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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Scooter Diaries retells a ride of a lifetime
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Over the past two years, through the creation a book Tove Bowman has relived her five-month honeymoon. Her son Gordon Bowman wrote The Scooter Diaries from a manuscript by her late husband, Ronald Bowman, and from aged photograph slides. It tells the tale of a young couple, married within three weeks of meeting, who travelled on a 150cc Lambretta scooter through Mexico, Central America and Peru in South America. The Pelham Public Library will hold a book signing on April 8. “We had no idea what we would encounter,” said Tove Bowman said about the 1959-1960 journey during an interview in her Fonthill home. Ronald Bowman had a dream to see Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca city in Peru. He planned to ride his scooter from his home in Thorold. In 1959, it would be a rugged journey along an incomplete Pan-Ameri-
Tove Bowman holds a copy of The Scooter Diaries, the story of her five-month honeymoon through Latin America on a Lambretta scooter. Wayne Campbell/ Voice Photo can Highway. Just before he started out, he had a distraction.
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weeks, they talked and dated. Then he left on his longplanned trip. As he rode through the United States, he thought of how he may have missed out on the girl for him. Ron sent a proposal and asked her to meet him in Mexico City. Tove accepted, flew down and they were wed. “I guess we were ready for a relationship, we both knew what we wanted,” she said answering the “why” question she gets in most interviews. “You could say it was love at first sight ... I liked the way he treated his family dog.” They weren’t romantic teenagers, she explained. She was 25 and he 30. She had left her family in Denmark when she was 17 working in Sweden before coming to Canada. “We agreed to disagree,” she said with a smile about the secret to a successful 45-year marriage between two strong-minded people. The trip stories — of bandits, bugs, cave of gold, fuel shortages, motorcycle maintenance, See Scooter (Page 2)
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Page THE VOICE of Pelham Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Scooter (Continued from page 1) poor villages and meeting delightful people — entertained the couple’s three children for decades. They suggested their father, a reporter turned teacher, write a book. Unknown to them, he typed out a rough manuscript. Tove found it shortly after Ron’s death nine years ago. His son, Gordon, transcribed it into a computer and eventually produced The Scooter Diaries. Tove said her son felt guilty about altering his father’s writing style. However, she was sure Ron was watching and approved. To finance the book , they turned to social media. Using Kickstarter, they raised $20,000 – with the help of two last-minute angels. It paid the publisher. Now the book is in print. Most pre-ordered editions, some as far as Australia, were delivered in time for Christmas. The Internet and social media helped Tove relive the journey beyond the usual memories.
Gordon, who works for Blackberry in Ottawa, used Google maps to trace the route and Facebook to find some of the people his father and mother met on the journey. They looked at specific locations through online mapping and photos. “It was wonderful to sit and relive the journey,” said Tove. “Half the places you could still recognize even 50 years later.” One person they found remembered her equestrian adventure. Tove and her husband posed with her for a photo in 1959. The member of the Long Riders Guild was on a 1,000-kilometre journey. Promoting The Scooter Diaries become an experience. “I love to talk,” said Tove about newspaper, television and radio interviews as well as readings at libraries and book stores. The Lambretta scooter is still around. It died soon after its return to Canada in 1960 but remained in the
family. It’s being restored and will make an appearance at a Lambretta owners rally in Boston in July. “I never got to drive it,” said Tove. She rode on the back. Her husband said he was afraid she might fall. If she broke a leg, there may be no way to get help. “I think it was because I had to carry the rucksacks up steep hills,” as he chugged it up the grade. Tove Bowman, an award winning member of the Rotary Club of Fonthill, said more young people should do “humble travel.” Rather than go to resorts, they should experience how people in many countries really live. It would give them a better understanding of the world. The library’s April 8 book signing of The Scooter Diaries will fall on what would have been Ronald Bowman’s 84th birthday. “It was so much fun to relive the whole trip, I only wish Ron was here to share it,” said Tove Bowman.
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Not horsing around Jenna Mergl’s love for horses began at an early age. Growing up with horses she had always been one to gravitate to the barn. She always had a special way with horses, a natural respect and bond with them. By the time she was four she was riding all by herself on her horse named Little Buddy. She took great care of Little Buddy, and the horse took care of her. She was a natural rider who loved the freedom you get from riding horses. Mergl began to show horses at the local saddle clubs at age six in the walk jog classes. This only lasted a year because she found it boring. She wanted to barrel race like her Dad. This year at age nine, she had Little Buddy run-
ning as hard as he could. Mergl competed in the 12 and under speed events (Games classes) at the Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club. By the year end banquet, she was awarded Grand Champion for 12 and under Barrels, Poles, Down and Back, Stake and the Flag Race. She was also awarded the high point 12 and under Games Rider. Mergl has her sights on repeating as champion next year on a faster horse, her Dad’s horse Rather Ready (aka Sophie). She started riding Sophie at the end of the show season to the surprise of most spectators. They did very well together and the future looks bright for the new partnership.
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Rotary donates $20,000 to Home for Good Campaign
The Rotary Club of Fonthill recently delivered on its promise to raise $20,000 for the Home for Good Capital Campaign of Pelham Cares. Jane Gilmour (fourth from left) Pelham Cares president, receives the symbolic -- and real -- donation from club members, from left, Gail Levay, Michael Lewis (president), Mike Taylor, Frank Adamson and Ralph Winslade. Photo Special to the Voice The Rotary Club of Cares. works for many years. work of that committee reFonthill made good on its The Home for Good Most recently, the Project vealed potential sites, no promise recently with a Campaign is a one-time Pelham Cares Commit- suitable home was found, $20,000 donation to the campaign to fund the per- tee was started under the but the fundraising conHome for Good Capital manent home for Pelham leadership of the Rotary tinued nonetheless. Campaign for Pelham Cares. It has been in the Club of Fonthill. While the At that time, the Ro-
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tary Club pledged to raise $20,000, and has now been able to deliver on that pledge. What’s more, the Rotary Club has made a further commitment to donate the proceeds from one of its upcoming fundraising events as well, to help the Home for Good reach its $500,000 goal. The Rotary Club of Fonthill will be hosting the Pelham Mudfest Challenge on Sat., May 3. Further details will be released shortly by the club. Watch the website as well: pelhammudfestchallenge.ca. Meanwhile, the Home for Good Committee is busy planning the Gala for Good, which will take place Sat., March 1 at Lookout Point Country Club, Tice Road, Fonthill. The event will start with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by dancing. The evening will also feature live entertainment from Niagara-area musicians. Tickets are $125 and can be reserved in tables of 10. There are already onethird of the tables sold. To reserve your tickets, contact the Pelham Cares
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Land donated Process painful to watch for a specific use Is not the the fact significant that the grounds, on which now stands Maple Acre Library in Fenwick, was given in the 1920s by Bill Fry, the owner of the general store, specifically to build a library? Dorothy Rungeling
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Well, the resident concerns about Maple Crest School are starting to come true. We opposed the Maple Crest School at the end of Hillcrest Place because of traffic concerns, especially in the winter. We were repeatedly told by the city that there would not be any problems. Well, today (Jan 23) we can begin see what really happens. The school was busy plowing their parking lot and their staff directed the parents picking up children to park in the driveways of houses across the street. Isn’t that nice. Moreover, other parents plugged up the street by parking along both sides of the narrow road so the city snow plow could not get through to clear the street. Thank you to Mayor Dave, and Councillors Durley, Rybiak and Accursi for throwing the local residents under the bus despite our genuine concerns – which are now coming to pass. Terry Wade Fonthill
I found tonight’s continuation of a council meeting, leading yet to another continuation an interesting but slow process. I found it interesting to observe councillor’s reactions, as well as those of the library board. The culmination of the meeting occurred at adjournment when Maxine Gaylor answered her version of “Who will Decide”, while Mayor Dave was politely trying to stop her. Who in fact will decide? I am afraid that it won’t be in the hands of Fenwick. I have to give Mayor Dave and Coun. Richard Rybiak full marks for supporting Fenwickians, but I cannot say the same for appointed Coun. James Lane ,especially when I overheard him commenting that “most people in the room didn’t get the big picture.” This was after the meeting while we were signing the guest list. I would like Mr. Lane to enlighten us all as to his meaning. We spent 2.5 hours listening to the “process” only to have our intelligence insulted by a non-elected councillor. I feel that the Library Board will keep paralleling Pelham (Fenwick) with Port Colborne and Ospringe and so will councillors, such as Coun. John Durley, instead of dealing with Fenwick, it’s services and heritage, as unique to Fenwickians. If we are to follow the trend of parallel communities, why do we need elected officials or boards to represent our interests? Are we just followers and not leaders? I fear for a decision that will close another historical institution in Fenwick. Our only hope may lie with another unknown developer, only known as “The Baxter Group.” Only Time will tell. Richard Kavanagh, a lifelong resident of Pelham and a proud Fenwickian.
Pelham Cares Says Thank You
Well the 16th annual Pelham Santa Claus parade has come and gone successfully yet again. For those that braved the snow and cold to be entertained and have a chance to meet the jolly man, they were treated to a great show. Members of the fabulous Fenwick Lions and Lioness clubs love to organize and run this parade every year. We couldn’t do it without the financial donations of Pelham area businesses and individuals. Because of your support, we are able to bring in more bands and give away more food after the parade. Thank you to the participants in the parade, the Niagara Regional Police Auxiliary for directing traffic, and a big thank you to the people of Pelham who continue to come out to line the streets. You remind us why we keep this tradition. We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to seeing you again next year.
Throughout the year, Pelham Cares sees the generosity of our great community with the many donations of food, funds and goods that are received almost daily, for Pelham families in need. During the month of December, and throughout the holiday season, we are overwhelmed at the generosity of our fine community and the abundance of donations brought in. The season of giving was kicked off with the Pelham Community Food drive, which saw approximately one hundred volunteers gather at the Old Pelham Town Hall to receive, sort and pack the tons of food that were so generously donated by the Pelham community. Our volunteers were fed thanks to yummy homemade chili from the Lazy Loon, homemade chicken soup from Keith’s Restaurant, sweets, cakes and rolls from Fonthill Sobeys and coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits from Tim Horton’s, Fonthill. Of course, none of this could have taken place had it not been for the dedication of the Pelham Community Food Drive organizers; Sylvia and Gerry Berkout, Gwenn Alves, and the hundreds of volunteers who braved the cold to go door to door to collect the tons of food donated by this caring community. We would also like to recognize and thank the OPP Auxiliary who collected over 810lbs of food and $935 in gift cards at the Fonthill Sobeys on Dec 1st. As well, we would like to thank the Pelham Firefighters Association who held their 24th annual toy drive. Each year, the children we support are surprised on Christmas morning thanks to the generosity of Pelham residents and the hard work of the Robin and Rod Richards and the Pelham Firefighters Association. On behalf of the Board of Directors of Pelham Cares, staff, volunteers and clients; a heartfelt thank you goes out to the Pelham community, as well as all the groups, businesses and individuals mentioned above. Once again, your generosity will go far to help families in need in our community.
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Town holds operating budget to 1.49% BY WAYNE CAMPBELL
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The typical Pelham taxpayer, with a house assessment of $298,000, could pay $20 this year more to run the town. Town council’s committee of the whole Monday recommended a $9.7 million operating budget for 2014. It’s a 1.49% increase over 2013. The committee held back approval of two sections: $25,000 in permissive grants and the Pelham Public Library budget of $752,258. Both will require further discussion. Procedure in assessing requests is the issue for the permissive grants. The library will await a meeting between town staff and library board. The board sought at least a 6% increase, the operating budget calls for a 0.8% increase. The town’s operating budget covers the cost of employee salaries and benefits, utilities, insurance, contracted work, legal fees, debt payments, permissive grants, software licensing, winter control and programs such as Summerfest. It does not include spending on new equipment, new
buildings or road construction, which falls under the capital budget. The operating budget will go to a regular council meeting for approval. For Pelham residential taxpayers, just over 30% of their annual tax bill is affected by town council’s budget decisions. A little more than 50% is set by Niagara regional council while about 18% is levied by the province for education. Corporate services director Cari Pupo, in her presentation to the committee Monday, said final Pelham tax rates for 2014 will not be set until the regional and education tax rates are finalized in May. She outlined how the 2014 Pelham operating budget was trimmed. At a November pre-budget meeting, she presented a budget calling for a 1.63% increase. It was cut to a 1.49% increase by Monday. “Increases in one department were offset by savings in another,” she said. “Savings from new technologies and work process improvements have offset increases presented at the pre-budget meeting.” Overall, the 2014 operating
budget calls for expenditures of $12.06 million. The town expects to receive $2.3 million in revenues to bring the budget down to $9.7 million. It would have been an increase of 2.55%, however, the town had a $100,592 increase in assessment from construction of new buildings, renovations and additions. That cut the increase to $141,563 or 1.49%. Ward 2 Coun. Gary Accursi asked what services were reduced or modified to accommodate budget trimming and a cost of living increase in salaries. Chief administrative officer Darren Ottaway said no services were affected. “We worked hard to maintain services” turning to workplace efficiencies and use of technology to create savings. “I’m not aware of any detrimental impact, but we are forcing people to sharpen their pencils.” Ward 1 Coun. Jim Lane asked if hiring a fulltime labourer could not be offset by contracting out work. Pupo said more work got done with a full-time person rather than paying for individual tasks.
Ward 3 Coun. John Durley asked whether there was an effect on assessment by reporting method of MPAC, the provincial assessment agency. Pupo said there wasn’t. In her report, she showed a five-year chart of operating budget increases. It averaged 2.35%. The high was in 2010 at 3.2 % with a low of 1.38% in 2011. In 2012, it was 2.75% and 2013, 2.92%. For 2014, the budget calls for a 1.49% increase. Ward 3 Coun. Peter Papp said this was the last budget before the 2014 municipal election in October. He called it a great budget for holding the line in expense savings over five years, “$415,000 is nothing to sneeze at.” The town, he said, has taken on additional staff with a mandate to provide greater services. “Our services have improved dramatically and I have seen a reduction in complaints.” Mayor Dave Augustyn called it a “good news budget” that other municipalities would envy.
Council delays approval on library budget BY WAYNE CAMPBELL
for the VOICE A town council committee “red lined” the Pelham Public Library portion of its 2014 operating budget Monday. During a committee of the whole meeting, Ward 2 Coun. Gary Accursi, council’s representative on the library board, asked the committee to hold off recommending the library portion of the budget. He wanted to wait until the library board and town staff met to discuss it.
Accursi said the library board had originally asked for a 13% increase in the town’s contribution to the library’s 2014 budget. It reduced it to 6% with the intention of keeping the Maple Acre Branch operating through the year. The operating budget, presented Monday by corporate services director Cari Pupo, would give the library $752,000 in 2014 --- or a 0.8% increase over 2013. Accursi said the library board did not have a chance to discuss the change. A meeting was supposed to be held between town staff and the library board.
Until that happens, he moved an amendment to withhold approval of the final library budget. It would be red lined. The rest of the $9.7 million operating budget could then be recommended for approval. An exception is $25,000 in permissive grants over a question of procedures. Accursi added that the future of Maple Acre branch is still unclear. It may affect the budget. His amendment won the support of the other councillors. Ward 3 Coun. Peter Papp agreed the
library part should be dealt with separately. For its budget to operate, the library receives funding from the town and from a provincial grant based on population. The library board oversees the operation of the library but the Fonthill and Fenwick branch buildings are owned by the town.
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for the VOICE Over 45,000 Canadians suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest each year and business owners in Pelham arenâ€™t taking any chances with the unexpected killer. Krysta Pratt, Owner of Studio Twenty, came into contact with retired paramedic Frank Adamson after noticing a trend picking up in fitness facilities. Many owners decided to side on the route of caution and purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED). Pratt decided to do the same. AED are relatively new in terms of personal use. It is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume in a heart in sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function. If itâ€™s not
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Krysta Pratt and Diane Watters practice using the AED while performing CPR at a training course in Fonthill. Stephen Dyell / Voice Photo treated within minutes, it in the Fonthill Shopping this life saving device.â€? quickly leads to death. Plaza, explaining the benAlthough the risks are alMost sudden cardiac ar- efits of the device and ask- ways present when workrests result from ventricu- ing if theyâ€™d support the ing out, it goes further lar fibrillation. This is a purchase. While effective than just a simple sweat. rapid and unsynchronized in saving lives, the device Earlier in the year, the heart rhythm starting in costs $2,500 and thus quick actions of a resithe heartâ€™s lower pumping far, four business owners dent in Welland helped chambers. The heart must have pitched in $400 each save a life by using the be â€œdefibrillatedâ€? quickly, store. device, which promptly because a victimâ€™s chance â€œWe hope to get all the is gathered positive news of surviving drops by 7 to businesses involved but on how important it is to 10 per cent for every min- itâ€™s completely voluntary,â€? have access to an AED. ute a normal heartbeat Pratt said. â€œMoney is tight Pratt says the need for isnâ€™t restored. and $400 is a lot for peo- the device in Pelham is Pratt and Adamson then ple, but we are hoping just as important. began going to businesses more jump onboard for â€œIt can happen to anyone, not necessarily just when somebody is working out and those steps can save the person on route to the hospital.â€? The device will be located in Shoppers Drug Mart, since they have the longest hours. Staff of businesses involved with also be taught by Adamson on how to use an AED properly so if a medical emergency was to occur, the proper steps would be taken. The next CPR and AED instruction course will be held March 23 at Studio Twenty at the cost of $45. For more information on We use the course or helping with organic ingredients the cost of the AED, con& drug free tact Pratt at 905-892-2920 meat or email@example.com.
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Community Events ONGOING • Singing Valentines. Treat your Valentine to a box of candy, a rose and a love-song or two, delivered on your behalf by an “A Cappella Niagara” Barbershop Quartet. For details-Jym—289-407-1949. • Mondays 7:15 p.m. Peninsula Orchestra invites players to join them every Monday at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. No audition. For info. please contact Bev @ 892-0583. • Tuesdays • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Town of Pelham Walking Club. Meet at the Pelham Arena, 1120 Haist Street. To join the walking club please contact: jcook@ pelham.ca or call 905-8922607 ext. 329 • 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Zumba for Kids, 4-7 years of age. Pelham Arena Hall. $4.50 per class drop in. • 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Zumba for Kids,8 years of age and up. Pelham Arena Hall. $4.50 per class drop in. • 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. SPAN (Single Professional Association of Niagara) is a social club for mature singles who meet Iggy’s Pub 115 Hway 20 E Fonthill. Offers members a monthly calendar of social activities. Further information, call Lynie @905-788-0359
• 7:30 p.m. “A Cappella Niagara” Men’s Chorus invites singers for fun, fellowship, and fabulous 4-part harmony at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St. in Welland. For info call Kerry—289-820- 6584. Come and sing with us—you’ll be glad you did! • Wednesdays. For those who have played Bridge before. Please arrange for a partner. Wed. Monthly schedule at front desk. Refreshments. $1.00 per session. Pelham Public Library. • Thursdays • 9:00 a.m. to 10:300 a.m. Town of Pelham Walking Club. Meet at the Peace Park Bandshell, 20 Pelham Town Square. To join the walking club please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-892-2607 ext. 329 • 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Zumba for Kids, 4-7 years of age. Pelham Arena Hall. $4.50 per class drop in. • 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Zumba for Kids,8 years of age and up. Pelham Arena Hall. $4.50 per class drop in. • (first Thursday of every month) 1:30 p.m. to p.m. SOS (Survivors of Stroke) Everyone is welcome. Info call Ann 905-892-1621 • Fridays 1:00-3:00 p.m.. Knit Wits - Knitting Club. All
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levels are welcome. Crocheters welcome. Knitting tips will be shared at each session. $2.00 includes refreshments. Drop in at the Fonthill Library. • Saturdays Computer Tutor & Gadget Clinic. “One-to-One Help” with a volunteer tech tutor. Get help with web browsing, webmail account set-up, e-books, social media, editing and sharing your photos and more. 12:30 – 3:30. Register and pay ahead in person. $5.00 per 1/2 hour. Pelham Public 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. • 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. Friday, January 29 • 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Legion Dinner. Pork Chops and Roasted potatoes. $8 Sunday, February 2 • 4:00-11:00 p.m. Super Bowl at the Royal Canadian Legion. Potluck Chili. Monday, February 3 • 6:00-8:00 p.m. Introduction to Windows 8.1. Marc Mailhot, our Gadget Guy, will present information on WIN8.1 and will be available while you practice
your newly-acquired skills. You must bring your own laptop or device with a WIN8.1 operating system. $10.00 payable at time of registration. Pelham Public Library Friday, February 7 • 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Legion Dinner. Meatloaf & mashed potatoes. $8 • 7:00 p.m. Trivia Night. PelhamCommunityChurch, 461 Canboro Road. Jackie Morgan for tickets at 905892-3272. Fundraiser for mission to Nicaragua. Monday, February 10 •10:30-12:30 p.m. Scrappy Drop In. Work on your latest cardmaking, stamping, papercraft or scrapbooking project. A swap table will be set out each week. All levels welcome. $2.00. Pelham Public Library Tuesday, February 11 • 7:00 p.m. Underground Railroad in Niagara Region. Presentation, discussion at the Welland Public Library, 50 The Boardwalk, Welland. • 6:30 p.m. Family Tree Searching Your Connection Overseas. Steve Fulton from the Niagara Chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be here to help you with the challenges of tracing your family tree overseas. $3.00. Please register ahead. Pelham Public Library Friday, February 14 • 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Legion Dinner. Beef on a bun or Chicken fingers or Shrimp. $8 Tuesday, February 18 • 10:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m. All Occasion Card Making Workshop. Learn different
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Roberts, Dr. Thomas E. In loving memory of beloved husband, father and grandfather, who left us one year ago on Feb. 3, 2013. To us you were someone special, You were loving, kind and true, You will nver be forgotten, for we thought he world of you. We cannot bring the old days back, When we were together, But loving thoughts and memories, Will live with us forever. Forever in our hearts and sadly missed by your loving wife Christine, children Wendy, John, Andrea and families.
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Learn excited to be back in Niagara BY STEPHEN DYELL
for the VOICE It was a special weekend for Fonthill native Ty Learn. The former Admirals player was back on Welland ice for the first time since he was traded to the Port Colborne Pirates. The 17-year-old played two seasons with the Kitchener Flying Dutchmen. Learn was part of a stacked Southern Tier Admirals minor midget AAA club. Many players from the team were drafted into the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The Kitchener Rangers selected Learn in the seventh round. He moved to the city for training camp
in 2012. In his first year, he entered camp on a roster filled with talent. Nine players were already selected in the NHL draft and he spent much of the season playing with the Junior B Flying Dutchmen, the Rangers farm club. The same process repeated the next year before being traded to the Port Colborne Junior B team. Despite the talent roadblocks playing for the Rangers, he credits each of those players with helping to develop his game. “You can tell why they got drafted. They are always the first ones on the ice and the last ones off.” Learn, a left-winger,
wants to do the same as he steps into a leadership role with the Pirates. They currently sit second-last in the league with a 9-30-2 record. The Pirates have allowed the most goals by any team in the Golden Horseshoe Conference. His two-way game is a boost for a team in the middle of a seven-game losing streak. Learn hopes the team can get a couple of wins under their belt before playoffs begin. Despite the late season trade, he is tied for fifth in goals and is embracing the bigger role. Learn’s family and friends embrace his return. Instead of an hour’s drive to Kitchener, his family can see him play on
local ice. “Every rink around here is close to where I live,” Learn said. “There is always family going out so it’s been good.” The return signifies a regroup. His OHL rights are still with the Rangers and the opportunity is wide open for him to make the squad permanently. Learn isn’t taking the experience back home lightly as he combines hockey, school at Notre Dame and family before heading back to Kitchener in August for training camp. “I’ve enjoyed it so far. It’s fun being back home. Hopefully I can keep working hard on the ice and prove I can play in Kitchener next year.”
Danger on ice A snowmobiling mishap Friday on the Welland River near the Webber Road-Lincoln Street bridge has Niagara Regional Police warning snowmobilers about risks of riding on ice. Two Wainfleet teens operating a SkiDoo snowmobile on the river went into the cold water when the ice gave way, police said. They were part of a group of five snowmobiles riding along the river from Wainfleet to Welland. “The group was approaching the bridge at Lincoln St. where they were about to turn around when they suddenly went into the water,” NRPS said in a news release. “The teens were not wearing flotation suits
but managed to clamber back atop the ice.” The other snowmobilers were able to avoid the area and remained nearby. A resident by the river gave them shelter and hot drinks while they awaited family. Police said despite the cold temperatures, ice forming on local waterways may not be consistent or thick enough to support the weight of a person or machine. The Welland River, which forms the southern boundary of Pelham, is a popular snowmobiling route. Softer ice pockets are common near bridges while variations intemperatures contributes to inconsistent ice quality on rivers, creeks and ponds.
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Pelham Minor Hockey Association (PMHA) is looking for your support. The community organization that has over 380 players and over 100 volunteers. Their goal is to provide the best hockey experience for all players. PMHA had not increased fees for a number of years however with ever increasing costs and no other financial support, they were required to make a small increase. PMHA is looking to keep their fees as low as possible so they can provide the opportunity for all kids to play and experience the greatest team sport. The first Annual “Power Play Party” is a major fundraising event that will help them raise the funds they need to help keep fees from increasing due to increasing costs, while providing the best program available. This event will be outstanding and will support their goals. But only with your help. This event will be held on Feb. 1 at the Amici’s Ban-
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