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Overholt Road will remain open. And so will every other road in Pelham. Town councillors drew cheers and applause from a hostile crowd of more than 75 that over-flowed council chambers Monday night. Councillors accepted two amendments to a motion calling for a creative problem solving session to discuss the future of longboarding in the town. The amendments ruled out permanently closing Overholt or any other road for longboarding use. The workshop will include residents as well as staff, longboarders, skate park consultant and other interested parties. It will be held within three weeks with a report to go to council’s Sept. 16 meeting. In addition to a crowded gallery and police presence, Monday’s meeting

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featured long-distance communication. A vacationing Coun. Gary Accursi, skyped into the meeting. A belief that council was about to close Overholt Rd. drew farmers, commuters, cyclists and other annoyed residents to Monday’s meeting. The issue had already triggered a flood of letters, emails, phone calls and petitions to councillors and town staff objecting to a suggestion to close Overholt for the use of longboarders. They cited a long list of economic, safety, convenience and other concerns about depriving the public of the road. Three delegations, two opposing and one supporting the idea, addressed council. A suggestion to close Overholt for longboarders came up during a creative problem solving workshop on July 25. It included the town staff, Mayor Dave Augustyn, some councillors, longboarders, parents and a resident of a popular longboarding street. It came after a ban

of longboarders from four streets. Media reports left Overholt area residents with the impression the town was going to close their road at Monday’s council meeting. When the calls and emails started to flow in late July, Coun. Larry Clark as deputy mayor tried to clarify in a news release that the Aug. 12 council meeting would just hear a presentation. On Monday, he again tried to make it “crystal clear” no decision was being made. Douglas Major, in a spirited presentation on behalf of objectors, stressed that the lack of consultation with affected residents led to the outrage. He called Overholt Road an active arterial road access that farmers relied on for the movement of goods and sale of produce. It was a link for drivers to and from Pelham and Haist Streets and Regional Rd. 20. He warned the town about insurance, legal and maintenance liabilities in

closing the road. Major challenged a perception of low traffic levels. Instead of 30 cars daily, his group counted 569 in 12 hours. In answer to a question, Major said they were interested in talking about longboarding concerns as

long as the road remained open. Speaking on behalf of longboarders, Isaac Harley and his mother Sarah Harley said they were just trying to find a place to safely pursue their sport. Closing Overholt for longboarders would proSee Overholt (Page 5)

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Fonthill Lions, Lioness turn to fundraising events, drop draw BY WAYNE CAMPBELL for the VOICE The Fonthill Lions Club will change direction in its annual fund-raising drive. In the past, to support its various charity efforts, it has held a major fundraising draw for an ATV or giant screen television. This year, it will rely on fundraising events to raise money. The first is a steak-and-corn barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fonthill Lions Club hall on Regional Road 20 at Hurricane Road. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $20 a person. For tickets call club president Fred Arbour at 905892-2616. Arbour said changes in regulations governing draws has made it difficult for the club to organize its traditional raffle. Upfront costs have increased. For the community, the Fonthill Lions Club operates the clubhouse and Gord Klager Park, which includes tennis courts and softball diamond. It contributes to various local charities and events such as Alzheimer’s Niagara, Pelham Cares, Pelham Youth Soccer, Welland Hospital Foundation, Boy Scouts, Canada Day celebrations, Summerfest and the Pelham Food Drive. The Fonthill Lions and Lioness clubs donate to national and international Lions projects. These include programs

for the blind such as guide dogs and sight first project to protect and improve sight. It supports children and adult camps such as Camp Dorset, Lake Joseph, Camp Huronda, Camp Trillium and Lions Camp Kirk as well as the home for the deaf. Eye glass recycling is another local project. Glasses can be dropped off at Klagers Meats. Meanwhile, the Fonthill Lioness Club on Thursday, Aug. 22 celebrates the peach season, with a peaches-and-icecream evening at the Pelham Farmers Market. It is the second such market fundraiser this year. In June, during strawberry season, it sold strawberry short cakes. The market is held Thursday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to dusk at the municipal parking lot in Pelham Town Square. The Fonthill Lioness Club assists in Lions events but also donates to additional projects. They include the Pelham library, Town of Pelham day camps, Family and Children Services, Victorian Order of Nurses, Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre, Lions effective speaking contest, and Women’s Place. The club has purchased two guide dogs for the visually impaired and is saving for a third. For more about the Fonthill clubs see

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Lookout draws praise at PGA Seniors tournament BY WAYNE CAMPBELL for the VOICE It ended dramatically with a four-hole playoff. Defending champion Jim Rutledge of Victoria defeated local favourite Rod Spittle of Niagara Falls in a four-hole playoff to win the PGA of Canada Seniors’ Championship at Lookout Point Country Club Friday. “We couldn’t have scripted it better to make it more exciting,” said Lookout general manager Rich Merlino. The three-day tournament featured 75 professional players from across Canada over age 50.

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Rutledge in the 54-hole tournament shot a 37-33-70 on Friday to bring his three-day score to 67-72-70-209 as he charged from behind to force the tie and playoff. Spittle, an honourary Lookout member, had 34-37-71 on Friday to bring his tourney total to 70-68-71-209 for the tie that led into the playoff. Rutledge won $9,000 of the $55,000 in the players’ prize pot, along with his third Canadian Seniors PGA championship. For Lookout the tournament was a return to Professional Golf Assoaciation competition. Its last PGA tournament was in the 1980s. Now it is considering hosting more. “It was very well received by the players, the members and the community,” said Merlino Monday. “I’ve been getting calls and emails praising the conditions, the course and the community.” The players in particular enjoyed the rich history behind the 91-year-old course and its traditional layout, he said. About 600 people watched the final round on Friday. Merlino said the course accommodated the spectators easily with the help of bleachers from the Town of Pelham. The club will do a review of the tournament before deciding to apply for more. “It did give us great exposure. We are already ranked among the top 100 courses in Canada. There were golf writers at the final and we’ll see what they have to say.” At opening day ceremonies on Wednesday, Lookout reached into its past. Five-time Canadian Seniors champion Bill Kozak handled the official tee-off. The 91-year-old golfer, who caddied at Lookout almost 80 years ago, won the club championship at 18 and the seniors championships in the 1970s. “I should be playing today,” said Kozak after his tee off. He plays regularly and teaches golf at his home

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Sports tourism requires team approach Pelham just hosted two high-level sports tourism events. Lookout Point Country Club hosted the PGA of Canada Seniors Championships while the South Niagara Canoe Club welcomed hundreds of young paddlers to the 2013 ICF Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships. Town council is examining ways to build economic development. Sports tourism is on the list of approaches. Key questions arise. How much do you invest in it? How much do you get back in local economic benefits? Pelham attracts many sporting events at various levels. We host hockey, softball, baseball, soccer, golf, lacrosse and cycling tournaments, rallies and

meets for kids, teens and young adults. They use our fields, diamonds, arena, courses and roads. But age is not a limit. Lookout Point brought 72 senior golfers over age 50 with national reputations who put on quite a show. The event was an audition for future Professional Golf Association tournaments. With a half dozen other golf courses in Pelham and on its edge, you can imagine the economic possibilities of many tournaments at various levels. Major events involving older players will showcase the town to potential residents. A casual estimate puts more than 50 per cent of recent Pelham homebuyers as retirees from the Greater Toronto Area.

Meanwhile, the flatwater facilities in Welland are playgrounds for Pelham canoeists and kayakers as well as our elite rowers. Water sports have futures as paddlers and rowers continue into their middle and senior years. When it comes to sports tourism, however, Pelham isn’t isolated. It must rely on a regional system of facilities and accommodations. Local watercourses, for example, are in Welland. Sports tourism dollars don’t stay in town boosting just Pelham businesses and creating only local jobs. Those dollars are shared with hotels, restaurants, shops, gas stations and visitor attractions in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Welland, Thorold, Lincoln and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Some sporting events

underline the limitations of our facilities. Hockey tournaments, such as the Silver Stick, have shifted most games out of the town because of a lack of a multi-pad arena. This weakens Pelham’s sales pitch as a community to live in. Yet, as one of the smaller municipalities in the region, Pelham should not try to compete with recreational complexes already existing in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland and Port Colborne. It doesn’t mean we don’t need a new complex here, but it must serve the immediate recreational and social needs of the community first. As we saw with the Lookout’s PGA golf tournament and the old canal’s international canoe championship, sports

tourism has a major regional dimension. When town council and its advisory committee examine the role of sports tourism in the local economy, it must look for ways to tap into the benefits that go beyond our borders. Regional cooperation rather than municipal competition is an answer.


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The Mountbatten Club of Pelham has disbanded after almost 70 years. It was formed in October 1947 by a group of younf war brides, most of whom had babies. Although they had made Canada their home, they missed their families back in Britain. A sisterhood was formed to take the place of mothers and sisters left behind. After the immigrants started arriving, the club opened its doors to other British women wishing to settle in Canada. There were many activities, parties, barbecues, camping trips and monthly meetings in each others’ homes. In addition, there were various fundraising events which provided funds to make regular donations to charities in Fenwick and the surrounding area. The most success-

Women’s group disbands report tied up ful of these was the annual penny sale, where they entertained and amused the audiences with skits and a performance of a Can-Can (executed with more gusto than skill), and we thank all the people who faithfully attended these events. Three of the original members are still with us, but are no longer active. And although we recently accepted three new members, our numbers have decreased to the point where we can no longer carry on as we have in the past six and a half decades. However, old loyalties and friendships are still strong, so we will continue to keep in touch with each other. Anne Bancroft, St. Catharines


for the VOICE Dog owners will pant a little longer. Town council wasn’t ready Monday to consider an off leash dog park. Pam DiFasio, in a presentation on behalf of the Pelham dog park committee, repeated Pelham DOGs list of benefits from a dog park. It will provide exercise, education, therapy and bring people together. For two years the group

has promoted the idea, raised about $3,000 in pledges and promised to monitor and keep it clean. “Dog parks are for people, not just dogs,” said DiFasio. “We all need fun, friends and exercise.” Mayor Dave Augustyn said a staff report on a dog park proposal has been delayed by summer holidays. It will come forward at an early September meeting.

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Discussing issues 330 times—and counting BY DAVE AUGUSTYN Mayor of Pelham I believe that a huge part of my service as your Mayor depends on two-way communication about issues and challenges facing Pelham. Part of that communication centres on my weekly/bi-weekly columns. A perfect example is my last column – about the idea of prohibiting recreational longboarding on all roads but closing one road to potentially provide a safe location for Pelham longboarders. Obviously the ideas need broad evaluation – of costs comparatives, legal implications, traffic impacts, safety concerns and guidelines, etc. – and that’s why I am pleased that the recommendation to Council was to hold a special public meeting on this matter. But, the community reaction was swift, and the concepts sparked great dialogue in the Town. Council received three presentations (two opposed and one in favour), two petitions, +500 form letters, and +25

other items of correspondence regarding this issue at our meeting on Monday. While the dialogue will continue, I am pleased to have written about the issues. How do I decide on a column topic? I write about what people ask me about or express concern about. Many columns are updates on progress or information about recent Council decisions. Through the years, I have given advance notice of numerous special meetings (about the East Fonthill Secondary Plan or the Official Plan), events (like Summerfest, the Mayor’s Gala), or Council debates (over the sign bylaw or an environmental protection bylaw). I also report on Regional issues or decisions – like the Niagara Regional Police headquarters plans, or whether to hold a by-election to replace a Regional Councillor. Some also focus on Federal or Provincial matters. These include several columns about the Fonthill Kame and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) threat to lift the Area of Natural & Scientific Interest (ANSI) protection and about a proposed new Southern Hospital. Finally, some columns appreciate the work of others

New sidewalk above Fonthill park BY WAYNE CAMPBELL

for the VOICE Fonthill residents will walk into the downtown on a new sidewalk along on the northside of Regional Road 20 this fall. As part of a Niagara Re-

gion storm sewer replacement project above Marlene Stewart Streit Park, a new sidewalk will be built to link Peachtree Park to Pelham Street. Estimated sidewalk cost is $242,000, Niagara Region’s public works department said in a letter to

Pelham council Monday. The region will cover $50,000 with the town picking up $192,000. Town council approved the project. It had asked for the sidewalk during planning of the regional sewer work.

New skateboard park costs increase BY WAYNE CAMPBELL

for the VOICE With construction of Isaac Riehl Skateboard Park set to begin within two weeks, additions were sought to the budget. New Line Skate Board Company won the contract to build the park for $398,000. The work was part of the town’s 2013 capital budget. Since then, the town has received $42,764.98 in donations. It includes $15,000 from Aviva, $10,000 from the Mayor’s Gala and $17,764.98 from the community.

Treasurer Cari Pupo told council Monday additional costs for soil testing, landscaping and landscape furniture are beyond the budget. She recommended use of donations to cover additional costs. The project will be on a strict construction timeline to be complete before the end of the year. Council will receive regular update reports through the fall, said Pupo. The town has announced a design for the new park. While it has a limited longboarding element, as well as skateboarding areas, that may be extended.

– like our hundreds of committed and tireless volunteers – or are more light-hearted in nature. The greatest numbers of my columns for you have been about budgets and property taxes – things like Council’s pre-budget consultations, the capital and operating budgets, property taxes and tax rates, and changes at the Province’s Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). And there have been many more topics – like the Town’s property at Rice Road & Regional Road #20 and recreational issues – and many, many more columns – 330 to be exact! I deeply appreciate the local media continuing to publish my column week after week. And, I appreciate you reading them and being part of a dialogue so that we can continue to work together to improve our beloved Town. You may suggest future columns by contacting Mayor Dave at or read past columns at

Overholt (Continued from Page 1) vide a safe setting. His group could educate new longboarders in safety as well as skills. To finance the project, they suggested fees for membership, sponsorships and admissions to slide jam competitions. In reply to a question from Coun. Richard Rybiak, Harley said the longboarders would be interested in meeting with others to discuss options other than closing Overholt. Leigh Daboll said he was speaking “as a lifelong resident rather than a lawyer, at least not yet.” He said he agreed with Major’s points

and wanted to add a caution for council. By closing Overholt and turning it into a recreational use, it would fall under Niagara Escarpment Commission jurisdiction. It would lead to legal and other headaches. Daboll suggested extending the proposed Isaac Riehl Skate Park in Marlene Stewart Streit Park to include longboarding. It was beyond NEC’s reach. “I have never seen the people of the town mobilize as they did on this issue,” he said about the sudden reaction. “It has inflamed passions like I’ve never seen before.”

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The 2013-2014 Notre Dame College School Students’ Council is ready to lead as the new school year approaches. The Council was elected in June and have been working all summer to prepare for the new school year. They are presently planning for the Grade 9 Registration Day on August 27 where they welcome over 300 new students to the school Front row (left to right): Joshua Jones, Sr. Rep, Chris Tsiantoulas, Fundraising Coordinator, Jessie Biedka, Tech Coordinator, Leah Zahorchak, Senate Rep, Mary-Lynn VanLankveld, Spiritual Coordinator, Jimmy Caporicci, President, Shirley Andrews, Jr. Rep, Andrea Caruso, Secretary, Hannah VanLankveld, Fundraising Coordinator, Stephen Cho, Jr. Rep, Adam Hughes, Promotions. Back row (left to right): Bassam Dabbagh, Sr. Rep, Jarrett Giroux, Social Coordinator, Aidan Harold, Secretary, Mike Ross, Sr. Fundraising Coordinator, Cassandra Willie, Spirit Coordinator, Anthony Graziani, Vice President, Michela Iannetti, Community Rep. Absent: Larisa Cousineau, Jr. Financial Coordinator. /Special to the Voice


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of carving, waxing, heating and displaying the sculptures. Each has a story, he said. Some are drawn from tradition, some from events and others from family relations. Janet Hamilton, who operates the Canboro Road gallery with her husband Dick Hamilton, said they represent about 200 artists. The stone-carving exhibit includes about 50 items from Mystery in Stone and about the same number from the gallery’s collection. “We mixed them together on the grounds” behind the gallery building, she said. The exhibit includes Jonathan Mhondorohuma, a renowned sculptor at work. He demonstrates techniques and explains the stone carving process while he makes sculptures for sale. Mhondorohuma said he’s enjoying the working visit and the interest shown by visitors in the sculpting. Hamilton said she fell in love with the stone carvings years ago. “It’s tactile, you can touch it, it’s really emotional,” she said. MP Dean Allison, who is on the parliament’s foreign affairs committee during opening ceremonies, praised the ambassador for making the summer trip from Ottawa when highways were busy. Mayor Dave Augustyn praised the exhibit, thanked the ambassador and welcomed her with a gift package of Pelham maple syrup and ice wine.

The event included a drumming demonstration and sampling of Zimbabwean food. While the exhibit is interesting, Hamilton reminded potential buyers, the stone carved items “are not just to look at, but to take home.”

Zimbabwe ambassador to Canada, Florence Zano Chideya, second from right, joins Janet Hamilton of Hamiltons of Pelham, sculptor Jonathan Mhondorohuma and Mystery in Stone chair Tawanda Sarireni for the opening of an exhibit of Zimbabwean stone carvings at the Ridgeville art gallery Saturday. Wayne Campbell/Voice Photo

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Firefighters sound alarm on silent killer BY WAYNE CAMPBELL

for the VOICE By the end of June, Pelham firefighters responded to 17 carbon monoxide calls. In 2012, they had 21. None resulted in injuries or deaths, and through Project Zero the fire department hopes to keep more people safe. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic, odourless, colourless gas. It can cause illness and death, said Pelham fire prevention officer Saskia Holditch. “CO detectors should be installed wherever fuel is burned: natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, charcoal, gasoline or wood. Half of all unintentional CO poisoning deaths could be prevented with the use of CO alarms.” Symptoms of exposure are often mistaken for the flu and either ignored or misdiagnosed. “That is why carbon monoxide is referred to as ‘the silent killer’. It cannot be detected by people because it is colourless, odourless and tasteless,” she said. The first signs of exposure include mild headache and breathlessness upon moderate exercise. “Continued or acute exposure can lead to flulike symptoms including severe headaches, dizziness, tiredness, nausea, confusion, irritability, and impaired judgment, memory and coordination,” Holditch said. Adults over 65 years of age are especially vulnerable to CO poisoning due to pre-existing medical conditions, she said. With Project Zero, the fire department promotes the use of alarms by distributing 240 combination

Project Zero is officially launched at Pelham Fire Station No. 1. From left are fire protection adviser Rick Finnemore of the Office of the Fire Marshal, Pelham fire prevention officer Saskia Holditch, Mayor Dave Augustyn, operations manager Dave Baxter of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., and Pelham volunteer firefighter Henry Timmers. Pelham is one of 15 fire departments this year participating in the Ontatio Fire Marshal’s public education program that is supported by an Enbridge donation. /Wayne Campbell Voice Photo smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to venerable residents. Total retail value is about $12,900. The project is a joint effort by Enbridge Gas Distribution, the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and the Town of Pelham. The fire department is giving the alarms to families registered with Pelham Cares and those served by Meals on Wheels. It also encourages everyone to install CO alarms. “We still have plenty of combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms available,” said Holditch. “A few people approached us direct and we’ve installed some in their homes at their request. Pelham Cares and the Niagara Region are collecting addresses for us, people have to say they are interested before we get their information.” The units are both a smoke alarm and CO detector – usually they are bought separately. “Working smoke alarms are required by provincial

law (one on each level and outside bedrooms), whereas CO detectors are strongly recommended but not mandatory,” Holditch said. These units use voice commands. “You know why the alarm is going off, whether it detected a fire, carbon monoxide or needs a new battery,” she said. “The standard smoke

alarms chirp every few seconds when the battery is low, sometimes confusing the occupant.” More than 2,900 alarms will be distributed this summer by 15 Ontario fire departments through a $100,000 donation by Enbridge. “Safety is our top priority at Enbridge and we’re committed to helping ensure there are no deaths

in Ontario due to carbon monoxide exposure,” said Enbridge operations manager David Baxter of the gas company’s central region west and Niagara Region. He was speaking at the official kick off to Pelham’s Project Zero at Pelham Fire Station No. 1 in Fonthill. Rick Finnemore, fire protection adviser for the Office of the Fire Marshal, stressed the need to educate residents to the importance of smoke and CO alarms. They also must be checked regularly, he said. Changing batteries when you change your

clock has become an effective reminder. Mayor Dave Augustyn called Project Zero a wonderful opportunity “to provide safety measures for those in our community who need it most.” Holditch applied for the funding through the Ontario Fire Marshal “While carbon monoxide alarms are not currently legislated, they are highly recommended by the Ontario Fire Marshal.” Pelham residents, not registered with Pelham Cares or Meals on Wheels, who would like to be considered for an alarm can contact Holditch at 905892-3943.


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•Flagstone •Waterfalls •Planting •Interlocking Brick

Tree Service

• Landscape Design & Construction • Interlocking Stone • Natural Stone • Retaining Walls • Ponds & Water Features • Mini Excavator & Bobcat Services • Free Estimates

Steve Van Lochem NPD • 905-892-2188

874 Hwy #20 West, Fenwick •

Wine Making

GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS Traditional Home Heating and Air Fireplaces, Boilers, Hot Water Tanks

Tel. 905.892.1384

Located in Fenwick Hardware 782 Canboro Road • Fenwick


Fully Insured Free Estimates

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Certified Arborist


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Community Events

ONGOING • Tuesdays A Cappella Niagara” Men’s Chorus invites singers to join them at Chippewa Park in Welland from July 30th until August 27th inclusive. Come and join in or just listen—either way you’ll be welcome! • Alternate Wednesdays. 1:00-3:00 p.m.. Drop-in Bridge at Pelham Library. Ask for Schedule at front desk. • Thursdays through October, Pelham Farmers Market at Market Square, 4:30 p.m. to dusk. Fresh, local produce, prepared foods, crafts. • Thursdays Free Bandshell Concerts 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Bring a lawn chair. • Fridays 1:00-3:00 p.m.. Knit Wits - Knitting Club. Work on your present project while spending time with other knitters. All levels are welcome. Crocheters welcome. Knitting tips will be shared at each session.$2.00 includes refreshments. Drop in at the Fonthill Library. • Alternate Saturdays 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Computer & Gadget Drop-in: For beginners to advanced learners. Learn new tips and tricks and share ideas and skills with others in an informal setting. Some laptops will be available or BYOG (bring your own gadget). $2.00. Drop in. Pelham Public Library. • 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 905-788-3181 ext. 25. • Interested in singing with the Robert Wood Singers? Please contact Barb Snopek at 905-735-6425 or at joe.snopek020@ to arrange details. •Volunteers Needed in Fonthill, Fenwick, Ridgeville for the Meals on Wheels program. Friendly Visiting

program and also requires Ice cream from the Fonthill volunteer drivers to take LIonesses at the Fonthill seniors to appointments. Farmers Market Offer flexible hours and • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., mileage reimbursement. Free Bandshell Concert Call Laura Dumas at 905- features Liberty Silver 788-3181 ext. 27 or email (First Lady of Canadian Soul). Bring a lawn chair. • Book Club Registration Monday, August 19 to started Mon., Aug. 12. Friday, August 23 Registration must be done • In The Orchard Sumin person.  mer Art Camp: this week’s Maple Acre Book Club theme Textile and Design - last Tues. at 11 a.m. Camp where they learn to 55 & Better Book Club quilt and sew. Visit www. - 4th Wed. at 10 a.m. Monday Book Club – 2nd Tuesday, August 20 to Mon. at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 24 Wednesday Book Club • Pelham Public Library’s – 3rd  Wed. at 7 p.m. Giant Book Sale.  Most Space is limited to 10 items $1 or less.  Collectpeople. Register for the ables, puzzles, movies, year for $45. software and much more! UPCOMING Saturday, August 24th Thursday, August 15 • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. • 1:00 p.m Drumming @ Steak and Corn BBQ The Bandshell. Join us for at the Lions Hall. $20. a spectacular drumming session with Musician/ Tickets must be bought in Composer Larry Crowe advance. Call Fred at 905from Toronto. $2. Please 892-2616. Monday, August 26th obtain a ticket ahead at the • Pelham Horticultural Pelham Library. Parental Society Annual Flower & supervision required. • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Vegetable Show at the Free Bandshell Concert Fonthill Library: everyone is welcome to come to see features Jersey Kid (Music of Frankie Valli our Horticultural, Floral and the Four Seasons). Design and Photo entries. Bring a lawn chair. Tuesday, August 27 Friday, August 16 • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 Seniors’ • 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Fab Hawaiian Luau. Join us Fenwick Lions Fish Fry, for this fun gathering with Take Out, Centennial Park, Hawaiian themed food, beverages, entertainment Church St, Fenwick. and door prizes. Free but Saturday, August 17th • Celebrating their 5th please register ahead. Pelanniversary, “In The Or- ham Public Library. Thursday, August 29 chard” will be hosting a • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., special performance of Free Bandshell Concert The Wizard of Oz at the features Western Swing band shelter in Peace (All-star Canadian CounPark. try). Bring a lawn chair. Thursday, August&22AIR CONDITIONING HEATING • 4:30 p.m. Peaches and

Regional HVAC Services


Junk Removal We clean out basements, garages, appliances, any junk you want removed. FREE ESTIMATES 905-736-1525 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, Mrs Green Clean We provide our own ecofriendly supplies. We clean it all. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or special occasions. Call Heather Manse 905-380-9877 or

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



37 Emmett Street Sat. Aug 17th 8am - 2pm furniture, china & more Produce Cream Street Fruits  Get your fresh sweet corn and garlic at Cream Street Fruits. Place an order for plums or peaches!   1926 Cream Street   905-359-0907 or


Sales, Service & Installation • All Makes & Models

GOLF LESSONS CGTF/ USGTF Level IV Certified Master Golf Teaching Professional. Private. SemiPrivate. Juniors. Beginners. All Levels. Call Doug 905892-3140, 905-327-1492,

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Sized for your home, tailored to your budget! FONTHILL BASED


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

Heating • V entilation • A ir Conditioning

289.686.0304 CALL ME 905.892.1801 EMAIL ME Honesty & Integrity • Kevin Flegg



FISHBURN, William Allan (Al), who passed on August 15, 2008.

We would like to invite you to share in the celebration of life for William (Hap) Ellesworth Hap passed away on July 8, 2013. He was one of the oldest veterans who was still a member of the Royal Canadian Legion branch 613 in Fonthill. The celebration will be held on Saturday August 17, 2013 Royal Canadian Legion in Fonthill 2 pm to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Just when your life was brightest, Just when your years were best, You were called from this world of sorrow, To a home of eternal rest.

It broke my heart to lose you, But you didn’t go alone, For part of me went with you, the day God called you home.

Always in my heart... Cindy

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Help Wanted ATTENTION! Do you, (or does someone you know,) have skills in the kitchen? Can you work under pressure? Can you work evenings? DaVinci’s of Fenwick Restaurant & Pizza is looking for someone like YOU! Interested applicants please call: 905-788-9968 or email:

Items for Sale Retro table with leaf and four chairs, 1960’s table with leaf and 6 chairs, both in good condition. High back wing chair, platform rocker and chair to match, all over 100 years old, good condition but needs recovering. 2 large sets of old dishes. 905-892-4143. Wheat straw for sale. small bales. Call 905-788-2956 or 905-892-1303

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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

CHICK, Richard M. Born June 3, 1933 in Toronto, died August 6, 2013 in Welland. Passed away suddenly at Welland Hospital in his 81st year. Husband of Joan of Fonthill, father of John (Melissa) of Toronto. Father of Richard (Barbara) of Port Moody BC, Spencer of Canmore AB, and Lynn of Port Moody. Brother of Gary of Meaford ON, and Joan (Megson, 2005). Proud 35-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, retiring as Inspector after posting in Hong Kong (1979-83, 1984-88), 1984 Papal Task Force and former RCMP Security Service. Lead Tokyo RCMP investigator in 1985 Narita Airport bombing, leading to only criminal conviction in either Narita bombing or long-suspected related attack on Air India flight 182. Fonthill resident for the past 25 years, making many friends and debate opponents. The Chick family feels love from family & friends across North America, Great Britain, Japan and China and rests easy knowing that “Dick” now joins predeceased friends Fred, John, Jim, Jim, and beloved dog Carter over drinks. Flecti, non frangi. Many thanks to Devin and the good people at the James L. Pedlar Funeral Home. Dick has been cremated and his ashes will eventually rest at the RCMP cemetery in Regina, Saskatchewan. A celebration of Dick’s life will take place at Branch 613, Royal Canadian Legion, Fonthill, on Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m. Memorial donations can be made to the OSPCA or your local humane society.

Page 11 THE VOICE of Pelham Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Fonthill paddler world champion dragon boater BY WAYNE CAMPBELL

for the VOICE Fonthill’s Brian Roy, a member of Canada’s national team, brought home seven medals from the Dragon Boat World Championship in Hungary in late July. The next day the commodore of the South Niagara Canoe Club helped to host kayakers and canoeists from around the world at the 2013 Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Welland. In Szeged, Hungary, Roy won three gold, two silver and two bronze in the Senior A (age 40-49 division). He competed on both men’s and mixed crews. The championship involved about 30 countries with the 400 member Canadian team taking 50 medals including 30 gold. China was the closest with six gold. “I had no time to get over jet lag,” he said in an interview at the canoe club’s headquarters on the Welland Recreational Canal. But it was good preparation for a challenge ahead. The South Niagara club will host the next dragon boat world championship in 2015. He called dragon boat racing the fastest growing flatwater sport. “You can do it at all levels, from recreational to competitive,” said the 42year-old Brock University physiology and nutrition professor. Some people start at the recreational level and move into competitive. That’s how Roy began five years ago while working

in Australia. Others move from individual canoeing and kayaking to the more social setting of large dragon boat crews. The South Niagara Canoe Club has four teams training from its dock just north of Thorold Road in Welland. “We have a women’s crew, which has some breast cancer survivors called Hope Floats,” he said. Others are: a casual mixed recreational team called Canal Dragons that practices twice a week; a competitive three-times-a-

week team, the Warlocks; and a recreational team for intellectually handicapped. “We always have room for more,” said Roy about the club’s 75 dragon boaters. At the end of August, Roy will compete in the Canadian Championships in British Columbia. “By then being world champion may sink in,” he said about his national crew. The 2015 world championships will use the new flatwater facilities. The canoe club’s experience in hosting the canoe





316 Welland Rd., Fenwick


FREE fuN Fair

Ages 3 - 12 Bring your friends & parents too

Come & Enjoy the FREE games, the prizes & meet

THE AMAZING JUSTIN (juggler & balloonist) Tuesday, August 27 6:00 - 8:00pm CHURCH OF CHRIST 765 Welland Rd., Fenwick

sprint championships will come in handy. The sprint championship was a great event with everything going well particularly the weather, Roy said. There were lots of volunteers, the crowds were good and the event drew national and international attention with Internet coverage. “Our little secret is now out,” he said about the high quality paddling facilities and experience on the old Welland Canal. “It’s the best setting in the world.” While South Niagara did not have anyone competing, Roy said sprint championships inspired his young canoeists and kayakers. “The athletes who came to Welland were future Olympians looking ahead to the next games in Rio and beyond,” he said. “With the new facilities

and more international events ahead, they see the possibilities of competing for their country.” Roy understands that desire.

“I never thought I would compete for Canada until I got into dragon boating.”

Fonthill Montessori Preschool

Open HOuse Tue Aug 23 • 11:00 - 2pm Wed Aug 24 • 3 - 6pm Thurs Aug 25 • 7 - 9pm

Don’t delay! Call now to register for September 2011 classes! • French lessons daily • Ages 18 months to 6 years old • Dedicated qualified staff 1 Pancake Lane - Glad Tidings Church of God

Call for Appointment: 905.892.0522

“An Enriching Academic Program For Your Child”

NIAGARA CENTRE SKATING CLUB Sessions available in Welland, Pelham and new location, Port Colborne.


SKATING FOR FUN, FITNESS & ACHIEVEMENT! Provides nationally sanctioned recreational & competitive skating programs offered at Welland, Pelham and Port Colborne Arenas! Learn to Skate • Power Skating • Figure Skating • Adult Skate 2013 WINTER PROGRAM REGISTRATION Wednesday Aug 21 6:00-7:30pm Pelham Arena Tuesday Aug 27 5:30-7:00pm Pt. Colborne Arena Saturday Sept 14 10:00am-2:00pm Welland Seniors Wellness Center, 145 Lincoln Ave Informal registration available at Welland Youth, Pelham and Port Colborne arenas during skating hours. See website for hours.

Telephone 905.788.2627

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The Jersey Kid to play Fonthill Bandshell

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Valli. Backed by the Gem Tones and incorporating the look, instrumentation, and harmonies of the original Four Seasons, this group will bring back memories and songs like Sherry Baby, Walk Like a Man, Dawn, Rag Doll and Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.



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August 14, 2013  

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

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