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BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff The Autopark Atom A/E Panthers are in a fierce battle to become the top team in their division across the province. The team started a final championship series with the Huntsville Otters earlier this month, playing the first two games in Huntsville followed by two more this past weekend in Pelham.

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The team played to an overtime tie in game one then lost game two. In Pelham, the Panthers defeated the Otters on Saturday, March 23 – bringing the series even. On Sunday, despite being up in the first period and playing some fantastic hockey, the Panthers lost game four. The team now heads back to Hunstville on March 30 then returns to Pelham for game six, if necessary, on March 31. “We have to win on Saturday,”

said head coach Coby Hawkins after Sunday’s game, explaining even a tie game would give the Otters the six points they need to win the series. Tie games earn each team one point while a win is worth two. In the best of five series, the first team to earn six points wins the series. Hawkins said despite being down by two points after the weekend, the Panthers have See OMHA/page 11

If the weather cooperates Pelham residents may be seeing some colour in the skies over our southern boundaries on Easter weekend. The colour ­– the parachutes of Niagara Skydive Centre staff who are planning an inaugural jump over the Easter weekend from their new home at the Niagara Central Airport. Niagara Skydive Centre opened in 2002 at the Dunnville airport, when owner Tim Grech took a bonus from his corporate job to open his own skydiving business. Now, owners of the Dunnville airport are using their land to build windmills, more lucrative than airports, and Niagara Skydive Centre needed to find a new home. Grech explains he approached the local airport 11 years ago, but

was told there was no space for his business. Eleven years later the airport, undergoing some recent changes, does not only have the space for Grech, the board has been very welcoming of his business, he says. It’s been a pleasure, he says, working with the airport commission who provided a quick turnaround on the contract to get Niagara Skydive Centre here as quickly as possible. Grech says his notice in Dunnville was very short, so he appreciates the work of David Devine and the airport commission to accommodate him. Niagara Skydive Centre brings about 10,000 visitors to the area each year, says Grech, noting people going skydiving don’t normally go alone, so there are about two or three other people in the group. See MAYOR/page 3

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In 2012 the Town of Pelham held an afternoon tea to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee. The event was so well received the town is considering hosting another tea in 2013. To build on the success of the Queen’s Jubilee tea from 2012 the town is calling for all members of the organizing committee interested in helping plan a Heritage Tea in 2013 to step forward. Anyone interested in helping with a 2013 tea can contact Jessica Ruddell at 905-892-2607 ext. 341 or jruddell@pelham.ca

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Local student wins national Skippyjon Jones contest BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff What would you do at the circus with a cat who thinks he’s a chihuahua? Hannah Holmes answered that question with a picture she drew depicting herself and Skippyjon Jones riding a horse performing at the circus. That picture won the Grade 2 A.K. Wigg student the grand prize in a Scholastic Canada art contest about the popular children’s book character. “I almost cried,”

said Hannah on how excited she was to learn she’d won the grand prize in the art contest, $250 in art supplies and a set of Skippyjon Jones books. She said she got home one evening last week to find four large boxes on the front step, and thought they were for the wrong house, until she opened them and found the note congratulating her on winning the contest. The Grade 2 class at A.K. Wigg was pretty excited about Hannah’s win as well, when she showed them the huge box of art supplies

and Skippyjon Jones books the classroom won as well. “This is amazing,” said teacher Trish Iannizzi, noting the prize will certainly boost the classroom’s art supplies. Iannizzi explained the contest was open to all schools across Canada, for students in Kindergarten to Grade 2, and she encouraged her students to take part. In preparation, the class read Skippyjon Jones books together and made the cat the subject of their art class. Hannah said she likes to draw,

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Sponsorships, fundraising underway for 160th party BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff Excitement is growing and plans are coming together quickly for Fenwick’s 160th Anniversary bash this summer. Similar to the 150th Anniversary part in 2003, the committee is planning a day-long event with lots of displays, attractions, and entertainment for the entire family. The town will be dressed up with lots of colour and bright, cheerful pleated fan swags and bows that can be hung outside of homes and businesses. The Decorating Committee is taking orders for the custom made decorations. Fan swags are 40”

across with a 20” drop in maroon, creme and maroon at a cost of $25 each. The maroon, 10 loop bows have 20” tails and will sell for $10 each. Prices include HST. All are made in the USA of “flag quality” nylon and resistant to the sun’s UV rays. Orders must be prepaid and placed no later than April 1 for delivery by May. Call Rosemary Chambers at 905-892-2549 or Sally Jaeger at 905-892-2607 ext. 347 or email her at sjaeger@pelham.ca. The entertainment committee has lined up an eclectic array of music for under the big tent, including the Niagara Falls Concert Band, the E..L. Crossley Jazz Band and a number of local bands. Heritage displays will include vintage vehicles, old Pelham Fire

Trucks, a 1908 steam pumper from the Port Colborne Fire Department, and a variety of vintage cars and motorcycles. Vehicles will be displayed by era and space is reserved and limited, with preference to participants from Pelham. To display your heritage vehicle, call Rick Kavanagh 905-892-5407, John Burger 905-892-3059, or Dave Csikos 905-892-3615. There will also be displays of antique engines from the Niagara Antique Power Association. A “museum” of heritage items will be set up. Anyone who has old photos and artifacts the committee could borrow to put on display in the museum is asked to call Rosemary or Gary Chambers at 905-892-2549.

The Greater Niagara Model Railroad Engineers club, which operates a large HO scale model railroad, the Fenwick Central, is also planning to be open for the day. As plans come together the committee is also working hard on fundraising and seeking out sponsors for various aspects of the celebration. A donation has already been received from the Pelham Business Association. To become a sponsor or make a donation, contact Sally Jaeger at 905-892-2607 ext. 347 or email her at sjaeger@pelham.ca. or Gary Chambers at 905-892-2549.

Mayor challenged to make first jump Continued from page 1

Here in Niagara, he says he’s expecting to see his business grow as the area provides much more than Dunnville to see and do, meaning skydivers visiting his business will likely stay a weekend and visit otherbusinesses as well. The centre offers solo and tandem jumps, said Grech, with about 80 per cent of his business first time jumpers who choose to jump with an experienced skydiver, in a tandem jump. Solo jumping, he said, is usually the next step as first-time jumpers decide they want to learn the sport. Grech said he’s challenging

Mayor Dave Augustyn to be the first tandem jumper from the new location, offering Augustyn that jump complimentary. “It’s not for everybody,” he admits, noting if you want to jump you won’t be talked out of it, but if you don’t want to do it, you normally can’t be talked into jumping. “Aside from my family, it is the thing that has had the greatest impact on my life,” says Grech, who has been jumping for 29 years and has more than 5,000 jumps under his belt. “It’s the thrill,” he says. “The sense of freedom. You’re basically flying.”

While Grech says he will never say it is a “perfectly safe” activity, acknowledging you are jumping from a plane, he says in all of his 5,000 jumps he’s never even broken a nail. Statisically, the chances are about one in 200,000 you’ll die skydiving, but only one in 16,000 you’ll die in elective surgery, he says. “It’s as safe as any other high risk activity,” he says, noting his equipment, aircraft and staff are all in top notch shape and training. Grech employs about two dozen people in the season, May to December, which he often houses at the Dunnville airport to take

better advantage of favourable weather. He hopes to create some staff accommodations here as well. Although the staff expects to jump over Easter, Grech says the first public jumps likely won’t take place until about June, when the weather is more stable. A meeting of the Niagara Central Airport Commission is scheduled for Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in Hangar #1, which will feature more information about Niagara Skydive Centre.

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Council meeting was a learning experience

It is said that the most reliable source of information in a company comes from around the water cooler. The same can be said for attending a Municipal Council Meeting. I have been a resident of Pelham for over 25 years and have been to my share of Council meetings, but the one I attended on Monday March 4th was the best one yet. One facet of the meeting covered the Proposed Environmental By-law. After a number of delegations were heard from, that strongly opposed the By-law with its current language, Council recessed and returned with an obviously rehearsed conclusion and an ultimate vote in favour of the By-law, with the promise of subjective enforcement. In addition to bearing witness to the travesty of Municipal governance, I received an education from gallery members made up of community residents. Since then, I have spent time researching current municipal issues via Minutes from Council and Committee Meetings (all found on the municipal website www.pelham.ca) along with reports and articles published in local and regional newspapers. I will share my summary of findings with you. I invite clarification from the Mayor or any member of Council. I do hope the reply comes with substance and not one of the sugar coated pastries served to us via the Mayor’s weekly editorials. 1) Further to Sarah Murrell’s (Editor of the Voice of Pelham Newspaper) concern that the Municipality was not shopping local, it is clear that they are not hiring local either. The current CAO was brought in from Grand Cache, Alberta. For your information, Grand Cache has a declining population of 3,783 and next to no development. Then, within weeks, the Assistant Director of Public Works was

hired from Grand Cache as well. These two individuals may be highly skilled and able to deliver very good service, but where was the commitment to the local (if not provincial) employment pool? I further understand that the Town paid a large percentage of their relocation costs. This clearly does not represent restrained spending while promoting local employment opportunities. 2) In addition to the above staffing concern, I follow the concerns of Mr. McGlashan and Mr. Bryne (via published Letters to the Editor in the Voice) regarding the recent turnover of senior staff. My research concludes that since the Mayor has been in office, there have been 5 CAOs at his side. There have also been 9 staff members (mostly made up of senior management) terminated. These terminations come with a very heavy price tag in severance packages. My conservative guesstimate is somewhere around $600,000, based on salaries posted on the Ministry of Finance’s website, commonly known as “The Sunshine List”. 3) In addition, since the Mayor has been in office, there have been 12 new positions added to the staff list. This is not 12 new people in replacement capacities, this is 12 NEW positions. In a time when most organizations are being conservative, the Town of Pelham is being extravagant. 4) It looks like there is $50,000 being spent on communication this year. This comes in the form of a new web-site and reinvented branding. The current web-site is only 2 years old and surely can be manipulated to represent current needs. And is it really necessary to reinvent our “brand”. Are we not being a successful Municipality with our current logo and branding environment? Where is the value of return on such an expense? This expense is further to the hiring of a new

Communications Office at a salary level of $80,000.00. 5) As recently reported, the new Simplex Creative Problem Solving bandwagon Council is on has come with a very large price tag. It seems that this training cost us (the tax payer) approximately $150,000 plus the salaries of middle and senior management while attending the 17 day long training session. Based on the salaries made by this large group (again found on the Ministry of Finance’s web-site), there is an approximate additional $150,000 consumed in staff time. Did senior staff not have any problem solving capabilities before this training. If not, do they deserve their 6 figure salaries? 6) The library has had its funding reduced from the Town and in turn will have to reduce services to the public. My family is a big user of the Library and I am sure that we part of a very large group of disappointed citizens. 7) After completing my list, I almost did not share it with you. But today, it was brought to my attention that my family doctor (the doctors located at #1 Pancake St. in Fonthill) will be moving. These doctors are leaving Pelham for facilities in Welland. It seems that this Municipal Council would not make a commitment to the group in terms of a partnership allowing the creation of a wellness center. Thousands of dollars over the decades has been spent on attracting doctors to Pelham without success and here we are losing 3 very good doctors that service thousands of Pelham’s population. All because our elected Council could not get their act together. This is the last straw that reduced my tolerance to zero and thus my submission. These are just a few findings I am able to report with such limited newsprint space. I appreciate your attention and anticipate that Council’s rebuttal

will involve a statement regarding growth, specifically that of East Fonthill. Since when is growth such a priority for Pelham? Apparently, there are almost a dozen subdivision applications CURRENTLY being processed at the Town. This will result in hundreds of available lots. In addition to this, Council wants to open up the East Fonthill area, which will result in thousands more housing opportunities and commercial developments. This type of development will only result in a supply and demand fight that will see housing values drop for you and me. And what about our small downtown(s) businesses, the ones that Council are apparently “trying” to protect (although it is said that some of them have no interest in doing so, because they only represent 4% of the tax base). How are they going to be protected by the commercial development proposed? As most of Pelham’s residents are now aware, Craig Larmour, the Town Planner for more than a

decade, had the By-law rescinded that appointed him. The new CAO, Mr Ottaway stated (in the Voice of Pelham), that there was “no reason”. The water cooler gossip has it that he was in conflict with Council’s vision. I am sure the new Director of Planning will have the exact vision of Council or be offered a severance package. That will have to be that for now. I will continue to research the subjective way that municipal By-laws are being enforced, the Mayor’s conduct and commitment to Pelham at the Regional level and the Town’s commitment and adherence to the Municipal Procurement Policy. Until then, I hope to see you around the water cooler. In the interim, I suggest each of us make a commitment to expect responsible and transparent governing from our Council. It really will make those interim tax payments a little easier to digest. Mr. William Braun Fenwick

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Intentions of council’s business plan approval BY DAVE AUGUSTYN Mayor of Pelham Last week, I wrote that “…because it’s been discussed and desired for many, many years, Council recently approved the development of a business case for community recreational facilities.” Some people asked me to identify what prompted these actions and, others, what is intended by them. In November 2012, Council asked staff to develop an Executive Summary of the recreational and cultural reports that various

Councils have received over the years. Why? As part of a creative problem solving educational session, Council identified reasons for such a report: Council is interested in the best way of developing the Townowned-lands in East Fonthill (32 acres at Regional Road 20 and Rice Road) in conjunction with other property-owner groups; Council wants to define the recreational and cultural services the Town needs now and into the future; Council wants to stay focused on deciding what to do with Town facilities and those Town-ownedlands.

On 3 December 2012, staff presented an outline of the relevant reports from 1990. The brief summarizes four consultant reports – from 1990, 2001, 2008, 2010 – and three staff reports – one from 2000, two from 2010. The Executive Summary’s conclusion states, “It is clear that there has been considerable study and work conducted in an attempt to determine the recreational and cultural needs of the community. Although details differ (Twin Pad Arena v. Community Centre) it is abundantly clear that since 1990 the community has consistently voiced a need and desire for a new twin pad arena, new

pool facilities and a community wellness centre.” Since I do not have enough room here to summarize the Executive Summary, I encourage you to read the eight-page document yourself; please ask for it from the Town Clerk’s Office or download it at www.pelhammayordave. blogspot.com. What did Council do after receiving the report? First, Council directed staff to work together with the other landowner developing

along Regional Road 20; he owns 42 acres of mostly commercial lands and hopes to begin the first phases of construction in 2014. Second, while the community “has consistently voiced a need and desire” for recreational and cultural facilities, the Town has yet to test the business case; therefore, Council directed staff to develop a “business case for community recreational facilities.” Finally, since there have been many discussions about the value

of the Town-owned lands over the years, Council directed staff to get an appraisal on the property. You and your neighbours will be invited to be part of further recreation and cultural discussions and decisions for Pelham in the coming weeks and months. You may contact Mayor Dave at mayordave@pelham.ca or read past columns at www. pelhammayordave.blogspot.com.

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Library review expanded BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff Performance Concepts, lead by president Todd MacDonald, is currently undertaking a review of the Pelham Public Library System. The review is being done in three phases: a look at each branch separately and then a look at the combined branches using information from the first two phases. During the course of the Library needs assessment it was suggested that the terms of reference be expanded to include an operational review component so cost efficiencies could be identified and recommended to the board. That recommendation was brought to council during the Monday, March 18 council meeting. Councillor Gary Accursi, who sits on the library board as council’s representative,

suggested the town wait to increase the scope of the work until the library board and steering committee had an opportunity to review the recommendation and endorse it. In response to a question from Councillor John Durley whether the council needed the library board’s endorsement, Accursi went on to point out the governance of the library is through the library board. Giving the nod to increasing the assessment, he said, is akin to him telling another business owner his operation is wrong and needs a review. Accursi pointed out the library board will call a special meeting to deal with the expanded scope and will be able to review it before the next regular meeting of council, scheduled for April 2. On the same day the expanded library review was discussed by council, the library announced reduced hours at both branches.

“For reasons of financial restraint, the Pelham Public Library Board announces the coming reductions to opening hours,” the library noted in a release sent out March 18. The Fonthill branch has already begun opening at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Beginning March 30 the Maple Acre branch will be closed on Saturdays and as of April 5, both branches will close at 5 p.m. on Fridays. Library board president Maxxine Gaylor said the reduction in hours and addition of an operational review are not directly connected. “As a board we’re always trying to be fiscally responsible,” said Gaylor, explaining the library board needs to balance providing the best service to users and working within budget. “It’s always good to look at the operational,” she said, noting now is a good time to do it because of the library needs assessment already under way.

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End of Community Policing The Grande Finale The role of The Pelham Community Policing Committee has been to work in partnership with the Niagara Region Police Service, the Town of Pelham and its citizens to identify and respond to safety hazards, problem areas and relevant policing issues; Educate the public about safety issues; Provide safety education materials and programs; Work with area schools and seniors to identify concerns and provide programs/solutions to address them. For a great many years, a group of a dozen volunteers, has done just that. The programs and services may have varied over the years but like everything in life,

times change. The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police re-defined the model for Community Policing and as such the existing committee had a decision to make. On that note, the committee will host its final Community Safety Day for elementary school children on May 29th at Centennial Park in Fenwick under the banner of the Community Safety Day Committee. Otherwise, the Policing Committee will be dissolved at the end of this month. What was the Mission Statement of Community Policing must now be the “community’s” responsibility. We must each, as

Catherine King individuals, be accountable for our own safety and security and so on that note I will sign off on my final article and leave the Mission Statement with you…”Working together to prevent or reduce crime while promoting public safety.”


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Steve Bauer supports Pelham’s Bicycle Friendly bid BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff Olympic Silver Medalist and Pelham native Steve Bauer was in town last week to add his support for his hometown to become a Bicycle Friendly Community. The Pelham Active Transportation Committee (PATC) is applying for the designation through the Share the Road Coalition, explained PATC member Bea Clark. She said the designation will draw attention to bicycle safety, as well as motorist safety, enhance cycling tourism in Pelham by letting cyclists know they are welcome here, and encourage local families to cycle together more. Being a bicycle friendly community, says Clark, has many benefits to the town, including a healthier, more active population; improved environment and air quality; and positive economic impacts. Clark says the PATC has been meeting with local businesses to

discuss how they might capitalize on increased cycling, explaining statistics show that cyclists look for shops and establishments which are friendly to cyclists, with something as simple as having a bike rack outside. Those cyclists, it is shown, spend money in local stores and restuarants. “Overall, there is an economic value to cycling,” she said. The designation, she added, isn’t a rubber stamp process, noting the application is hundreds of pages long and requires the community to truly show they have, or are working on, bicycle friendly initiatives, such as bike paths and shared roadways; planning documents that support bike friendly initiatives and a local council supportive of the designation. Having Bauer’s support, said Clark, means a lot to the Town of Pelham and the application, considering his name is known around the world. “More communities should get on board,” said Bauer, noting it is “fantastic” that his hometown

is seeking the bicycle friendly designation. Growing up in Pelham, Bauer said he loved cycling here because of the terrain, adding Pelham is a perfect place to cycle because it is in the centre of the Region and the rural roads provide excellent cycling. “It’s a great initiative,” he said. CYCLIST Steve Bauer (seated) came home to Pelham last week to add his support to a Bicylce Friendly Community application with support from Mayor Dave Augustyn (left); Ken Foorgeron, a member of the Regional Niagara Bicycling Committee; Jessica Reddell Town of Pelham Recreation, Culture and Wellness Coordinator; David Hunt, member of Regional Niagara Bicycling Committee; Rob Visser, member of St. Catharines Cycling Club; and Bea Clark of Pelham Active Transportation Committee. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo

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Looking for one-of-a-kind artisans and crafters BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff The word heirloom can mean different things to different people. To some, it’s great-grandma’s brooch, passed down through generations. For gardeners it’s a plant variety being reintroduced, like heirloom tomatoes. For others, it’s a new possession with antique qualities.

For Erin Snow it’s the perfect word to describe her annual artisan show. Last year Snow organized the First Sunday Stroll in Pelham, taking place on the first Sunday in June. While her intent was always to make the show an annual event, this year the show is getting a new location and new name to go with it: Heirlooms. Looking for a new location, Snow said the first place she called was Vermeer’s, and they

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researched words to ensure she wasn’t taking the name of another event. Heirlooms is what she came up with. “It’s a play on words,” she said, noting the various meanings of the word and how it applies, both to the work of artisans and Vermeer’s. The show features one of a kind goods from local artisans, with Snow explaining she does limit the number of vendors in similar

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part he would have to kill it, so he fell during his audition when the lines called for it. “It’s a fun part,” he says. “I’m excited to be the scarecrow.” Turns out he can sing too, says Breton, noting when the staff saw his audition he was cast. Along with Lalama, VanVeen is the only other actor with experience in a lead role, having been in the last three Notre Dame productions. As the tinman, he is perfectly suited for the role as it turns his weakness of being too stiff on stage into a strength, although both Breton and Lalama say he’s improved greatly over the years. VanVleen says he simply wanted to take part in another production, noting he enjoys being part of the

musicals, working with the cast and crew and contributing to his goal of being in acting or music. “This helps, it’s fun,” he says. The best part, says Breton, is that they all have chemistry and the boys seem to truly like Lalama, an important aspect of the show since the three characters are her creations. Discussing their favourite parts of the movie, how much they’ve enjoyed Wicked or are looking forward to seeing Oz, and what part of the production they like performing the best, the four teens slip into character, performing lines from the play, obviously at ease with their roles. “The audience is in for a treat,” says Graziani. His castmates agree, all four

excited about some of the special effects they’ll be working with, a first for many of them. “There will be smoke and fire, and a dog, oh my!” says Lalama, referring to Persia, a staff member’s dog, playing the role of Toto. The show also features local elementary school children as the Munchkins, the talents of the hair and makeup department at Notre Dame, and costumes by Mim and Joe Gibbons. The Wizard of Oz runs at the Leon Theatre at Notre Dame in Welland April 18, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults and can be obtained by calling 905-788-3060 or by picking them up at the school.

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played well, have been evenly matched throughout the series, and have had the upper hand in every game. “It’s the most evenly matched hockey we’ve played in six

months,” he said, noting losing two games the team had held the lead in is simply a sign of how well-matched the teams are. Hawkins also noted the Panthers are in the finals, battling for the title of best Atom A/E team in Ontario, because they work as a

team and are dedicated. “Sixteen boys came to the rink every day, and every day a different players stepped up,” said Hawkins, noting the team doesn’t have a star, but 16 players who all have the desire and ability to be stars.

“On any given day it can be any player,” said Hawkins, explaining the Panthers’ success is the entire team’s success. “They played the game of their life,” he said, indicating they will continue to do so until the series is over.

Hawkins also noted the coaching staff prides themselves on the fact that they “roll through” every line, meaning every players gets equal ice time and every player has the chance to contribute. Looking to March 30 and game five, a must-win situation for

On the road to OMHA finals The AutoPark Atom AE Panthers transitioned the rumbling freight train into a silky smooth OMHA coaster ride accelerating, dipping, diving and rocketing their way throughout Southern Ontario. Fans at times would have to hold onto their seats and then just as quickly raising their arms with a rush of adrenalin. Each team would face off up to six times. The first team to hit six points earned their seat in the next car. Points were earned at a rate of two per win and one for an overtime tie. Over time periods played out as a 90 degree drop into sudden death. Locked into their seats The Panthers started their ride in Simcoe, Ontario to meet The Simcoe Warriors. This series would take only four games. Ethan Hawkins led the charge in game one and additional series goals were provided by Zachary Kuhn, Myles Stolk, Owen Darling, Alex Loscavo and Ethan Doherty. Assists would go to Zachary Kuhn, Wyatt Glancy, Jake Butler, Joshua Morningstar, Myles Stolk and Owen Darling. The final results would show The Panthers moving through on a 3-1-0 record, grinding 11 goals for and only 6 against .In quarter finals, The Panthers met some new faces in The Tavistock Titans. This was now a serious game with both teams looking to lay their own tracks straight to OMHA gold and this ride would go the full six. Goal scorers for the series included Alex Loscavo, Wyatt

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The Pelham Panthers Shoppers Drug Mart Peewee AE hockey team fell just short of their season goal of winning an OMHA title. The Panthers who defeated Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Acton, Collingwood and Port Hope on their way to the finals were defeated by Dorchester three games to one in the best of five OMHA final. Pelham bounced back from a game one defeat at home and evened the series with a solid 2-1 road victory in Dorchester. Game three in Pelham on Saturday was a fast paced, back and forth game. With the game tied 2-2 in the third period, Pelham thought they had scored the go

ahead goal but it was called back. Dorchester eventually scored the game winner off a scramble in front of the Pelham net with only 21 seconds remaining in the game. The Panthers needed a win in Dorchester on Sunday to keep the series alive. The team came out with an aggressive forecheck and had several early scoring chances including one off the crossbar. The two evenly matched teams went at each other for two periods of hockey without a goal. The scoreless tie was broken with three minutes left in the third period by Dorchester. The Panthers never quit and finished with a flurry but could not get

one past the Dragons goalie. The Panthers accepted the L.G. Myers finalist trophy representing a second place finish out of the 29 teams from all across Ontario that started the playoffs at the end of January. Although the boys were disappointed with the final result they are extremely proud of all they have accomplished this season. The line of Ethan Mergl, Josh Glen and Mitchell Carmichael were counted on to score and they did. They were a threat to find the back of the net at any point in a game. The line of Fraser Darling, Cameron Crysler, and Quentin Annunziata also

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Community Events ONGOING • Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Bingo Night at St. Ann’s Church, 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 Bailey-O’Brady’s, 111 Hwy 20, Fonthill,  every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call Lynie @905788-0359 • Alternate Wednesdays. 1:00-3:00 p.m.. Drop-in Bridge at Pelham Library. Ask for Schedule at front desk. • Wednesday - last Wednesday each month. Euchre Night at North Pelham Youth Hall, 1718 Maple St. $3 admission. Call Rose for info: 905-8923408. • 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 • Thursdays (first Thursday of every month) 4:00-7:00 p.m. Pasta Night, St. Alexander Church, Fonthill. $10 adults, $5 child age 4-12. All you can eat. $9 for take out. Penne, meatballs, sausage, bean medley, garlic bread, salad, desserts, coffee, tea. Wine and Beer also available. Catering by Antipasto’s. • Fridays 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Legion Lunch • Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Euchre at North Pelham

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Welcome. 418 Canboro Rd, Ridgeville. • 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. Tuesday, April 2nd • 6:30 8:30 Meditation with Marcia. Bring a pen and notebook. $3.00. Register ahead. Pelham Library. Wednesday, April 3rd • 7:00 p.m. Talk by Robert Cooper, the Founding Director of the ADHD Foundation of Canada. Wed. April 3 at 7:00. $2.00. Register ahead. Pelham Library. • 7:00 p.m. Niagara Freewheelers Bicycle Touring Club, Public Information Meeting. Niagara Regional Building, Schmon Parkway, St. Catharines. www. thefreewheelers.com, Paul Nemy 905-892-6584 • 7:00 p.m. Widows Information Network. Monica’s lingerie tips, free facials, tea/coffee. Faith Tabernacle, Fitch & South Pelham. Friday, April 5 • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Legion Lunch Wednesday, April 10th • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Spring Tea at Holy Trinity Church, 1557 Pelham Rd, Fonthill. Tea room, Bake table,

Trinkets and Treasures, Books. Friday, April 12 • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Legion Lunch • 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Fab Fenwick Lions Fish Fry, Take Out, Centennial Park, Church St, Fenwick. Monday, April 8th Saturday April 13 • Clothing Drive: All styles and sizes of clothing for men, women and children being accepted. Pelham Public Library. Monday, April 15th • 7:00 p.m. Grans on the Go, A message of hope. Fonthill United Church, 42 Church Hill, Fonthill. How African Grandmothers are working for a better future for their grandchildren. Tuesday, April 16 • 2:00 p.m. Managing Hip or Knee Joint Pain How to manage pain and mobility issues. We will discuss a program that helps with assessment and with navigating the health care system. Free. Register ahead. Pelham Public Library. Wednesday, April 17 • 7:30 p.m Giller Prize Winner Elizabeth Hay. Tickets: $10. Please purchase ahead. Fonthill Library. Friday, April 20 • 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Fab Fenwick Lions Fish Fry, Take Out, Centennial Park, Church St, Fenwick.

Easter Services Pelham Community Church 461 Canboro Road, Fenwick Good Friday 10:00 a.m. Easter Sunday Sunrise Service 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast 8:30 a.m. Easter Celebration 9:30 a.m. Fonthill United Church Good Friday (Service at Central United Church in Welland ) 10:00 a.m. Easter Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Ridgeville Bible Chapel 418 Canboro Rd Good Friday Brunch 10:00 a.m. Free, All Welcome Kirk-on-the-Hill Presbyterian Church Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m. Good Friday 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday Breakfast 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Easter Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

Pelham Evangelical Friends 940 Haist Street, Fonthill Good Friday – 8-11am: a time of silent, self-guided reflection. Come at a time that suits your schedule and stay for as little or as long as you like. Easter Sunday: 6:45am - Easter sunrise service at Jansen’s Farm, 461 Tice Road, Pelham 10:00am – Hot cross buns and 10:30am Resurrection Celebration

CLASSIFIEDS Obituary

HOUSER - Mr. Donald Clifford Houser passed away suddenly at the Welland Hospital on Saturday, March 23, 2013 with his loving family by his side in his 71st year. Loving husband of Edna (nee Sangster). Dear father of April Houser-Wiley and Donald Clifford Jr. Houser. Cherished grandfather of Kelly Wiley and Christopher Wiley. Great grandfather of Brooklyn Smith, Payton Smith, Damian Smith and Chase Smith. Predeceased by his parents Paul and Muriel Houser. Don was a Volunteer Fire Fighter for Station #4, Thorold for 49 years. At Don’s request cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will take place on Saturday, April 6th at the Best Western Cairn Croft, 6400 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls from 2-5 pm. Arrangements entrusted to JAMES L. PEDLAR FUNERAL HOME 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be left at www.pedlarfuneralhome.ca A donation to Pelham Cares has been made by Pedlar Funeral Home. Proudly giving back to the community. Route Available • Linden, Giles, Burton, Elm, Forest Gate, Pelham (Broad to Shorthill)

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Open House in Memory of WILLIAM R. ALTOFT, April 22, 1930 to February 15, 2013 (Bellville). Formerly of St. Catharines, Fenwick, Bancroft and Bellville. Joan and family invite all to share some memories and smiles on Saturday, March 30, 1pm to 4pm at the Fenwick Lions Club, Centennial Park, Church Street, Fenwick.

Income Tax Filing E-filing 905-892-7797 jwfinancial@bell.net Janet’s Tax Service. 30 years experience. 1200 Balfour Rd, Fenwick. 905892-4654. Portable sawmill service. I will come to your home or farm and custom mill your logs. Firewood & lumber also available. Call Rob Patterson, 905-401-4948, Email: riverwood@primus. ca MP Lawncare “Great Work at a Fair Price Since 2002” • Lawn cutting (commercial & residential) • Tree service • Yard clean-up • Hedge trimming • Lawn rolling • Aerating • Dump runs 905-892-4286 Ask for Mike ALLTYPE MASONRY Chimneys, Brick, Block, Stone. Foundation repairs, sidewalks, custom concrete work. Call the Deamudes– Tom 289-241-4767 or 905-892-1924 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

Robert’s Painting I only paint & I do it well. Interior & exterior, 25 years experience, neat, reliable.

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Wanted Collector interested in buying Military items from WW1 & WW2 (Bayonets, Swords, Equipment). Please Call John at 905892-8410

Birth MOYER- Big sister Grace Mom Lisa (Hoeschle) and Dad Ben announce the arrival of a new princess, Isabel Hazel on March 12, 2013, weighing 4 lbs. 11oz. A big welcome from all the family to you, little girl.

House for Sale End unit bungalow town house for sale by owner. Main floor laundry, 2 + 1 bdrms, 3 baths, new roof. Single garage. 2 Wellington Court, Fonthill. 905-8926564.

For Rent 2 Bed, 2 Bath Condo at Lookout Village. $1300/ mo. All utilities included. Available immediately. Call Tony 289-897-9394. Leave message.

For Sale Josh DeHaan Flooring “For all your flooring needs”

We offer in-stock specials: • pre-finished hardwood

flooring solid, engineered from $2/ft2 • laminate flooring from $.89/ft2 • carpet and vinyl flooring from $4.95/yd2 • fibre flooring from $1/ft2 • ceramic tile from $.89/ft2 ...and other specials! Call us to see the products that are available & visit our showroom.

Phone: 905-892-7898 Fax: 905-892-4811 No Sunday Calls, Please

Wheat straw for sale. small bales. Call 905-788-2956 or 905-892-1303


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SPORTS

Black Panthers Finalists at Golden Puck Tournament During the weekend of February 22-24th, The Mossimo’s Peewee Black Panthers took part in the Golden Puck Hockey Tournament in Port Colborne. The Panthers began Division play with a 10-1 victory over Port Colborne Blue. Reid Murray netted 4 goals (+1A) and Braeden Prout amassed 6 points (2G, 4A) in the one-sided match. Jeremy Pollard scored twice (+1A) and Nick Chambers (2A) and Hayden Stewart each

netted singles. Other assists were earned by Dean Coates, Nick Yioldassis, Noah Wouthuis, Zach Baltrusiunas & Robbie Harper. The Black Panthers started out slowly in their next game against LeFroy who carried a 1-0 lead into the 3rd period. Finally, the Panthers team chemistry kicked in to make it a game. Robbie Harper tied it up with the help of Noah Wouthuis & Braeden Prout, before LeFroy scored again to

take the game 2-1. The Panthers’ next match was a good back and forth match against Ingersoll. Nick Yioldassis zeroed in with a sizzling shot from the point to score the first goal from Braeden Prout & Jeremy Pollard. Pollard followed up with a nice little back-handed roofer from Robbie Harper & Dan Durkin. Pollard scored again (+2A), Braeden Prout added a pair (+1A), and Reid Murray supplied

the empty netter to secure the 6-4 victory. Other assists were earned by Hayden Stewart (1) & Dan Durkin (2). Finishing 2nd in their Division, the Black Panthers faced the Thorold Community Credit Union Blackhawks in the semi-finals. Braeden Prout lead the way with a pair of unassisted goals. Jeremy Pollard showed off his shooting finesse to score the team’s final goal from Nick Chambers &

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

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