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It may have snowed less than a week ago, but the hot, hazy days of summer are on the minds of the Summerfest Committee. Looking to build on last year’s success, increase attendance by 5,000 to 10,000 people, and expand the four-day event, the Summerfest Committee is beginning work on promoting the event. The committee, through the town, recently issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the promotion of the event. CAO Darren Ottaway explains the town is simply a broker for the committee, issuing the RFP to ensure all procurement for services follows the town’s regulations. Ottaway added the budget for the promotions tender, $3,000 to $5,000 for the consultant included in an overall promotion budget of $15,000, comes from the committee - not the town coffers. See SUMMERFEST/page 5

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Getting creative BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff How might council make better and quicker decisions? How might the town continually improve customer service? How might the town devise a method for council, the public and staff to identify golden eggs? These are questions a group of staff and councillors worked over five days to answer, using the Simplex Creative Problem Solving process. The exercise was a training session in the highest level of the Simplex, or How Might We,

creative problem solving process but was also a way to deal with three key areas within the corporation, better serving the community. To hear the outcome of the process and approve an action plan that would see the How Might We process utilized in all aspects of town business, council approved the scheduling of a special meeting. Praising the work and noting it will place Pelham as the most innovative community in the province, councillors not only agreed to the meeting, but asked it be given enough time to thoroughly review the information.

PELHAM Panthers’ Josh Glen fights off three Dragons in game one of the OMHA finals on Sunday. James Whitaker/Voice Photo

Peewee A/Es in OMHA finals BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff If a Panther were to battle a Dragon, who’d come out victorious? It’s a question the Shoppers Drug Mart Pelham Peewee AE Panthers will be answering this week as they battle the Dorchester Dragons for the top hockey title in the province. The Panthers defeated Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lincoln, Acton, Collingwood and finally Port Hope to reach the finals in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) playoffs. Head coach Brent Mergl said the team started the season off slow, and at that point he wasn’t

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convinced they’d end up in the final series. Winning a Caledoia tournament, which Mergl says he entered the team in because he thought it would be a good way to gauge where they were in comparison to other teams, was the turning point. Mergl explained the tournament is where the kids bought in to the idea that hard work and practice would result in a winning season. “You look at where we started. We had a lot of new players, a lot of kids who had to learn the system,” said Joe Glen, who runs the teams defence. “It was a total growth year.” “Each month, each week we were improving,” he said. “We

were getting better and better.” Glen noted the team did set goals at the beginning of the season, and being in the championship finals was one of them. Glen also pointed out the team doesn’t have a “superstar” but works as a team for the goals they set. “We win as a team. We lose as a team,” he said. Mergl added the players are committed to the team concept and were willing to change positions to ensure the team was as strong as possible, with the talent in the right places. On their way to the finals the team faced Collingwood in the See PANTHERS/page 11

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Bike Niagara offering another season of safety lessons

As cycling becomes more popular in Niagara, the need for education and safety training for all riders has increased. The importance of education as a means to improve cycling safety was highlighted by recent reports from the Chief Coroner of Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation’s draft Bicycle Strategy. The folks at the newly-created Bike Niagara have answered the

call, in this their second program year. Formed by a group of experienced cycling enthusiasts, Bike Niagara offers courses made up of four two-hour “Ready, Set, Cycle!� sessions at locations in St. Catharines and Pelham for everyone aged 14 and over. “Cycling is a great way to travel, exercise or simply enjoy the outdoors, and we want everyone to feel confident on their bikes,� said Gary Murphy, co-founder of

Bike Niagara. “So whether you’re new to riding, or just want a safety refresher, our “Ready, Set, Cycle� program is for you.� Each course includes the following four two-hour sessions: Selecting and buying a bike, with an afterhours visit to a bike shop. Riding a bike, gives instruction on how to use your bike, classroom and on bike training. Stay safe on your bike, rules of the road as well as lane positioning, all in class.

Bike handling skills, group riding and individual mentoring on bike. As a bonus, a free membership in the Niagara Freewheelers Bicycle Touring Club, www. is included for all new members. Everyone gets to attend an optional fifth session on training to help improve your power and endurance to ride further and faster. Bike Niagara has a close partnership with the Freewheelers

and as such, after you have completed your course with Bike Niagara, the Freewheelers offer ongoing bike instruction, as well as group touring in a relaxed atmosphere with a variety of rides from slow scenic meanders to longer tours. Bike Niagara is also supported by Niagara Region Public Health, the City of St. Catharines, the Town of Pelham as well as local bike shops in St Catharines (Rapid City Cycle, Bike Fit and Liberty! Bicycles) Welland

(Thornton’s Cycle and Sports) and Thorold (Clarkson Cycle & Fitness). More detailed information giving session dates and locations can be found at: www. and for regionwide registration which starts on March 27, contact: St. Catharines 905-688-5601 Ext. 1556 or on-line at or Pelham 905-892-2607 Ext. 341 or on-line at

Calling all heritage vehicles for 160th

The Town of Pelham and Fenwick in particular, is rich in history and to that end on June 1, 2013 Fenwick will be celebrating it’s 160th birthday. Our heritage is made up of not only townfolk, but also rural and military and we welcome all vehicles, whether they be a car, truck, tractor or

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something unique. The display will take place along Canboro Rd,, from town centre to Lampman’s furniture. We urge participants to dress in period costume matching the era of their vehicle and come prepared to enjoy a celebration to remember with a multitude of street entertainment, music and

food, for the whole family. There will be many historical displays, including those from the Niagara Antique Power Association and the Model Railroad Club and Pelham’s Historical Society. Vehicles will be displayed by era and space is reserved and limited, with preference to participants

from Pelham. Please call one of our committee members to register your vehicle as soon as possible. Be part of our 160th celebration. Contact Committee Members are Rick Kavanagh 905-892-5407, John Burger 905-892-3059, and Dave Csikos 905-892-3615.

Nominations for Kinsmen award

The Fonthill and District Kinsmen are currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Paul Bray Memorial Student Volunteer Award. The bi-annual award in memory of Welland resident and Fonthill Kinsmen Paul Bray, is in recognition of outstanding volunteerism by a secondary

school student attending a Welland or Pelham Secondary School. The Kinsmen will present a plaque to the award recipient and a $1000 cheque in his or her name to a recognized charity of their choosing. To qualify for this award, the nominee must be a fulltime student attending either

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Good Friday brings another season of Lions fish fries BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff There’s no telling how many pieces of fish or baskets of french fries the Fenwick Lions have cooked over the years, but you can bet it’s quite a lot. The Lions have been cooking up

fish and chips for two decades, and are getting ready to turn up the heat on the fryers for this season. While the exact history of the fish fry at Centennial Park isn’t apparent, the Lions agree it was Charlie Patterson’s idea and it’s been “at least” 20 years since the first fish fry was held. The first fish fry, says Lion Al

Beamer, earned the club a couple hundred dollars. “We thought we did terrific,” he said. Now, the fish fries average a couple thousand of dollars each week, with the opening weekend, on Good Friday, bringing in upwards of $6,000. “We go through 400 pounds

of fish on Good Friday,” says Beamer. “It fills so many community donations,” says Lion Bill King on how the proceeds from the fish fries are used. “It’s huge,” he adds of the fundraising done through the fish fries. “One hundred per cent of what

we raise goes to the community,” noted Beamer. Over the years the club has had the opportunity to reduce their overall costs and raise more funds for the Pelham community, but Beamer says the Lions refuse to cut quality. “It has to be the best,” he says, with another Lion quipping the Lions fish fries offer the “filet mignon of fish.” Beamer points out the club

members also feel its important to spend a bit extra on green take-out containers, which are biodegradable and can be discarded in the green bin. The Lions will be cooking up Haddock and fresh cut fries, delivered every Friday evening from Lowbanks Organic Farms, beginning Good Friday, March 29, and every other Friday until October 25.

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Can you say small world? I was out chatting with the Fenwick Lions the other day to give them a little story about the upcoming Fish Fry season - which gets underway on Good Friday. They told me the fresh cut fries are delivered just before the frying begins from a company called Lowbanks Organic Farms. “I probably know them,” I quipped. You’ve all heard (read) my stories about growing up on a 100-acre farm in Lowbanks. A hobby farm where my dad got to be a farmer when he wasn’t

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working shift work in the auto industry. Where I got to eat carrots fresh out of the rich, black soil and be the pied piper to our flock of ducks. The fact that my early years were spent in Lowbanks is where my little joke came from. Little did I know. When I got back to the office I was curious, so I googled the company name - and found it was located on Hutchinson Road. Hutchinson Road. Where I grew up. I Google mapped the address, interested to see where abouts in my old neighbourhood

this farm was. Closer than I thought. A lot closer. Turns out Lowbanks Organic Farms IS my old farm. Things are different. The barn blew down right before we moved and the old wooden farm house was torn down to make way for a new home, but I’d recognize that land anywhere. Even though it’s been about 35 years since I last played in those fields. The orchards where we picked apples for pie and chased mice out from under fallen logs. The open pasture where a couple of

old horses came to live out their days. The trees that seemed to rise endlessly into the sky, standing watch over the house. All very familiar, even in satellite view. I picked up the phone and dialed. Yes, my dad told me, he’d heard a few years ago the family who bought the farm from us was supplying fresh cut fries to restaurants. Maybe I know them? No maybe about it. I remember playing in the yard with the kids who were about to make my farm their home. Small world indeed.

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I am appalled at the way in which you announced the rescinding of the bylaw, thus removing Craig Larmour as Planning Director (Planner fired, page 1, March 6, 2013). I think the paper should have been a little more discretionary in the way in which they advertised his removal from office. After all it is a very sensitive issue. As a developer, developing

property from Surrey, B.C. to Ottawa, I found Mr. Larmour straightforward, honest, knowledgeable and looking out for the interests of the citizens of Pelham. On the other hand, I do believe the council members should take a look at the way they conduct business in Pelham. Thirteen years to finally move ahead with the East Fonthll secondary plan. The one that

bothers me the most is the way in which our town fathers acquired Mori Gardens property at Rice Road and Hwy 20. What a great one-sided deal and we the taxpayers are still paying for their mistakes. I do wish Mr. Larmour all the best and I’m sure one day soon it will become public knowledge of his severance and the reason for his abrupt departure.


In the March 13 edition of The Voice of Pelham the date for the grand re-opening of the Erland Lee (Museum) Home on Ridge road in Stoney Creek was incorrectly given as April 2 (Women’s Institute marking 100 years in 2013, page 12). The correct date for the opening is April 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. Also in the March 13 edition the date given for the fundraising dance by Pelham Community Church (Church holds a ‘barn’ dance, page 3) in the cutline was incorrect. The date in the story is correct, the actual date of the event is March 22. The Voice regrets the error and any misunderstanding it may have caused.

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What is community, and how does council build it BY DAVE AUGUSTYN Mayor of Pelham Over the last number of years, Council has concentrated on improving the infrastructure of our Town. Now, we are expanding our focus to include the building of community. Some of the infrastructure improvements have been multimillion dollar, multi-faceted, and many-month projects – like reconstructing Haist Street, revitalizing Downtown Fonthill, constructing a new Fire Station #2, or replacing all nine

playgrounds in Pelham. (Thanks to the Federal and Provincial governments for funding twothirds of each of these important projects!) Other improvements – like more than 9 KM of new sidewalks, including around Pelham Town Square or down Regional Road 20 from Station Street to Rice Road – have enhanced walkability throughout the Town. We have also funded improvements to rural and urban roads and bridges: Effingham from Pelham Road to Kilman; Church Street from Webber Road to Canboro; Line Avenue; Elizabeth

Drive; Station Street north; Sheldon Lane; Chantler Road; Maple Street bridge; Sawmill Road bridge; etc. We’ve installed +3,200 new, radio-frequency water meters to keep track of water usage and reduce unaccounted water use. We have replaced 7 km of cast iron water mains along roads like Churchill, Peachtree, and Hillcrest. And, we budgeted for more infrastructure improvements in 2013 – like revitalizing Downtown Fenwick, and reconstructing Port Robinson Road from Pelham Street to Station.

Summerfest plans underway Continued from page 1 Although the town recently hired a communications director, who began work on March 18, Ottaway says the intense work needed to pormote Summerfest happens in such a short period of time it would not be possible for the town’s communications staffer to undertake. “It’s a pretty busy job for a short period of time,” he said. Ottaway also noted the town and Summerfest Committee have worked to improve internal communications so town staff, who work behind the scenes, are more proactive in securing goods and services for the committee. Brokering the tender for a promotions person, he said, is simply part of that new cooperative approach. Councillor Gary Accursi, a member of the Summerfest Committee, said hiring a promotional consultant is something the committee did last year and they are simply “following good business practice.” The consultant, said Accursi, works on the graphic design of

promotional materials, works on finding sponsorships and other fundraising, develops an overall plan to promote the event. Residents, he said, can expect to see the start of promotions by mid-April when “save the date” type materials are released. “We’re really excited to build on what we did last year,” he said, noting he feels the committee can build on the community breakfast and fun run held on the final day of Summerfest last year. Accursi also noted the Niagara

Nights of Art event last year, held on the Friday night, will become Pelham Nights of Art to highlight the many talented, local artists. “We want to make it special just for Pelham artists,” he said. The festival will also become part of that weekend’s Thrusday concert in Peace Park with a beer and wine tent, art exhibits and food vendors. “We’re trying to keep it fresh,” said Accursi.



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In January, Dean Allison, our MP, announced $158,000 from the Federal Government to match the Town’s funding of improvements to Old Pelham Town Hall, including the historic Ridgeville Cenotaph, and the Pool House at Marlene Stewart Streit Park Swimming Pool. As I stated during the funding announcement, a community is about more than roads, and pipes in the ground. Community is about a “sense of place” like experienced in Pelham’s downtowns or beautiful rolling hills. Community is about our joint heritage and histories like

with Old Pelham Town Hall and as annunciated in our Heritage Master Plan. Community is about volunteers – and Pelham has so many committed volunteers! Just like a home is about more than four walls and a roof, community is about people – people coming together, interacting, celebrating, and remembering. That’s why I am so proud of events like those hosted by Pelham service clubs or like Summerfest or the Riehl Skatepark Aviva Announcement or the Bandshell Concert Series. That’s why the Town recently reorganized by

adding a Recreation, Culture, and Wellness department. And, finally, because it’s been discussed and desired for many, many years, Council recently approved the development of a business case for community recreational facilities. Council plans to give more attention to the building of community and hopes to finally decide on the future recreational, cultural, and wellness facilities and needs for the Town in 2013. You may contact Mayor Dave at or read past columns at www.

A “non-driveway deposit” BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff After hearing from residents that there are attachments for snow plows that prevent the huge banks of snow left in driveways, Councillor John Durley made a motion at Monday’s meeting asking staff to look into the issue. Calling it a “non-driveway deposit feature”, Durley said if other municipalities can avoid dumping snow plowed from streets at the end of driveways Pelham

should be able to do the same by purchasing the attachment. “Let’s do it,” said Councillor Peter Papp, agreeing with Durley that if it can be done Pelham should do it. Councillor Richard Rybiak, who lived in Saskatoon where Durley says the feature is used, joked he didn’t think it would “change the mood much,” since most people don’t like clearing snow in any condition. “I hadn’t realized it had snowed here yet,” said Darren Ottaway, a recent immigrant from Alberta.

In all seriousness, he went on, there may be other ways of avoiding the driveway deposits of plowed snow simply by changing how the drivers plow rather than making a capital purchase and suggested staff discuss all options to deal with “your socalled snow.” Councillor Larry Clark, sitting as chair of the Committee of the Whole, answered by suggesting all calls from residents with complaints regarding snow should be referred to Ottaway.

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Le Village brings renewed life to Ridgeville building BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff “It’s all about creating beautiful spaces,� says Lise Daniel of her newest venture, Le Village in Ridgeville. And for Daniel those beautiful spaces aren’t just about the home

decor, art, and gift pieces she sells, it’s also about the building itself. Daniel purchased In The Village, she says, because she was always interested in home decor, always helping out friends and family, and she’s always liked the store. When the opportunity came up to purchase it, she said, she decided to go for it. Part of why Daniel wanted to

purchase the building in Ridgeville, and not simply open her own store, she said, is the character and history of the building. Once a post office and “quality store�, Le Village, as Daniel has renamed the shop, still carries it’s historic character, including the beautiful tin ceiling. In fact, as part of a “quick renovation� Daniel said she painted

the walls, opened up the entrance, and laid new flooring, but tried to maintain the character, highlighting the ceiling with a new coat of paint. Other than that, the shop remains much the same as it was when Daniel purchased it, featuring home decor, jewelry, handbags, gift items, art and some small furniture pieces. Daniel says she also does flowers and will do weddings from the shop as well. A teacher who has worked

numerous jobs and taken floral design and landscape, Daniel says everything she’s done has led to Le Village. “I’m living my dream,� she says. “It’s always been about creating beautiful spaces.� The store, she points out, allows others to create their own beautiful space, no matter the budget, explaining she carries a wide variety of items in a wide variety of price points, explaining every woman

can feel good when they shop at Le Village. Daniel ads she’s working on making shopping at Le Village a good experience for men as well, hoping to develop a registry so husbands can call ahead, order something from their wife’s wish list, then just pick it up - gift wrapped and ready to go. “It doesn’t feel like work to me,� she says of the shop that opened March 9.

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Vote to help PMHA win $100,000 Kraft Canada is continuing its support of local hockey clubs with the Kraft Hockey Goes On award. Kraft Hockey Goes On is a new program from the food giant that celebrates and recognizes local community hockey supporters. Through the program $1 million will be awarded to Hockey Canada-affiliated minor hockey associations across Canada. This award is for individuals across Canada that demonstrate dedication and commitment to keep hockey going in their communities. Winners of this award will have the opportunity to win one of five $100,000 regional prizes or a $20,000 regional prize

for their local hockey association. For “countless hours” spent helping Pelham Minor Hockey, Byron Sinclair has been nominated by the local Panthers hockey club. Sinclair, Pelham Minor Hockey Association President and Ice Scheduler, is one of 20 finalists in Ontario and has a one in 20 chance at winning one of the regional prizes. For 23 years Sinclair has spent countless hours ensuring Pelham kids have the best hockey season possible. He has willingly taken on the responsibility for many of the on and off ice activities that happen in the association.

Because of Sinclair’s leadership and easygoing manner, Pelham hockey has many volunteers willing to step up and help out when needed. As President, Sinclair is committed to the association and provides the leadership to keep the association strong. “Byron gives so much to our association and his only motivation is to see the kids develop as players and have the opportunity to play Canada’s favourite game,” says Victoria Morrissey, novice convenor. Morrissey explains the association needs Pelham’s help to ensure Sinclair wins this

award. The award is presented based on online voting, which takes place Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24. “Show your support for one of our most dedicated volunteers, please vote,” says Morrissey. Anyone can vote, and Pelham Minor Hockey is encouraging all hockey families to vote, all residents to vote and everyone to recruit family and friends to vote as well. To vote visit www.; go to Ontario region; and vote for Byron Sinclair.


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a part of celebrating the holiday season with family fun and activities. The Easter display is a warm welcome to spring and the bunnies have become annual visitors that keep us hopping”, says Mike Belcastro, President Seaway Mall.

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Community Events ONGOING • To March 24th Penny Drive, Fenwick United Church, 1050 Chruch Street, Fenwick. Drop your pennies off in the water jug in the church atrium to have them donated to the Riehl Skate Park Lenten Project. • Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Bingo Night at St. Ann’s Church, 834 Canboro Rd, Fenwick Wheelchair accessible. • Wednesday - last Wednesday each month. Euchre Night at North Pelham Youth Hall, 1718 Maple St. $3 admission. Call Rose for info: 905-8923408. • Fridays 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Legion Lunch • Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Euchre at North Pelham Youth Hall, 1718 Maple St. $3 admission. Call Rose for info: 905-892-3408. • Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 Knit Wits at Fonthill Library for knitters and crocheters. Drop in. $4 includes refreshments, • Saturdays, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Bingo at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613 Fonthill, 141 Regional Road 20. UPCOMING Monday, March 18 Thursday March 28 • Pelham Auto’s 3rd Annual Easter Food Drive for Pelham Cares. Drop off non-perishable food or treats to Pelham Auto Repair. Wednesday, March 20 • 6:30 p.m. Niagara Heritage Quilters Guild. Merriton Community Center, Park Ave, St. Catharines. • 7:30 p.m. Canadian Federation of University Women, March meeting at Plymouth Cordage Retirement Residence, 110 First Ave. Welland. Our speaker will be a representative from the Owl Foundation, a local facility that serves as an owl “hospital “ and rehabilitation centre. All women welcome.

• 7:30 p.m. Local author/ artist Vanessa Brownbridge $4. Register ahead. Pelham Public Library. Friday, March 22 • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Legion Lunch Saturday, March 23 • 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. Niagara Handweavers & Spinners Guild will be demonstrating hand spinning in the Festival Room at Pelham Public Library. Sunday, March 24 • 9:30 a.m. Palm Sunday Service at Fonthill United Church. • 11:00 a.m. Window Wash: Fenwick United Church Fundraiser for Riehl Skate Park, 1050 Church Street, Fenwick. Leave us a donation and your license plate number to have your windows washed while you’re enjoying the sermon! Monday March 25 • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Hearing Clinic-Connect Hearing will be at the Fonthill Branch giving free hearing screenings and answering any questions about hearing issues. Free but please schedule your appointment ahead at 905-892-6068 • 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Fonthill Baptist Church, Music of Easter Concert. Artist is Paul Waite. Free, bring your lunch. • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Pelham Horticultural Society meeting at Fonthill Library. “Cooking with Herbs”, including tastings and recipes. New members and guests welcome. • 7:30 p.m. Wainfleet Historical Society meeting at Marshville Heritage Village in Wainfleet. History of the Community of Knitting. Everyone is welcome.  For more information, call 905-3866978 Tuesday, March 26 • 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Fonthill Baptist Church, Music of Easter Concert. Artist is John Clipsham. Free, bring your lunch. • 6:00 p.m. STRESSKaren Robson will offer a dynamic presentation on the causes, effects and treatment of stress. Susan Mifsud will also be here to share her personal story. Free. Register ahead. Pelham Library. • 6:30 p.m. Fonthill Library Review - Public Input Workshop for New Comprehensive Library Services Study: Fire Station #1, 177 Highway #20 West, Fonthill Wednesday, March 27 • 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Fonthill Baptist Church, Music of Easter Concert. Artist is Lucas Chorosinski. Free, bring your lunch. Thursday, March 28 • 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Fonthill Baptist Church, Music of Easter Concert. Artist is David Cowan. Free, bring your lunch. GOOD FRIDAY March 29 • 10:00 a.m. Good Friday Brunch, Ridgeville Bible Chapel. Free, All Welcome. 418 Canboro Rd, Ridgeville. • 10:00 a.m. Good Friday Services for Fonthill United Church to be held at Central United Church in Welland. • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Legion Lunch, Special Good Friday menu. • 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Fab Fenwick Lions Fish Fry, Take Out, Centennial Park, Church St, Fenwick. EASTER SUNDAY March 31 • 9:30 a.m. Easter Services at Fonthill United Church Tuesday, April 2nd • 6:30 8:30 Meditation with Marcia. Bring a pen and notebook. $3.00. Register ahead. Pelham Library.

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The family of the late Wilma Trombley would like to thank everyone for their thoughtfulness during the recent loss of our wonderful Mother and Grandmother. We appreciate our friends and family who sent flowers, memorial contributions and cards. Special thanks to the Welland County Hospital 6th floor nursing staff, to Devin King and Tina Moessner of Pedlar Funeral Home, as well as to Bob and Cathie Cretney, Clergy, for their care and compassion. To many others who gave us sympathy and support, your kindness was sincerely appreciated and will not be forgotten. Dale and Geoff Burn and family.

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PATTERSON, Donald - at the Welland County General Hospital on Wednesday March 13, 2013, Donald Patterson of Fonthill in his 78th year. Dear brother of Jean Rubel (Keith). Loving uncle to Ian Cumming (Judy), Heather Letourneau (Roger) and Cheryl Hecimovich (Tony). Donald will be missed by many great nieces and nephews. A private Family Service and Interment has take place. Arrangements were entrusted to the LAMPMAN FUNERAL HOME, 724 Canboro Road, Fenwick. 905-892-4701.

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Services ALLTYPE MASONRY Chimneys, Brick, Block, Stone. Foundation repairs, sidewalks, custom concrete work. Call the Deamudes– Tom 289-241-4767 or 905-892-1924 Janet’s Tax Service. 30 years experience. 1200 Balfour Rd, Fenwick. 905892-4654. THODE HOUSE CLEANING SERVICES Team of hardworking, organized, dependable and energetic ladies will take care of your house cleaning needs. Give us a call Elizabeth 905-386-0082 after 5pm

Memorial Schmaltz, Douglas September 2nd, 1948 – March 17th, 2011 “It is part of the nature of every definitive love that sooner or later it can reach the beloved only in infinity.” In memory of my beloved husband, missed every day… MARTIN, Helen Patricia Kinsman (nee Gullett) originally of Fonthill. Born February 29, 1932 Welland County Hospital. Died March 9, 2012 Montreal, Quebec. Pat was wife of Gordon, mother of Cam, Jeff, Peter, Stephen, Anne and Derek. Sister of Elizabeth, Fred (deceased) and William. Loved and missed by family and friends across Canada and around the world.

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Panthers drop first game before heading to Dorchester finals. It’s going to be a good series,” said Mergl, just before the Panthers took to the ice for the first game on Sunday, March 17 at the Pelham Arena. The Panthers lost game one 4-1 to the Dragons. Game two was in Dorchester on Tuesday, March 19. The Voice did not know the outcome of that game at press time. The next game is at home, Saturday, March 23 at 1:20 p.m. followed by a Dorchester game on March 24 at 5:30 p.m. Game five is scheduled for March 30 in Pelham at 1:20 p.m. and game six, if necessary, will be in Dorchester on March 31 at 1 p.m. The series is a best of five, or the first team to six points. Teams earn two points for a win, one for a tie.

Dorchester, just south of London, is about a two hour drive from Pelham, for those who may want to support the Panthers at every game.

Atom A/Es in OMHA finals Last year the Pelham Panthers Atom A/E team came back from a game one loss to defeat Collingwood in the finals to win the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) title. This year the team is once again in the final series and, once again, will have to battle from behind to take the title. Facing Huntsville in the OMHA final playdowns, the Autopark Atom A/E team played to a 3-3 tie in game one then lost 2-0 in game two, both played in Huntsville.

The Panthers return to the Pelham Arena for games three and four, which are scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. The series is a best of five or first team to six points. A win earns two points and a tie is good for one point. After two games Pelham has one point while Huntsville has three points. If necessary, the series goes back to Huntsville on March 30 then returns to Pelham for game six on March 31, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

MAYOR Dave Augustyn dropped the ceremonial first puck in the Peeweee A/E series between the Pelham Panthers, represented by Captain Henry Blackburn (left) and the Dorchester Dragons. Before the game Abigail Shatford sang the National Anthem. James Whitaker/Voice Photos

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quarter-finals, their toughest opponent, said the coaches. Collingwood, explained Glen, had always defeated Pelham in the past, stopping their championship drive. “They were the toughest to date,” said Mergl, noting when the Panthers defeated Collingwood they didn’t celebrate too much or let themselves believe the rest of the games would be easy. “We’re not done, the goal isn’t complete,” said Glen, noting the team never gives up. In the finals Pelham is facing the Dorchester Dragons. Assistant Coach John Carmichael says the team did play Dorchester once this season, in a tournament, and lost 2-1 in overtime. That, the coaches said, indicates the teams are fairly well-matched for some good hockey in the

U10 boys win 2, lose 1 The Pelham Panthers U-10 Boys Basketball Team travelled to Beamsville on March 9th and defeated the Grimsby Grizzlies 18-16 and the East York Eagles 34-31 before falling 26-23 to the Hamilton Wildcats. Top scorers were TJ Hurley and Will Capes, with other offensive contributions from Joseph Kealey, Matthew Martel, and Connor Schuman. Great rebounding from Josh Larochelle, Adam Kleinsmith, and Matthew Zoretich, and all-around defensive efforts from Edson Sanecki, Noah Minor, and Thomas Vaillancourt. The boys wish to thank their sponsor, Zoretich Wealth Management.

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