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STUDENTS OF St. Alexander kept up their Earth Day tradition by decorating paper shopping bags in Earth Day themes, then used the environmentally friendly bags to help pack groceries at the local Sobeys store. Showing off their Earth Day art are Tyler, Gr. 2 (back, left); Ben, Gr. 3; Walker, Gr. 2; Olivia, Gr. 6; Caila, Gr. 8; Dylon, Gr 2; Kora, (middle, left)Gr. 6; Julia, Gr. 7; Andrea, Gr. 7; Ella, Gr. 5; Makenna, Gr. 4; Brianna, Gr. 4; Emma, Gr.4; Myla, SK (front, left); Eden, Gr. 1; Julia, Gr. 3; and Alex, JK. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo

Is Farmers’ Market on the move? BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff Should the market move, or not? That’s the question that seems to have local businesses and market vendors at odds this spring. With the popularity of the free concerts

in Peace Park along with Pelham’s Farmers’ Market on Thursday evenings, parking in downtown Fonthill is at a premium on Thursdays. Mayor Dave Augustyn started a conversation last August to discuss how to deal with parking issues in the downtown core. Augustyn said meetings between local retailers and market vendors, with the town

as facilitator, have been taking place since then. The idea of moving the market, he said, evolved out of those meetings. “We are looking at how might we make parking better and increase support for local business,” said Augustyn in explaining the meetings. See MARKET/page 5

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But what Jones has over other alumni of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Acting is a coveted apprenticeship under senior instructor and renowned Meisner teacher, Ron Stetson. Jones, Artistic Director of The Essential Collective Theatre, recently returned from her exclusive apprenticeship at Neighbourhood Playouse, and is planning on passing on what she has learned. Jones explains she learned the Meisner technique in a past summer program at the New York acting school, noting this trip to The Big Apple was to apprentice under Stetson and become one of a handful of actors allowed to teach the technique. “The apprenticeship is a rare thing,” she said, noting there are only three instructors at the Neighborhood Playhouse and they rarely mentor actors, especially a Canadian. “He was so open, a great teacher,” said Jones of Stetson. “I was privileged to sit next to him for three months.” Now, Jones explained, she is excited to pass on what she learned to Niagara’s emerging actors. Jones, who grew up in Fonthill, said there was nothing in the way of acting classes when she was a teenager and while the environment has improved, there is still very little in the way of training for “serious actors” in Niagara. While municipalities across Niagara are working on cultural plans, Jones says the artists in the area still need to learn and expand their knowledge and skills, to maintain the cultural environment. In Niagara, she adds, actors

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Pelham Cares planning events to mark 30th year For three decades the volunteers of Pelham Cares have been helping to feed hungry Pelham families, driving seniors to medical appointments, and subsidizing children in need so they can participate in sports and leisure activities. While this work has been at the heart of what Pelham Cares has been doing for 30 years, the group acknowledges it would not have

happened without community support. “None of the services we offer would have been possible without the support of a generous Pelham community” explains president, Jane Gilmour. To mark the organization’s 30th anniversary in 2013 Pelham Cares is organizing a series of events that will show their gratitude to the

community that has supported them for so long. “It’s now time for Pelham Cares to show our appreciation and say thanks,” said Gilmour, explaining a number of events have been planned to celebrate “serving our community for 30 years”. “We are working with the Town of Pelham to sponsor two half days of the playground program, one to

take place on July 10 from 9:30am – 11:30am at Centennial Park in Fenwick and the other on Aug 14 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at the Pelham arena.” Kids will enjoy the antics of a magician and some special treats. In addition, Pelham Cares will be throwing a birthday bash at the Fonthill Farmers’ Market on Sept 5, complete with birthday cake,

Trout season opening at St. Johns The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority invites anglers of all ages to St. Johns Conservation Area on Saturday, April 27 for the opening of Trout Season. he season officially kicks off at noon with Thorold Mayor Ted Luciani and NPCA board member Mickey DiFruscio making the first cast. No fishing at the site is permitted until the official opening. Admission is free. Anglers are reminded to bring a valid fishing licence as per Provincial requirements and note that there is a two-catch limit. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority has provided fishing opportunities at St. Johns since 1963, stocking the pond with rainbow trout each year. The event provides an opportunity for individuals

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Thank you for amazing show of support We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to our friends and family for their amazing show of support during our difficult times. Bryan Page was and will continue to be our hero, and the way

that this town came together to honor him will never be forgotten. A special thanks to the Firefighters of Pelham Station #1 for handling all details and arranging a heartbreakingly memorable

honor guard and procession. Thanks to everyone who donated to Lindsay’s trust fund and to everyone who brought food and flowers.

All our Love Jennifer, Lindsay, Rick, Brenda, Brad and Jackie Page Fonthill

A fond farewell to Britain’s Iron Lady I feel very sad at the passing away of my hero, Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, great leader of a once-great nation. We won’t see her like her again in our lifetime. I feel kinship with Lady Thatcher. We both grew up in business families. Margaret was a grocer’s daughter in a small town, believing in small town, conservative, traditional family values. I grew up

a son (in a large family of seven) of a retail store businessman in a small town, also believing in small town, conservative, traditional family values. My father, due to dint of personal sacrifice, hard work, smarts, honesty and other conservative values went on to create a thriving, prosperous, famous chain of departmental stores for his large family. I, frankly, do not know the details

of Margaret’s family history but I’m quite sure her father was also quite a successful businessman who provided a comfortable living for his daughter. Like Margaret, I also eventually left the family business. I to become a humble teacher in Canada, she to become a great stateswoman. Nevertheless, Margaret and I remained true to our small town, traditional family values, business

roots. I still have a soft spot in my heart for businesses and their immense contributions to the well-being of society as a whole. I am a free enterpriser through and through, NOT - horror of horrors - a socialist. And Margaret, as you know, is a well-known stalwart upholder of tried and true conservative principles. Let us end by quoting the well-known saying of this great

woman: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” We will miss you, dear Maggie. R.I.P God bless you. Robert Jason Pelham

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Letters to the Editor are welcome provided the submission contains the writer’s full name, signature, address and telephone number. Names only will be published. Names will not be withheld. The newspaper reserves the right to change, condense or reject any contribution for brevity or legal purposes. All Material in this publication is protected by copyright. Reproduction is prohibited without express, written permission of the publisher. Advertising: The VOICE of Pelham regrets any errors that appear in advertisements in this newspaper, however, we will not be held responsible for more than one incorrect insertion or for any damages beyond the amount of space which contains the error.

In response to Mr. Duncan’s letter to the editor of Wednesday, April 17, 2013 I thought it may be good to see this from another perspective. I am the owner of Presentations, a local downtown business and have been attending meetings since Jan. 31, 2013 where other downtown businesses and Market and Bandshell representatives have also been in attendance. Your opinions are important and that is why the Market representative was in attendance at all meetings. The intent of these meetings is to solve the parking problem that negatively impacts the local businesses on Thursdays, during the day and evening, because of the people attending the Bandshell and/or Market. You must also be aware this suggestion came from brainstorming sessions facilitated by the Town and not just a couple of self-serving downtown merchants. I enjoy the Bandshell and the Market, but the way it negatively affects businesses in

the area is a serious problem. Since the beginning of these meetings we (all attending) have been looking for answers taht will benefit all involved parties. Our intention in moving the market is to bring the community together as a cohesive unit, to make Fonthill a destination on Thursday evenings. It is not to just benefit my business. I frequently purchase a burger from Klager’s booth, have had several conversations with Mr. Duncanc’s wife while purchasing a brownie or square, and picked up my weekly vegetables from other stands. I appreciate the draw of the Bandshell and the Market and I make sure I take every opportunity to market my business to the people who attend. I have many personal hours researching the benefits of moving the market to the main street at the suggestion of a town councillor. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the meeting last

week; however it was made clear that the market vendors were not open to hearing our looking at any of the facts provided from the research. I personally took time to meet with the Pelham Market representative and discuss her concerns. She stated the Market’s sales decrease when the bandshell commences, that the market has lost farm vendors due to the long line of a food vendor’s booth, they have no room to grow or expand, and as we all know there are parking issues. Please let us also remember that the 26 municipal parking sports are not available for the full duration of Thursday commencing at 7 a.m., not just the four hours the market is available. However if the market were to move to the main street we would only sacrifice one to two municipal parking spots for only the five hours the market needs to occupy the street. If all the municipal parking spots were unavailable in Ridgeville , or in front of your business, all

day Thursday, think of how that would negatively impact your business? The market representative also stated that people who attend the bandshell do not frequent the market vendors, perhaps the food vendors. If it is true that people are coming to the bandshell and food vendors only, with no intention to shop, then perhaps the bandshell and food vendors can relocate to a park where there is an abundance of space and parking, or perhaps just move the farm vendors to the main street; there are many options, however, we need to be able to discuss them with an open mind. The purpose of the “how might we” meeting is exactly that, how might we make this a good thing for everyone? The market requires 51 per cent to be farm vendors, to which the food vendors are not. Moving the market would allow the market to expand and attract other farm vendors which would increase selection which research

shows attracts and keeps patrons coming. I have, and I am willing to share all sources with anyone who is interested in seeing the facts. I too support local businesses and the market and I am thinking about the impact to local businesses and residents that are in the affected area all year not just Thursday evening for six months a year. All that was proposed was to try the move for a season. You are right, this is a good problem to have however it must be solved. Being open minded and listening to the facts is all of our responsibility as mush as it is to have our opinion voiced. We all must take into account how much responsibility we have for this issue and set aside our sense of entitlement. This is a WE problem that WE cannot solve just thinking about I. Remember Towno f Pelham the most vibrant, creative and caring community in Niagara. Candy Ashbee Presentations


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He stressed at this point it is simply one idea that is being explored, that began with a “how might we” session on April 10. “It’s a work in progress,” said Augustyn, noting the town has not taken a position on the issue. The idea is to close Pelham Street between Highway 20 and Pelham Town Square, where the arches are, and move the farmers’ market to Pelham Street. The goal is to open up the municipal parking lot

the market currently uses while bringing market shoppers to the businesses downtown. Market chair Fred Arbour says the vendors are not in favour of the idea. “I don’t think anyone will benefit,” he says, adding it moves the market away from the concerts, moves market shoppers away from their vehicles meaning they’ll have a long walk with packages in their hands, and closes the street for other, non-retail businesses. Arbour, who said the market

committee has spoken to most of the vendors who all feel the market should stay where it is, said the market isn’t the cause of the problem, has been in that location for 10 years, and he doesn’t feel it should move to please a handful of businesses. Arbour also pointed out the hydro is better at the current location and the market has the installation of that hydro almost paid off. “You’re not going to gain much,” he said of the idea to move.

Massimo Citrigno, owner of Mossimo’s, says he’s supportive of the market and the concerts, but isn’t too crazy about the idea of closing the street in front of his business. “I don’t want my driveways blocked,” he says, noting the parking issue probably should have been addressed when the market and concert events were being planned. Citrigno said his Thursday evening business goes beyond concert goers, so his customers

need to be able to access his restaurant. “They’ll find a way in,” he said of his customers, but expressed concern for other businesses along the proposed section of Pelham Street to be closed. “If it was a good idea, you wouldn’t get backlash, no one would say boo,” he said, adding everyone impacted should be involved and the decision has to be made that is best for everybody. “I don’t want be negative, but I want to make the right decision

for everyone,” said Citrigno. “I’m definitely for helping everyone out, but let’s make a sensible decision that works for everyone.” As of Monday night, following the most recent meeting, it has been decided the market will stay where it is. Market opens Thursday, May 2. Opening night will include a special opening with activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the market.

Pelham’s ward boundaries to be review by 2014 BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff It has been 35 years since Pelham’s ward boundaries have been reviewed, but that is about to change. On April 15 Council gave the nod to the town clerk to undertake a ward boundary review, with any changes made in place in time for the 2014 election. The last ward boundary review was in 1978 when minor adjustments were approved by the Ontario Municipal Board. Since then, Pelham has experienced growth that has created some inequalities in populations between wards. Expected

development in East Fonthill, which is ward 3, as well as in other areas of the town, will only serve to exacerbate those inequalities, clerk Nancy Bozzato pointed out in her report to council. Some of this growth is expected to occur during Council’s 2014-2018 Term, she added. The Ward Boundary Review will include several components, including information gathering and research, housing and population statistical compilation and the associated GIS base mapping, evaluation of the existing ward structure, stakeholder input, development of alternatives, public consultation on those alternatives and finalization of the recommended alternatives for Council’s consideration.

Watson & Associates, Economists Ltd. will undertake the review, at a cost of $20,453, about $4,000 under the initial budget. That cost would be funded through development charges. The project scope will include an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing ward system, development and conduct of appropriate public consultation to ensure community support for the review, preparation of population projections to ensure the review will be sustainable into the 2022 Municipal Election term, and finally the preparation of a report setting out alternative ward boundaries to ensure effective and equitable electoral arrangements for Pelham, with Council having the final determination on what, if

any, changes to incorporate. If changes to the present ward boundaries are approved by Council, a by-law would be passed that would enact the new boundaries to come into force on the day the new council is organized, provided that the bylaw is passed and any appeals to the OMB are settled prior to Jan. of the election year. If any changes are made, the fall 2014 election would be carried out under the new boundaries, although they would not be

officially enacted until the new council is sworn in. To ensure time for all mandatory appeal periods and hearing process requirements the project will be complete by the end of July. Currently Ward One (Fenwick) includes 4,094 voters or 27.9 per cent of eligible voters, Ward Two includes 4,832 or 32.9 per cent of voters, and Ward Three (East Fonthill) includes 5,744 voters or 39.2 per cent of eligible voters. The principles of the ward

boundary review were developed for this project and include effective and equitable system of representation; preservation of communities of interest; recognition of natural features or natural barriers; recognition of areas of growth; and engagement of the community in the process. Councillors approved the report to go ahead with the ward review with no discussion.

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Robert Williams Plumbing marks 50 years in business BY SARAH MURRELL VOICE Staff Robert Williams says he should write a book about what he’s pulled out of toilets. And after 50 years of running his own plumbing business, there’s a lot to write about.

The typical, from toothbrushes and false teeth, to the not so typical, like t-bone steak bones. “We’ve taken everything imaginable out of toilets,” says Williams. Of course Williams’ 50 years as the owner of Robert Williams Plumbing has given him a laugh or two, but the decades of serving families has also given

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him a sense of helping people. That, says the 78-year-old, is why he loves what he does, and has no plans to retire any time soon. Williams has, he says, given up much of the heavy work, choosing to be his son Don’s “helper” now. Looking at a photo of a young Don and younger Robert, Williams says there have been a lot of changes, for both of them since Don first came to work with his dad 30 years ago. “He does the heavy work, I am the gopher, do the small jobs,” says Williams. “I work smarter than I used to.” While Williams has given up the heavy work, they still offer full plumbing service, from new installations to renovations, repairs and service calls, getting cottages ready for summer, and pump work. “We do a lot of pump work,” he says. Williams started in the plumbing business by choosing a $1 an hour plumbing job over a $2 a day welding job. “I really enjoy my work,” says Williams of why he’s stayed in plumbing since taking that first job. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t.” Williams then worked for his

ROBERT Williams (right) and his son Dan have been working together for 30 years, with no plans to quit any time soon. Sarah Murrell/Voice Photo dad until he passed away, when Williams purchased the family business on May 1, 1963. After four years of working from his small rental home in Effingham, Williams traded a pluming job for a piece of land on Moore Ave, where he and wife Audrey built their home and shop. There they raised three kids, welcomed nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Family has always been a big

part of Williams’ business, as both Audrey and his daughterin-law Angela work with the business as well. In years past, Williams would take the entire family to service calls up north at cottages. “We load the pipe and canoes on the truck and away we’d go,” he says, noting the northern work offered the family some vacation time but also demonstrates how well he knew

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his customers that they would invite his family to stay for a weekend. Those relationships, working for three generations of families, is one of the reasons Williams enjoys what he does so much, and it’s why Robert Williams Plumbing will continue to service more generations of families. “It’s important to keep going,” notes Audrey.


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SERVICE directory Property Maintenance

Design & Build

Ben Benson Est. 1998

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

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799 Balfour St, Fenwick

Furniture Refinishing

Concrete Supplies

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Plumbing

Automotive

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Property Maintenance

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Community Events ONGOING • Mondays at 7 p.m. Sing Niagara Women’s A Cappella Chorus at Paroisse Immaculee Conception Church, 99 Garner St, St. Catharines. Call 905-892-1640 or visit www.singniagara.com. • 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 since 1982 for mature singles who meet and mingle at BaileyObrady’s,111 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 • Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. A Cappella Niagara Men’s Chorus Meets at St. John a.m.bulance, 5734 Glenholme Ave., Niagara Falls. Info: Bob 892-2336 • Fourth Tuesday of the month, at 11 a.m. Maple Acre Library Book Club. Jessica Stewart leads this lunch hour discussion. $10.00 includes sub lunch and drink. Please register the month ahead in order to pick up your book. • Alternate Wednesdays. 1:00-3:00 p.m.. Drop-in Bridge at Pelham Library. Ask for Schedule at front desk. • Wednesdays - 1st & 3rd of the each month, at 2 p.m. Pelham Community Church Worship Service, 461 Canboro Rd, Fenwick. • Wednesday - last Wednesday each month. Euchre Night at North Pelham Youth Hall, 1718 Maple St. $3 admission. Call Rose for info: 905-8923408. • Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Free Art2 Workshops, Teens and Adults welcome to drop in. The Happy Place Studio, 1433 Pelham St. Fonthill. • 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 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, 2-4:30 p.m. Bingo at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613 Fonthill, 141 Regional Road 20. • Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA) for fellowship, friendly competition and a more active lifestyle. Info www. ontarioseniorg a.m.es.ca • Meals on Wheels. Available for Seniors and Adults with Disabilites in Pelham. Hot or Frozen Meal options, delivered Monday to Friday. Volunteers also needed. Contact Melissa 905-7883181 ext. 25. • Interested in singing with the Robert Wood Singers? Please contact Barb Snopek at 905735-6425 or at joe. snopek020@sympatico.ca to arrange details. • 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 ldumas@csn.on.ca.

UPCOMING Friday, April 26 • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 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. • 7:00 p.m. Family Movie Night at Pelham Friends Church, 940 Haist St. Enjoy the Disney movie “Up” complimentary, with refreshments. Pelham Friends gift to the community. Sunday, April 28 • 9:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. Branch 613 Royal Canadian Legion Breakfast. $5 per person. All Welcome. • 11:30 a.m. Osteoporosis Canada Brunch. Dalhousie Yacht Club, 74 Lighthouse Road, St. Catharines. Brunch, Silent Auction, Speaker, $30. For details: 905-938-8208 or 905-9354646. • Tuesday, April 30 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Travelogue on Newfoundland, Boston & Cape Cod and Arizona. “Screech-In,” historic Titanic graveyard, iconic “Cheers” restaurant, and the Plymouth Rock. See and hear about the sites from Earl Clint of Verstraete Travel. Free. Pelham Public Library. Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3 • Free Comic Book Day. In celebration of Free Comic Book Day, Pulp Comics of N.F. is providing a number of comic books to the Pelham Library to give out. On May 4, visit the store for more fun. Check out www. pulpcomics.ca for more details or call 905-3530666. Friday May 3 • 8:00 - Noon, Giant Flea Market at Fonthill United Church, 42 Chruch Hill, treasures and bargains, items for home, garden, recreation, also books and toys. Also on Saturday, May 4. • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Legion Lunch Saturday, May 4 • 8:00 - Noon, Giant Flea Market at Fonthill United Church, 42 Chruch Hill,

treasures and bargains, items for home, garden, recreation, also books and toys. • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Overdrive and Your KOBO, Pelham Public Library. Learn to download free ebooks. Bring your KOBO, valid library card and all cords with you. Laptops available on site. $5, please register ahead. Sunday, May 5 •12 noon - 5:00 p.m. CFUW 39th Annual House Tour. Five beautiful and varied homes. www. cfuwstcatharines.org or call 905-646-3191 for details. Tuesday, May 7 • 6:30 p.m. ANXIETY How to Understand & Cope with it. 21 Port Robinson Rd., Fonthill. A FREE presentation by Karen Robson of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Niagara. Includes a volunteer’s personal experience. Sponsored by the Christadelphians of Niagara. Register ahead at 905-714-0701 or davejoannegray@gmail. com • 6:00 p.m. My Phone is a Camera? Part 1, Pelham Public Library. Get the best photos possible from your cell phone by adjusting settings. $5 Please register ahead. • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Widows Information Network (WIN) presents lawyer Melanie Smith to answer legal questions, Cafe of Faith Tabernacle, (Fitch and Pelham Streets), Welland. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Tea/ coffee provided. No charge. All widows welcome. Wednesday, May 8 • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Scrappy Club Drop-In. Pelham Public Library. Work on your latest cardmaking, stamping, papercraft or scrapmaking project and get inspiration from others. Swap table, how-to tips. $2. Also on Monday, June 3. • 2:00 p.m. Apple Tea Party, Pelham Public Library. Celebrate spring with toddlers (please bring mom, dad or grandparents) with apple treats, tea and juice as well as stories and activities. $2 per person. Please register ahead.

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Greg Elcich Allison Wolfe Saturday April 27, 2013 7:00 p.m. - ? Club Richelieu 565 River Road, Welland

Games, Food, Prizes Services ALLTYPE MASONRY Chimneys, Brick, Block, Stone. Foundation repairs, sidewalks, custom concrete work. Call the Deamudes– Tom 289-241-4767 or 905-892-1924 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, 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

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

732-2352

Timms, Les H. – Passed away peacefully with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer on April 18th, 2013 at the St. Catharines General Hospital in his 85th year. Loving husband and best friend of June. Deeply missed by his daughter Shelley and stepsons Paul (Leah) and David. Also missed by brother-in-law Jack (Jean) Gray, sister-in-law Marion Timms; nephews Tim (Donna) and Richard (Brenda) Tufford, nieces Marnie (Tim) Tempest, Christine (Adrian) Bannister; nephews Roy (Wendy), Bruce (Terri), Art (Sharon) Timms and many grand-nephews and grand-nieces and their families. Predeceased by his parents Reg and Sarah Timms, his mother-in-law Marjorie Gray, his sister Eileen Tufford and brother Rex Timms. Les worked in the family businesses all of his life, serving as vice-president of Niagara Lumber and the R. Timms Construction and Engineering Ltd. He belonged to many clubs such as the Welland Jaycees, the Welland Optimist (past president), the Welland Club (past president), the Welland Museum Board, Welland Little Theatre and various coffee clubs. Other interests included golf, his pet dogs and in his youth, riding show horses.  Friends will be received at the JAMES L. PEDLAR FUNERAL HOME, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill on Friday, April 26th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1557 Pelham Street, Fonthill at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Fonthill), Fonthill United Church or the Welland Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be forwarded through www.pedlarfuneralhome.com

Lessons

For Sale

Golf Lessons. CGTF/ USGTF Level IV Certified Master Gollf Teaching Professional. Private. SemiPrivate. Juniors. Beginners. All Levels. Call Doug 905892-3140, 905-327-1492, dhowell1@cgoeco.ca

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Route Available • Linden, Giles, Burton, Elm, Forest Gate, Pelham (Broad to Shorthill)

83 papers Please call 905-892-8690

“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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GUIDES MAKE LITTLE DRESSES EARLIER this year members of the 1st North Pelham Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders donated pillowcases which were then sewn into dresses by the Guides and Pathfinders. Thanks to help from moms and grandmas more than 55 dresses will be sent to girls in Africa through a program called Little Dresses for Africa. /Special to the Voice

William Hall INSTALLATIONS

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ane JMACKENZIE

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tel: 905-892-4988 Email:abover@cogeco.ca cell: 905-714-2145 for urgent calls

Picture Primer Photo tips Our eyes are pretty amazing - we can see a lot of light and a lot of darkness all at the same time. For example, when we are outside on a sunny day, our eyes can see both grass that is glistening in the sun, as well as the grass that is in the shade from a large tree. Our eyes have the ability to quickly adjust and allow us to see both the bright grass and the darker grass at the same time. Cameras aren’t the same way, unfortunately. When your camera exposes correctly for the grass that is being hit by the sun, whatever is in the shade will appear very dark or possibly even completely black. When your camera exposes correctly for the grass that is in the shade, whatever is being hit by the sun will appear very bright or possibly even completely white. A common scenario that we’re faced with when photographing indoors is using windows in our pictures. The best way to photograph indoors with a window is to move so that the window is beside you, and turn your subject to face you (see diagram)

Jane

answers!

(905) 892-0222

• Cell: (905) 932-1819

1815 Merrittville Hwy, Unit #1, Fonthill

Email: jane@royallepage.ca

724 Canboro Road, Fenwick 905-892-4701 DIRECTORS Irvine Muir Terry Mikolasek         

Wheelchair Accessible

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Now, the window will be beside your subject, and will nicely light them. You also won’t have something significantly brighter in the background now, and so you will end up with an evenly lit portrait. To view a video example of this, visit www.bcapphoto.com/photo-tips.


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