the Family Counselling Centre; the Distress Centre took 800 calls last year including those from Pelham; eight from Pelham receive HIV assistance; 11 of the 63 women who stayed at the Womenâ€™s Place shelter last year were from Pelham; and some Pelham residents use The Hope Centre meals, food bank and shelter programs. Lawrie asked Pelham residents to get involved, make a gift, be an ambassador, host an employee campaign, ask for payroll deductions but above all â€œdonate today.â€?
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Local photographer earns three new distinctions BY TINA CHIVERS
VOICE staff When Bryan Caporicci captures images, he also captures the attention of professional judges. The local photographer recently earned three new professional distinctions by having a trio of images accepted into the Provincial Image Salon. The Image Salon is one of the cornerstones of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). The salon showcases the best of the best. The most creative, the newest and most cutting edge, the finest technically executed, and the list goes on. This group of images displays the level of excellence that Canadian photographers have achieved. “My clients always love their images; I am a pro-
fessional photographer with a refined skill in creating beauty from any situation and in capturing real, pure and genuine emotion,” said Caporicci. “The personal attachment that my clients have to their photographs naturally creates an emotional connection.” However, Caporrici realizes that, as a photographer, having clients who love their images doesn’t give him any room for improvement—artistically and technically. “Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love having clients who love their images, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world, but as a photographer, I am constantly looking for ways to improve myself so that I can do an even better job for my clients,” he said. Caporrici attends myriad
workshops and seminars (and he even teaches some himself) that are geared towards improving his skills as a photographer and a storyteller. But according to Caporicci, he’s found an even better way to improve his imagery, and that is by having his images critiqued by his peers. “Putting my work in front of other experienced professional photographers who have a discerning eye for composition, lighting, posing and other photographic and storytelling aspects has been instrumental to my growth as a photographer,” he said. “Having feedback from an objective, third-party, skilled individual who has proven him/herself as a master of photography shows me points of improvement so that I can
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Seniors/snowbirds receive vaccinations BY BRIAN BATY
Niagara Regional Councillor Having just completed my first medical checkup as a senior, I want to share with others that there is now a one-time vaccination against many forms of pneumonia. This vaccine is publicly funded. Having a history of frequent lung infections, I welcomed the opportunity to be vaccinated and will continue the annual flu shots as well. As it turns out, adults who are under the age 65 may qualify for vaccination if they have chronic lung, heart, liver or kidney illnesses. However, those in these risk categories will require a booster shot after five years. This information led me to prepare a report on other vaccinations available through the Public Health Department at Niagara Region. Anyone who has had chickenpox is a potential candidate for “shingles” which is a very painful disease which originates from the childhood infection. Individuals who are 50 or older have a higher risk with 1 out of 3
people vulnerable. A vaccine called Zostavax is now available through your pharmacist and physician or directly through the Public Health clinic at regional headquarters. The current cost at Niagara Region is $175. Certain pharmacies carry the product if they have the required refrigeration but many doctors refer their patients to the regional clinic because of the uncertain amount of time that is required to transfer the vaccine from the pharmacy to the medical clinic. This service is available by appointment only on Thursdays at the regional clinic. Another vaccine that most people require is the tetanus vaccine which now last 10 years between boosters. It is often paired with the diphtheria vaccine. Because of a recent surge in whopping cough or pertussis, new tetanus vaccines are available which also contain the vaccine against whooping cough. These vaccines are also publicly funded. For the snowbirds or those expecting international travel, you may be interested in the services provided by the Niagara Region Pub-
lic Health Department at the “Travel Health Niagara” clinic. The clinic provides counselling, vaccinations and prescriptions. Topics may include malaria prevention, insect precautions, travellers’ diarrhea, safe food and water concerns and personal safety measures. Vaccinations after counseling may include Hepatitis A & B, typhoid fever, cholera, meningitis, rabies, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis. The clinic operates on a fee for service basis and is not funded by the Ministry of Health. And services are by appointment only. Travellers should book appointments two to three months prior to departure as some vaccinations require more than one dose to be effective. The clinic can be contacted by phone at 905-688-8248, ext. 7383 or visit www.niagararegion.ca.
Brian Baty is a Niagara Regional Councillor for the Town of Pelham and is the Co-Chair of the Public Health and Social Services Committee. He can be contacted by e-mail at brian.baty@ niagararegion.ca.
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BY CATHY BERKOUT-BOSSE
Real Estate View The Pelham local market is showing signs of deceleration following a banner first half of the year. According to the MLS statistics of the Niagara Association of Realtors there
were 44 residential sales reported in Pelham during the third quarter which is down 27% from the 60 transactions recorded during July, August and September last year. The current level of activity also hovers considerably below the five-year average (2008-2012) of 58 unit sales in the third
quarter. Paradoxically the 12month average price in Pelham continues to climb. The September 2013 month end figure stood at $344,675—reflecting a 7.4% increase over last year’s 12-month average of $320,838. Sales for the month in Pelham were 48% below
LETTERSto the editor I am the lucky recipient of a wonderful gift basket draw, which was sponsored for Summerfest Days by the Fonthill Branch of the Royal Bank. I would like to sincerely thank Leslie Upper, and the manager and staff of the bank (as well as the generous merchants who donated so many great things to it). Not only was I the lucky winner of the basket, but the new skate park, in honour of the memory of Isaac Riehl, is the
real beneficiary of the money raised. As Mayor Dave observed at the presentation ceremony, this kind of cooperation and commitment proves what a vibrant community Pelham is. It is, indeed a wonderful place to live. Again, thanks to all who contributed to my good fortune. Bill McInerney, Fonthill
last year’s level with a total of 13 transactions reported compared to 25 in September 2013. The overall impact is that September is the first month-end this year that our year-to-date sales total lagged behind last year. So far in 2013 there have been 165 residential sales. Last year at this time the total was 168. It’s much too early to sound off any alarm bells given that the current year-to-date total remains steadfastly above the Pelham five-year average of 161 unit sales during the January-September time frame. Across Niagara as a whole, home sales were actually up 6.6.% during the third quarter, with 1,752 homes changing hands compared to 1636 last year. This surge has helped offset a slower first half of the year bringing
the current year-to-date tally to just 3 units shy of last year’s September year-to-date total of 5,016 units. As the local housing market heads into the home stretch of the year we can expect downward pressure on average prices in Pelham (should sales volume continue to decline at the rate experienced this past month). Let’s hope that September 2013 was just another in a long series of temporary hiccups that have characterized the ongoing economic recovery.
Cathy Berkhout-Bosse is a Real Estate Broker with Re/Max Welland Realty Ltd living in Pelham. You can read five years of Local Market Reviews on her real estate blog: www.NiagaraRealtySourceReport.com.
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Mayor’s position on wind energy and the Region BY DAVE AUGUSTYN Mayor of Pelham A few people have written to me about my position during a recent vote on wind energy at Regional Council. In July 2012, I was among the majority when Regional Council approved a motion that designated Niagara as the Green Energy Capital of Canada. The positioning makes sense to me because of Niagara’s long history of hydro-electric power generation and of the number of recent green energy businesses and initiatives developing in Niagara. But, during our June 20, 2013 council meeting, we considered a motion brought forward by Mayors April Jeffs and Douglas Joyner: That the Regional Municipality of Niagara supports Wainfleet and West Lincoln in their request to the Province of Ontario, to be deemed an ‘unwilling host’ for Industrial Wind Turbines. During the debate, I voted in favour of postponing the vote so that we could receive additional information; when that vote lost (11 in favour, 12 against), I voted in favour of the motion as presented. At the time, it seemed to me that the motion essentially highlighted the “unwilling host” resolutions from West Lincoln and Wainfleet to the Province. Others must have thought the same, because that vote carried 15 to 8. On August 1, Councillor Ronna Katzman gave notice that she wanted council to “reconsider” the vote on the June 20 motion.
When the issue returned to Regional Council on Sept. 19, we heard four presentations—two in favour, and two opposed. If not expressly stated, I asked each presenter what the motion meant to them. For those in favour, the motion meant that Regional Council “supports” the efforts of Wainfleet and West Lincoln; for those presenters opposed, the motion gave a signal that Niagara was “closed” for green energy business. These answers clearly show that the motion means different things to different people. With this type of dichotomy, I felt that we needed to discuss the motion further and, perhaps, clarify the wording. As a result, I voted to “reconsider” (that is, to consider again) the motion. I hoped that we could support residents concerned about wind turbines while balancing the feedback from the business community. (Because our “rules of debate” don’t allow discussion on the “reconsideration” of a motion, I could not publicly state my reasoning.) Unfortunately, the “reconsideration” motion, which required a two-thirds majority vote, lost with 17 in favour and 11 opposed. The story is not yet over. Regional Council will consider Councillor Zimmerman’s motion to reconfirm our “support for development and investment in the green energy sector” during our October 10 meeting.
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Workshop report urges creative approach to Pelham’s economy BY WAYNE CAMPBELL
for the VOICE A workshop on economic development for Pelham has laid out nine recommendations to help the town step toward the future. A report from the creative problem solving session, which included business, education, regional and local representatives, was presented to town council Monday. It recommends council develop criteria to evaluate the report’s nine ideas and create an action plan. The report promotes a formal partnership with Niagara College and Brock University “to foster creative and innovative technology.” It said the town should “identify strengths and
weaknesses within our business sector.” Town council must “articulate the role of local government” in economic development. The report suggests a close look at the so-called “CRINK economy” approach by first defining it and then assessing “if this is where we want to go.” The planning catch phrase “CRINK economy” was coined by writer and entrepreneur Gord Hume. He refers to a creative, innovative, knowledge-based economy. It would combine culture, lifestyle, research and innovative activities to generate jobs and prosperity into the future. The town should explore the role of culture in economic development, the See Economic (Page 7)
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Michael Lewis, president of the Rotary Club of Fonthill, presented Mayor Dave Augustyn with a $5,000 cheque for the Isaac Riehl Memorial Skate Park at a Pelham Town Council meeting. The town will match the donation. The skate board park in Marlene Stewart Steit Park is about half way complete, council was told Monday. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo
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They aim to empower health care consumers, who, when armed with the right information, make the best decisions for themselves. There is ample evidence regarding the emotional and financial impact of aging parents on the “sandwich generation” who strive to maintain their roles both as a child and parent. Often these family members live outside of the region and may not be able to accompany their loved ones to important medical appointments. Niagara Health Partners provides family members’ peace of mind knowing that their loved one’s medical concerns are being addressed in a professional manner, and they can understand the “full picture” (with the client’s consent). This allows the family to focus their efforts towards wellbeing and supporting each other, knowing that the important details are being managed. Often valuable time with a doctor is taken up by the health care team collecting medical details from their patient. As part of their customized service, Niagara Health Partners works with the client to create a health narrative, a personal health history including current medica-
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www.thevoiceofpelham.ca Economic (from Page 5) report said. At the same time, it said Pelham must streamline its planning and development processes. “Put out a red carpet” rather than red tape. Rather than try to do everything, the problem solving workshop aimed the town toward focusing on niche economic development. Finally, it said, Pelham must “create an economic gardening strategy.” Participating in the workshop were representatives from the Pelham Business Association, the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce, local business representatives, the regional director of economic development, educational institutions, the mayor and council, and town staff. Town council set up the creative problem solving session following a request from the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce. It wanted to partner with the town to develop an economic strategy.
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Farmers Market picks best pumpkins and salsa
BY WAYNE CAMPBELL
for the VOICE Pelham Farmers Market celebrated the peak of the harvest season a couple of weeks ago with pumpkin and salsa contests. Last Thursday the market invited shoppers to contribute produce to Pelham Cares to supplement its food bank with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Pumpkins for the contest were grown by children from seeds handed out at the market last spring. The winners were (largest pumpkin): 1st Ryan Gelings; 2nd Cindy Hansler; (smallest pumpkin): 1st Nathan West; 2nd Kate Hill; (greenest pumpkin): 1st Konner Little; 2nd Gord Arbour; (most unusual): 1st Owen Beamer; 2nd Jake Shirton.
Cindy Hansler, 6, said she enjoyed growing the pumpkin, putting water on it in a pot and then planting it in the garden when it became bigger. Her mother Roxanne Hansler said she had the additional challenge of keeping the dog away from it. Last year the dog tore up the pumpkin when they tried it the first time. Three-year-old Andreas
Pictured (at left) are the winners of the Pelham Farmers Market salsa contest held on Sept. 26. Winner in the overall category is Lori Minor; Ivana Cutting and Judy Robins were winners in the hot category with their ‘sassy salsa’. (Above) Winners of the pumpkin contest are: (largest pumpkin) 1st, Ryan Gelings; 2nd, Cindy Hansler; (smallest Pumpkin) 1st, Nathan West; 2nd, Kate Hill; (greenest pumpkin) 1st, Konner Little; 2nd, Gord Arbour; (most unusual) 1st, Owen Beamer; 2nd, Jake Shirton. Pictured (left to right) are: (first row) Nathan West, Kate Hill, Cindy Hansler, Ryan Gelings; (second row) Jake Shirton, Gord Arbour, Konnor Little, Owen Beamer. /Special to the Voice Morgenstern, remem- aware of farm life. Market continues each bered to water his pumpThe salsa tasting contest Thursday evening in kin by putting it beside drew seven entries. Lori Pelham Town Square in his sandbox. Minor won in the over- Fonthill from 4:30 p.m. to Contest organizer Bev all category while Ivana dusk until Oct. 24. Yungblut said the market Cutting and Judy Robins With the harvest season held the contest to show were winners in the hot at its peak, apples, pears, young people how to category with their Sassy pumpkins, squash and grow food. Salsa. grapes fill stalls of its 20 Many, she said, have city The Pelham Farmers vendors. backgrounds and are un-
Community supports Pelham Cares for Thanksgiving BY WAYNE CAMPBELL
for the VOICE With the Thanksgiving weekend coming up, support is lining up behind Pelham Cares. Klagers Meats in downtown Fonthill is in the final days of its annual Thanksgiving ham and turkey drive, inviting customers to donate toward the purchase of ham and turkeys for Pelham Cares clients. “We are continuing right through to Saturday,” said Klagers owner Eleanor Arbour. Contributors can have their names put on paper hams or turkeys on a donor wall if they choose. Betty Brown, Pelham Cares client co-ordinator, said the number of clients requiring a Thanksgiving dinner has increased. “So far we have 40 families registered to receive a Thanksgiving hamper,” she said Monday. That compares to 37 last year and 28 the year before.
“So we are definitely up!” Last Thursday, shoppers at the Pelham Farmers Market bought a little extra fresh produce for Pelham Cares Friday food bank. “We did very well,” said volunteer Colleen McCarthy. “We filled at least four bins with donated items purchased from market vendors.” Last Saturday, DeVries Fruit Farm during its Fall Fest donated proceeds from pumpkin sales. McCarthy said it looked like it went well despite rain. The latest Pelham Care support uses social media. Nauta Home Designs has set up a Facebook food donation drive for this week. “We will be running the campaign via our Facebook page, for each ‘like’ that the Thanksgiving Food Drive status gets, we will donate one non-perishable food item to Pelham Cares,” said Emily Miller. The drive began last Friday and continues until this Friday.
“We were thrilled and of course we are very supportive,” said Brown. “We have provided Emily with a list of food items we are in need of and hoping that the post is ‘liked’ and ‘shared’ at least 250 times which is the goal.” Carole and John Laidman of Urban Graze give Pelham Cares fresh produce. “They donate all the potatoes, carrots, onions and any other items they may have, like squash,” said Brown. Pelham Cares food bank has a shortage of certain items. The list includes: Flakes of ham, chicken, turkey, salmon; canned stew; Hamburger Helper and Sidekicks; small bags of rice or rice mixes; sugar/small bags of flour; cake/muffin/brownie mixes; any canned fruit and vegetable; canned tomatoes; toothpaste, bars of soap, shampoo, Kleenex and toilet paper. For more information see the Pelham Cares website www.pelhamcares.org.
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ONGOING • Mondays at 7 p.m. Sing Niagara Women’s A Cappella Chorus at Paroisse Immaculee Conception Church, 99 Garner St, St. Catharines. Call 905-8921640 or visit www.singniagara.com. • 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. • Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Bingo Night at St. Ann’s Church, Chance to win $100. 834 Canboro Rd, Fenwick. Wheelchair accessible. • 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 • 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. • Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA) for fellowship, friendly competition and a more active lifestyle. Info www.ontarioseniorgames.ca • 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. •Volunteers Needed in Fonthill, Fenwick, Ridgeville for the Meals on Wheels program. Friendly Visiting program and also requires volunteer drivers to take seniors to appointments. Offer flexible hours and mileage reimbursement. Call Laura Dumas at 905788-3181 ext. 27 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. UPCOMING Wednesday, October 9 through Friday, Oct. 11 • Thanksgiving Food Drive for Pelham Cares by Nauta Home Designs via their Facebook page. They will donate one non-perishable food item to Pelham Cares for each LIKE that the Thanksgiving Food Drive status gets. Go to: https://www.facebook. com/nautahomedesigns 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
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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. www.doorsopenniagara.com • 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Legion Dinner Monday, October 26 • 7:00 p.m. Survivors of Stroke monthly meeting. Niagara Regional HQ. Program: Dancing with the Survivors. Contact Alex at 905-353-1987 Saturday, October 26 • 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Pasta
Dinner, Fonthill Lions Hall. Adults $10, Children under 12 $6. Friday, October 25 • 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 Saturday, October 26 • 7:00 p.m. Progressive Euchre, Fonthill Lions Hall. $5 Monday, October 28 • 7:30 p.m. Pelham Horticultural Society Meeting at Floral Dimensions Flower Farm, 906 Hwy. 20 West, Fenwick: field trip to a local grower to see what’s new. Look for the Big Chair. Please bring a lawn or folding chair. • 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Legion Dinner
Wednesday, Oct. 30 throug Sunday, Nov. 3 • Christmas in the Mall Event by NSNAP Niagara Spay and Neuter Assistance Program, Fairview Mall 285 Geneva St. St. Catharines. Come out and have some shopping fun with our great selection of gifts, housewares, baked goods, jewellery, clothes both new and very gently. You can make a huge difference in the quality of animals lives by shopping for gifts at this fundraiser sale. Volunteers are also gratefully invited. All funds go directly to help the animals who are most appreciative. Facebook: Niagara Spay Neuter Assistance Program Inc., website: http://www. niagaraspayneuterassistance.org, phone: 289-8978514 or email@example.com
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PMHA gains change in timing of rental fee hikes Pelham Minor Hockey Association will have a clearer view of ice rental rates at the beginning of each hockey season. Town council Monday decided to implement any increases in ice rental rates at the Pelham Arena on Sept. 1 rather than Jan. 1. The association, in a letter to council, complained the mid-season rental
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E.L. Crossley Cyclones step out to benefit local cancer community
increases affected its ability to budget adequately. The change will allow the hockey association to adjust its registration fees set in the spring to cover a whole hockey season. Council also waived fees for the use of the arena hall for PMHA meetings.
A trio of wins for U14/15 Girls
This is the 10th year E.L Crossley has held a run/walk for cancer for organizations like the Terry Fox Foundation and Rankin Cancer. Throughout the past 10 years, E.L. Crossley has raised nearly $100, 000 in donations. /Special to the Voice
The U14/15 Pelham Panthers Rep team were the Grimsby Ontario 200 U15 Girls Tournament Champions, the NRGSL U14/15 Girls League Champions, and the NRGSLU14/15 Girls Playoff Champions. Pictured in the front row, left to right are Amy DeKorte, Caleigh McColl, Valerie Belanger, Alyssa Witteveen, Michelle Maecker, Sophie Pauls, Alanna Peplinski, Rachel Hildebrandt. In the back row, left to right are Angela Seddon (Manager), Richard Maecker (Head Coach), Maya O’Donnell, Clare Benson, Kristen Goossen, Emily Angi, Lannie Seddon, Robyn Folkerts, Hayley Flikkema, Ailene Zamora, Rob Hildebrandt (Assistant Coach). /Special to the Voice
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the students of E.L Crossley participated in the third annual Crossley Rankin Cancer Run/Walk. The event began with an opening assembly (featuring guest speaker, Trisha Lee Halamay, who talked about her own battle with cancer), con-
tinued with the walk/run around the community and ended at the school with lots of food and activities. Over the past few weeks, Crossley students, family members and the community worked together to collect money. The nearly $7500 do-
nated by Crossley will be added to the money raised by Niagara’s Rankin Cancer Run/Walk held in May of 2014. Every dollar raised by the Rankin Run is donated to cancer care in the Niagara region, which helps local cancer patients.
Pelham Book Depot Panthers U12 Girls rise to top The Pelham Book Depot Panthers completed their quest this summer in going from the lowest-ranked team four years ago (when they were a U9 team), to being top of the league this summer as a U12 girls’ team. The league’s leading scorer was Terin Hultink, and the league’s top goal keeper was Rachel Wayda who amassed seven shutouts during the season as well as numerous shutouts in the three tournaments the team participated in. The Panthers finished with 29 points, two better than the second place St. Catharines Jets. The league record was nine wins, one loss and two ties. The girls scored 29 goals and only allowed six. In the playoffs, Wayda earned two more shutouts as the team beat the Club
Roma 4-0 in the playoff semi-final. Goal scorers in the game were Terin Hultink, Sarah Bernier, Marlize VanSittert and Kate Knafelc. The girls then beat the St. Catharines Jets 1-0 in the playoff final on a goal by Kate Knafelc. Wayda saved the game for the team when she shut down a breakaway by the Jets. The score at the time was 0-0. The team also won the Ancaster Heritage Days tournament (one of the biggest in Ontario) during the summer, dethroning the defending champ Welland Wizards 1-0 in penalty kicks in the tournament final. They also went on to win the St. Thomas Invitational Tournament with a 2-0 win against a solid Byron team in the finals.
U12 Pelham Panthers. /Special to the Voice
Get Active program gets underway in three parks BY WAYNE CAMPBELL
for the VOICE Pelham’s new Get Active For Life program started up this week. The town started its walking, cycling and Nordic walking sessions in three neighbourhood parks: Peace Park in downtown Fonthill, Cherry Ridge Park on Sandra Drive in Fenwick and Woodstream Park on Spruceside Crescent in south Fonthill. Participants can register for the free programs through the town’s website www.pelham.ca. “Get Active for Life is our newest program that was created to provide walking and cycling programs in neighbourhood parks by our team of qualified ambassador leaders,” said community co-ordinator Jessica Ruddell. The walking program runs Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nordic walking sessions are each week on Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Pelham Peace Park. Cycling sessions are each Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 7
p.m., from the Pelham Arena on Haist Street. “Program ambassadors can be easily identified by their Town of Pelham Tshirt or reflective clothing in the case of our cycling ambassador,” said Ruddell. Pelham has shown a strong interest in fitness, said Bruce Manion one of the leaders or ambassadors for the program. He guides the Nordic pole walking sessions each Monday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Manion is a physical activity leader with Niagara Public Health who conducts Nordic walking workshops across the region. He praised the town for its attitude toward promoting walking, cycling and other activity in the town. “I wish Grimsby was doing this much,” he said about his town. While Nordic walking may look odd, it is an excellent way to get fit because it works the whole body, he said. Manion, who has severe back problems, said Nordic walking has strengthened his back, increased
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his upper body fitness and generally improved his lifestyle. It is an efficient way to lose weight, improve posture and, for seniors, a safe way to exercise by adding the support of the poles to prevent falls. “Men are sometimes shy about trying it because of the teasing,” he laughed. “Women are more sensible. They will doing something that will make them fitter.” The town provides the Nordic poles for the Monday morning exercise program. Ruddell cautions participants about safety during the outdoor program through the fall months. “We are encouraging all participants to wear reflective clothing to keep safe while walking and cycling.” For the Wednesday evening cycling class, riders require a bike helmet and must outfit their bicycle with a bike bell as well as front and back reflectors. Get Active for Life is financed through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund and the town. For participants, there is no cost.
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